Posts Tagged ‘Tamara Laporte’

Winner of LIFE BOOK 2015 Giveaway!

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Holy Mackerole!  We had over 432 entries to this contest giveaway (i had to choose a name from two blogposts as i originally had made a mistake)!  I’ve been having contest giveaways for many years now and this is definitely the most entries I have EVER received!

I read each and every entry – i was so moved by many of your comments. Many of you shared your hopes and dreams and about why you so needed this class to feed your souls.  I truly was blown away and many times even moved to tears.  Each and every one of you deserves a spot however each teacher is allowed to give only one spot away! Just to let you know how incredibly generous Tamara Laporte is……..she gave away 10 spots! WOW!

The winner of my giveaway is Carol Mc!  Here’s what Carol had to say:

I would love to win a seat in Life Book 2015. I have experienced some traumatic changes in my life this year. My husband and my sister both passed away in the beginning of this year. Now I am pretty much a full time caretaker for my mother who is recovering from a rare form of cancer called NETS. I’m trying to adjust to these changes and take stock of the blessings that I do have in my life. I’ve been having difficulty finding purpose and direction in my life now. My husband and I had been making plans together for 25 years; now I have to accept things and make new plans. I think this would be such a great class for some personal introspection that I could certainly use at this time.

Would love to learn from such a fantastic array of teachers; and have these lessons to look forward to every week. Thank you for the chance to win a seat in class.

Congratulations Carol!  

If you know me at all you know that i have difficulty choosing one winner or even three for that matter. When my kids were little and I had backyard “art contests” or “bug finding contests” for the neighbour kids everyone always won a prize. I’d create catergories just so that the child could feel like a winner.  Unfortunately I can’t do that today but I do hope that if you really want a spot in LIFE BOOK 2015 and you can’t afford it that you mention it to family members or friends who might be willing to gift it to you for a Christmas or birthday present. It’s definitely going to be well worth it – an entire year of soul-filled, artsy goodness. So good for your soul! For more information on all of the teachers and the course please click here.

Thank you soooo much to all of you for taking the time to enter and for visiting my blog. I really appreciate it!

Just to let you know I am also going to give away one of my Teens Dream Journal DVD’s to a woman who teaches Tweens art…….I just have to search and find her name again!

Love, Violette xo

The Sketchbook Challenge E-zine

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Here’s some wonderfully exciting news for you!  Last week i was busy working on a project ………

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Here’s a sneak peek at what i was creating for the Sketchbook Challenge E-zine! And just like that – lickety split the zine is complete thanks to all of the hard work by Sue Bleiweiss the Sketchbook Challenge creator! Thank you Sue!

This zine is jam packed with fabulous ideas to inspire you with creative ideas.

What you’ll find inside…
Learn how to draw a pinecone with Jane LaFazio
Exploring Text Collage with Kelli Nina Perkins
Make a Scrappy House Quilt with Jamie Fingal
Working in series by Jane Davies
Make bad art with Lyric Kinard and become a better artist
Sue Bleiweiss shows you how to make a sketchbook sleeve
Carol Sloan shares her remedies for blank pages
Take 5! with Carla Sonheim
Screenprinting for the Mixed Media Artist by Leslie Tucker-Jenison
Take your sketchbook out to eat with Susan Sorrell
Stacked Journaling with Judi Hurwitt
Learn how to use your inner GPS to create journal pages with Violette
Learn a trio of pamphlet binding stitches from Diana Trout

You can have a sneak peek, buy the zine and find out how you can win a piece of mail art by going here!

At Joyful arts studio Jennifer Hutchins has a wonderful workshop called Wishes and Dreams – if you want to use art, writing and reflection as tools for healing and personal growth then this workshop is for you!  Jennifer is a fellow teacher over at 21 Secrets!  Not only is she a talented teacher but she’s a beautiful soul too! 

Tamara LaPorte – another faboo 21 Secrets instructor is offering a lovely classes called LIFE BOOK – Tam is joined by  14 incredible artists who are sharing their mixed media tips, tricks and techniques to help you celebrate and honour yourself!  How much better can you get – art and personal development together!  Hooray!

Well that’s enough excitement for today!  I’ll chat with you tomorrow!

Oh – and thank you so much to all of you for leaving me messages – i appreciate you and the time you take to let me know what you think!

