An Artist Cannot Fail ~ Encaustic

Apr 16, 2012

I’ve been intrigued with encaustic art for a long time, so this week I pulled out my Heat Tool, Iron and Melting Pot along with some Bees Wax, Crayons, Balzer Designs Stencils and Antiquated Collection Stamp Sets. I hope you enjoy this weeks installment of my “An Artist Cannot Fail” blog series and give this fun medium a try. There is something so fun about melting crayons… maybe it’s the doing something you weren’t supposed to do as a child thing… the thought of striking a match or playing with a lighter to melt a crayon scared me to death. The only melted crayon I ever found was one my little sister might have dropped in the car. Texas summers are instant death for crayons. On the ATC above I first applied a layer of...

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Featured Artist ~ Julie Fei-Fan Balzer

Mar 27, 2012

Be still my heart… Several months ago I participated in a blog hop for Julie Fei-Fan Balzer the girl behind Balzer Designs and the awesome catchy phrase “I’m a Dirty Girl” . After the blog hop I asked Julie if she would be a “Featured Artist” showcasing my Antiquated Collection stamp line. I was over the moon excited when she said yes. I find her funky art journaling simply amazing. I have no clue how she does what she does… all I know is, is I LOVE IT! For her “Featured Artist” piece Julie used the Antiquated Collection stamp sets “Society Lady and Stylish and Fashionable“. I think her use of color is awesome and wish I could have watched her create this piece from start to finish. I like the contrast of bold colors with the...

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Stencil Pop Art

Sep 29, 2011

I finally finished my “Pop Art” portrait version of Ansley. Julie Fei-Fan Balzer calls this stencil Summer and since she did create the stencil she has every right to name it Summer but honestly, I think she needs to re-name it Ansley as it looks so much like her. I plan on doing a mini workshop in my Tips, Techniques and Tutorials online workshop explaining how I created this “Pop Art” portrait. Creating the dimension in her hair and facial features as well as picking out funky paint colors was really fun. If you’re already registered for this workshop I plan on starting the tutorial, next week. I think it will be a fun change from the other projects posted. You never know you might like painting with bright colors as much as I...

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Artist Trading Cards

Sep 7, 2011

I think I’m going to have to title this ATC “Conflicted” as this is where I’m sitting right now in my creative world. This piece started out with a vintage feel as I used the awesome Doily stamp by Cocoa Daisy then before I knew it some of The Crafter’s Workshop stencils started working their way in and BAM I was conflicted in styles and looking at this vintage gorgeousness meets funky brights ATC. There is a lot of layering going on, on this little ATC. I wish you could see how shimmery this card is as I used Twinkling H2O’s and Diamond Stickles all over. The “ME” stamp can be found here in the Cocoa Daisy Boutique. Christine sold out of her awesome Doily stamp but Maya Road has some Doily Stamps  (Doilies,...

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Stepping out of your comfort zone…

Sep 2, 2011

How many of you fear stepping out of your comfort zone? I know I am raising my hand high in the air on this one. I am so guilty of sticking with what I know how to do and not venturing out of my comfort zone. When it comes to creating I love playing with vintage finds and textiles, beautiful ecru, black and shabby chic colors. I can promise you the first few items I grab for are not stencils, modeling paste or Twinkling H2O’s… they are more like Diamond Stickles, sewing needles, embroidery floss and vintage, vintage and more vintage embellishments. WELL, let me just tell ya, this week I’ve been dabbling with a 7″ x 9″ canvas that is WAY FAAAARRRRRRRRRRRRRRR out of my comfort zone we’re talking bright colors, stencils and...

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