A Steampunk Jewelry Workshop

Here are a few pieces that my students made in a recent SteamPunk jewelry workshop.  The workshop was at the Santa Catalina Branch Library, just down the street from our house.  I had both teens and adults in the this workshop and it was great.  I just love how each one is so different and unique.





Have a wonderful, creative day, Janell


A Walk Through My Garden

Last week, I taught a camera phone, photography workshop.  Since I needed a few sample pictures for my presentation, I took a walk through my garden with my camera phone.  I know they aren’t the quality I get with my Canon 20D, but I did get some nice shots.

A detail of my sweet bird feeder.




A black and white close up of one of my grapevine wreaths.


I LOVE birdhouses.  My dad and I have a great time making them whenever we get a chance.  They are scattered throughout my garden.


This one is my all time favorite.  My dad made it for us for Christmas a few years ago.


These roses were here when we bought the house 17 years ago. I just love their tiny blooms.

My breakfast spot and DIY table.

These hydrangeas are loving the acidic soil between my lemon and orange trees.
A bit of multi-tasking – watering and taking pictures.

My favorite Jasmine plant. It is the Jasmine rose type. Looks like all of the attention I have been giving it has paid off.  It is full of blooms and they smell heavenly!


Food for our visitors.


wpid-wp-1404670576319.jpegMy garden studio where I am very lucky to spend many hours painting and creating jewelry.

Have a wonderful, creative day, Janell

Embedding a Google Calendar of My Art Workshops

I have been busy getting my 2014 workshop schedule of painting, mixed media and jewelry classes created.  Once I had a few months planned, I thought I would create a calendar on my website.  Being a visual kinda gal, I thought it would be easier to see a calendar instead of just dates typed out while you are figuring out if you are available for a workshop. (By the way, if you are local to Los Angeles area (or visiting), I would LOVE to have you attend one of my workshops.)

Being not so nifty (a big understatement here) at computer things like this, I went to the WP Help site and found this post: http://en.support.wordpress.com/google-calendar/.

But BEFORE you go through all the steps, you want to go to your Google calendar, go down to “My calendars”, click on the little down arrow and select “create a new calendar” from the drop down menu.  Then create your events that you want to share on THAT calendar.  Otherwise, you will share your entire calendar, like you Dr. appointments and errand reminders…(Like I did at first, HA!)

One of the other things you need to do is make your calendar public by sharing it. You need to click the box (see below) “Make this calendar public.”  DON’T CLICK the box below it that says “Share only my free/busy information (Hide details)”.  I accidentally did this and my calendar just displayed “BUSY” instead of the information about my workshops.  (That I had painstakingly typed!)  And it took me a day or two to figure out what I was doing wrong. (While sending not-so-nice thoughts towards my computer.)


If you have a minute, check out my calendar and let me know what you think.   I nested it under “Workshops and Speaking.”

Whew!  Now I can get back to painting…

Have a wonderful creative day, Janell

T-Shirt Painting – Fun, Fun, Fun!

Last week I had another art workshop for teens, and this time I taught a new class that I added this year… A T-Shirt Painting class.  We had a lot of fun and everyone’s T-shirt turned out AWESOME!  And so unique, everyone had a very personal vision for their shirt.  Here are a few pictures from the class…sorry about the quality, I forgot my camera so I took these with my phone. 😦


This is the shirt I painted for a sample.









Wow, have fabric paints changed.  I found all kinds of colors from neon to soft pastels and from shiny to matte finishes.  Just be sure to prewash your t-shirt without fabric softener.  I also put cardboard between the front and back of the shirts so the paint didn’t bleed through to the back of the shirt.  Drying time was also pretty quick, just be sure to make thin coats of paint, I learned when I was painting the eyes of my fairy, that if you get too much paint it gets way too gooey and can turn into a mess.

I also had everyone create a pencil sketch first, then outline it with a sharpie and slip it under the front of the t-shirt to use as a guide as they painted.  Since the t-shirts were white the sharpie showed through really well and you can see that some teens placed their paintings in different areas of their shirt, not necessarily centered.  I moved my fairy sketch to the side and painted some of her up on the sleeve to be more whimsical.

This class was held at the Hastings Branch Library as part of their summer program and was filled to capacity.  Such a great creative group!  I really enjoy teaching art and craft classes to teens, they are always so fun and enthusiastic about creating art.

Do any of you teach art to teenagers?  If you do, what is your most popular class?  My most popular classes are Manga/Anime drawing, Jewelry and now… T-shirt painting!

Have a wonderful creative day, Janell

Halloween Manga – Zombies

This last weekend I taught a Manga Zombie workshop at the Pasadena Library Teen Center.  I had a group of fun and talented teens!  Here are a few demo’s I sketched for the class.

I had a lot of fun with this class, it was pretty funny listening to my gruesome drawing instructions.  A big change from my usual Manga subject matter of sweet fairies and tree ladies.   Hmm… not sure if I am up to inking them.  We had a lot of laughs throughout the workshop. 🙂  Happy Halloween!  Janell

Crochet a Hipster Grannie Square Workshop

I will be teaching new arts and crafts workshops at Belle’s Nest in July.  Beginning crocheting, grannie squares, earrings class and a new photo pendant class.  Call Belle’s Nest at 626-355-0200 to register.  The first workshop is on July 11th and it is a beginning crochet class.

Crochet a Hispter Grannie Square!

Come and learn how to crochet a grannie square and find out about all the trendy clothes and accessories you can make with this updated crochet tradition!  A beginning crochet class (or refresher if you learned a while ago and want to begin crocheting again.)  Granny squares can be sewn together to make all kinds of projects such as scarves, blankets, pillows, purses, coasters, the possibilities are endless.   In this workshop you will learn to make a granny square using three basic crochet stitches.  You will also learn how to attach the squares together so you can continue making squares on your own to make a project of your choice.  All supplies and materials will be provided.  Class taught by artist Janell Mithani.  $30.  Class size is limited, advanced registration required.  Call Belle’s Nest at 626.355-0200 to sign up.

Wednesday, July 11th
11:00 Am – 12:30 PM
Level: Beginner or Intermediate
Cost $30 all supplies and materials included

I am also teaching another beginning crochet class on Friday, July 20th.

Crochet a Boho Style Scarf or Belt class

learn to crochet a scarf or belt

Learn to crochet a scarf or belt class by Janell Mithani

Friday, July 20th
3:00 PM – 4:30 PM
Level: Beginner
Fee: $30, includes all tools and supplies

In this crochet class you will learn basic crochet stitches as you make a fun stylish scarf or belt.  A beginning crochet class (or refresher if you learned a while ago and want to begin crocheting again.)  Once you learn the basics of crochet, the possibilities are endless.   In this workshop you will learn three basic crochet stitches as you crochet a scarf or belt, you get to choose which project you want to make.  Note that this class is to teach you basic crochet stitches while you make a scarf or belt, everyone learns at different speeds, so you may need to finish your project at home or in another class.  Class taught by artist Janell Mithani.  $30

I hope to see you in one of my workshops this month.  Have a great day!–Janell