Creative JumpStart 2018

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Creative JumpStart is a one-of-a-kind community event to jumpstart your creativity in 2018. The Theme this year is “Now We’re Cooking: Mixed Media Art Recipes”. We’re heading into the kitchen of creativity for this one: the Mixed Media studio! Join our crew of Mixed Media Artists and Crafters as they grab their aprons, favorite tools of the trade, and share with their own original recipes for a mixed media masterpiece. They’ll stir together their favorite art ingredients and show us how to create original projects. There will be mixed media recipes for art journal pages, canvases, assemblage and more!

Join us for this 7th year of CJS and learn how different Mixed Media Artists and Crafters translate our theme into their own work, sharing with you their creative process, techniques, tips, tricks, and ideas on how to develop your own style.

You get 31 DOWNLOADABLE videos for $50 (USD). It’s a great value – at only $1.61 per video it’s a collection of tutorials that you can keep forever, over 6 hours of unique content!

How does it work? Each day throughout the month of January, a new video will post in the online classroom. Watch all the videos and download and and all of them! Participate in the classroom comments, ask questions and post comments, show and share your interpretation of the projects to get the most from the CJS community. There will be exclusive giveaway events, access to project supply lists, and additional special features to inspire you. The classroom will be open until the middle of November 2018 and the videos can be downloaded in the classroom and then kept forever!

Join the 31 artists we call “JumpStarters” as they reveal their art recipes. They’ll be bringing their unique style and favorite media and techniques to the kitchen (AKA the studio) to share.

For only $50 you’ll get:

  • A series of 31 technique- and project-based videos from 31 artists from around the world.
  • Each video is 10-15 minutes long for a total total of over 6 hours of video content
  • Downloadable videos – download before November 2018 to enjoy them forever.
  • Information about new creative and innovative products and techniques you might not have used before.
  • Inspiration to jumpstart your own artwork
  • Methods to translate artwork by others into your own style.

If you’re looking for new ideas and inspiration, Creative JumpStart is for you!

Take a peek at some of the projects included in CJS this year:

Who is this workshop for?

This workshop is for the Mixed Media Hobby Artist who wants to jumpstart their creativity in a wide field of projects, techniques and mediums. It is suited for beginners to intermediate artists – with a couple projects for the advanced audience. From Art Journaling to Canvases to Assemblage and Etched Metal Books, from Acrylic Paint to Watercolor to Waxbars, from project-based videos to inspirational videos, to technique-based videos – there is something for everyone!

What supplies will I need?

A short basic supply list will be provided in the Welcome Section after you signed in. No need to go on a shopping spree and buy a ton of stuff you might not use that often. Watch the videos first to decide if you can substitute some of the materials with something you already own. If not, then choose which items to buy.

If you have some of the following in hand, it would be helpful:

Sheets of watercolor paper, an Art Journal if you like to work within a book format, 6-8 colors of acrylic paints plus black and white, a basic set of watercolor paints, gel medium, gesso, a selection of brushes including a water brush, a rubber brayer, various pens and pencils.


By signing up for CJS, you agree not to give your private log-in and any password information to anyone else. The enrollment fee is for one person only. After the payment confirmation is sent to you, cancellation is no longer possible. Tuition is not refundable.

All videos are under the copyright of the artists and are for private use only and cannot be shared. You may not teach/re-teach the information in the videos or use it for any online or print publications.

Downloads: You will be able to download the videos so that you can watch them offline and keep them forever. Download terms and conditions will be posted when you download the first video and in order to do so, you will have to agree to those terms and conditions.

Streaming: If you plan on using Streaming only, please sign up only if you are able to watch vimeo hosted videos. All videos are posted in this format. See to test your computer. Some older computers and software may have problems playing the videos. We are not responsible for troubleshooting playback difficulties of the videos. Note that CJS is not optimized for viewing on mobile devices. Some devices may not be able to play videos or display all content. We recommend joining CJS from a laptop or desktop computer. Please ensure your computer or device is compatible BEFORE joining.


There are 42 lessons in this workshop:
  • Welcome to the CJS18 Classroom
  • Jumping with… CJS Artist Interviews
  • Recipes from our CJS Artists
  • Jan 01: Introduction – Let’s Jump
  • Jan 01: Artful Adventures in Mixed Media Book Giveaways!
  • Jan 01: Mystele Kirkeeng – A Recipe for Play
  • Jan 02: Tina Walker – Art Recipe Jar
  • Jan 03: Carolyn Dube – Art Journal Recipe for Play
  • Jan 04: RubberMoon Giveaway!
  • Jan 04: Michelle Ward – Let’s Have Take-Out
  • Jan 05: Michelle Rydell – 7 Step Journal Page
  • Jan 06: Andrew Borloz – Hodge Podge Soup
  • Jan 07: Rae Missigman – A Recipe for Color and Resist
  • Jan 08: Diana Trout – Spice of Life
  • Jan 09: Andrea Gomoll – Recipe for funky and colorful Mixed Media Projects
  • Jan 10: Annie O’Brien Gonzales – Monoprint Collage
  • Jan 11: StencilGirl Products Giveaway!
  • Jan 11: Catherine Scanlon – Traced Flower Painting
  • Jan 12: Jessica Sporn – Canvas with a Story
  • Jan 13: Gwen Lafleur – Collage Papers
  • Jan 14: Rachel Greig – Layer It Up
  • Jan 15: Julie Fei-Fan Balzer – 3 Ingredients
  • Jan 16: Kae Pea – 3 Recipes for Collage Paper
  • Jan 17: Jen Crossley – Metal Etched Book
  • Jan 18: ArtFoamies Giveaway!
  • Jan 18: Joe Rotella – Let’s Get Cooking
  • Jan 19: Andy Skinner – Faux Rust Effect Tag
  • Jan 20: Birgit Koopsen – A delicous little hors d’oeuvre
  • Jan 21: Marsha Valk – Sole Picasso
  • Jan 22: Nathalie Kalbach – The Secret Ingredient
  • Jan 23: Kasia Avery – Mixing The Ingredients
  • Jan 24: Gina Lee Kim – Watercolor & Mixed Media Art Recipe
  • Jan 25: Cloth Paper Scissors Giveaway!
  • Jan 25: Sandra Evertson – Hot Glue Cooking
  • Jan 26: MaryBeth Shaw – Delicious Layers
  • Jan 27: Dina Wakley – Repetition – The No Fail Recipe
  • Jan 28: Jodi Ohl – Recipe for Success
  • Jan 29: Jane LaFazio – Dinner with Georgia O’Keefe
  • Jan 30: Pam Carriker – Mixed Media Angels
  • Jan 31: Finnabair – Dark Beauty
  • Feb 01: Bonus Video!
  • Wrap Up
There are 6 bulletins in this workshop: