Grunge, Ink

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NEW Online Class: "Extreme Portraits"

NEW Online Class: "Extreme Portraits"
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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Cozy up and get Grungey! Special price ends 10/31

I've been running real hard lately kids, and a bit behind in my posting. Lots of good stuff to share once I get a chance to catch my breath. (really great things for sure!) Running towards good things I might add, shared with great people who have touched my heart, changed my life and filled my well with gratitude.  



There has been lots of travel over the last several months starting last March in  the hills of NC near Asheville, to the coast of the Outerbanks,  a stop around Easter over on the coast of SC before heading  South and West to Memphis for an event for Art Is You.




Add  a visit back home to NY,  more work in NJ, CT, Chicago, Dallas,  before heading  back to the Outer Banks last week.. oh wait, . one more trip to Texas this week coming up before I can stop for a bit and breathe in all the goodness and reflect on how awesome and amazingly full my artistic life has become.  






 While all the running and travel has been great, it makes coming home all that more sweet especially when it's greeted with a great big bear hug from my amazing little big man...my 14 year old sweet heart. I'm sure you can imagine how much the hug means to me every time I manage to get one.....(you know those times are fewer and farther in between).




    I'm working on a few things this week so hopefully I can buckle down and get those finished so I can catch you up in more detail about all the fun that's been had in between the 1000's miles of travel!


 




In the meantime, I wanted to be sure you had a chance to join in one of my online classes that just started up and take advantage of this special sale over at icreateflix.com for their whole site.  Save 25% off any workshop with the code October14




That would include my classes:







Why don't you take a breather this week, too and join in one of these super fun classes from home so you can create your heart FULL.???    

*Remember this offer ends on 10/31.   Don't delay!  


I'll be back soon.  Promise. :) I have lots more goodness to share with you including big news!


Thursday, October 16, 2014

Art Journal Retreat Blog Hop with a Cool Prize

In my last post I mentioned a super awesome retreat that is coming up November 2-5 in Austin, Texas sponsored by Create Mixed Media Retreats: "Art Journal Retreat"...Now YOU can enter to win a fantastic prize pack from the organizers of the event during our blog hop.  Is that not cool or what???  (Read on to find out how to win!)

This event is going to be a bit different then others you may have been to in that all the students will be working together in a communal way with each of the instructors which include Kari Mcnight Holbrook, Jen Crossely, ME :) , and the new editor of Cloth Paper Scissors,  Jeannine Stein.



Our projects will not only include many ways to create AMAZING journal pages, but you will also doing extra projects and binding your own book. Meals and lodging are included in this package along with special treats!



To introduce you to our instructors, we are doing a blog hop AND giving away some cool prizes.  To win, all you have to do is to enter a comment on the instructors blog based on their question then we will each draw a winning name!











CREATE ART JOURNALING RETREAT IS A UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY 


to learn new, exciting techniques from some of the best artist-instructors in the country, in a beautiful, relaxed environment. The Retreat at Balcones Springs near Austin, Texas, is the backdrop for two and a half days of classes focused on painting, collage, image transfers, bookbinding, and other techniques that will take your art journaling to a new level.

Instructors Kari McKnight Holbrook and Jodi Ohl will introduce you to new ways of working with a variety of journaling styles and materials that will add dimension, color and depth to your art journals. With Jen Crossley you'll learn how to make a beautiful metal journal necklace, perfect for making notes or sketches anywhere. On the last day you'll take the pages you've been working on and bind them into a gorgeous book, with easy instructions from Cloth Paper Scissors Editorial Director and book artist Jeannine Stein. In addition, you'll be treated to fun activities, presentations, and other surprises, while being inspired by the peaceful surroundings. We hope you'll join us for this amazing opportunity. Sign up now, registration is limited!


Did we mention that other than travel, this is all inclusive????   Food, classes and special events, lodging and many goodies for you are all included.  You will only need to bring minimal supplies and your favorite tools!



This retreat is a perfect way to relax before the busy holiday season in a beautiful location.  Don't delay in signing up as the spaces are limited!


For more information and to sign up for the event, please click HERE!

Hope to see you soon!


Here is my question to win the super fun prize pack:






When you get intimidated by a blank journal page, what's your favorite way to just get started?  Leave a comment on this post telling us your amazing sauce JUMP start and you could win the PRIZE featured above.

