042: Designing Stamps

 

Thank you for all of your kind e-mails and comments asking for the podcast to return.  Things got crazy with the move and the holidays, but I’m so glad that we have a new episode for you today!  It’s the first of 2016!  Hooray!

We have two guests on the podcast today!

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Nathalie Kalbach was born in Germany and lived most of her adult life in Hamburg before moving to the United States in September 2013. She worked as a paralegal for seventeen years and might have remained in the wrong profession had she not discovered mixed media painting in 2004.

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Nathalie’s work been published in several craft and hobby magazines as well as mixed-media books.

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She teaches at many retail events and art retreats, as well as at trade shows and since early 2015 has taught mixed-media workhops at Pratt Institute for the School of Continuing and Professional Studies. She is the founder and sole organizer of the annual Creative JumpStart Summit (CJS) now in its 5th year.

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Nathalie’s artwork is licensed through StencilGirl Products (stencils) and Stampendous (rubber stamp, foam stamp and template sets) and as a prior ambassador for Liquitex, her work has been featured on the packaging for Liquitex acrylic paint sets.

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Find Nathalie online:

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Rachel Greig is a photographer, rubber stamp artist and proud owner and designer of Darkroom Door rubber stamps. Rachel has completed a Bachelor of Visual Arts degree at University, is a Ranger Certified Educator, and has been involved in the creative arts field for over 20 years.

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Rachel was awarded the ‘Master of Scrapbooking’ by Scrapbooking Memories magazine in 2001 and became Photography Editor of My Reflections magazine and Scrapbooking Memories magazine for several years. Her photography articles and craft projects continue to be published in many books and magazines, including Somerset Studio, The Stampers Sampler, Take Ten, and Craft Stamper to name a few. She has appeared on QVC UK TV and makes regular appearances on Scrap It TV.

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In 2007, Rachel and her husband Stewart started a rubber stamp company called Darkroom Door. From humble beginnings in Rachel’s photography studio, Darkroom Door moved it’s headquarters in 2009 to a larger studio and warehouse where they design, manufacture and distribute Darkroom Door products within Australia and now export to more than 18 countries worldwide.

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Rachel loves combining rubber stamps and photography in her projects, using lots of ink, paint, and stamping techniques. She enjoys sharing her ideas and encouraging her students to unlock the artist within! Her work has won many photographic and papercraft awards and has been featured in several art exhibitions.

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Rachel resides on the Central Coast in Australia with her husband Stewart, and children Ethan and Zoë. Rachel enjoys teaching photography, mixed media and stamping workshops throughout the world.

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Find Rachel Online:

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And then there’s me!

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I design rubber stamps for Impression Obsession

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…and foam stamps for Art Foamies.

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On the podcast we discuss how we each started designing stamps, both the why and the how of how we each design stamps, the experience of seeing work that people make with our stamps, the appeal of stamping in general, and we give some stamping tips too!  Be sure to add your own stamping tips in the comments section!  Oh, and don’t forget about Rachel’s offer.  She’s looking for stamp designers.  All of the details on the gig are in the podcast!

If you’re interested in getting to hang out with all three of us in person, check out our fabulous Mixed Media art journaling class outside of Sydney, Australia in April!

Be sure to leave us your comments and questions!  We’d love to add your voice to the conversation!

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041: After the Move

 

I’m delighted to bring you another episode of the Adventures in Arting Podcast!  Mom and I recorded a multi-part pre-move podcast and now we are happy to share our multi-part post-move podcast!  Here are a few photos:

The truck on moving day:

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Loads and loads of construction and installation:

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Mom “helping”:

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Enjoying all of the space in my new place:

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Adding details like the custom printed shower curtain in this selfie:

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On the podcast we discuss how I feel in my new space, my new workflow, unpacking, physical labor, joining the local arts community, missing NYC, and towards the end we kind of wander off into a lengthy discussion about contemporary art and the ability to draw.  I hope you’ll come along for the ride and give the podcast a listen!

Be sure to leave us your comments and questions!  We’d love to add your voice to the conversation!

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040: At the Museum With a Friend

 

I’m delighted to bring you another episode of the Adventures in Arting Podcast!  Today’s topic is going to the museum with a friend and how that changes the experience.  For this podcast Mom and I invited our friend, Nathalie Kalbach to join us!  Here’s a photo I took of her at MoMA in the Picasso Sculpture exhibit:

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And one I took of Mom at the deCordova Sculpture Garden:

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And a photo my Dad took of me at the MFA exhibit I mention on the podcast:

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Can’t take me anywhere…. ;)

And because we talked so much about food at the museum, here’s a photo of the most recent meal Nathalie and I had at MoMA:

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Yum!

On the podcast we discuss why you go to a museum, bringing yourself to the art viewing experience, the nature of failure, art in real life vs. photographs, whether knowledge helps or hurts the viewing experience, food, and the magic of talking about art with a friend.

Be sure to leave us your comments and questions!  We’d love to add your voice to the conversation!

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039: Jodi Ohl Paints

I’m delighted to bring you another episode of the Adventures in Arting Podcast!  Today’s guest is Jodi Ohl.

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Jodi Ohl is a self-taught mixed media artist, originally from Dunkirk, NY, who now resides in Aberdeen, NC.

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Having recently left her day job to pursue her artistic career full time, she is has built a body of work that is known for its distinctive texture, bold color combinations which are often whimsical or abstract compositions, as well as motivational in nature.  Her art appeals to those that seem to be young at heart and who appreciate the positive side of life whether communicated through words, colors, or composition.

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Published in over 23 international mixed media magazines such as Cloth Paper Scissors, Somerset Studios, Artful Blogging, Artful Journaling, Somerset Holidays and Celebrations, and Cloth Paper Scissors Studios, as well as a contributor to five  mixed media books.

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In 2014, Jodi’s painting,  “It’s Not Complicated” (part of her Pod and Portals collection)  was juried as one of the best of Mixed Media and featured in “Incite 2″ by Tonia Jenny of North Light Books.

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Jodi enjoys writing about her art and sharing the love of healing and motivation through creativity.  She is represented by regional galleries in North Carolina and several others along the East Coast.  In addition, Jodi is a popular mixed media art teacher online and in person, teaching at both large and small local and national workshops around the US.

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When not painting, she enjoys time with her two sons, Josh, 15and Zach, 21as well as other friends and family.

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Look for a new book written by the artist scheduled to be released by North Light Publications, in the latter part of 2016.   Jodi welcomes visitors to her blog Sweet Repeats www.sweetrepeats.blogspot.com where you can find a full listing of classes, weekly musings, and additional artwork for sale.

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Find Jodi online:

On the podcast we discuss teaching, working from home vs. a separate studio, painting in public, getting into galleries, that “no’s” are not really “no’s,” Yupo paper, and a bit about Jodi’s new DVDs (also available as instant downloads): Colorful Canvas Exploration, Graffiti Grunge Art, Expressive Watercolor on Yupo Painting Flowers, Yupo Exploration, Collage Characters, and Tandem Techniques.

Be sure to leave us your comments and questions!  We’d love to add your voice to the conversation!

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038: Packing the Studio

I’m delighted to bring you another episode of the Adventures in Arting Podcast!  In today’s podcast Mom and I have three conversations (September 1, September 16, and September 27) about the big move to Boston.  We discuss the practicalities of purging the studio, moving it, and my hopes for my business after the move.  I hope you enjoy it!

Here’s a peek at the stack of boxes of crafty goodies I gave my friend:

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When I say, I purged…I really purged.  Thanks for stopping by!

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