Documented Life Project Art Video {Creating with Ephemera}

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Good Morning!

Thank you so much for joining me!  I am so honored to be a part of such a talented group of teachers and students.

I am excited to be the featured artist for the Documented Life Project and today I am sharing my videos!

I have just returned from teaching in Italy and one of the classes I taught I thought would be perfect for this challenge.

I adore vintage ephemera and it is really the main thing I purchase during my travels and I cherish every little scrap.

There is something dreamy about the texture and patina of vintage papers and it is a beautiful way to reuse gorgeous colors, text and penmanship of the past.

Before we get started I wanted to share a little tip about journaling and introduce myself…

Let me introduce myself!

{With Jeanne Oliver}

 
 

Documented Life Project Art Video {Ephemera} PART ONE

{With Jeanne Oliver}

 
 

Documented Life Project Art Video {Ephemera} PART TWO

{With Jeanne Oliver}

 

 
 

Step by Step Instructions

1. Cover your substrate with clear gesso and let dry

2. Sketch with your charcoal pencil, damp paintbrush and white gesso.  Add Stabilo as needed.  Just have fun and experiment with these mediums as you move them around with the water.

3. Once your sketch is dry you can begin adding your torn vintage papers with Liquitex Matte Medium.  Make sure you put the matte medium on your paper and seal with the matte medium.

4. Add a few pieces of vintage book pages to the neck and face following the steps in #3.

5. Paint the background and while it is wet mark into it with the back of your paintbrush or if it has dried mark into it with your exacto knife.

6. Mix a basic skin tone with titanium white, yellow ochre and crimson.   Add neo color II to the face to create more depth.  I like payne’s grey, yellow ochre, crimson and flesh.  These move around beautifully with just a bit of water. If you add too much don’t worry and just lift off with a dry rag or wet wipe.  Dry between each layer to prevent your colors turning into brown.  I always think a little extra white paint (or white gesso) above the eyes at the end makes a face more interesting. Remember that less detail is definitely more.  Experiment with letting your brain pull the pieces together and not feeling like every little detail of the face needs to be included.

7. A few tips to remember: hold your brush back and loose, let go of the details, turn the music up and just have fun:-)

 

Original Image

Jeanne Oliver Copyrighted Image-This is for personal use and practice only

Breakdown of the Face Image

Tools

* Journal

* Water brush

* #4 Round Long Handled Paintbrush

* Charcoal Pencil

* Black Stabilo Pencil

* White Gesso

* Clear Gesso

* Liquitex Matte Medium

* Bulldog Clips

* Porcelain Stacking Bowls

* Mechanical Pencil

* Heat it Tool

* Paint (background color, Titanium White, Yellow Ochre and Crimson}

* Neocolor II (payne’s grey, white, yellow ochre, crimson, flesh}

* Vintage Ephemera

Thank you so much for the amazing team at The Documented Life Project for asking me to be a part of your series!

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4. To purchase a course please choose your course,  click on the +join in the upper right hand corner, pay and you will be INSTANTLY in the classroom.

5. All videos can be found along the right hand side of the page under “COURSE CONTENT”.

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Creative Girl and a Book Giveaway | Way to Go Danielle!

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Sometimes you see a person you adore work their butt off and create MAGIC!

That is exactly what my girl Danielle Donaldson has done!

It has been one of the most exciting things to see one of the most talented women I know create her first book.

To celebrate the release of Creative Girl (currently a #1 best seller on Amazon) I am giving away one copy of the book.

Can you hear a woop woop all the way from Colorado?

To enter:

1).  Leave a comment on this post sharing what you love about Danielle’s work

For additional chances you can…

2).  Go follow Danielle on Instagram

3). Go sign up for Danielle’s newsletter on her blog

4). Pin this post to Pinterest

5). Blog about this giveaway and Danielle’s new book

6). Share this giveaway on Facebook.