PS....BE SURE to include an email so I can get in touch with you for your prize winning if your name is drawn!! :)



**Comments will be taken through Sunday 10/19 at midnight for a chance to win~!

Be sure to also move on to the next blog for another chance to win:




Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Breaking News! Art Journal Retreat in Austin, Texas!!!!! HURRY!

Hello Everyone!




I'm super excited to announce I am participating in a NEW retreat upcoming VERY soon,  November 2-5 in Austin, Texas brought to you by the editors of Cloth Paper Scissors and the event team at F&W media (who host retreats such as Create in NJ, Chicago, Dallas, and Seattle).    My artsy friends Kari McKnight Holbrook, and Australian artist Jen Crossley along with editor of Cloth Paper Scissors, Jeannine Stein and myself will be coming together to give you 2 1/2 days of classes, treats, inspiration and more during this  sure to be fun event.






CREATE ART JOURNALING RETREAT IS A UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY 


to learn new, exciting techniques from some of the best artist-instructors in the country, in a beautiful, relaxed environment. The Retreat at Balcones Springs near Austin, Texas, is the backdrop for two and a half days of classes focused on painting, collage, image transfers, bookbinding, and other techniques that will take your art journaling to a new level.

Instructors Kari McKnight Holbrook and Jodi Ohl will introduce you to new ways of working with a variety of journaling styles and materials that will add dimension, color and depth to your art journals. With Jen Crossley you'll learn how to make a beautiful metal journal necklace, perfect for making notes or sketches anywhere. On the last day you'll take the pages you've been working on and bind them into a gorgeous book, with easy instructions from Cloth Paper Scissors Editorial Director and book artist Jeannine Stein. In addition, you'll be treated to fun activities, presentations, and other surprises, while being inspired by the peaceful surroundings. We hope you'll join us for this amazing opportunity. Sign up now, registration is limited!


Did we mention that other than travel, this is all inclusive????   Food, classes and special events, lodging and many goodies for you are all included.  You will only need to bring minimal supplies and your favorite tools!



This retreat is a perfect way to relax before the busy holiday season in a beautiful location.  Don't delay in signing up as the spaces are limited!


For more information and to sign up for the event, please click HERE!

Hope to see you soon!

Friday, September 12, 2014

Deals, Deadlines, and News Part 3

Hopefully your head isn't about to pop off yet with my part 3 of my Deals, Deadlines, and News series of posts and updates! Mine is..lol   I don't think I could possibly pack anymore into my last few weeks than I have honestly.  As I said before though, it's all good and I'm soooo grateful to have all these experiences to share and awesome sauce news to get you up to speed with!

Some of you may know that I've been teaching all summer long at Create Mixed Media Retreats (ran by the folks at FW Media/ North Light/  Cloth Paper Scissors), first in July in Somerset, NJ (my 3rd year there!!!)


I just returned from a huge event in Chicago for Create where I met even more creative and fun lovin' peeps!   Oh my, what talent!!



4 classes, vending, open studio nights, demos, wine with my roomie Jacquie--I mean really what more could you ask for?  

Perhaps a do over in Texas???? Ya, let's get our boots on, grab the paint brushes, and head to Dallas! That's my big news for this post--My house is a pure T disaster as I have boxes of class schtuff, art to sell, paintings in progress, lists everywhere as I prepare to drive to this far and away but super cool place for Create Mixed Media Retreats, Dallas, Tx! NEXT WEEK!!



I've never been to Dallas before and I've certainly never driven that far so I'm excited, scared, can't wait, but need more time! lol all those things put together but in the end, I know this is going to be a fantastic first event and even better, you can join in the fun still! Yes, there are open seats in several classes (including mine!).  I'm looking forward to meeting a whole new group of students in just a few days.

I'll be teaching 5 classes, yes 5!!!! Holy cow, there is going to be a colorful explosion of fun and adventure down in the southwest!


Glazed and Not so Confused is a class that really rocked the socks off the peeps in NJ and Chicago, but we still have space in Dallas for you to join in the fun. Honestly, if I had a dollar for everyone that said they wished they had taken the class after they saw all the cool projects/samples and pieces that came out of each of the classes..I'd be able to buy me a new pair of cowgirl boots! :))!!  Seriously, I want to thank the folks at Ampersand Claybord and Colourarte for supporting me in my teaching efforts, you guys bring awesome products to the market and I'm thrilled to share some of the potential with everyone.  


