Saturday, 15 July 2017

Butterfly Addiction (& Video ~ Real Time Art Journaling)

Hi Love

I've had a realisation this week as to why I may have a slight butterfly addiction (those of you that have take my free class Inspiration Station would have seen this, I explain it as I realise there are butterflies ALL OVER those journals lol). My sudden realisation comes from a social media post I wrote a couple of days ago. It's kind of a personal one, so I am sharing it here for prosperity followed by an early peek at a youtube video I'll be posting tomorrow where I create a page with...you guessed it, butterflies. Enjoy

My Great Grandmothers Butterfly fits in nicely in my outdoor studio I think...


When I was a child I remember these enameled butterflies being all over her little flat (apartment to those over you over the pond). On every mirror, windows, picture frame and fridge (…may be this is where my obsession with butterflies comes from?). I don’t know if that was truly how it was or if it just how I remember it, but I always associate these soft little pretty colourful girlie things with an austere, proper, Edwardian woman who I loved but no one in their right mind would have ever called a ‘softie’. 

She wore bland clothes, kept a bland house, and was straight down the line. She saw everything as black and white, ‘this is right and this is wrong’. No argument or compromise. She invented the phrase ‘stiff upper lip’. I never remember seeing her smile except in photographs I have seen as an adult, long after she has left the earth. Pure toughness of the First World War generation through and through. Yet I obviously never saw or noticed any of that as a child, she was my great grandma, and I just saw butterflies 

 



Hope you're having an awesomely creative weekend
Much love
Jennibellie


PS If you're not having an awesomely creative weekend hop on over to Journal Workshops
There's the New Maker's Meet-Up, a New Art Swap and New Mini Art Classes to Join (plus bonuses added to some other ones!), go check it all out now on my art community, 








Saturday, 3 June 2017

Three Videos in Three Days

Hello Love

Hope you're having a fabulous creative weekend, if not here's some kick-starters for you. The last three days I've posted a video a day so here they all are together, enjoy.

The first one I posted is all about 'How I Organize & Store Scrap Papers':


If you want more Ask Jennibellie videos you can get them via signing up to my Monthly Newsletter here: http://eepurl.com/BHv-1. When you do so you’ll also receive a free Creative Ebook, Exclusive Videos, Collage Sheets & other goodies *instantly* as well as the monthly news, articles, videos & other occasional gifts sent direct to your inbox =)

The second was the new monthly art challenge video on Journal Workshops, where we are exploring your relationship with creativity. Check it out here: 


The Monthly Challenge is a free group I host on my art community Journal Workshops. It is a monthly art date for us to stretch our art/journaling comfort zone. If you are not yet a part of this Group, come & join over 5000 creative comrades plus get new monthly art vids from me here: http://journalworkshops.ning.com/group/monthly-challenge 

The third video is from the Makers Meet-up is all about having yourself a 'Creative Spa Day':


The Maker’s Meet-up is another free group on my art community. A weekly meeting place where you can come and share, find support and be inspired (and where I give little extra creative assignment videos such as this one too) =D

So there you are if you follow all three you'll have an organized studio, be getting your creating groove on while improving your relationship with creativity and having a luxurious Creative Spa Day as you do it all. No excuses for a non-creative weekend around here, though in truth these are all 'regular' videos I create all the time (though obviously they are all on new topics each time) for my newsletter or art community - so just follow the links to get more ;)

Much love
Jennibellie

xoxo

Sunday, 21 May 2017

New Video: a JUICY Art Journal Tutorial

Hello my lovely

Hope you’re having a gloriously creative weekend so far. I have a new video tutorial for you today, all about the EDGES of your journal pages.


After the little tut I share a few of my art journals pages I created using this edges technique as a base too...


hope you enjoy:


These are the sketchbooks I use: http://amzn.to/2rFFgjZ

The glues I use are double sided sticky tape, Glue Stick (my fav http://amzn.to/2ol28TQ) and Tacky Glue (Aleenes Original being my preference http://amzn.to/2oJmnxv).

Here is the ‘3 Glues Technique’ video I mentioned and used in the Juicy Edges tutorial: 

Enjoy the rest of your weekend
Jennibellie
XOXO

PS Are you part of my free art community Journal Workshops yet?? If not get your buns over there and signed up for free weekly and monthly art activities, all of my current online workshops *plus* a free art journaling class. 


