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Taking a creative and thoughtful approach to working in a series, Julie Fei-Fan Balzer and Jenn Mason share their tips and tricks. Learn why artists work in series, the difference between a series and a rut, and watch Julie and Jenn create a series in real time. Discover how working in a series can make your art even better! ABOUT JULIE & JENN Julie Fei-Fan Balzer is an art journal and mixed-media artist and author of the favorite stamp-carving book CARVE STAMP PLAY. Julie blogs daily about her mixed-media endeavors at balzerdesigns.typepad.com, and hosts the podcast “Adventures in Arting.” Jenn Mason is a longtime mixed-media artist and author of several books. She is Editorial Director of CLOTH PAPER SCISSORS magazine and Director of Content Marketing at F+W.
Jenn Mason and Julie Fei-Fan Balzer
So first off - this is not a technique/how-to video, it is primarily an information video about working in a series: what you can learn as an artist by working in a series, pitfalls, etc. There are 2 technique sections to the video, however; one presented by Julie and one presented by Jenn. Julie's segment started as a more in-depth presentation, where she was going to walk us, "in real time", through how she worked on 4 watercolor-paper based pieces together as a series; however, I guess in the interest of getting the entire video down to 60 minutes, they decided to speed up many of the more interesting portions of Julie's segment. Some portions go so fast that you can barely keep up with what she's doing as she works on the pieces. As a result we miss out on any insight into Julie's process.
In the end I felt a little gypped - they went to the effort to film the entire segment of Julie working on her pieces; why couldn't they have left it in at normal speed? Or at least made it available as a separate download as a bonus or something? I'd love to be able to watch Julie as she works through the 4 pieces of the series - to see why she chooses to paint over this section, or add additional collage pieces to that one.
Otherwise this is a good video - I did learn quite a bit about working in a series. Just wish they hadn't over-edited Julie's segment. That's why I gave it only 4 stars ...
(Posted on 9/24/2014)
(Posted on 9/24/2014)