Posts Tagged ‘Acrylic Inks’

SLO Creating

Do you feel like life is moving too fast? I know I do. I propose we all do some slow-creating, kind of like pro-creating, or giving birth to artful things on a slow, but regular, basis. A true labor love. A way of being. This weekend, I was able to do some   SLO-creating in San Luis […]


Unique and beautiful hand painted and printed fabric

What a treat it was to be able to teach a 3-day version of my Paint & Print-a-palooza workshop locally at Meissner’s Sewing in Sacramento. This was my second time teaching the class. The first time was at Craft Napa as a 1-day class. 3 days was great! It gave students enough time to take the […]


Making prayer flags at Craft Napa

This has been a very hard week with trumps assault on our civil liberties. It has been stressful, anger inducing, frustrating, painful, and scary. I feel traumatized, as each day the news got worse and worse. But as I write this post I feel renewed. My heart and spirit is lifted with each photo that I edit. […]


It’s been a productive week! Finishing the red vase

This week, in between packing up supplies for teaching at International Quilt Festival, this is about half of what I’ve had to pull together for all my classes, 4 other boxes have been shipped, . and finishing a cable sweater I’ve had in the works for 2 years, did I ever mention how much I […]


Blue vase painted with acrylic inks

Back in April I taught an acrylic inks workshop at the Focus on Fiber Florida retreat in New Smyrna Beach, Florida, and I had the opportunity to extend my stay by 3 days to paint and spend time on my own work. I made the sketch on the left as an idea for overpainting a […]


You win some and you lose some, it’s all about perspective

BUSHWHACK Bushwhack: to cut a path through dense vegetation.  Inspired by patterns in nature, I saw each block like plant cuttings scattered on the ground. 40’ x 40” You may remember when I posted some progress photos of this quilt several months ago. I started to make it for sheer pleasure, but as I was sewing […]


Woo hoo, I’m a cover girl!

This is the image I just received of the next issue of Machine Quilting Unlimited that I wrote an article for. I was told that if you get a new subscription by February 10th, this issue will come with your subscription. To get 10% off your renewal or subscription on print issues, use promo code MQUSPECIAL to […]


What I did on my Christmas vacation

Since I didn’t have any teaching gigs in December, it turned out to be a very productive month. I wrote an article for the upcoming March issue of Machine Quilting Unlimited. I completed another big project that I’m not quite ready to reveal, I’ll tell you about that after Craft Napa. I used some of the thermofax screens […]


The Craft Napa bloghop winner has been announced!

The winner of the $500 gift certificate to eQuilter.com is Janet Avery from Jenny Lyon’s blog post! Congratulations, Janet!  There are only 3 days! left to register for workshops and events at CRAFT NAPA! There’s just a few spots left in my 2 day acrylic inks workshop too and so I’d like to share some of the […]


What a treat to teach at a place that felt so much like home

I recently taught acrylic inks to the Pacific Piecemakers guild in Gualala, CA. It was close to a 4 hour drive from Sacramento, through Napa, and Sonoma counties to the southern edge of Mendocino county (115 miles north of San Francisco). The actual mileage is not that far but the 48 mile drive along Highway 1 […]


Succulent Love complete

A couple months ago I posted about painting a new piece called Succulent Love, and in the mean time, I’ve had a couple teaching gigs and a vacation trip and have been working on preparations for teaching at International Quilt Festival at the end of October. I don’t think people realize how much prep is involved teaching at conventions, […]


3 pieces going to festival in Houston this fall

I’m very excited to have two pieces accepted into the International Quilt Festival World of Beauty competition in Houston this fall. I haven’t entered this part of the show in about 6 years, before my life imploded. Since that time, I only managed to do about one quilt a year that was cathartic in nature, that I […]


Succulent Love

I have always loved succulents and cacti. Years ago when I lived in Los Angeles, I had a pretty big collection, but I had to give them away when I moved across country. Now that I’m back in California and in a drought, I’ve given up my thirsty garden and have been accumulating succulents again. […]


I finally did it, I wrote a book!

I wrote, designed and self-published  Creative Alchemy, 10+ Techniques with Acrylic Inks, as a supplement to my Acrylic Inks class, with the intention of eventually writing other books in a series on the different painting media and techniques I teach, under the Creative Alchemy title. 10+ Techniques with Acrylic Inks, covers all the various demos I do in my […]


A lovely 3 day retreat in the Hudson River Valley and a fun and fast trip to Houston, Texas!

I was so excited to teach at the Hudson River Valley Fiber Arts workshop an hour from Albany, NY, a week ago. Many of my friends have taught at there, and I’ve always heard the best things. The Greenville Arms was built in 1889 and consists of a large 3-story house with a dining room, […]


Bee-lieving in productivity and abundance

Spring is all around us here with trees blossoming everywhere you look, I can’t help but feel inspired and after teaching in Visalia and before preparing for my next teaching gig in Amador county with a group of Northern California art quilters, I had a strong desire to paint. I knew I wanted my work […]


Donate $100 and get fabulous art in exchange!

Feb 4th is almost here! and it’s the day to make a contribution to the Virginia Speigal’s FiberArt for a Cause fundraiser for the American Cancer Society and get a piece of unique textile art in exchange from one of the top 100 textile and mixed media artists. Check out all this amazing work to see what you could […]


Arrowmont and a week of painting with acrylic inks

Wow, it’s hard to know where to begin, there is so much to say about Arrowmont, what an amazing place it is, not only as a place to teach, but as a place to learn, create, and meet other artists who are passionate about their work all in a gorgeous setting, nestled into the foothills of the great smokey mountains. The […]


Discovering the hidden perks of a truckload of dung

Update: I was very excited to learn my quilt ‘8 of Cups’ won a blue ribbon for Best Use of Color at Pacific International Quilt Festival while I was at Arrowmont! 🙂     Believe it or not, ‘Discovering the Hidden Perks of a Truckload of Dung’ is the title of the quilt I just sent off […]


Spend a week immersed in the ultimate creative exploration using Acrylic Inks with me!

Oh my gosh, what could be more wonderful than crisp cool mornings, fall colors, and uninterrupted creative time in the Great Smoky Mountains for a whole week! Sounds like heaven to me and it’s coming up soon! October 12-18, I will be teaching an  Acrylic Ink Textile Adventure at Arrowmont, and I keep thinking of new techniques to […]


Exploring new directions with a variety of media

Recently I used acrylic inks to bring new life to a couple ‘finished’ pieces that, to put it simply, felt unfinished. I really love the way they look after adding a larger, more colorful, image. Each piece now has a dominant focal point painted with acrylic inks on top of a subtle, mainly monochromatic, background that was created with a variety […]


A blast of creativity and fun in my workshops with Unique Stitching

The last 3 weeks have been a whirlwind. I taught 2 classes with Unique Stitching, 3 classes at the Creative textiles show in Canberra, flew home from Australia on May 5th then drove to Fresno on May 8th, where I gave a lecture and taught a painting class. I’m just now catching my breath and able to […]


New product review: Golden High Flow Acrylics

Recently I bought some Golden High Flow acrylics to experiment with. These are not the same as Golden’s Fluid Acrylics which are slightly thicker in consistency. The high flow acrylics are like Liquitex and the FW Daler Rowney acrylic inks I have become so fond of painting with. The number one reason I bought the […]


Join me for a week of ultimate creative exploration at Arrowmont this fall

I think it’s a tremendous honor to be asked to teach at a venue with such a long history of teaching fine craft. The original settlement school, that became Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, was founded in 1912, in the Great Smoky Mountains. For years, I’ve heard  wonderful things about Arrowmont from other artists. I […]