Ronda Palazzari is a 2009 Memory Makers Master and an active member of the mixed-media and scrapbooking community. From September 2009 to September 2010, she has had 43 pieces of her works published in magazines or idea books. She is the Design Team Coordinator for Cocoa Daisy Kits and is on the design team of several manufacturers, including Maya Road, Lily Bee and Purple Onion, as well as being an active instructor. Ronda lives in Thronton, Colorado (near Denver) and has just finished her first book, Art of Layers (North Light Crafts, 2012). She’s best known for combining her mixed-media techniques with scrapbooking, but Ronda is one to follow because you never know if she will be sewing or getting messy with paints; her craft changes day-to-day. She has a lot to share and she’s fun—read on!
Q: What is on your workspace right now?
Stamps, A Chai Tea Latte, murky paint water (in a Chai jar), mists and some fabric.
Q: Why do you make art?
It’s creative therapy for me. I love how art can express so many emotions. It’s very much a part of who I am. My day isn’t complete without a little paint and/or mists on my fingers.
Q: What’s your current favorite, can’t-live-without-it tool, supply, material, or junkyard find?
Gesso and spray inks/mists. My junkyard find is an old gate that is going up on studio wall as décor. I plan on hanging inspiration on it.
Q: What is your least favorite technique that you still use anyway?
Laying down strips of patterned paper. It’s a good basic technique, but I always want to dig deeper, adding more layers.
Q: What’s your favorite tool or material?
Paint brushes, paint, gesso, spray inks and vintage paper.
Q: What do you listen to when you create?
Lots and Lots of music. I am a music junkie and listen to a wide variety. My current favorites are: “Pumped Up Kicks” by Foster the People, “What Part of Forever” by Cee Lo Green, “The Suburbs” by Arcade Fire, “Fix You” by Coldplay, “Falling in Love at a Coffee Shop” by Landon Pigg, “Take on Me” by Reel Big Fish, “Winter Winds” by Mumford and Sons.
Q: What’s the best book you’ve read lately? The Help, Devil in the White City, Little Bee, Smokin’ Seventeen, Wicked Appetite.
Q: What’s the most inspiring trip you’ve ever taken or adventure you’ve ever had?
I spent three weeks in an Italian Villa just traveling around Italy with my family. By the end of three weeks I was feeling really comfortable there and didn’t want to leave. It was an incredible trip.
Q: What’s the last thing you cooked? I cook and bake a lot. I just made Chocolate Chip Muffins, Potato Leek Soup and Focaccia Bread
Q: If you could surround yourself with only one color, what would it be?
A light Aqua.
Hope, Copyright Ronda Palazzari.
Q: Do you have a talisman/power garment/magical thing you wear?
My Cross necklace. It keeps me grounded.
Q: What’s your favorite place in all the world?
Anywhere with my husband. I really love England and Lucca. Italy too.
Us Together, Copyright Ronda Palazzari.
Q: What one thing do you want to do that you haven’t done yet?
Learn another language completely and travel to Asia.
Q: What’s the best day you’ve ever had?
It was a day in Italy. I was on vacation with my family and best friend in the whole wide world. We had an amazing day and conversations with locals. One little old man handed us some fresh cherries. The gesture alone captured my heart.
Q: What’s today’s Words to Live By?
“Life is a gift, don’t waste it.”
Q: What is your guilty pleasure?
Chai Tea Lattes.
Q: If you could have one superpower, what would it be?
To fly. I would love to fly.
Q: With whom would you love to spend one day making art?
Vincent Van Gogh.
Q: When is your favorite time of day?
Mid-Morning. When it’s all quiet and the day holds all this potential.
Take Time, Copyright Ronda Palazzari.
Q: What is your earliest memory?
At age 3 I remember my Mom was staring out the back window nervously. I asked her, “What’s a tomato anyway?” She was actually worried about a tornado.
Q: What was your first job? Working the blue light special at Kmart. [No joke.] I was also the Icee Bear, because I fit into the costume.
Q: What’s your one favorite material thing?
Shoes. I have a thing for shoes.
Balance, Copyright Ronda Palazzari.
Q: What’s your best piece of advice for artists?
Allow yourselves to make mistakes, it helps shape who you are. Make art for yourself first and don’t let the voices of self-doubt take up rent-free space in your head.
Ronda’s book Art of Layers is due out Spring of 2012, so make sure to check back, or visit, ShopMixedMedia.com to learn more about Art of Layers, or purchase a copy for yourself!
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