The Living Studio {With Dina Wakley}

We have a new video for the Living Studio Video Series!

The free series that is all about your favorite artists sharing how they create wherever they go.

Dina Wakley is our guest artist this month and sharing what the Living Studio means to her!

Dina will be sharing how to make your own handmade art journal!  Come on over!

Here are some of the places you can learn from Dina…

 

I am a mixed-media artist and teacher. I love everything about art: creating it, thinking about it, looking at it, and teaching it.  I teach both in-person and online workshops. I have been scrapbooking since 1995, stamping since 1996, and art journaling since 2004. I have kept a personal journal since I was nine years old. I believe in writing yourself down, expressing yourself, and making your mark on the world.

As a Ranger Signature Designer, I design a line of mixed-media art supplies that includes acrylic paints, mediums, brushes, rubber stamps, stencils, and more. Look for the Dina Wakley Media Line by Ranger at a store near you.

My two books Art Journal Freedom and Art Journal Courage are available now. You can also buy DVDs and digital downloads here: Click Here to Go to the North Light Shop.

How Do I Find Out About Your Teaching Schedule and New Online Classes?

I post regularly on social media. Find me on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. I also keep my teaching schedule current here. Also check my blog regularly for announcements and updates.

 

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Join me for a FREE art video series! In The Living Studio Video Series you will have the opportunity to watch technique and medium videos from some of your favorite artists. The hope is that you will learn what practices different artists use to make their art a daily practice and how they create their studio wherever they go.

My heart behind The Living Studio is that we will all learn to explore and create wherever we live.

I hope to inspire people to step out of the comfort of their studios and out into the world and boldly create based upon the beauty all around them.

I don’t know how many times over the years I had walked past a person sketching in an art museum, painting in the gardens, practicing their watercolors in the mountains or writing at a cafe and I have stopped a moment to envy them.

They were doing it!

They HAD to be creative.

It is a practice and a preparedness that motivates you to create your studio wherever you go.

With practice and always having your tools with you…you live your creativity and the world becomes your studio.

To register to watch this free series…

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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”.

*as long as we manage this site

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TODAY is the last day for early registration |Close to Home: A Watercolor Landscape Journey

***TODAY is the the last day to get the early registration price of $28 for Close To Home | A Watercolor Landscape Journey. ***

The more I practice my art and the more comfortable I become with my chosen tools…the more I have a deep desire to take them everywhere.

I remember around the time I came up with the idea for The Living Studio retreats that I was missing creative opportunities because I was not prepared.

I had left my sketchbook and pencil at home.

I had wished I had stuffed a small watercolor set in my bag.

I was seeing other people connect with nature or a museum and I deeply longed to change my day to day planning so I never felt like I couldn’t create if I wanted to.

Fast forward a few years and I don’t leave the house without at least a small journal and pencil.

More often than not you will find a traveling “studio” stuffed in my car so when I want to practice I have no excuses.

It has changed my creative heart, my creative practice and impacted the quality of my art greatly.

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I am so thrilled to tell you about a beautiful artist that I have been drawn to because she lives the life of practicing her art.

Meet watercolor artist Michelle Wooderson.

My name is Michelle Wooderson and I reside in very rural Kansas with my husband, two daughters and yellow lab Charlie. I have been around art all my life, starting with helping my mom put together art projects for Bible School when I was very little. I grew up watching her tole paint and make crafts and from there I have loved art ever since. I took every art class up through high school and continued my college education with a degree in Interior Design. I worked jobs drawing floor plans and designing office spaces up until my girls were born. My desire to stay at home was so strong that I became a full time mom. The creative urge was always tugging at me so for almost 20 years I’ve been involved in the paper crafting industry. I also have an online shop which has slowed down some but was always bursting with creative kits I designed. Now that my girls are almost both in college, I have felt the need to find where my next creative journey will lead me. Art was calling me back. The desire to play with paints and pencils again really pulled at my heart strings. So here I am today, creating sketchbooks filled with watercolors and mixed media paintings. I have always loved teaching and was thrilled when Jeanne contacted me about hosting a class. I believe in sharing our journeys with each other. We are all at different seasons of life but belonging to a community and sharing what you love is very special to me. You just never know who might need some encouragement or where you’ll find inspiration along the way. Pablo Picasso said, “The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.” So true.

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Go grab your sketchbook, pencils and watercolors because Michelle is about to take you on a watercolor journey that WILL change your day to day creating and how you interact with the world around you!

