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Juliette Crane Backgrounds & Layers Ecourse

I wanted to create a course that would help you play and let go in your artwork. To get my creativity going, I loosen up with backgrounds and layers on paper.

It helps me get out of my comfort zone. This brings joy into the creative process, which inevitably gets infused into your artwork and always makes anyone who sees it smile.

I’ll share 12 Lessons featuring my mixed media techniques for creating playful backgrounds and achieving luscious layers. We’ll experiment with lots of different art supplies, get new ideas with india ink sketches and have fun bringing all of the layers together.

Once you log-in to the private class website, all of the lessons will be waiting for you. From there you’ll be able to download each of the lessons as a pdf too. And I’ll be in the classroom the entire time, answering your questions and giving feedback.

This course includes all new paintings. So if you’ve already taken another class with me, this will take everything further. If you haven’t taken a workshop with me before, that’s okay too. This class is for everyone and all!


  • sketching
  • playing with art supplies
  • mixed media backgrounds
  • creating layers
  • making your character your own
  • loosening up exercises
  • adding top coats
  • simple shape template for creating any whimsical animal or character


12 In-Depth Lessons

  • primarily in video form, featuring my mixed media techniques for creating playful backgrounds and achieving luscious layers
  • techniques i use to get out of my comfort zone and generate new ideas
  • all lessons are immediately available to you in the classroom, so you can work ahead and go at your own pace
  • a private gallery and discussion group where i will be answering questions and giving feedback
  • the classroom stays open for a year


  • Each lesson focuses on one of my favorite background painting techniques for achieving luscious layers
  • All lessons are immediately available to you in the classroom, so you can work ahead and go at your own pace
  • Step by Step Video for Drawing Eyes
  • How To Video for Adding Top Coats (My 3-Step Process)

Downloadable Cheat Sheets

  • printable pdf with simple step by step instructions for drawing eyes
  • printable pdf with simple step by step instructions for shading faces
  • printable pdf with simple shape template for creating different characters

Positive Community

  • Private Gallery & Discussion Group where I will be answering questions and giving feedback
  • Private Facebook group full of community support and encouragement.


2 Week Mini Course

WHEN On-going, Self-paced
WHAT Videos, Text explanations, Bonus Videos, Downloadable Cheat Sheets & Forever Access to Private Facebook Community, On-going Online Course
WHO For anyone and everyone. Beginners are welcome
Click here to see student work.
HOW Register anytime. Self paced with instant access to the classroom
COST $75

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**you’ll get a full supply list once you register**
papers you love (origami paper, sheet music, journal and book pages, other papers you love)
a variety of paintbrushes
a sketchbook or journal. loose paper will work too
acrylic paints
white gesso
golden gel medium
india inks
water-soluble oil pastels
bleeding art tissue paper
liquitex acrylic inks
spray inks
palette knife or old credit card
glitter or sequins
bamboo calligraphy brush

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“Love seeing all the layers up close and having original of your work after seeing you paint in class. It’s beautiful, thank you.”
-Beth Hutson
Backgrounds & Layers Student
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I design my courses with busy people in mind, so it’s easy for you to focus on what you’d really like to learn when you have the time.

The lessons are designed to make creating fun, easy and completely un-intimidating. I’m a big believer in taking the parts you love most and running with them so you enjoy getting creative. And, if you don’t have the time, there’s no need to go through everything all at once.

Feel free to share your artwork whenever you like. There’s a private discussion group, gallery and facebook group for students to connect, share, support and learn from each other. All in an encouraging and friendly environment that you can enjoy right from home.

You don’t need any painting experience or expensive art supplies to take these classes-all you really need are a few paints and brushes (your hands work just fine) and an openness to play. Once you register, you’ll receive an email with the class log-in details. If you don’t find the email in your inbox after 48 hours, please contact Brian at

Sorry, no refunds once you have paid for this course.


When is this course?

this is a self-paced course, so you can register at any time and have instant access to the classroom.

How long do I have access to the course?

when you register, you can select how long you would like access to the classroom

How Do I Sign up?

sign up by clicking the register button on this page to proceed with your paypal payment. if you have any questions or concerns, feel free to email Brian at

I’ve never taken an online course. How does it work?

backgrounds and layers is an online painting course. once you register, you will receive the login and password needed to access the class’s private website. the class website consists of a private blog (where lessons are posted in the form of text and videos), a private gallery (where students can upload their artwork and make comments on others’ paintings, if they wish), and a private discussion group (where students can ask questions, make comments and get to know one another). during class, i’ll be in the discussion group and gallery, answering questions and making comments too. students have access to the private class website for a year.

What If I’ve taken one of your other online courses…will I still learn something new?

absolutely! all of the mixed media techniques, backgrounds and paintings are completely new. we’ll get more into painting and layering too. so if you’ve been wanting to take your animals, girls or owls a bit further, this is the class to take.

Do I have to complete every assignment?

no. but i know you’ll learn even more and have a ton of fun if you do. and, please, don’t feel rushed! you’ll have plenty of time.

Do I need to buy all of the supplies?

not at all. i only have a few supplies and brands that i recommend in particular because i’ve found they work best together. and you’ll only need a scanner or camera if you want to participate in our online gallery.

Can I share the workshop site, info and videos with a friend?

please keep in mind, i have really put all my heart into this workshop (and all of my paintings) and i’d really appreciate it if you didn’t share the links with anyone who has not paid for the workshop.

Do I need to know how to paint, draw, or be artistic?

this workshop is for anyone and everyone. whether you haven’t painted since you were in kindergarten or if you’re an avid crafter or artist looking to learn new techniques, this class is for you. my intention is to get a fabulous group together and share with you a place to begin so you’re creativity can wander in an encouraging environment.

Do I have to post my work to the private gallery?

of course not. but i really love looking at everyone’s work and seeing just what makes each piece different. i know others do too. this is a totally private, safe, positive and encouraging group. and i wouldn’t have it any other way!

Can I get additional critique from you?

of course. i’ll be here to make comments and give feedback whenever you need it.

What if I get behind?

Please don’t feel rushed. You have time to work at your own pace.

Can I share my work on my blog, FB page, instagram?

Absolutely! It’s always nice to spread the love and also mention me and this class or provide a link back to my website ( And if you do share your artwork, I’d love to know about it, so please tag me #juliettecrane

Can I give this course as a gift?

Of course. Just email me at

Can I use my ipad?

Yes, all of the videos and lessons are ipad compatible.

Can I sell originals or reproductions of the work created from this workshop and/or use the work for publication or submissions?

I kindly ask that you use good judgement when doing so. If you take what you learn from what I share, be sure to add your personality and make it into your own.

If you are entering your work for publication or any other submission, please be sure you have infused the artwork with your own original ideas.

If you’re selling originals or reproductions of something similar to one of my characters or class projects, please also mention my name and the class you’ve taken as your influences in either your shop listing or on social media and include a link to

Are payment plans available?

absolutely. when you click on the button to register, you will have the option to choose a payment plan.

The painting is beautiful! It was very carefully wrapped & it was delivered quickly. Super happy! – Emma Talbot
I received the prints and they are just gorgeous! I can’t wait to get them hung on the wall!!! Kelly Goodman
I wanted to send you a sincere thank you for your beautiful artwork. I recently bought 3 of your owl prints on Etsy to put in our nursery and they look amazing. I really appreciate your work and I know our baby, coming any day now, will enjoy your beautiful, whimsical prints for years to come. – Carolyn Jacquin Bohlig

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