Today on the Paper Crafter’s Library blog, we’re continuing our weekly featured artist spotlight whereby each week we spotlight a different artist/designer in the paper crafting & mixed media world and introduce you to their fabulous work.
Today we’re thrilled to welcome back – Ronda Palazzari. To add to the excitement, Ronda is sponsoring a give-away of her book Art of Layers – I own it, and LOVE it – as well as a copy of her stencil, both shown below. Read more on how to enter to win these great items at the end of the post.
Before we show you Ronda’s fabulous projects, let’s get to know her a little bit more…
Ronda Palazzari is a Mixed Media Artist, Author, 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. She continues her art education and exploring her world through art, as well as helping others feel creative.
In 2009, Ronda became a Memory Maker Master for Memory Makers Magazine. She started doing contract design for many manufactures including Sizzix, Ranger Ink, Maya Road, 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 is published in several magazines and idea books including Artful Blogging, Cloth Paper Scissors Studios, Creating Keepsakes, Somerset Memories, Haute Bags, Memory Makers, and Scrapbook Trends.
Ronda is currently a license designer for The Crafter’s Workshop with 26 stencil designs and does designs work for My Mind’s Eye. An avid blogger, Ronda shares her inspiration daily. 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.
Featured Designer Project
Next scratch into the clayboard using a paper piercer or any like tool. Remember to scratch away from you so you don’t slip and hurt yourself.
Paint your background with acrylic paints. I am using Distress paints because I can water them down easily to create some transparent colors. Layer paint on top of paint to create some depth. Push it into the scratch marks to give them texture.
To create more depth, add a layer of light gesso over the top leaving one area free of gesso. On my piece it’s the orange/yellow cirle on the left side. Make some areas of the gesso heavier and some lighter.
Finish you piece off with a word or two and some tiny black splatters. Since this piece reminds me of a sunrise, I added the phrase “awake my soul.”
We hope you have enjoyed the fun creations from Ronda and we would also like to extend a warm thank you her for sharing this fabulous project with us! Please take a minute to stop by Ronda’s Blog and see more of her beautiful work (and let her know we sent you). And don’t forget to leave a comment below to enter to win the drawing for a copy of her book and the stencil shown above.