Just a quick reminder to say that the 40% off offer ends tonight...Thanks to those who have joined us so far...! Here is the link to the online course to get 40% off THERE IS A BIG TAX UPDATE HOWEVER..... WHICH WILL BE EVEN MORE REASON TO ACT NOW IF YOU ARE THINKING ABOUT IT.... READ ON FOR EXPLANATION.... Something I have learned today, is the following... IF YOU LIVE IN THE EU, YOU WILL HAVE AN ADDITIONAL TAX ADDED TO YOUR PAYMENT..... This is NEW, and the first time it has been added to a sale of my courses, so I've spent the afternoon investigating why... It seems, in January 2015 a new tax was introduced on Digital Product sales in the EU. There has been a phased introduction on management of this. Teachable (the platform I use to manage my courses) started rolling out their automated management in the Autumn. They did an additional update across all users on 28th November... (That'll teach me to hit delete too soon!) I was unaware of this when putting my newsletter and course pricing out, so it was a complete surprise to me when I saw a UK course sign up e-mail this morning, with the additional tax amount added...! If I understand correctly, the amount added varies depending on which country you live in. In the UK, there is an additional 20% added to the course price... Nothing I can do about it. (In todays example, and additional £11.64 was added.) During December, I will honour the prices that I put out in my newsletter. £58.20 with 40% off code £72.75 with 25% off code I will automatically refund any additional tax amount so that you get the course for the price you were promised. If you miss todays 40% off code, I will also do the same with the 25% off which runs until 31st December. As of January 2017, I will have to adjust my wording to say that there may be additional taxes depending on the Country you live in. Will have to do some more research on that. So, if you've been thinking about learning some new encaustic wax skills from your own home... There will never be a better time to sign up than today...! Julie. x PS... Digital Product Taxes... Couldn't think of anything better I'd like to be investigating on a Sunday afternoon....! ;D
Julie Ann's New Encaustic Painting with an Iron....?!! Online Course...Been thinking about this 'Painting with an Iron' online course...? Quite fancy it, but not too sure about the process...? Heck, it's new to me, so definitely going to be new to you too... To help you avoid some of the pitfalls I've experienced, here is a 'Step by Step' guide to viewing the course content, Promo Video, and five free videos... Step 1) Click here to open the course in a new tab, then come back and follow the explanatory steps in this blog post...! Watch the Promo Video and scroll down to read all the blurb.... Step 2) As you scroll down you will reach the Class Curriculum... View these five videos to get a feel for the style of my content and teaching... **Spoiler Alert** It's not perfect... But then, it's not TOO bad either...! Step 3) There's lots of information to read as you scroll through... Don't miss the part about the Facebook Group, your place to ask for feedback, or shout if you're struggling with techniques... It also includes a FAQ's section, which I've shown here... Step 4) If you like what you see, and want to join us, scroll down to this section... Step 5) You will need to register if you are not already a student on Teachable.... (or Log In if you are!) Step 6) Now PAY ATTENTION HERE...!!! >>> This is where a couple of people have not had their discount applied......... IF you are lucky enough to have a voucher code, hit 'Redeem Coupon'..... Step 7) Enter the Coupon details... You MUST go through the step of 'Redeeming the Coupon' for the discount to be applied. If you continue at this point, and enter your payment details, you will be charged the full price. Step 8) After 'Redeeming your Coupon' you should see a 'Review Your Order' page... Double check the discount has been applied correctly, and THEN enter your payment details...! 🙂 **This 50% discount INTRO-OFFER is valid on this course until 30th September 2016... This is a one off discount to celebrate the launch of my first course, so won't be discounted this heavily again...!** What next...? Step 9) CLICK HERE to view the course, and take a look for yourself....! I hope you enjoy, do let me know what you think. If you are confused about the Arty Heaven v Julie Ann's Gallery name, read a recent blog I wrote here!
Herts Open Studios 2016… So far….
Wow… I can hardly believe, we are almost two weeks into Herts Open Studios already… On the one hand it’s flown by, on the other, it seems like a lifetime ago we were hanging the bunting up…
I’ve had over 50 visitors come through Studio 4, at The Stables Studios in Bourne End so far… and what an interesting mix…!
I have met a couple of the cutest toddlers I have seen in a long time, who even left me some lovely artwork of their own in my visitors book! Start ‘em young… that’s what I say!
I’ve chatted with some fabulous, and oh so interested ladies…. often accompanied by their hubby’s, who park themselves in the rocking chair, checking out the building structure on the promise of a pint down the road ‘just as soon as we are finished’…!!!
I’ve sold artwork, cards and plenty of wax supplies, and had a booking for an art talk, so has been very productive so far.
