Tuesday, 25 April 2017

I Was Scared to Post This Video (& Said Video)

Last night I hit publish on a video I'm a little nervous of releasing...I don't know why, well perhaps I do; because I'm a rather candid in it. Right now I feel a calling to be more forthright in what I share and so I will. I will share more of well me, my deepest thoughts and opinions regarding creative life. However just because I feel I want to do something it does not stop the creative demons coming up to have a party and 'poo poo' all over it. 

Considering the video is all about getting on with creating what you want in spite of such things as excuses though I obviously could not listen to the fears when they tell me 'people won't like it', 'you're being too aggressive', 'ra, ra, ra'. So I clenched my teeth, and hit publish anyway. 

We are creators, and demons are part of that package, but our choices are still our own. 

Excuses, fears, overwhelm, analysis paralysis, comparisonitus cannot act of their own accord. If they are in the drivers seat, honey you gave them the wheel. But that's okay you can still get it back, and you do so by hitting publish on whatever it is you are creating.

Here is the video ~ Art & Life: Do It Your Way

If you would like to join the 'Makers Meet-Up' Group or my online art community generally, you can do so here: http://journalworkshops.ning.com

Much love

PS Since I hit publish on this video the response has been so OVERWHELMINGLY positive...as per the message of the video 'not knowing how is not an excuse not to do something', it seems the same should be applied to feeling fear! 

Hit publish love.

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

[Video] Art Technique Plus Over 50 Art Resources

Hi love

I've a treat for you, if you weren't at the Birthday Bash Art Party last month here's the 'cool down' technique I shared at that event. It is one of my favourite repeatable art journaling techniques; simple, yet you always learn something new when you do it.

The Birthday Bash Group is still open if you want to see what else we got up to that day, while the event itself is over new people are joining everyday as all the projects are still visible. Join here: http://journalworkshops.ning.com/group/the-2017-birthday-bash

Note: you will need to be a member of my art community, Journal Workshops, to join any groups or classes. If you are not a member yet it's free and easy, you can join my art community here: http://journalworkshops.ning.com/main/authorization/signUp?

The CRAZY AWESOME Deal of the Week:

This week saw the release of the Art Bundle for Good. This is an amazing package of tons of art courses and resources (over $2500 worth for only $97!)

There are LOADS of goodies from artists you may know and love, such as Flora Bowley, Micki Wilde, Andrea Gomoll, Willowing, Tracy Verdugo, Angela Kennedy plus many others. I’m including $165 worth of my own courses, zines and kits ...so even if you only want one or two things out of this bundle it is well worth it.

I’m truly excited about this as it is a great way to get a whole bunch of treats for you while supporting your favourite artists and charity, as 25% of all proceeds go to art charity Free Arts:

You seriously do want to check this out, it is too good to miss - but it's only available for this week so don’t delay:


There’s also a free ebook to grab at that link even if you decide the bundles not for you (though at all that’s in here I don’t see how that could be possible lol), to which several artists including moi have contributed to called ‘The Business of Art’! 

Happy Arting
Much love

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

2 Art Journal Supply Videos

Hello my love

I've 2 Art Supply Videos for you today.

The first I recently posted on youtube so you may have already seen (I so need to get better at posting blogs the same time as I post other stuff lol) is about creating using v.limited supplies. This video shows a super quick 5 minute journal page...yes you can create in only 5 minutes and using the 'limited supply journal game' is a great way to encourage that. 

Hope it gets your mojo-juices flowing:

Supplies used in this page*
Liquitex Basics Acrylics – https://goo.gl/p9obcn
Staedtler Lumocolor Fine Permanent Marker Pens – https://goo.gl/3F5cHN
Derwent Graphik Markers – https://goo.gl/rw0W6A
Staedtler Mars 780 Technical Mechanical Pencil - https://goo.gl/9VsM7O
Tsukineko Brilliance Dew Drop Inkpad in Pearlescent Beige - https://goo.gl/g7E1Y1

Come join me on instagram here: https://www.instagram.com/jennibellieart/

The second video is a new feature I'm sending out to my newsletter subscribers 'Art Supply of the Month'. 

I shared a peek of this video on facebook and said 'you'll never see this elsewhere' lol well that's usually true but I wanted to share just this one sneakily with you here, you'll have to sign up to my newsletter to receive the exclusive videos I send each month though. If you're not already on the list you can sign up to get these videos (as well as the art supply they also get an 'Ask Jennibellie' video where I candidly answer any question) plus awesome giveaways, news & offers and you’ll also get a BUNCH of *Free* Goodies for joining up immediately here: http://eepurl.com/BHv-1

Hope you enjoy: 

Here are the supplies shared in this video*

My Box of Medium Point Uni-posca Paint Marker Pens - amzn.to/2lPTZYW
(however these Extra Fine Points seem to be more popular - amzn.to/2mB8e2j)
My Hartbag (The Derwent Canvas Carry-All Bag) - amzn.to/2lPTI8w

*links may be affiliate; this costs nothing extra but allows me to get a free bottle of glue occasionally if you decide to purchase, but as ever I will only ever recommend products I use and trust myself :)

Hope you've enjoyed these vids

Have an awesome day

Much love

PS want some more videos from me?? Next week I'll be sending my newsletter out so make sure you're on the list for that: http://eepurl.com/BHv-1 & also the new Monthly Challenge video will be posted on my art community Journal Workshops too so ensure you're a member there if you're not already (it's fast and free to join) http://journalworkshops.ning.com/

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

An Art Journal Page to Make You Smile [Video]

Hey lovely

I have a new video for you today.

