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Hi Creative Friends

I'm Jane

Professional artist, art workshop instructor, 5x bestselling author, art supply creator and self-diagnosed art supply addict!

Welcome to my happy kingdom of colour, creativity and art supplies!

Can you relate to feeling

Since this is a safe space, tell me…
Can you relate to feeling:

  • self-critical of your own artwork.
  • the fear of failure so strong that you’re scared to make a mark on the blank page.
  • intimidation walking into an art store and confusion over to buy and use.
  • guilt over your art supplies gathering dust.
  • that something is missing in your life. You’re living in black and white.
  • like you’ve lost your voice somewhere along the way.

You’re not alone. I hear the same story over and over again.
I’m hear to help you rewrite the stories you tell yourself.

Can you relate to feeling

It’s time to let go of the notion that you need to be an instant Michelangelo to feel worthy of taking time to draw.

If you enjoy drawing, or think that your inner artist deserves to feel free, then it is for you. You are allowed to be a beginner! Nothing flourishes straight away without practice. What I want for you is joyful practice!

I believe that with art it’s the PROCESS that is interesting and fun… if we get a masterpiece out of it that’s wonderful, but that is not the point of art. The point of creativity is the joy it unlocks in you. So, TRUST the MESS, be kind to yourself and your creativity…allow yourself to learn and forget trying to be perfect!

We’re all on this journey of creativity together.
Take my hand and join in on the fun!

My teaching Superpower is being able to extract the creative juice from my 30-years of professional experience to serve as a delicious mocktail of nutritious superfood that can make you a better artist more quickly than you could imagine!

Over 45,000 students have trusted me to nurture them back to their creativity over the past 10 years with my online classes.

As an an artist who teaches, I combine two very separate and different skills. I can balance showing you the magic of drawing and painting whatever your imagination desires as well explain how my intuition works and break down why I’m making colour, supply and composition choices as I go.

The transformation I want for all of my students is a connection to your inner artist. I do this by devising and delivering art techniques that inspire you to up-skill and continue on a journey to refine your abilities.

My Story

about-fashion
I started in fashion.

After studies in Paris (ooh la la!), my first job was as a fashion Illustrator. This evolved to being a textile designer and then fashion designer. And then I found photography. I started my photographic career in fashion as a runway photographer.

about-gallery
I opened my own Gallery

In 2006 my husband and I moved to Byron Bay and we opened our Gallery in 2007. The Institute of Cute was a highlight for visitors to glamorous Byron. We welcomed glittering celebrities, and rockstars from the huge music events we have here. The Online version of the Institute of Cute opened in 2010. By 2011 it became busier than the actual store, and we moved entirely online. It was a hard decision to make, but a great one!

about-mixed-media
Mixed Media Community

I discovered the Mixed Media Community and the warm and welcoming world of artists sharing their experience and relishing in creativity of all forms. A big part of this new territory of the art world is the generosity of teaching. The community of creatives that form as part of each individual teacher/leader is a huge part of the fun. I was inspired to create my own Creative Community!

about-art-supplies
Art Supplies

I started created art supplies in 2013 when I was invited to Design stencils for Artistcellar. In 2014 I created my own set of Peerless Watercolors. I have had stationery ranges with Ozcorp, the Art Group, Leap Year, and John Sands. Fun Fact: I have had over 18 Calendars of my artwork published! Ashdene creates my line of Hug Mugs.

about-ladybirds
The Obsession with Ladybirds begins.

And then something really weird happened. I have no explanation. I became fascinated with the little insects of the garden, especially ladybirds. I won lots of awards and traveled all over the world photographing insects with my artwork exhibited in galleries and large-scale, outdoors art installations. I specialised in working with zoos internationally. I have had 4 books on bugs.

about-art-journaling
Art Journaling

In 2010 I discovered Art Journaling. It was a game changer for me and stole my heart and gradually absorbed my creative attention. Creating just for myself allowed my heart and soul to expand exponentially.

about-online-classes
Online Classes

In early 2011 I was asked by Connie of Dirty Footprints to teach in 21 Secrets as one of 21 Journaling Artists. I accepted immediately, before I could panic and talk myself out of it! My class, Draw Happy, was based on my real world classes that I taught in my Gallery. Recording myself was a bizarre experience, and I was shocked that I enjoyed it! I have created several dozen more online workshops since then. I have SO MANY ideas for classes that the hard part is containing myself and just working on one at a time! I LOVE teaching and my students!

The Nest
The Nest

In 2012 Angus and I moved to ‘The Nest’. I walk to my studio down a little winding path through my own forest. I have room to host workshops on our large deck. In this amazing space I can hone my Super Powers and create the rest of my life. Angus mans the JD help desk and my heart. We live with our two beloved furbabies Gesso and Tinsel!

I started in fashion
I started in fashion.

After studies in Paris (ooh la la!), my first job was as a fashion Illustrator. This evolved to being a textile designer and then fashion designer. And then I found photography. I started my photographic career in fashion as a runway photographer.

