Show Up or Shut Up with Wendy SolganikFeb 24, 2021
Suzanne Randers Makes Books, Collages and Botanical Inks in her Magical Garden Studio
Christine Karpiak is a Professional Actress and a Mixed Media Art Teacher
Shay Kent is a Mixed Media Artist Looking for Authentic Connection in a Digital World
Shay Michelle Kent is a mixed media artist and teacher living in Tampa, Florida. She loves to teach art workshops that help people use creativity for self-exploration and find freedom while making art. Shay's students say it feels like a spa for their creative souls. She invites you to come to class with her, where you can let go, explore, and have some fun with art. Shay lives in Florida. You can find Shay on Instagram @shaymichellestudios.
Yetunde Rodriguez is a Multi-passionate Fine Artist, Housewares Crafter and Small Business Owner
You can find Yetunde on Instagram @yaytoonday.
Di Venter Sews, Paints and Draws Around the World
For Kecia Deveney, Dimension is Everything
Kecia Deveney is a published mixed media artist, instructor, and world traveler, living at the Jersey Shore.
As a mixed media artist, her eclectic style can be seen in fabric and textiles, jewelry design, sculpture-work, and painting.
Creating is pivotal to Kecia and becomes, for her, art therapy. Her imagination comes to life and allows her temporary reprieve from her role as a full-time caregiver.
Her work is about ingenuity and playfulness. Kecia travels across the world so she may inspire others to find their own artistic spirits. You can find Kecia on Instagram @keciadeveney.
Alison Bomber is a Seeker and a Speaker of Life’s Truths
Alison Bomber chose the name Words and Pictures for her blog and then later for Instagram because those are the two worlds she inhabits. She is a freelance creative working with both words and pictures. Alison's first creative career was as a text and voice coach in the theatre, specializing in Shakespeare. She is fascinated by the power of words, and how our voices shape our connection to the world. And she is passionate to the point of obsession about sharing the profound excitement of speaking Shakespeare. Alison started out as an actor and singer more than thirty years ago, and then shifted to become a text and voice coach. She worked full time for the Royal Shakespeare Company for nearly ten years, and is proud to be an Associate Artist of the RSC. Since going freelance, Alison continues to work with them regularly as well as with theatre companies around the world, including Theatre for a New Audience in New York and Song of the Goat Theatre in Poland. When Alison left the RSC more than a decade ago, a whole new creative form of expression opened up for her in mixed media, crafting and painting. Alison now works (alongside theatre projects) as a freelance artist and designer, in watercolour and mixed media, collage and assemblage, and she is extremely proud and honoured to design stamps for PaperArtsy. Her first stamp sets were words (of course!) - collections of quotes, gathered by theme. Alison's newer stamp plates combine her own botanical sketches with theatrical, historical and personal ephemera, and advice from Culpeper’s herbal on the medicinal uses of the plants. The Pictures part of Alison is still very much about storytelling, about connection, and about communicating emotions and ideas. And she loves to combine words and imagery in her work. As she has continued to explore new skills and techniques, nature has become a more and more important part of her visual storytelling, as well as a vital part of her everyday life. Spending time in the natural world is a constant source of inspiration. Another link between the two creative paths, Words and Pictures, is Alison's passion for sharing the expertise she has developed in these two strands, teaching both one-to-one and in workshops and classes, both in person and online. You can find Alison on Instagram at @w0rdsandp1ctures and @b0hem1anh0me
Barb Smucker, Mixed Media Collage Artist, Loves her Jelly Family and her Gelli Printing
Barb Smucker is a mixed media artist who enjoys layering collage papers and paint to create surprising results. Adding lines, textures, shapes and colors onto a page or canvas allows her to experiment and find enjoyment in the discovery. When you look at her work, she hopes you see the play, the search, and a sense of harmony and spontaneity that she is always after in whatever she makes. Barb is inspired by the beauty found in many of the home arts, including quilting, stoneware pottery and all the gorgeous patterns found in linens and textiles. She is also inspired by nature. Barb has a window in her home studio that looks out toward trees and a stream. The lines and organic material inspire her daily.
Barb has been working at her art making and art practice for many years. Always looking for a way to combine her interest in art and psychology, she has discovered that the practice of art making itself is a wonderful and helpful thing to share. Barb teaches classes locally out of her studio, with art centers, retreat centers and in galleries. Whether she is teaching the principles of art, art journaling, collage, card making, abstract art or painting papers, Barb's goal is always the same. She wants to help people discover joy in the process of art making and notice that they have so much to share.
Jennifer Wilkin Pennick is an Art Historian, an Urban Sketcher, a Collage Artist and a Teacher
Suzanne Earley will Wow You with Her Art Journaling Magazine Strawberry Moon
Professionally, she has been a multi-talented wizard (aka school secretary), longarm machine quilter, stay-at-home mom, bank technology manager, computer network installer, t-shirt seller, and library page. (She shelved returned library books in high school. Favorite job ever.)
Currently, she and her three cats publish Strawberry Moon Magazine, an independent magazine for art journalers. Note: Brush Magazine, mentioned in this episode, was created by Tanyalee Kahler.
Cynthia Frenette is a prolific + funny licensed graphic artist and mixed media maker.