I hardly ever post here what I’m doing elsewhere anymore, I soooo need to get back with that…so, I'm starting with this post ----- I have just posted the new Monthly Art Challenge Video:

The Monthly Challenge is a free group I host on Journal Workshops, a monthly art date for us to come together and stretch our art/journaling comfort zone.

If you are not yet a part of this Group, come & join over 5000 creative comrades there for free, plus get monthly art vids from me! If you are already a member of Journal Workshops you can join by clicking the 'Join' button here: http://journalworkshops.ning.com/group/monthly-challenge. If you are not yet a member you can join my art community for free here: http://journalworkshops.ning.com/

Come join in our new challenge now:

Much love


How To Join Groups & Classes on Journal Workshops:

1. Go to the Groups section of the site or click here: 
http://journalworkshops.ning.com/groups & click on the group or class you wish to join. If you are not a member yet you will need to join my art community first (it's quick and free) here: http://journalworkshops.ning.com/

2. On the top right of that page there will always be some version of a ‘Join’ button. If you are joining a f*ee class or group you will instantly get access to your chosen space as soon as you click 'Join' button, without any delay whatsoever =) On a paid class or group once you click the ‘Join’ button you’ll see a ‘Premium Content’ pop up message where you can input your payment details, but again this process is pretty instant and once done you will receive immediate access to your classroom.

Monday, 13 February 2017

My First Ever Facebook Live


Wow will this really be my first post for this year? Geez. I need to get better at blogging, but despite my lapse here I have been super busy! Tomorrow I will be holding my first ever facebook live at 1pm GMT time in order to get ready for the Birthday Bash Art Party that is coming up this Saturday. 

In it I’m going to answer the questions that have come up around the Birthday Bash, give you more of an insight into the days events, share a pre-bash giveaway and perhaps even show you a little of my new studio space if it’s not too messy (as that is where I’ll be filming from so fingers crossed for me the internet signal works well enough). 

It will be my first facebook live ever too so I would so appreciate any ‘hellos’ of support if you are on the internet at this time, you know trying not to buy some new art supplies, or shielding your surfin’ screen from your boss lol If you cannot make it at the actual time the facebook live will be on my page afterwards so you can head over there to watch it whenever: https://www.facebook.com/Jennibellie/ 

And if you haven’t already come join the Birthday Bash Group here:

The Birthday Bash is an annual f*ee event I host on Journal Workshops. 

There will be Art Techniques, a Community Project, Art Swaps, Giveaways, a Facebook Live Journaling Session and a wonderful community to do it all with! 

Join now to ready for our art party on 18th Feb =) 

Really hope to see you there, it's a pure creative blast!
Much love

Saturday, 3 December 2016

Video: 9 Tips for Using Your Yearly Workbooks & Creative Goal Planning Chat

Hi Love

Yesterday was the final day of my daily blogging week but as there was a bit of 2016/7 creative goal talk throughout it I wanted to share this post to round off the week nicely. 

The video in this post I shared a few days ago with my newsletter crew. Each month for them (and usually for them only, except for this time of course) I create an exclusive video answering their questions; sometimes it's a practical tutorial, a show and tell with supplies, other times it's a coffee chat. 

This one was a chat which I loved because if you know me, I could talk about creative plans, projects, dreams and goals and how to navigate them FOREVER! It's totally one of my fav subjects.

Hope you enjoy:

These are the workbooks we will be discussing:

 but you do not have to have these specifically to enjoy the video - you can have any planner, none or a blank notebook, but it is a great time to get them if you want the 2017 bundle!

Here are the 9 Tips for using Your Workbooks condensed:

1) You don’t have to fill out every section
2) Practicality - how much can you really do this year?
3) See it as a dream planner - nothing is set in stone.
4) Make sections that don’t already exist – customise
5) Use colourful pens, markers and stickers etc - make it fun
6) Keep dates in your diary to refer back to your workbook
7) Break goals down into weekly/monthly deadlines
8) Create an accountability support structure (you can join my free new 'Maker's Meet-Up' Group here: http://journalworkshops.ning.com/group/makersmeetup)
9) Don’t stress – it’s here to support you, not pressure you!

PS Sorry about the audio on this video – the microphone went haywire, I did the best I could to retrieve it.