Friday, 5 May 2017

JennibellieTV is HERE!!! (& LOOOOOADDS of Other Stuff!)

So I can't remember the last time I was more excited about posting a video....not sure why, there's just something magical to this 'TV' style thing I've decided.


Watch Episode One Now:

Also there is a lot going on at the moment that I've not been very good at posting about on here so here's a super quick run through:

Today is also the LAST DAY you can get my newest workshop, Creative Resistance Remedy, at the crazy low Early Bird Discount price as Class starts TOMORROW!!!


Get the Full Details (& Watch the Vid) Here:

This is a workshop for those that are ready to make their creativity more important than their resistance, their comparison, their procrastination, their perfectionism, their analysis paralysis and all their critics and create their projects already.


Today I also posted the a Maker’s Meet-Up (with a complementary creative assignment video).


Watch the video & share all your projects with us now:

The Maker’s Meet-up is a free group on my free online Art Community Journal Workshops, a weekly meeting place where you can come and share, find support and be inspired (and where I often give little extra creative assignment videos too) =D


A few days ago I posted a new 'Monthly Challenge' video. 


The Monthly Challenge is a free group, a monthly art date for us to stretch our art/journaling comfort zone. If you are not yet a part of this Group, come & join over 5000 creative comrades plus get new monthly art vids from me here: http://journalworkshops.ning.com/group/monthly-challenge

Finally currently I'm running a giveaway on Journal Workshops
there are just two days left to enter so if you haven’t thrown your name in yet you can do so here: 


I'm sure there's more but I'll leave it at that for now lol
Hope you have awesomely creative weekend 
Much love
Jennibellie
xoxo

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

3 Lessons Learnt from Spending Thousands on Workshops & Trainings

Hello my love


Over the past couple of years I have spent several thousand on trainings and classes (going into tens of thousands if you add in coaching programs too) on and around the area of resistance, so wanted to share with you the three main lessons I have learnt from this experience, without you having to fork out that amount of cash. I am hoping that with the release of my newest workshop Creative Resistance Remedy, which is all about allowing your creativity to outshine your fear and learning how to get on with your projects, it will also answer some of the questions I have had coming up around the workshop.


So as I say the thousands spent in question that I am referring to here are on and around the area of resistance, but one workshop sticks out in my mind that we shall use as an example, due to it being on the exact topic of resistance. It was several times the price of Creative Resistance Remedy I hastened to add - into the hundreds, and it turned out to be just a single audio and a worksheet! I have taken so many trainings not to be put off by how something is delivered however, while I like to create classrooms that look good and contain all the bells and whistles for my students, I know that is it not the norm to do that online. Plus I have gotten tons of value out of similarly delivered content so I diligently went on with this workshop.

Within twenty minutes however I remembered thinking ‘this woman clearly has never struggled with the issue of resistance sincerely if she thinks this namby-pamby wishy washy stuff will work’. But again from all of my workshops taken I know that the value of a workshop is always in the application not simply in the listening to, or thinking on, it. So I cleared my head of preconceived notions and applied. After several attempts over a few weeks to ‘feel my way through the resistance’, as per the teachings however, I had to conclude this was not lifting one iota of my resistance. Either the workshop was simply a nice idea that the teacher thought would make a good workshop rather than something she actually used, her resistance was not so dreadfully deep set in as mine or this super soft approach really did work for her. Whichever it was though, it was not the concrete strategy for dealing with my resistance I was looking, or frankly desperate, for.

When we do not receive exactly what we expect (or even want) from courses, materials or even life however, there is always still some invaluable knowledge to be gleamed somewhere. For instance this and similar experiences taught me the first lesson I which to share and something that I passed on in my last class, Rock Your Online Shop, which is all about how to create a successful online art or handmade goods shop: 


to always seek to learn from someone who really HAVE been there and done what you want to. In RYOS that lesson was given in reference to money, meaning if you wish to make money from your creativity learn from those that have already done so, hence I passed on this lesson as I gave a behind the scenes look at my own shop finances. No matter what its context however, this first lesson to learn from someone who has already been there should be applied to everything you ever wish to know more about. This is because everyone has a voice, and everyone has an opinion. A lot of people use that voice and those opinions to bluster on about things which frankly, they have no clue about! Ignore noise, people who shout the loudest and armchair critics. If you wish to learn something then do so from those that have REALLY been there, and done that & got the t-shirt.