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How to Choose an Online Class

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Tamara Willowing has a new Class out soon which I’m sure is going to be AWESOME!  Tam is wonderful – very giving, kind and talented.

Are you overwhelmed as to how to begin to choose an online class? I know I often am since today we are inundated with an array of wonderful classes to pick from. First of all I think it’s important to sit down and write out what you are in fact looking for. Are you looking for creative business workshops? Are you looking for techniques? Are you searching for inspiration more than technique to get your creative mojo back? Is finding a creative community on the list of your desires – that’s why you want to join a particular workshop? When you establish what your top needs are then you can fine tune your search. You might want to learn how to create a book from start to finish – then you might sign up for Mary Ann Moss’ very popular “Remains of the Day” or my “Bohemian Bliss” class (both totally different classes). You might like to learn photography techniques so you would search for photography online classes. Ask your blog readers for recommendations (that’s if you have a blog of course!). You can do the same on twitter and facebook – it’s a great way to receive targeted feedback.

 

Know yourself and what your needs are

Are you into whimsy or serious type art? Are you a visual learner? It’s important to know your learning style – do you prefer reading the lessons as you would on an online blog or PDF file or are you a visual learner and need to view videos in order to understand the project and ideas? I’m a bit of a combo learner so I really appreciate videos, PDF files and also the occasional audio clip thrown in for fun! If you are community minded and want feedback then make sure you sign up for a class that has a site (like NING.com) where you can post your progress and receive feedback from the instructor and your peers.

Are you very specific about what you want to learn? There is even a class on How to Paint an Owl! It looks like such a fun class!

Sharon Tomlinson has a DVD you can buy on how to paint faces! She also has online classes!  I am often asked about how to paint faces. I do show a bit of face painting in my Bohemian Bliss class.

 

Mary Ann Moss’ Remains of the Day

I’m part of the 21 Secrets Art Journaling Playground. I believe taking a class like this where you have the incredible opportunity to sample 21 different artist’s workshops is a great way to find a teacher your resonate with. Many of the 21 Secrets instructors have online classes.

A great way to sample whether or not the artist resonates with you is to watch their promo videos – many online classes have a promo video where you can sample the class and see what the instructor is like before committing to purchasing.

Traci Bautista has many classes to choose from including a Creative Business type class called Discovering YOU (i took this class and really enjoyed it)

Leonie Allan (goddess Leonie) Creative Business.  Leonie has such a heartfelt way (and whimsical too!) of imparting her secrets and help move you closer to your dreams.

ARTrepreneur : the art of turning creative dreams into reality– April Bowles Creative Business (lots and lots of goodies here!)

Kelly Rae Roberts Flying Lessons: Tips and tricks to help your creative business soar. Not actually a class anymore but a downloadable e-book with lots of links and helpful ideas.

Sharon Tomlinson – painting faces

Tamara Laporte – digital, faces, collaging and more….

Mary Ann Moss – Remains of the Day

Suzi Blu La Petit Academy fun and wacky – lots of great techniques.  Suzi was one of the first people to create online classes – many folks followed after her.

Pam Carriker – great artist and  teacher – had a series of workshops with Strathmore.  Now she has an Art Journaling DVD out with Interweave.

Paula Phillips (aka Journal Artista) has a DVD coming out with Interweave as well – even though that’s not an online class it’s sort of like it only you can keep the lessons forever and watch them over and over. Paula also has a live stream weekly of  art journaling demos– she is very generous with her expertise! I love Paula!

Alisa Burke – fabulous artist – very versatile– offers a number of different classes

Crafty Chica – Even the effervescent Crafty Chica – Kathy has an online class Called “Kamikaze PR for Indie Artists” Doesn’t it sound like fun?

Brave Girls Club “Soul Restoration Workshop Creating the life you want to live.

This is by no means a comprehensive list at all – if you search the Scrapbooking sites I’m sure you will come up with many more online classes……oh one more i heard about was Claudine Hellmuth’s Composition for Collage online workshop.

Taking an online class from one of your favourite artists will also help you decide if you would like to take a LIVE class with them at one of the Art Retreats. We resonate with different people – be sure to sign up with someone who speaks to you on different levels.

I hope this helps you a bit in your search for an appropriate online class.  Have fun and learn something new today without having to get out of your jammies!  Yay! 

Don’t forget to sign up for my birthday giveaway here!