Friday, February 5, 2016

Open House -- Traveling Brightly Workshop



Open House Weekend
Hello friends....I am so happy you are here!  Welcome!

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Traveling Brightly  
 online open-studio workshop
art journaling + daily discovery + favorite block art
 
Finding the beauty in life's everyday moments & celebrating them in our art...
(all while laughing at our wild antics)



I have been hoping you would stop by - here's a big hug, a nice warm fire, and a hot cup of tea.  Do you want to put your feet up? 

How are you? 
How is your art?
How is your heart? 

I have been thinking of you.

These winter months can be such a gift of rest, rejuvenation, and for some of us -- hibernation.  They can also be a busy season of new projects and new art.  I think it is reasonable to want a healthy mix of both, don't you?  (That is why they make such darling pajamas, right?  We just get so much done in them some days!)

I am quite sure I could curl up in a big blanket with my sketchbook and be happy every weekend! How about you? 


  
Grab your sketchbook and join me for an Open House Project!!!

We are just starting a fun project that we will be completing 
together the first week of class.   All you need is a 
sketchbook and a mechanical pencil.  




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This workshop is a wild mix of favorite block art, special sketches, and inspiration from my love of the creative journey...a pilgrimage of faith & art.

It isn't necessary to have taken any previous block art or Pilgrimage courses.  This is just a delightful couple of weeks to get out the bright, sparkling, and joy-filled art that our hearts need and spend a few moments together -- playfully and prayerfully investing in the art our heart's crave.

A collection of spirit filled, lighthearted loves...of taking this journey together
 -- adventures and all --


"We're all just walking each other home." 
 Ram Dass


simple supplies + beautiful colors + a big dose of wild inspiration


A list of some upcoming projects: 

traveling brightly deliveries
hearts grow fonder
 
light sparkles
the smallest joys
messy-hearted 
stained-glass mosaic


peaceful toes
Brother Lawrence stories
rooted & grounded in love
fresh french bouquets

daily stretches and creative discoveries
dozens of sketches
amazing creative community of support


and of course, mischievous lambs and others from the 
blessed barnyard!

 



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Along with our original supplies (that I email you), here are a few extra things to have on hand - keep it simple:  
(You don't have to purchase all the supplies listed, these are simply a guide for what is used in upcoming projects. I like to use what I have on hand and encourage you to do the same. Be creative!) 
Wood blocks  - typically 2x4's cut in various lengths (3, 4, 5, 6 inches), a 2x6 cut into a squared shape, any other wood pieces you come across.  I cut at least a dozen, at random lengths, at a time, you may want to start with less.  Hardware stores will cut them for you, just ask a nice looking person to help you.  If you don't want to use wood blocks you can use canvases in any size, art journal pages, or simply sketch along with us in your sketchbook.  Once you try a wood block...you will be addicted.  Fair warning.

Sandpaper #100
Sketchbook (one you will use) and mechanical pencils
Book paper, torn from an old book
Pieces of colorful paper.  I recommend cardstock weight (heavier, thicker), but any will do.

Acrylic paints - any colors that you love right now.  Include white/cream and black to your mix.
Heavy body acrylic paints - titanium white (golden brand is what i use) and any other colors you love the most.
Acrylic brushes - in assorted sizes.  Purchase a small inexpensive package if you need variety.

White gesso - I love the cheap gesso (Daler Rowney)
Decoupage or Mod podge - matte finish is my favorite
Neocolor ll crayons or a set of simple watercolors - we use brown quite a bit.
A couple sheets of 8x11 hot pressed (smooth) watercolor paper, you don't need an expensive brand.

Black sharpie fine point pen
White sharpie poster paint pen, fine or medium.  I have a hard time finding these outside of Amazon.com
Texture helps - start collecting little pieces of punchinella, sheet rock tape, or bubble wrap if you like the look of texture in your work. (Find things around your home...be creative) 
Clear glitter, ribbons,and small sharp scissors.




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In all the courses I have taught (many, many) I have learned that the greatest gifts are found in a collective mix of artists coming together with goodness in their hearts, kindness on their lips, and an eagerness to build inspired moments for all.   
I see you, my friend, as one of these blessed souls.
You are the most important part of your art
I believe in you.  I know you have it in you...

I am honored you will join me and our group of amazing artists as we embark on a new adventure in lighthearted creative play.  You may just find your new creative muse in the mix!

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love & gesso

Junelle 




Question:

Do I need to take a block class (Saturday Mornings) or your pilgrimage class (the Art of Pilgrimage) for this class?  

Nope!  All of my workshops stand independently from one another.  Sometimes it is fun to build upon a collection you may have started earlier, but it isn't necessary.  You are always welcome to jump in and see for yourself...it is always brand new!