Registration has just opened for Close to Home | A Watercolor Landscape Journey.

Robert Henri said, “The object isn’t to make art, it’s to be in that wonderful state which makes art inevitable.” I believe there is an artist and a desire to create inside all of us. It’s that little push and a little guidance that might be just what you need to get you started or back on your art journey. It’s all as close as your back door. There is plenty of inspiration to be found right around us and for me it’s beautiful landscapes close to where I live. In this class we will evaluate where we are in our creative journey and set some goals for what we want to achieve in this class.

We’ll explore sketching and watercolor supplies and set up a custom watercolor palette and travel sketch kit. We’ll review the elements and principles of art and revisit the color theory and create a beautiful color wheel using your choice of paint colors.

Digging into your supplies and exploring what they can do is the best practice for getting to know your tools. We’ll test out our brushes and tools to see what kinds of brush strokes and mark making we can make. Then we’ll play with the watercolors to see how colors mix and washes and textures are made.

Sketching is key for setting up your landscape scenes. We’ll learn why pencil sketches that show value and composition are so important to create before we ever pick up a paintbrush. We’ll create a value scale that can be kept with your supplies and learn how to select the best scene for our paintings using a viewfinder.

Eventually all the techniques we learned will be put to the test. We’ll start with simple shapes and work our way up to painting detailed but simple landscapes in our sketchbooks, learning tips and tricks along the way for creating skies, clouds, trees, grass and small details that make landscapes pop.

We’ll create watercolor landscapes that are just for fun and experimenting.

We’ll learn how to create a travel sketch kit, pack it all up and head outside. Sketching and painting from real live nature scenes is the best practice we can get.

Lastly, I want to us to learn that practice is art (#practiceisart is my favorite hashtag). We’ll talk about daily practice (or practicing often) and how it will help us grow as artists.

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TODAY is the the last day to get the early registration price of $28 for Close To Home | A Watercolor Landscape Journey. The course will have 4+ hours of content, all videos will be pre-recorded for your convenience and has lifetime* access.

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”.

*as long as we manage the jeanneoliver.ning.com creative network

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The Everyday Artist {some of our favorite supplies}

When I create I only want to be surrounded by my most trusted and favorite tools and only the tools that help me to express myself.

Too many supplies can get in the way, distract and even help you procrastinate (like any of us need any help with that one).

Each time we offer you a new supply it is because it is tried and true in my own studio. I wouldn’t offer you anything less.

I wanted to share with some of the beautiful supplies currently in the shop.

Feel free to take a peek and ask away if you have a question…

Watercolor Paper Midori Style Art Journal

I don’t leave the house without an art journal to collect ideas, patterns, for practicing and trying new techniques.  These are the most gorgeous handmade midori style art journals created by a local artist.  The journal has 3 watercolor inserts. The cover is made with sturdy fabric paper with grommets. It is paintable. Comes with elastic closure and binding system. The art journal comes in two sizes.  It has 3 inserts that are made with 140lb watercolor paper (nice and strong for layering wet mediums) folded in half. The journal opens almost flat and is easy to remove inserts to work on and then put them back. The outside edge of the watercolor paper has been distressed.

Large Vintage French Ledger Pages

While traveling to France for a recent Living Studio retreat I came across the most incredible and large vintage ledgers.  I had never found vintage ephemera so large and absolutely stunning.  I can never use all that I brought home with me and I am parting with some of the papers.  The vintage ledger pages date from 1867-1873.  You will receive 6 total pages (3 of each ledger) and each page measures 21″ x 14″.

 

 

French Linen Aprons (full and half)

We have collected vintage French linens from our travels and we have created some of the most gorgeous art and life aprons.  These linens are soft, warn and ready to have a new life.  Each apron has two generous size pockets and extra long ties so you can wrap them and tie them in the front if you please.  Some aprons will even show some of the original embroidery.

We would love to wrap up a beautiful supply that will become a part of your daily creating!

 

 

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Sneak Peek of Week Two {Reflections: Paint Your Story}

All of my courses come from an authentic place of walking through something, discovery and/or personal growth.

One of the biggest lessons I learned creatively in 2015 was that it was time to really tell my story. To hold nothing back and to start letting it spill all over the page. There is art I have never shared and maybe art I will choose not to share. That is your freedom also. Getting your story out and letting it guide your creative process will change your creative heart and the art that you produce.

Your own authentic art is only a story away!

