Spotlight Artist Interview: Andrew Borloz

Andrew Borloz

Andrew Borloz

Spotlight Artist

by Barbara Moore

Greetings!  We are thrilled to shine the spotlight on one of our 'fellow' documenters.  Andrew has been sharing our Documented Life Project creative journey since we launched mid-December 2013.

Artistry to the max--every page bursting with inspirational techniques and a personal perspective.

Aren't his Weekly Challenge pages AMAZING?!  I had the pleasure of meeting Andrew and oohing/aahing over his XXXXL planner when he traveled south for some Florida sunshine.  Andrew is Mr. Personality Plus--a charming, energetic storyteller!  Our delightful time together was too short--here's hoping that our paths will cross again soon, preferably in an art studio!

Andrew with 3 of our Art to the 5th (Art5) gals....Rae, Roben-Marie and Sandi (yep, as the Life Photographer, I'm behind the lens!)

We adore '&rew' and vote ourselves as his #1 FANS!

Now you can get to know him better--here is his Spotlight Artist Interview:

A5:  Name and state

AB:  Andrew Borloz, New Jersey

A5:  What kinds of art do you do? What medium or craft did you start with?

AB:  When I was a little kid, I played a lot with cardboard, food packaging and paper towel tubes.  After visiting New York World's Fair in 1964, I got involved in architectural model-making of the various pavilions using wooden blocks, paper, cardboard, plastics and electrical wires (for lighting).  During my elementary and high school years, I made a lot of tree ornaments and flowers (plastic & felt). I then went to college and got my training in industrial & exhibit design which includes sketching (for conceptual & design ideas), marker renderings (for presentation to the clients) and engineering drawings (for tooling & mass production purposes). After working for various design consultancy companies for 7 years, I left the design field to go back to graduate school for masters degree in computer science. While working for a pharmaceutical company for 17 years, I traveled to various art retreats & workshops to learn the basics of acrylics, bookbinding, and mixed media.   I now do collage, painting, stenciling, letterpress printing, nature printing, printmaking, book binding, journaling, hand-lettering and designing.

A5: You are packing an art travel bag with your Top Five go-to items. Tell us what you choose. 

AB: First of all, I must have a digital camera so that I can take pictures of my work in progress. I often find many different textures & colors which I used in my digital work. Secondly, a box of mark-making tools - mostly paint markers.Thirdly, a small pair of scissors. Fourthly, tapes and glue sticks. Lastly, but not the least important, a journal book.

A5: What is your latest product discovery?

AB: Faber-Castell's Gelatos. I am not crazy about the name as it reminds me too much of the wonderful ice cream that I had back in 1990 on Isola Bella, an island located on the Lake Maggiore in northern Italy. I am now in the process of developing techniques with them for my stenciling projects.

A5: Tell us about your work space.

AB: My work space is dependent on what I am creating. The studio space that I used to have is now more of a warehouse than a work space - it is not currently well-organized and the reorganization is one of the projects on my list. I also used to have my own workshop before I went to college, and it is currently used as a food storage room - I would like to reclaim it as a workshop & studio. I often used the garage for spraying, top surfaces of the washing machine & dryer in the laundry room for stenciling and acrylic painting projects, my father's workshop (shown in photo) for metal and wood working, and the dining table in the kitchen for writing, collaging and journaling. The photo shows one of my workspaces - it was my father's workshop before he passed away and I used it for making videos of my DLP book.


A5: What is one thing you MUST have when you create? (drink, snack, music, lighting, etc)

AB: A well-organized space where I know where everything is. 

A5: What do you wish you were better at?

AB: For a long time, I have been focusing on more on what I can do and don't even think about what I can't do.  However, creating cohesive assemblages with three-dimensional objects is something I would like to do better.

A5: What color(s) are you loving right now?

AB: Citrus fruity colors such as lime green, lemon yellow, neon orange, and red grapefruit. 

A5: What is your favorite pen?

AB: Lamy Safari Fountain pen.

