2016 Is Off To A Creative Bang! {Come and Celebrate and Enter the Art Supply Giveaway}


The winner of the $350 Dick Blick gift card is…

flutterbyebarn commented:

I’m taking Reflections: Paint your story. I’m scared and I’m ecstatic!!! I’ve done all kinds of art since I can remember, here and there. I have NEVER journaled. ? I am at such a point at my life where I can’t believe I was bold enough to think I had a story to tell. But I believe you, when you say it. And I desperately need to find my real voice and my artistic voice, so here I am. I know I will find it through art. Thank you for being so real and honest and encouraging. I can’t wait!!!!! ???????

Congratulations!  To claim your gift card please email us at contact@jeanneoliverdesigns.com.

This giveaway has to be claimed by February 1, 2016.


2016 is barely out of the gates and we have so many gorgeous new online courses for you!

We have four brand new art courses that are starting soon or they have just been opened for registration.

To celebrate we are also giving away one $350 Dick Blick Gift Card!  Read to the bottom to see how to enter.

Come and see what we have for you…

You can also see the course trailer below…


Beginning January 18th is our first online art journaling course all about finding your own authentic story.

Reflections: Paint Your Story

Join me for a two week art journaling online course all about unraveling your own story and creating authentic art that only you can tell.

When I started to see my own stories as being meaningful and significant my art began to change.  When I could look back and find my own timeline and defining moments I was able to start digging deeper as an artist and my creating became more of a time of remembering, honoring, forgiving, healing and celebrating.  It made me more intentional about where I wanted to go creatively and how I wanted to share it.

If you think your story isn’t good enough…you are mistaken.

If you are afraid to tell your story…maybe it is time to find freedom

If you have never told your story…it is time.

If you want to create authentic art that no one else can create…let’s get started.

This two week online course is $48 with lifetime* access.

Beginning on February 15th is a follow up to the popular Scribble Art with Julie Johnson.

Making Art Sing: Values, Shapes and Lines

I have found wonderful and new techniques in my studio this fall.  We are not going to lose the basics of drawing. Learning the measuring is important in drawing.  But how about drawing on vellum and painting with drawing materials!  Really we use only a wet brush.  Fun and more fun!   Join me, as we get lost in learning about drawing.   I love to talk and explain my purpose for doing something as you watch from my shoulder.  Yes, you are that close up in seeing the marks and strokes I am making while I demo and video from a vertical easel.

This one week online course has recently opened for registration and has the early registration price of $29.98 with lifetime* access.




Registration has just opened for Danielle Donaldson’s newest watercolor course All Creatives Lovely and Small!

This course will begin on March 14th.

Ellies, pups and bunnies, oh my! One whole week of online creative goodness! We will start off our week with a good dose of danielle-ish color theory. This isn’t your everyday color-wheel stuff. As a matter of fact, it is kind of the opposite. You’ll learn how to work with color in a whole new way. You’ll find your very own colorful voice with a series of simple exercises that will not only build your creative signature but seriously boost your watercolor confidence. Next we’ll pick up our mechanical pencils and illustrate some quirky and goodness-filled animal friends. You’ll learn how to break down their bits and pieces and then reassemble them in a bunch of different ways. And then we’ll add soft, yummy layers of color and delicate details. We’ll wrap up our week by building a lovely, layered block of patterned paper, snippets of ribbon and a word or two to give our four-legged friend a place to perch.

This one week course has the current early registration price of $32 with lifetime* access.



Registration has opened for Elements of Clay with Alissa Millsap!

This course will begin on February 29th.

Do you have childhood memories of making mud pies or building sandcastles?

Maybe you loved creating something out of playdoh, wishing you could keep them forever?

In Elements of clay, I will be showing you several projects using air-dry paper clay.

No kiln needed!

Each project is inspired by nature, as well as the hope of new beginnings that come in the spring. Each project has a bohemian flair and style. I doesn’t matter if you worked with clay before or have never experienced creating a sculpture, it is my wish that you will be inspired to try something new. I hope you will join me on this journey as we explore the elements of clay.



Let’s talk about how to get that awesome $350 Dick Blick gift card!!!!



To enter the giveaway just leave a comment on this post telling us one step you are taking to live a more creative life in 2016.

For additional chances to win:

* Share the new courses and giveaway on Facebook

* Share the new courses on IG and tag @jeanneoliver #jeanneolivercreativenetwork

* Follow us on Instagram

* Blog about the new courses and giveaway

* Pin images from this post to Pinterest

Each time you do one of the above just come back here and let us know.

This giveaway will close on January 18, 2016 at 11:59 pm MST.

The winner will be announced on January 19th.

Thank you so much for sharing, taking courses, sharing your creative lives and allowing us to do what we love!



If you are new to our creative network here are easy steps to get you started…

1. Register at jeanneoliver.ning.com (this is free).

2. Once your account is active you are able to take advantage of our free courses, series and even pay for courses.

3. Go to jeanneoliver.ning.com and along the top header click on “COURSES” and you will be able to view all three pages of online courses and free series.

4. To purchase a course please choose your course, click on the +join in the upper right hand corner, pay and you will be INSTANTLY in the classroom.

5. All videos can be found along the right hand side of the page under “COURSE CONTENT”.

6. All of our courses are pre-recorded so you can watch at your convenience. The best part is that you have lifetime* access on all new purchases!  Pretty awesome if you ask me.

*As long as we manage the creative network

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  1. Leslie Wiercioch

    I have decided 2016 will be the year of my creativity! I set up a dedicated studio space and have written a schedule for myself to include 5-6 hours of daily studio time. So far so good, loving it!

    1. Kandyce

      The first step I took toward living more creatively in 2016 was to carry a mini art set and journal with me at all times! ??

  2. Angela

    For 2016 how I am adding creative living to my life is I started the NaNoWrimo challenge, and now have started to sketch/journal daily. Regardless of how busy my day gets, taking those few moments to awake earlier and reflect. Also just finished a book club with Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert, as another resource.

  3. pat

    Jounaling daily! Even if it’s not a finished piece for exhibit – I hope to add some paint, pencil and paper to everyday

  4. Pam

    I am actually scheduling creative time in this year, as opposed to just hoping to squeeze it in when/ if I have free time.

  5. ursula wollenberg

    This is the year I am dedicating all my energy into my creative life. My journey began with your Creativity Takes Courage class and have been creating, learning and teaching along the way. Thanks for this opportunity and would love to win this great give away!!

  6. Cathe Ekas

    I have made a commitment to myself to be creative everyday. Also, to finish all the work from all the classes I have already paid for.

  7. Jean Franks Beck

    I recently purchased a vintage train case on Etsy. I have organized some art supplies inside, including a blank watercolor page journal, so that I can “grab and go” and practice some art techniques while waiting in the carpool lane for my kids at school, or waiting during piano lessons, volleyball practice, hockey practice, etc. The book is small, so it’s a no-pressure kind of thing. Just getting something on the page, practicing with some of my supplies. The classes look amazing. Thanks for all the inspiration!

  8. Danielle M.

    I have allowed myself to buy (and ask for gifts) supplies that I would never have purchased in the past, because I do not know how to use them. I am taking classes on here as well.

  9. Christy Brink

    The first thing I did this year was to create and organize a space for art to support my intention of making art a daily practice. This year is about building a structure that will support my artistic endeavors.

  10. Jennifer Koss

    Love that your on Instagram I followed you!! I plan to be more creative this year because I am making the time, instead of doing things like watching tv in the evenings I plan to use that time to be in the studio instead. Just using my time more wisely being more aware of how I use it, I think it will be a huge difference.

  11. Tracey Simmonds

    I have set the goal of working in the studio at least 5 days a week. I have also for the first time set my yearly art goals down on paper. Here’s to a creative 2016!

  12. Glenna Lundberg

    I’m challenging myself to “a drawing a day” this year to keep myself in the creative zone! (LOVING “Listening” – thanks so very much!)

  13. shemann

    One thing I’m going to do is take the course All creatures… , so excited.

  14. Tara Medrano

    Well this year I have been SLOW to start. But I find excitement in your art and blog. Thank you for making me FEEL like doing art , when I look at it. Today I will be setting my art goals for 2016. I would LOVE to take your Art Clay course!!

  15. Louise Korade

    This year I am expanding the directions of my creative life. I’m exploring new things, such as classes on JO blog, as well as experimenting with new subjects for paintings. I plan to be more productive this year in both quantity and range. I’m excited about art!

  16. AllisonK

    What a lovely giveaway! Thank you!

    I am trying to live more creative everyday by spending time everyday learning something new. Branching out of my favorite mediums and trying to create something every day.

  17. Peggy McDevitt

    I am taking more classes, in fact one of the. Is reflections. After the news at 5:00 I go downstairs to my studio and make happy art instead of watching tv.

  18. Hollie Stromberger

    I’m living 2016 more creatively by DIY decorating our house and involving my daughters (9 & 11) in some of your online classes! What fun! Thanks

  19. Melissa

    Creativity has always been important to me but I let it go for a while – prioritizing all the things that “needed” to be done over “frivolous” art time. And it made me miserable! During 2015 I prioritized creativity in my life and made more time to make art. In 2016 I will continue with this, adding some form of creative time every day (even if just for 10 minutes!). One big lesson I had to recently overcome was feeling like my art needed to have a purpose, rather than creating for the sake of creating. That was a big one for me to overcome as now the pressure is lifted, I can create just for the fun of it! BTW, thank you for such an amazing giveaway, Jeanne!!

