Creative JumpStart 2021

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Creative JumpStart is a one-of-a-kind online workshop event to jumpstart your creativity in 2021. This year we are celebrating the 10 Year Anniversary of Creative JumpStart with even more lessons, giveaways, webinars, and opportunities for YOU to find artistic inspiration and connection with a community of other creatives! Jump with Us!

The theme this year is “Storyteller”

One of the most delightful and powerful qualities of artwork is its ability to communicate diverse ideas and unique perspectives across different audiences. Artists are storytellers who use creative materials to express emotion, document reality, make imagination tangible, and so much more. Artwork tells a story, sometimes simple and straightforward, and sometimes it weaves elaborate narratives through space and time as an artist explores an idea in its entirety.

We asked our crew of Mixed Media Artists and Crafters: Tell us your story through artwork! Let your project speak about who you are, what moves you, or let it tell whatever story you want to tell. Share with us how you use creative techniques to convey ideas and show us how your thoughts, feelings, or your story resonates in your artwork.

Join us for this 10th Anniversary 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.

This edition of CJS is BIGGER than ever: you get 45 DOWNLOADABLE video lessons for $89 (USD). It’s a great value – at only $1.98 per video it’s a collection of tutorials that you can keep forever, over 8 hours of unique content!


*Please read download info below*

How does Creative JumpStart 21 work?

Each day from January 1 – February 14th, a new video was posted in the online classroom. All 45 video lessons are now published and ready for viewing. Participate in the classroom comments, ask questions and post comments, and show and share your interpretation of the projects to get the most from the CJS community. You will have access to project supply lists and additional special features to inspire you. The classroom will be open until the middle of November 2021 and the videos can be downloaded in the classroom and then kept forever!

Join the 45 different artists we call “JumpStarters” as they share their creative techniques and their stories. They’ll be bringing their unique style and favorite media and methods to the classroom to share with you.

For only $89 you’ll get:

  • A series of 45 technique- and project-based videos from 45 artists from around the world.
  • Webinars where you meet the artists and a special guest speaker
  • Convenient learning format – each video is about 10 minutes long for a total total of over 8 hours of video content.
  • Downloadable videos – download before November 2021 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 and cultivate a creative habit throughout the year
  • Methods to translate artwork by others into your own style.

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

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 and mixed media based ideas, from project-based videos to inspirational videos, to technique-based videos – there is something for everyone!


What supplies will I need?

Most of the 45 CJS21 lessons can be done with whatever Mixed Media supplies you have at home. But there are some special tools and supplies you will learn about when the time is right and then you can decide whether or not you want to purchase and use them. 

Keep in mind that all the teachers have their own favorite brands and tools which sometimes can be substituted by other brands or tools. All the supplies a teacher uses in their video will be posted in the classroom on their lesson page.

In order to give you a general idea and guideline, we tried to break up the supplies into the following categories: Basic, Used Often and Very Specific.

Below you will find the Basic and Used Often categories so that you can get a feel for what is needed and what might be fun to also have. The Very Specific supply list will be available upon registration in the Welcome to CJS21 lesson. There you will find links to the supplies in each of the categories: Basic, Often Used, and Very Specific. Each artist’s lesson will also include links to the supplies that they have used.


These are the basic supplies you should have to be able to follow along with most of the lessons.

White Cardstock, Watercolor Paper (primarily cold press), Acrylic Paints, Watercolor Paints, Acrylic Markers, Colored Pencils, Paint Brushes (Acrylic paint brushes, watercolor paint brushes and/or water tank brushes), Stencils, Rubber Stamps, Ink Blending Tool with Distress Inks and Distress Oxides, Pencil No 2 or Mechanical Pencils, and Scissors

Used Often 

These are supplies that a lot of teachers use. They sometimes can be substituted by other supplies which you can always ask about in the class. There might be things on this list that you have always wanted to purchase anyway, so maybe now is a good time! 