Here is Andrew's interpretation of our Week 17 Challenge (Draw or Photograph your Favorite Pair of Shoes):

Andrew's creative versatility is evident in his body of work.  Here are a few examples:

Check out more on Andrew's blog HERE

Find Andrew on Facebook HERE

High Five, Andrew,  from us Art5 gals -- we appreciate your willingness to share about yourself and your creative process with us and our DLP Members!

The Documented Life Project - 4/19 (Week 17) Challenge

April 19, 2014 - Week 17 Challenge - Photograph or draw your favorite shoes.

Sandi Keene: see more on her blog HERE.

Roben-Marie Smith - See more HERE on her blog.

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Rae Missigman - See more on her blog HERE.

Lorraine Bell - See more on her blog HERE.

Barbara Moore: Follow her on Instagram HERE

The Documented Life Project - 4/12 (Week 16) Challenge

April 12, 2014 - Week 16 Challenge - Add a cardboard food box in a creative way.

Roben-Marie Smith - See more HERE on her blog!

Lorraine Bell - See more HERE on her blog!

Sandi Keene: See details on her blog HERE

Barbara Moore: Follow her on Instagram HERE

Rae Missigman - See more details on her blog HERE.

Planner Pages Art to the 5th™ Style Workshop...

Color, photos, style and whimsy - we all want it on our planner pages but how???

Here is your answer - step-by-step video instructions from each artist on how they:

•create colorful backgrounds
•add words & photos
•find that sense of whimsy
•develop a distinct style and voice

Join the Art to the 5th™ artists as they take you through from blank page to finished product in 12 videos (4.5 hours). See tips, tricks, creating your own embellishments, color choices, working with different mediums (acrylic paint, mono printing, colored pencils, paint pens, etc.) as they create their planner pages. Let us help you change the way you look at your planner, your creativity and your abilities!

See below for the rave reviews this workshop is receiving!

Unlimited access to videos, available whenever you want them. Supply lists from each artists on what they used and when possible a link to where to purchase it.

See you in the Studio!!

Our fine print: videos are not downloadable, no PDF’s provided, this class covers planner pages NOT challenge pages, once you have purchased the videos there will be no refunds.  One student per purchase. No splitting/sharing classes.   See HERE for more Q&A regarding our workshops!

Introductory Price: $19


1. Click the purchase button to pay.

2. Once payment has been made, click the "Return to Serendipity Studios, LLC" to be taken to the page with directions for gaining access to the workshop.

3. Please read the directions on the "Welcome" page.

4. If you have not registered with our workshop site called Art to the 5th Academy™ please register HERE.  It is FREE!  You will need to be a member before accessing the classroom. 

NOTE: If your PayPal name/email does not match the one you use for our NING site, this process will take longer while we verify.

Workshop Details

•Open Registration - Take the workshop anytime!  There is no close date!

•This class is self-paced and all materials are available to you.  Join in when you want and finish on your schedule! 

•A private site has been set up for all class attendees. FREE registration with the site is required in order to attend workshop.

•NOTE: Once payment has been made directions will be e-mailed to you with directions for access.  Please allow from 24-36 hours for information to be sent.

•Videos are not available for download.

•The tuition is non-refundable once access has been given to registrants.

What Students Are Saying

“ Best $19 investment ever! Thank you so much Fab 5!” -Rene J.

“I struggle the most with the journaling, not much of a writer but have always wanted to. The idea of journaling with stickers and other embellishments for me was one of the best tips.  Now I can't wait to start!! I think these ladies are awesome!!! LOVE THEM!!!!” -Maribel E.

“The Art 5's new workshop was money amazingly spent.  It gave me a new perspective on things I have in the house. The workshop gave me a better idea on what to do on weeks where my life seems boring. It taught me how to let go of perfection.
It is kind that each artist has at least two videos up plus lists of what they use. And detailed lists.  It's the best $19 I have spent. Thank-you, ladies. I love your new workshop.” -Robin D.

