Jill Berry Design Blog

Two weeks down the road

Posted by on Mar 18, 2015 in About me | 61 comments

Two weeks down the road

Hello all. It has been two weeks since my open-heart surgery, and the first day I can sort of read and type. Before now my brain was fairly scrambled with anesthesia and medications. The surgery went well, all in all, but I did wake up tied to my bed with the intubation tube still stuffed down my throat, which was one of my biggest fears. It was ghastly, very frightening an I am having a lot of trouble with that memory. So I came home a miracle: one in a million chances of having this condition and odds likely similar that it was diagnosed...

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Tomorrow is the Day

Posted by on Mar 1, 2015 in About me | 116 comments

Tomorrow is the Day

I have been in the cardiac ICU for five days now. The nurses are letting me be a bit mobile, thank goodness. Most people in this ICU are not healthy like I am, so at at the beginning I was treated like a geriatric sausage, someone to roll around and do for. It is hard to be treated that way when you are able bodied, so I got permission from the surgeon for more freedom. Now I can shower by myself, unhook all my wires from the Great Tree and go the the bathroom on my own steam. I come back and hook myself back up and all is well. The pulse...

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My Detour from art to the ICU

Posted by on Feb 28, 2015 in About me | 298 comments

My Detour from art to the ICU

I am typing this from the ICU cardiac unit at St. Anthony hospital in Lakewood, Colorado. Last Wednesday I went to the allergy doctor to get a new inhaler to help with allergy and asthma symptoms that I had dealt with my whole life, but which since my flu in December seemed a little worse. The cough would not go away, the feeling in my chest was congested. Nothing  that a new inhaler would not take care of. When I got there, the doctor took my vitals, gave me a breathing treatment and a new inhaler, then sat down with a serious look on his...

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Map Art Lab, Join the Book Club!

Posted by on Feb 23, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Map Art Lab, Join the Book Club!

online book club featuring Map Art Lab

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Winner of Pigments of Your Imagination!

Posted by on Feb 18, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Winner of Pigments of Your Imagination!

The Random Number Generator picked Lou Haines! Congratulations Lou.  

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Pigments of Your Imagination and a Giveaway

Posted by on Feb 12, 2015 in Artist Friends, Giveaway! | 69 comments

Pigments of Your Imagination and a Giveaway

This giveaway is done, the winner was announced last week. Thanks for coming by! Today I am reviewing Cathy Taylor’s new book, Pigments of Your Imagination: Creating With Alcohol Inks. If you think this book sound fabulous, I don’t blame you, it is! Leave a comment below for a chance to win a copy! I will draw the winner’s name Monday the 16th at 5pm MST. Sorry, I forgot to say continental U.S. only.  Good...

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Double Heart with ColourArte!

Posted by on Feb 2, 2015 in Uncategorized | 5 comments

Double Heart with ColourArte!

Today we are making a Valentine’s Day card with products from ColourArte, who makes Twinkling H2Os and Silk Acrylic Glazes. I love both these products as you know if you have been here before. Here is what you need   Download the pdf pattern for this card HERE.   The stencils used in this project are by Lynn Krawczyk and are sold by Artistcellar. You can buy them here. This card pattern was sent to my calligraphy group by Pacific Scribes, whose member Louise Keating wrote it up. You can find a link to them here. Happy...

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Portland Teaching, March 5-8, 2015

Posted by on Jan 16, 2015 in Journaling, Workshops and Classes | 0 comments

Portland Teaching, March 5-8, 2015

I am teaching in Portland, Oregon for Art and Soul Retreats in March. I have three classes, all classes that I LOVE. Portland, Oregon Art and Soul Retreat March 5-8, 2015 I am teaching three classes that I love. 1. Sumptuous Sumi Painting on nice paper with sumi ink, a beautiful silky black ink used in eastern calligraphy, is amazingly satisfying and fun. We will make a sample book of papers and techniques using Sumi ink and various other products, paints, inks and tools. We will create small landscapes, lots of textures and many pages of...

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Reading and My Art

Posted by on Jan 14, 2015 in Uncategorized | 8 comments

Reading and My Art

I read, a lot. You and I may be friends on Goodreads, so you may know that. Of all the things that inform my art, reading is at the top of the list. I am very often inspired by words. One of the things I started doing years ago was to choose my favorite sentence in each book I read. I would write it down in my journal in doodles or a whole page. Doing this made me read carefully, and it also helped me remember the book since I am not organized enough to keep a log of my reading like some people I know. Next life, perhaps. Here is a page from...

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“Unsubscribe” before you “Spam”

Posted by on Jan 8, 2015 in About me | 2 comments

“Unsubscribe” before you “Spam”

Use “unsubscribe” not “spam” when opting out

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