Today on the Paper Crafter’s Library blog, we’re continuing our all new weekly featured artist whereby each week spotlight a different artist/designer in the paper crafting & mixed media world and introducing you to their fabulous work.
Today we’re thrilled to welcome – Ronda Palazzari!! I have been a long time fan of Ronda’s work and was thrilled to have been able to meet her in person at the Maya Road booth at CHA 2012 in Anaheim. I just love the bright, vibrant colors she incorporates into her work…and her style? Amazing! I’m sure when you see the projects that she is sharing today you’ll agree! To add to the excitement, Ronda is sponsoring a give-away of her book Art of Layers – I own it, and LOVE it!
Before we show you her fabulous project, let’s get to know her a little bit more…
Ronda Palazzari is an Author, mixed media Artist, Scrapbook Designer, and an Instructor living in the burbs of Denver. She has been into art since early childhood. One of her most memorable Christmas presents was a Crayola Caddy that inspired her to create. She took many art classes throughout her secondary and college schooling. Ronda was also an editor on her high school newspaper. She loved photos, stories, and white space so layouts became her specialty. After the birth of her children she began scrapbooking as it brought art & storytelling together.
In 2009, Ronda became a Memory Maker Master for Memory Makers Magazine. She started doing contract design for many manufactures including Fancy Pants Designs, Lily Bee Designs, Crate Paper, Purple Onion Designs, as well as Guest Designing for many other leading manufactures. Her first book Art of Layers with North Light Publishing/F&W Media was released in March 2012. She has published in several magazines and idea books including Artful Blogging, Creating Keepsakes, Memory Makers, Scrapbook Trends, and Somerset Magazines.
Ronda is currently a license designer for The Crafter’s Workshop releasing 8 new stencils in January 2013. She is currently contract designing for Maya Road, Sizzix, and My Mind’s Eye. She’s best known for combining her mixed-media techniques with bold bright colors. Ronda is one to follow because you never know if she will be art journaling, scrapbooking, sewing or getting messy with paints; her art changes day-to-day. She continues to teach worldwide as well as providing inspiration and telling her dorky stories on her blog HelpMeRonda.
This tiny canvas trio is made up of three 3” canvases that could be displayed on their own or as a set. I used lots of techniques found in my book, Art of layers. I started the canvases with some gesso and old text. I used my 6×6 kaleidoscope stencil and heavy gesso to create texture on the background on one of the canvases. I then worked on each canvas individually. One the Pink Bloom canvas, I added layers of acrylic paint to create a warm background of pinks & oranges with touches of yellow. Next using my 6×6 quatrefoil stencil and distress ink, I rubbed the ink onto the canvas creating another layer of color. In my book I talk about repetition of stamped images. On this mini canvas I repeated the postal stamp images. I made the flower by stacking three layers of fabric circles and stitching through the layers with black thread. I added the brad to the center and painted a black stem.
The Yellow Quote Canvas is the one that started with heavy gesso & stencil as a textured background. I used acrylic paints to color the background and then stamped images in black around the background. I also doodle some images around the edges. Once these layers dried, I used my splattered paint techniques found in my book Art of Layers. I added the strips of the quote to the center of the canvas.
On the Blue Butterfly canvas, I used vintage maps on the background. I painted the background with acrylic paints in aqua, white, and grey colors. I then sprayed turquoise mist through my honeycomb stencil to add another layer of color. I added the leaf stamped images and splatters of paint to the background along with drips of spray ink. I also added splats & the heart on the background using my 6×6 confetti stencil. The stamped butterflies are another technique found in my book. They added the finishing touches to this canvas.
I like the sides of my canvases to look as good as the tops so I added stamped images along with hand written words. It’s a nice finishing touch. Lastly I attached all the canvases together using tiny eye screws to create this adorable trio.
Supply list for your project
Three 3” Canvas
Old Text and maps
Acrylic paints (Liquitex basic)
Heavy body gesso
6×6 Kaleidoscope stencil
6×6 Quatrefoil Stencil
6×6 Honeycomb Stencil
6×6 Confetti Stencil
Distress inks: Wild Honey, Mustard Seed, Aged Mahogany
Ranger Archival Ink
Uniball Vision Roller Black Pen
Hero Arts Stamps, Cocoa Daisy Stamps, Purple Onion Stamps, Antiquated Collection Stamps, Glitz Stamps
Maya Road Turquoise, Lime Metallic, Sunflower Yellow, Fig Magenta Maya Mist,
My Mind’s Eye Brad
Ranger Inkssentials Enamel Accents
We hope you have enjoyed today’s projects courtesy of Ronda Palazzari. We also want to extend a sincere thank you to Ronda for sharing her creation with us. You can get a copy of her book here. Also, be sure to stop by Ronda’s blog to see even more of her beautiful work (and let her know we sent you).
Be sure to leave a comment here for your chance to win a signed copy of Ronda’s Book Art of Layers!