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!

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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:

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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001: What is Failure?

“Come to the edge.’ ‘We can’t. We’re afraid.’ ‘Come to the edge.’ ‘We can’t.
We will fall!’ ‘Come to the edge.’ And they came. And he pushed them. And
they flew.” ― Guillaume Apollinaire

Our guest Ronda Palazzari sent me the text above after we recorded the podcast.  I’m sure that after listening to her thoughts you will agree with me that she is an amazing woman.  Here’s a little bit about her:

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Ronda is an Author, Mixed Media Artist, Scrapbook Designer, and an Instructor living in the burbs of Denver.  Her first book of Art of Layers with North Light Publishing/F&W Media was released in March 2012.  She designs with Maya Road, Sizzix, Antiquated Collection, and Purple Onion Stamps.  She has published in several magazines and idea books including Artful Blogging, Creating Keepsakes, Memory Makers, Scrapbook Trends, and Somerset Magazines.  She’s best known for combining her mixed-media techniques with scrapbooking, but Ronda is one to follow because you never know if she will be sewing or getting messy with paints…

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…her craft changes day-to-day.  She continues to teach worldwide as well as providing inspiration and telling her dorky stories on her blog HelpMeRonda.

If you have comments or questions, please leave them in the comments section of this post.  I know that we’d love to hear from you!

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