“The moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision which no man could have dreamed would have come his way. Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now.” – Goethe
Welcome to our virtual classroom!
I want to extend a very warm welcome to you. You made it past all the resistance hurdles: the self-doubt ones. The financial ones. The techie ones. The not-enough-time ones. The who-do-you-think-you-are ones.
You bravely followed a whisper, however faint or loud, and now here you are. I’m so glad you made it.
Please take a moment to watch the welcome video below, as well as read this entire welcome post. It’s a long one, but it’s packed with all sorts of information that you’ll need to know before diving into the lessons.
If you haven’t already, be sure to head over to the mighty Supply page for a list of materials that are needed to complete this course.
This is a self-paced class. All of the lessons are uploaded, and you can pace through them however quickly or slowly you’d like. If you want to do one lesson per day, great. If you want to do 5,6,7 lessons a day, go for it. Either way, you can access the classroom anytime, anywhere, and go at your own pace. You’ll have a full 6 months of access to the classroom to watch and rewatch the videos as many times as you need. Check out the sidebar on the right (—->) and click Part 1 to get started.
This is YOUR time – go at a pace that feels good for you and your life. We will be here, taking the journey with you, no matter how little or how often you pop in.
Please note: The e-course can be completed in less than six months. I decided on the longer six-month access window as a reasonable accommodation to e-course participants who might experience a period of unforeseen delay in their practice. After the six-month period is complete, however, please understand that we will not be able to offer extensions.
The class is organized into three different sections (plus a bonus section). You can access each section by clicking the images on the right sidebar of this classroom. Each section has it’s own set of lessons, plus its own welcome video message. I can’t encourage you enough to work your way through the course in order, starting first with Part 1, then Part 2, and so on.
Throughout the course you will find over 20 in-depth lessons. In addition to the written content, there are over 6 hours of video tutorials, a few audio recordings, and several downloadable PDFs and professional photography that supplement the lessons. Lots of goodness.
Here’s a quick summary of each part of the course:
Most of the time, we know who we are – and what we stand for. But sometimes the noise of everyday life can leave us feeling lost & confused. Having a personal mantra is like a magnet back to home. It pulls us back to our power. In part one, we’ll dive into ways we can silence the noise, hear our own hearts, and create words and mantras that we’ll then paint into life. I cannot encourage you enough to start with this part of the course before diving into the painting/tutorial demos that are in Part 2 + 3. There’s a HUGE reason why, which is explained in Part 1’s welcome message.
In part two, we’ll unleash our joy, and paint & shred & stencil & smudge & smear & stamp like our hearts depend on it. We’ll let our creative spirit soar while learning how to create deeply layered, gorgeously textured backgrounds. All the while, we’ll embrace the chaos, the mess, and the no-mistakes style of mixed-media painting.
In part three, we’ll continue the journey of trusting our voices while we begin to bring our paintings together by following (and trusting) our creative urges. We’ll add our mantras and personal imagery to our paintings in this session, add finishing touches, and celebrate all that we’ve learned while embracing the process.
The bonus section includes a few extras that I hope you enjoy, including a bonus video that takes you through two more paintings from start to finish, and a bloopers video that I’ve watched approximately 1 millions times because it makes me giggle.
General Q’s: Please be sure to head over to the FAQ page if you are finding that you need general help. We are here to serve, so if your general question is not answered over there, please kindly send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lesson Q’s: As you work your way through the lessons, I expect you may have a question or two or three. ALL WELCOME! Please be sure to ask it in the comments sections of the specific lesson. I will be reading ALL comments, and answering questions right there in the comments. Additionally, I will gather all the Q + A’s that take place in the comments and add them to the lesson as they come in so that you won’t have to search the comments for answers. If you want to be notified when a comment has been replied to, be sure to click the box in the comments section that says “notify me of follow-up comments by email.”
One more thing: In an effort to keep things contained to our actual classroom, please understand that any questions addressed to me in our social networking arenas (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter) won’t get answered. However, feel free to ask questions to each other – there is a host of valuable insight and experience among class members!
Cultivating a creative community changed my life, and the community that will be born from this experience will be life-changing for many of you as well. I invite you to engage the beautiful constellation of folks who have joined you on this big adventure.
As you move through the course, feel free to leave comments. Let us know how you’re doing, what you’re discovering. The comments sections of each lesson provide a valuable space to connect and share. I’d love it if you participate as much as possible so that we can have super informative and valuable conversations inside the comments.
For those of you who would like share your paintings in process and other discoveries as you take this course, I’ve set up a private Facebook group for us where you can share your photos, discoveries, enthusiasm, and more. I’d also love it if you joined me in being active on Twitter and Instagram with hashtag #hellosoulhellomantras. All the details on social networking, how to join the Facebook group, and more, can be found over on the Hello Community page. I will be very active in social networking with you!
A note about being mindful:
This community is yours forever, and it is your interactions and contributions that will keep it alive and thriving long after this e-course is over. So please tend to it, nurture it, and be respectful of the diversity that exists here.