Confident Hand Lettering
Journal Into Your Art with Megan Quinlan
Uncomfortable Conversations around Social Media and Intellectual Property for Artists
Faige Kobre on What Causes Creative Block and Ideas for Overcoming It
Faigie also spent 25 years as a high end portrait photographer. She switched careers in midlife to become an elementary school art teacher. This led her in a roundabout fashion to get involved in adult creativity.
When starting to learn about adult creativity she became hooked on mixed media and started her website creativityreignited. Her goal was and still is to help women who don't feel creative (often as a result of past creativity scars) to reignite their creativity.
Her initiation into adult creativity came through mixed media but then discovered the magical medium of alcohol inks. She now concentrates mostly on alcohol inks and gives in person and online classes on how to use this awesome medium.
She likes to start people off by introducing them to alcohol inks makers(sharpies are alcohol ink markers too) which when mixed with alcohol become as fluid as the inks. She has a free 20 minute video showing you 6 different techniques you can use with alcohol ink markers.
You can get that at www.creativityreignited.com
You can also find her at @creativealcoholinking on instagram and
Instagram, Yikes! Who Are You and What Have You Done with My Favorite Platform?
Healing and Creativity, What is the Connection? Part 1
Instagram Reels, Part 2
The Fodder School Story
Too Much Collage Fodder?
The Instagram Reels Question
In this episode, I explore my thoughts on Instagram Reels, and how they have effected both my experience as a user and as a prolific content creator on the platform. I give suggestions for how to manage your own user experience on Instagram and what to be careful not to do if you are creating Reels. Thank you to @tiffanysimplysharpe, @rebeccachapmanart and @susieinmn for input and suggestions mentioned in this episode!
Roben-Marie Smith is THE Mixed Media Artist’s Techno Guru
Both in and out of the studio, Roben-Marie’s passion is helping her fellow creatives step into their full potential by creating confident, expressive art and sharing that art with more people through the power of the Internet. She’s a huge tech nerd and she loves making technology easy and fun for overwhelmed artists! Her flagship program, Maker’s Tech U, guides tech-challenged artists through every step of building their own website and powerfully effective online art presence.
As a woman of faith Roben-Marie believes that she is called to serve and support others, so she strives to be accessible to artists who need her help. Seeing other creators embrace their unique voices, build their online art dreams and gain confidence in their new skills brings her great joy.
Roben-Marie had been a working artist since 2004, is self-taught and believes that anyone can cultivate their creative spark. She had taught mixed media art workshops and retreats across the U.S. and her work has been featured in countless books and industry magazines.
Ricki Midbrod is an Accept Yourself Cheerleader and Maker
Tamara James is a Spreader of Good
A Big, Hairy Idea
Conscious Creativity for Mixed Media Artists
Marie Kirby is a Psychotherapist and Prolific Maker
Sarah Gardner is the Camp Counselor of Mixed Media Art
Tiffany Sharpe is the Fodder School Headmaster
Tiffany was born in South Korea and raised in Colorado. She now lives in Minnesota with her husband and two children. They enjoy spending time on nature walks and simple family dinners together. Find Tiffany on Instagram @tiffanysimplysharpe and on the web at tiffanysimplysharpe.com
Tania Ahmed is a Deep Thinking, Gelli Printing, Content Creating Artist
Julie Fei-Fan Balzer is the Professor of Mixed Media
You can find Julie at
balzerdesigns.typepad.com and on Instagram @balzerdesigns
Liz Constable is a Light Bringer
Teaching has been the one constant throughout her three businesses as an early childhood centre owner, a career/life coach and now a teacher of book arts. Liz is the author of four books and teaches both in person and online to an international audience. Having fun and being playful is the key to ensuring her students enjoy their time with her in the classroom. You can find Liz on Instagram @bookartstudios.
Laurie Jacobsen Creates Wonderful Websites for Artists
What is Art Journaling? with Caylee Grey
More often than not, you’ll find her nurturing creativity as the resident Fairy Artmother for her growing community of artists in Get Messy, swapping bad puns with her very patient husband, wrestling her son’s snacks away from her tiny but determined dog, and emptying her thoughts onto the page. You can find Caylee at getmessyart.com and on Instagram @cayleegrey.
Roxanne Padgett is THE Collage Fodder Kween!
Roxanne is the Creative Director at the Museum of Children's Art in Oakland, Ca. She teaches adult art classes in the San Francisco Bay Area and throughout the United States. She is also the author of "Acrylics techniques in Mixed Media: Layer, Scribble, Stencil, Stamp” published by North Light books. Find her on Instagram @roxpadgett.
Melanie April is Figuring Out Art and Life
She enjoys a quiet life in southwest Florida.
Nature and the mystical are constant inspirations for her paintings and life. Color is her guide. She aspires to have her work and classes make people feel good and remember the simple and beautiful things that are all around us. In this way, she considers it her life's work and calling.
Find Melanie at
Leaca Young Lives in the Wild with Her Art Journals
Mixed media is her love. She thrives on the freedom of working in any Leaca combines watercolor, ink, acrylics, fabrics-everything is fair game.
Living in Alaska, Leaca is surrounded by beauty. She finds the scenery and the people equally inspiring. The world is endlessly providing inspiration and her mission is to take full advantage. Leaca’s favorites include color, nature, family, books, people and so much more.
*Pronounced Lisa Find Leaca on Instagram
Ali Manning is an Outstanding Bookarts Teacher
Aimee Bishop is a Sharer of Techniques