Here is a sneak peek into WEEK ONE!

Here is a sneak peek into WEEK TWO!

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Join me for a two week art journaling online course all about unraveling your own story and creating authentic art that only you can tell.

When I started to see my own stories as being meaningful and significant my art began to change. When I could look back and find my own timeline and defining moments I was able to start digging deeper as an artist and my creating became more of a time of remembering, honoring, forgiving, healing and celebrating. It made me more intentional about where I wanted to go creatively and how I wanted to share it.

Reflections Trailer Video

If you think your story isn’t good enough…you are mistaken.

If you are afraid to tell your story…maybe it is time to find freedom

If you have never told your story…it is time.

If you want to create authentic art that no one else can create…let’s get started.

Some of the techniques being taught: sketching, acrylic painting, charcoal, ink, image transfers, portraits, watercolors, abstract sketching and painting, collage and more.

I will be leading this two week online workshop but I have asked some of my favorite people to join me and share how they document their own authentic stories!

Come and meet the incredible line up of artists!

You will get to learn from each of the women in a step by step art journaling video!

Come and learn more about Danielle Donaldson, Junelle Jacobsen, Sheila Atchely, Stephanie Ackerman and Cathy Walters.

Danielle Donaldson is known for her whimsical and colorful mixed media and watercolor paintings. She is the author of the popular book CreativeGIRL: Mixed Media Techniques for an Artful Life.

Junelle Jacobsen brings her love of nature, photography, faith and animals into her colorful creations. She is a mixed media artist and popular teacher.

Cathy Walters is a photographer and mixed media artist. Her animal paintings have caught the eye of many collectors and popular shops. Her newest journey has lead her into art journaling to document daily highs and lows.

Stephanie Ackerman fills her pages with stitching, doodles, watercolors and her signature lettering. Her heart is to connect with women and to share her faith.

Sheila Atchley is a mixed media artist and jewelry designer with a heart for family, faith and women.

I am so honored that they will be sharing in this course.

The registration price for this two week online course is $48.00. This course will begin on January 18, 2016 (but your can join in at anytime) and you will have LIFETIME ACCESS* to the videos.

To read more about what you will learn in the course or to register please click HERE.

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”.

*as long as we manage this site

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The Living Studio Friday Prompt

We have so many fun and amazing things planned for the Living Studio but one thing we wanted to start ASAP was a weekly Friday prompt.

Each Friday you will get an art quote and a printable prompt that hopefully will get you motivated to get your supplies out over the weekend and throughout the week.

We will share supply links, inspiring artist stories and art that goes along with the prompt.

I am only able to teach at 1-2 Living Studio retreats a year and not everyone is able to join me for an in person workshop.

I am hoping this is a fun way for us to connect each week.

My hope is that you will connect with us through our free Living Studio video series online, join the Living Studio Facebook page and share your art and start connecting with other members in your area to get out of your studio and creating art in the studio of your town, parks, cafes and museums.

Welcome to The Living Studio Friday Prompt!

Click HERE to download a printable PDF

Click HERE to download a printable PDF

I have created a Pinterest board for more Art Journaling Inspiration.

Having a portable studio is one of the kindest and most rewarding acts I have done for myself. This small intentional act has changed my art journaling, practice time and ability to create whenever and wherever.

The video below was originally a part of my Woodland Girls online class and I have also shared it in the Living Studio series.

I hope it encourages you to create your own portable studio.

 

If you love art journaling or you want to start learning more about this fun and freeing art form…

Join me for a two week art journaling online course all about unraveling your own story and creating authentic art that only you can tell.

I have five incredible guest artists joining me too! You will have mini lessons from Danielle Donaldson, Cathy Walters, Stephanie Ackerman, Junelle Jacobsen and Sheila Atchley!  This course will be so rich in content!

When I started to see my own stories as being meaningful and significant my art began to change.

When I could look back and find my own timeline and defining moments I was able to start digging deeper as an artist and my creating became more of a time of remembering, honoring, forgiving, healing and celebrating.

It made me more intentional about where I wanted to go creatively and how I wanted to share it.

If you think your story isn’t good enough…you are mistaken.

If you are afraid to tell your story…maybe it is time to find freedom

If you have never told your story…it is time.

If you want to create authentic art that no one else can create…let’s get started.

To read more or to register click HERE.

I would love to have you take a look at the course trailer.

Reflections 01 trailer 1 from Revilo Designs on Vimeo.
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