you know there is one word that always comes to mind when I think of Junelle Jacobsen. Brilliant. It's always the first word that I find that just TRULY describes her creative capabilities! The second would be generous and kind (okay that is two.. but they just go hand in hand).
I know many of you don't know her personally, but many of you have taken her online workshops and not just in life, but in her workshops she is both Brilliant and generous as well!
ONe thing I love about Junelle's class is that she covers a wide spectrum of techniques. SHe does sketching, watercolors, art journaling, mixed media on canvas, mixed media projects in general and even project using fabric, felt, stitching and more.
I have always loved all of those aspects of creating, but for the last year have focused mostly on creating just on canvas using mixed media techniques. Well as you know for my girl a day challenge, I found myself using a lot of pastels, watercolors and sketching as it was a simple way to get a girl done each day lol.
I started realizing how much i MISSED using those types of mediums!
Then Last week was my turn to add my "goodness" to Junelle's latest workshop, The ARt of Holiday Goodness. As with most classes I host from other artist, I always join in the end of the last week and give my take on what I also learned from the workshop. I take the class right along with each of you and watch the videos just as you do, and then from the wonderful things that are taught create my own "goodness" as Junelle would call it
After watching all the videos and projects (there are over 20!!!),
It made me want to dig into my watercolors, fabrics, felts.. even more than before!!
That girl is just a inspiration all around. YOu can't watch a video of hers and NOT just want to grab whatever it is she is teaching you and jump right in.
She truly is brilliant in the way she teaches because she builds that little fire under you to create, to spread your wings, to try new things. She is so generous with her knowledge too. Seriously i am so blessed that 3 years ago she took my first She Art Workshop and started posting her take on my class in our Yahoo group. I don't know otherwise if I would have ever gotten to know this beautiful soul. SHe has now become one of my closest friends which through the last year, as been one of my strongest supports of love and advice.
Love tender mercies like that.
So the reason for this post? lol.. I know I always talk a lot. Sorry.. but truly I just wanted to share some of the goodness that I created for Junelle's "art of goodness" workshop. If you aren't taking this workshop.. you can still join. And the good news is that now, once you join, you have access to all three weeks at all once! Since the workshop is now in self study mode. (I hate waiting for each week! lol I am too impatient!)
so here are just a few of the things I created..
of course I had fun playing around with watercolors and sketching. Then I also added in some fun new techniques I have been using lately too. I like to call Hybrid watercolors. Using different mediums to get the watercolor look but with more non traditional supplies
I went a little crazy with my postcard watercolor sketches.. don't mind me. lol
Told ya I went a little crazy. I think I am now addicted to these postcards from Strathmore. They come in a pack of like 15. Anyhow they come with the postcard already designed on the back, so once you are finished and seal off your work, you can just pop it into the mail! Seriously?? how cute! I keep s"Borrowing" more sets of them out of our Scarlet Lime Store lol.. (poor benny.. I better order more so he doesn't notice how many i have really taken :) EEK!). If you haven't ever played on them.. you should try them.. and yes I believe right now we do still have them in stock haha. Might not be the case by the end of the week, if I keep getting my hands on them. jk. By the way if you don't like the idea of just sending a postcard.. you can also create watercolor cards too! And yes we DO sell those in the store as well, and come with envelopes.
anyhow.. LOVED getting back into sketching and watercolors! Then of course I had to go for her wood block projects she taught.. getting all messy with paints, papers, rubons, and stuff. Here is the project I created .. did my own take on a christmas tree set..
those ended up being super fun and now I am addicted to making all sorts of wood block projects as well (wonder if ben will notice I am borrowing all of his wood blocks out of the store too? ;)
(love these soup blocks that Junelle made.. she puts recipes on the back.. seriously? how cute?? )
I think my favorite part of the class is that she then shows you how to bundle everything up you have made and gift it as sweet adorable gifts for the holidays! That girl.. always thinking of others.
so anyhow.. this post has ended up being WAY longer than I expected. I just wanted to come on and share some of what I have been working on the last week or so.. hahah. Yea I guess you wouldn't expect less than a mouth-full right? :)
If you ARE still interested in taking Junelle's Holiday workshop.. its always still open! you can find out more about it here! I LOVE supporting this wonderful girl! With everything she is always doing for other people.. how can you not love her?
well later this week I will be sharing with you some sneak peeks of my upcoming workshop.. the 2013 Twelve Artsy Ornaments Workshop! I have 11 Freaking AMAZING artist joining me this year and starting Wednesday I will be posting sneak peeks of what we will be making in this workshop.. WHICH by the way.. starts early this year.. NExT WEEK!! the 19th!! Wanted to give you plenty of time to create for the holidays.. goodness know I need it! lol
Well happy monday! Hope it's a non chaotic one (is that even possible for a monday?)