 Traveling Brightly 
 online open-studio workshop
 
art journaling + daily creative discovery + favorite block art

[ The second in a series of workshops
on Pilgrimage 
-- a beautiful collection for each season]


a perfect mix of all things wonderful --

a light & fun approach to mixed media art, watercolor, and playful

daily sketching, stories, and devotions.

Workshop opens: Wednesday, February 10  
$45


 

Once purchased each workshop is yours to keep - 
the doors are open anytime!
xo



*If you already purchased this course through our first pilgrimage class, 
you should be receiving a confirmation email from me. 








Monday, January 18, 2016

a new year for...traveling brightly



 I have so much fun each winter -- starting a whole new collection of art. 
I embrace the challenge to find witty new sketches, everything freshly painted & art sparkling new.  The passionate creativity I feel each winter is such a gift.  Do you feel it to?  To embrace these cold dark months as our open studio time is brilliant! (for me - no yard work or lambs needing to be fed)  To dig into something new and see where it goes is pure adventure.  Pure adventure!  Some of my best work is done during these cold winter months.  I think the hibernation must be good for our artist's hands and hearts.  A very strong cup of tea is good too!

If you are brand new to art, or to my love of playful art, welcome!

I am introducing a new course for this year:  Traveling Brightly

If you didn't take my last Pilgrimage course, but think you may want to jump into this workshop, please do!  Each of my Pilgrimage courses will be uniquely their own, you can take the entire series or opt to take any that suit you.  It is completely up to you!  **Once purchased you have access at anytime, they are yours to keep!  



Our adventures in Traveling Brightly include:  
A beautiful way to see the world - We jump joyfully into our art in a brand new way each day.  Each step leads us down a unique path of our very own -- so exciting! 
Daily emails (first 10 days): open gates, gentle graces, wild adventures, and uncharted blessings~
A classroom filled with over a dozen new project ideas & sketches.
A mix of devotions, poetry, prose, and blessings to inspire your journey.
Introductions to some of my favorites: saints, writers, artists, friends, farmers, and sheep.
A joyful and encouraging teacher that delights in you and your art (that's me!) 
An artist community, one that we can love, to eagerly support and collectively share. 
Winter fun -- if you have taken "Saturday Morning" block classes with me before, you know the fun we have!!!  
A brand new collection is waiting...just for you.


We will pour creative helps & love on your own personal projects - finding what really makes your heart and spirit sing.  Let's uncover your own creative path and support your journey!  



We will be seeing and finding, collecting and sketching the divine moments that tend our paths and have new inspirations for our favorite winter projects!
We will create inspiring art -- thick with color, story, blessings, and friendship along the way.  Try your hand at art journal creating or my favorite, block art. You will love it!
We will take artist dates together. What?  Yes...fieldtrips (online)
We will be building space to support each other's creative dreams and nurture hearts - a private facebook group (and I have the best and most loving facebook groups ever)


 Traveling Brightly 
 online open-studio workshop
art journaling + daily creative discovery + favorite block art

[ The second in a series of workshops
on Pilgrimage 
-- a beautiful collection for each season]


a perfect mix of all things wonderful --
a light & fun approach to mixed media art, watercolor, and playful
daily sketching, stories, and devotions.

Workshop opens: Wednesday, February 10 

$45





Once purchased each workshop is yours to keep - 
the doors are open anytime!
xo

*If you already purchased this course through our first pilgrimage class, 
you should be receiving a confirmation email from me. 



I have two amazing trips planned this September. It is the year of Pilgrimage and I am so excited!!!  I would love to have join me in Italy!  Only a few spots left in each week -- Lake Como and Orvieto.  Contact me for details....you really should come with me.  It is life changing, affirming, and heaven on earth for girls like us!!!   


If you didn't get the chance to try our first Pilgrimage workshop...here are the details.  Jump in and join us -- we are doing a year-long study & artist workshops -- you are welcome to any part of it!  xo


Pilgrimage Online Workshop
wild faith & wild art 

[The first in a series of four workshops
-- a beautiful collection for each season]

$45


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The big question is...whether you are going to be able to say 
a hearty yes to your adventure.  

Joseph Campbell
























Saturday, October 31, 2015

a holiday workshop (sign up)



As the frosty and sparkling snow begins to fall and the tea kettle sings, I am nestled in my warm kitchen.  I am finding the twinkling lights and wet mittens and boots (that line the kitchen wall) and the warm smells of baking are making me smile (big!).   
I love these moments.  Quiet.  Soft.  Present.  Expectant.  Hope-filled.    