  20. Jodi Beamsh

    I am semi-retired and finally have the time to do something I’ve long wanted to do – I’m going to college to take a textiles course. I will have support and intention to create something every day. It’s very exciting.

  21. Karlene Boss

    This year I have committed myself to getting better at what I do. I love to paint. So I plan to learn more about painting and practicing all I learn. Thank you Jeanne for all the classes you offer and your generosity.

  22. Cindy Tobey

    I’m taking several art classes this year to help me live a more creative life. Almost finished with Studying Under the Masters Portraits and ready to start the third Studying Under the Masters class! 🙂 Thanks for the chance to win!

  23. Ellie Moore

    I have finally started cleaning up my very cluttered art space. Many years ago I scrapbooked, but now I’m into mixed media art and I use different supplies and there is clutter everywhere! My table is cleared off so I can actually work now!!! Yay! Thank you for this opportunity ?

  24. Susan Tjaden

    I’ve just completed watching the videos for my first course, and now I’ve signed up for the second one! Each weekend I am going to indulge in some sort of creative expression through painting or photography (my other love).

  25. Michele

    I am trying to use my bullet journal everyday…working on doodling and hand lettering. Also, I am aiming to spend time daily with my spinning wheel as well as at least one of my many lonely musical instruments.

  26. kwichert

    I am planning to paint and or collage daily this year in the hopes that this creative time will lead me to my personal style.

  27. Nicki

    I’m taking up my son’s challenge for me to get back to shooting photos with film. He gifted me the film and developing (I don’t even know where to get film developed anymore)!

  28. tesoritrovati4800

    I am re-kindling my love of the art of hand lettering (signed up for your class on that last week and bought some india ink and a paintbrush! Also, digging out my Joanne Sharpe book on Whimsical lettering and dusting off my Tombow markers from a year ago). I plan to make and sell some prints of these as fundraisers through out the year for causes near and dear to my heart. Today, I am putting in a proposal for a collaborative themed exhibit for September/October 2016 called “Beauty in the Broken Places” that explores that concepts of kinsukuroi/kintsugi, wabi-sabi, ekphrastic poetry and the power of art for healing. I hope that I get a lot of participation and make this an event for our coop of artists in our downtown community. I want to have artist talkbacks and workshops held in the gallery during the show that will be on poetry, making mantra jewelry, personal mixed media polymer clay shrines and others. I am putting the finishing touches on that proposal today for the gallery meeting tonight! This would be a lot of work but I know that it will be an amazing exhibit! I am also going to download all the content I missed last year in the Lifebook 2015 and set about to do more of that this year. Painting, polymer clay, mixed media and the like. I am hopeful that 2016 will see me expanding my art in an explosion of new ways and welcoming magic (my word for the year) into my life. Enjoy the day! Erin

  29. avoconnor22

    I have committed to draw every day in 2016. I am posting to Instagram and my blog for an accountability nudge. Thanks for hosting a giveaway.

  30. Sherri Jean McCulloch

    Hi Jeanne, I love all of the courses I’ve taken from you! One thing I’m doing with intention this year is exploring and using intentioned substrates for my art. I particularly love surface art and good quality acrylic that I know is going to outlast me! Instead of putting money into prestretched, framed canvases this year I’m looking at everything I thought was trash a little bit differently. Not even the paint cans will be without scrutiny! Fun fun fun! Anyhow, art is deeply embedded in my days. It’s ever a problem getting started, it’s a driving need. Catch my work on Facebook for now. Website is coming this year, if I can keep my hands paint free long enough.
    Love your work,
    All the best in your move,
    Sheri Jean McCulloch

  31. kendrajoyner

    This year… I plan to open an online shop for my art. Because of this, I will be taking more online art courses and setting aside “studio” time each week to practice my art!! Excited about a creative 2016!

  32. Merrilee

    I’ve already signed up for the Jeanne Oliver “Reflections” class! And I’m also doing a Beehive Swarm quilt block swap. Excited to challenge myself to a year of creativity!! Thanks for giveaway opp!!!

  33. Angie Collett

    I have finally cleaned my studio enough that it is now a functional place to work. Each morning, I go in and either write, cut, glue… something, to start my day. In my desire to purge and minimize unnecessary things in my house, it is in an effort for freedom… so I have not only time and energy, by space in my heart to create.

  34. Vicky Ausmus

    I bought myself some pan pastels last year that I never played with, so I plan on playing with them in 2016! I also want to do more multi-media things this year. I’m excited about learning new things and having new challenges.

  35. Erin B

    I am working on organizing my home so that I have an inspiring space to create.

  36. Jessica Porterfield

    I intend to draw every day and actually use a timer and draw the entire time. I have removed some of the clutter from my drawing table in order to be able to draw without having an avalanche of paper and found objects fall on me. Thank you for the opportunity to win.

  37. nadia

    I plan on showing up to the blank page – every morning! excited and a bit nervous to see what will appear. cheers to an awesome 2016!

  38. Teresa Craighead

    I have invested in new tools (Wacom tablet) and have signed up for the Paint Your Story class (so looking forward to this). I have also committed time each week to teaching myself Illustrator through online courses (Skillshare is great). I have also taken several painting and drawing classes here as well as at Craftsy. I am in a time of learning. In 2016, and hopefully through Jeanne’s Paint Your Story class, I will find more freedom in my art. Jeanne, I have taken many of your classes, but the Studying Under the Master’s classes, and particularly Becoming … the Unfolding of You have been dramatically life-changing for me. I so appreciate you and what you are doing here.

  39. robenmarie

    What an awesome giveaway to start off the year! I am saying “yes” to learning a new skill. I plan to make time to learn this year…just for me!

  40. Penny

    I have always wanted to try my hand at watercolor painting. I decided to jump in and signed up for Danielle Donaldson’s All Creatives Lovely and Small course. I can’t draw or paint. This is all new to me. Am hoping for success in my endeavor.

  41. Chrystal

    I am doing something in my art journal at least twice a week. I am also taking time for myself more often.

  42. Sandra Webster

    After just losing a dear close friend, I realize that time is too short to let life pass us by without doing something special everyday. Art is my “something special” that I have neglected the past few years. In this new year, I plan to make it my priority to make time everyday for my “something special.”

  43. Missy B

    I am trying to learn all I can about the ways I love to create – I find learning about art is inspiring 🙂

  44. lisagbart33

    This is a difficult time for me as we all have throughout our lives, my husband was just recently diagnosed with lung cancer and we are currently navigating all that entails. But the one practice I have right now, along with lots of prayer, has been my art journaling. I have committed to journaling everyday and I paint when time avails, but journaling has been so raw and real and really helpful in dealing with all the emotions I’m feeling right now. I have a small one I carry in my purse when we have appointments and it just helps me to loose myself for a moment and relieves me of the stress I am feeling.

  45. Courtney

    Running a business, sometimes “just painting” gets pushed down the priority list. This year, I have dedicated studio time to keep that from happening!

  46. Elizabeth

    I have promised myself a year of honing my passions. I am already registered for the Reflections class and will be cruising the Danube with you in October. I am trying hard to not just sign up for classes and not do the work. But, between all the great classes you offer and your lifetime access, it’s hard not to sign up for all of them.
    Really looking forward to getting back to my Masters classes too. So much art to do…not enough time in each day.

  47. Debbie Mcintyre

    This year I am going to take what I’ve learned from you and work on fine tuning my own style. I have a few of your classes to finish up and like to really work through them all at my own pace. Happy New Year…Happy New Home.

  48. Jacquelyn

    This year I joined your painting your story class and also bought the studying under the masters (the one with Van gogh) and am loving it!! This year is definitely about discovering my style in art and being free to make art just because I need to!! thank you for your inspiration! and thanks for the giveaway! (:

  49. Stacey M. Curry

    Trying to just create for me…rather than big goals with deadlines in mind…just little ways of making my daily routines more creative…scrapbook again, cook and bake and really enjoy the process, make our new home a true reflection of who we are…(thinking way ahead here!)

  50. debhosaflook

    I have pledged to take some kind of e-course once a month no matter how large or small of a class or workshop it may be. This way I will have to show up everyday to create and practice my art!!!!!

  51. Jackie C

    This year I will be starting to use Make Time Clock and also I am setting out drawing supplies so they are readily available at all times.

  52. Denise Johnson

    I am drawing/painting at least one card/postcard each week. Every week I pick one of my Christmas cards I received, that year, and I dedicate to pray for that person and their family. At the beginning of the week, I send that person an encouraging card letting them know that they are in my thoughts and prayers that week. This year, I am Inspired to personalize them with my art. Devotions, prayers, friends and art all wrapped into one is very exciting for me. Also, I am committed to taking more art classes from some of these very inspiring and talented artists.

  53. Deborah

    I am committed to learning new art techniques this year and to not be so hard on myself as I learn. My word this year is “Trust” and I am going to trust my heart to the Lord to lead me into my creative DNA.

  54. Anita K.

    I’ve been working daily, even just 15-20 minute sessions, and am thrilled to find a finished piece at the end of a week.

  55. Alisa S

    I signed up for All Creatures Lovely and Small and I’m trying to work in my Art Journal once a week.

