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February 2020 posts

I'm so excited to be inviting you into my home studio for some fabulous in-person art classes! Yay! I wanted to make it easy for people to come to class no matter where they live, so classes include all the supplies! Isn't that a nice treat! All you need to do is to hop on a plane, a train, or into an automobile and come on over. (I've even roped Steve into feeding everyone lunch during the two-day classes, so you're in for a treat!) Coming up in March 2020: Friday Night Art Journaling: No More White Pages Friday, March... Read more →

Let me preface this post by saying, "thank you," to Amy who messaged me on instagram to let me know that comments were not working on the blog. I was wondering why nobody liked any of the tutorials I've been posting for the past two weeks? I actually had a chat with my Mother where I discussed maybe ending the blog because there was zero engagement -- especially on tutorials which take a long time to put together. I looked into it yesterday and found 71 comments marked as SPAM! Basically every comment left in the last few weeks. Crazy!... Read more →

As you might guess from the title of this post, today's heart was a problem from the beginning. I failed at almost every turn, and yet I think it might be my favorite of the hearts! Isn't that amazing? This tutorial is less of a tutorial and more of a tale of persistence. I had an idea. I wanted to use Color Burst Powder through a stencil. It didn't really work (you can see a video clip of the failure on my vlog), so I decided to make lemons out of lemonade and just smush the color around for a... Read more →

Procreate: White Doodle on Black

Normally when I travel I bring some kind of art project: sewing, embroidery, sketchbook, art journal, etc. I didn't bring any art supplies with me to Hawaii. An 11.5 hour flight there, 7 days in the sun, and 9.5 hours back, but with a baby, I had no expectation of having any time to myself to make art. For the most part I was right. However, on the way home there was a brief window when the baby was sleeping and Steve was holding him. I grabbed my iPad and got busy with this quick little doodle: I don't find... Read more →

We are collaging and stitching today! The first step is to pick out some papers that you like or make some new ones. This project is also great for leftover scraps. I sun printed some book pages. (Indoor sun printing is fun and easy and I've got an online class all about it!) I cut the papers into strips and taped them together (on the back): By collaging the papers in strips and keeping them relatively monochromatic, a unified appearance is easily achieved. Then once I had an arrangement I liked... ...I glued the heart to the back of the... Read more →

This one is a little bit sweeter than I normally go for in style. I think it's because I chose a relatively soft palette. I've been feeling like I'm in a color rut and trying to mix things up. This soft pink is the result! I have to confess that I don't think this 100% counts under the "surface design" headline, but I put together a quick two-minute tutorial for you nonetheless: I hope you'll give this project a try! Personally, I might just have to fill an art journal page or two with collaged flowers! Thanks for stopping by! Read more →

This one is perfect for a Valentine's Day gift! Today's heart features a photo transfer of my two special Valentine's Day squeezes! I used TAP (Transfer Artist Paper) to do the transfer. But there are a million ways to do transfers -- you can learn four of them in my online class on the subject. Here's the process with TAP: I adjusted my image in Photoshop, including mirror-imaging it so that the text would read correctly. Then I printed the image onto TAP: I cut around the edges of the photo and laid my chipboard heart on top of the... Read more →

If you haven't guessed from my last few posts, I'm so pleased to share that the new Balzer Designs stencils are now available for purchase! Here are links for you to buy: Fantasy Tile: 6x6 & 12x12 Landscape of Shapes: 6x6 & 12x12 Old Circle Grate: 6x6 & 12x12 Dendritic: 6x6 & 12x12 Dash V: 6x6 & 12x12 Cut Outs: 6x6 & 12x12 Circle Jumble: 6x6 & 12x12 Explosion: 6x6 & 12x12 I hope you'll enjoy making things with these stencils as much as I enjoyed designing these stencils! Thanks for stopping by! Read more →

This foiling technique is easy and fun and requires almost no skill! The most difficult part is walking away to allow the gel medium to dry. One of the nice things about foiling with gel medium is that the texture of the foiling has an organic, sort of distressed, feeling that I really like. Check out the detail photos: Watch the video for the how-to: O I hope you'll give this technique a try! SUPPLIES Tacky-When-Dry Gel Medium: Old Circle Grate Stencil: Deco Foil: Thanks for stopping by! Read more →

In the roll up to Valentine's Day week, I thought I'd share some surface design techniques that I love and use often -- all on hearts, of course! This first technique is one I've been using for years and years with some variations. It's all about creating this super dimensional antique looking heart: For this project, I cut my chipboard from a hand drawn design using the ScanNCut. You could also hand cut the chipboard or use existing chipboard die cuts. Glue the chipboard pieces to a chipboard heart: Once the glue is dry and the pieces are secure, paint... Read more →