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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