  56. Linnea D

    I am going to be more creative this year by trying to paint more intuitively…and of course taking a few art courses 🙂

  57. kim rexius

    saying ‘yes’ to painting & every creative process that calls out to me?

  58. Dottee Odom

    This my year to reach out and share my talents with others!! In late January I am a guest teacher at an art retreat in Heber, Utah!! This has been a dream of mine that I never thought would happen!

  59. Ronda O

    I am going to paint and/or draw everyday. I miss me!
    Following on Instagram and pinning

  60. Marta Barber

    As a professional musician, I am recommitting to my craft by pushing myself out of my comfort zone and seeking new opportunities in 2016. I also want to be more creative in my downtime so I’m gathering supplies for crafts I want to try and playing more with my home decor too… Thanks for the great giveaway!

  61. Chelsea

    You are so inspiring, Jeanne! I am loving the “finding the quiet” series. To make 2016 my most creative year yet, I am in the process of rearranging/getting rid of things so that I can make a dedicated work space in our sunroom. It is a bright, clean space that calm and inspires me me and I can’t wait to finish setting up my art and craft supplies and get to work!

  62. rlschatze

    I want to write and paint a picture book this year for my children. And I want to become more artistic with my home. We are hoping to move this year so I am pretty excited about the opportunity to have our first real home and to make it a special and lovely place for my family. Also, since we homeschool, I try and do one new thing each year with my children. This year I think we will try clay. Perhaps we will even try the new class!

  63. Dana Sue Weibel

    Happy New Year, Jeanne! My new year has started off with expanding my art studio space. I’m moving the bed that is currently next to my studio “corner” and putting it in another bedroom leaving the entire room to myself! So excited to have more room to spread out and create!

  64. Jamie Pitts-Klayman

    I’m committed to completing a piece of art a day when I return from the Dominican Republic. Probably smaller paintings.

  65. Cindy

    I’m working my way through the course, “Santos Cage Dolls” so that I can let my imagination soar with paper clay. It started by wanting to create my own fantasy wings for my angel tree toppers, for my Etsy shop, and now I have decided to explore and try full dolls, angels, and animals.

  66. KJ DeWaal

    I now have a dedicated art studio and am spending time creating daily. I’ve started 2016 out with enrolling in several on-line classes. Many through your site. This will be my most creative year yet.

  67. Elaine Mundt

    I journal and scrapbook for my kids, but this year I’ve decided to “interview” my parents and record and journal it. I am going to have each of my kids also make up a list of questions they want to know. Additionally, I’ve gotten back into sewing and have completed some projects already (“new” mittens!). Jeanne, your creativity inspires me!

  68. Lynn

    Art journalling more this year, and also setting an intention to encourage others in their creative pursuits more than I ever have before.

  69. Willow Cartwright

    This is my year to live a creative life. 2015 was a year of healing after the loss of one of my sons, art helped and continues to help me on this journey. My family is beginning to recognize the “mom needs to art” look and is trying to give me the space and the time needed. art happy heart…as someone new to mixed media and art journaling, the dick blick gift card would be an amazing boost to my art supply stash!!! Thank you for your generosity

  70. Keren

    I am going to learn more about design, and see which area I would love to head towards!

  71. Willow Cartwright

    Ooops! forgot to mention i Shared on FB and shared all pics to Pinterest!

  72. dylanm

    This year is totally about letting go of the fear and the mind noise that can smother creativity. I’ve been meditating and working on mindfulness which helps me feel closer to myself and more willing to express that which I find within. When I am loving and connected to myself I am able to happily create and connect with others. Less perfection, more just doing and feeling. Thanks for your beautiful classes and cheers to 2016! (I pinned some images to my “You’ve Gotta Have Art” board on Pinterest, and also just followed you guys on Instagram!
    -Dylan, ByDylanM.com

  73. Tracy Bauman

    I have been focusing more on incorporating my art into my life! I love interior design and decorating. I also love drawing and painting. So one day I could be refinishing furniture and the next day working on an invitation design with water colors and beautiful typography. Being creative to move myself into a new adventure in 2016 is my number one goal. Thanks for your inspirations as well!

  74. Becky J

    Hello Jeanne- I am weekly trying to schedule my block of time for creativity with my two daughters (ages 16 & 23) to stitch, paint, paper craft and follow my whimsy! THANKS for the great giveaway- it surely would come in handy for some new paints and brushes!!

  75. Betty Visotski

    I waited until I turned 69 before I started learning and doing art. It has been a few years of struggle learning to draw and I can see improvements with each drawing and now I”m making this year my year to develop a style. I know it’s in there some where and I’m hunting it down and pushing it out the end of my pencil and brush. Every day I do some drawing and if lucky some painting. Even small bits are helpful. Every art class has brought some kind of enrichment.

  76. Zohra Amed

    For 2016 I am getting into the sketchbook habit, finally….sketching daily, trying new materials, and planning out pieces in my sketchbook before beginning work on a final piece. I’m framing and hanging up final pieces. I’ve strung up wire in my studio so I can really look at work and decide if it is done or not and if it should be framed or not. I’ve registered for two of Jeanne’s classes and have taken several books out of the library on artists who inspire me. I usually work in watercolor but am now exploring charcoal and a damp brush….love it! 2016 is going to be a very creative year!

  77. Lisa Hofmann

    I have already signed up for some of the yummy offerings here as a way to infuse my creative practice with new energy and ideas! I am clearing away the distractions and focusing upon what truly nourishes and inspires ME … which means books, writing, journaling and a practice which is grounded upon Devotion. Thank you Jeanne for all that you do!

  78. Melinda

    I’m trying to live in the moment more and take in the beauty of the everyday.

  79. Shelly Marlott

    2015 was such a rough year and I feel a great way to regain my calm and my happiness… is to be dedicated to creating great art! I have scheduled out weekly times that I will be in the studio. I have created little boxes of tools… for instance when I’m itching to do clay.. I grab my clay box and start on an online clay class (Elements of Clay!!!).. this keeps the “work” out of it and allows me to jump in and play! Thanks JO and friends… Happy Creations 2016!

  80. Cindy McPeak

    I’m putting together a plein air kit for oil painting. This is something I’ve wanted to do for a long time.

  81. karen

    I never thought of myself as creative because I can’t draw and my brain seems not to work creatively but as I get older I see creativity can be many things. I love the theme of tell your story. That is exactly our theme of women’s ministry at our church this year. I think God may be telling me something!

  82. Melanie

    It’s hard for me to share my work, I guess because it’s such a vulnerable feeling. There’s this element of fear, what if no likes it etc. kind of feeling. I just recently opened an Etsy shop after years of creating, yet being too afraid to share. I’m starting small. Little pieces of jewelry and art. My heart beats so fast every time I post something. It’s like the fear of being a failure pops up each time. But every time I create something it feels so good!! So I’m holding onto to that particular feeling each step of the way and through the doubts! Thank you for the chance to win! I love everything about you, your courses, your posts and your approach to life. Thanks for being an inspiration!!

  83. robindhowes

    As it is, I’m completely immersed in creativity as a mixed media art instructor and very blessed to create everyday. One step I would like to add to my staircase would be to improve my painting skills. BTW congratulations to being on the cover of WWC as well as being nominated to Joss and Main as a style maven! I pinned your giveaway and follow you on instagram. Thanks!

  84. Andrea Bakewell

    I started this year with the Passion Planner and have scheduled in “me & creative play time” each week. It is so easy to be “busy” and the “me time” is always last on the list. This should keep me on track ? Thanks for this awesome giveaway opportunity !

  85. April Lopez

    This year is my year. After being my dads caregiver then spending a year mourning his death I am finally making the time for myself and making art makes me happy.

  86. Terri Bone

    I’m signed up for Paint Your Story, and I have gotten all the pictures of my life ready to go!

  87. Gail cohen

    2016 found me sprawled on the bed with an intense virus and here I am 2 weeks later, still unable to shake this off but I have signed up for make your art sing,even though my physical voice has been non existent. I have been reviewing the masters videos and remain determined to “expand” and grow in my art making this year. So what if if 2016 will have to begin in February for me. My birthday is January 31st and i will be entering into the second part of these exciting 50 years of life. I am determined to remain open and learn from the array of insightful,unique, artists I have met in the past 3 years online. “You”…. Each and every one!!!! Please continue sharing your creativity with me….it’s what gets me out of bed and certainly, out of my head when I need it most…..always….xo

  88. Rebecca

    This year I am letting me be me in my art and allowing myself to experiment. I’m calling it Art Expedition 2016. Plus I’m sharing more on my blog which I realize is really a studio journal.

  89. Bev Sparks

    Happy New Year! This year I plan to document all the workshops I’ve taken over the last 3 years and figure out why I am drawn to them and what type of art I enjoy making the most. I’d like to focus on one or two ways of creating art early in the year and then slowly branch out from there. I think the best thing to do is stop and listen to what it is that I need in my life..to ask what do I like and what do I want to see for myself as the year progresses. I’m also planning to stat jouranling and have signed up for several classes here that should help point me in that direction… I’m striving for peace and harmony. 🙂

  90. Leslie Cude

    To live a more creative life, I am taking some of your art classes and as of today, I am teaching an art class for little girls!

  91. stephanie

    I am making physical space to make art. Taking online and in person classes.

