Creative Process

Painted ipad Bag

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I have been wanting to buy a case for my ‘new’ ipad, but have held off because I read the ipad 2 cases didn’t work with the new ipads because they moved the magnet that puts it in sleep mode when you close the cover and there aren’t that many options in covers for the […]


Making the 8 of Cups

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Things were humming along and then…snap!

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Isn’t it ironic that my free-motion presser foot breaks at strength?! LOL Well as frustrating as that is I suppose I shouldn’t be too surprised, this machine is over 20 years old and it is my favorite so it gets a lot of use. Luckily I found a replacement online pretty quick and have ordered […]


Painting Canvas

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This week I had a need to paint so I pulled out a big piece of canvas, threw a layer of gesso on it and  drew a big octopus. Indigo‘s always telling me I should paint on canvas more. I painted the octopus body with acrylic inks. and painted the water and seaweed with regular […]


8 of Cups progress

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I am finally getting some time to work on my latest piece. I decided I want the quilting to have less loft and dimension and instead have more stitched illustrative details, so I am using wool felt instead of batting. Luckily I had a big piece of yellow felt that a friend gave me during […]


Folk Art Inspired Ornament

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What you’re going to need 4″ square Walnut Hollow aluminum and cardboard from packageembossing toolribbon for hangingred paintpaint brushdecorative craft scissorspaper scissorshole punchE-6000 glue or similar adhesiveAdirondack alcohol inks and blending solution (optional) Click on the heart image to open a full size jpg on another web page. Drag image onto your desktop and print […]


8 of cups

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While trying to gain perspective on things, the card that turned up most often as an outcome in tarot readings was the 8 of cups. It expresses exactly how I feel and has helped me realize I need to be more assertive in taking control of my life.  Being a tea drinker, using tea cups […]


Making progress in life and art

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This is my initial drawing on fabric as the base for my painting. I started with an anatomical heart from an old medical illustration engraving. I extended the arteries into curving vines to represent new growth and life. Below I have drawn veins from a heart, going upwards, which feel like barren trees, but also have the […]


Finding my way out

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Thank you so much for all the words of support and encouragement, I appreciate it so much. I am blessed to have so many wonderful friends and kindred creative spirits in my life. I needed to find perspective over the last week and realize that although times are difficult, I am not alone and things […]


Caught in the weeds

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I am sorry I have been so bad about posting lately, I have been having a very difficult time in my personal life on almost all levels. I have felt overwhelmed and am trying to pull myself out of it. I need to look at the spaces between the weeds in my life and see […]


Making Felted Pumpkins

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To make felted pumpkins you will need: wool roving in pumpkin colors left over yarn, wool works best but other fibers will work too pantyhose orange and green embroidery floss or pearl cotton long embroidery needle scissors. You can also make Dia de los Muertos skulls too, by making white felted balls. Cut 2 oval pieces […]


Finger painting on my iphone

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The other night I was poking around on my phone and realized I hadn’t played with the Brushes app in almost a year. Brushes is a painting app that you can either just paint an image from memory, make something up or work over an existing photo by randomly choosing different brush styles and sizes […]


Color is Amazing!

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Earlier this year my daughter Indigo came across an interesting example showing how one color can be extremely affected by another color, she created this series of images to illustrate this particular phenomenon. In the image above, it appears that the eye on the left is blue, matching the blue circle on the upper right, […]


Lots of creating, not a lot I can show

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I have been working like crazy the last couple weeks prepping for a trip to Cleveland next monday for Quilting Arts TV. I’ve been playing with lots of fun products and techniques, but you’ll just have to watch for season 900 to find out what they’ll be. I still have one more segment to work […]


Have you always wanted to paint but don’t know where to start?

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Oh Deer, Look What’s Become of Me!   detail In August I am teaching one of my favorite classes Painting Imagery for Art Quilts at the Create Retreat in Lisle, Illinois, just outside Chicago. I love to teach this class not only because I love to paint, but also because I love seeing peoples amazement when […]


An Artist Village

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Welcome to my stop on the Artist Village blog tour. My house is one of the little ones in the center circle of the village. Symbolically the bird, who spreads its wings and flies, has spoken to me over the last couple years, so I decided to make a bird house. The house incorporates floral/plant imagery […]


Paper and Paint

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My daughter Nina gave me a lovely sketch/scrap book made with banana fiber pages. I love the speckled natural color of the paper. I really want to spend more time drawing, I used to be really good about keeping sketchbooks. Funny how once kids came into the picture, that sort of slipped away. I want to get […]


Make Tea Stained Fabric

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Over the last couple weeks, I have been preparing a lot of fabric for the workshops I’ll be teaching in the next several months.  I have torn yards and yards of white fabric and handdyed a variety of light colors to use in the Tsukineko inks classes and also made tea colored painted fabric for […]


Down the home stretch

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Two months ago I began this painting for a quilt, unfortunately it got put on hold because several writing projects came up. I have been very quiet the last two weeks because I had to get back to work on it full time to make the deadline for it this week. When I prepare a […]


Dyeing for some recipes

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For the last week I have been creating new color dye recipes using Rit to match some of the 2011 Pantone Fashion colors for Spring and Fall that Rit does not presently have in their color formula guide, but will be adding soon. I also spent some time mixing a few new colors using Rit’s […]


Felted Eggs

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While I was poking around on  Pinterest I saw quite a few pretty dyed eggs and thought it might be fun to make some felted eggs. After all they aren’t going to spoil between now and Easter It might be fun to also add some decorative stitching with embroidery floss and adding some cut out wool […]


Start a Conversation

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Wanting to share a little Valentine’s Day love, I decided to sew up some conversation hearts for the special people in my life. I stamped endearments on felt and cut a paper heart to use as a template for cutting them out. Each heart was stuffed with a smaller heart of wool batting and stitched […]


Painting with FW inks

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I have begun working on a new quilt for the next exhibit being curated by Leslie Tucker Jenison and Jamie Fingal to follow last years exhibit Beneath the Surface. The 3 of Swords quilt I made for Beneath the Surface, was a departure from my usual style. My work although often inspired by life experiences […]


You have got to try these!

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  I bought a couple bottles of these acrylic inks by Daler Rowney last summer but had not opened them until I got a note from blog reader Stacy Hortner, who mentioned how much she liked them. So I ran out to Blick and bought a few more colors to do a little experimenting. Working […]