Thursday, November 15, 2012


I know that if you have read any of my past blog posts, you are probably
scratching your heads by now and asking; what in the heck is "Color Love 101?"  
Well.... "Color Love 101" is a super fantabulously fun on-line art class given
by the very talented and most generous mixed media artist, Joanne Sharpe.  

If you are not familiar with Joanne's art, you should mosey over to her blog, 
Whimspirations, and take a look.  I promise that you will not be disappointed. 

In her work, Joanne uses lots of bright delicious colors and artistically creative 
hand lettered words that speak from the heart.  (Something that I am not 
very good at.  Sigh!) You may have even seen her work before...she is 
licensed in the craft and giftware industry and is best known for 
her colorful and whimsical art work.

Journal made in "Color Love 101"

I have taken all five of Joanne's classes:  " Letter Love 101, Artful Alphabets, Color Love 101, Magical Marker Mystery Tour and Bling It On." I loved them all!!! 

Joanne's classes are the first classes (that I took) to use Facebook for creating a community of other artists taking the class.  This has been a valuable tool for students to share artwork, tips, techniques and even "shopping alerts." And boy... do we ever love to shop for art supplies.!!!  Since taking these classes, I think that I now own every conceivable type of watercolor paint, marker, spray paints, inks and dyes, as well as any blingy metallic paints on the market....and I use them all!! Including many that I already had that sat for years because I didn't know what to do with them.  Thanks to Joanne...all that has changed.

I would highly recommend that anyone wishing to take an on-line class for the first time to find one that is self paced (Joanne's classes are open forever which gives you lots of time to complete the course or to go back at a later date to revisit a lesson) and one that allows for interaction with other students. You can learn LOTS from your fellow classmates.

I am not paid or compensated in any way to promote Joanne's classes.  I just think highly of her as artist and educator and would love for others to experience the artistic growth that I have from taking her classes.  If you are interested in learning more about her classes, there is a link located at the lower right column of my blog.

Here is a sample of some of fun things that I made in her classes:

Manda from Student Bonus lesson in "Color Love 101"

"Magical Marker Mystery Tour" Journal cover

Making Skinny Letters in "Magical Marker Mystery Tour."

"Color Love 101 Journal with "Bling It On " embellishment

"Bling It On" embellishment

Dimensional paint and Twinks embellishments made in "Bling It On"

Glass ornament painted in "Bling It On"

 Lesson for "Letter Love 101" made with letters learned in "Artfully Alphabets"

One final word....I am so glad that I took ALL of Joanne's classes because what I learned in one class, I was able to use in the next!  I am by no means finished with any of the classes but I know that I can take as long as I need to complete the lessons.  Besides....the art friends that I have made all seem to travel together and are so supportive of one makes for an exciting and fun experience!!!  I know that we will stay connected for a long time!

Till next time!  xoxo


  1. Fabulous post and beautiful art, you always inspire me. And I am so grateful to have found Joanne's incredible classes and the wonderful new friends on our FB group.

  2. I agree with Ginny's statements about Joanne's classes. I am a fan. But Ginny herself is a fantabulous artist and I am a fan of hers too.

  3. Oh Ginny, you touch my heart, you fill my soul......YOU are an amazing friend my dear, and i am so happy that our paths have crossed on this colorful creative journey. I love you with all my heart and soul. joanne xoxooxoxoxoxooxo

  4. Your work is amazing Ginny!! I have taken all of Joanne's classes to, but need to finish them. I love Joanne and wish she would come to Florida to teach.

  5. What a wonderfully post, Ginny, and every word of it SO true. I, too, have taken all five of Joanne's classes and in addition to her wonderful lessons and knowledge that she shares so generously, I am so very, very grateful for the friendships we have all developed through her classes. I consider myself very lucky to call both you and Joanne my friends. Hugs galore!! Joanna

  6. Your samples are stunning. Thank you for sharing them. And the generosity to promote Joanne's classes.

  7. Ginny,thanks for saying what all of us were thinking. I have been with you on this wonderful ride. It has been such joy to share art with the wonderful people in these classes. I now have a whole new group of friends that I shall treasure forever. Your samples are always amazing. Keep up the good work.

  8. Fabulous post Ginny. Joanne is so awesome and you are a sweetheart for telling the world about her!

    1. Every single one of you has touched my heart! I am so lucky to have friends like you all!!! We are "sisters in heart" and Joanne has brought us together. xoxo