April General Conference Sketchnotes

 Hello my friends. Some of you may be interested in this post and some may not, but I just wanted to share something with you. Every 6 months, the people of my religious affiliation gather (mostly virtually) to uplift one another through messages of positivity, hope and truth. And every 6 months I draw sketched out notes of the speaker's messages as they speak to help MYSELF remember them better. But I also share them with anyone else who is more of a visual learner like I am. So, here is a link to the pdf file of all of my notes from last week's April 2021 General Conference. 

Feel free to share the link, just PLEASE do not repurpose them in any way or form in a manner other than that which is presented here. These are for your own personal use and study and not for resale in any way, shape, or form. Stick to those terms and I can keep providing them for your use. 

I would LOVE LOVE LOVE it if you would follow my professional page on Instagram or Twitter @JulieOlsonBooks where I post my notes as I create them in real time (you'll see them there first). Also, it helps my professional career if you follow me... and costs nothing for you. Thanks so so much!

Enjoy!

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE PDF FILE



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Mother's Day Parade Portrait Sale! 10% off Plus Bonus Deal


Have you been looking for the perfect mother's day gift for your wife? For yourself? For your own mother? Well, you're in luck!

I'm offering a sale on commissioned Parade Portraits just in time for Mother's Day.

There's one catch...

Due to my busy schedule
THERE ARE ONLY 3 SPOTS AVAILABLE 


And one more...
You must place your order by April 20th 
to guarantee a May 8th delivery

What is a Parade Portrait?
     An 11x14 (or longer depending on number of people portrayed) hand-drawn and hand-painted depiction of children or an entire family which actually will look like the person. Optional free inclusions: Family name or motto banner, items of interest for each person, specific items of clothing depicted. 

So what is the deal anyway?
     You will get 10% off the base price of a custom-created Parade Portrait, and 30% off each additional person added to the portrait. The base price is usually $350 for up to 4 people depicted, with extra persons costing $50 each.  So you will instantly save $35 off of the 4 people.

BONUS DEAL?
the 30% off each additional person added. So instead of $50 per additional person, the price will only be $35 per person and $20 per pet. 

The so that makes the sale price...
ONLY $315 
for a custom, one of a kind, commissioned work of art
MOM WILL LOVE FORVER!
How do you order?
  1. email:  jujubeeillustrations (at) gmail  with PARADE PORTRAIT REQUEST in the subject line
  2. subject of email: include names and ages of people to be depicted and hobby or interest or pose you'd like shown, and any special bonds/connections between people to be depicted (so I can place those people interacting with each other more. In addition, include your mailing or drop off address for delivery.
  3. attachments to email: send 2 photos of each person, one of their head and neck only with a smile on their face, in profile, and the other of a side profile view their full body frozen in a walking position if possible (in particular clothing if you want that depicted). Send any pictures of items you'd like included.
  4. I will respond with a paypal invoice and confirmation message 
  5. I will draw paint and deliver your custom work of art by May 13th!

HERE ARE SOME OTHER EXAMPLES OF PARADE PORTRAITS I'VE CREATED














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30 ways to reduce Anxiety

 Ever since March of 2020, when the COVID-19 Pandemic shut down the world as we know it, anxiety levels in the human population have risen. And even though I am a generally positive, glass-half-full kind of person, over the past year I often felt that positivity slipping and a creeping sense of powerlessness overtake me. I have dealt with panic attacks in the past, but found them happening more frequently and even sometimes in the middle of the night, waking me from sleep. I found this wasn't only due to my own feelings about the state of the world, but also because I worried for my children who were also dealing with huge increases in their levels of anxiety. 

So in October, I participated in a 30 day drawing a day challenge called Inktober. Instead of only following the given prompts, I decided to apply them to methods for combating anxious feelings. So I researched proven methods for decreasing stress and anxiety and for improving overall mental health and created one drawing each day with the plan to put them all in one poster for anyone to download and print. My thought was not only to help myself and my children cope with the situations life was throwing at us, but to help anyone else in need as well. I finished all the drawings by the end of October and then...

Life happened. 

I got overwhelmed and overburdened with Graduate school assignments and holiday preparations and my plan to put everything together in one poster got delayed. But I'm happy to say, I finally was able to scan in and clean up all the artwork and put it together to share. 

If you want to print a free 11x17 poster of 30 ways to cope with anxiety and stress, just click on the link below the image and it will take you to a downloadable file. Then try one of these suggestions each day, whichever you feel like doing, and hopefully it can bring a little more peace and happiness into your life. 

CLICK HERE FOR THE POSTER FILE.

For personal use only. Not for reproduction or resale in any format.


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Parade Portrait Sale: Perfect Christmas Gift

I have a very special offer for you! 