One of my new classes, Water Flowing Selfie is also supported by Colourarte and the kind folks at Yupo Paper!   Believe me, this is a combination that is stunning -watercolors + Yupo paper creates some of the brightest candy like pieces you've ever seen!



There are lots of cool classes to choose from and as an instructor, I want you to know that I value you as a student and your choice to spend your hard earned money with me, trusting in my guidance and ability to lead you along this stop in the creative journey.  I hope if you were on the fence about coming to the event, you take that leap of faith and join us.  
If you can't take a class, there is always  the artist faire Friday evening to join in, it's free to browse--with lots of original art, prints, jewelry, unique supplies and more! It's only from 6-9 with a TON of drawings for door prizes from all the vendors, how could you resist??





The other day the folks at Cloth Paper Scissors blog asked me to share some painting advice so Here is a little article I wrote about some of my essential tools.



I have more deals, deadlines, and news to share but I think this is more than enough for one day (pheweeee, 3 posts in one day!!!!!).  Life is good. Hope you have a great weekend!


In case you missed the posts:



Deadlines--> Deadlines Part 2








Deals, Deadlines, and News! Part 2

As mentioned in my previous post, life has been moving at neck straining, back breaking speed--all in the name of art and living the creative life...which is a GOOD thing.  It's a GREAT thing actually.   LOVE my career path, even when I'm at the point of exhaustion trying to fit all the projects, travel, trips, paintings, FOOTBALL games (not me of course , but baby boys new thang as a 9th grade big little boy on campus), and all the other life happenings that go on in between.

I mean really, what' so bad about meeting new friends and having a cocktail after a busy day of splattering paint, laughing, and making a color mess that turns into a work of art???


Or being a part of an event that is bigger than yourself, as it impacts all involved in profound ways. Creative breakthroughs.  Friendships.  Artistic growth.  Generosity and kindness.  Charitable and philanthropic.   Laughter and Memories.

Art is YOU is a stellar event amongst the several art retreats available for your choosing, and I'm proud to be a part of their instructor line up for the 4th year in a row!!!   Sal and Ellen work day and night ALL year long to bring to you an event that has activities and goodies for you throughout your time at the retreat including  morning creative warm ups,  key note speakers, group demonstrations and activities,  day and evening classes, communal lunch,  snacks during some evening events,  an artist faire, breakfast together and more.  You get sooooo much for you investment!!


Here's the thing folks, registration for Stamford, Ct is CLOSING September 15th, 2014. If you want to be a part of this HUGE event (and it gets bigger and better every year), you need to act NOW!!! 

I'll be teaching 3 classes and vending during the artist trunk show with spaces available in 2 of my workshops. 














I know.. I know.. so much to choose from.  So many options, classes, retreats....I totally get it. I promise you though, investing in yourself in this way-by joining in a creative retreat such as Art Is You is so worth it. As an instructor, along with my fellow teachers--we all work very hard throughout the year to bring you the newest, coolest, cutting edge (along with the traditional with a twist) for you as a student to enjoy).


  All I can tell you is that I love what I do, and I hope you join in on the fun whether it is one of my 2 available classes at Art Is You, or with one of the other friends who are also super talented teachers...HEY..did I mention one of my  real life besties will be there for the first time as an instructor??


I adorn her jewelry all the time, well YOU could spend a day and learn from this uber talented, way cool and down to earth teacher--Jean Skipper.
Here's some of her work:










So what are you waiting for?  Join us at Art is You, October 9th-13th.  You'll enjoy every minute of it! :))
REMEMBER--last day to register is on 9/15/14!!!


If you missed out on Deals, Deadlines, and News, Part 1--check it out here!

Phew. That was a lot of artsy goodness!!  :))  Happy Friday!!!

Jodi

Deals, Deadlines and News Part 1!

As per my usual MO lately, I have more on my check list than can humanly be finished in 3 months but I try to pack it in a week or two's time!  Is anyone else like that or am I the only crazy person here?!!!  Well I figured I'd update my bloggedy and Newsletter family/friends/fans in small chunks with all the big news of the last month and upcoming months in my mini series (haha):

Deals, Deadlines, and News!!!

