Monday, January 02, 2012

So Many Classes!

So many classes, so little time! I think that's my motto for now. I've spent most of the day watching videos from different classes online. I love all the free classes and things that are going on right now. I just wish they would spread them out over the year a little more. Usually during the end of summer I need a little boost and a free class would be great then.

I worked on my Book of Days for this class. I'll show you the cover even though it isn't finished yet....

I'm not sure why I thought it would be such a good idea to put my picture on it! And I bet you thought I'd make it purple but I find I don't like working with purple in art.

Tinker sent me an angel snowflake in my Christmas card so I used that on the back cover....

That snowflake is so cute. I have no idea how she did it. I plan to do more on this cover and I may end up covering over my face. But for now this is where I'm at with it.

Another free class I'm doing is part of the Strathmore workshops. It's a doodle art class with Traci Bautista. I started my page but then messed it up so I have to start over.

And every year I see people making calendar pages so I started one this year. I only have it roughly laid out but here is the start....

I'll fill in the rest of the letters, add some images around the edges and fill in each day as I go along. I hope I can do one for each month this year but I know me....I usually fizzle out about half way through so we'll see!


I want to share with you a beautiful piece of art I received from Dot. I've always loved her art. She sent me one of her birds!

Isn't it beautiful?!! 
And it's purple! I love it, Dot. 
Thank you so so much.

Okay, I think that's about all I have for you today. I'm going to continue working on all these projects and will share them with you again when I get finished. So far 2012 is off to a great start!


  1. The bird is gorgeoud Janet-I have several pieces of Dots beautiful stitched art.

  2. Anonymous7:35 PM

    Lots of lovely stuff going on Janet! The bird you received is gorgeous! Nice to see you trying out the calendar thing. I decided against it this year because I'm doing a daily gratitude journal and a 365 (well, 366) photo challenge instead. That's more than enough for me at the mo.

  3. OH what a pretty bird! Dot is very talented!

    Classes can certainly feel overwhelming when you have other classes or projects going on at the same time. Good luck! Your Book of Days is lovely, Janet!

  4. i am working on my cover, I have reinforced the spine and taken out some pages, thats as far as i got today, plus i watched the videos. I agree with you, all those classes and so little time, i need to schedule in cleaning the house some of that time,(lol) i happen to love your girls at the top.I think you look great on the cover

  5. janet... when do you find the time to do all this?? I always run out and have to do some housework and cooking and when I've done that I usually am either tired or run out of art time!!

  6. ps the bird and snowflake are GORGEOUS!!!!

  7. You certainly has had a great start to the new beginning. Your book is great and that bird is calling for smiles. Very nice work!

  8. Wow - so much to do and so little time. I have learnt so much from watching free downloads. It really is so exciting to have all this material available to us. Have a great 2012.

  9. Busy, busy, busy! Love the bird (mail call!)!!!

  10. You are a busy Bee Janet.
    I really like the aqua colour on your book cover, and the bird Dot gifted you is amazing.

  11. Love the BOD cover you did. I watched the LIFe Book video but then I got the flood so no art for me yet. Maybe tomorrow, I hope. I have part of the studio back together but not all of it. We have a fan on dyring out an area underneath a bookshelf. All will be right soon.

  12. You really are busy Janet. Love all the projects you get involved with. I am hoping one day I can quit my job and become a full time artist too.For now visiting your projects inspire me.

  13. Love that Bird there!

    Heck I hadn't even yet come up with a great idea for my art Journal Cover yet, I am like so in tuned with working on the inside yet. Perhaps one of these days something will hit me for the cover.

    I love those free art classes videos myself, and whats even neat about them is that I can keep going back to the same video over and over again which happens to be at youtube.

  14. Looks like you're off to a good start already, this new year. Love the journal and Dot's bird is so pretty. Glad you were able to find a use for the angel snowflake (it's easier than it looks - once you fold up the snowflake shape, then it's just sort of like cutting paper dolls). Happy journaling and happy New Year, Janet!

  15. Thanks for sharing... love your altered book!
    Sounds like you are going to be busy "arting" :]
    Such a wonderful life *hugs*
    The birdie is adorable!!

  16. i love your picture you have a beautiful lovely smile Janet and yes i love that blue a lot

    and thanks for the links !
    i am so going to figure out how to squeeze those classes and if you have more links please share :-)
    did you put all that book together?
    i have been working stitching here and there including recycle stuff
    not so sure if i will dare to show my crazy project but you never know i just may dare ;-)

  17. Anonymous4:37 PM

    Hi Janet!
    Long time no talkies...i've been thinking of you!

    Looks like you are creatively busy, that's always good!

    Ciao Bella

    Creative Carmelina

  18. I LOVE that purple bird Janet! You want me to have it, don't you? :)

  19. Dot's stitched bird is lovely...what a treasure! Your BoD is coming along nicely; love that paper snowflake! I haven't gotten further than my cover, but I am trying not to "burn out" by jumping in TOO deep right at the start. Enjoy your projects!

  20. I love that you featured yourself on the cover, Janet. We all need to do more of that. Hummm.

    Birdie is delightful and perfect in purple.

  21. Anonymous10:32 AM

    Hi are ahead of me...if I'm going to do BOD, I need to get busy. I like your cover...leave on your photo if you haven't already changed it. I love that bird from pretty!

  22. I love that your picture is on the journal...and what a sweet face it is. This year went by so fast, I can hardly believe it is already the 5th of January and I was going to start a Journal on the much for planning...Happy New Year Dear friend, Big Hugs, mary:)

  23. Love your new book that you started and the Calendar too. And I remember Dot,,I learned how to make Dotty Dolls from her. I think we may have done a swap with them too. Fun!


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