In preparation for my first gallery show, I had to solve the problem of how to sign a stitched painting. The pieces were finished. They were stretched on internal frames. They were absolutely ready for the packing crate. Except that… oops!… Nothing had a signature! Now I knew I could sign the back of the […]
Learn from my Marking Pencil Mistake
There are few things more frustrating than mistakes that can be avoided. In this post, I share my mis-adventure with a marking pencil — and how you can avoid this mistake in your fabric art projects.
Studio Essentials: Finding the Sweet Spot
After three months in Chapala with (very) limited supplies, I found my home studio more than a bit overwhelming. With several decades worth of art supplies on hand, it’s a miracle I get anything done! It’s time to remove the distractions and get down to a smaller set of Studio Essentials. Rather than just “thinking” […]
A Tale of Two No Slip Mats
If you hang around Cedar Canyon for more than a day or two, you’ll quickly learn that I am a huge fan of “sticky” tools. In particular, no slip mats have been on my must-have list since I published Paintstiks on Fabric back in 2005. For the last 10+ years, I’ve been singing the praises […]
A Bit of Play with Carved Stamp Graphics
Do you have a favorite stamp, stencil or texture in your collection of art supplies? Have you ever wished that it was bigger, smaller – or a stencil instead of a stamp? My all-time favorite tool is a composite stamp that I created more than a decade ago in a Complex Cloth course with Jane […]
Custom Color Velcro to the Rescue!
In last week’s post, I told you about my adventure with an Urban Computer Satchel. One of the my “standard” detours on a project like this is to paint up some Custom Color Velcro. Before you shake your head at me and think “Seriously,” answer me this. Don’t you hate being limited to White, Beige […]
Got Glass Rubbing Plates?
One of my favorite things about working with Paintstik Rubbings (and teaching you to use them!) is that we can make rubbings from just about anything that is reasonably flat and has a texture. Including glass. See how you can save Grandma’s pie plate on fabric. Click To Tweet During one of the recent classes, […]
Testing A Flower Collage Overlay
Do you ever have an idea for a project you are working on – but hesitate to check it out because testing the idea could destroy all the work you have already done? I often find myself wanting to play it safe rather than pushing ahead with something that might be really cool. The nagging […]
Studio Storage Solution for Freezer Paper Masks
A while back, I took a studio time-out to clean off my 4’ x 8’ work table. (You can read about my sorry adventure here.) One pile of things on my work table was a bunch of freezer papers masks I had cut to use as examples in the Whole Cloth Collage course. In case […]
Rubbing Plate Surgery
Several years ago, when Zentangles were very much in fashion, I designed a set of rubbing plates I called Doodles. Many of the designs were divided into sections instead of having one distinct design for each plate. Build your own textures with Rubbing Plate Surgery! Click To Tweet My favorite plate in the collection is […]
Tool Talk: Sticky Cutting Mats To The Rescue
If you’ve been with me for a while, you know I have this thing about Sticky Stuff. In fact, if I had a nickel for every time I shouted the praise of Sticky Mats and Sticky Spray, I would be sitting under a palapa in Mexico instead of looking at the snow outside my window. […]
Speed Things Up With A Silhouette Hi-Tech Helper
As I have been prepping for the Whole Cloth Collage class that will begin in mid-January, I started pondering how I might speed things up. For previous projects, I have always drawn images on paper and cut them out by hand. (Although I do use an Olfa Circle Cutter whenever possible.) To cut stencils FAST, […]
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