Gina Milano from Bellevue, Washington, submitted a couple of great ideas for our Show & Tell page. (Thanks, Gina!) Gina enjoys the embroidery capability of her machine, but wanted to do more. Gina said, “Think outside the box; combine techniques! I like to do some machine embroidery. I stitched out a koi fish, and then […]
Archives for September 2012
Texture Alert: Highway Art
To paraphrase an old saying, “Art is in the eye of the beholder.” And it’s everywhere if you simply allow it to catch your attention – even on the pavement! OK. I admit it. I’m a texture-holic. And yes, I see texture almost everywhere. Especially when I’ve got time for daydreaming. Road trips are a […]
Make Your Mark: Did you practice this week?
Practice may not make perfect (at least in my world), but it sure makes thing easier when it comes to carving linoleum blocks and sheets. I had a lovely ‘home alone’ weekend. With no worries about what my dear husband wanted to do, I took refuge in my studio on Saturday evening and carved 2 […]
Survey: How do you like to Learn?
We’re working on an exciting new class format here at Cedar Canyon, and I need your help to make sure it serves your needs. Here’s how you can help… Now that the online home of the ‘new’ Cedar Canyon Textiles is up and running, I’m starting to work on some exciting new learning opportunities. Since […]
Ask Shelly: Do I Really Need A Blender Paintstik?
Many of you have acquired Paintstiks Blenders over the years, and I get a lot of questions about how to use them. Let’s start with what a blender is, and then tackle whether or not we need them. You might be surprised by my advice about these sticks. First of all, let’s be clear about […]
Make Your Mark: Carving Basics
I’m the first to admit that I’m not a natural-born artist. Just like you, I have to start at the beginning, learn the basic skills, and practice. Heavy on the practice. Sound familiar? Good – I’m glad to know it’s not just me. Linoleum carving is no different. A little practice goes a long, long […]
Tool Talk: Grip-n-Grip Mats
While Grip-n-Grip mats are on my short list of absolutely-can’t-live-without-it tools, they do require a bit of maintenance. After all, everything (and I mean everything) wants to stick to these ‘sticky mats.’ I shared this post on the blog a while back, but it’s definitely worth repeating. Grip-n-Grip Mats Are One of My Favorite Things […]
Make Your Mark – CAREFULLY!
Last week I invited you to join my printmaking adventure using linoleum blocks and sheets. If you issued the intro, you can click over to the blog to read Make Your Mark and the New Product Announcement. link to previous blog posts. If you’re like me, you’ll want to jump right in the moment your […]
New Products: Easy-To-Cut Linoleum
In preparation for my series of articles on printmaking, we’ve added Easy-to-Cut Linoleum blocks and sheets to our Online Store. Most of the time I’ll refer to them as ‘lino’ products rather than linoleum. (It’s so much faster to type…) [If you are a shop owner, the answer to your question is YES. The Easy-To-Cut […]