It is a special time of year. A time of sparkles, snuggles, and so-much-love,
 and my heart is spilling with all the joyful thoughts...

and I have all kinds of merriment planned, too.  

Yes, yes I do.





After two tries with the lambs, I had to stay far away from the camera -- 
the sheep thought I brought it just for them, a nibbling treat!


This is a lighthearted and lively, festive and full-of-winter-wonderful, 
project and inspiration filled course!  

Your sketchbook will be full of goodies!  

We will paint and giggle our way into the holidays...
and...you are certainly welcome to bring all your family & friends along!

Some things really should be shared~

  
I am always so ready and excited this time of year.  I love the things that not only spark our creativeness -- but also offer a deeper richness of meaning for our seeking hearts.  I think I have a perfect idea of where to start...

All things Bright and Beautiful 
all Creatures Great and Small
(online workshop)

simple and sweet -- and full of Christmas goodies
a great price for so many adorable projects...too many ideas!

Jump in anytime!!!

$36

**if you are already attending my Donna Downey workshop this November, 
you are already signed up!  xo


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snow mums & babes
woolie hat collections
handcrafted card collections

sheep & shepherds
a collection of block art (or canvas art):
a sweet nativity
christmas markets

sparkling ornament blessings
and the friendly beasts

and so many sketching ideas to get you started...

a bunch of gifting ideas - fresh & beautiful

delicious holiday treats, too!


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I so hope you can join us!

Just think, a handcrafted holiday - all ready to decorate and gift,
a delightful group of artist friends,
and a heart (and sketchbook) filled with joyful fun!




xoxo

Junelle 














Saturday, October 24, 2015

pilgrimage: wild faith & wild art


Open House Week


I am so happy to see you...xo

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Pilgrimage: wild faith & wild art

Tell it, girl– that we evolve; 
that life is stunning, 
wild, gorgeous, weird, brutal, hilarious 
and full of grace.  

Anne Lamott 


Our adventurous new fall workshop is almost ready...are you ready, too? 

 It has been pure joy collecting the ideas and imagery for this little journey.  
Soon we will be building your collections, too.  
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For me, projects like this always start with a word.
This time, in this moment…it is Pilgrimage.  

I have talked about it so much with family and friends I think they will tell you - it stole my heart and it just won’t let go.  I am a pilgrim on a mission of love.  

The word pilgrimage defines historical places and religious calls, stories of miraculous moments, defining choices/consequences, personal transitions in life. It is also a word that playfully whispers, 
“Let’s go…Let’s go…” 


taking us by the hand into exciting and transformational adventures.




In preparation, I have been called on my own pilgrimages of faith and high adventures.  I am walking the same paths we are taking together...





I know for myself the challenges, fears, joy and growth that accompany the word yes and I hope you will trust your heart to say yes, too.  


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Pilgrimage takes many forms~


You may be setting out or just returning from a memorable place. 

Your heart may be ripe for a new challenge.

You may just need a friend to give you a brave kick-in-the-pants to get started.

You may be living a (hard) pilgrimage of faith right now.  
You are not alone.  Let's pray together xo

You might be on a path you have always wanted to take.

You may be on a path you never thought you would have to take. 

Your heart may be calling you to something more.


You are welcome here. You are Loved.  

Welcome to the journey my friend!





Our time together: 


A full two-week workshop that will easily fit into your current creating. 

A beautiful new way to see the world - through the eyes of Pilgrimage. You will love it!

A joyful and encouraging teacher that delights in you and your art (that's me!)

Daily emails (for our live class - November 1-14) :  I will make it sweet and simple for you to catch the daily emails and carry the inspiration with you.  An email, a sketch/project a day, a message of love, and time to chat in our private facebook group.  

Introductions to some of my favorites: places, saints, writers, artists, friends, farmers, and sheep (of course)

A dozen fall projects: sketching, watercolors, acrylics, blocks, stitching, photography, and art journaling.

We will pour creative helps & love on your own personal projects - finding what really makes your heart and spirit sing.  Let's uncover your own creative path and support your journey!  

We will be seeing and finding, collecting and sketching the divine moments that tend our paths and... 

We will create inspiring art -- thick with color, story, blessings, and friendship along the way. 







An open house sketch for you!






Please use what you have and what you love.  If you are not sure, wait and see how they are used in the classroom.  I love using items from my own stash, don't you?

Sketchbook and mechanical pencil - the inexpensive ones are great! 


