Archive for April, 2012

May Day, May Day – Let the Creating Begin!

April 30 – Tracie Lynn Huskamp A Stenciled &Stitched Special Occasion Greeting Card May 1 – Traci Bunkers Gelatin Plate Printing on Fabric May 2 – Lisa Engelbrecht Script Lettering/Tattoo style using Sakura Calligrapher Pens May 3 – Judy Coates Perez How Can You Resist Such a Simple Technique? May 4 – Melanie TestaA Thimble […]


10 Techniques with Acrylic Inks

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We had a great time with the acrylic inks class, this was the first official time through it so there is always so much to learn, for all of us. I’m glad it was a small class, I can see where timing will have to be adjusted for a big class, as well as needing […]


Embossing Metal at Shake Rag Alley

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It was so nice to teach a few small classes for a change, don’t get me wrong, I enjoy the energy and excitement of large classes (25 students) at festival, but day after day on your feet circling the room on those carpet covered concrete convention floors can get tiring.  At Shake Rag things were […]


The Road to Mineral Point

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I’ve been slow to get a blogpost written because it took me a couple days to deal with some computer issues. Basically my computer kept telling me my startup disk was full and before I could upload any photos from my trip I needed to clear some space on my hard drive, but now that […]


Day 3 Heavy Metal Play Day

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The saturday metal class was fantastic! Walnut Hollow recently changed the size of their metal squares from 4″ x 4″ to 5″x 5 3/4″, and this larger size really opened up the creative potential for embossing.  My students had so much fun, creating fantastic designs, check out all their beautiful work (click on the photos […]


Day 2- Color Theory

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I believe the best way to learn about color is to mix and create colors by watching the physical interaction of one hue upon another using paint. Reading about color or looking at swatches of fabric can give you a sense about how colors relate but there’s nothing like experiential learning to fully grasp the […]


Exploring Tea & Ephemera in Cincinnati

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The first day of festival I taught Tea & Ephemera which is a class focused on learning a variety of mixed media techniques: drawing on tea bags and adhering them to fabric  working with printed tea bags collaging a variety of art papers, napkins, book pages and foreign language newspapers additional color is applied with paint […]


Off to Cincinnati for International Quilt Festival

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So I wish I could say I’ve been doing all sorts of creative things the last couple weeks but unfortunately I can’t. It’s been mostly teaching type stuff; signing and sending contracts, negotiating future teaching engagements (a few downunder, yipee!) preparing handouts and samples for new classes, accumulating supplies for my teaching gigs and packing. […]


DIY Ombre Jean Skirt

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I’ve had this jean skirt for a couple years and have hardly ever worn it, the first reason is the length was not flattering being right at the knee, as you can see here in this photo from quilt festival with my friend  Jane LaFazio and one of my students, Nasreen. It makes my long […]


Making Black and Bloom all Over

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I love getting really focused and tightly rendering a representational image while painting, but recently I have been trying to get looser and more gestural with my painting, kind of like the direction I take with some of my mixed media work, but pushing it even further. For my latest quilt, which represents my present emotional state of […]