060: Carve December 2016

 

I’m delighted to bring you another episode of the Adventures in Arting Podcast!  Today’s podcast features chatter about Carve December and the Blogiversary.  Here are the links I promised:

from the Balzer Designs Blog: Adventures in Arting PodcastNicole Maki:

CarveDecember is my favorite challenge of the year. It is a great opportunity to grow as an artist as I find the act of completing thirty-one stamps improves my carving and the way I think about stamp design. Working on a similar project each day helps to hone my individual style. It also provides time to work through the more difficult technical aspects of stamp carving – for me that is visualizing what to cut away and what to keep in order to ensure the most impact.

This year I challenged myself to spend the month making original characters, each with a one sentence back story. By giving the characters some context, for example, “Grady is prone to rearranging things when anxious.” people were able to relate to my stamps personally and say, “I’m a Grady too”.

One of my favorite things about CarveDecember is the amazing community Julie has created. The support really helped me push through on those too-busy days of December and the constant influx of inspiration has a collaborative effect as people see a stamp, make it their own and then another person uses that new image as a starting point for their stamps. This steady stream of great ideas provides a fertile environment for art to grow.

Gerald’s tiny umbrella wasn’t the strangest thing about him:

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Grady is prone to rearranging things when anxious:

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Meredith’s favorite way to relax is sparring at the local mixed martial arts club.

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Pearl’s passions include politics, hand fans, and umbrellas:

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Nicole’s blog, instagram

from the Balzer Designs Blog: Adventures in Arting PodcastMarta Harvey:

About 10 years ago I was creating and trading a lot of ATCs (Artist Trading Cards), and having a wonderful time learning new techniques.  My approach was to learn, practice, then put my spin on it.  My ATCs were therefore always changing, as I was always looking for something different to try.

After looking at M. C. Escher’s optical illusions book one day, I decided I was going to try a tessellation of my own.  Hah!  Easier said than done!  It took me a few days (if I remember correctly), fiddling with sketches, grids, rulers, tracing paper, etc. (all hand-drawn), but I finally came up with a tessellation.

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You can see it is far from perfect, and completely hand drawn (every bird and butterfly are different).  A couple of people got ATCs with this tessellation, but it was a lot of work, so I moved on to other things.

Around the same time, I started learning about hand-carving from Gloria Page’s book “Art Stamping Workshop”.  I started carving stamps I could embellish with watercolors and pen & ink and create different ATCs with.  I loved creating my own stamps and using them in different ways.  Eventually I got into into continuous pattern stamps and tiles, but it wasn’t until I got Julie’s book “Carve Stamp Play” a couple of year ago, that I got the idea of creating tessellations again.

This time I went online to see what I could find about creating tessellations.  I found a site where you could create your own tessellation.  I created a very rudimentary shape (all straight lines), and then filled in the details to create these carved fish stamps:

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Off and on since then, I have been looking through tessellation sites and playing around with creating my own.  When Julie’s #CarveDecember came around this year, I decided to carve a couple of those tessellations I had already created, so I could play with the prints.

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It was so much fun, I just couldn’t stop!  So here are some of the ones created for #CarveDecember 2016.

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How do I do it?  I basically play with the tessellations until they remind me of something – sort of like seeing all kinds of wonderful images in the clouds.  Then, it is just a matter of filling in the tessellated shape (tile) with what you imagined.  No math, no fuss… just use your imagination.

Marta’s Shop, and Marta has a tessellation stamp tutorial HERE.

from the Balzer Designs Blog: Adventures in Arting PodcastAndie Mayr from regnitzflimmern:

As I’m a passionate (obsessed?) stamp carver, it’s a matter of honour to take part in #CarveDecember. Not only to just carve another stamp, but to make it a daily ritual, a daily time-for-myself, one relaxing and quiet moment during the busy December days. This year I was mainly going with wintery stars, snowflakes and ice blossoms. A very addictive theme.  You are tempted to do one more and one more and one more… I just love the way how the multiple and different ideas of all the participants are so varied – each one in its own style and yet somehow linked with each other. It’s a pool of endless creativity and inspiration. Thank you to Julie for doing this inspiring challenge and to everyone who played along. I already have loads of ideas for 2017…

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Find Andie online: www.regnitzflimmern.de

from the Balzer Designs Blog: Adventures in Arting PodcastRowan Sivyer:

I love Carve December!

