This January, for the third year in a row, I am taking part in Nathalie Kalbach's "Creative Jumpstart".
It's a month long series of videos by various artists gathered together by Nathalie to give our creativity a boost to start the year. This session is sponsored by Liquitex, the makers of many fine art supplies of a liquid nature, such as paints, gel mediums, gesso, and my current personal favourite, matte varnish. There are also prize giveaways of Liquitex products, very exciting!
Notwithstanding my successful participation in #CarveDecember (more on that in a later post), where I carved a rubber stamp every single day for the entire month of December, I have to admit that usually I'm not very good about doing things every day, in spite of my good intentions (I'm slowly learning to accept this about myself). CJS is a good example of this. The first year I took part (January 2013), I started a journal to keep track of the daily lessons. I only did the first three. :( Last year (January 2014), I did better - I watched the first 10 days' worth of videos. Trust me, this was not at all the fault of the instructors. It was all down to me getting busy with other stuff, forgetting to tune in, that sort of thing.
So far this year, I'm up to date on all 8 days. I haven't actually made anything yet using any of the techniques shown by the various instructors - a different teacher each day demonstrates the making of something in a ten minute video - but I have enjoyed watching the videos over breakfast. All I need is a little free time and I will be happily playing along.
If you think you might be interested in CJS, don't worry that January is already 1/4 of the way complete. The great thing is, the video lessons are available to watch over and over again until the end of November. It's not too late to sign up. 25 videos for just $25US. If you are interested, you can sign up here.
Plus, there is going to a CJS event at Bizzy B in Toronto on Sunday, February 8th where a bunch of us are going to get together and work on some of the projects together, so mark your calendar for that!