There are few things in life that make me happier than painting. Over the past two weeks, I have been working on prepping a new art journal. I'm taking Alisa Burke's online Art Journaling class (because learning new things is good!) and some of the stuff I already knew but some of it is brand new.
When you have been painting for most of your life (I remember getting my very first watercolor set when I was 5), you feel like you have tried everything there is to try. It is really exciting to learn a new twist on an old technique or (as is common in Alisa Burke classes) to see techniques combined in a way that makes them feel new and fresh again.
The best part about taking a class is that it rearranges all the stuff you know. It's like somebody flipped a switch and now I am able to make new connections and bring together things that I wouldn't have considered before.
If you are even a little bit into making stuff with your hands, I highly recommend checking out Alisa Burke's website ( http://alisaburke.blogspot.com ) and classes.