Joy Stuff: The Art of Noticing


Joy Stuff: The Art of Noticing
Draw, Paint, Write, Print, Appreciate

Instructor: Lynn Whipple
Five-Week Class • 10 Lessons

Now available as a self-study class.

Price: $165.00

A Two-Payment Plan Available HERE.

Joy Stuff is about noticing everyday wonders and celebrating them through our art.

Joy Stuff is a delight-filled sketchbook practice and a nourishing and beautiful place to putter and to draw.

A Joy Stuff sketchbook is a creative place to write, print, paint and appreciate!

We will start by making yummy handmade papers with a Gelli® Plate — which are so much fun because they yield unexpected and exciting results — and then use those papers to design spreads and pages in our sketchbooks! We will draw out in nature, play with color, use cut paper in collage and soak in our favorite surroundings. We will be inspired by our everyday heroes and share tiny gifts. We will smile, breathe deep, and notice the lovely little things!

Life becomes richer and more fun when filled with Joy Stuff! 

Big LOVE!!

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Class Itinerary:

Week 1

Lesson 1 – Gelli® Plate Printing!! Gell Yes!!

Let’s prepare our Joy Stuff sketchbook! We’ll begin by creating one-of-a-kind, colorful, hand-printed paper. We will be using a Gelli® Plate, several different types of paper, handmade stencils, found objects and acrylic paint. (If you don’t have a Gelli® Plate, you can tape down a large plastic bag, use a brayer to spread paint and get wonderful results.) There is great joy in this process because it yields unexpected results, and there is no wrong way to do it! Let’s have fun! 

Lesson 2 – Joy Stuff Pages, Making it Yours

Using your wonderful new hand printed papers, we will collage, paint and design visually yummy pages and spreads in your sketchbook. Plan to leave some room and space on your pages, for your words, drawings, paintings and collections of little daily wonders. We will cool down with a tiny writing assignment

Week 2

Lesson 3 – Joy Jumping, Let’s Dive In! 

Your pages are ready to play! What age do you feel? Seventeen? Twenty one? Let’s start with a very simple, smiling, ageless selfie. 🙂 Next we will create a portrait/love note to your favorite art supply. Appreciating the details. Finally we will enjoy a short writing assignment as a cool down. 

Lesson 4 – Field Notes and a Personal Paint by Number

Today we go out into nature and draw. YES!! Find a great view, hopefully with some distance and sky. Using just a pencil, draw the scene, creating shapes using directional mark making. Next, look deeply and write down the different colors you see. Take notice of lights and darks. When you get back to your studio, create a memory painting of sorts by adding watercolor or acrylic paint, using just your written notes. We will cool down with a super short writing assignment

Week 3

Lesson 5 – Geometric Birds, the Joys of Drawing a Moving Target

Say yes to the many small joys of being outside and bird watching. Find a cafe, park, even your backyard and see if you can capture a few birds in your sketchbook. You will need to move quickly and grab some individual geomantic shapes, a head, beak, wing, tail. Birds will be bobbing, doing that funny armless walk, and even flying away! No birds? Draw your cat! or dog! or butterfly or horse! 

Lesson 6 – More than Peanut Butter

Today we will warm up with a quick collage and list-writing exercise focusing on the things you love. Next we will create a handmade card or two with watercolor and some hand lettering using the inspiration from your list. Making something with someone else in mind is a great way to feel joy and to get your hands artfully moving! 

Week 4

Lesson 7 – One Long Luscious Luxurious Line

Find one of your favorite interior places in your home, studio or perhaps in a cafe and settle in. Get cozy. Gift yourself with an abundance of time. With your sketchbook, sense of wonder and a continuous flowing line, travel all around the entire space with a pen. Don’t lift your pen, overlap your shapes and enjoy the details. Add a few pieces of colorful collage inside some of your shapes. Voila! 

Lesson 8 – Tiny Gifts and Everyday Heroes 

Let’s start today by taking a few minutes to think about the everyday folks that make your life better… the cute bag boy at the grocery or the crossing guard that smiles and waves at everyone. You may not even know their names, but you appreciate the smiles that they send your way. With simple kindness in mind we will make some very small thank you notes. Your everyday hero might be a spouse, family member, your cat — or it might even be you! Make several and try to use at least five different creative tools when creating your tiny gifts. 

Week 5

Lesson 9 – Book Covers and George Letters

This is always fun! Let’s start the decorating process for your sketchbook cover. Add a little at a time… some paint fingerprints, smudges and spatters of color. Add a bit of your handmade paper with collage. Try some hand lettering with a small brush and ink. Let it tell you what it would like to be and have fun! Next, we will soak in the idea of “The George Letters,” our family’s appreciation tradition. George showed us the power of caring and of sharing love by writing each family member, and their spouse, a special note at holiday time. These treasured books were filled with beaming fatherly pride, encouragement, funny stories, photos and pure love. In the spirit of this appreciation tradition, we will create a tiny, handmade booklet.

Lesson 10 – Big Love and Joy Thanks 

Today we will soak in gratitude as we finish creating our small books in the appreciation tradition. We will add string to bind our book together, create design elements and most importantly prepare these pages for your thoughts and words. As we embrace and share gratitude for those we love, I want to thank YOU for the many joys you bring to my life and to the lives of others and each other!!
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Price: $165.00
A Two-Payment Plan Available HERE.

Lynn Whipple writes, “I am deeply grateful to live my life as an artist. Play and discovery are my dearest and most constant companions. There are a zillion tiny challenges in each art making experience, and so often I find, just as many small, sweet victories. Without a doubt, living creatively is the most enjoyable and satisfying game I know.”

Lynn shares a warehouse studio with her husband, John Whipple, in Winter Park, Florida. Lynn’s work includes “Big Bold Bloom paintings,” found-object mixed-media assemblages; found images altered with a combination of drawing, painting, sewing and more; and her well-known Ninny Boxes, collages combined with found objects, and assembled within a box format. Her unique pieces have a playful, quirky, and often absurd, charm.

Lynn explains: “I allow myself to play and let my pieces reveal themselves to me…I have been fascinated by old books, history, and odd bits of memorabilia. I find the things that interest me the most are slightly absurd…My hope is to create something real and somehow poetic but not commonplace. My goal is to keep communicating in my language.”

Lynn’s work has been exhibited extensively throughout the United States and her new book, Expressive Flower Painting, was published July 2017. Visit Lynn’s website at

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Here’s how this online class works:

• During the two weeks of class, you will receive an email each Tuesday and Thursday from Lynn with a reminder to visit the class blog for that day’s lesson.

• A password-protected blog dedicated to each class will serve as our clubhouse and where you will find all the class materials as they are uploaded.

• A Facebook group will be created for you to (optionally) share your paintings, and enjoy and learn from the artwork of others. (However, if you are shy about posting your art, Lynn is always available to look at your work via email.)

• The class materials will be up and available for download indefinitely, if for some reason you need to miss a day (or a couple of weeks).

• Upon registration, you will receive an email within 48 hours confirming your sign-up. On the Friday before your session begins, you will receive an email with your class codes.

• Class fee is good for participants living in a single household.


FAQs – If you’ve never taken an online class before and would like to know more about our online classes, click HERE.