Creative JumpStart

One BADASS Art Journal – Online Workshop

Registration is open for One BADASS Art Journal – an online workshop I am teaching in! This is hosted by Tiare Smith and includes 16 teachers and 17 lessons to help you unlock your inner artistic badass.

The workshop begins February 1st, 2021 and goes for 4 months through May 31, 2021.  Afterwards it is completely self-paced and you have lifetime access to videos and lessons to help you get a bit more confident with your artmaking. Find out more and register HERE.

Here’s what you can expect: Step-by-Step Mixed Media Tutorials, Video Tutorials, Downloadable PDFs, Wonderful for beginners or anyone who wants to embrace their inner BADASS.


Creative JumpStart 2021 is also on SALE now – just $59 with Cyber Week pricing through December 4th at 11:59pm EST. This is our BIGGEST Creative JumpStart ever with 45 different artists and 45 mixed media lessons designed to JumpStart YOUR Creativity.

Sign up now and get ready for a new lesson each day from New Year’s Day through Valentine’s Day. Our theme this year is Storyteller and our artists are sharing their stories through artistic techniques and projects designed to inspire you in 2021 and beyond.

Unlock the power of storytelling in your artwork! Sign up HERE today.

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Announcing Creative JumpStart 2021: On sale today!

Are you ready for the BIGGEST Creative JumpStart EVER? We’re celebrating our 10th Anniversary this year in a big way and I’m excited today to announce Creative JumpStart (CJS) 2021 is on sale!

Sign up TODAY and SAVE BIG: you can get CJS21 for just $49USD today. Our Cyber Monday Sale ends tonight, November 30th at 11:59pmEST.

What is Creative JumpStart? It’s a one-of-a-kind online mixed media workshop, designed to kick your creativity into high gear from January 1st through February 14th 2021 and BEYOND. Learn techniques, discover new materials, and connect with other artists and crafters. 

Check out the Promo Video to get a taste:

What does Creative JumpStart 2021 include? As this is our 10th Anniversary Year, we are bigger than ever with 45 leading mixed media artists sharing 45 downloadable video lessons with you. We’ve also got tons of added goodies: downloadable PDF supply lists and artist guides to assist you with the lessons, the chance to interact with students and teachers in the classroom, the opportunity to share your CJS21 inspired artwork with an incredible community of creative souls, exclusive giveaways from our sponsors, and LIVE webinars to enrich your artistic journey in 2021 and BEYOND.

Who are the wonderful teachers of Creative JumpStart 2021? We have a powerhouse of talent in the line up this year. I am thrilled to present to you many seasoned veterans of CJS but also some new faces that add to the excitement that is Creative JumpStart:

The theme this year is Storyteller and we asked our artists to create lessons inspired by the story that they wanted to tell. Art is such a powerful tool for telling our own stories, through subject matter, tools, materials, colors, style, and more. Our artists will share with you how they use creativity to tell a story and will teach and inspire you to translate these techniques into your own way of creating.

Sign up HERE for Creative JumpStart 2021.

You get 45 videos – over 8 hours worth of video content –  for just $49 (USD) if you sign up by November 30th, 11:59 pm EST. Afterwards it will be $59USD until December 4th 11:59pmEST, and $69USD until December 31 11:59pmEST, before it goes to its normal sale price of $89USD on January 1st, 2021.

So what are you waiting for? SIGN UP HERE

Also: Our Seasonal Spectacular Sale is ending TODAY. So be sure to head to my online shop and add some rubber stamps, foam stamps, stencils, artwork, mugs and more (any physical product – woohoo) to your shopping cart. Then just use the coupon code SEASONAL25 to save 25% off. Hurry in – items are going fast and this is my BIGGEST sale of the year :) Here is the shop.

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  • jamcam2022

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    Happy 10th Anniversary – just joined CJS2021. Love the feeling of excitement that I get anticipating January 1. And how smart of you to continue it through February 14! Thank you Nat for being you?

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Best of Creative JumpStart Vol. 5 – Online Workshop Bundle

I’m releasing another Best of CJS bundle today!!! 

Best of Creative JumpStart Vol. 5 is now on sale! This is the fifth bundle of mixed media lessons by some of our super talented CJS artist teachers, this bundle includes videos from Creative JumpStart 2019. The CJS 2019 theme was: My Home is My Castle and our artist teachers were asked to create a lesson inspired by what home means to them.