  92. Pamela

    2016 will be a individual reflective year for me. I have written and shared goals to reflect upon daily and am signing up for your new course Reflections. Wish all well and a great year.

  93. Meghan T.

    I am committing to art everyday! So far so good and I am happy as can be! If it’s just 10 minutes then its just that! But I am soending a lot of time in the studio and I am loving it!

  94. Susan

    This year I want to do some art journaling. I keep thinking of myself as an art-journaling-wannabe but I stop myself for fear of ruining the page. I just need to do it and stop thinking so much.

  95. Charisse

    For 2016, I’ve started scheduling daily creative time, instead of just hoping I might get some free time! Also, I’ve started carrying around a small journal to draw/sketch every day, even on the go!

  96. deb

    Taking the course on listening. Enjoying it! Will start adding drawings to my journaling.

  97. Mari Zeleznik

    I’m taking online courses to jumpstart my artistic bent and to stay healthy. For art, I’m enrolled in Jumpstart 2016 and in Wanderlust 2016. I’m already busy with Wanderlust. For mental health, I’m doing the Brené Brown semester course. So maybe I’ll be ready for another art course a little later in the year. Now, I think I have enough, what with work and other responsibilities.

  98. Ren Jetton

    I will move my creative space to the bonus room over my garage. And I will finally begin the calligraphy course I enrolled in through your website. I am left handed and previously took a course. It was not successful! But now I have more time for practice so am hoping for success.

  99. Sarah B

    What an awesome giveaway! This year my goal is to have more simplicity, which hopefully equates to more time to be creative and productive. I’m looking forward to class starting next week!

  100. Michelle

    I’m finding more and more that the best therapy in the world for me is discovering my creativity. Im excited to explore handwriting, and would also like to explore watercolor. I’d love to learn to sketch, but I’ve got to take this new found love one step at a time ?

  101. welmoet

    On New Years eve I began my first large canvas – 4×6 ft – something I’ve wanted to do for years. It is an abstract which also takes me completely out of my comfort zone but already I’m loving the process as it unfolds!

  102. Anita Lindeman

    I plan on starting my Bible journaling. I used to draw and sketch a lot and I want to get back to it. I need to do something for myself; something I enjoy. I have looked at a few of your online courses and am seriously thinking about doing a few! Thanks! Love your work!

  103. Jodi Hooper

    I started Jen Wagner’s Intro to Handlettering course, to pick up where I left off from my college days — quite a few years ago.

  104. Elvia Black

    I plan to create something daily in lieu of watching T.V. I am actually planning time instead of just hoping to find time. I love art and learning creative ways to express myself.

  105. wendy

    I am committing to following through on my online art classes – I have a tendency to fall behind and then just save off the PDFs and videos (when I can) for some magic future time when I will be able to watch them. If not now, when?

  106. wendy

    Pinned your Reflections class (oh my, it looks absolutely yummy!) – I’m thinking it may be my early Valentine’s Day gift.

  107. Michelle

    I’ve organised my art making space and show up there every day to make something!

  108. wendy

    And following on Instagram – thanks so much for the chance to win! I’ll be sharing on IG as well (when I can figure out how – I’m new to it).

  109. debbie

    I’m beginning an eclass today with Brene Brown called Living Brave where she helps to “explore what it means to fully show up in our lives – to be brave, lean into vulnerability, and to rumble with the challenges that come with living a daring life.”

  110. Heather Anne

    I’ve blocked out some time each week to be creative – I find that if I don’t put it on my schedule it doesn’t happen. My first task was to tidy my creative area and organize my supplies. I cannot create in a mess, but my creations often make a mess! My hubby thinks this is funny, but he’s super supportive. He knows that making something beautiful makes for a sweeter wife!

  111. elliejc

    i am really committed to growing in my artistic expression and part of that involves the online courses that i recently purchased here. ya for creative fun!

  112. Ronda

    I am committed to doing art as much as I can. To complete all my classes that I have started. Thanks for the opportunity to win this awesome prize.

  113. Stacey B

    I started a sketchbook just for “playing”. No worrying about the final results!

  114. kathy

    I am taking several classes this year including the paperclay class and am scheduling time for art every day, just like everything else is scheduled..

  115. Ashton

    My word of the year is Create! I am committed to drawing something every day in 2016. Thanks for the chance to win this awesome giveaway.

  116. Regina Sargeant

    I just retired from my law practice and I cannot describe the joy and contentment I get from creating. I plan to continue to paint as much as possible!

  117. Gloribel Irizarry

    I’m decluttering and organising my studio. Also I already enrolled in the online class Reflections: Paint your own story to be inspired and create more art.

  118. Dawn

    Thanks for the opportunity to win this prize! Your love of Van Gogh in Studying Under the Masters really inspired me to “make marks”!

  119. Jenn

    I have started getting my supplies together for the journaling class! I have my tote bag, and beautiful old ledger. I can’t wait! <3 I want to tell my story!

  120. Kristi Archer

    I am trying to take more time for myself creatively this year. I am organizing a space that I can store my supplies, and scheduling time to actually create…not just dream about it.

  121. eperez205

    I have committed to doing art everyday. I put together an art bag that I carry around so I can pull it out anytime I have free time. I also get in my studio daily and work even if it is for 5 mins.

  122. dellg1adele

    Big year for me turning 70…my challenge is to do as much art as possible, I’m on a mission. I have so much to learn and just want to leave something of me to whomever. Thank you for this opportunity 🙂

  123. Kim Mineer

    I am so excited to share that I am allowing myself the time to create, and I am planning a getaway in the Spring. The getaway is for the sole purpose of finding my creativity. I have never experienced this type of freedom in my artwork, and Jeanne, your Ning site, and online workshops have been a super encouragement for me.
    Thank you for all you do for this community of artist.

  124. barbnicholson

    Dear Jeanne, I always love visiting your blog and classes – such beauty! In 2016 to honor my creativity I have rented a downtown studio…So excited! Looking to be set up by late Spring. Also making sure that I have creative space and supplies where ever I am. Looking forward to your next class!

  125. Margaret Bouwmeester

    Gosh, I would love to win this! I’ve been out of action for the last year and a bit because I just couldn’t make it work…..
    I’ve decided to get back into blogging and artwork and I would love to take some courses!!! Having the supplies would be so great!

  126. Heather

    My theme for 2016 is actually CREATE! I am committed to bits of art journaling every day, and I’ve started a 100 paintings project with a goal to finish 100 small paintings by the end of the year. I’m having a blast so far!

  127. Michelle Remy

    This does indeed look like a fabulous line-up of classes! Lovely, intriguing photos! For 2016, I am trying to increase the amount of time I have to do art by reducing the time I spend aimlessly browsing online. I have a healthy studio habit but I think I can squeeze even more out of my day if I eliminate some time-wasting. Thank you for the chance to win such a fabulous prize!

  128. Carol covert

    I plan to continue making something everyday, and finishing some courses I started and did not finish yet! I already follow you on IG

  129. Ashley

    It happend.
    The shift.
    Even though there was a very long life winter on all fronts…
    Since November, the blossoming began.
    I am in my dream work. NOT without challenges.
    My year has begun. So well. About time. The pain leaves my body as I live into my dream life and am aware of all of the treasures such as good work, abilities, friends, deepening relationships, teaching, meeting new people, learning to work in a new environment and owning it all. I am grateful I allowed myself to be around long enough to see this. There were times that emotionally, mentally, physically I was choreographing a dismal and sad ending for myself. Today is so good. Yesterday was super duper…. and as I keep remaining present to the here and now and grateful for all that is now. All will remain as well as it can in the world I know. Drawing is magical! I am grateful to be abilitie’d and to teach such things on many levels. <3

  130. ruth ann siegler

    Due to a medication, I am losing the dexterity and nerve sensations in my right hand. Sewing has become painful so I will be painting more in 2016!!! Art is such a part of my soul that I can’t imagine not being creative in thought and deed!!

  131. Ginger Deverell

    The new courses all look amazing!! This year is about simplifying my creative process. I homeschool my son so I am playing with 20 minute creative windows and being portable so I can simply pull my sketchbook, illustration pens or watercolours out of my bag at a cafe or the park with ease. This is new for me as I usually dive into intense studio days and nights and love every moment of it. Thanks for sharing all your great creative resources and spirit – so wonderful and inspiring.

  132. Guylaine Morin

    I want to give me the permission to do art daily, even if I know that I have too little time, not the perfect tool, not the brilliant idea, not the perfect …
    I just want to do something creatif each day, as little as it may be, BUT DO IT.

  133. Alce

    2016 is the year I come out f the craft box and proclaim myself an artist!
    So much to learn about social media, website , teaching etc but it’s a challenge that I am up for.
    Launch my art self with a shopping spree would be fantastic. Thank you for the chance to win
    Happy 2016 to all the secret creatives…let this be your year

  134. Neysha

    To get my creativity flowing this year I’m redesigning my work space so its a lot more organized and to accord with my artistic needs. Also try my best to do something at least once each day so my energy never goes away. I started this month by doing a 30 day art challenge and so far so good!!

  135. Sandy

    Pinned on Pinterest. Can’t wait for the classes to start that I signed up for. 🙂 Thank you for putting up such great classes Jeanne!