In an effort to create the most supportive and considerate environment for our growing community, please be mindful of the energy you contribute as you share the highs and lows of your journey. Keep in mind that the creative process is a deeply personal one. It is okay to struggle with some of the lessons. In fact, it’s a great sign that progress and growth is happening when we’re up against our edges. However, I ask that you please be aware of that personal process and consider the energy behind your comments before you post them either in our classroom, in your Facebook group, or anywhere else.
For example, reconsider posting comments such as “I hate my painting” or “I can’t do this” inside a framework of connecting & engaging with your community. Comments such as “I’m really struggling with this painting. Any ideas on how I can get unstuck?” or “I’m having some negative self-talk around this process. Anybody else out there struggling too? What’s helping?” still communicate the ebb/flow of the personal process, but invite the community to be engaged – a good thing!
Please understand that any remarks that are not in the spirit of honoring this space, either in the comments or in the Facebook community, will be deleted immediately.
A gentle request about self promotion:
Please kindly refrain from advertising your offerings in the comments or in our social networking homes. We will delete all content/comments that have any tone/feel/suggestion of advertising.
As you will see in the demo videos, I get paint, gel medium, and all sorts of other materials on my hands. However, before you dive into your paint and other materials (especially if you are painting with children or are pregnant/breastfeeding), please be sure to read all labels and safety information, and please take all measures of protection (including the use of latex gloves) accordingly.
Your safety and your liability waiver and release:
There are many supplies used throughout this e-course, many of which, including paint, can be hazardous if not used properly. Using these supplies carry inherent risks and by choosing to participate, you accept these risks and agree to waive, release, and discharge any claims you may have for any injury or damages resulting from your participation in this e-course and your use of the supplies. It is your responsibility to read all the safety labels for all of the supplies that you use. If you are using Golden products, please click here to read their safety information for all of their supplies, including the paints and gel medium that are used in the video tutorials. If you’re using other brands of paints and supplies, be sure to read their safety information before using them. Advice of a competent safety professional should be sought before deciding if any product in this e-course is safe for your use, especially if you are pregnant and/or nursing.
The fine print:
No representation or warranties are made with respect to the safety of the supplies used and all warranties, express or implied, for any purpose, are fully disclaimed. By participating in this e-course, you agree to hold harmless, indemnify, and defend against all claims losses or damages you may have for any injury or damages resulting from your participation and your use of all supplies.
Wanna blog and otherwise share about your experience taking this course? Please do! But please do not publish/redistribute/copy/blog any specific content directly from this course for any purpose whatsoever. This includes cutting + pasting text, sharing step by step instructions of the paintings you create using steps outlined and taught in this class, using images/graphics or sharing any of the worksheets. I also ask that you please do not re-pin any classroom images on Pinterest or any other social networking site. All content is protected by intellectual property/copyright law.
Sharing logins: Your tuition to this class grants 1 entry to this class. Thus, your login is meant for you only. Our system monitors login activity and alerts us to possible suspicious activity (for example, several IP addresses being used for one login, etc). Kindly do not share your login information with friends/family/etc. Thank you!
I didn’t know it at first, but as I’ve made my way into the creative life, I’ve learned that the process of painting and creating art is a beautiful playground in which to learn a ton of life’s lessons around healing, courage, imperfections, change, and so much more. Simply put, what comes up for us on the canvas also comes up for us in life, and when we’re willing to truly allow and surrender to the process of creating art, our entire lives open up.
My vision and mission for this course was in direct service to that truth: when we let art out, we let love in.
And so. My hope for you as you make your way through the lessons is that you see how painting is so much more than splattering paint on a canvas – that it’s a much deeper journey, an excavation of who we are and who we want to become. We’ll be diving into these truths as we dive into making beautiful messes on our canvases. And I can’t wait to see what personal truths unfold for you along the way.
Thank you for being here! This course is a dream come true for me, and my heart is full of gratitude for each of you who are taking this pivotal step with me!
Here are some fun ways you can introduce yourselves:
1. Comment: Leave a comment here in this lesson. Tell us your name, a little about yourself, what brought you here. And please feel free to share where we can find you (your website, other links, etc).
2. Twitter: If you’re on Twitter, send a shout out with hashtag #hellosoulhellomantras. Search that same hashtag to find + interact with each other. Check out the classroom sidebar (this way—->) to see our live Twitter feed!
3. Instagram: Take a photo of yourself (we love selfies!) and share it on Instagram using hashtag #hellosoulhellomantras. Search that same hashtag to find + interact with each other. I am officially in love with Instagram and will be using our ecourse hashtag of #hellosoulhellomantras often! Check out the classroom sidebar (this way—->) to see our live Instagram feed! How cool is that?
4. Facebook: Introduce yourselves in our private Facebook group, too!
Need help on how to do any of the above? Head on over to our Community Page where all is explained in further detail!
Again, I’m thrilled you are here. THRILLED!
Kelly Rae XO