For only $9.99 you will receive access to download links for 12 inspiring Creative JumpStart lessons from 2019. Here are the amazing teachers and lessons in this bundle:

  • Marsha Valk 2019 : Building Blocks of Home
  • Gwen Lafleur 2019 : Home Gratitude Journal
  • Aaron and Jenny Holiday 2019 : The Family Flag
  • Andrea Gomoll 2019 : Home is a State of Mind
  • Birgit Koopsen 2019: King of the Castle
  • Julie Fei-Fan Balzer 2019 : Home Sweet Home
  • Andrea Chebeleu 2019: A Home for Your ATCs
  • Sandra Evertson 2019: Wood Burning for the Home
  • Jen Crossley 2019 : Tiny House Jewelry
  • Mary Beth Shaw 2019 : Stenciled Home Decor
  • Mystele Kirkeeng 2019 : Assemblage Home
  • Nat Kalbach 2019 : My Home is My Stamp

You can learn more and sign up HERE. Take a peek at the lessons below:

If you’re looking for more videos, be sure to check out some of my other CJS workshop bundles: Best of CJS Vol.1 from 2014/2015, Best of CJS Vol. 2 from 2016, Best of CJS Vol. 3 from 2017, and Best of CJS Vol. 4 from 2018. Each year had a different theme, a unique variety of artists, and an inspiring mix of lessons. Jump with us!

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Best of Creative JumpStart Vol. 4 – Online Workshop Bundle

Today I’m happy to announce that Best of Creative JumpStart Vol. 4 is now on sale! This is the fourth bundle of mixed media lessons by some of our amazing CJS artist teachers, this bundle includes videos from Creative JumpStart 2018. The CJS2018 theme was: Now We’re Cooking: Mixed Media Art Recipes and our artist teachers were asked to create a lesson inspired by their recipe for creative success.

For only $9.99 you will receive access to download links for 12 inspiring Creative JumpStart lessons from 2018. Here are the awesome teachers and lessons in this bundle:

  • Nat Kalbach 2018: The Secret Ingredient
  • Mystele Kirkeeng 2018: A Recipe for Play
  • Catherine Scanlon 2018: Traced Flower Painting
  • Marsha Valk 2018: Sole Picasso
  • Diana Trout 2018: Spice of Life
  • Sandra Evertson 2018: Hot Glue Cooking
  • Pam Carriker 2018: Mixed Media Angels
  • Birgit Koopsen 2018: A Delicious Little Hors D’oeuvres
  • Rae Missigman 2018: A Recipe for Color and Resist
  • Michelle Ward 2018: Let’s Have Take Out!
  • Gwen Lafleur 2018: Collage Papers
  • Jen Crossley 2018: Metal Etched Book

You can sign up HERE for this nice bundle of CJS18 videos.

And if you haven’t yet, you can still sign up for Best of CJS Vol.1 with videos from 2014 and 2015, Best of CJS Vol. 2 with videos from 2016, and Best of CJS Vol. 3 with videos from 2017. Stay tuned for more  and enjoy Jumping with us again :)

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Last Chance for Creative JumpStart 2020

Did you register for Creative JumpStart 2020 last January? If not, now is your LAST CHANCE to sign up for the CJS20 Super Power edition. The online workshop includes 31 downloadable video lessons by 31 different mixed media artists who are sharing their unique artistic super powers with you through project and technique lessons. The 10 minute video format is designed to fit into any busy schedule to encourage daily artistic practice and to help JumpStart YOUR Creativity!

Sign up HERE today – the workshop will no longer be available for purchase after September 20th, 2020. 

Check out the promo video to see all the artists who are teachers for CJS20:

 

If you’re looking for a workshop to inspire you through an exciting variety of artistic styles, different mediums, and mixed media techniques, Creative JumpStart delivers. Learn more HERE.

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Best of Creative JumpStart Vol. 3 – Online Workshop Bundle

Today I’m happy to announce that Best of Creative JumpStart Vol. 3 is now on sale! This is the third bundle of mixed media lessons by some of our amazing CJS artist teachers, this bundle includes videos from Creative JumpStart 2017.

For only $9.99 you will receive access to download links for 12 inspiring Creative JumpStart lessons from 2017. Here are the awesome teachers and lessons in this bundle:

  • Birgit Koopsen: 2017 – Collaged Stool
  • Catherine Scanlon: 2017 – Flower Mix
  • Gina Lee Kim: 2017 – Watercolor Seascape
  • Julie Fei-Fan Balzer: 2017 – Faux Stone Book
  • Marsha Valk: 2017 – A Head Full of Dreams
  • Michelle Ward: 2017 – Monochromatic Montage
  • Mystele Kirkeeng: 2017 – Folk Art Mash Up
  • Nat Kalbach: 2017 – From Cy to Nat
  • Natalya Khorover (Aikens): 2017 – Reduce Reuse Recycle Stitch
  • Pam Carriker: 2017 – Painting with PanPastels
  • Rachel Greig: 2017 – Ink, Stamp, Collage!
  • Rae Missigman: 2017 – Layers of Color

You can sign up HERE for this nice bundle of CJS17 videos.

And if you haven’t yet, you may still sign up for Best of CJS Vol.1 with videos from 2014 and 2015 and Best of CJS Vol. 2 with videos from 2016. Stay tuned for more Best of CJS video bundles and enjoy Jumping with us again :)

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Best of Creative JumpStart Vol. 2 – Online Workshop Bundle

Today I’m happy to announce that Best of Creative JumpStart Vol. 2 is now on sale! This is the second bundle of mixed media lessons by some of our amazing CJS artist teachers, this bundle includes videos from Creative JumpStart 2016.

