So I am excited to introduce a new feature on my blog.. it's called Be My Guest! Once every few weeks, I will invite a wonderful designer, artist, friend.. to be my guest on the blog! She (or he) will share some of their favorite artwork and answer some fun questions I have for them.
So let's get started!
Julie Balzer is my first guest and seriously this girl is freaking amazing! You might wonder what type of artist she is.. and I can honestly say.. she does it all! Fabric, mixed media, papercrafting, canvas, art journals...She simply ROCKS. I asked Julie to share a few of her favorite pieces with me and answer just a few questions that I was dying to know. Here we go!
Me: Your work is amazing and you do a lot of cross over in different art mediums (papercrafting, painting, fabric). How long have you been doing Mixed Media Projects and what is your favorite?
Julie:I started doing Mixed Media before I even knew what it was. I remember meeting an online acquaintance at CHA and she introduced me to her friends and said, "This is Julie. She was one of the first mixed media scrapbookers." I had to go home and look up what mixed media was! I think because I came at craft and art-making from a totally untrained point-of-view I just started doing what felt good with the supplies I could find around. And in many ways, that's at the heart of what the mixed media movement is today! I think my (current) favorite project are the poppy prints. I had an idea for doing some faux screenprinting and it worked out better than I imagined!
Me: Your pieces are so bright and colorful! Where and who do you find inspiration from when you are creating your pieces?
Julie: The number one thing I'm inspired by is the little voice in my head that says, "Don't do it!" I feel like everything I create is the result of a battle between the voice in my head and my stubborn desire to "see what happens." I just keep adding color and adding pattern until I just can't add any more! In terms of artists whose work I admire, some of my favorites are Judy Wise, Alisa Burke, MaryAnn Moss, Pam Garrison, and I've recently become obsessed with Traci Bunkers' blog! All these women use color and a bold line and that so speaks to my heart!
Me: During the creating process, some artist will sketch out ideas ahead of time, some just create as they go. What is your creative process?
Julie: Hmmmm....this one is hard for me to answer because I don't think that I have a typical way of working. Is that weird? I work all sorts of different ways, which actually really helps prevent burn out. Sometimes I'll sketch. I find that sketches are really useful for taking an idea further and making it more interesting. Past the initial impulse, you know? A lot of times I start with a technique I want to try or an idea for a product that I want to play with and those experiments become art pieces over time. Right now I'm learning to let my creating process be a bit longer and not just be a "sit down and complete it now" type thing.
Me: You have a wonderful blog, it's one of my favorites! I love the challenges and inspiration you offer each day! Can you tell me about what you are doing right now Class wise or otherwise that we might be interested in?
Julie: Thank you, thank you, thank you! One of the things I love about the blog-o-sphere is the generosity of bloggers. I strive to be really generous and put a lot of time and energy into my blog every day. I love it! And everyone should check out my Art Journal Every Day challenge! It's all about making the commitment to spend just ten minutes a day being creative in your art journal. No need to finish a page (it takes me about 7-10 days to finish a page). And if you miss a few days, who cares? The point is to begin. Making space in your life for art and creativity and maybe a little bit of reflection too! I post every Friday with a little something to motivate and keep people going!
Julie's blog is full of fun and color and always has something going on! She didn't mention classes but she does both online classes and instore classes listed on her website that are REALLY cool and you should check out! I want to take one of her painted fabric purse classes! Go visit Julie on her blog and join in her Art Journal Everyday Challenge. I really want to do it to! We can do it together!
I have two fun things to announce today! the first...
The Brand Spanking NEW re-design of our Scarlet LIme Website debuted today!!! I am in love! My designer and I have been working hard at this thing for over a month! I am pretty proud of myself.. all the fun little graphics you see on each page.. i did those.. YEP I DID THOSE! lol.. I can't believe it myself.. but thank goodness for photoshop!
Here is a peak. but make sure you check it out!
Second.. It's FEBRUARY 1st!! That means only 27 more days until my She Art Workshop begins!!
Wahoo! I am so excited for this 3 week e-course.. and can't wait to show you all some sneak peeks of the class and fun little pre-class videos I have been working on.. to get you even MORE excited about this class! Those will be coming next week!
If you haven't signed up yet.. registration is still open! Check it out here!