Wednesday, January 25, 2017


Today, let's play in my coloring book, "The Art of Whimsical Living"!  Have you seen it?  Do you have it?  I am so proud at how it came out,  there so many fun things inside to take your coloring off the pages and make your own custom projects.  It's chuck full of inspirational art,  positive affirmations,  messages, greeting cards, calendar pages, lists, menus, journaling pages and so much more.  Each chapter is filled with black and white line art to copy and color.  You can use the pages over and over and over again to print and adding whimsey and color to everything in your everyday life.

There's not a lot of sunshine in upstate New York in January, so I am adding my own  with my baskets of colorful markers.  I love to color!  The pages inside my book are perforated so you can remove them to make multiple pages for all kinds of projects and have this as your "master copy" book.  So many possibilities! 

There is nothing worse than getting all psyched up to make some colorful art with your favorite markers only to find out that the bled through the page!  Sometimes you don't want that bleed to show thorough on a journal page, or a card so be sure to test your markers on your chosen papers to see how they'll perform.  I've made a sample sheet here to show you how I catalog and test my own stash.

Flip the paper over and make sure the pens might be produce the effect you're expecting. A solvent, or alcohol marker (like Prismacolor, Copic and Sharpie will ALWAYS bleed though paper, but the colors are more saturated than a dye based marker (Tombow, Koi Colorbrush, etc.).  Many pens from various manufacturers have proprietary ink formulas, and not all are the same.  You'll find your favorites through trying different brands and make sure you test first.

***Looking for MORE really great "marker training"? I have an awesome online class called "The Magical Marker Mystery Tour"over flowing with tons of info, 20 videos, 20 pdfs and projects with instant access.  Online MARKER CLASS with Joanne

COLOR WITH ME!  Grab your markers, colored pencils or pens and make an inspirational message for yourself or someone special.  Use any kind of paper, but card stock is suggested.   Here's a page from my book, a FREE PDF PRINT to download and print for you to color:

See you next Wednesday!

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

.....let "WHIMSICAL WEDNESDAYS" begin!

For quite some time I have been playing with the idea of posting a small tutorial, art tidbit or video EVERY Wednesday for a whole year.  Well here we are, in the THIRD Wednesday of the New Year and it's time to begin! 

I recently posted this photo on my Instagram (follow me @joannesharpe)  and it was so well received, I thought a little tutorial would be in order for my first Whimsical Wednesday post.

"WITH A LITTLE WHIMSEY" IDEA: Make a little bit of art every day, in a little bitty size.  This is one of my favorite things to do with my water reactive (Tombow) markers or watercolor paints, water brush, paintbrushes and watercolor paper.  

Take a strip of watercolor any size you wish.  A good place to start is a piece that is approximately 3" x 12".  You can always use wider widths of paper too.

Fold the paper in half, then in half again and open it up.  Fold back each little panel in an accordion fashion.  For this book each individual panel is 3"x 3", a perfect size to make little art nuggets.

How super and simple, right?? 

Paint a loose watercolor or marker border as a background and frame in each panel.  let dry completely before adding lettering.

Add your favorite quotes and inspirational thoughts.   Use black pens or colorful markers to make lettering in each box. It doesn't have to be anything fancy or earth shattering, just make a little art every day!
Would you like more whimsical instruction in my loaded online classes?  
VISIT MY WEBSITE and check out all the ONLINE CLASSES previews.

Sunday, January 15, 2017


Artfully Inspired Adventures with Joanne Sharpe

SESSION TWO: September 20-23, 2017
“Creative, Color Lovin’ Lettered Life”

5 BIG Art and Lettering Classes 
themed with beachy, bold, tropical whimsey...mermaids, the sun, the sand and
 the sea and a little bit of Lilly! 


SESSION ONE: September 16-19, 2017
“Color Yourself Lilly”
5 BIG Art and Lettering classes 
inspired by the whimsical style of Florida icon Lilly Pulitzer

We’re so excited to return to the oceanfront Cocoa Beach Hilton, Florida for the 4th Annual Whimsical Women Art Retreat, this year with the choice of TWO sessions to attend.  Sign up for one, or both!  Class program is different each session. No passports required if you’re in the U.S.!