So looking at this lesson from the angle of being a teacher, as well as a student, I created Creative Resistance Remedy because I also wish to teach from that place of having been there - to share that which I have lived, learnt or developed myself and therefore know the true value of. And BOY did I pay my dues of having lived it for Creative Resistance Remedy, in 2016 I was about to shut 'Jennibellie' down due to living under the crushing weight of constant resistance. I was so close to closing Journal Workshops. Cutting my Social Media. Deleting my Blog and removing myself from entirely the internet. I was ready to SHUT. IT. DOWN. But from all of that ‘ta da’ is a workshop with the genuine stuff it takes to release resistance, which I discovered through the hard way of travelling out of that darkness back into the light of enjoying creativity again.

Second lesson that spending several thousand on trainings and classes taught me is to learn from those that you feel a natural kinship with. There are several reasons for this, many of which I think may be self-explanatory but I want to share one benefit that may not be so obvious. Someone that you feel an affinity to will most likely think like you do, therefore whatever lessons they have found useful for their own lives/art/business/relationships or whatever else it is you are looking to learn about, will therefore be of most value to you too. But beyond that you have to learn from those that inspire you, because if you do not then not only are you likely not to apply the teachings, but you may not even finish them in the first place. Lord I can think through many a history lecture I basically slept through due to the professor droning on in monolithic tones, and history was my favourite subject (it’s even what I went on to do my masters in). In hindsight the teacher of the example workshop was not someone I felt an affinity for, which therefore means the lack of usefulness I gauged from it is entirely my own fault. Her ‘feel through it’ method may have worked for many a student, ones that felt a like mindedness to her …I was just suckered in by the sales page because I so desperately wanted out of my devastating resistance and was looking for anything, and everything, to try.

Third lesson I want to pass on is: quality over quantity. I mentioned that the example workshop was one in a long line, and I don’t regret purchasing it (or the several others like it) because it taught me this third lesson - it means I now know how to be more diligent in the trainings I will invest in in the future. Knowing how to be diligent and what you are actually looking for is SO insanely beneficial. When people have asked me if they can have a discount or when my next sale will be because they really, really want to take a particular class I have to say ‘choosing things via discounts rather than content is a false economy. It’s better to buy one or two classes you will actually find valuable rather than five or six times as much simply because they were cheaper. If you want to do/take something my advice, taking this class out of the scenario, is to choose what is right for you. Make it being right for you the only criteria.’ People know this, including myself, but I think we all too easily forget. We live in a society of more, more, more…but let’s be honest, when you’ve got craploads of stuff do you value it all as much as something else that you consider to be scarce or precious?

Though deciding on a workshop solely via price is completely the wrong way to go about it, as it happens Creative Resistance Remedy is currently at a discount. Trying not to be biased (though obviously I know I am a little lol) for the amount of content given in any of my classes the full price could easily be twice as much. I know from all of the workshops I’ve taken that I provide TONS of value so my regular prices ARE discounted...but you still need to make it being right for you the criteria for why you buy, not discounts or bonuses.

So there we are, my three main (and a few other scattered throughout) lessons from spending thousands on trainings and classes. A final one I want to address is how crazily important it is to NEVER STOP LEARNING….because well, you actually never will stop learning. It is something that will happen to the day you die, but you have a choice to learn by default (which I have to admit I think the majority of the populous does with very little benefit to the mind or improvement of circumstances) or learn through consideration, intention and purpose.
Choose your path, and choose it wisely…because either way you will be walking one.

Creative Resistance Remedy starts on Saturday but right now there is an early bird discountThe cost right now is only £40 (which as you've read my own pocket knows is next to nothing for this kind of teaching).


This workshop is for those that are ready to make their creativity more important than their resistance, their comparison, their overwhelm, their procrastination, their perfectionism, their analysis paralysis and all their critics and create their projects already….meaning it’s really for everyone.

Early Bird Discount is only for a couple more days, read more about & get it here:
http://journalworkshops.ning.com/page/resistance-remedy

Much love

Jennibellie


PS Can those of you who have already taken the plunge (whoop! well done) and are in Creative Resistance Remedy please send me a private message on Journal Workshops (top button on my profile page here: http://journalworkshops.ning.com/profile/Jennibellie) with your address, I have a secret something I wish to send you through the post!