Okey dokey...so my first dealio has to do with my NEW online class. Oh my guys. I have been blown away by the response to it. It has fast become one of my best selling online classes and it just opened today!! whooohooo!       Because of that response and because I didn't get to advertise it on my newsletter just yet, we are extending the early bird price through Sunday, 9/14/14  (which is also my big baby boys 20th Birthday...Happy almost Birthday, Zach!!!!!)  



What are we going to be doing in Grunge Ink?  Well, first off we learn about some super cool shizzle we can do with the Inks, Fluid Acrylics, High Flow Acrylics, and Yupo paper; then we move on to several additional and more complex combinations of layers before moving onto 5 process demonstrations where you see how to create some cool bean paintings from start to finish using this "Grunge Ink" process.  Including this final piece here (a sneak peek).


I'm already thinking about a part 2 to this class so get in now, learn the techniques and then we can move on to an intermediate class and make even BIGGER and crazier grungy paintings!! ;)

Access to the class: Open ended and ongoing, no closing date scheduled for this class so as long as Icreateflix will host the class, it will be open for your viewing pleasure. Actual time it will take to work through the class? I suggest taking 3-4 weeks but you can work at your own pace/faster/slower whatever floats your boat.

My interaction:  I try to be ACTIVELY involved with all my classes the first 6 weeks on a frequent basis and then after that on an as needed, so if you need help and sign up 3 months after the class opens, no worries, I will still be there to guide you :))

Price--super duper reasonable,  85.00 is the regular price for a HUGE amount of video demonstrations and discussions (21 in all) and approx 4 hours of footage and 5...yes 5 main projects (you may want to get several pads of the Yupo paper and even perhaps one or two of their big daddy sheets as this process is addictive!!!

  SALE price:  70.00.  Don't delay though, that price ends this weekend!  9/14/14.   I strive to keep my prices affordable but to be honest, I am going to have to raise them slightly in the new year, so get in NOW at the lowest price it will be going forward!!!

That's about it for Gunge Ink!  Join us today!  OH no, one more thing---My WINNER for a free tuition to the class is Sara Schilling who won the spot out of my newsletter signups!  Congrats Sara!

More info and to register, click here:  GRUNGE INK

On to the next update:)  

Jodi

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Saturday, September 06, 2014

Special offer from Interweave-Back to school special!

. Save up to 50% during the Back to School Sale at Interweave




Save up to 50% at the Back to School Sale at 

Interweave. Valid 9/8-9/15.  (Click the above 

image to be taken to the shop!)


PS--I am a guest blogger today on the Cloth 

Paper Scissors blog!!  Take a look!


Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Finding Home


When was the last time you dipped your toes in the water or sat down and read your favorite magazine or book? Yes, summer may be over but it doesn't mean that you have to forsake some of your most favorite relaxing activities.  I go back to creating those moments for you and me on my canvas time and time again.

Funky little houses, Mini Cities,  Beachscapes,   A place on the lake,  a downtown historic shopping area--are just a few of the many scenes that come to life in my collection of happy little homes.


 Some are grittier than others. Perhaps symbolic of the crazy life we all seem to lead on a day to day basis, yet when we get down to the root of all...so much to be grateful for.
 Other little villages squish together in a great big colorful community representing our uniqueness as individuals, our personalities our as disguised as the houses we reside in. At the same time, we wouldn't be who we are without our family, friends and neighbors.

 Simple houses.
 Sending us reminders of what we need or what is important in life.
 Memories flooding back of walking along the lake at sunset or sunrise discovering 
ourselves in the peacefulness.
 Sharing how if we simply float for a bit, life becomes clearer so we can run with it all later.
 It's a crazy good life, messy and all. 
 I don't know why I keep coming back to the houses but I do. Well. I. Do. Know.  I've kinda sorta figured out that it's my way of connecting back to memories that I associate with love, family, friendship, community, and peacefulness.  And of course there's more.  I guess it is whatever you want it to be, that's the beauty of art in it's many forms. It is whatever you want it to be!
I'd love to share more with you this September at Create Mixed Media Retreats in Dallas.
Join me for "Mini City Live"   and create your own happy little city/town/neighborhood on canvas during this 1 day class, my last mini city course for the year.   :)
Sign up info here   Create Mixed Media Retreats.