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Saturday, January 30, 2010

More artsy links!

 
Beading Arts
Cyndi is so happy that the third year of the Bead Journal Project has started. This year, she's making a bead embroidered bracelet for each month of the project.

Creative Dreamer
A tutorial to make your Valentine a fun little gift...  

Faint Heart Art
Vicki uses Photoshop to wow and for digital scrapbooking  

Gadabout Media
Valentine's Day means making heart motifs, so Chloe has found some funky and fun hearts to craft  

Hankering for yarn
Noreen thought that designing a knitted bookmark for Valentine's day gifts would be a quick and easy process. Well! it turned out to be a real saga, but it was oh so worth it! The hearts and cables knitted bookmarks are just wonderful, and the pattern is now blissfully easy, since Noreen cracked the code on it.

The Artful Crafter
How to use waterslide decals for decoupage under glass. Put your original designs anywhere with inkjet or laserjet decals.  

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Friday, January 29, 2010

Artsy blogging round-up!

 
Farm Girl Roots, City Girl Style
Check out a new product Linda found and a new friend Linda made at CHA.

Stefanie Girard's Sweater Surgery
Check out fun pictures with some great crafty and stylish peeps at The Craft Super Show and CHA 

The Artful Crafter
Do you have any crafty angels – angels you’ve made or angels you’ve met?

About Family Crafts
If you are looking for ideas for fast and fun home-made St. Valentine's Day cards, check out what Sherri has to offer. 

Aileen's Musings
Aileen is participating in One World One Heart International blog giveaway. Stop by and see what OWOH is all about and enter to win some goodies!

Craftside-A behind-the-scenes peek at a crafty world
Craftside went to CHA and it brought back tons of fun pictures of all sorts of creative people. Check out some of the fun pictures and projects along with a link to more studio space photos and how to bead quill around a core bead from the book Bead Quill Jewelry. 

Crafty Princess Diaries
Another project is in the works, a super duper red scarf in yummy cranberry.

Cross Stitch at About.com
Stitch a simple Be Mine Valentine design for your beloved. 





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Thursday, January 28, 2010

How to get your work featured on Mixed Media Artist



There's really no mystery! If you'd like to share a piece you've made, all you have to do is shoot me an email to cyndi @mazeltovjewelry.com (remove the spaces). Please put mixed media image to share in the subject line. We love to read about things like what inspired you to make the piece and any challenges that you faced, so tell us a bit about yourself and the image that you're sending. Please size your image to 72 dpi resolution, and make it no wider than 600px. I'll gladly share your website and/or blog link along with your image and description.

If you'd like to consider sharing an in depth artist profile with us (see Artist Profiles for past examples), just put mixed media artist profile in the subject line. I'll send you the questions that I ask profiled artists to consider...I think you'll be able to tell from those questions whether or not you'll want to do a full profile. If it seems to be too much, you could simply send me an artist statement that covers what materials you like best and what inspires you, along with about 3 images you'd like to feature.

I'm always looking for new artists to promote and profile as well as established favorites! Don't be shy...send me that query!

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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Recent publications: January 2010






Art Making & Studio Spaces: Unleash Your Inner Artist: An Intimate Look at 31 Creative Work Spaces by Lynne Perrella


Fabric Jewelry Wrapped, Braided and Sewn by Heidi Pridemore and Nancy Zieman


Exploring the Latest Trends in Mixed Media Art, Volume II by Sherre Hulbert


101 Mixed-Media Art Projects, How-to's & Ideas: A Beginner's Guide to Messy Art Without Rules! by Jennifer Greenleaf


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Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Book Review: Secrets of Rusty Things

Secrets of Rusty Things
by Michael de Meng


I loved this book! That said, I have to tell you that if you are looking for a purely techniques book, you’d be better off with a different one. But for me, Secrets of Rusty Things: Transforming Found Objects into Art was just delightful.