Thursday, 27 April 2017

Creative Resistance Remedy ~ A Deeply Honest Post



Guys, 

In 2016 I was about to shut 'Jennibellie' down. Close Journal Workshops. Cut my Social Media. Delete this blog. Remove myself from the internet, totally. I was ready to SHUT. IT. DOWN. due to living under the crushing weight of constant resistance. I did speak of this a little at the time on here, with such blogposts as this one, but never sharing the true extent of my anguish.

I had gotten to the point where creativity was not only no longer fun for me, but actually painful. Although 2016 was the pinnacle, where I woke up every day with a black cloud over my head of what I was still not creating, it had taken some time to lead up to that point. It is from the struggle of these years where I discovered through the hard way of traveling out of the darkness back into the light of enjoying creativity again that I have created something wonderful: The Creative Resistance Remedy Workshop.



I never could have imagined during the worst times of my resistance that something good could ever come from it, but it has. This workshop is the genuine stuff it takes to never allow resistance to hold you back from creating that which you want to create again, learnt the hard way, and I offer it to you.

Here is a little video that shares a bit more of the workshop:


I created this workshop because I see too many creatives not achieving their potential due to fear. 
If you are sick & tired of being someone in this category then click here to read more and see if you want to be a part of this workshop: 

We are here on this planet only once. 
We are here to achieve our full potential... 
We Are Here to Create!

Hope you come join us... I can't wait to see what you create!
Much love
Jennibellie

PS The workshop currently has an Early Bird Special Price (I like to reward my immediate 'YES' peeps) - get in now and save 1/3rd before it goes up to the regular price!

PPS This workshop is only for creatives who are serious about making their creativity more important than their resistance and are ready to create their projects already


Tuesday, 25 April 2017

I Was Scared to Post This Video (& Said Video)

Last night I hit publish on a video I'm a little nervous of releasing...I don't know why, well perhaps I do; because I'm a rather candid in it. Right now I feel a calling to be more forthright in what I share and so I will. I will share more of well me, my deepest thoughts and opinions regarding creative life. However just because I feel I want to do something it does not stop the creative demons coming up to have a party and 'poo poo' all over it. 

Considering the video is all about getting on with creating what you want in spite of such things as excuses though I obviously could not listen to the fears when they tell me 'people won't like it', 'you're being too aggressive', 'ra, ra, ra'. So I clenched my teeth, and hit publish anyway. 


We are creators, and demons are part of that package, but our choices are still our own. 

Excuses, fears, overwhelm, analysis paralysis, comparisonitus cannot act of their own accord. If they are in the drivers seat, honey you gave them the wheel. But that's okay you can still get it back, and you do so by hitting publish on whatever it is you are creating.

Here is the video ~ Art & Life: Do It Your Way


If you would like to join the 'Makers Meet-Up' Group or my online art community generally, you can do so here: http://journalworkshops.ning.com


Much love
Jennibellie

PS Since I hit publish on this video the response has been so OVERWHELMINGLY positive...as per the message of the video 'not knowing how is not an excuse not to do something', it seems the same should be applied to feeling fear! 

Hit publish love.

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

[Video] Art Technique Plus Over 50 Art Resources

Hi love

I've a treat for you, if you weren't at the Birthday Bash Art Party last month here's the 'cool down' technique I shared at that event. It is one of my favourite repeatable art journaling techniques; simple, yet you always learn something new when you do it.


The Birthday Bash Group is still open if you want to see what else we got up to that day, while the event itself is over new people are joining everyday as all the projects are still visible. Join here: http://journalworkshops.ning.com/group/the-2017-birthday-bash

Note: you will need to be a member of my art community, Journal Workshops, to join any groups or classes. If you are not a member yet it's free and easy, you can join my art community here: http://journalworkshops.ning.com/main/authorization/signUp?

The CRAZY AWESOME Deal of the Week:


This week saw the release of the Art Bundle for Good. This is an amazing package of tons of art courses and resources (over $2500 worth for only $97!)


There are LOADS of goodies from artists you may know and love, such as Flora Bowley, Micki Wilde, Andrea Gomoll, Willowing, Tracy Verdugo, Angela Kennedy plus many others. I’m including $165 worth of my own courses, zines and kits ...so even if you only want one or two things out of this bundle it is well worth it.


