Skip to main content
Show Up or Shut Up with Wendy Solganik

Show Up or Shut Up with Wendy Solganik

By Wendy Solganik
A podcast about making art for you, because you love the way you feel when you are creating and you just want more of that feeling.
Where to listen
Google Podcasts Logo

Google Podcasts

Pocket Casts Logo

Pocket Casts

RadioPublic Logo


Spotify Logo


Currently playing episode

DeeDee Catron

Show Up or Shut Up with Wendy Solganik

Instagram, Yikes! Who Are You and What Have You Done with My Favorite Platform?
It’s August of 2022 and I’m back talking all things Instagram again. Given how much Instagram has changed and the users’ outcry over how badly the platform sucks right now, I’m here to offer my thoughts, plus some tips to customize your user experience and try to get back that loving feeling, if even just a little bit.
August 04, 2022
Healing and Creativity, What is the Connection? Part 1
Join me for this short episode where I have a very impromptu chat with my friend Karen Hilsberg, artist, psychologist and Buddhist about the intersection between healing, creative practice and mindfulness. You can find Karen on Instagram @K_abby7.
June 16, 2022
Instagram Reels, Part 2
Join me as I rant about the Instagram Reels problem and try to figure out how to keep Instagram the happy, inspirational community connection place that it has been for visual artists of all types. You can find out more about me at
June 10, 2022
The Fodder School Story
This is the story of Fodder School, from one person’s perspective. For even MORE information about Fodder School, please visit or drop me an email at
June 04, 2022
Too Much Collage Fodder?
In Episode 3 of Season 2 of the Show Up or Shut Up Podcast, I answer the question of “what options do I have if I’m feeling anxious from the collage fodder piling up all around me?”
April 11, 2022
The Instagram Reels Question
In this episode, I explore my thoughts on Instagram Reels, and how they have effected both my experience as a user and as a prolific content creator on the platform. I give suggestions for how to manage your own user experience on Instagram and what to be careful not to do if you are creating Reels. Thank you to @tiffanysimplysharpe, @rebeccachapmanart and @susieinmn for input and suggestions mentioned in this episode!
February 11, 2022
Roben-Marie Smith is THE Mixed Media Artist’s Techno Guru
Roben-Marie Smith provides ideas, inspiration and quality instruction for hobbyists and art entrepreneurs. She teaches artists from beginners to those making a living from their art through her blog and her popular online workshops. Both in and out of the studio, Roben-Marie’s passion is helping her fellow creatives step into their full potential by creating confident, expressive art and sharing that art with more people through the power of the Internet. She’s a huge tech nerd and she loves making technology easy and fun for overwhelmed artists! Her flagship program, Maker’s Tech U, guides tech-challenged artists through every step of building their own website and powerfully effective online art presence. As a woman of faith Roben-Marie believes that she is called to serve and support others, so she strives to be accessible to artists who need her help. Seeing other creators embrace their unique voices, build their online art dreams and gain confidence in their new skills brings her great joy. Roben-Marie had been a working artist since 2004, is self-taught and believes that anyone can cultivate their creative spark. She had taught mixed media art workshops and retreats across the U.S. and her work has been featured in countless books and industry magazines.
January 03, 2022
Ricki Midbrod is an Accept Yourself Cheerleader and Maker
Ricki Midbrod, prolific mixed media maker and self-acceptance warrior, can be found on Instagram @ricki_ticky_tavy and in her Etsy shop, TheBricolageFactory.
November 16, 2021
Tamara James is a Spreader of Good
Have you ever wondered what the purpose is in creating mixed media art outside of the joy it brings into your own life? Join us in our 24th episode of the Show Up or Shut Up podcast where Tamara James of @edenscanvas on Instagram shares her deeply meaningful answer to the eternal question of “what to do with my mixed media art pieces?”
November 11, 2021
A Big, Hairy Idea
Art Bundles for Good is coming and I have a story I’d like to share with you. It involves a couch, the Netflix documentary Daughters of Destiny and a school in India called Shanti Bhavan.
October 27, 2021
Conscious Creativity for Mixed Media Artists
Is creativity all fun for you or is it causing you to stress out? Do you feel as if you are buying too much stuff to the point where it is no longer helpful? Do you feel as if you are “doing it wrong” from the amount of time you spend or don’t spend actually creating? Would you like to join a private Facebook Group where we discuss all issues related to creativity that are causing you to be at an uncomfortable place with it. We will discuss it all from a non judgemental lens. The are no prescriptions for how to do it right for any individual person in this group, only discussions on how to unpack what got us here, what keeps us in a less than desirable place, and how to move toward our own joy and ease with all of this. Go to Facebook and search “Conscious Creativity for Mixed Media Artists.” Ask to join the group and answer the question when prompted.
September 29, 2021
Marie Kirby is a Psychotherapist and Prolific Maker
In the 21st episode of the Show Up or Shut Up Podcast, Marie Kirby and I explore the dark side of being a prolific maker during this new time of social media. From the pressure to post on Instagram every day to the pressure to be positive no matter how you are really feeling, and so many more unfortunate pressures many of us have now placed on ourselves, this discussion is one that you will absolutely not want to miss. Marie Hauck Kirby can be found on Instagram @marie.creatif.