  136. Erin Ellis

    I follow you on Instagram (@ErinLoves2Run)
    ErinLoves2Run at gmail dot com

  137. Amy O'Toole

    Thank you for this entry! I am organizing my space and supplies so that I have a clean desk and I can find what I need to create!

  138. luraisat

    i wouldnt want to miss Danielle Donaldsons new class All Things love everything that girl does. I also plan on catching up on classes i have already that i have not completed. looking very forward to a great art year 2016!!

  139. donabumgarner

    As it happens, I’ve already signed up for two of these classes! I can’t wait. But my big commitment is renting a dedicated studio space where I can go and paint (big!) a few days a week without the distractions of home. I’ll be there this afternoon.

  140. Susan

    I’d love to become adept at creative handwriting, just to give myself an outlet from the routine of daily living and work.

  141. Lisa Wood

    Pinned to pinterest. I’m revisiting classes I took over the last couple of years.

  142. donabumgarner

    And I pinned the Danielle Donaldson class, too. So excited for this one!

  143. Julia Monroe

    Thank you so much for this giveaway and thank you for asking such introspective questions. I really appreciate your intuition, Jeanne. The classes you teach are spot on as artists around the world reach out to each other and become a bigger whole. It’s beautiful watching this transformation and growth.

    I didn’t know I had made a decision about creativity. It just seemed to happen organically. What happened on this inside, finally letting go of the expectations and demands people place on me, is now happening on the outside. I am letting go of the expectations and demands I’ve placed on my own living space in order to make room for creativity.

    My dining room is where I create. But it’s still a dining room where family and friends gather for meals and celebrations. So I’m going to move most of the china cabinet contents to another location and fill the china cabinet with art supplies. I’m moving most of the kitchen bookcase contents elsewhere so the bookcase can keep projects in progress on trays or in bins. I’m really excited about how such an easy change will make such a big impact.

    I don’t want to have a home where I’m always looking for space to create, I want a home where creativity is already there and makes space for me to live in it.

  144. Darlene Groseclose

    I just started my first ever painting class at my senior center. Bought all my supplies from Blick. Would love to win the gft card. Thank you.

  145. Carol Grubba

    I have decided that this is the year that I will teach a class at a local gallery that carries my work and has classroom space so I can share my creativity with others.

  146. Tabitha Beck

    My one goal for 2016 is to create art every single day, even if it is just for fifteen minutes, or five minutes, or whatever I can manage…and I have removed the have to produce a finished product agenda from my to do list…the agenda is all about playing, moving colors, scribbling, being free and open…and when things feel fnished, be it after a day or after a month or after a year, then so be it…

  147. Keetha DePriest

    This year, I’m stepping into action more. I love to daydream about ideas and sketch them out and this year, I’m following through and bringing the ideas into fruition.

  148. Gina Landry

    *2016* is going to be a fabulous fabulous year!! I’m feeling some major creativity inside me that is just screaming to get out!
    I’ve got many a story. Way too sceered to start. But anyway, LETS GET IT ON!!!s

  149. T. Peattie

    This year I plan to start journaling more in my art journal rather than being concerned about making pretty pages.

  150. Brooke Johnson

    2016 is going to be a creative one! I am teaching art to K-2 this semester, and I’m working on fun lesson plans. Personally, I am spending time each day doodling, lettering, painting or creating something (even tiny!) each day. 🙂

  151. Cheryl Connell

    I am starting off 2016 with a bang and hope it continues! I am enrolled in the year long art course called Wanderlust – by Everything Art. Lots of prompts for art journal spreads and 25 different teachers. Awesome. I am also doing a gratitude journal with a spread every week and also committing to drawing more, so I have a sketch book just for illustrations that I want to do every week. Whew! Fun!

  152. Stephanie

    My 2016 intention is to let go of the fear of not doing art well enough, not being creative enough, and not caring what others think about what I’m creating. These feelings have kept me from doing my heart’s desire too long, and your blog and classes have helped me step into a new place of being with myself. Thank you, Jeanne, and your team of creators!

  153. Silvia Klassen

    I have decided to carry a better quality skechtbook in my art bag, instead of the cheaper kinds I’ve been using and I LOVE IT! (It I s the travelogue by handbook.) As well as sketching daily, I am also dedicating a page per month on a mini sketch to represent a highlight of each day.

  154. Kathleen

    Too bad no one is interested!! 2016 should be a wonderful year! I just signed up for Danielle’s new class, All Creatures Lovely and Small, and The Elements of Clay. At the moment I am finishing up on 2015, which wasn’t to shabby. Did both of Danielle’s classes. How wonderful is she!! I did not know I could draw.. WOW! Really enjoy your site and your collection of classes. Thank you for all your efforts and God bless.

  155. Kristin

    A few years ago my Daddy passed away. He is the one and only person that ever supported my love of all things art.

    When his art supplies were handed down to me my heart broke into a million pieces. He had torn out all the images he worked on thinking what he had to offer the world was never good enough. Every journal, notebook, pad was empty, only torn out bits left. I found one image in pastels and colored pencil of a cabin and a tiny little book working on the human shape. I cherish these more than I can ever express. They were his attempts to show the world how he saw it.

    So the one thing I have pretty much been doing each year since he passed to live more creatively is one doodle, one paint stroke a day… which always leads to more.

    I have decided I want my kids to say she did it for the love and curse me under their breath and laugh as they have to clean out my art room, when I am gone, because it is so full of all the wonders I couldn’t keep pent up… so it spilled out on my journals, pads, canvases…. I want my Dad to know he is good enough and I will spend every day enjoying that I get to to be creative. Love you papa Bear.

  156. lindielee

    Shared on Facebook! This year, I have reorganized my art space to provide more room to do art. I’m not sighing up for more classes until I catch up on the one’s I’ve never completed. Got a schedule of days and times at the art table.

  157. Tammie

    all the courses sound wonderful. I have signed up for one of them, so excited!
    one, actually two creative endeavors this year:
    daily art
    and illustrating some of my stories. yea.

  158. L. Bratton

    To kickstart my creative juices in the midst of a busy new year I bought myself a paint by number kit! I’ve never done one, and now I’m addicted. It’s a great way for me to paint each day without having to get all my paints out. I just concentrate on one number. Then close the lid, wash the brush, and make myself put it away. Can’t wait til my other projects are finished, and I can get all my paints out again. Until then this is a fun way simple way to create art! Watching the picture unfold is so exhilarating!

  159. Mary Ev Hammond

    I had allowed my studio space to get so cluttered, there was no room for creativity, so I de-cluttered and now have space to breathe and dream and create!

  160. lulumoonart

    I’ve gotten creative in my planner book/visual journal. I’m also taking Bari J’s class on Pattern Play through Jeanne’s network here, plus my usual doll making, collaging, and art quilting! Hmm… I might need to sign up for Making Art Sing –

    Happy New Creative Year!

  161. Elizabeth McAlister

    I have started using a housekeeping organization system I am hoping will allow me to have more time for creativity and keep my house clean enough I don’t feel overwhelmed and depressed.

  162. maryjanedesigns

    Hello Jeanne I am becoming more organized which makes me more productive with my artwork. I hope to be so organized I can sign up for the clay class. MaryJane

  163. Nancy Shuey

    I am trying to take at least one day a week to make sure I paint by putting it on my calendar, making it a priority

  164. Delyne

    2016 is the year of my creativeness! I am doing art journaling for self growth and once a month my mom and I create cards for some creative time together.

  165. deedee

    I’m going to actually finish all of the classes and projects I began in the past! Learn new techniques.

  166. Donna Brown

    I am finding different ways to remember the weekly sermons by ‘journaling’ the the topic and scripture and adding the visual art that these inspire me to create. It helps the messages to sink into my soul in a beautiful way. Creativity, a gift from “The Creator”!

  167. Barbara

    Just started my first 2016 quilt project yesterday! Planning on two classes this year.

  168. JustNanny

    I am 68 years of age, and if not now, WHEN??!!! I had such a creative child in me when I was young, and with all the details of ordinary life, I have lost touch with her! I have stories within my soul I want to tell and leave a legacy of family for my children and grandchildren! By rediscovering my passion for drawing and writing, I feel I will be rediscovering myself once again, someone who I have long since and too long ignored and forgotten! Let the joyful journey begin! Blessings to you all! Nanny

  169. manitobaprairiegirl

    My time is short….although how short, I don’t know. Shorter than it should be, so I am trying to get as much creativity into my life as I can. It’s the one thing that is keeping me sane in this crazy cancer journey. I am taking courses (including reflections (paint your story). I’m also putting my art out there, with an art show at my local art centre. I’m working on sketching everyday with my morning coffee. I am traveling, going to art galleries and zoos and other places with beautiful things to recharge my creativity. This is what I’m doing.

  170. Jeanne Kelly

    2016 is the year I started a sketch journal of faces. I’m working on my own whimsical characters, facial feature by feature. I love the process and can already see improvement in my sketches.

  171. dgillespiemidkiff

    I am challenging my self daily to create some little piece of new art. Simple objects that may one day be incorporated into a larger mixed media piece:)

  172. Terry Mc

    I love all my workshops I’m taking from Jeanne Oliver! I have shared on Facebook and Pinterest. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  173. Ericka Pasco

    I’ve decided to take several online classes and to devote at least 30 to practice no matter what the day has in store:)

  174. Amber

    My intention for 2016 is to paint 100 paintings (& let go of the fear of working on canvas & dive into the blank canvases with joy & possibility).