Treat yourself to the gift of making glorious art for three days with whimsical artist, Joanne Sharpe.  Play, create, laugh and learn at the gorgeous Hilton, Cocoa Beach.  Stay at the hotel or join us daily to make awesome art and mega memories fueled by the sun, the sand and ocean air.  The minute I walked in the door for our 2016 retreat I knew we’d return year after year.  It’s my FIVE STAR place for artful hearts to gather!

    Your 2017 Whimsical Women Art  Retreat Includes:
    • COME CREATE! An artful adventure every day in 5 BIG ART CLASSES with Joanne ALL INCLUDE with exclusive exciting ideas and aha moments to create themed projects for: #1) Art Journaling #2) Hand Lettering #3) Painting Watercolor and Acrylics, #4) Drawing and Illustration and #5) Whimsical Wool Felting....*Class project descriptions at the very bottom of this page.
    • PLAY! Bring just a few of your own supplies and then feast in a banquet of yummy art materials at Joanne’s new  “Art Bar”, all FREE to use in class and take home.
    • CELEBRATE!  Enjoy a lovely Welcome Dinner Party with your group on the first night.
    • SHOP!  Jill and Tayler Orobello, proprietors of "WhimSoDoodle" in St. Pete, FL will have a loaded, onsite store with the best art supplies, pens, journals and goodies you can imagine!
    • CHILL! Enjoy making art to your heart’s content with open studio (day and night!) and ocean front beach access right outside your door, we’re not kidding
    • TREASURE! We have some very special art swag for you to celebrate our artful journey
    • EMPOWER! Personal, optional art coaching with Joanne.

    RETREAT FEE - $575.00 SPACE IS LIMITED!  Secure a spot and Register today with a $200 deposit.  Balance Due July 1, 2017.

    ***Hotel is not included and must be booked separately (LINKS BELOW).****

    REGISTRATION:  SPACE IS LIMITED!  SECURE YOUR RESERVATION TODAY WITH A $200 deposit payable to Joanne Sharpe on Paypal.  Upon payment receipt your spot will be confirmed with a confirmation letter, class descriptions and the super simple supply list within 24 hours.

    SESSION ONE: September 16-19, 2017 - $575.00
    Saturday, September 16: Group dinner (included) 6:30pm-9:00pm
    Sunday, September 17: Art Classes 9:00am-5:00pm
    Monday, September 18: Art Classes 9:00am – 4:00pm / 6:00pm – 9:00pm
    Tuesday: September 19: Art Classes 9:00am – 5:00pm


    SESSION TWO: September 20-23, 2017 - $575.00
    Wednesday, September 20:  Group dinner (included) 6:30pm-9:00pm
    Thursday, September 21:   Art Classes 9:00am-5:00pm
    Friday, September 22:  Art Classes 9:00am – 4:00pm / 6:00pm – 9:00pm
    Saturday:  September 23:  Art Classes 9:00am – 5:00pm



    The group special room rate is valid for stays September 13, 2017 to September 26, 2017 to allow you to come early or stay longer to enjoy the local area!

    Hilton Cocoa Beach Oceanfront

    1550 North Atlantic Ave, Cocoa Beach, Florida, 32931-3268, USA
    TEL: +1-321-799-0003

    SESSION ONE Valid for travel September 13 – September 23Our Awesome Group Rate: $134.00 per night City View / $154.00 per night Coastal View.
    Hotel Tax: 12%
    SESSION ONE Hotel Reservations via website click the link to make your reservation:  

    SESSION ONE Valid for travel September 17 – September 27Our Awesome Group Rate: $134.00 per night City View / $154.00 per night Coastal View.
    Hotel Tax: 12%
    SESSION TWO Hotel Reservations via website click the link to make your reservation:  

    Hotel Reservations BY PHONE 321-799-0003
    Ask for Group Code: WWB for SESSION 1 / WWB2 for SESSION 2

    NOTE: If you are going to stay for both retreats, you will need to call the hotel directly
    Hotel reservations must be made by July 18 to receive the group rate. Reservations after August 1 will be subject to availability at time of reservation request. It is each participant’s responsibility to book their own hotel reservation for the retreat(s). Room rate includes complimentary self-parking and complimentary in-room WIFI access.