Instead of my usual 10% off Parade Portrait Christmas sale, I am offering a 15% discount for the first 7 parade portrait commissions booked. I've never done this before, but I thought that since this has been an especially difficult year for everyone, you could use an especially good discount. 



What is a Julie Olson Custom Parade Portrait?

     An 11x14 (or longer depending on number of people portrayed) hand-drawn and hand-painted depiction of children or an entire family which actually will look like the person. Optional free inclusions: Family name or motto banner, items of interest for each person, specific items of clothing depicted. 

What does it cost?

     I AM OFFERING 15% OFF  FOR THE FIRST 7 CUSTOMERS and 10% off for the next three. The cost is normally $350 for up to 4 people in a portrait. Each additional person is $50 and pets are $25. Each person in the portrait gets 1-2 objects to be depicted along with the rendering of the person if desired. But with the 15% discount the price is reduced to $297 for up to 4 people. Each additional person is $42.50 and each pet/animal is $21.25. 
     To get started on your portrait, I only require 25% down. The rest isn't due until I deliver the final painting to you.


How do I order? PLACE ORDER before December 1st. First come first served
  1. email:  jujubeeillustrations (at) gmail  (dot) com with PARADE PORTRAIT REQUEST in the subject line
  2. subject of email: include names and ages of people to be depicted and hobby or interest or pose you'd like shown, and any special bonds/connections between people to be depicted (so I can place those people interacting with each other more. In addition, include your mailing or drop off address for delivery.
  3. attachments to email: send 2 photos of each person, one side view shot of their head and neck only with a smile on their face, and the other of a side profile view their full body frozen in a walking position if possible (in particular clothing if you want that depicted). Send any pictures of favorite items you'd like included (blankie, toy, musical instrument, sport equipment etc)
    NOTE: if you'd like to have the people facing forward and stationary, please let me know in the email and provide front facing photos instead. 
  4. I will respond with a paypal or venmo (whichever you prefer) invoice for the down payment and a confirmation message 
  5. I will draw paint and deliver your custom work of art by December 20th or sooner (if order placed by December 1)!
I am able to work easily with anyone from anywhere in the world.

HERE ARE SOME OTHER EXAMPLES OF PARADE PORTRAITS I'VE CREATED

(click to see larger view)

capture your kids' personalities and favorite things all in one portrait
include favorite pets or hobbies

The family name can go on a flag or even a family motto

I can create art from old photos as well. This family was put together from an array of photos from the 1990's since all of their kids are now grown and out of the house.
why not add the family hen house as well

I also create portraits for families who may have lost a loved one but want to keep them forever in their hearts. 

capture the joy of youth

or depict the kids before they all go off into the world

whatever you'd like to include, I can make it happen


Perfect gift for grandparents as well

This sweet girl lost her husband in a sudden accident so I depicted him alive and happy with the whole family for her. (he's in the red shirt in the middle)

EXAMPLES OF FRONT FACING PORTRAITS. 
NO HOBBY OR PERSONAL ITEMS INCLUDED IN THESE TYPES OF PORTRAITS.
Perfect gift for moms

Or the perfect gift for adoring dads




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General Conference October 2020 Sketchnotes

 I definitely need to up my posting game. Every 6 months isn't very good. Sorry about that. But here I am again, posting my illustrated notes from the General Conference my worldwide church holds twice a year. This year has been especially difficult for nearly everyone in the world with the global COVID-19 pandemic. I hope you are all finding ways to feel supported and strengthened. This conference is one major thing that always supports, uplifts and motivates me to have a positive outlook and make an effort to change for the better. Maybe it will help you too. That's why I share my notes. 

If you want to watch the video of the talks these notes are from, you can go to ChurchofJesusChrist.org 

These are my personal notes and are not meant to be used as transciptions of the conference in any way. Please do not copy them and resell or repurpose them for resale in any manner. I offer them for free personal use, home use, or religious classroom use. If you want to "contribute" to me as an artist, I would love it if you would pop over to Instagram and give me a follow. Click here to do that. Thank you!

Click here for the link to the pdf file of my notes. Enjoy!



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General Conference April 2020 Notes

Hi, friends! I hope we can all become friends. Since I am assuming we can, I am sharing my sketchnotes from the April 2020 General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints with all of my friends.

I've compiled them all into one downloadable pdf file which you can open and print for your personal or classroom use. These notes are not to be resold, repurposed, or reprinted for any use other than sharing them not for profit or self promotion by any means. And it would be especially great if you could link back to this blog, to my instagram @julieolsonbooks or to my main website www.JulieOlsonBooks.com .

Thanks and Enjoy! (just click the link below the image and it will take you to the pdf file)


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