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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Sunset/Ocean ATC Swap

I'm participating in an ATC swap hosted by Lenna Andrews. The swap constraint is that all work must be with a sunset or ocean scheme. I originally picked sunset, which is representative of my usual palette. But I decided to make the ATCs two sided, and I did the ocean on the other side. I'm thrilled with the way they all came out! The paper is Strathmore mixed media, Golden and Liquitex acrylic paints, washi tape, and stencils by Julie Fei Fan Blazer/The Crafters Workshop. The quotes are originally Project Life cards printed in clear Avery labels and can be found here.





Sunday, March 27, 2016

6x6 with Julie FeiFan Balzer

Earlier this month I was lucky enough to get a spot in one of the two classes that Julie presented at the Ink Pad in NYC.  I love that fact that I live semi-close enough to take classes with the Ink Pad at Westbeth Community Center.  It's such a cool space, and I love seeing the familiar crew of artists who take these classes.  It's always very inspiring and it forces me to make time to create art!

Find out more about classes at the Ink Pad here
Here's the link to Julie's amazing blog
Most of the stencils/stamps used in the class are from Julie, you can find the stencils here and the stamps here 
Julia & Julie

Prepping the backgrounds-limited palette

Layer 1-some contrast/some not

love this color combo

finished product

up close

up close



Blast from the past part 2


Last year I took another awesome class with Michelle Ward at the Ink Pad in NYC.  If you ever get a chance to take a class with her, do it! She is funny, very regular, and just lives/loves the creative process. This class was the "cardboard" journal and just so cool to work on! Mine is still in progress but here are some photos of Michelle and her journal.

Find out more about classes at the Ink Pad here
You can find Michelle's stencils here and here
This is a link to Michelle's blog