054: Chatting with Suzanne Sicuranza

 

I’m delighted to bring you another episode of the Adventures in Arting Podcast!  We have a guest on today’s podcast!  Our guest is Suzanne Sicuranza.

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Suzanne was born and raised in Massachusetts.

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She has worked in scientific fields for almost 20 years.  She also worked at Michaels for 2 years — as a custom framer and go-to art expert — and for Balzer Designs for almost 1 whole year.

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Suzanne is a CZT (Certified Zentangle Teacher)…

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…as well as a self-described: Curator of Arty Knowledge, Online Class Junkie, Blog Reader Aficionado, and Supply Collector (okay….maybe hoarder).

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She says, “What I love, seems to defines me. Purple, owls…

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…hoodies, doodling, laughing, quotes/lyrics…

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…circles, Instagram, Patriots, nail polish, YouTube, music (mostly less-known), calendars (I already have 5 for 2017), Pinterest, storage stuff (The Container Store is just as fun as going to Blick), and T-shirts that represent any of all of the above.”

Links of interest:

As promised, blast-from-the-past photos from the two classes Suzanne took with me before she was my assistant:

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I’m excited for you to give the podcast a listen and then join in the conversation!

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050: Episode #50 (Wow!)

 

I’m delighted to bring you another episode of the Adventures in Arting Podcast!  I can’t believe we made it to episode #50!

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On the podcast we discuss:

We’d love to hear from you!  Thanks for stopping by!

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048: Roxanne Coble

 

I’m delighted to bring you another episode of the Adventures in Arting Podcast!  We have a guest on today’s podcast!  Her name is Roxanne Coble, known online as “by bun.”

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Roxanne is a mixed media artist, illustrator, and maker of things.

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Known for her art journals, her work fuses both mixed media and illustration.

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Inspired by the quirks of everyday life, completed pages embrace a balance of humor…

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…and dark emotional themes – all while exploring topical events that occur within her personal life.

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Currently, Roxanne is working as an artist and freelance art educator in Los Angeles, California.

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Find Roxanne online:

Finally, Roxanne put together a super cute video all about her Make It Artsy TV experience.  Find it HERE.

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Episode 44: April 13, 2016

 

I’m delighted to bring you another episode of the Adventures in Arting Podcast!  I’ve got a quick podcast for you today.  It’s about 18 minutes of chatting about my Australia trip thus far.  My voice is a little bit weird because I’m trying to be quiet and so I’m not quite as bubbly as usual.

Here are some photos of the things we discuss on the podcast:

A sample of Melbourne graffiti (blog post on this topic coming soon):

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A peek at Fitzroy:

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Amazing food in Melbourne:

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Long 10 hour drive:

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Sydney and its tropical greenery (blog post on this topic coming soon – the view in this photo is from my bedroom window):

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“Kanga Bangas”:

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Game Board:

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National Gallery pink walls (blog post on the National Gallery coming soon):

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Links:

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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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