If you want help with your creative plans check out my class ‘Creative Goal Journaling’, it contains nine incredibly condensed modules of tools, processes & journaling tricks to bring your goal into being:

My newest class that I mention in the video ‘Rock Your Online Shop’ is out now! Created especially for artists and owners of handmade goods shops to make money from their creative skills sustainably and enjoyably, for more info check out (HALF PRICE UNTIL MONDAY ONLY!): 

Whatever kind of planning you are doing for the new year I hope you have fun,
much love

Friday, 2 December 2016

How to Stay Creatively 'on it' (Daily Behind the Scenes Blog 5)

Hi love

This is my fifth & supposedly final daily blog behind the scenes post (though I do have an inkling I might have something to post tomorrow too), you can view yesterdays here. I'm summing up what I've been up to lately all in one week! Today is about what getting out of the non-creative quagmire and staying in the space of creativity. 

So at the beginning of the week I posted about my 2016, how uncreative it was and how it has turned around, well in this post I'm going to share how I did that - because when you are feeling that stuck/uncreative/emotional/depressed even, it can be hard to see a way out of it. 

Unfortunately I think the main thing it comes down to is something you don't want to hear when you are in that space, in fact it might be the exact opposite to what you want to hear, but it is changing your perspective. Shifting your attitude, yep, told you you don't wanna hear it! But I think deep down we don't want to hear that because we know it is the thing to do that will work. Therefore all our resistance bands together to try to stop us because it knows 'this is gonna be hard'. Your fear and resistance wants you stay where you are, where you are is safe, what's 'out there' isn't safe; it's unknown and it's uncomfortable. So in-spite of everything inside you telling you you can't shift your attitude, that you can't look from another perspective you have to choose to if you want change. When you do this you can then take the steps that will actually bring you out of it...UNTIL you do this though any steps you take will be futile, because what they are doing is dealing with a symptom, not the disease.

So I had to shift from 'this year has been so rubbish/unproductive/uncreative/hard/emotional' to 'I still have x amount of week's left, what can I do in that time to end 2016 with a bang?' It was not easy, nor done in one motion, but once I shifted an inch I did little things to ensure I grabbed it with both hands to gain another inch and keep that momentum going. 

This is how you stay creatively on it, 
you do not let the momentum you have
(any momentum, not matter how little)

Once I could feel this momentum again I increased my little things to big things - I created the class I mentioned earlier this week, hired the right coach to keep me on track and created the 'Maker's Meet-Up' Group on Journal Workshops to be a creativity 'staying on track' hub for people to bring their projects, creative issues & wins and support one another on our journey:

We meet up each week on fridays, share our projects & have a chat (the chat function on Journal Workshops goes on for all of friday, it's super fun!). Here is the video I posted in today's 'Meet-Up' to give you more of an idea about it:

If you think this might be something that is useful to you
here is the direct link to the group:

I also have to say accountability is one of the biggest things to help you stay creatively on track...I know people always say this but it is because it is true. This is why my hiring a coach has been the best thing I could have done for myself, but she does cost me a bomb - here you are getting a supportive creative environment for nada, so what are you waiting for?

Can't wait to see you over there
Ciao for now & Happy Weekend

PS here are the Links to bits mentioned in the vid:

The new class Rock Your Online Shop Has 50% Off ONLY Until Monday! You can join here: http://journalworkshops.ning.com/group/ryos

RAW Intuitive Journaling Class (process I'll be doing to re-adjust & reconnect): http://journalworkshops.ning.com/group/rawij

PPS I have been mentioning this a lot but it is because TODAY is the last day you can get the 21 Secrets Spring 2015 edition (to which I contributed a class) before it disappears for good. Yep, tomorrow it will be no more, gone, adios - forever! Here is the link http://bit.ly/2ggCDlC & if you use the code 'RETIRE' you will get $30 off! 

PPPS Want something free from me to creatively keep you on track? Sign up to my free newsletter & you will receive a copy of my ebook 'How to Get on (& Stay on) a Creative Roll' plus lotsa other art goodies absolutely free (& immediately!): http://eepurl.com/BHv-1

Thursday, 1 December 2016

What I do when I don't post here - Free Art Video (Daily Behind the Scenes Blog 4)

Hi lovely

This is my fourth daily blog behind the scenes post, you can view yesterdays (all about my new studio) here. I'm summing up what I've been up to lately all in one week! Today is about what I'm creating when I don't post here.

As I look down my blog articles for 2016 I feel the sparseness. I think back over other years when I posted a lot and realise I'm not posting much less now, it's just not always directly to here. I used to only have this blog and my youtube account, now I have many other places I post - mainly my art community and social media. Not this lovely old blogs fault, I should keep up sharing what's happening elsewhere on here so over today and tomorrow I'll just share two regular things I share on Journal Workshops.

As it is the first of the month today I'll share my video from the Monthly Challenge Group. This is a group where each month I pick one member of my communities suggestion and create an art challenge for my community, here's todays:

I'm sure many of you reading this are already members of the group (there are over 5,000 of you now) but if not you can join up here. What I love most about it is seeing all the pictures that come in, all of the different creations that occur through different hands and perspectives of the members of the group. Anyway here's the challenge:

Here are the linky links to those things mentioned in the video:
Rock Your Online Shop Class
Maker's Meet-Up Group -
21 Secrets 2015 Classes -
http://bit.ly/2ggCDlC (use the code 'RETIRE' you will get $30 off!)

Hope you enjoyed the video
see you tomorrow for the last (...may be!daily blog

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