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dj pettitt
USA
Just add more paint, it'll make everything better.
Interests: God, my sweet husband, border collies, art, photography, photoshop, painting, creating art books, teaching,
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My trip to Florida was jaw-dropping wonderful. Filled with fabulous students and teaching experiences, dreamy bird photography, and all of the breathtaking joys of spring. I came home with new friends that feel like family, and so many sweet and memorable experiences. I can't wait to go back. As soon as I arrived, I was picked up by my fabulous hostesses, Elena and Jacquie, and we headed south to Key Largo where I would teach at their "Keys 4 Art" retreat. Love those girls! Classes were held in a massive and very beautiful rented house, complete with an outdoor deck... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2014 at dj pettitt - gentle whispering hues
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I'm so excited to be teaching at two retreats in Florida this coming week! Forever I've dreamt of going to Florida to photograph birds. I hope to see and photograph many! I'll be teaching this journal at a private retreat down in the Keys: Here's the one I'll be demoing journal construction on: Hand stitching added to the technique I'll be sharing in the Keys: And another example: Next, I'll travel north a bit to teach at Everything Scrapbook and Stamps in Lake Worth. We'll be painting birds and creating a journal. So exciting to be painting, photographing, and surrounded... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2014 at dj pettitt - gentle whispering hues
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Just returned home a few days ago from teaching at another incredible Artful Journey! SO much fun. Sweet, creative fun in the Santa Cruz mountains of Northern California. I love the connecting and inspiration that both students and instructors take home with them. As usual, Cindy Woods went above and beyond to make it a fabulous retreat for everyone. It was a special time with friends new and old learning together and sharing from their hands and hearts. My students were all amazing, talented, and a joy to teach :-) It's always exciting and such an inspiration seeing how my... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2014 at dj pettitt - gentle whispering hues
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Getting ready to go teach in California at An Artful Journey and shortly after that, in Lake Worth Florida! So excited for spring, and teaching, and photos, and birds! Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2014 at dj pettitt - gentle whispering hues
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The key to friendship Is not in the hand you hold But how you hold the hand Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2014 at dj pettitt - gentle whispering hues
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I will be teaching at An Artful Journey in February, and have been making samples for class. We'll be making journals and painting birds, and I'm loving working with my bird photos. The workshop is filled, but I'll be teaching a similar workshop in Florida, April 4-6, at Everything Scrapbook & Stamps in Lake Worth and there are still spots available. I would love to see you there! Last June, while teaching at Donna Downey's Studio in North Carolina (yay, I get to teach there again in October!), I went to the Raptor Center and photographed gorgeous owls, eagles, and... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2014 at dj pettitt - gentle whispering hues
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I really enjoy making these little scrap journals. This one has vintage fabric, silk, and velvet along with hand painted fabric. I'll be teaching a similar journal in Florida this coming spring. It's a private workshop, so it's not listed on my class schedule. While there, I'll also be teaching a journal with painted photos here. So excited about this trip! And I'm beyond thrilled about bird photography while there. All together, about 3 dreamy weeks in sunny Florida, teaching and birding. Can't wait! Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2013 at dj pettitt - gentle whispering hues
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Here's a Book Bag for the Purple Crow Journal. Recycled and painted cotton sheet on a canvas base with painted fabric flowers and ribbon closure. Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2013 at dj pettitt - gentle whispering hues
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Small journal with blank pages. About 5X8. Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2013 at dj pettitt - gentle whispering hues
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I've been sick for a few months (ongoing adrenal problems), but getting better now, so it's time to catch up on my blog! I just finished a journal that I started last June, and am really happy with it. I hadn't created in so long that I was nervous my creativity wouldn't come back. Happily, it's back and I'm so thankful to be creating again. I'll be teaching variations of these techniques next year in California, Florida, and North Carolina. Details are listed on the side bar. I hope to see you there! Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2013 at dj pettitt - gentle whispering hues
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--A special thanks to my students for sharing photos... I didn't have time to take many! WOW. What a fabulous time I had in North Carolina teaching at Donna Downey Studios! So much fun and laughter, mixed with tons of creativity, learning, and finished books! I highly recommend taking a workshop at Donna's gorgeous studio/store! You will love it! From the moment you arrive, you're completely taken care of. Not one detail is missed, with each student's comfort always top priority (and the instructor too). The food is fabulous, and is catered by Donna's mom, “Grandma Cookie”. She's a fabulous... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2013 at dj pettitt - gentle whispering hues
You are so much fun! You know, I'm now going to be an Inspiration Wednesday Junky :-) Still treasuring my week in NC, teaching and creating in your studio- and looking forward to next year! DJ
Toggle Commented Jun 28, 2013 on inspiration wednesday + video at simply me
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Just about finished with a sample book that I'll be taking to my workshop at Donna Downey Studios in North Carolina (class is full). This shows the signature wraps in the front of the journal: Painted photo and pages: Ready to journal on: sweetly feast on life: Unfinished front cover. Still needs to be bound and words added: breaking rules, being brave: Last page and signature wraps: Back cover: I still have some embellishment and the binding to do, but I've started another book and will work on both. Here's the cover for the new book: Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2013 at dj pettitt - gentle whispering hues
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Wow, life happened...for about a year! An update is long over due. So much has happened, and I'm thrilled to be back and creating again. Thanks to everyone who emailed and asked about me. We've moved to eastern Washington where Quail rule, and we love it here (there are tons of Quail everywhere!). I just finished having an art room installed in our new home, and absolutely love it. I'm thankful and thrilled to be able to create in such an inspirational and dreamy space. Let's see...what else... Since we last talked, I've taught in Italy and spent a week... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2013 at dj pettitt - gentle whispering hues