Michael de Meng shows how he goes about doing what he does from the first stages of hunter-gatherer, through the sometimes frustrating times of picking and choosing, and the final stages of assembling his treasures. There are plenty of techniques along the way, but the focus of this book is more on the thought process and creative journey of a found object genius. Often very very humorous, Michael’s writing is the perfect complement to the artwork that he shares.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Shibori quilt - part six



After completing the hand quilting through all three layers of the quilt sandwich, I marked the outer edges and zigzag stitched with my machine all along the lines.  Then I cut out the quilt close to the lines and zigzagged around the edges again to make sure they were secure and wouldn't slip.

The edge was finished with 3 strands of embroidery floss, using a blanket stitch.  I added a sparkly silver-lined green 8/0 bead to every third stitch.  The finished size of the quilt is 18 x 21 inches 

Creating the background fabric: Part one, Part two
Creating the quilt: Part three, Part four, Part five, Part six



Copyright 2010 Cyndi Lavin. Not to be reprinted, resold, or redistributed for profit. May be printed out for personal use or distributed electronically provided that entire file, including this notice, remains intact.

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Saturday, January 23, 2010

More artsy links!



Creative Dreamer
After issuing the Valentine Challenge last week, I've got something to help make it easy to plant a few seeds of joy, and make it easy for you to participate in the challenge!

Gadabout Media DIY
Are you inspired to create something to help the people of Haiti? Here are a few suggestions to help you get started.  

Hankering for yarn
Noreen's been working on a new design for Knitted Shadow Scarves. She describes the process of designing and building a new pattern. Hard work- but oh so worth it to bring an idea to life! 


The Artful Crafter
Are you sometimes frazzled by all the demands for your time? Here’s Eileen’s plan to make more time for her art.



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Friday, January 22, 2010

Artsy blogging round-up!


 
Cross Stitch at About.com
Have you ever stitched on silk gauze? Vote in the poll and tell us about your experience or lack thereof by leaving a comment.

Farm Girl Roots, City Girl Style
Hey diddle diddle, the pig had a fiddle...This verse was printed on the fabric that Linda used as the inspiration for one of her favorite quilts. 

Jewelry & Beading
Check out Kathryn Lane Berkowitz's gorgeous seed bead work!

Margot Potter The Impatient Crafter
Happy UnValentine's Day from Madge with this tongue in cheek card for iLoveToCreate 

The Artful Crafter
How to use waterslide decals for decoupage under glass. Put your original designs anywhere with inkjet or laserjet decals.

About Family Crafts
Sherri has gathered together a collection of projects that would make great St. Valentine's Day gifts. Nothing quite says 'I Love You' like a personalized gift, hand-made by you. 

Aileen's Musings
Aileen's isn't quite up to full speed again after having pneumonia so she's reposting the link to her freebie's page full of how-to's, tutorials and freebie images. Peruse and have fun playing!

Cathie Filian
Check out this cute appliqued apron that Cathie whipped up for Better Homes and Gardens. 

Craftside-A behind-the-scenes peek at a crafty world
At Craftside there is the full low down on all the signings, classes, and make & takes with the authors for the big winter 2010 CHA show, some wonderful journal page art, how to make an Egyptian stick, a great tool for making stripes, turning a paper clip into a jazzy bookmark and some recycled zipper jewelry.

Crafty Princess Diaries
Get the 411 on a group of crafters who can help you help Haiti. 


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Thursday, January 21, 2010

Shibori quilt - part five




The pattern left by the stitching in my background fabric made some natural spots to add beads.  I chose white and clear beads, many with an aurora borealis finish to give the sort of sparkle that you'll see on a snow field.   My painted fabric isn't an exact representation of the snowy mountainsides, obviously, and the beads help to give more of that glitter, at least when you see the quilt in real life.





In the center of the quilt was a larger patch of unrelieved white, and I decided to do a cluster of beads there, which would include some soft orange and gold beads to suggest a reflection of the sun.




The beading took many hours...even though it wasn't complicated, there was a lot of ground to cover!




Finally, I was able to take the finished quilt top and make a quilt sandwich with a thin layer of natural cotton batting and a piece of backing fabric.  I pinned the quilt together around the outsides and along the interior lines that I planned to stitch.  Using three strands of green embroidery floss, I quilted through all layers by hand, just along the lines that separated the various hills.

Next time, finishing up!

