Wednesday, December 12, 2012

This I Believe


When I began this blog in March 2012, little did I know that I would become part of such an amazing community of artists, some of whom I am so happy to call my friends.  One of those friends, Corinne Gilman of Sparkle Days Studio, has created a beautiful piece for Fall Fearless and Fly;  her post so perfectly sums up what it is about making art and being part of this community that nourishes and supports us all.  Check it out here.


And I know that my small beginning is just the start of a beautiful journey!

Lately I've been inspired by:
  • Jenny, or Jennibellie as she is known, has a bezillion (really, I counted!) free video tutorials on her blog.  She is a wealth of information and inspiration, all freely given.  I am currently riffing on her cereal box tutorial with my art journaling students, and we're having a blast.
  •  Julie Fei-Fan Balzer's honest approach to her art journey and her prolific creativity are a source of inspiration for so many artists.  Her most recent podcast with Roben-Marie Smith and Samantha Kira Harding makes clear the synergies and creative stimulation that flow so generously in the blog world. 
  •  I recently discovered Kristal Norton's blog, which is full of lots of great resources and good advice.  Kristal just published an e-book: "101+ Creative Journal prompts."  This is a terrific book;  I've used some of the prompts with my middle school art journaling class.   They love it.  I do too!
  • Have you heard of "The Frugal Crafter?" Lindsay is a bundle of caffeinated energy.  She is always making things, and videotaping and sharing her process -- for free! 

Here are some arty things I'm looking forward to:
And the winner of my Apples & Pomegranate stencil is Beansieleigh!  Email your snail mail address to jessicabethsporn(at)gmail(dot)com and I will send it right out to you.  Looking forward to seeing what you do with it!
Thank you for visiting! I read and treasure every comment and will answer any questions as quickly as I can.

PS - my apologies to all my PPF friends whose posts I didn't get to last week.  I will do better this week!
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53 comments:

  1. beautiful work, so much inspiration here! Your enthusiasm is contagious,

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  2. fabulous Jessica! Best wishes to you in the new year and I will be following along for the ride :)

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  3. You only started in March? Oh, you're so young. :)) Love your inspirations and congrats to the winner! :)

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  4. Thanks for all these wonderful links!!! Love the lettering on your page.

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  5. What a fabulous post! That Art video has me rocking in my seat this cold December morning. I am really looking forward to seeing you and making art with you and the delightful Donna Downey this weekend!

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  6. So excited to find I've won the stencil!! (just emailed you!) Thank you Jessica!.. Love your FFAF Artwork today.. AND Casablanca, AND the "art" music video! I DID recently paint a simple little art journal page for FFAF, with religion in mind, as I mentioned to you previously. Now I just have to find time to post it! Maybe this morning, if I can fit it in... Have a great day, and thanks again! ((hugs)) ~tina

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  7. Wonderful post as always!! Thank you for sharing the music video, it expresses exactly how I feel!

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  8. Love love love your art Jessica ! How do I order the Hebrew stencil? Lynnc66@comcast.net

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  9. Love the video!!! So happy to see you list one of my favs...Marjie! I hope you two have a blast at Donna's...can't wait to see your art after! Gorgeous make up top as well!!!

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  10. This is one packed post....Thanks for the sweet words friend...Thanks for the gazillions of things to check out and have a blast with Marjie at the Donna Downey workshop - I am jelly just a little....waaaah! Beautiful words and yes the start is a single point in a never ending journey we all travel each day, happily with friends like you. xox

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  11. Lucky you to have the opportunity to be inspired by Donna in person...maybe someday I'll be able to head east and join in with all the creative gals back there. I've been enjoying seeing all the experimentation with your stencils - that blog hop is fab!

    AND, last but not least, I received your ATCs (I was the lucky winner)and the extra little goodie tucked in. I think 2013 will be the year I join the ranks of ATC traders! I love the jewel attached and the drawings are....great! Thanks again for your generosity.

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  12. Terrific post and artwork, thank you for sharing. x

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  13. I am starting my day with your post- that means I am starting my day with vibrant art, gratitude, creativity, and friendship! Thank you for the best possible start!

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  14. Jessica, what a beautiful journal page + quote! It feels very fitting as we near the end/beginning of a year! :)

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  15. lovely colourful page! Thanks for the interesting links!