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Just finished this journal and will be listing it in my etsy site in the next couple days. Email for details if you're interested in purchasing before I list it. It's 6"X6" and a little over 3" thick at the spine. Each signature is wrapped with a hinged, painted page. Pages within each of the 6 signatures are blank. Enjoy! EDIT... journal is sold. Thank you! Front Cover Spine with vintage lace and shoe buttons Back cover Signature wrap and inside front cover Signature wrap lining and first painted page Close up Above and below show 2 of the hinged... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2012 at dj pettitt - gentle whispering hues
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I used techniques in this book that I'll be teaching in Italy this September. Here's the link if you'd like to check it out! I've shown most of these pages before, but they look a bit different bound in the book, plus sometimes I change them around after finishing them, so here they are again: book spine signature wrap- this wraps around all three signatures (groups of pages) friendship is a rose without thorns loving words sunprinted feather created by Elizabeth Woodford a true friendship loves not for what it may receive, but for what it may give. most delightful... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2012 at dj pettitt - gentle whispering hues
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Beautiful, ancient, Orvieto is on my mind as I create journal pages using techniques that I'll teach in my September Painted Photo workshop in Italy. I'm feeling so blessed that on the heals of my incredible Australian adventure, I get to travel to Italy and teach there again in September. I fell head over heals in love with Italy last year, and have such sweet memories of my time teaching, and shooting a bazillion photos as I hiked, and explored every corner of Orvieto. I'm beyond excited that I get to stay an extra week and explore Venice with my... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2012 at dj pettitt - gentle whispering hues
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I'm so excited that I'll be teaching another painted photo and journal workshop in Orvieto, Italy in just a few months! I'm still sighing and thinking about my trip to Australia (I still have more to share about my amazing time there!) but with September approaching, my thoughts and my heart turn toward beautiful Orvieto, and memories of last year's dreamy adventure fill my mind. I fell head over heals in love with the beautiful Italian people; rolling terraced vineyards, and narrow, one-way cobblestone streets winding through ancient villages clinging to cliff walls; the golden afternoon light; the many family... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2012 at dj pettitt - gentle whispering hues
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When Bevlea and I boarded the plane and headed north to Queensland, we both had jackets on as it was a bit chilly in Melbourne. When we stepped out of the airport in Cairns, we were hit with super high humidity and about 90 degrees- and it was only about 9:30 in the morning! Mossman Gorge -a section of Daintree National Park We picked up our adorable lime green rental car and headed north, filled with excitement and anticipation. I was so looking forward to seeing and photographing the bird life, Pied Heron and the gorgeous, tropical scenery, Josephine Falls... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2012 at dj pettitt - gentle whispering hues
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After classes ended, I had a few days before we flew up north on our tropical photo safari. You'd think I would want to rest and relax a bit, but my love affair with Australia wouldn't allow it- I didn't want to miss one photo op and managed to fill just about every second of those days exploring and shooting photos. On one of the days, Lucy and I went to a gorgeous nearby park (sorry, I can't remember the name) that had many varieties of birds, and a beautiful walking path around the lake. mmmmmm...Black Swans with their gorgeous... Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2012 at dj pettitt - gentle whispering hues
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Kookaburra I have so much I want to share about my incredible 3 week teaching/photography adventure in Australia! Rainbow Lorikeet In my previous post, I wrote about the workshops and mini holiday on Phillip Island with Bevlea and Lucy, but most of the part about the trip to Phillip Island got cut off when I published the post. I'll finish sharing about our time on Phillip Island, hoping I can remember it all...and then post about my trip to Queensland with Bevlea in a separate installment. White Ibis While on the island visiting the Koala Conservation Center, watching the Penguin... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2012 at dj pettitt - gentle whispering hues
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through the plane window Finally! A post about my trip to beautiful Australia! Ellinjaa Falls I feel so bad that it's taken me so long to post about my incredible trip to Australia last month. I knew it would be wonderful, but everything - absolutely EVERYTHING - far exceeded what I had hoped for. Teaching was so wonderful, with an amazing group of women attending workshops. As excited as I was to head up north to Queensland for a photo safari with my friend and workshop coordinator, Bevlea after classes were over, I was sad when they ended. Some of... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2012 at dj pettitt - gentle whispering hues
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My plane leaves for Australia in just over a week! I'm so excited to see everyone, and soak in some beautiful Australian sunshine. Along with journal and painted photos classes, I'll be teaching a collage class using photos and acrylic washes. My goal when creating this class was to incorporate photos into a collage with a flowing, painterly look, but without the need to learn how to paint, or buy a lot of supplies. Since scanning, I've added a hanger made from a garage sale necklace and beads. The base is a 10"x12" vintage book cover. purity of heart determined... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2012 at dj pettitt - gentle whispering hues
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I'll be finishing this journal as a demo while teaching in Australia, but wanted to show you the bits and pieces. Still needs some vintage buttons here and there, binding, and maybe a few images and words. I added some string to the front cover after I posted it last week: Spine: Inside cover lining: Another lining and a signature wrap: Flip side of the signature wrap: Another signature wrap: Some of the pages: And the back cover: Continue reading
Posted Feb 29, 2012 at dj pettitt - gentle whispering hues
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that my heart would fill- Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2012 at dj pettitt - gentle whispering hues