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February 2019 posts

One of the new stencils I designed for The Crafter's Workshop is this one, called "Love Frame:" It makes a print that looks like this: BUT, you can change the look of the print by creating a custom mask. Watch the video for the how to: This is an easy way to make your stencil a more versatile tool! And the technique could certainly be applied to other stencils with open spaces. Other supplies from the video: Gel Plate: Brayer: Stencil Plastic: I hope you'll give this technique a try! It's a great stencil for Valentine's Day!... Read more →

I had some ugly papers -- experiments that didn't go well. So I decided to throw them up on my painting wall and see what happened. Watch this short video for a time lapse peek at the process: I love the painting wall in my studio (it's just insulation board nailed to the wall) but it can be difficult to really "see" the work. This is what it looked like at the end of my painting session: And then once they were dry and I pulled them off the wall: It's amazing what a difference it makes seeing them away... Read more →

As I mentioned last week, my quilt guild held a day of workshops on Saturday. We had a pot luck lunch and I brought cookies. Quilt block cookies. Each cookie was a half-square triangle. And just like a quilt, when you put them all together, you get lots of different patterns! I made four different "patterned fabrics" using royal icing: It was my first time doing two different cookie icing techniques: wet in wet and one consistency piping. What does that mean? "Wet in wet" is when you layer different colored icings while they're still wet. This way they all... Read more →

I am on an e-mail list for quilt artists. People on the list often ask questions about supplies, techniques, etc. Last week, I read and re-read this one question and response. The question is paraphrased, but the response is verbatim: Q: I want to create a drop shadow in my work. I’ve looked at and read about different ways of doing this, but I’m not sure what would be the best technique for me? A: "It sounds as if you have some learning to do before setting to work on your quilt. Make a sample of each of the options... Read more →

I'm so pleased to share a chat I recently had with my friend, Dina Wakley. If you do not see the podcast player above, please click on this link. You can listen to a podcast anywhere and at any time. It is a recording that is available to you whenever you'd like to listen. If you'd like to download it to your iTunes library, click here. You can also pause and rewind or fast forward as you desire. I like to listen to podcasts while I'm making art. It's a little like hanging out with friends while you art. Please... Read more →

I belong to the Quilter's Connection guild, here in Massachusetts. The guild is hosting a day of quilt/art classes this Saturday (February 9). It's just $10 for the day -- includes a morning class, an afternoon class, and a potluck lunch. Classes range from gelatin printing to Japanese Boro Stitch. You can see a full list here. I'm teaching a class in the afternoon called "Instagram for Artists." Here is the class description: If you’re creative and you have a smart phone, you need to be on Instagram. It’s a wonderful resource for artistic inspiration. You can discover techniques and... Read more →

As of late, I've got rocks on the brain! I keep making these kind of rock formations in my work. I don't know where it's coming from, but I've decided to embrace it. And so I give you: my Big Stone Collage: It's a mixture of painted paper collage, acrylic paint, pencil, oil pastel, crayon, and more! You can watch this quick video to see the piece come together in about 45 seconds: Thanks for stopping by! Read more →

It's February! Let the Valentine's Day projects begin! It's an odd phenomenon. I'm not that huge of a Valentine's Day person, but I love making things that feature hearts. And so, here is the first of my crafty Valentine's Day projects: It’s super easy to create a customized Valentine’s Day card with a big beautiful pop-up heart inside when you have a ScanNCut! This is an easy project that you can customize with your own text, fonts, and personal flair! ScanNCut users from beginner to advanced will enjoy making this beautiful card while learning important ScanNCut skills. Watch the video... Read more →

I am a member of the Cambridge Modern Quilt Guild. At our most recent meeting we were each instructed to bring a fat quarter of red, orange, yellow, blue, green, and purple fabric. We created piles of each of the colors of fabric... ...and then through a complicated series of swaps, we each ended up with a pile of 6 fabrics -- but not all of the colors. This was the pile I ended up with: I used my ScanNCut to help me cut out a bunch of shapes for raw edge applique and put this little baby quilt together... Read more →