August 20, 2021
Sarah Gardner is the Camp Counselor of Mixed Media Art
Sarah Gardner is a mixed media artist who loves creating in her art journal and sharing her art with others. She has been swapping postcards and ATCs for many years. She has discovered that being creative, that making stuff, is a very fulfilling and beneficial activity, contributing to her well-being. The joy of creative play, and art journaling in particular, has become part of her self-care practice. Sarah is excited to share what she's excited about, and helping others find their own creative practice is something that also gives her joy! You can find Sarah on Instagram and at
August 02, 2021
Tiffany Sharpe is the Fodder School Headmaster
Tiffany Sharpe enjoys making books and sharing her love of art with others. She learned the joy of crafting at an early age, and continued to quilt and knit as she taught high school chemistry and middle school science. It was not until later in life that Tiffany discovered her love of watercolor and mixed media. Like many others, she found that making and working in art journals was a therapeutic way to express her creativity during the pandemic. Tiffany was born in South Korea and raised in Colorado. She now lives in Minnesota with her husband and two children. They enjoy spending time on nature walks and simple family dinners together. Find Tiffany on Instagram @tiffanysimplysharpe and on the web at
July 12, 2021
Tania Ahmed is a Deep Thinking, Gelli Printing, Content Creating Artist
Tania Ahmed is a freelance art and craft content creator, video maker and teacher based in the UK. Over the years, she has blended her multicrafts experience to hone her mixed media and papercraft work. Originally from Pakistan, Tania draws her inspiration from diverse cultures, bright colours, bold graphic design, and eclectic patterns. She has been published in several creative magazines, and currently designs for companies within the arts and crafts industry. She has taught at several independent craft stores and has organised and led art and craft workshops for local charities. Tania has extensively demonstrated at several international consumer and trade art and craft shows. She is very passionate about teaching and sharing her love of craft and creativity! You can find Tania on Instagram @taniaahmed
June 29, 2021
Julie Fei-Fan Balzer is the Professor of Mixed Media
Julie Fei-Fan Balzer is an artist living and working outside of Boston, MA. Her business, Balzer Designs, is focused on helping others be more creative with more confidence. Julie believes that curiosity is the key to creativity and she shares this philosophy in her art workshops, during creative coaching sessions, and across social media. You can find Julie at and on Instagram @balzerdesigns
June 14, 2021
Liz Constable is a Light Bringer
Mancunian born Liz Constable made New Zealand her home in 1989. A curious creator known for her love of experimenting, keeps Liz’s art practice fresh as she delves into her creativity pushing through boundaries. Teaching has been the one constant throughout her three businesses as an early childhood centre owner, a career/life coach and now a teacher of book arts. Liz is the author of four books and teaches both in person and online to an international audience. Having fun and being playful is the key to ensuring her students enjoy their time with her in the classroom. You can find Liz on Instagram @bookartstudios.
June 07, 2021
Laurie Jacobsen Creates Wonderful Websites for Artists
A client recently said to Laurie, “Everyone should have a Laurie Jacobsen in their back pocket!” Laurie loves being that for people…their back-pocket business advisor. Every product she creates is designed to make make small business owners’ lives easier, to remove technology stress, & help them find ways to easily grow their business. Her goal for every client’s website she builds, is to create something that is professional, beautiful, and designed to convert. Laurie lives in the desert, but dreams of the beach, where she grew up. She has been married to the love of her life, Wayne, for 17 years. They have three dogs that most days equal parts drive her nuts and makes her fall in love with them all over again. Laurie makes art every day and it brings her a sense of play and creativity that carries over into all aspects of her life. It makes her a better designer and a more creative thinker. Laurie’s design products can be found at and Her design services can be found at Her Instagram is @thelauriejacobsen.
June 01, 2021
What is Art Journaling? with Caylee Grey
Caylee Grey is the host of Get Messy and a South African perfectionist currently pursuing imperfection. More often than not, you’ll find her nurturing creativity as the resident Fairy Artmother for her growing community of artists in Get Messy, swapping bad puns with her very patient husband, wrestling her son’s snacks away from her tiny but determined dog, and emptying her thoughts onto the page. You can find Caylee at and on Instagram @cayleegrey.
May 10, 2021
Roxanne Padgett is THE Collage Fodder Kween!