Each time you do one of the above come back to this post and let us know.

The winner will be announced on July 28, 2015.

Danielle, thank you for sharing your art, humor, sarcasm and friendship with me!

I love you so!

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If you love Danielle’s work and want to learn from her I am proud to say that you can take her popular courses on our creative network!

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3. Go to jeanneoliver.ning.com and along the top header click on “COURSES” and you will be able to view all three pages of online courses and free series.

4. To purchase a course please choose your course,  click on the +join in the upper right hand corner, pay and you will be INSTANTLY in the classroom.

5. Danielle’s classes are Creative Girl: Shenanigans in the Classroom and Creative Girl: The Land of Light and Shadows

5. All videos can be found along the right hand side of the page under “COURSE CONTENT”.

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This giveaway is now closed!

The winner is…

I discovered Danielle’s work when I signed up for one of the Creative Girl classes. I love the whimsical, dreamlike quality of Danielle’s work. And what a lovely person she is! Watching the videos was like having a friend over for coffee. Thanks so much for the giveaway–fingers crossed ;)!

 

Congratulations!  Please email us at contact@jeanneoliverdesigns.com with your shipping information.

All prizes must be claimed by August 10, 2015

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What A Good Woman Does {and other thoughts on the subject}

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Sometimes a song is so powerful that as it plays you see a moving picture going through your mind.
Maybe you see your own story or maybe you see the story of another.
Either way I know that each of us have been in a situation where the air was knocked out of us and in a moment everything changed.
Where we began again.
Moved on.
Did it scared.
Felt lost.
Wondered how you got here?
Had no answers.
Longed for it to all be over.
Sought peace.
Felt trapped.
Wanted to fight for truth.
Held a secret.
Was tired and wanted to give up.
These past few years we have been standing beside precious people as they have walked through darkness.
In the midst of the days you never prepared for… you don’t know that the light comes.
It does.
You still have a voice.
You still have breath in your lungs.
You laugh again.
You figure it out.
You start again.
You find YOU.
You make mistakes.
You ask for forgiveness or forgive.
We are all beautifully broken and our storm comes at one time or another.
To the men and women that we love so much, you haven’t lost your voice.
Breathe.
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What a Good Woman Does
Joy Williams
I can’t carry the weight of this war
I can’t do it anymore
Everyone’s wounded, nobody’s won

Hear me
I haven’t lost my voice without you near me
I can tell the truth about you leaving
But that’s not what a good woman does

Don’t feel sorry for yourself
You’ve got everything you want
Everyone’s watching you pick up and run

To hear me
I haven’t lost my voice without you near me
I can tell the truth about you leaving
But that’s not what a good woman does

Ooh, a good woman does
That’s not what a good woman
Ooh, that’s not what a good woman does

Can’t carry the weight of this war
I won’t do it anymore

Hear me
I haven’t lost my voice without you near me
I can tell the truth about you leaving
But that’s not what a good woman does

Ooh, a good woman does
That’s not what a good woman
Ooh, that’s not what a good woman does

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Extra Special Retreats Coming…

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I love to travel, explore new parts of the world, try new foods, take in the local culture, take my time in an art museum and find the perfect place to create.

Creating art and traveling has helped me to grow as an artist in ways I could have never imaged.

Recently, one of my students was talking to a group of women and shared about my workshops. Her words made their way back to me and she later wrote to me how much my workshop meant to her and her creative process…

“Jeanne Oliver is not just an art teacher, she is an artist’s teacher. Jeanne doesn’t just show you how to replicate the beautiful art that she creates, she teaches you how to create your art as an artist. When retreating with or studying under Jeanne, her art is not your primary inspiration, her way of creation, her way of being as a living artist is. Learning to make art with Jeanne is learning to develop yourself as a uniquely gifted artist. Jeanne teaches the art of becoming an artist, that is most clearly her purpose and call.”  -Cara

I have to tell you that when I read those words my hear was FULL because I have never just wanted to teach someone to make art just like me…I have wanted to help others to find their own way creatively and make art!