    We love this place!  You will enjoy a contemporary hotel where a beautiful sandy beach is a few steps away. The Hilton Cocoa Beach Oceanfront hotel offers 295 spacious guest rooms and suites.

    The hotel features the following dining options: Take in oceanfront views at Salt Restaurant, featuring modern American cuisine, or unwind at Salt Lounge with a range of cocktails options. Kick back poolside at the covered tiki bar – LongBoards Tiki Beach Grille – for a casual and diverse menu. “Cool Beans” serves Starbucks® coffee and is open 24 hours

    Transportation to/from Orlando International Airport
    Smart-Two shuttle service is available at the hotel for transportation to and from Orlando International Airport (MCO) to the hotel. The cost each way is $99.00 and that is a flat rate for 1-2 people. There are set times for departures from the airport and the hotel, but you can get the times from the shuttle directly. Rental cars are readily accessible from the airport as well and it is approximately a 45 minute drive to Cocoa Beach from Orlando International Airport.
    Shuttle Contact: Phone: 1-855-200-7678


    · To reserve your spot, a $200.00 deposit is required. This deposit is refundable until 90 days prior to the first date of your chosen retreat.

    · Final retreat payment of $375 is due July 1, 2017 for your session.  You will receive and invoice for payment.  Once final payment is received, there are no refunds for the art retreat.

    · Hotel guarantees and cancellations are separate and it is the responsibility of the participant to reserve and/or cancel their own hotel reservations.

    · Travel and/or trip cancellation insurance is strongly recommended. You can look for policies online or contact your travel agent or AAA office.

    Have a question? Please feel free to contact Joanne Sharpe, Host ( or Teresa Kramer,event organizer (

    The projects are different for each session.  Supply list provided with registration deposit.

    SESSION ONE: September 16-19, 2017 
    “Color Yourself Lilly”
    (5 Art and Lettering classes inspired by the style of Florida icon Lilly Pulitzer)
    ·       JOURNALING: “Awesome Art Journaling – Fill your Moleskine journal with reflections, new ideas and fun fodder to reflect your colorful everyday life.  
    ·       LETTERING: “Happy Hand Lettering”- Master 5 exclusive “Lilly” lettering styles and hand drawn alphabets to use in your art and journaling.
    ·       PAINTING: “Paint Yourself Lilly”- explore watercolor and acrylic painting patterns, designing in the style of Lilly Pulitzer to create a chunky art book.
    ·       DRAWING: “Lilly Blooms” Learn simple sketching and whimsical drawing techniques to illustrate floral and fauna.
    ·       WOOL FELTING: “Lilly Blooms Pouch”: Try your hand at hand simple needle felting with colorful threads and wool roving with this really relaxing activity to create a small functional art pouch. 

    SESSION TWO: September 20-23, 2017
    “Creative, Color Lovin’ Lettered Life”
    Making art with the ocean outside our door! 5 Art and Lettering Classes with a beachy vibe
    infused with paint, pens, papers and words to illustrate a whimsical life.

    CREATE! An artful adventure every day in 5 BIG ART CLASSES with Joanne all included with 
exclusive ideas to create themed projects for:
    ·       JOURNALING- “Living Color“ Fill an entire small Moleskine journal with painting, drawings words and art ideas exploring some new.
    ·       LETTERING- “Luscious Letters” Introducing FIVE new alphabets and writing styles for your journals and art making.
    ·       PAINTING: “My Color Lovin’ Life- Learn luscious color stories and creative painting techniques with watercolor and acrylics to make a commemorative art book filled with your favorite mantras.
    ·       DRAWING: “Fabulous Faces”- Explore drawing, collage and design ideas to create stylized, expressive images with a whimsical face theme to include in your art book.
    ·       WOOL NEEDLE FELTING- “Sun, Sand and Seascapes” dive into colorful fibers and threads (provided) to make a fabulous, functional art pouch with a tropical theme.