Roxanne Padgett has been creating stuff and making messes since she was 4 or 5 years old using whatever materials she could find around the house. Usually it was paper, magazines, old books, tape, glue and items collected from nature. She does the same thing today but now we call it "Mixed Media". She believes that everyone is creative and she loves to support her as well as others' creative process. Roxanne’s personal motto is "Fear No Color.” The play and process is more important to her than the product. Roxanne is the Creative Director at the Museum of Children's Art in Oakland, Ca. She teaches adult art classes in the San Francisco Bay Area and throughout the United States. She is also the author of "Acrylics techniques in Mixed Media: Layer, Scribble, Stencil, Stamp” published by North Light books. Find her on Instagram @roxpadgett.
May 03, 2021
Melanie April is Figuring Out Art and Life
Melanie April is a curious, creative thinker who likes to tinker with water and color. She enjoys a quiet life in southwest Florida. Nature and the mystical are constant inspirations for her paintings and life. Color is her guide. She aspires to have her work and classes make people feel good and remember the simple and beautiful things that are all around us. In this way, she considers it her life's work and calling. Find Melanie at Instagram: @MelanieAprilArt
April 26, 2021
Leaca Young Lives in the Wild with Her Art Journals
Creativity has always been a large part of Leaca’s* life. She believes that everyone is a creative, some people just have not discovered their passion yet. Her goal is to share the message, “Go Forth and Create!” Mixed media is her love. She thrives on the freedom of working in any Leaca combines watercolor, ink, acrylics, fabrics-everything is fair game. Living in Alaska, Leaca is surrounded by beauty. She finds the scenery and the people equally inspiring. The world is endlessly providing inspiration and her mission is to take full advantage. Leaca’s favorites include color, nature, family, books, people and so much more. *Pronounced Lisa Find Leaca on Instagram @leacayoungart
April 19, 2021
Ali Manning is an Outstanding Bookarts Teacher
Ali has been blogging about paper crafts and book arts since the internet dark ages of 2007. Teaching others to express their creativity through handmade books is her greatest joy. She believes that anyone can create a handmade book and it shouldn’t require expensive tools or equipment. Her students appreciate the way she breaks down the most complicated bookbinding projects into manageable and easy steps. Working from her studio in a converted textile mill in Massachusetts, she has taught thousands of students via her blog, Vintage Page Designs, in person and with her latest online adventure, The Handmade Book Club. Her work has been featured in Somerset Studio, Take Ten, Paper Crafts Magazine and Cloth, Paper, Scissors.
April 12, 2021
Aimee Bishop is a Sharer of Techniques
Aimee is a lifelong creative and maker. Finding solace and healing within the pages of her own journal she decided that sharing this most precious process with others was one of her greatest passions. She has hosted in person gatherings and workshops, taught online and built 2 beautiful and nurturing public studio spaces where people could come and explore mixed media art and community as a healing modality. A self professed “art cheerleader” she is gifted at making art accessible to all. Aimee believes Art is a sacred form of self expression and in its purest form it is your truest emotion and a most powerful act of self love. Find Amy on Instagram @aimeeirel Facebook Website
April 05, 2021
Seth Apter is a Mixed Media Grunge Master
Join Wendy and Seth as they discuss Seth’s 20 year journey as a prolific mixed media artist and then traveling instructor. You can find Seth at http://Seth and Wendy at
March 29, 2021
I Just Don’t Like What I’m Creating Anymore
My thoughts and on a letter I received from a listener who is in a real artistic funk.
March 22, 2021
Andrea Chebeleu is a Mega Collector
Andrea Chebeleu is the artist owner of A Work of Heart Studio in San Jose, California, a magical art store/art workshop space. You can find her on Instagram @aworkofheartstudio and you can find all of her offerings at
March 15, 2021
Feeling Frustrated
Does looking at other people’s art on social media leave you demotivated instead of inspired? If you know how that feels, this just may be the episode for you.
March 08, 2021
Megan Whisner-Quinlan is a Prolific Art Journaler
Join me as I interview mixed media artist Megan Whisner-Quinlan, a busy, working mother of four who manages to make more amazing art in her spare time than most people could make if it was their full time job. Megan is a tutorial creator extraordinaire for Ranger Ink and Stencil Girl Products and hopes to be a full time working artist and teacher when her life allows the space for it. You can find her work on Instagram @megan_whisner_quinlan.
March 02, 2021
How to Find Your Artistic Style
I’ve been thinking a lot about the subject of “how to find your style” and I’ve got some potentially controversial thoughts about it that I want to share with you. I strongly believe that you cannot force this, and that you must allow for your style to find you. That involves surrender, trying a ton of stuff, listening to your intuition, spending a lot of time making things, and allowing room for lots of evolution. If you’d like to reach out to me and let me know how you feel about these ideas, you can find me on Instagram @willa.wanders and send me a DM.
February 24, 2021
DeeDee Catron
DeeDee Catron, Mixed Media Artist, Product Designer, Teacher and Business Owner joins us to talk about what she makes, where she gets her inspiration from and so much more. You can find her on Instagram @deedeecatron and @umwowstudio and at and Find me, Wendy Solganik, on Instagram @willa.wanders.
February 24, 2021
Hello and Introduction
I guess today is the day! I’ve launched a podcast and I can’t wait to discuss everything related to making art just for the flow of it.
February 22, 2021
February 21, 2021
February 21, 2021