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  16. What a beautiful page and thanks so much for all the great links!

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  17. I love all the joy that is bursting from this page filled with wonderful doodles and a very happy quote! Fabulous links as well, thanks for sharing them. Ah, Casablanca. . .

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  18. LOVE your painting- the art AND words are wonderful and so true!
    Happy PPF,
    Stephanie

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  19. Wow, I absolutely love this page!!! The colors are amazing. Definitely inspirational!

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  20. Wonderful post and very creative art work ~ (A Creative Harbor) aka ArtMuseDog and Carol ^_^

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  21. I love this Jessica! Great style! You are Awesome!

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  22. I only started my blog this March too Jessica! Your art journal page is -as always such a delight to look at with all the fanciful doodles and colors. Thamnks for sharing the links -I'll have to check them out.Congrats to the winner of your stencil. Lucky you taking a class with Donna, and doing it with a friend-have a fab time!!

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  23. And what an amazing lot of energy you have too. I will come back and read it all again later when I have more time. I have had my blog for 5 years and absolutely adore my bloggy mates. Happy PPF.

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  24. Inspiring art and post!
    I've enjoyed seeing all the great creations with you Stencil Girl stencils, too! :)
    ♥♥♥
    Happy PPF!!
    Mary
    Mixed-Media Map Art

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  25. As usual you are thought provoking and inspiring. The colours in your piece sing out and really shout the joy in your quote.

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  26. Love your calligraphic work Jessica. Wonderful colours and energy. I started my blog in January and I'm so happy I did that. Wonderful supporting community and very glad to be a part of it!

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  27. Beautiful, so fresh and lovely! <3

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  28. Hopefully our music inspired Flckr group is just the beginning of a beautiful friendship, Jessica! I love your work and can't wait to see more!!!

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  29. Hopefully our music inspired Flckr group is just the beginning of a beautiful friendship, Jessica! I love your work and can't wait to see more!!!

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  30. Love your art work and the videos were great. Thanks for sharing - Happy PPF

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  31. You have some fabulous artwork on your blog Jessica. May you have such continued success with it in 2013.

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  32. Gorgeous artwork! I love how pretty your words and drawings around the side. Wow! You have done so well for being in operation just shy of a year!

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  33. Your artwork is always bright and cheerful and inspiring too !

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  34. Your work is like a ray of sunshine!
    So many wonderful links Jessica, Thank you for sharing xx

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  35. I love this! I am envious of anyone who can do fancy lettering. I think it adds so much to a piece when done well. One day I will learn to do it!

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  36. Your enthusiasm and positive energy just jumps off of the page. Thank you for sharing both. Now, I am off to visit some of the links you provided.

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  37. That was an amazing video. I enjoyed watching, I enjoyed the song/words. Blessings, Janet PPF

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  38. Beautiful, sparkling and inspiring:)

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  39. So full of positive energy! Great to see your drive and enthusiasm!

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  40. lovely type piece! such enthusiasm! thanks for sharing your recomnendations its always good to know whats out there

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  41. What a great video! I love the words and I love Your paintings so cute and bright and magical thanks for sharing!

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  42. You chose an excellent detail for MoM:) It took me a while to find it though- went searching back through your posts - enjoyed the search anyway:)
    Thank you again Jessica for taking part in Mandarin Orange Monday:)

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  43. Such a beautiful post.. Thank's for sharing..

    Visiting from MOM- hope you can stop by..

    http://www.cassandrasminicorner.com/2012/12/colorful-weave.html

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  44. Wonderful and thanks for sharing the info abou the site, very imaginative e and inspiring stuff!

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  45. Just looking at this piece makes me happy! It's beautiful and the words are great too.

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  46. My Mom stripped to bra and panties and lay on the floor, When she was having hot flashes. Boy was that embarrassing. Am looking at some of your stuff.

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  47. This piece is gorgeous Jessica! Love the quote too! I think we will be doing LB 2013 together, so looking forward to getting to know ytou better through that :)

    Thanks for your lovely comment on my interview at Jenniebellie's too. Such kind words!

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  48. Hi Jessica, I come from the Artist in Blogland #31 challenge. I perfectly agree with your view and I' m happy to be part of such a great blogging arty community! Thanks and Merry Xmas!

    Hugs from Venice, Italy.
    Alex

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