My art practice involves five major branches: Making Cleaning and Organizing Research and Learning Planning and Shopping Practice and Processing I'm currently mostly doing #2 today: cleaning and organizing. My current mission is sifting through all the pretty paper projects I've made recently and sorting them into three piles: sell, collage fodder, do more. SELL is pretty easy. If it looks great and I can imagine someone hanging it on their wall, it goes in the sell pile. 🙌 (This paper weaving is one of the tutorials from the Artful Holiday class, btw.) COLLAGE FODDER is the stuff that isn't... Read more →

In March, I established The Balzer Art Gallery just outside my house. It's like a little free lending library, but instead of books, it's filled with art. I seeded the gallery with some of my own artwork... ...but over time it has come to house lots of fabulous art from other folks. I've been sharing what's coming and going on the @BalzerArtGallery instagram account. Here's a peek at just a few images (these images and videos are embedded from instagram - if you're reading this on email and can't see them, view this blog post online.): I love checking the... Read more →

You guys, I am so very pleased to share that The Artful Holiday class is now open for registration. This project-based online workshop could also have been called "The Art of Celebrating." The last few years of COVID-life have been isolating and I, personally, have found myself wanting to make holidays feel a little bit more special. Hand made art and gifts are some of my favorite ways to share a bit of light and love with the people in my life. So I gathered eighteen amazing artist-friends and asked them to share the ideas and projects that fine artists... Read more →

Hey friends! I'm delighted to share that Jana, from the Artistically You Podcast, interviewed me and we chatted about finding your personal style. You can listen into our conversation HERE. Jana is a graduate of both Design Boot Camp Level 1 and 2, and we do end up chatting quite a bit about how that experience helped to shape her sense of personal style. I hope you enjoy the chat and find it useful in your own artistic journey! And now here's the round-up for June 2022: What's happening at home? The house is painted. Yay! You can see the... Read more →

Art is a practice. Like most artists, I have been through many different learning phases. For instance, I wanted to master faces. I did a ton of figure and portrait drawing over many years -- both trying to master how to render a face/body as well as find my style within portraiture. And don't let the 2010 start fool you. That's just how far back my digital photography goes. There were faces before 2010. Here's a small sampling of faces through the years: This is 2010: This is 2011: This is 2012: This is 2013: This is 2014: This is... Read more →

Today is Memorial Day in the U.S. It's a day on which those who died in active military service are remembered. We are headed to our local town parade where, no doubt, there will be lots of American Flags being carried. Over the years, I've created a number of artistic flags -- aka, not totally accurate to what the flag actually looks like, but close enough that you get what it is. This one is from my art journal in 2014: As you can see, it's a flag with some artistic license taken. Instead of stars, the white script ends... Read more →

I stumbled across a pair of excellent videos from artist, Alice Mumford... ...and I had to share them with you. In the videos she asks the question: Are you a dabber or a slabber? I won't be as eloquent as she is in the videos, but the quick and dirty version is: A dabber builds up a painting over time in small bits and pieces with consistent attention. A slabber creates artwork with large shapes, often in a short and intense period of time. And, of course, many of us are both dabbers and slabbers. Alice shares a host of... Read more →

Michaels Haul Explained

This is a video I recorded back in November 2021, but never edited and shared. However I had a pocket of free time this weekend and so I finally crossed it off of my to-do list! I wanted to take the time to not only show you what I bought, but also to share WHY I bought it. A big part of my teaching philosophy is that understanding "why" empowers you to create the art that you've always wanted to. Instead of copying or relying on others, you gain the knowledge that allows you to pursue your artwork without the... Read more →

'Tis the season for decorated Easter eggs! Yay! ScanNCut Club Members have access to the video tutorial showing step-by-step how to make these eggs. Take a closer look: I love how they turned out! Over the years I've made many different kinds of artsy Easter Eggs - some with real eggs and some with plastic eggs. If you're looking for other Easter egg decorating ideas, check out these posts from the archives: Easter Eggs: Doodled & Painted Art Journal Easter Eggs Easy Dotted Easter Eggs Pysanky Inspired Easter Egg Place Cards Deli Paper Easter Eggs Paper Window Eggs for Easter... Read more →

I recently saw Carla Sonheim drawing her Zoom meetings. What a stroke of genius! I don't know about you, but I definitely think better and listen better when I'm drawing. I was enchanted by Carla's idea of creating a drawing (and a record) instead of the random doodling I often do. I had a Zoom meeting yesterday and so I gave it a go. As you can probably tell, these are not actual likenesses of anyone who was at the meeting. But, they were super fun to draw and a great way for me to practice my observation skills while... Read more →