  175. Lizabeth Cherry

    Starting the new class Making Art Sing with Julie Johnson – love her teaching!

  176. Rita Carbuhn

    I have set a goal of sketching, painting, or doing something creative each day and am purposefully carrying my sketch book with me throughout the day. I now sit in educational sessions, church, etc thinking about how I can represent what is being said in my art.

  177. KarenLS

    I plan to take more classes and really follow through on them to get the most from them.

  178. Debra Eastridge

    I have signed up for Danielle Donaldson’s class through your site to start in March AND I am lucky enough to be able to attend one of her workshops this year!!

  179. Nancy Harrelson

    I love to paint but fearful every time I start a piece. I believe I will be more relaxed and creative this year if I actually learn some basic art skills-like drawing!

  180. Allyson Kettler

    2016 is my year for dedication to mixed media. I have actually scheduled blocks of time to practice my art and am finding it very fulfilling and rewarding.

  181. gullahmama

    I’ve been creating with some regularity, and it has been a joy. This year I am choosing to approach everything i do as a creative project — from cooking dinner to working on the pieces for an upcoming art exhibit. This is the year of living fully as a creative being in every aspect.

  182. Maureen Hayes

    I am limited my computer time, so I will spend more time creating and less time looking at others do it! I am also trying to look at what supplies I do have and how I can use them in multiple ways to challenge myself try new things. Thanks for the chance to enter for the the giveaway.

  183. Stephanie

    committing to a regular practice of my art 🙂 following on instagram and pinned on Pinterest

  184. Lisa Crail

    By doing art for ‘me’ – by using my art journals – starting with Reflections – paint your story, that my beautiful children gifted me for Christmas. Looking forward to an amazing year…

  185. Jackie Jones

    The last few years, have been getting back into art-painting and learning new techniques. 2016 will be about doing more with my art, hopefully selling and sharing in the community. I will definitely share and have shared this wonderful site and classes on Facebook and IG. Love the classes on here! Jackie J

  186. Barbara Raney'Ferrell

    As get over a three month illness, I plan to get back to drawing on a daily basis. I’ll need to get a lot of practice in as I haven’t drawn in years. I’ll also have to get new syplies I’m sure my paints have dried up. I’ve been making books doing steampunk, Tim holtz stuff things like that. I’m looking forward to telling my own story and not just following along, although I’ve learned a lot from you tube and blogs. I’m excited to get back into drawing. I really enjoyed your video about your new class, thanks for sharing.

  187. Michele Oliver

    Hi, I have already started 2016 off by taking a few new online courses, in different mediums, and I intend to do this the entire year. I love learning new techniques and how to use what I have in my studio.

  188. smgriggs

    I’m learning to give myself grace and not feel guilt in my creative endeavors this year. To give up my all or nothing approach and carve out small amounts of time to practice my art. To be fully present even in the small moments. Even 15 minutes a day adds up over the course of the year.

  189. Robyn C.

    This year I am committed to spending at least 30 minutes in my studio every day. My mantra is “Be curious and do the work”. In the words of Picasso “Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working”.

  190. Maureen Hayes

    I shared all of the new courses on IG and tagged you in each! Thanks for th additional entries!

  191. Carol Simonson

    Last year was very eventful. My art was set aside. I don’t even know where all of my supplies are within my studio. That is about to change, thanks to Jeanne and Danielle. They have given me inspiration. I am in the process of getting things in order but during that time, I am jumping in and pledging to do art each day. Maybe it will only be for five minutes on the run, but it will be a beginning. I am so looking forward to what and whom the Lord is going to bring into my life this year. Thank you, Ladies, for giving us the incentive and desire to reach out to do things that feed our souls. God bless!

  192. Sheila

    I am getting my studio set up so I have no excuse not to create daily. Some new art supplies would go great in it!

  193. Maureen Hayes

    I posted all the courses listed here to my online art classes board on Pinterest. Thanks for th additional entries.

  194. moongirl

    I just signed up for the clay workshop! It has been too long since I have worked with clay and am very excited! Thank you!

  195. Jerene

    I am continuing the artistic growth process that I began last year, by making my art practice a priority. This year I am committed to stretching my comfort zone and to continue to practice daily!

  196. iwannawearsandals

    I have signed up for the clay workshop and planning on more. 2016 is going to be my year of creativity. To take my art to another level and reach out to others in the art community. Thank you!

  197. Veachel Hosch

    I have joined a group of like minded creatives (The Luminaries club by Lisa Jacobs) to keep me on track and inspired ? happy 2016 everyone! I have reposted the n FB and followed on IG

  198. Julie Hatlem

    To live a more creative life in 2016, I will embrace the messiness of life. Create, from all that I discover.

  199. awholelotofthisandthat

    I want to do something creative EVERY day – handwriting, drawing, painting, sketching – make it a daily habit.

  200. Melissa Mooney

    I’m making more time to create & sprucing up my little art studio. I have already taken classes from your website & look forward to taking more! I have already been following you on Instagram & just posted this there. I also pinned it & posted it on Facebook too!

  201. Vanessa S.

    This year I will take things slow. I am going to edicate more time with the underpanting and layering of my artwork. I feel a certain calm these days to take my time instead of rushing to finish a painting. Thank you for this wonderful giveaway!

  202. Michelle

    Oh my gosh Jeanne!!!! You collaborate with such amazing talent! One of the things I am doing this year is Listening…each time I am in my studio I am simply listening and following the path set before me. Thank you for this opportunity. I’m going to sign up for two of these for sure whether I’m picked or not because I can’t NOT sign up for them! <3

  203. Sarah Miller

    I am taking on-line classes and some college level refresher courses. I also have challenged myself to fill a new drawing journal this year.

  204. Diane

    Creativity doesn’t happen unless we make time for it. That’s my big goal for this year. I’m excited! And thanks for the opportunity to win some fabulous supplies. My fingers are crossed! Have a blessed New Year!

  205. Jen Woosley

    My word for 2016 is “Heal”. I am taking so many steps toward healing thru spirit, body and mind. A major part of this is bringing art and creativity back into my life after abandoning it for most of 2015.

  206. Patti Sandham

    I would love to win a chance for this fabulous gift card. I am honouring my creativity by taking 6 online art classes 2 with your network. The journaling one with you and Make my art sing with Julie. I will share this fab give-away on my Facebook page too. 🙂

  207. jeames

    I took over some space in our house for my dedicated art area – no more having to bring it out and put it away each time because sometimes it just doesnt feel worth all the effort. My ‘studio’ isnt perfect, but it is MY space!

  208. christine

    2016 will be the year I use up all my art supplies that have been sitting around to make daily art of every and any kind, so I can make room for new ones! … also to finish an online class I started a couple of years ago.

  209. claudia mora

    I would love to win~ This year even though I’m a busy mom of two, I’m making time by taking some online classes with Jeanne Oliver Ning and practicing what I learn at least once a week. Thank you for this awesome creative network. Claudia – anticatreasures@hotmail.com

  210. claudia mora

    Shared on facebook too!!!
    I would love to win~ This year even though I’m a busy mom of two, I’m making time by taking some online classes with Jeanne Oliver Ning and practicing what I learn at least once a week. Thank you for this awesome creative network. Claudia – anticatreasures@hotmail.com

  211. Rochelle

    In 2013 I fulfilled a life long dream of owning studio space away from my home. Although I have not spent a large amount of time there, I still feel so lucky and blessed to have that space. I love being there and sharing the space with others.

  212. Florisabel Caso

    I am taking on line classes from various artists
    This site is one of my favorites
    Also I’m trying to spend less time shopping for supplies and more time actually creating in my journals

  213. Cheryl Demas

    I am going to live a more creative life this year by starting my morning doing a bit of art INSTEAD of checking my computer. I hope this will put a different spin on my day and prevent me from falling into wasting too much time online.

  214. Jenni

    I’ve been journaling a lot to get my creativity flowing. So far it’s working. 😉

  215. Brittany Willard

    Love this! This year I’m walking through some doors the lord is opening to begin teaching scripture art classes. Art & worship collided in my life 5 years ago and has brought me true freedom in Jesus. ??

  216. Suzanne Ponek

    I’m embracing my truth and who I am. I believe by tapping into me it will open my heart to God and I will be able to create without fear

  217. Jo

    What a great giveaway and very generous! One of the ways I am GOING to be more creative in 2016 is by designing more and creating more mixed media projects. I have an art journal that I have already prepped for all my different mediums, its just waiting for me to throw some texture and color on it…. and I have been accepted onto a design team for a stamp company, so I will be creating biweekly for the company and posting on my blog as well as the company blog. Looking forward to creating away this year!

  218. yasadam

    The step I’ve taken to live a more creative life in 2016 is a big promise to myself to draw, paint, doodle, create something EVERY DAY!

    I’ve also:

    • (very excitedly) signed up for your ‘Reflections: Paint Your Story Course’ (and have my eyes set on the ‘Elements of Clay’ one after that!)
    * I’ve shared the new courses and giveaway on Facebook (Yasemin Adam)
    * I’m now following you on Instagram
    * The new courses have been shared on Instagram and tagged @jeanneoliver #jeanneolivercreativenetwork
    * I’ll blog about the new courses and giveaway in my next post (www.naturallyyas.com)
    * And I’ve pinned one of your images from this post to my ‘Create’ board on Pinterest (Naturally Yas)

    I’d LOVE to win this gift card because I’ve just moved to the US from the UK and left all my art supplies behind….so starting anew, with you!