Ladybirds
The Obsession with Ladybirds begins.

And then something really weird happened. I have no explanation. I became fascinated with the little insects of the garden, especially ladybirds. I won lots of awards and traveled all over the world photographing insects with my artwork exhibited in galleries and large-scale, outdoors art installations. I specialised in working with zoos internationally. I have had 4 books on bugs.

Opened my own gallery
I opened my own Gallery

In 2006 my husband and I moved to Byron Bay and we opened our Gallery in 2007. The Institute of Cute was a highlight for visitors to glamorous Byron. We welcomed glittering celebrities, and rockstars from the huge music events we have here. The Online version of the Institute of Cute opened in 2010. By 2011 it became busier than the actual store, and we moved entirely online. It was a hard decision to make, but a great one!

Art Journaling
Art Journaling

In 2010 I discovered Art Journaling. It was a game changer for me and stole my heart and gradually absorbed my creative attention. Creating just for myself allowed my heart and soul to expand exponentially.

Mixed Media Community
Mixed Media Community

I discovered the Mixed Media Community and the warm and welcoming world of artists sharing their experience and relishing in creativity of all forms. A big part of this new territory of the art world is the generosity of teaching. The community of creatives that form as part of each individual teacher/leader is a huge part of the fun. I was inspired to create my own Creative Community!

Online Classes
Online Classes

In early 2011 I was asked by Connie of Dirty Footprints to teach in 21 Secrets as one of 21 Journaling Artists. I accepted immediately, before I could panic and talk myself out of it! My class, Draw Happy, was based on my real world classes that I taught in my Gallery. Recording myself was a bizarre experience, and I was shocked that I enjoyed it! I have created several dozen more online workshops since then. I have SO MANY ideas for classes that the hard part is containing myself and just working on one at a time! I LOVE teaching and my students!

Art Supplies
Art Supplies

I started created art supplies in 2013 when I was invited to Design stencils for Artistcellar. In 2014 I created my own set of Peerless Watercolors. I have had stationery ranges with Ozcorp, the Art Group, Leap Year, and John Sands. Fun Fact: I have had over 18 Calendars of my artwork published! Ashdene creates my line of Hug Mugs.

The Nest
The Nest

In 2012 Angus and I moved to ‘The Nest’. I walk to my studio down a little winding path through my own forest. I have room to host workshops on our large deck. In this amazing space I can hone my Super Powers and create the rest of my life. Angus mans the JD help desk and my heart. We live with our two beloved furbabies Gesso and Tinsel!

Today
Workshops

WORKSHOPS

I have helped over 35,000 students in my online art workshops.

Books

BOOKS

I have published 5 Amazon best-selling art books!

Art Supplies

ART SUPPLIES

I have hundreds of gorgeous art supplies available for purchase

Free Videos

FREE VIDEOS

Check out our hundreds of free art-making videos available on Youtube!

Join my Private Facebook Group!

Jane Davenport Mixed Media Artomologists

You’ll find connection, gentle belonging and positive encouragement. It is so inspiring to be able to share with creative people who understand exactly what you’re going through. You get to see other people’s work and recommendations which will give you ideas as well!

A few of my favourite things
JDMM NEW Watercolour Set

JDMM NEW Watercolour Set – Glitz-Sea
AUD$41.95

Gelli Plate Instagram

Jane Davenport X Gelli Arts Kit
AUD$45.50

Dream and Draw Bundle

Dream and Draw Bundle
AUD$29.90 AUD$24.95

Mermaid Paper Doll

Mermaid Paper Doll
From AUD$16.95

Viva La Vida

Viva La Vida Online Workshop
AUD$54.95

Marcia Pin

Jane Davenport Marcia Pin
AUD$12.95

Ladybug Dotters Bundle!

Ladybug Dotters Bundle!
AUD$59.95 AUD$49.95

Which one sounds like you
Help me find my creative feet

Help me find my

creative feet

You have the urge to draw, but something’s holding you back! Maybe it’s fear of ‘failure’ or disparaging words about your art still ringing in your ears from childhood? You may not have picked up a pencil or paintbrush in years but drawing is calling to you! You feel stuck in your own self imposed creative gravity and maybe even confused by all the art supply options out there.

Respark my inspiration

I’m ready to respark

my inspiration

You’re an arty person who has skills and techniques under your belt, but you feel the need for inspiration! You have lots of art supplies that sit there, untouched, making you feel guilty. You can’t seem to find the time or energy to create. Sometimes you may even feel a bit creativity lost and stagnant. You want to stop randomly dabbling and start consistently creating so your own style appears.

Artist with a Capital A

I want to feel like an

Artist with a capital A

You love creating with confidence, but still don’t feel like a capital A artist. You know the power of art workshops and want to deepen your skills ever further. You’ve progressed through the beginner and intermediate workshops and are ready to draw more complex figures from your imagination. You are developing your own style and want to keep moving along your creative path.

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