Your art can be writing, gardening, photography, decorating, storytelling, painting, cooking and the list goes on and on.

I am so excited to share that I have two very special art retreats that are coming up next year.

There is very limited space in both retreats!

Won’t you consider joining me next year and making time to connect with your creative self? It is one of the most priceless gifts I have ever given to myself.

 

The Living Studio Amsterdam

May 10-17, 2016

The Living Studio Along the Danube

A river cruise

October 9-19, 2016

Watch a short video to get a taste of our luxury yacht…

What is included in your 10 night/11 day stay

*This itinerary includes the land portion of exploring Prague for an additional $780

  • 3 nights hotel in Prague at the InterContinental or Hilton Old Town (or similar), including daily buffet breakfast
  • Transfer from Prague to the ship in Vilshofen
  • 7 nights deluxe cruise accommodation in an outside stateroom
  • Most staterooms offer French balconies or revolutionary Twin Balconies
  • A sketchbook and portable studio with all of the art supplies you will need to make the Danube your Living Studio
  • Art classes with Jeanne Oliver
  • Daily creative prompts to inspire you to create in new ways while traveling
  • Life enriching tours and excursions daily
  • Entertainment on demand in all staterooms featuring free high-speed Internet access, hit Hollywood movies, extensive music library and English language TV stations
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi access on board
  • Terry bathrobes and white-on-white plush bedding in all staterooms
  • Fine dining with all meals included during your cruise
  • Multiple dining venues on select vessels
  • Free-flowing red & white wines from Europe’s great wine regions, beer & soft drinks with every lunch and dinner on board
  • Bottled water in every stateroom replenished daily
  • Cocktail Reception, Welcome Dinner & Captain’s Gala Dinner
  • Special highlights including lectures, cooking demonstration, onboard music performances and piano music
  • Bicycles to explore on your own & guided bicycle tours
  • Services of professional Cruise Manager
  • All English language on board in a non-smoking environment (smoking permitted only on the Sun Deck)
  • Transfers between hotel and ship are included with the purchase of cruise and land package; airport transfers are included with the purchase of airfare from AmaWaterways
  • All local taxes

*This does not include airfare

 


Join me: October 9-19, 2016 /October

In US dollars: Starting at $3767 per person / double occupancy

You can upgrade your cabin for a fee and also add on the land portion of exploring Prague for an additional $780.

The room included in this package is cabin E (there are only a few available at this time) for $3767.00 per person and you can upgrade your cabin to include more square footage and/or a balcony for prices ranging from $4,066.00-$6,966.00 per person.  To view all cabins click HERE.

Deposit (non-refundable) due on contract signing $1,000

Payment Schedule:

We will set up a payment schedule just for you
Final payment due May 12, 2016

If you are interested in The Living Studio | Danube River Cruise please email Jeanne Oliver at contact@jeanneoliverdesigns.com to answer any questions and/or to place your deposit on this once in a lifetime art retreat.

 

 

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Thank you for taking at a peek of two of my only art retreats that I will be teaching in 2016!

I hope you will join me and create with me as we explore in Amsterdam or along the Danube.

Both of them are a dream!

Semi Annual 50% Off Online Class Sale!

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We only do this twice a year and this will not happen again until 2016!

For the next 48 hours we are having our Semi Annual 50% off Online Class Sale!

This is the perfect time to stock up on all of those online classes that you have been dreaming about taking.

Our creative network has some of the most incredible artists around and the content is rich!

Every course* that is a part of the sale has already been marked down so you don’t need a special code!

This sale will end after 48 hours so don’t miss out on all of the creative goodness waiting for you.