There has been a good response to my new online course too…. The internet is opening up so many new ways of reaching people, it’s a very exciting thing to be a part of. I’ve discovered I enjoy creating digitally just as much as I do with a paintbrush or an iron!
There is a whole corner display of some of my ‘students’ encaustic work, which has created a lot of interest, seeing how they’ve learnt the techniques and made it their own.
At this point… I must say “Thank You” to them, for being willing to show their work, (I won’t name names, they know who they are!) For a couple, it’s their first time exhibiting… which is a big step! So, officially want to thank them here, for being brave enough to share their work, and help encourage others.
Anyhow, it’s such a buzz with people visiting, seeing them go away inspired, and enthusiastic, or having learned something new is great. It also helps me to put my work into perspective, it can be a lonely old time in an artists studio sometimes, so meeting people and receiving that feedback is awesome too.
Each time I do Open Studios, I meet another ‘new’ person, who has a contact here, or knows someone there, or has experience of….
I can’t wait to see who’s going to walk through the door next…
If you are interested in visiting, and haven’t got around to it yet, there is still time…
We are open for these remaining days…
- Sat 17th & Sun 18th September - 2.30pm – 5.30pm
- Weds 21st & Thurs 22nd September - 10am – 3pm
- Sat 24th & Sun 25th September - 2.30pm - 5.30pm
After which, the bunting comes down and we call it a day on Herts Open Studios for another year…
I really hope you can find the time to drop in…
Julie Ann, Encaustic Wax Art... Studio 4, The Stables Studios, Pouchen End Lane, Bourne End, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, HP1 2SA.
Entry 8b in the Herts Visual Arts brochure. Look out for the yellow signs to direct you in!
If you want to see more images of my work and studio, check out my social media links below...
My first time at Living Crafts last Friday, the largest craft fair in Europe apparently, "promoting the very best of British Crafts"… The weather was fabulous, and I was lucky enough to be selected to have a spot in the Herts Visual Arts tent, where six of us helped to promote Herts Open Studios, and the HVA as a whole, whilst demonstrating our own crafts.
I arrived, with a car FULL of stuff, you're never sure how much to take, should I take this…. that…. the kitchen sink….?! Every time you do another of these fairs, you refine your display techniques, pick up ideas from others on what works well, and what doesn't…. One thing to be sure is every event throws up a different scenario for you, and no event set up is ever the same.
We received the exhibition instructions from our HVA nominee, and I noted I would have a six foot table to work and display on. I estimated how much equipment I could display, whilst demonstrating my wax art within that six foot space…. I mocked up how it would look at the studio, and was pretty happy with my arrangement… Packed up on the assumption that I'd find a spot for the rest of my clobber 'somewhere' I've always been brought up on the belief that it's better to have too much, than not enough!
On arrival, my six foot table was much narrower than I had anticipated, so there went my first set of plans out of the window! Anyhow, always ready to improvise, we pulled it together, everyone helping each other out, and got a pretty impressive looking tent together between the six of us… We had two different styles of glass makers, a fine artist, acrylic abstract artist, multimedia artist and moi with my wax painting representing Hertfordshire artists that day!
You're never quite ready when that first person walks through the door, and last Friday was no exception… I went to plug my iron into the power supply, only to find, my UK plug would not fit into the round socket I had arranged my entire display around… Sh!!t…. Was my first impression… this could be a disaster!!!!!
Luckily, a very understanding lady said it wasn’t a problem, whilst I scuttled off to find a Living Crafts representative a bit sharpish…! I found a lady with a bright yellow tee shirt almost instantly, who said she'd find the electrician, and send him to sort it out…. Feeling nervous, I went back to my tent… What a start….!!
Happily, most other people were oblivious to my little hiccup, and having just started on a well needed coffee, the electrician turned up, smiling with the correct extension cable in his hand… cracking jokes, and being generally cool… Thanks Living Crafts, ten out of ten on problem resolving front!
Right then, on with the task of showing people what these small blocks of wax, and an iron do….! The morning brought a steady trickle of people around, many of whom were suitably impressed with their demos, and interested in finding out more, promises of visiting on my studio open days, or interested in workshops, or prosecco nights… The afternoon was much busier, and I regularly had a group of people around the already cramped table, feeling a bit like a pint in a half pint pot at times…!
It was a great experience to share this medium with other like minded crafters, it is such an unusual, tactile medium, and visually captivating, many were instantly hooked into finding out more.
Would I do it again…? I would love to do it again! Ideally, if you could do two days back to back, it would help to make it less onerous, there is so much packing up and unpacking for one day, but I understand that it must be fair to the other HVA members who might like to demonstrate there too.