Watercolor paints of your choice, I use several varieties at a time

Watercolor or Neocolor ll in flesh color 


Mix of watercolor brushes


Black uni-pins - o.2 - o.8 and a black fine-point sharpie pen


White sharpie fine-point poster paint pen and uniball signo white pen


a couple of small canvases or wood blocks (cut 5" or 6" long from 2x4 wood)


Canvas or wood panel at least an 8x10 size


Watercolor paper (hot pressed 140lb).  A larger sheet or block (I use a 12x16), an 8x8 block or loose sheets (watch the in-class project videos to see what size you want to use) 


Small smooth surface (hot pressed) watercolor paper/cards.  I love these for art journaling watercolors.  Link here.  I use the "ecowhite" cards.  They fit so nicely in an art journal, in a card, or in a frame.


Art journal of your choice, I am using an old book.  I will show you when class begins.

Variety of acrylic paints (I love heavy body acrylics)


Paint brushes used for acrylic painting (an inexpensive set is great)


acrylic gesso - I use Daler-Rowney simply acrylic gesso - any type will do. 


decoupage or mod podge (matte finish) and a glue stick


Krylon workable fixatif spray 


a mix of few colorful papers, ribbons, photo corners, and a stapler


These links are just to be helpful, I am not compensated for any links I share.






I am inviting you to step into a brand new adventure with me...



Pilgrimage Online Workshop
wild faith & wild art 

[The first in a series of four workshops
-- a beautiful collection for each season]

November 1-14

$45


_________________________




The big question is...whether you are going to be able to say 
a hearty yes to your adventure.  

Joseph Campbell







Tuesday, September 15, 2015

a first look at the journey...come along with me!


Often when starting a new project, workshop, collection, I can outline the same exact routine.  A silly process perhaps, but one that works wonders for me. 
  
I literally do what most of us only dream of...I drench myself in quiet.  I leave all my social media behind for days and go old-school-notebook and strictly imposed simplicity.  It sounds harsh doesn't it?  It is like a self imposed time-out that isn't punishing.  

Like being told to stay sitting on your mat during yoga, it is so hard to do (for me), but so nurturing. Being quiet. Calm. Focused. 



Daily, after caring for the needs of real life, I take time to walk, sketch, and pray. I find it easier to unwind on my front porch or while walking to the blessed barnyard.  I have all kinds of creatively playful projects to work through and I need to get to a place of "soft groundedness".  

Inspiration grows like wildflowers when I allow this precious space and I welcome every idea with equal excitement, filling sketchbooks and notebook-fulls of ideas.  Some of these sketchy ideas are relevant (which tells you most are sooo not), some are uber silly, and some seem to take shape as complete concepts or collections, which really helps me to stay focused!  Thank heavens!!!

Many times I jump back into life full of clarity about what steps I will take next. 

But, this is actually where the journey just begins... 



Sometimes I get caught up in what I am studying/reading/creating and stay focused for weeks. Perhaps too long? ((grinning)) I really do love my self motivated time-outs.

This...taking the first steps into a new journey is what I am excited to invite you into this fall (and  next year, too).

A pilgrimage of wild faith & wild art



For starters, our adventure into our first Pilgrimage: wild faith & wild art includes: 
A beautiful new way to see the world - through the eyes of Pilgrimage. You will love it!
((I am in sooo in love with the material for this course already!))

I will bring the travel to you (unless you want to join me...then please do!)

A joyful and encouraging teacher that delights in you and your art (that's me!)

Daily emails: open gates, gentle graces, wild adventures, and uncharted blessings

A classroom filled with over a dozen new projects and loads more sketches.

A mix of devotions and creative ideas to inspire your journey.

Introductions to some of my favorites: saints, writers, artists, friends, farmers, and sheep.

Fall projects: sketching, watercolors, acrylics, blocks, stitching, photography, and art journaling... 


I am inviting you to step into a brand new adventure with me - Yes!  It will be me + you, on our first path of pilgrimage... 
We will pour creative helps & love on your own personal projects - finding what really makes your heart and spirit sing.  Let's uncover your own creative path and support your journey!  

We will be seeing and finding, collecting and sketching the divine moments that tend our paths and... 
We will create inspiring art -- thick with color, story, blessings, and friendship along the way. 
We will take artist dates together. What?  Yes...fieldtrips (online, you won't need to travel). 
We will be building space to support each other's creative dreams and nurture hearts - a private facebook group (and I have the best and most loving facebook groups ever...it's a fact!) 
We will also be able to collaborate in creative messes -- some fun new ideas!




Pilgrimage Online Workshop
wild faith & wild art 

[The first in a series of four workshops
-- a beautiful collection for each season]

November 1-14


$35 early registration 


Pilgrimage Online Workshop $45 - after October 18




a brand new collection of favorite art, 
and of course...

a whole lot of heart. 


In joining me, you will have first notice of all of my personal art retreats coming up this year -- I haven't opened any of my U.S. traveling pilgrimages yet!

jj




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