037: Designed by Jessica

I’m delighted to bring you another episode of the Adventures in Arting Podcast!  Our guest today is Jessica Sporn:

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Jessica Sporn, former actress, lawyer and activist – now artist and mother, has been drawing and painting for as long as she can remember.

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She is an accomplished, self-taught, mixed media artist whose style is colorful and ranges from whimsical to spiritual with a strong Folk Art influence. She hosts a successful Meet-Up group with monthly classes in her Montclair studio, and also teaches at The Ink Pad in New York City, and Art-Is-You Mixed Media Retreats, as well as in online classes.

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Her designs may be found worldwide on greeting cards, fabrics, and tabletop ceramics.

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Jessica is proud to design stencils for Stencil Girl Products, stamps for Rubbermoon, and Judaica products for Aviv Judaica.

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Jessica keeps an active Facebook page, regularly blogs, and is represented for licensing by Creative Connection, Inc.

On the podcast we discuss menorahs, the theatre, yoga, Jessica’s career evolution, teaching, learning, improvisation, creating for a result vs. creating for the process and so much more!  It’s a very thoughtful and philosophical show!  I’d really like to share some listener mail on the next podcast, so I hope you’ll leave a comment on today’s podcast!

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.

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.

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.

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

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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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.

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

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:

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).

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

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!

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009: The Julie Show

Today’s guest is me!  (Due to a personal matter, our guest for today’s podcast was not able to make it. So, I ended up being the guest instead.)  I’m going to give myself the full guest treatment with a headshot, bio, and some images of my work:


Julie Fei-Fan Balzer is a mixed media collage artist. She has been making art for as long as she can remember and loves the process of creating. “I believe that mistakes are creative opportunities and hold fast to the notion that enjoyment of the process is just as important as the finished product! I like to think outside of the box — experimenting with paper, paint, and fabric — always trying to find a way to push my supplies further and see all the possibilities.”

Julie has had artwork and articles published in many magazines including Cloth Paper Scissors, CPS Pages, CPS Studios, Quilting Arts Gifts, Quilt Scene, Creating Keepsakes, Better Homes & Gardens’ Scrapbooks Etc., Memory Makers, Scrapbook Trends, Somerset Memories, Somerset Digital, scrapbooking m.m. (Sweden), Scrap Art Zine (Germany), Scrapbooking & Beyond, Simple Scrapbooks, Histoires de Pages (France), books by Leisure Arts, F&W Publications, and Lark, as well as multiple e-zines. She writes the “Adventures in Arting” column for Cloth Paper Scissors Magazine.

Julie is the co-host of Scrapbook Soup TV (PBS) and has appeared several times on Quilting Arts TV (PBS) and hosted the “Artist to Artist” segment on Scrapbook Memories TV (PBS).  She has also appeared on Crafting at The Spotted Canary (PBS).  Julie’s hour-long instructional DVD “Collage Fast & Furious” was released in July 2010 by Interweave.  She released two new hour-long instructional DVDs in 2012: All About Faces and Stamp-Making Adventures.

Julie’s yet-to-be-titled book on stamp carving will be released by Interweave Press in Fall 2013.

Julie designs stencils for The Crafter’s Workshop, stamps for Impression Obsession, and has several other products in the works with other companies.

Julie lives in a tiny apartment with a big art studio in the middle of New York City.  She is a graduate of Brown University.

On today’s podcast we talk about my career trajectory, where I hope the craft industry will go, and my teaching philosophy.  I hope you’ll give the podcast a listen!  And be sure to leave any comments or questions in the comments section.  I know that Mom and I love hearing from you!

Thanks for stopping by!

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