My observations were that there were more sales of bags, mugs, and equipment, (which I had), rather than the actual artwork… In fact, I didn't sell any artwork at all. However, I suspect much of the audience there are already crafty, and more interested in finding ideas and inspiration, rather than there to buy art, but I may be wrong. I didn't get the chance to go around the whole fair, I was too busy, but would love to hear how you got on if you were exhibiting there….
Big thanks go to Herts Visual Arts for allowing us to demonstrate at such a great event, and providing us with the opportunity to be there. I doubt I would have instigated that on my own directly at this current stage, so it's a great stepping stone to potentially renting a booth, and exhibiting for the full four days another year.
If you are interested in having a go at wax art yourself, you can check out my blog post, making getting started with wax more affordable here.
Come to my studio open day on Saturday 14th May 10am – 3pm, The Stables Studios, Studio 4, Pouchen End Lane, Bourne End, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, HP1 2RJ.
You can see more examples of my work on Artfinder, but hope you can make it to the studio, the true vibrancy of the colours are so hard to get across via an electronic screen.
Any questions or queries, contact me by e-mail: email@example.com, or phone 07976 700737.
May 2016 update…. I'm excited to tell you about a new wax offer I've pulled together… The situation I keep seeing, are people really fancy a go at encaustic wax, but by the time they've bought an iron £30… plus the starter kit £38…. That's not far shy of £70, and they are still not sure how to use the stuff!? Unless they are convinced they want to use it, and happy to make the investment, I see a lot of people get put off at the initial outlay, and put it back…
Perplexed by this, and knowing how much people WILL enjoy it… It IS pure THERAPY!! I've pulled together a smaller bonus pack of waxes and papers, which costs just £15. This includes eight waxes, 20 x A5 papers, and 30 x A6 papers…. More than enough to get a beginner started, and easy to top up on supplies inexpensively when you're running low…
It's far more economical than buying papers and waxes individually, yet not as daunting as getting the full starter pack in one go. So, for as little as £45 you are up and running.
My intention is to make getting started much more affordable, and most importantly, just get people getting creative with wax. (This 'Bonus Pack' will very soon, come with a 'Julie Ann's user guide' to give you some step by step hints and tips to start you off, and, a link to 'Getting Started with Encaustic Wax' video for free too, but that’s not quite ready yet!)
I asked a question in a forum last month about how people use encaustic wax… and was interested to hear how people use it so differently, some completely intuitively with no idea what they are going to create, others used it in a spiritual way, another lady used it with her clients in a healing practice. I haven't particularly used it in these ways, but I can totally see why it is such a good medium for that, I've always said it's pure therapy…
So, at £45 to get started, it falls nicely into a 'gift' category, keep in mind for birthdays, and Christmas! (Don’t forget Julie Ann Gift Vouchers, which can be used for wax, workshops and art too…)
If you would like a starter pack, or gift vouchers... just e-mail me at: firstname.lastname@example.org and we can sort details from there.
So… What else is coming up in May…?
Open Days and Exhibitions
Wednesday 4th May 10am – 3pm - Studio Open Day – Drop in, book workshops, buy supplies, bonus packs, or just find out more. (You can check out my new tote bags, mugs and notebooks… They are fun!! 😉
Friday 6th May 10am – 5pm - Demonstrating at 'Living Crafts' at Hatfield House in the Herts Visual Arts Tent… So excited about this, it is the largest craft fair in Europe, it sounds AMAZING, check the website out and let me know if you're likely to be there too!
Thursday 12th May 7.30pm – 9pm - Talk and demonstration at Little Gaddesden Art Club – Non members £3
Saturday 14th May 10am – 3pm - Studio Open Day
Friday 27th – Monday 30th May - Mentmore Art Exhibition. This was an amazing exhibition last year, I met so many awesome people, loads of artwork and amazing lunches, raising funds for Rennie Grove Hospice this year, well worth a visit.
I hope to see you at an event, or a workshop very soon!
