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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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Best of Creative JumpStart Vol. 1 – Online Workshop Bundle

I’m happy to announce today that Best of Creative JumpStart Vol. 1 is now on sale! This is a bundle of mixed media lessons by some of our amazing CJS artist teachers from Creative JumpStart 2014 and 2015.

For just $9.99 you will receive access to download links for 11 inspiring Creative JumpStart lessons from 2014 and 2015. Here are the teachers and lessons in this bundle:

  • Anna Dabrowska (Finnabair) – CJS2014 Teaspoon assemblage
  • Catherine Scanlon – CJS2014 Monoprinted art journal
  • Pam Carriker – CJS2014 Stenciling techniques
  • Diana Trout – CJS2015 Painted landscape
  • Jimmy Leslie – CJS2015 Mixed media collage techniques
  • Marsha Valk – CJS2015 Painted cardboard panels
  • Natalya Khorover (Aikens) – CJS2015 Dryer sheet photo canvas
  • Jodi Ohl – CJS2015 Mixed media panel
  • Ronda Palazzari – CJS2015 Art journal cover
  • Joe Rotella – CJS2015 Acrylic skin decor
  • Julie Fei-Fan Balzer – CJS2015 Hand cut stencils

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

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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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Jumping with… Tonia Jenny 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: Tonia Jenny. This is Tonia’s first year teaching with CJS and I am very happy to be chatting with her again to see what she is up to these days. In this interview Tonia talks about how she is taking advantage of more time at home both with art, craft, and with some culinary adventures. Tonia also discusses some of the projects on CJS that she is excited to try, she describes a bit more about her own lesson including possible variations on the process, and even shows us a special variation on the idea as a response to the reality of present times. I hope you enjoy this uplifting conversation.

Thank you Tonia!

You can learn more about Tonia (including links to her social media) on her website.

Sign up now for Creative JumpStart 2020 if you haven’t yet and make use of our special sale now – just $45 through the end of April 2020. If you have already jumped into the classroom, check out some of the tutorials and also work of other students again. There is so much inspiration in there: 31 different mixed media lessons from 31 Super Hero Artists like Tonia.  Hope to see you in the CJS classroom soon :)

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Jumping with… Nancy Curry 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: Nancy Curry. I have known about Nancy for many years as an arts educator and author and this is her first time teaching with CJS. In this second interview Nancy talks about the inspiration behind her lesson and the joy she experiences from seeing student work and how they transfer the ideas and skills to other projects. She also discusses her current artmaking and the meaning behind the imagery that she is using, her journey to work through some fundamental art skills, and how she likes to experiment with new materials.

Thank you Nancy!

You can learn more about Nancy (including links to her workshops) on her website.

Sign up now for Creative JumpStart 2020 if you haven’t yet and make use of our special sale now – just $45 through the end of April 2020. If you have already jumped into the classroom, check out some of the tutorials and also work of other students again. There is so much inspiration in there: 31 different mixed media lessons from 31 Super Hero Artists like Nancy.  Hope to see you in the CJS classroom soon :)

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