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Jumping with… Birgit Koopsen, Rae Missigman, and Joe Rotella – A CJS Interview Series

So happy to share with you today some video interviews I did with some of our Creative JumpStart 2020 teachers: Birgit Koopsen, Rae Missigman, and Joe Rotella. Three very sweet and talented artists to hear from :)

First up is my good friend Birgit Koopsen from The Netherlands who I have known as a friend for many years and who’s artwork I have always admired. In this interview Birgit discusses her journey into art journaling and mixed media, her natural ability to work with color, and how her artwork reflects her personality. She talks about the influence of travel on artistic choices and the lessons she’s learned from her students around the world.

Next we have Rae Missigman, who I have also known for years and who has such a wonderful fun personality that I think shows through in her art. Learn how she came to mixed media and art journaling from an interest in writing and crafting as a hobby, while today still keeping other hobbies outside her regular artmaking as a catalyst for creativity. Rae talks about carving out small amounts of time for art in a busy modern life, trying new materials without worrying too much about how they are “supposed” to be used, and the joys of her pocket journals.

Finally we have Joe Rotella, who I have also known for years and who is so much fun to hang out with that it is always a blast to have him on CJS. In this interview we joke and laugh the whole way through, but you will also learn how his mischievous and curious mind as a child sowed the seeds for his creative life to come. He talks tools, tech and magic. He encourages viewers to not be intimidated by new tools and tech. And he discusses how he visualizes and plans projects ahead in his style of working. There is definitely a bit of magic in the interview and for the ultimate laugh at the end, be sure to watch the bloopers :)

I hope you will join Birgit, Rae, and Joe and all the amazing teachers for this fun and inspiring challenge beginning in January: Sign up TODAY for Creative JumpStart 2020 and get 31 different mixed media lessons from 31 Super Hero Artists.  Hope to see you in the CJS classroom soon :)

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Jumping with…Joe Rotella – a CJS Interview Series

A lot of giggling in this video with my dear friend Joe Rotella, who is one of our teachers yet again for Creative JumpStart. Check out our,sometimes not so serious, talk about Automatons, Apprenticeship, Community and Instagram.

Jumping with…Joe Rotella – a CJS Interview Series from Nathalie Kalbach on Vimeo.

And Joe is also sharing with us a delicious Recipe

Pumpkin Chip Muffins

Makes 12 regular or 48 miniature.

1-2/3 c. whole wheat flour (white flour works well too)

1 c. sugar

1 tbsp. pumpkin pie spice

1 tsp. baking soda

1/4 tsp. baking powder

1/4 tsp. salt

2 lg. eggs

1 c. plain pumpkin (half of 1 lb. can)

1/2 c. (1 stick) melted butter

1/2 to 1 cup slivered or blanched almonds or flaked sweetened coconut

1 c. (6 oz.) chocolate chips

Mix dry ingredients in large bowl.

In another bowl whisk until well blended: eggs, pumpkin and butter.

Stir in almonds and chocolate chips.

Pour over dry ingredients and fold in until just moistened.

Grease muffin cups or use paper baking cups.

Bake at 350°Ffor 20 to 25 minutes.

Make 1 or 2 days ahead for best flavor

You can download Joe’s Recipe here:

CJS18 Recipes Joe Rotella

I hope you enjoyed the interview- his video for CJS is full of techniques and ideas! Come and join us for Creative Jumpstart 2018  and see yourself !

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Jumping with Joe – A Video Conversation

I had the pleasure to video chat with Joe Rotella  and we talked about his creative process, how he envisions a story for each of his pieces and how he looks at different material to create certain parts of the story.

By the way ….sometimes it takes several takes to just do the intro for a video- check out how Joe and I giggle silly about me not being able to pronounce anything right

Join Joe and 26 other Mixed Media Artists at Creative JumpStart 2017 –register here!

Hope you enjoyed our conversation ! Have a wonderful day


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