Stamp carving is such instant gratification – you can doodle something and 10 minutes later have an image that you can use time and time again.

The best part about Carve December is the community aspect and the co-generation of ideas. Being a working artist can sometimes be a lonely pursuit but having a challenge like Carve December allows you to try new ideas as well as borrow and expand upon the ideas of others in a truly positive and rewarding way.

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Rowan: Etsy, instagram

And last but not least, my final #CarveDecember stamps:

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There’s a video for the half circles above.  Find it HERE.

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You can watch the printing of this black and white tag HERE.

And on the final day, I put them all together (plus a few extras) to make this:

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If you would like to buy a print (or a pillow or a clock or a phone case or a t-shirt or more) of this image, you can do so in my Society6 Store.

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There’s currently a promotion running through January 8 at midnight PST for 15% off and FREE worldwide shipping!  You *MUST* click THIS LINK in order to get the deal! Also, the 15% off is on EVERYTHING in my Society6 store, not just this particular design.  Enjoy!  🙂

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059: Lou Ann & the Gelli Plate

 

I’m delighted to bring you another episode of the Adventures in Arting Podcast!  Today’s podcast features Lou Ann Gleason:

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Lou Ann is CEO and co-founder of a growing company, Gelli Arts LLC.  Gelli manufactures a unique gel printing plate that is used by teachers and artists.  Gelli started with her partner’s great idea.  Clever manufacturing, savvy marketing and lots of getting the little things right have turned that idea into a brand with an expanding customer base around the world.

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Lou Ann was born and raised in Michigan, one of 10 children in her family.  She worked at a department store to help pay tuition at her all-girls high school, and then put herself through college. She graduated from Michigan State.  After college, she worked first for a department store, making decisions about which women’s clothes to stock, then for a bank.  Eventually, she went to get her MBA at University of Michigan.

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The MBA degree opened up new opportunities. Lou Ann worked at Procter & Gamble.  There she worked in brand marketing, making decisions about product development and advertising on household brands such as Cascade, Dawn and Joy.  She was also lucky to spend a few years developing new products—which became a big asset at Gelli Arts.

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Lou Ann stayed at P&G for 15 years.  Later she served as chief marketing officer for a vacation real-estate firm, then started her own consulting business. Today she divides here time between the consulting business and Gelli Arts.

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Lou Ann met her husband at P&G.  They have two children, one son in college in California (who has already started his own business) and a daughter who is serving in the Peace Corp in Ukraine.

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The artwork samples in this post are by Joan Bess, Birgit Koopsen, Marsha Valk, and Lou Ann Gleason.

Find Gelli online:

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058: Quilt Festival 2016 in Pieces

We recorded the first two sections of this three-part podcast while I was at Quilt Festival.  If you listen, you’ll get a bit more of an in-depth perspective on being at the show.

And now, just a few of the quilt photos (lots more on the blog this week and next):

From the Balzer Designs Blog: Quilt Festival 2016: Part Two #quilting
From the Balzer Designs Blog: Quilt Festival 2016: Part Two #quilting
From the Balzer Designs Blog: Quilt Festival 2016: Part Two #quilting

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057: Cutting Remarks with Bird

 

I’m delighted to bring you another episode of the Adventures in Arting Podcast!  Today’s podcast features Bird:

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I am from the UK, I was born in Cornwall but now live in Gloucestershire with my Partner of 11 years.

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My feline crafting companion Lilly loves nothing better than photo and video bombing…

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…she does love to vogue in front of a Camera!

I was introduced to card making 13 years ago by a work colleague who made me a beautiful card and have loved it ever since.

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About 8 years ago my partner gave me my first electronic cutting machine which was a real turning point and led me to learn to design my own Cut Files.

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While I’ve been learning and growing in confidence I have freely shared my Cut Files on my blog…

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…and finally opened my own SVG store last October.

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On the podcast we discuss how Bird first got hooked, her real name, how she picked her design team, her inspiration sources, and lots of thoughts on crafting for a living (and people’s reactions to that).

Links for Bird:

Blog: http://www.birdscards.com/
SVG Store: http://www.birdscards.com/store/
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/birds.cards

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056: From New Orleans

 

I’m delighted to bring you another episode of the Adventures in Arting Podcast!  Today’s podcast is a quickie.  You’re getting half-an-hour of chit chat about my trip to California and then some information about why I’m in New Orleans at the moment.  Here’s a hint:

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You can see more about my California adventures in this week’s vlog.

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