021: Nat & Julie’s Art Collaboration

I’m delighted to bring you another episode of the Adventures in Arting Podcast!  Today’s podcast is a little bit different than our usual podcast.  Last week my friend Nat Kalbach and I…

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….got together to kick off a big year-long art project we’re working on.  My Mother was kind enough to host us for a week of art making…

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…shopping…

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…and eating!

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We recorded half the podcast on Monday, before we began, and the other half on Thursday, as we wrapped things up.  On the podcast we chat about the process…

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…the projects…

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…and our friendship.

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I think it’s going to be a very interesting year as we continue to work on our art collaboration.  I’d love to know what you think of our intentions and the speed bumps we’ve already hit.

P.S.: You can find our tweets and instagrams about it under the #njartcollab hashtag.

As always, be sure to leave us your comments and questions.  Thanks for stopping by!

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020: She’s Crafty

I’m delighted to bring you another episode of the Adventures in Arting Podcast!  Today we’re talking to Jennifer Priest.

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It started with jewelry, beading, sewing, home decor, painting, basket weaving, pottery, and cross-stitch. Marry that to an entrepreneurial spirit & at 9-years-old a girl is selling her wares at craft fairs as far as her parents and grandparents would drive her.
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These days, Jennifer enjoys crafts of all genres from sewing to scrapbooking to jewelry…
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…with a little dabbling in the mixed media world.
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Her style is approachable and she wants everyone who sees her work to feel that they too can embrace creativity and make their home and life beautiful.

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Find Jennifer online:

On the podcast we discuss design teams, brands, social media, the military (Jennifer is a veteran), making videos, getting the whole family involved in your business, soft boxes, and creating boundaries.  As always, it’s a good time with lots of laughter and thought-provoking conversation!

Be sure to leave us your comments and questions.  I always like to know what’s on your mind.  Thanks for stopping by!

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019: Stencil Girl

I’m delighted to bring you another episode of the Adventures in Arting Podcast!  Today we’re talking to Mary Beth Shaw.

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Mary Beth Shaw worked in the insurance industry for 18 years before she quit her job in 2000 to re-ignite a childhood love of art. She is now a full time painter and internationally known workshop instructor.

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Her creative process is largely self taught, spontaneous and joyful. She is author of Flavor for Mixed Media and Stencil Girl, both published by F&W and is also a columnist for Somerset Studios Magazine.

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In 2010, Mary Beth had some of her hand-cut stencils designs manufactured and before she knew it StencilGirl Products was born. Her company has quickly grown into a respected supplier of high quality stencils for all media.

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Living with her husband and three cats, Mary Beth is passionate about every moment of life.

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Find Mary Beth online:

On the podcast we discuss fake eyelashes, encaustic, creating abstract art, having a studio outside of your home, and the genesis of Stencil Girl Products.  As always, it’s a good time with lots of laughter and thought-provoking conversation!

Be sure to leave us your comments and questions.  I always like to know what’s on your mind.  Thanks for stopping by!

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018: Rooster in the Hen House

I’m delighted to bring you another episode of the Adventures in Arting Podcast!  Today we’re talking to Joe Rotella. Joe_5x8_300dpi Joe’s mom started the family on crafting. As early as he can remember, his mom was crocheting. When she brought home a Brother knitting machine, he was fascinated and soon he was creating designs from Christening dresses to ski wear. He dabbled in macramé, string art and latch hooked rugs when they were hot in the 70’s. Now, in his mid-forties, Joe’s turned his eye to paper crafting. He loves detail and 3D work and upcycling is his specialty. PC-Clock Joe’s work has appeared in Scrap & Stamp Arts, Just Cards (Volume 27, Fall 2012), every issue of Just Steampunk! and Somerset Studio Gallery Summer 2012 magazines. PC-PoliceBoxNightLight He’s filmed a segment of Crafting at the Spotted Canary with Joy Macdonell (aired on PBS Fall 2011) and segments for Scrapbook Soup TV. He has won Archiver’s One-of-a-Kind Wall Art contest (Ohio, August 2011) and taken blue ribbons at the Ohio State Fair. He’s served on the Viva Las Vegastamps!, Want2Scrap and USArtQuest design teams. Joe was the SPA Guest of Honor for Gen Con 2013. PC-FriendsAssemblage He launched has his own line of chipboard albums and embellishments with Want2Scrap in the Summer of 2012. PC-Pixie When he’s not designing paper art projects, he works as Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) at Delphia Consulting and is the 2014 Web Optimization Expert for the Craft and Hobby Association (CHA). PC-TimeMachine On the podcast we talk about Joe’s business, “Create N Craft,” creating 800 kits for classes, elevating common objects, upcycling, marketing, and being a man in a craft world dominated by women.  It’s a lovely chat and it feels good to be back making podcasts.  (And he made me want a Sonos.)  I hope you’ll give it a listen! Find Joe online:

Be sure to leave us your comments and questions.  I always like to know what’s on your mind.  Thanks for stopping by!

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017: Karen is a Planner

I’m delighted to bring you another episode of the Adventures in Arting Podcast!  Today we’re talking to Karen Grunberg.

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Karen Grunberg goes by karenika online and lives in Menlo Park, California with her wonderful husband and two amazing boys.

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She works with computers during the day and plays with paint at night. You can find out much more about her and her adventures at http://www.karenika.com.

This year she has three major art projects she’s working on:

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The page above is from her project focused on learning lettering and picking intentions weekly around her OLW (one little word) which is listen (more here-> http://www.karenika.com/archives/30019).

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The spread above is from a project called “this i know,” which is about learning doodling and doing journaling.

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These are pages from a third project for this year called “remember this,” which is about doing mixed media, honoring her word and writing down things that she needs to remember for herself.

On the podcast we discuss Karen’s career path, her amazing ability to juggle a ton of projects, her creative drive, and some of her many creative projects.  We also discuss finding your personal style, a topic on which Karen did a guest post for this blog — find it here.

Be sure to leave us your comments and questions.  I always like to know what’s on your mind.  Thanks for stopping by!

Find the show on iTunes here.