“The videos have really helped me to see a different way of recording rather than simply "art" for art's sake. I'm also changing how I see DLP and seeing far more possibilities than I had before.  Thanks for all you ladies do for us!! You are all so positive and generous, not to mention extremely talented. I'm honored to be part of this fab group - it has really changed me and helped me to grow! Thank you!!” -Susan H.

“I'm learning so much, trying to embrace imperfection and using things in ways I hadn't thought of before. The videos are great and I've already watched some more than once. Thanks Art5 ladies! You rock!! -Shawn R.

“I struggled with the process, just couldn't get my head around the planner side of things, never been much of a planner, but love the idea, you know how that of course I pretty much gave up on most all of it recently...but after watching the videos I'm feeling newly inspired, and most definitely looking at it all differently.  I also add my HUGE THANKS to the lovely ladies that are Art to the 5th for all of their amazing talent, and time they spend on this entire process/group & classes, and their graciousness in sharing their knowledge.“ Kristine P.

“Thank you so much Rae, wonderful video's. Full of such inspiration and fun ideas. I love that you use almost everything you have to create such gorgeous and meaningful pages. Your video's were a real treat to watch ...and I will surely re-watch as well. Thank you again for putting together such great information!” -Alice R.

“Gorgeous planner page!  So many great ideas in your videos, too! I totally get "the busier it gets the more I love it" thing - that is so my style, too!” -Donna J.

“To the art5 lady's: thank you so so much for sharing your talents! I'm inspired to try more new things” -An Z.

“I have completely loved the class. It has over 4 hours of video! I appreciate so much seeing the different perspectives and approaches from the 5 administrators. Thank you all so much for your generosity in sharing your processes.” -April M.

The Studio Opens Friday, April 11...


We will be there...will you?!


Inquiring Minds Want to Know

Q: Do we have to wait until Friday?

A: Yes, because good things come to those who wait!

Q: But when on  Friday?

A: Friday morning but after we make our beds and brush our teeth.

Q: How much?

A: Two Grande Iced Mocha Frappuccinos plus 3 squared = $19.

Q: Do I have unlimited access to the class?

A: Of course, as long as the delivery of M&M's continues.

The Documented Life Project- 4/5 (Week 15) Challenge

April 5, 2014 - Week 15 Challenge - Monochromatic: use shades, tints and hues of one color!

Sandi Keene: Visit her blog for more details HERE.

Lorraine Bell:  Visit her blog for more details HERE.

Roben-Marie Smith - See her blog HERE for more!

Rae Missigman:  To see more details visit her blog HERE

Barbara Moore:  Visit her on Instagram HERE

The Documented Life Project - 3/29 (Week 14) Challenge


March 29, 2014 Challenge - Week 14 - Write your name and embellish it.

Lorraine Bell - See her full page HERE.

Sandi Keene - See her full page HERE.

Roben-Marie Smith - See more HERE on her blog!

Rae Missigman - See her full page HERE.

Barbara Moore: Follow her on Instagram HERE.

Snap & Share Workshop - Roben-Marie Smith

Snap & Share Workshop

From Phone or Camera to Project - this video-based class gets those lovely photos off your camera roll and onto FOUR artsy mixed media photo projects perfect for display or gifting.  I will share with you the process I use to prepare my photos to send off to my local printer or print at home and/or my favorite online sources.

Step-by-step video tutorials take you through the process of creating these four artful projects. Follow along in my style or in your own - your choice. These projects are especially designed for any skill level. Beginners will be comfortable while advanced students can take off and make these as detailed as they desire. This class is for everyone, yes, YOU!

Check out all the detail HERE!

The Documented Life Project - 3/22 (Week 13) Challenge


March 22, 2014 Challenge - Week 13 - Ask someone else to draw on your page - finish it!

Sandi Keene - see more on her blog HERE


Roben-Marie Smith - Visit her blog HERE for more details!

Lorraine Bell - Visit her blog HERE for more details!


       Rae Missigman - Visit her blog HERE for more details!

Barbara Moore - follow here on Instagram HERE