Welcome to Michelle My Belle Designs!



About Me

Michelle James - Artist and Teacher

Clermont, Florida



I am a Donna Dewberry Master One Stroke Instructor and have been involved in painting, furniture refinishing and creating for over 25 years. I am proud to say that I've been a part of the One Stroke team since 2004 when I became an In-Home Art Instructor. I am currently Director of Written Education for Dewberry U, responsible for authoring Skill Builders, Certification Manuals, Project Packets and more. I also produce Donna’s educational videos and maintain her YouTube Channel and website. My most recent accomplishment has been the Plaid FolkArt Pure Artist Pigment Certification collaborating with Donna on both the painting projects and course content.

Certified in Level 1, 2, High Definition (HD), Home Décor Clay, ReDew, Oversize, wOil, Pure Artist Pigments and having attained Master OSCI status, I am currently working on completing the Drawing and Design Certification. I very much enjoy teaching One Stroke painting and feel it is the most rewarding aspect of the One Stroke community. I love being able to continue building my skills, learning as much as I can from others and always being inspired by my mentors and students.

I offer online private and group classes as well as online and in-person certifications from my home in Clermont, FL. I currently offer certifications in One Stroke Certified Instructor Level 1 & Level 2, Oversize Painting, Re-Dew Home Decor (in-person only) and Pure Artist Pigments Certifications.

In addition to teaching art, I also love to create my own designs and art pieces. Glassware and fabric are some of my favorite mediums, which I've been creating and selling in art shows for over 15 years. Many of these are available for purchase on this site, along with original canvas paintings and much, much more.

I and my husband, David are both former IT Professionals at Ford Motor Company and have been married for over 24 years and have two adult sons residing in their home state of Michigan. The James’ live in Clermont, FL and enjoy everything that Central Florida has to offer - attractions and theme parks, hiking, beach days, swimming, biking, tennis, golf and kayaking, to name a few.