I’m truly excited about this as it is a great way to get a whole bunch of treats for you while supporting your favourite artists and charity, as 25% of all proceeds go to art charity Free Arts:


You seriously do want to check this out, it is too good to miss - but it's only available for this week so don’t delay:

http://tinyurl.com/artbundle

There’s also a free ebook to grab at that link even if you decide the bundles not for you (though at all that’s in here I don’t see how that could be possible lol), to which several artists including moi have contributed to called ‘The Business of Art’! 



Happy Arting
Much love
Jennibellie
xoxo

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

2 Art Journal Supply Videos


Hello my love

I've 2 Art Supply Videos for you today.

The first I recently posted on youtube so you may have already seen (I so need to get better at posting blogs the same time as I post other stuff lol) is about creating using v.limited supplies. This video shows a super quick 5 minute journal page...yes you can create in only 5 minutes and using the 'limited supply journal game' is a great way to encourage that. 

Hope it gets your mojo-juices flowing:

Supplies used in this page*
Liquitex Basics Acrylics – https://goo.gl/p9obcn
Staedtler Lumocolor Fine Permanent Marker Pens – https://goo.gl/3F5cHN
Derwent Graphik Markers – https://goo.gl/rw0W6A
Staedtler Mars 780 Technical Mechanical Pencil - https://goo.gl/9VsM7O
Tsukineko Brilliance Dew Drop Inkpad in Pearlescent Beige - https://goo.gl/g7E1Y1

Come join me on instagram here: https://www.instagram.com/jennibellieart/


The second video is a new feature I'm sending out to my newsletter subscribers 'Art Supply of the Month'. 

I shared a peek of this video on facebook and said 'you'll never see this elsewhere' lol well that's usually true but I wanted to share just this one sneakily with you here, you'll have to sign up to my newsletter to receive the exclusive videos I send each month though. If you're not already on the list you can sign up to get these videos (as well as the art supply they also get an 'Ask Jennibellie' video where I candidly answer any question) plus awesome giveaways, news & offers and you’ll also get a BUNCH of *Free* Goodies for joining up immediately here: http://eepurl.com/BHv-1

Hope you enjoy: 


Here are the supplies shared in this video*

My Box of Medium Point Uni-posca Paint Marker Pens - amzn.to/2lPTZYW
(however these Extra Fine Points seem to be more popular - amzn.to/2mB8e2j)
My Hartbag (The Derwent Canvas Carry-All Bag) - amzn.to/2lPTI8w

*links may be affiliate; this costs nothing extra but allows me to get a free bottle of glue occasionally if you decide to purchase, but as ever I will only ever recommend products I use and trust myself :)

Hope you've enjoyed these vids

Have an awesome day


Much love
Jennibellie

PS want some more videos from me?? Next week I'll be sending my newsletter out so make sure you're on the list for that: http://eepurl.com/BHv-1 & also the new Monthly Challenge video will be posted on my art community Journal Workshops too so ensure you're a member there if you're not already (it's fast and free to join) http://journalworkshops.ning.com/

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

An Art Journal Page to Make You Smile [Video]



Hey lovely

I have a new video for you today.

I hardly ever post here what I’m doing elsewhere anymore, I soooo need to get back with that…so, I'm starting with this post ----- I have just posted the new Monthly Art Challenge Video:



The Monthly Challenge is a free group I host on Journal Workshops, a monthly art date for us to come together and stretch our art/journaling comfort zone.


If you are not yet a part of this Group, come & join over 5000 creative comrades there for free, plus get monthly art vids from me! If you are already a member of Journal Workshops you can join by clicking the 'Join' button here: http://journalworkshops.ning.com/group/monthly-challenge. If you are not yet a member you can join my art community for free here: http://journalworkshops.ning.com/



Come join in our new challenge now:

Much love

Jennibellie





How To Join Groups & Classes on Journal Workshops:

1. Go to the Groups section of the site or click here: 
http://journalworkshops.ning.com/groups & click on the group or class you wish to join. If you are not a member yet you will need to join my art community first (it's quick and free) here: http://journalworkshops.ning.com/

2. On the top right of that page there will always be some version of a ‘Join’ button. If you are joining a f*ee class or group you will instantly get access to your chosen space as soon as you click 'Join' button, without any delay whatsoever =) On a paid class or group once you click the ‘Join’ button you’ll see a ‘Premium Content’ pop up message where you can input your payment details, but again this process is pretty instant and once done you will receive immediate access to your classroom.

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