Friday, April 19, 2019

painting bundle FLASH SALE!

Anyone out there in the mood to paint!?! This weekend I've bundled four of favorite online painting classes together for $30 (compare at $145 for all three) a cost savings of $115!

If you are interested in learning all kinds of of art and creativity, this is the deal for you! Head on over to the shop HERE for more details or to register.

Offer ends Sunday, April 21st at 5pm PST

PAINTERS BLISS: Join me for a colorful and messy class dedicated to breaking free and finding the bliss that comes with the process of acrylic painting! I will be sharing all my favorite supplies, techniques, tips, tricks and prompts when it comes to painting from the heart. From art journal pages, to small surfaces to painting on a variety of unique materials, we will explore different painting surfaces. We will explore color, expression, movement, composition, how to "let go" and discover ways to listen to our intuition when painting. 
LARGER THAN LIFE: There is nothing more liberating than working big, and this class will introduce you to working larger than life with paint and a variety of different surfaces. Forget about being confined by the size of your surface and start embracing what it feels like to get inside your paintings. We will experiment with working on the floor and on the wall, as well as reaching, crawling, and stretching around our large surfaces to get up close and personal with the creative process. You will learn about simple/affordable supplies, composition and a variety of painting and collage techniques to use on a large surfaces.
POETRY AND PAINTI love drawing and painting in my art journal but I also really love using words, lyrics, quotes and my own writing and poetry on those pages. In this class we will work through a variety of poetry and free writing prompts and turn them into art! We will explore handwriting, expressive free writing, color, composition and a variety of creative ways to turn those words into art.
ARTFUL HANDS: You haven't lived as an artist until you have used your fingers and hands to make art! In this class we are throwing away our brushes and tools and using our hands. I'll be sharing a variety of my favorite tricks, tips and techniques for using our hands and fingers to create beautiful and expressive art.

Monday, April 15, 2019

tiny treat boxes

While I love to decorate Easter eggs, this year I decided to mix things up and combine some small decorative treat boxes with the eggs. While it takes a bit more time and creativity, this is a wonderful way to add a special twist on that candy. These pretty little boxes make a wonderful party favor for the adults attending your Easter gathering.

Looking for more Easter ideas?

Tuesday, April 09, 2019

creating with Jules: cross stitch pocket

Lately I have a bit of an obsession with cross stitch. There’s something so satisfying about feeling all those little stitched crosses all neatly sewn in a grid. I have been completing some projects using other people’s designs, but wanted to design one myself.

I came up with a small flower motif, and then added some patterned fabric at the top. I then decided to turn it into a pocket to adorn a skirt that I already owned. 

So grab your embroidery thread, and a skirt that needs a jazz- up, and get stitching!

You can stitch this in whatever two colors you want. I have given the numbers for both Anchor and DMC embroidery thread.

You’ll need:

6 x 6“ Piece of white cotton even-weave fabric in 28 count
Interfacing (optional)
Anchor threads 148 and 266 or DMC 311 & 471
4 3/4 x 1 3/4“ patterned fabric
Small piece of plain cotton fabric (for pocket lining)

Print out your cross stitch pattern HERE and find the centre of your fabric to match the arrow lines in the template. (The pattern looks off-centre but don’t forget we need to add our patterned fabric strip at the top.)

Optional: I ironed a piece of interfacing to the reverse of my even-weave fabric, as mine was quite floppy to work on and I also wanted to hide threads showing through from the back. This also helps stop the edges of the even-weave fabric from fraying.

Start cross stitching your pattern using 3 strands of embroidery thread. Cross stitches are simply little crosses stitched into the fabric, and it helps give the piece a neat look if all your cross directions are going the same way, ie. the first stroke of the x going one way, then the second stitch of the x all going the other way and then keeping them all the same on each subsequent cross stitch. With even-weave fabric you need to stitch your crosses over two threads like in the diagram.

Rather than putting knots at the back of your work, go under a few previous stitches at the back of your work, stitch back and forth under some stitches first before coming through to the front of your work. (For your first stitch just leave the loose end hanging and catch it under your first few stitches.)

Press your work when complete.

Take the patterned piece of fabric and fold under one of the long sides towards wrong side 1/4” and press. Pin to the top of your panel making sure it’s centered, placing it 1/4” away from the top of the cross stitch design. Top stitch fabric close to the fold.

Make a pocket template by drawing a 4 1/2” h x 4 1/4” w rectangle. Add a slight curve to to one bottom corner, and repeat the curve on the other side by folding your drawing in half to make the curves match. Now draw a 1/4” seam allowance all around and cut the pocket template out.

Lay template on wrong side of your plain cotton fabric and trace around and cut out. Then, cut the seam allowance away from your paper template, lay it back onto your fabric and draw around the template. This is your sewing line. Pin the fabric to the top of your cross stitch, making sure the cross stitch design underneath is all centered nicely.

Sew all around your pocket on the sewing line, leaving a small gap, around 2”, at one side. Clip corners and turn right side out, poking the corners out with something pointy. Press and then and pin in place to your skirt.

Sew around the pocket close to the edges, leaving the top open and backstitching at both ends.

Jules :)

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Sunday, April 07, 2019

spring bundle- 24 hour flash sale!

Hey friends! I've got a 24 hour FLASH SALE happening!

Today I've bundled four spring themed classes together for $30 (compare at $90 for all three) a cost savings of $60. If you are interested in learning all about the business side of art and creativity, this is the deal for you! Head on over to the shop HERE for more details or to register.

Offer ends Tuesday, April 9 at 8am PST

Grab that art journal and meet me in the garden! In this class we will be using the garden as as the backdrop for exploration and creativity! We will be using a variety of techniques and materials to discover and document inspiration, memories, garden planning, wildlife observations, weather patterns and more! I will share all kinds of techniques- from sketching, collage and painting to create colorful and layered art journal pages.

Flowers and watercolors make the perfect pair! In this class I will be sharing all kinds of really simple techniques for transforming your favorite flowers into expressive, beautiful and colorful paintings. 

I love birds! They are beautiful, magical and are the perfect subject matter for drawing and painting. This little class is dedicated to exploring a variety of techniques to create birds. From painting to drawing to using simple tools and materials, we will have fun creating beautiful birds.

Spring is the most inspiring time of the year- it's when the world begins to come alive after months of cold weather, the sun begins to peek through the cold. Its is also a wonderful time to pull out your sketchbook and capture the season. I've put together another fun online class that captures the season! Just like Summer Sketch and Create Daily, Sketch Into Spring is structured to fit into a busy schedule. Join me for drawing and doodling prompts, ideas, techniques and ways to turn SPRING into inspiration and subject matter for your sketchbooks and art journals!

Sketch Into Spring is a "mini class", it is structured in 30 small but inspiring posts. The concept is that that you have one simple idea, prompt, inspiration or technique to work throughout each day for 30 days!


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