  219. Linn F

    Actually I’m taking fewer classes this year, although I am signed up for Making Art Sing. I’m focusing on finding my own voice by working from prompts rather than following a full lesson. I’m also committed to hauling out and working with supplies I’ve gotten and never or rarely used. I probably will be going back to lessons that resonate with me or maybe some that didn’t at the time but might now.

  220. Traci Severson

    Working hard at trying to be present when doing things rather than passively meandering through the day from one task to another while wishing I was creating. Making the time…….that’s what it’s about!

  221. Rene Jantzi

    My word for this year is ‘listen’, so I feel I’ve heard to take up a pencil and practice drawing and lean how to use watercolors. Both are very scary … And exciting!
    Thanks for the opportunity to win some art supplies!

  222. Laura Snow

    I have two main goals for my creative journey this year, the first is to get my art space in order and the second is to be intentional to do art every week, at the very least and every day if at all possible.

  223. Jeannie

    I am planning to purposely make art this year, so I can do what brings me joy! Thank you so much for doing this giveaway and I hope to learn lots when the new Reflections Art journaling class begins. My new word for 2016 is Courage, I will have the courage to make changes in my life and not be faltered by it.

  224. Glynda DeVore

    My art journey and personnel life for 2016 is practice and do more than observe. I have been blessed with so much and one of the blessing comes from this site. My first class for 2016 is studying under the masters. Thank you for all you do 🙂

  225. Tamara Gladstone

    I’ve been sorting, organizing, purging and rearranging my studio in between layers of paint, gesso, found papers and objects. The fresh look and opening up of my art space really helps me to get inspired to be there and work on finding my creative voice.

  226. SusanA

    One step I’m taking to live a more creative life in 2016 is being intentional about learning more. I just signed up for Danielle Donaldson’s All Creatures Lovely and Small course. Yay!

    1. SusanA

      I also pinned Danielle’s courses to Pinterest under Art Therapy on A Path To Place.

  227. Kim Himes

    Going to bring art into my middle school math classroom. Started a 3D spatial reasoning project today!

  228. Bev Victory

    Sketching every day and going back to classes I’ve already in to do more work. Also, signing up for this first class (you’ve convinced me I have a story) and Danielle’s class.

  229. Tomi Tierney

    My new practice is getting up a little early to paint and draw before the day gets busy. I feel so good going off to work knowing I’ve already fulfilled my goal. It makes the day feel lighter and brighter.

  230. Jane Simons

    Hi Jeanne, this new year my goal is to get back to creating and re immerse in the classes I’ve purchased here. My mom passed away soon after my best boy kitty and 3 other losses in one year on top of a long disability. 2016 is to be the year for healing and that includes creating again!!! Thanks for the chance. ??

        1. Jane Simons

          I have posted the classes and contest on my Instagram page (JoyfulRagamuffin)

          1. Jane Simons

            I also just pinned the classes on Pinterest! Thanks for the chance, I need art supplies! 🙂

  231. Shelly Cabler

    My art journey for 2016 started with signing up for Junelle Jacobson’s “Art of Goodness” on line workshop!

  232. Grace

    Had so much fun with the Art Every Day Month back in November last year that I’m putting it in my schedule this whole year. Days turned into weeks without me being creative for me (was creating just for my classes) and I missed it so much that for 2016 I’m gonna be playing at my artspace a whole lot more, getting my hands messy just because I can.

  233. Merissa R

    This new year I’m getting out my craft supplies and going for it! I’m gathering all of my inspirations and getting my hands busy. Getting that new sketchbook filled with sketches, getting those new paints wet, and photographing this journey. Amen!

  234. Christy Hartman

    I recently took the plunge and purchased a new set of pan watercolors and am committed to exploring watercolor this year and love Danielle’s take on color and watercolor. I’m taking watercolor classes and just painting.

  235. Connie

    This year I want to learn how to do collage. I am reading any books the library can order for me (limited funds). Two of the ones they have ordered disappointed me– Paper Cutouts by Henri Matisse and another one he wrote. I also want to get a DVD called Painted Paper. Thanks for giving us a. Hence to win such an amazing gift!

  236. Kathy Lieb

    I plan to continue working through the classes that I have purchased and I signed up for an in-person painting class, too!



  238. Mary Green

    For me 2016 is about “being present”. Staying in the moment and not focusing on the past and not wondering about the future this will allow me more quality Art time!

  239. Carol Moore

    I am taking several art classes this year, one of which is Creative Girl, hoping to jumpstart my creativity.

  240. Christy

    I am taking the reflections course!! Yeah! I want to create more to express myself, not to please anyone else. It has been so long….

  241. Tea4Two

    I addition to perusing Pinterest and getting feeds from this blog and a few similar blogs, I am spending more time painting, paper crafting and writing.

  242. Kaye

    My goal for this year is to reorganize my studio, so that I can find things more easily and not have to clear surfaces before I can create. I also intend to keep track of my creative output, with a goal of completing 2 pieces a week.

  243. Angela Sopranzi

    Wow…so many creatives out there! Brava! What am I doing for 2016…..really looking forward to the art journal class which begins on the 18th. I have started by sketching everyday and trying to figure out what I really am good at and really enjoy doing! Hopefully, this new class will lead me in the right direction.

  244. cathy

    Taking classes right here for 1! I’ve decided this year to take a back seat to my own teaching and just take classes classes classes!

  245. Linda Robison

    Thank you for the opportunity, I find you and your site to be such a blessing and inspiration – not just words! I wish I lived closer to you, can’t wait to see what the new land/home brings to the table. I plan to work in my art journal more this year like no one will ever see it, just let go and see what develops without cause or purpose.

  246. Melanie Dorsey

    I have finally found a way to combine devotional time with art in a way that makes sense for me. I’ve tried ways that seem to work great for others but I couldn’t maintain interest because it wasn’t “me.”

  247. Amber K

    I am asetting aside time each day to practice yoga. It makes me feel refreshed and inspired. I am also setting aside time at least once a week to practice my art.

  248. Kathy Briner

    This year I am choosing to set aside time each week, actually putting it in my calendar to paint and to reflect and to write poetry. If I am struggling to paint I am making sure there is a canvas on my easel promoting me promoting me come!

  249. Jeanne Bell

    I have signed up for an art class once a week and I want to practice drawing on a daily basis! I am retired and this is the start of my new life.
    Jeanne Bell

  250. Barb

    I am working on doing something creative and journaling more in the new year, already created three keepsake journals out of large envelopes, one as a gift and two for Christmas Cards received and tidbits on concerts attended and what special things I did, Made one with 2015 Christmas cards and then went back and made another with my 2014 cards. I would so be over the top delighted to win!

  251. Lee

    I have bravely taken the biggest step I could to give me more time to be creative, and therefore, more fulfilled, I just quit my job because I don’t want to keep making excuses, it’s time to nourish me and my passions, and I am going to make 2016 the year I do it!

  252. J. Engen

    I am setting aside time each morning when I first get up to create with my coffee. This is always a time of day I am truly alone in the house with no distractions while everyone else is still snoring. So far, it has been a great start to my day!

  253. studiojru

    i am going to set aside specific time to take the artsy classes i have signed up for in the past, but haven’t made time to complete!

  254. Kimberly Barcello

    I’ve decided that sharing my journal pages and other non-serious work/projects online has helped me to let go and continue on to the next piece.

  255. Yvonne

    I have claimed our unused den as my sewing room and moved all my equipment to that space. In the past I thought it was selfish to have a sewing room. Now I know I deserve one.

  256. Randi Schmechel

    I have been saving paper, tags, junk mail, catalogs, etc., for up cycling into my art journal. Lots of collecting, little arting. I am going to spend some time getting rid of these things so I will feel less overwhelmed by stuff and more likely to DO some art!r

  257. Tammy Grieder

    I have committed to this time spent being creative and loving it! Just getting my feet wet.

  258. Michelle Wooderson

    I plan to do daily (or often) sketching and painting. I think keeping at it is the best way to get better.

  259. Lorna S.

    I signed up for All Creatures Lovely and Small to start in March. I also joined the Art to the 5th’s 2016 Document Life Project – the unplanned which started on 1/1. This is the fourth year I’ve joined Ali Edwards’ One Little Word class. Now I have to get the studio unpacked. The challenge is that the movers dumped all the boxes in the room and on top of cabinets and until I can get to the shelves, cabinets and drawers, I can’t put anything away. Hopefully I will have made some progress by the end of the month! Big challenge moving at the end of the year. But the fun is to re-create or create new rooms in new walls! It is all good and fun and creative. I am blessed.

  260. Melanie

    I am drawing every day – just a quick sketch! I’m giving more time to my classes and not just with the goal to complete the work, but to enjoy and learn all that I can!

  261. Julie

    With budget cuts at my local government job, I will have more free time to focus my energy on creative endeavors. I have many projects lined up and now will have time to play and have fun !

  262. Marsha

    I have never considered my self as “creative”. But for 2016 I have decided to start doing easy things and see where it takes me.

  263. Judi

    I am going to make an effort to sketch everyday. I want to make sketching daily in a sketchbook a habit I continue for years to come.

