Art Camp at Home #2! Julie Fei-Fan Balzer – A Week of Stenciling LIVE!

Drop everything right now and mark your calendar!


For the next few weeks we are running a series called Art Camp at Home. We are scouting out online art workshops that you may have missed and posting them here. We have a vague fantasy of you inviting friends over, watching the class (es) and making art while snacking and chatting together. How ever you choose to play – do stop right now and mark your calendar!

The LIVE class starts this Monday – March 3!

7 consecutive classes of LIVE Julie Fei-Fan Balzer for FREE!


Julie will be holding a short class each day from Monday March 3, through Sunday March 9.

The classes will be broadcast at different times so you can participate no matter where in the world you live!

These classes start next week – get out your calendar and mark the times NOW!

Here is what Julie says:

“I’m going to be hosting a free live stencil lesson every day next week!  You’ll be able to see the video and ask questions and there might even be a giveaway or two!  Here’s the calendar of dates and times:”


If you need a world clock for help converting the time, click here.

How does Stenciling Live work?  Easy peasey, let me walk you through it!

Each of the classes has a unique url (and subject), which I’ve listed below:

Here’s what else you need to know:

  • You can read a description for each of the classes if you click on the link to the class.
  • To view a class, all you need to do is click on the link.
  • To participate in the class — there is a chat box that runs alongside the video — you will need to create a FREE sign-in on the Spreecast site.  Once you’re signed in, you can ask questions and talk with the other students, my Mom (she has kindly agreed to moderate the chat), and me.
  • Please note: In order to win any of the stencils in the giveaways, you’ll need to be signed in.
  • If you can’t attend a live class, don’t worry. All the classes will be recorded and posted to this blog!

To read the entire post and see  Julie’s new stencils click on this link!

Back to Lori

As always your questions and ideas  are welcome – please use the comment feature, if you include an email addie I will answer you personally. And if you are nearby – let me know and we may enjoy that glass and that class together.

Lori Pouring Champagne

Paperbag Journal Tutorial by Sue Bleiweiss

Paper Bag Journal

Click here for link to Paperbag Journal Tutorial

By Sue Bleiweiss

A Free Tutorial by Carla Sonheim adding PanPastels to the Silliness!

Mini-Tutorial: PanPastel Critters by Carla Sonheim

I am really looking forward to returning to Art Camp for Women in just a few short months! We will draw and paint using a variety of media — including PanPastels! I fell in love with them over a year ago and have come up with several new ways to use them since then (that I will present for the first time next October).

The following mini-tutorial shows the process of how I created the creatures on the cover of my book, “Drawing and Painting Imaginary Animals: A Mixed-Media Workshop with Carla Sonheim.”

Imaginary Animals Cover

Supplies Needed:

3-5 colors of PanPastels (or regular soft pastel will work, too)
paper towel or white cotton rag
ballpoint pen
kneaded rubber eraser
hard eraser (like the end of a pencil)

Pan 1
Using the paper towel or white cotton rag over your index finger, lay down several splotches of one color.

Pan 2
Repeat Step 1 with a second color. Do not try to “make” anything at this point, but just lay down colors fairly randomly (though close together).

Pan 3
Repeat with a third color.

Pan 4 STEP 4
Using your kneaded rubber eraser, apply medium pressure over the whole shape and blend the edges into each other. This will also lighten the colors a bit. (Some of the pastels will adhere to your eraser; simply “knead” it out and it will go away.)

Now, look at the shape you have started. Do you see anything? I kind of saw a bird at this stage, so…

Pan 5

… I took the eraser and “drew” the bird shape in by erasing areas to define the beak, chest, etc. So Step 5, then, is take your eraser and define your animal (or face, house, plant, flower, or whatever else you “see”).

Pan 6

Add other colors with your rag and finger to define it more; add darker areas if desired for shading.

Pan 7
Use your kneaded eraser to back off any areas that are too heavy-handed compared to the rest of the piece, or the pencil eraser to pull out finer details (like the hair on this bird).

Pan 8STEP 8
Outline your drawing with ballpoint pen. Use shorter strokes rather than one continuous line (click to enlarge to see detail).

Pan 9STEP 9
Using more short strokes, add shading. I imagined that a sun was peeking from the upper right corner, and so shaded the areas underneath the bird’s beak, face and chest (which would be in shadow if there was a real light source there).

Pan 10STEP 10
Finish your drawing by adding details such as wings, eye pupils, etc. You might also need to touch up areas around the drawing with your eraser if the pastels have smudged. Done?

Pan Final
Even though your drawing is finished, there are ways you can improve it digitally if you would like to share it online. In this case I lightened the background and made sure the color was even. I used the “clone” tool in Photoshop to touch up some of the pastel remnants (under the bird’s face, for example). I even took liberties with the cropping so the bird was now flying rather than almost sitting.

NOW it’s done!
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