When I knew I was going to Colorado, I arranged to have a play date with my friend and fellow stencil designer, Ronda Palazzari.
Little did she know that I'd end up staying at her house for three nights (thanks to the storm). What a lovely place to be stuck! Ronda is great. Her family is amazing. Her house is fantastic. Her studio is just gorgeous. In fact, it's so nice in her studio that the whole family hangs out there!
Ronda and I spent a lot of time making art. In fact, she introduced me to Liquitex's low-odor spray paint, which I promptly ordered online. I used them on this canvas:
I also did several sketches with a Stabilo Water Soluble Pencil.
I taught Ronda how to carve a stamp. And she made this gorgeous feather:
You can read all about our stamp making adventures on Ronda's blog.
The day before I left town Ronda took me to a crop where I got to hang out with all sorts of cool ladies including Emily, Arleigh, and Vivian. I met a whole bunch of awesome crafty Coloradans, including Nancy, who made me feel like a real celebrity when she said, "You look an awful lot like Julie Fei-Fan Balzer." :)
The crop was held at Archiver's. I had never been and I have to say I went on a little shopping spree! I was also delighted to discover some of my stencils hanging up for sale.
Honestly, it was the best canceled flight experience of my entire life. Ronda is a great friend, a talented artist, and a fantastic hostess.
Thanks for stopping by!
P.S. There's a cute photo of Ronda and me creating side-by-side in this post on her blog.