For just $9.99 you will receive access to download links for 12 inspiring Creative JumpStart lessons from 2016. Here are the stellar teachers and lessons in this bundle:

  • Marsha Valk – CJS16 Picasso – Cardboard Wall Installation
  • Mystele Kirkeeng – CJS16 Kahlo – Stucco Panel Portrait
  • Rae Missigman – CJS16 Matisse – Colorful Art Journal Blooms
  • Andrea Gomoll – CJS16 Kahlo – Watercolor Floral Portrait
  • Natalya Khorover (Aikens) – CJS16 Kiefer – Abstract Stitched Canvas
  • Nathalie Kalbach – CJS16 Kiefer – Texture Exploration on Canvas
  • Birgit Koopsen – CJS16 Basquiat – Heart vs. Head Portrait
  • Julie Fei-Fan Balzer – CJS16 Matisse – Watercolor Stick Portrait of a Lady
  • Michelle Ward – CJS16 Matisse – Stencils and Spray Paint
  • Catherine Scanlon – CJS16 Picasso – Floral Painting Inspired by Words
  • Jane LaFazio – CJS16 Kahlo – Watercolor Flowers Collage
  • Jodi Ohl – CJS16 Basquiat – Out of Your Head and On to The Canvas

Sign up HERE today for a nice bundle of technique and project lessons from the Creative JumpStart archive!

And if you haven’t yet, you may still sign up for Best of CJS Vol.1 with videos from 2014 and 2015. Stay tuned for more Best of CJS video bundles and enjoy Jumping with us again :)

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Jumping with… Mary Beth Shaw Part 2 – A CJS Interview Series

So happy to share with you today a special video interview I did with one of our Creative JumpStart 2020 teachers: Mary Beth Shaw. I have known Mary Beth for years and she is also the amazing woman behind StencilGirl Products. In this interview Mary Beth talks about her CJS lesson and the fun you can have from “making something out of nothing” and getting insight from the thought process behind creating an artwork. Mary Beth also discusses her new live video projects, her focus on self care during these difficult times, and the power of technology and creativity to help us maintain social connections and keep us engaged.


I hope you join me later today at 12noon EST for a live Kaffeeklatsch Get Together chat on Facebook! It will be fun to check in with you this week :)

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Jumping with… a Creative JumpStart Student! Interview

So happy to share with you today a special interview I did with one of our Creative JumpStart 2020 students: Christine Conley! I wanted to interview Christine because her experience with the online workshop was very special and super inspiring: she completed every single lesson (one each day in January as the workshop was first coming out) and posted her work  on her Instagram for everyone to see and enjoy.

I was so impressed with her dedication to creating that I knew I wanted to learn a bit more about Christine. Here is a little interview I sent her and some of her gorgeous CJS inspired artwork too.


1. What is your name and where are you right now? Christine Conley Monroe, North Carolina

2. How did you learn about Creative JumpStart and what prompted you to Jump? I learned about Creative Jumpstart from Julie Fei-Fan Balzer’s blog and it sounded wonderful so I signed up immediately during the discount period.

3. How many of the 31 lessons have you tried? I completed all 31 lessons and loved them all!

4. What was it about CJS that motivated you each day to create? The lessons were very well done, by highly engaging artists. I felt so excited each day to get up and see the new lesson.

5. How did you maintain your dedication all through January? I had no trouble. I couldn’t wait each day to do the next lesson. Of course, I am older and retired so I am blessed with more free time than many.

6. At the beginning of January, did you have a goal? My goal, which I met, was to complete all 31 lessons.

7. What kinds of artwork and craft projects do you typically enjoy creating? Before Creative Jumpstart, I made cards, jewelry and pottery. I donate some of them to the gift shop at a missionary organization, and I use the rest for gifts.

8. Did CJS inspire you to use any different materials or techniques? Yes, I learned so much about different drawing and coloring materials, and I was inspired to make collage papers and do some journaling.

9 What would you say to a friend who is thinking about doing Creative JumpStart? I would recommend Creative Jumpstart to any person who enjoys making things, or who wants to get started making things. The instruction is clear and very interesting.

10. In 3 words, how would you describe CJS? Three words I would use to describe Creative Jumpstart are: motivating, exciting and excellent.


Thank you Christine for sharing your CJS experience! I just love hearing about your excitement and motivation through it all.

If you’d like to join us in the Creative JumpStart classroom and have access to 31 different mixed media lessons by 31 different mixed media artists – sign up and get started right away. Work at your own pace, try different materials and styles of creating, and download the video lessons for future inspiration too. You can even challenge yourself as Christine did to work on one a day. Regardless of how you approach it, it’s fun, it’s inspiring, and it’s a great community of artists and crafters to meet. 

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