  264. franniemeshorer

    75 years young and excited about ‘new chapters’ in my ‘book of ART life’! (raved on facebook about new classes i just signed up for!)

  265. Anne Fleetwood

    I’ve been in an artistic slump for the past several years. Thankfully, that slump has come and gone, and I’m ready to start fresh with my art in 2016. Now I just need to get my art/craft room in order!

  266. Gina Bottom

    I will draw or paint every day this year. I have signed up for Make art sing and I can’t wait for it to strart!

  267. fay

    I have started a small business using my artistic abilities At least my daughter thinks I have a talent. She emails me one day and says that she has set me up a website. I feel like the baby bird that was pushed out of the nest except I am not sure I can fly. I do have one commission and I will see where this goes.

  268. Patti

    I have been a lurker and an observer for too long. My 2016 affirmation is Bold Change. For me at 73, this means creating every day…making marks, putting paint on the page, letting go of ‘white space’ fear….doing and making. So far, have done so these past 11 days. You have inspirted me, Jeanne…thank you! ^^I^^’s

  269. Judy Jacobsen

    I just got my art room cleaned up and in order and plan to dive in full force into a creative new year in 2016! My grandchildren are now living nearby and I’ve already started doing art with them.

  270. soozyb2013

    I been collecting supplies for a couple years now to get started on mixed media/art journalling. Being on a disability pension it’s difficult to get supplies in the first place. My New Year will be consisting of purging of “things”. I need more space to create, so I will be giving myself that gift this year. Clearing “stuff” and making more memories instead of collecting things. I have always been artsy and always am doodling, knitting and beading and learning to sew. There are soooo many things I want to do and clearing my head and my house is the first step in getting there.
    Happy New Year to everybody and good luck in your 2016. 🙂
    Victoria, BC Canada

  271. angie

    I am getting all my spaces organized, as that helps spark my creativity. I would really like to revisit my calligraphy and try my hand at water color.

  272. anoddlittlegirl

    Friends and I started a once a month meet-up to do some project we have never done. Stretching the comfort zone, last week, painted on parchment to transfer to silk. I am a 3D artist-painting 2D in a group was scary! Class for encaustic collage is next.

  273. Brittany

    Stepping away from technology to be more present in my life and to draw inspiration from my own experiences is huge for me this year. I had a bad habit of waking up and grabbing my phone first thing, now I give myself time in the morning to meditate, do yoga, or drink coffee on the back deck and journal. It has done wonders for my mental state!

  274. Lisa Ingram

    I have committed a few minutes each day to my art by filling the daily square in a dedicated planner with a tiny work of art. I”ve also also set aside time on Saturday to wok on one of the several courses I have joined @jeanneoliver.

  275. Shelly B.

    My goal isto find more creative time for myself and expand my creative outlets. I’m going to try something new in creating signs and also get back to creating with cross-stich.

  276. Sonja

    Hi Jeanne! Thank you for such a lovely website and courses. I am being creative this year by sewing curtains for our house. I am learning as I go and thankful for help ironing hems. We have a lot of windows!

  277. Trinette

    This year I plan to be creative in all aspects of my life, whether it be cooking for the family or doing the laundry. I want to be content with where I am and what I have now.

  278. Carla

    I recently joined the Scribble Art class (when it was 50% off…YAY!). I plan to practice drawing weekly. But mostly, I am dedicating a few hours each day to make jewelry, leather journals, and fabric handbags to sell and develop my little business!

  279. suzschultz23

    These classes look terrific. I plan to make time for creating art everyday, if only for a short period of time. I feel this will keep me doing something I love and not letting any excuse keep me from art journaliing, painting a canvas, coloring in a coloring book, etc.

  280. Angela Hayes

    In 2016 my goal is to spend at least 30 minutes a day in my sketch book.

  281. Sara Torbett

    In 2016 I am living more creatively by using photography to tell people’s stories….by doing in-home lifestyle sessions. I’m also signed up for your Reflections course! 🙂

  282. Maeve

    Wow, so many comments here tonight! We are all getting back to our art, that seems pretty obvious! I am working on an artsy journal and I have signed up for another of your classes coming up in a few days. I am also registered for others from the past offerings on this site, and will finally have some time to work on them – I hope!

  283. anne

    I LOVE to be creative! This month I am doing the Thirty Paintings in 30 Days Challenge and taking Jeanne’s class Reflections:Paint Your Story. I am so excited to be off to a year full of fun and imagination! There are so many ways to be creative. I even love to blog about it.

  284. Lynda

    We have moved and I have a much smaller studio space…so I’m working on being more organized and specific with my materials when I create. So things go back at the completion of a project because of limited space. Thank you for the chance to win!

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  286. Cynthia

    Making the time everyday to journal, study and create something whether art or food.

  287. Nachell Sturges

    Signed up for a new online class with Jeanie Oliver and organized my studio to start off the new year with lots of new ideas and inspiration.

  288. Renee

    2016 Creative plan: January- sign up for my first Jeanne Oliver Designs course with friends 🙂 Check!

  289. Teresa in California

    Beginning in 2008, the blogging world opened up to me, and also online creative ning sites began to pop up everywhere! This was my chance to further my own creative resolve. To belong to groups where the people are dedicated to being creative is what has kept me centered in my yearly path to learn more in the realm of creativity. The journey is such an enlightening process, as there are so many, many talented souls who share their life with their students, and vise versa. The students meet other creative souls and the journey unfolds to reveal an endless supply of creative bliss, with so many varied art mediums being used. It is the thrill of the chase to learn a new art theme which someone else is willing to share with the world of creative souls. I have just blogged about myself, and the journey I found myself experiencing this past year, as I met someone on another blog which opened new vistas of possibilities about myself through connecting her as we share some of the similar personality characteristics. First and foremost, I am a Christian, who loves the Lord, secondly I am and Empath, and thirdly, my personality traits are that of an INFP persona. You can read all about it on my blog at: http://amagicalwhimsy.blogspot.com/ And YES! I would love to win the Dick Blick Card! Thanks so much for the chance to win!

  290. Babette Thurston

    My creativity is always buzzing! I have a hard time taming my creativity to just a couple of projects! However, 2016 is the year that I’m venturing out and learning calligraphy and I have created a binder to plan my projects. I have also started on a different canvas of sorts. My outside landscape! I am creating an Italian retreat for myself and family. Beautiful giveaway and hopefully I will be able to join one of your online art courses.

  291. 22limes

    My word for this year is DO, as in just do it! I have signed up for several of your courses that I have not yet taken, but I always seem to find reasons why I can’t be creative right now. So that is how I came up with my word, DO, just do it and that is what I am doing.

  292. Rebecca

    I never thought of myself as creative, but always wanted to be. I will be taking more time to do my jewelry this year. I also signed up to do one of Jeanne’s classes, but don’t remember the name. I love to garden and create beautiful landscapes. I will pin this to my pinterest board as well.

  293. Jill

    I am getting creative this year with some more of your courses. A bit addictive.

  294. Natasha

    I am SCHEDULING creative time into my planner. It isn’t an add on if I get through my errands and chores and have some time on my hands. But I am acknowledging it as a primary part of my life and scheduling it.

    Feels naughty and grown up and so filled with self care.

  295. Aaron

    I am trying to live a more creative life in 2016 by sharing my thoughts and actions with creative others.

  296. Shena

    This year I am rededicating myself to my art, committing to a studio schedule and delving deeper into what I have to share through my art.

  297. RaSonya

    I’ve made a commitment to draw or paint every day in 2016 and post it on my blog (www.faithworksartstudio.com) /facebook/social media/ etc.

  298. flutterbyebarn

    I’m taking Reflections: Paint your story. I’m scared and I’m ecstatic!!! I’ve done all kinds of art since I can remember, here and there. I have NEVER journaled. ? I am at such a point at my life where I can’t believe I was bold enough to think I had a story to tell. But I believe you, when you say it. And I desperately need to find my real voice and my artistic voice, so here I am. I know I will find it through art. Thank you for being so real and honest and encouraging. I can’t wait!!!!! ???????

  299. Tania Bain

    I am registered and partaking in numerous online art classes this year, but am also making a (once a month) commitment to take real live art classes with a local artist. There is nothing more exiting and daunting at the same time as having your teacher standing behind you watching your every brunch stroke :”)
    Loving, living my more creative life this year…..

  300. Donna Marie Buchanan

    Last year was an amazing year for me creatively, and I plan to continue this year in the same vein… my daily art practice is my anchor. I’m planning to branch into poetry a bit this year, and want to spend some more time painting and drawing from life… and being open to the opportunities that the Lord gives me…. the exciting thing about a creative life is one never knows what is around the bend!

  301. Janet

    2016 is the year to be more creative with my writing. Thank you for the giveaway!!!

  302. Karen elizabeth

    While struggling through some family difficulties I am setting aside time for creative processes. Seeing the world as a beautiful creation of God and using the talent I have to express myself is what I look forward to this year. I’ve signed up for one of your classes. I am in the midst of some knitting, beading, and music. What a great way to spend some very cold days, looking at the snow covered world and creating.

  303. Melissa Ellen's Loft

    This is amazing! Love the new courses!:) One thing I am doing this year creatively is taking art classes with a local artist… spending a few hours a week learning from her and doing art together!