Art Journal, Matte Gel Medium and Matte Fluid Medium, Gel Printing Plates and a Rubber Brayer, Craft Knife and a Cutting Mat, Plastic Sheets (for example Duralar Transparency or Acetate sheets), Pitt Brush Pens or other Brush Pens, StazOn Ink, Archival Ink Pads, Glue Stick and Glue (white glue), Washi Tape / Masking Tape / Painter’s Tape, White Vellum paper or Duralar Matte Film, Embroidery Thread and Needles, Fabric, Chipboard



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.

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.

Downloads: You will be able to download the videos until November 2021 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.

*Please read the following information regarding downloads: You can download our vimeo videos any time to a desktop computer or laptop. Downloading to certain mobile devices including Apple devices can be problematic in some cases depending on the age and model of the device (an unfortunate limitation to these devices). Please verify the capabilities of your device before purchasing this workshop/workshop collection. Unfortunately we cannot provide technical support for all the different models of devices out there. We recommend researching various support pages to learn about your device and its capabilities, for example the Apple Support page here For additional information about downloads, visit my Help page here

There are 71 lessons in this workshop:
  • Welcome to the CJS21 Classroom
  • CJS21 – A Love Story
  • CJS21 – Let’s Jump!
  • Jan 01 – Nathalie Kalbach
  • Jan 02 – Marsha Valk
  • Jan 03 – Martice Smith
  • Jan 03 – Gelli Arts Giveaway
  • Jan 04 – Catherine Scanlon
  • Jan 05 – Jodi Ohl
  • Jan 06 – Birgit Koopsen
  • Jan 07 – Mystele Kirkeeng
  • Student Work Week 1
  • Jan 08 – Julie Fei-Fan Balzer
  • Jan 09 – Danielle Donaldson
  • Jan 10 – Jimmy Leslie
  • Jan 10 – Liquitex Giveaway
  • Jan 11 – Riikka Kovasin
  • Jan 12 – Nancy Curry
  • Jan 13 – Kristin Williams
  • Jan 14 – Sarah Matthews
  • Student Work Week 2
  • Jan 15 – Carolyn Dube
  • Jan 15 – Webinar – Karen C. Auld
  • Jan 16 – Tania Ahmed
  • Jan 17 – Iris Fritschi-Cussens
  • Jan 17 – Grafix Giveaway
  • Jan 18 – Tonia Jenny
  • Jan 19 – Marlene Meijer-van Niekerk
  • Jan 20 – Amanda Trought
  • Jan 21 – Andrea Chebeleu
  • Student Work Week 3
  • Jan 22 – Joe Rotella
  • Jan 22 – Webinar – Meet the Artists 1
  • Jan 23 – Lexi Grenzer
  • CJS21 – Half Time Check In
  • Jan 24 – Diana Trout
  • Jan 24 – PanPastel Giveaway
  • Jan 25 – Gwen Lafleur
  • Jan 26 – Andrea Gomoll
  • Jan 27 – Natalya Khorover
  • Jan 28 – Kae Pea
  • Student Work Week 4
  • Jan 29 – Seth Apter
  • Jan 29 – Webinar – Meet the Artists 2
  • Jan 30 – Glenda Miles
  • Jan 31 – Rowan Sivyer
  • Jan 31 – RubberMoon Giveaway
  • Feb 01 – Rachel Juanita Bellamy
  • Feb 02 – Tina Walker
  • Feb 03 – Jen Crossley
  • Feb 04 – Jane LaFazio
  • Student Work Week 5
  • Feb 05 – Rae Missigman
  • Feb 05 – Webinar – Meet the Artists 3
  • Feb 06 – Vicki Boutin
  • Feb 07 – Cheiron Brandon
  • Feb 07 – ArtFoamies Giveaway
  • Feb 08 – Sandra Evertson
  • Feb 09 – Mary Beth Shaw
  • Feb 10 – Dina Wakley
  • Feb 11 – Rachel Greig
  • Student Work Week 6
  • Feb 12 – Tonya Samuels
  • Feb 13 – Danny Gregory
  • Feb 14 – Caylee Grey
  • Feb 14 – StencilGirl Giveaway
  • CJS21 – Let’s Party – CJS21 Wrap Party
  • Student Work Week 7
  • CJS21 – Download Links
  • CJS21 – Giveaway Winners
  • CJS21 – Jumping With… Interviews with the Artists
There are 3 bulletins in this workshop: