Friday, October 17, 2014

Registration for my TWO of my online classes is OPEN!

from my sketchbook ~ italy
from my sketchbook ~ Jane LaFazio 5x7 inches
Perfect for beginners!  
Be inspired to record your life, a special trip, or your daily adventures in a loose, quick journal style format. I'm known for my friendly, encouraging teaching style, teach drawing and watercolors using a straight-forward, intuitive approach. You’ll draw what you see, capturing the details of everyday objects and the small details of life on watercolor pages. Everyone has their own drawing style, just like handwriting, and Jane will help you to see and then record what you see on paper. 
The class is geared for beginners, but all levels are welcome.

The classroom will open on November 9, 2014. You'll be able to introduce yourself, and find you way around our online classroom. The first lesson will be released on November 14, and each Friday for a total of 6 lessons over 6 weeks. 

REGISTER HERE for 
Sketching and Watercolor: Journal Style $90.00 USD

(For Sketching and Watercolor: Journal Style, you'll receive the complete list of materials (with links and descriptions) when you sign up, but basically you'll need 5x7" watercolor paper (or a sketchbook with watercolor paper), watercolors, a watercolor brush, and a permanent ink pen, pencil and eraser. Don't buy the stuff until you get the actual materials list)
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We’ll work in our sketchbooks each week with a new theme. From those life-like drawings, done in ink and watercolor, we'll create new graphic, stylized images to use from stamps, stencils, or stitched designs. Each week, you'll draw, watercolor and create designs and you'll be given optional methods to use and leverage that design in your own work. This is a great workshop for anyone interested in improving their drawing skills to create original designs for surface design on paper or cloth. At the end of the workshop, your sketchbook will contain a treasury of original images, your own unique visual vocabulary.

The weekly themes for the class will be:
Lesson 1: From the flower garden. Flowers and blooms
Lesson 2. From the vegetable garden. Veggies and fruits (optional: stamp carving)
Lesson 3. From the factory. Manufactured tools, gears, wheels (optional: rubbings)
Lesson 4. From the mountains. Leaves, pods, pinecones (optional: stencils)
Lesson 5. From the sea. Shells, sea weed, fish, shell fish (optional: stitching)
Lesson 6. From your life. Your studio, your kitchen, your closet or…

REGISTER HERE for 
Watercolor Sketchbook: Designs from Life $95.00 USD

(For Watercolor Sketchbook: Designs from Life receive the complete list of materials (with links and descriptions) when you sign up, but basically you'll need a 9x12 inch sketchbook with watercolor paper, watercolors, a watercolor brush, and a permanent ink pen, pencil and eraser, glue, a water soluble pen, water soluble pencil, and optional stamp carving materials. Don't buy the stuff until you get the actual materials list.)


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Questions? Here are the answers that apply to all my online classes:
Q: I don't know how to draw
A: Sketching and Watercolor: Journal Style will help you learn to draw what you see and not what you think you see.
Q: I don't know how to watercolor
A: I'll teach you, so any of my classes are appropriate for you.
Q:  Do I need to be on my computer a certain time of day?
A: No, the lessons will be released on Friday mornings, but you can access them anytime, once they are released. (And past lessons will be available for you work from and post anytime during the ~9 weeks the class is online)
Q:  Is the content downloadable?
A: Only the pdf lessons~ those step by step lessons are yours to keep and print out. I suggest downloading them each week.   
Q:  I can't access my computer during one of the weeks of class?
A: The lesson will be there, when you get access to your computer and you can post the lesson anytime during the 9 weeks.
Q: How many pages will Jane comment on?
A: You can share as many pages, from each assignment, as you like.  I will comment on each one during the 9 weeks the class is online.
Q:  I'm not very comfortable on the computer.  What’s involved?
A: You'll need to be able to photograph or scan your sketchbook page as a jpeg. You will then upload it, from your computer or ipad, to the online lesson. There is a video, when you start class, that explains how to use the online classroom. 

Each week you'll receive an email with a link to new lesson. The lessons are available 24/7 and you'll receive a downloadable step-by-step pdf to work from each week. There are videos and examples from Jane's sketchbook to support the lessons.  Just like in a real classroom, you'll be able to see fellow students sketchbook pages and will be able to comment and praise their work and they'll be able to see your pages too (as long as you post them!). And you'll get honest and gentle critiques on all your work from me.

Monday, October 13, 2014

"Childhood Summer" ~ text on textiles

Childhood Summer ~ text on textiles ~ detail
"Childhood Summer" detail ~ by Jane LaFazio
Childhood Summer ~ text on textiles ~ detail
"Childhood Summer" detail ~ by Jane LaFazio
Childhood Summer ~ text on textiles ~ detail
"Childhood Summer" detail ~ by Jane LaFazio
Childhood Summer ~ text on textiles ~ detail
"Childhood Summer" detail ~ by Jane LaFazio
Childhood Summer ~ text on textiles ~ detail
"Childhood Summer" detail ~ by Jane LaFazio
Childhood Summer ~ text on textiles ~ detail
"Childhood Summer" detail ~ by Jane LaFazio
Childhood Summer ~ text on textiles ~ detail
"Childhood Summer" detail ~ by Jane LaFazio
Childhood Summer ~ text on textiles
"Childhood Summer" detail ~ by Jane LaFazio

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel ~ original art quilt

Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel_Jane LaFazio_textile_  11 and a half by 8 inches _october 2014
Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel (11.5 x 8 inches)
by Jane LaFazio 
Finished this with a lovely Monarch butterfly (they migrate to Mexico by the zillions every year.) It's for sale now in my JaneVille Etsy shop.
Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel detail 2
Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel (detail)
 
Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel detail 4
Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel (detail)
Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel detail 3
Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel (detail)

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Just call me a book artist!

handmade book gold recycled circle front
handmade watercolor journal by Jane LaFazio
I've been able to work in my studio the last few days and got inspired to create this little watercolor journal with a bit of a Recycled Circles demo. Of course, I spend 1/2 day creating it, but I think it's pretty darn cute. 
handmade book gold recycled circle
handmade watercolor journal by Jane LaFazio
The back cover is also my artwork. (Printed by Spoonflower.) Oh, and you'll notice there's washi tape on it too!
handmade book gold recycled circle detail 2
And a little charm on the spine!
handmade book gold recycled circle detail
handmade watercolor journal by Jane LaFazio
In my JaneVille Etsy shop now: This is a precious little hand made journal measuring 6x6 inches. It's one of a kind artwork on the front. There are 11 pages (that's counting front and back) of high quality Arches 140 lb hot press watercolor paper. This would make a perfect gift for a special trip or guest book.
handmade book green recycled circle
handmade watercolor journal by Jane LaFazio


And I made one in green too! Also in my JaneVille Etsy shop.
handmade book green recycled circle detail
handmade watercolor journal by Jane LaFazio

Sunday, October 05, 2014

Published! in "Gelli Plate Printing" by Joan Bess


Published!
my page in "Gelli Plate Printing" by Joan Bess
I'm thrilled to be included in the new book, "Gelli Plate Printing" by Joan Bess! If you follow my work, you know I love gelli plate printing.

Published!
Gelli Plate Printing by Joan Bess
Here are the two quilts featured in the book: 
marmalade greenhouse
"Marmalade Greenhouse" measures 14x11 inches by 
Jane LaFazio for sale in my JaneVille Etsy shop! 

pink ginko
"Pink Gingko" measures 22x11 inches. by Jane LaFazio
and for sale in my JaneVille Etsy shop! SOLD!
Bonus: The first person to buy one of these quilts will get a free copy of "Gelli Plate Printing" by Joan Bess.

Friday, October 03, 2014

handmade journals ~ late bloomer

front cover ~ by Jane LaFazio
I've sort of fought the whole 'make your own journal' thing. Too much work. Too precious. All kinds of reasons. But, I've given in and made a small journal for myself. It's made from Fabriano Hot Press, a large sheet (22x30") divided up. Then bound with a simple binding stitch. 
interior pages ~ by Jane LaFazio

interior and pocket ~ by Jane LaFazio
 I think one of the reasons I made the journal was to use my growing collection of Washi tape. (google it on ETSY and you'll find tons of it.)
interior pocket ~ by Jane LaFazio

back cover ~ by Jane LaFazio
 I was collecting washi tape, then I had to buy a cute storage thing for my tape. And now I'm making journals to use my tape. It makes perfect sense.
I bought this washi tape holder on Etsy.
And before I finished this blog post, I ordered more washi tape! It's an addiction! 

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Upcoming workshops on the West Coast (of the USA)

"Flowers and Feathers and everything nice" detail ~ by Jane LaFazio
(Free Spirited Free Motion)

CREATE in Seattle, Washington. Free Spirited Free Motion Machine Stitching (they provide the Bernina machines and I teach you!) Wednesday, October 22
"Blue Bird" ~ by Jane LaFazio
(Free Spirited Free Motion)

"On a Clear Day" detail ~ by Jane LaFazio
(Free Spirited Free Motion)
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and in Oceanside, California:

"Go West" detail ~ by Jane LaFazio 12x12 inches
(Text on Textiles ~ hand stitched story squares)
And in Oceanside, California, at the Oceanside Museum of Art, a one day workshop "Text on Textiles ~ hand stitched story squares" on Saturday, October 18 from 10 to 4pm
"I remember that Summer" detail ~ by Jane LaFazio 12x12 inches
(Text on Textiles ~ hand stitched story squares)
"Memories of Loss" detail ~ by Jane LaFazio 12x12 inches
(Text on Textiles ~ hand stitched story squares)

"Passport" detail ~ by Jane LaFazio 12x12 inches
(Text on Textiles ~ hand stitched story squares)
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and in Encinitas, California:



Sketching and Watercolor (Painting your Journal) in Encinitas, California on Saturday, December 6, 9-5 in the most gorgeous garden.


You can see the rest of my teaching schedule by clicking here.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

works in progress

hand stitching in progress
detail of a work in progress ~ by Jane LaFazio
A series started in April...continuing.
hand stitching in progress
detail of a work in progress ~ by Jane LaFazio
hand stitching in progress
detail of a work in progress ~ by Jane LaFazio
hand stitching in progress
detail of a work in progress ~ by Jane LaFazio
hand stitching in progress
detail of a work in progress ~ by Jane LaFazio

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Parroquia in San Miguel de Allende ~ art quilt in progress

in progress ~ San Miguel de Allende church
"Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel" detail in progress ~ by Jane LaFazio
San Miguel de Allende, Mexico pages
Some of my sketchbook pages from San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. You can see the Parroquia sketch on the lower left.
I'm trying this cool technique and want to do more! I'll keep you posted.
in progress ~ San Miguel de Allende church
"Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel" detail in progress ~ by Jane LaFazio
in progress ~ San Miguel de Allende church
"Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel" in progress ~ by Jane LaFazio

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Published!

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Jane LaFazio, Helen Shafer Garcia, Lynn Leahy and Laurie Mika
cloth paper scissors magazine
Have you seen the latest issue of Cloth Paper Scissors magazine? My friends and I have an article in it about our project for our upcoming Tesoro del Corazon retreat in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico (the retreat is sold out.) 

Cloth Paper Scissors September/October 2014 issue
and, in other news... 

Jane LaFazio mixed media bundle
And, la de dah! Interweave created a "Jane LaFazio Mixed Media Bundle."

and I love the kind description:


Instructors We Love:
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Get the best of Jane LaFazio all in one package!

Explore the contributions of mixed-media artist Jane LaFazio in this exclusive downloadable bundle. Together, From Art Journaling to ArtArt Lessons 2CPS May/June 2008, and CPSNovember/December 2010 provide a well-rounded view of Jane's expertise and style. Online Editor Cate Prato praises Jane's work and abilities: “Jane LaFazio is one of my favorite mixed-media artists because of the way she seamlessly combines drawing, wet media, and fabric in beautiful—yet easily accessible—ways.”

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