Jill Berry Design Blog

Danse Macabre Stencil Winner

Posted by on Sep 28, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Colleen Kent! Still a chance to win a space in Life Book 2014, so look for that post. And, in a few days, come back for a chance to win a spot in 21 Secrets!  

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Life Book, MY TURN!

Posted by on Sep 22, 2014 in Uncategorized | 327 comments

Life Book, MY TURN!

I cannot tell you how thrilled I am to be a part of Life Book 2015!!! Life Book is a year long online course with a series of teachers who have each been asked to create a small course for you. These courses are meant to edify, encourage, and help you in creating a bigger  and richer life through the art of the journal. A year of mixed media classes geared toward becoming the best you that you can be!   You have a chance to win a spot in this amazing adventure, for FREE! Leave a comment below and give me a reason to give you this spot in...

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Just for You! Danse Macabre Stencils Giveaway

Posted by on Sep 21, 2014 in Giveaway! | 31 comments

Just for You! Danse Macabre Stencils Giveaway

My friend and brilliant artist Béatrice Coron has just designed a set of stencils for Artistcellar’s Signature Series called “Danse Macabre.” Béatrice is an artist who cuts stories from paper. Her work is brilliant and extraordinary, and you can appreciate her TED talk here. Her stencils are four scenes based on her paper cuts. You can see all the designs on the blogs listed below. 96 – Painter 97 – Housework 98 – Online 99 – Dancers. This is the one I used in my project. First I traced the stencil...

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Blessings from Thailand

Posted by on Sep 9, 2014 in Uncategorized | 7 comments

Blessings from Thailand

Last month I received feedback from my website. A comment titled “How I am using your book” This was the last sentence of the email: “Just thought you might like to know how you have impacted people halfway around the world!” Kindest Regards, Kit I wrote to Kit and thanked her, and asked her if it was okay to share her story that she shared with me. Here is what she wrote. The New Life Center Foundation is a faith-based non-governmental organization in northern Thailand. We work with teenaged girls and young women from...

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Grief and Beauty

Posted by on Aug 26, 2014 in Visual Inspiration, Written Inspiration | 6 comments

Grief and Beauty

I have lots of work to do. And I have two friends who are suffering enormously with health issues. These two situations do not work really well for me, I have trouble sometimes moving through grief and creating beauty at the same time. As an artist, this is my job, to feel, interpret, explore, illustrate, experience and sometimes, deliver the goods wrapped up and ready. This time it is harder to do that for me, because my talented and beautiful friend is dying. She is a calligrapher and an activist, a real thinker and hoper and believer. In...

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The Colors of the Desert

Posted by on Aug 21, 2014 in Visual Inspiration | 3 comments

The Colors of the Desert

A road trip through the Utah desert.

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Collage with Skins

Posted by on Aug 8, 2014 in Uncategorized | 7 comments

Collage with Skins

Earlier this week I took a class with Chris Cozen, a working artist for Golden Paints. The class was on making “skins” with the various mediums that Golden makes, and running them through an inkjet printer, adding photos and textures to create collage materials. Chris made many, many of these skins on foil, digital grounds, fiber paste and likely most of the other mediums that Golden makes. She gave us each three blanks to print at home, and three more to use in our collages. Some of the skins were clear with bits of paint in...

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Pastel Panoramas

Posted by on Aug 7, 2014 in PanPastel | 3 comments

Pastel Panoramas

I just got back last night from a long round trip drive to Phoenix. Part adventure, part teaching at Art Unraveled and that part I am going to brag about right now. One class was “Panoramas Patterns Pastels,”  which was a class on using PanPastels. The students worked from a Google Earth image or a aerial photo to paint a landscape of a favorite place. My photos do not do them justice, but I hope you can appreciate their colorful wonder.   This one shows where the “life” is in this neighborhood.   Most of...

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Denver Art Museum: Uncharted

Posted by on Jul 30, 2014 in Map Making | 12 comments

Denver Art Museum: Uncharted

A few months ago I was invited to participate in an event at the Denver Art Museum. My job was to find a piece in the museum that would inspire me to make my own artwork, with the theme “Uncharted” and then present it to an audience with a 20 minute talk. This is a huge honor for me, and a bar that is set a bit higher than other art challenges I have had. They told me many hundreds of people attend this event, and any of you who have done a thing like this know the two big fears 1. I will forget all my words and choke on stage 2....

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One Stencil on the Gelli 2

Posted by on Jul 25, 2014 in Creative Exercises, Stencils | 5 comments

One Stencil on the Gelli 2

Yesterday I printed all day with the Stones Divided Stencil which comes in 6″ and 12″ squares. I bought mine at Blue Twig Studio, where I will be teaching in September. I used the larger one on my large Gelli Plate. Working with one stencil is freeing, because I am only making decisions about color and technique. I can print fast and furious, which believe me I did. My studio was draped in paper prints. I used deli paper and Arches Text Wove. Here are some of the samples out of the fifty or so prints I made. I am making paper...

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