If you are new to our creative network here are easy steps to get you started…

1. Register at jeanneoliver.ning.com (this is free).

2. Once your account is active you are able to take advantage of our free courses, series and even pay for courses.

3. Go to jeanneoliver.ning.com and along the top header click on “COURSES” and you will be able to view all three pages of online courses and free series.

4. To purchase a course please choose your course,  click on the +join in the upper right hand corner, pay and you will be INSTANTLY in the classroom.

5. All videos can be found along the right hand side of the page under “COURSE CONTENT”.

Thank you for being a part of our creative network and allowing us to create so many online courses!

*Newer courses that have just been released are not a part of the sale.

Don’t Be Afraid To Let People Around You Go Past The Dreaming

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Somehow around 8 years ago my love of paper, creating and paints had turned into me listing a few things to sell on Etsy.

Just to make things more interesting I asked my mom to work with me to sew children’s clothing that I was designing.

Everything was so small but so fun.

I remember that Kelly and I set up a space for me in our unfinished basement where I would work once the children went to sleep.

There were more nights than I can count that I would thank the Lord for allowing me to create and make money doing something creative.

With tears flowing down my cheeks I felt so content and happy for this new opportunity.

Around this time I was sitting in a PE class for homeschool kids with a 6 year old boy, 4 year old girl and a 6 month old.

One of the mom’s after hearing about my new Etsy shop turned to me and said, “Well, I guess you will be quitting homeschooling now”!  It wasn’t a question…it was a fact.  I didn’t know what to say. I didn’t know why she was saying this and almost giggled when I answered her back that of course I wasn’t going to quit homeschooling the kids.  She responded with, “Well, I don’t know how you do it”.  That was the first of many times I would hear those words. Not in a kind and truly curious way but condescending and hurtful. Almost like there was something wrong with me.

Everything has happened very organically for me.  We didn’t just wake up one day and have the business we have today.  But let me tell you something…

The world applauds dreamers.

Dream Big.

Reach for your dreams.

Dream Bigger.

Be prepared for the reactions when you actually go beyond the dreaming and you start the doing and the follow through.

The dreaming stage is fine to get you ready but if you have dreams don’t stay there.

The dreaming stage is safe and easy and maybe even fun.

It might even make you feel like you are doing more than you are (almost like buying art supplies but not creating) but don’t stop there.

Erwin McManus says in his book The Artisan Soul, “The bigger the dream, the greater the risk”.

This is so true and my biggest leaps creatively and in life have been through risk, failure and sometimes even success.

There is something that happens when your dreaming becomes doing and those around you may get a little uncomfortable.

This isn’t about you (not usually).

This is something in them saying, “Why am I not doing something with MY own dreams”?

If you are hurt right now because of something that is being said over you I want you to know that most of the negative things ever said over me were out of others fear and not my own.

It took me a long time (some things since childhood) to realize that it was the person’s inability to appreciate gifts in others that are different from their own and even their own inability to dream and do BIG.

I have also learned that when I have a reaction to someone else’s dreaming and actually doing that is really different than my own that I don’t ever want to be that negative voice that has come my way.  I catch myself often. As I have gotten older I choose the person and to support the dream…even if I don’t understand.  I want to allow others to be courageously foolish and to not be the voice of reason.

Choose to support people over being right or defending your own insecurities or struggles.

We are all different. Our gifts are different. Our insecurities and weaknesses are different.

We are all equal.

Our dreams all have the same value.

McManus gives a beautiful visual of our creativity and what is waiting for us.  He says that our story begins when..”God exhales and we inhale”.

We all have that. What are you going to do with it? How are you going to support others with it?

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Melody Ross Studying Under Gustav Klimt {sneak peek}

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I always love giving you a sneak peek into the what we will be creating each week in Studying Under The Masters!

This week Melody Ross is studying under Gustav Klimt and you will LOVE her take on the artist and the beauty she brings to the course.

Take a peek…

This 6 week online course has lifetime* access and is $82.

To read more or to register click HERE.

You can also pay instantly below!





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