Be careful what you wish for....Just over three years ago I took the step to rent my studio... it was a big scary move, and I had no idea if I was doing the right thing... The past three weeks have seen another big scary move, my studio mate moved out quite suddenly at the end of January, and I was left looking at the prospect of sharing with somebody new, or perhaps, just perhaps, taking on the whole space.... Some fair amount of number crunching, and deep deep thinking later... I have taken the decision to take the whole space on...! I saw a quote at the start of the year that said.... "If your goals don't scare the life out of you, then they aren't big enough..." Well, the studio is one of my smaller goals, so watch this space for the rest of the year! I've gone past the scared now, I am excited...! I have had projects I've wanted to do for a long time, but in my previous set up, they often didn't work. I've struggled to photograph my work properly since I took the studio on... I now have the SPACE to set up my daylight bulbs, photograph my work, and style it to get a sense of proportion. (Okay, more work to do there, but it's a great start!) This means I can FINALLY upload my work onto Artfinder, which I am currently getting through the backlog and adding more work to daily! I've always been mindful of inviting people into my workspace on a regular basis... I can now have two OPEN DAYS per month, starting in March... Regular days where you can pop in, have a browse, buy cards, wax supplies, artwork, gifts, talk through workshop options, be generally nosey about what's going on, etc. EVERY FIRST WEDNESDAY 10am - 3pm EVERY THIRD SATURDAY 10am - 3pm This month, I am already booked for a Buckingham Beekeeping Event. So... February's Open Day will be Wednesday 24th Feb. 10am - 3pm. My Open Days for the rest of the year are.... March: Wednesday 2nd & Saturday 19th April: Wednesday 6rd & Saturday 16th May: Wednesday 4th & Saturday 14th June: Wednesday 1st & Saturday 18th July: Wednesday 6th & Saturday 16th August: Wednesday 3rd & Saturday 20th September: Wednesday 7th & Saturday 17th October: Wednesday 5th & Saturday 15th November: Wednesday 2nd & Saturday 19th December: Wednesday 7th & Saturday 17th To get reminders on your news feed, follow me on Facebook and Twitter. I have a snazzy coffee machine now, so you might even get a cuppa too...! My address is The Stables Studios, Studio 4, Pouchen End Lane, Bourne End, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, HP1 2SA. If you can't find it, give me a call, 07976 700737. I will be updating new workshop dates and prosecco nights very soon. Let me know if you have been wanting to join us, but can only do certain days, I will try and take those into account. One group of ladies recently booked a joint birthday celebration prosecco night... I supplied the equipment, drinks and nibbles. They had a go at encaustic wax with the iron for a couple of hours and thoroughly enjoyed it. (I think they hit the pub after!!) They brought a cake, with candles, and we all sang 'Happy Birthday'...! It was great fun, and something different to do for a celebration, which worked really well. Contact me if you would like to arrange something similar. There's plenty more in the pipeline too.... 🙂 I really hope to see you soon! Best Wishes, Julie Ann.
Tailored workshops and gifts
In addition to normal workshop options, and prosecco nights, it is possible to tailor your own session, for yourself, or someone else. Or buy gift vouchers, and let them decide… Choose one of the following four options…
1) If you want to just try encaustic, with tuition, with the iron, or stylus, without committing to a full course, you can do a 2.5 hour introduction. £35 if you have your own materials, or £45 using mine. We will work on step by step projects. Session can coincide with regular workshops – If you would prefer 1-1 tuition, add an additional £10 and request when booking.
2) Make a day of it! We can sandwich two sessions back to back, allowing a break for lunch. Perhaps one session with an overview of the iron and the other with an overview of the stylus for example, or use the full day on one piece of equipment. £70 with your own materials, or £90 with all materials and equipment provided. Session can coincide with regular workshops – If you would prefer 1-1 tuition, add an additional £20 and request when booking.
3) Or, to keep costs in nice round numbers… If booking two or more people together onto a stylus or iron workshop, 3.5 hour session for £50 with your own materials, or a 3 hour session for £50 if using my materials.
See examples of what the vouchers look like below, they will be tailored to you, with an additional page including what to bring, how to get here etc...
If two or more friends or family book together, and don't wish to share the session with others, I am happy to do that. It's nice to have that special time!
4) Finally, know they love encaustic art, but no idea what they would like…? Buy generic gift vouchers, which can be used to purchase original artwork, encaustic workshops, or encaustic supplies. Vouchers come in £100, £50, £20, £10 and £5 options.
To book – Call – 07976 700737, or e-mail me: email@example.com letting me know which of the above options you would like. I will e-mail you an invoice, with payment instructions on and send your choice of gift voucher upon payment. Vouchers are valid for one year, and will be booked or redeemed at a mutually agreeable time in the New Year.
Alternatively, I will be having a few open studio days in December, come and arrange in person, or collect / buy art, or supplies then... (Best to check stock with me ahead of time if making a special trip)
Wednesday 2nd, Monday 7th, Friday 11th and Tuesday 15th December.
**THESE DATES HAVE PASSED NOW, THANK YOU FOR ALL OF YOU WHO GOT IN TOUCH, OR VISITED. I MAY BE ABLE TO HELP YOU IF YOU NEED ANY LAST MINUTE VOUCHERS, BUT PLEASE DO NOT LEAVE IT UNTIL THE VERY LAST MINUTE, MY ADMIN AND LOGISTICS DEPARTMENTS MAY WELL BE CLOSED.... ;D
I hope that helps! Any questions, give me a call 07976 700737 or e-mail me firstname.lastname@example.org
That just leaves me to wish you a VERY HAPPY CHRISTMAS and a WONDERFUL NEW YEAR.... x