Christmas wish list for my art journey…

We all have our wish lists for Christmas including me. My one true wish is to receive a million dollars but we all know the chances of that happening, so here is a more realistic wish list in order of importance:
All of these have early bird pricing, a couple only until December 1st, and 4th and the other until the 31st. I wish I could get all of them at their discounted prices but alas my current financial situation won’t permit it. Hopefully, I’ll be able to save over the next few months and buy them as my finances allow, at some point, in 2018 before they are no longer available. I have been learning so much from Life Book 2017 this year and Book of Days 2017. I would have loved to have continued Book of Days 2018 but I had to cut costs somewhere.
I’m grateful for the job I have which allows me to pay my bills, unfortunately it doesn’t allow for much else so my art journey as far as buying art courses goes has come to a screeching halt. It doesn’t mean I’ll stop creating. It means I’ll have to find free sources to bring art education to my life.

I have been lucky to be part of the art courses I have this year, actually winning a seat in Ever After 2017 was wonderful. I am just sad to learn these and other courses I cherish which continue next year may not be part of my art education resources.

On to more exciting things. I continued watching the Project Pack #1 videos and practicing some of the tangles and techniques in shading. Here are my results. I love the star pattern on November 14th! This one just came out gorgeous.


I learned a lot on the next pattern on how to create a 3D effect and how a simple black line can make such a huge difference was a wonderful surprise.


I have drawn paradox quite a few times. This was my first time on black paper with white pen so I played around with two designs, shading them in different ways. I am thrilled with them both and hope to use the shading technique on other projects.

I have included this one again because I made some additions to it.


Adding the little sprigs that look like evergreen just set this pattern off. Adding an element so different from the other elements makes them stand out more. At this time I think I’m done with this page. I’ve moved on to working on another page to see if I can change this up a bit. It may make an appearance in my next blog post but I won’t promise anything. I have other pressing matters I need to attend to which I hope I have planned sufficiently to get them underway.


4 thoughts on “Christmas wish list for my art journey…

  1. I acknowledge your need for instruction that costs money, but I also wanted to turn you on to a group I’m going to be part of next year called My Creative Year. It’s the evolution and next step of a group of four artists who in My Year 2017 have divided the month up and brought us several videos each week.

    And it’s free.

    The artists for 2017 are Gina Bronzini Ahrens, Cindy Sines Utter, Ann Williamson and Jeri Bellini. Most of them are returning for the new Creative Year.

    This is all on Facebook, so you can go there to check it out. Also, each one of them have YouTube channels and much of the My Year 2017 videos are there.

    It would be neat to see you there, Patti.

    I’ve enjoyed it this year. I’ll be doing a flip of my My Year journal in December, so I’ll let you know when it’s up on my YouTube channel.

    I’m grateful for you this Thanksgiving week. Your art as always inspires me greatly.

    Hugs, Barbara


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    • Thanks, Barbara. I am in Facebook group My Year 2017 but didn’t pay much attention to it this year with everything going on. I just requested access to My Creative Year group. I haven’t had much success working with prompts but we’ll see and I’ll check out the videos. Thanks for the hugs. I believe there is a reason for everything and my current situation may exist to be a catalyst to push me into doing my own thing and stop relying on art classes. Take care. ❤ ~Patti


  2. I’m working my way through my first 2 free months on Skillshare – there are some great courses on all sorts of stuff, but a lot of them are probably a bit basic for you. Society for All Artists (a UK company) have a lot of technique tutorials on YouTube.

    And don’t forget that a lot of courses go on sale for half price in June/July!

    I have enough books and e-courses to keep me busy for a couple of years, but it’s the community energy that I am looking for. Barbara’s group sounds very interesting, for just that reason.

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