Creating the background fabric: Part one, Part two
Creating the quilt: Part three, Part four, Part five, Part six


Copyright 2010 Cyndi Lavin. Not to be reprinted, resold, or redistributed for profit. May be printed out for personal use or distributed electronically provided that entire file, including this notice, remains intact.

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Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Book Review: Mixed Emulsions

Mixed Emulsions
by Angela Cartwright

The subtitle of this marvelous book is "Altered art techniques for photographic imagery." And that’s just the tip of the iceberg of what’s included here. Angela Cartwright shares dozens of ways to alter your actual photos through different media and by utilizing different substrates for your work. She covers tinting with oils or water media, stencils, bleaching, markers, gesso, encaustics, embossing, stamping, inks, sanding, and scratching the photo surface. Lots of ways to texture both the image and the frame are covered, along with collaging techniques, decollaging, and different methods of adding depth and dimension to the "frame" of the image.

One of my favorite techniques that she explains is a gesso wash applied not only to your canvas substrate, but also over your image. It gives the images a beautiful aged look that blends into the background, especially if you’ve printed out your photos in black and white or in sepia tones.

Most of the reviews of this book have been very positive, and I’d add my voice to that opinion!

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Monday, January 18, 2010

Shibori quilt - part four





Time to add a pop of color!  I decided on using the complementary colors to all this blue green, and settled on a nice strong orangey red.  I used some lovely shades of Golden's tube acrylics, diluted well, to make some snow painted fabric (I'll share a tutorial for snow painting later).  I choose a strongly colored piece of the resulting cloth and cut out a circle for the sun.



 


The reason for using such a diluted method of painting the fabric is that I wanted the hazy look that you get over the mountains.  The sun is rarely more than a glowing smudge in the sky when the clouds and snow spray are obscuring it.

The sun was stitched on with the same "reverse" blanket stitch that I used for the trees.  I mixed a strand of red with a strand of orange embroidery floss to get the exact color I wanted.  Using plain red for a little extra pop, I stitched a couple of stylized cardinals onto two trees. 




Time to start adding beads!



Creating the background fabric: Part one, Part two
Creating the quilt: Part three, Part four, Part five, Part six



Copyright 2010 Cyndi Lavin. Not to be reprinted, resold, or redistributed for profit. May be printed out for personal use or distributed electronically provided that entire file, including this notice, remains intact.

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Saturday, January 16, 2010

More artsy links!


 
Creative Dreamer
Valentine's Day is approaching faster than you think...I'm issuing a challenge to all of my readers...and there is bribery involved! Come see...

Gadabout Media
Did you know that there is a really fun way to help out the American Heart Association and the American Cancer Society? Coats & Clark and Burda are working together to make this happen. 

Hankering for yarn
Tatting with metallic threads gives the impression of a beaded motif. Noreen has designed tatted dragonflies that can be used as jewelry or in scrapbooking or appliqued to quilts, clothing or home accessories.

The Artful Crafter
Do you have any crafty angels – angels you’ve made or angels you’ve met? 




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Danny O.
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Friday, January 15, 2010



Cross Stitch at About.com
Cutesy Cross Stitch not your style? Seeking stitches for your sarcastic friends and family members? Check out Connie's snarky stitchery patterns for a refreshing change of pace that avoids an X rating.

Farm Girl Roots, City Girl Style
Learn to make Linda's favorite baby-quilt standby--Baby Blocks. 


Margot Potter The Impatient Crafter
It's Chipboard Week at The Impatient Crafter and Madge throws down an 80s inspired mixed media necklace for iLoveToCreate!

Stefanie Girard's Sweater Surgery
See how I use some fun Sweater Surgery and button flowers to dress up a clutch and check out my Craft Super Show and CHA Schedule so you can join me in Customizing a Greeting Card Album and making all sorts of goodies with recycled wool felted sweaters. 

The Artful Crafter
The Artful Crafter Are you sometimes frazzled by all the demands for your time? Here’s Eileen’s plan to make more time for her art.

The Crochet Dude
Drew reviews Arctic Lace by Donna Druchunas, and enter to win some lace weight qiviut! 

About Family Crafts
Sherri shares a collection of craft projects, all made from fleece fleece fabric. You can make everything from Sleeved Blankets for yourself and your pet to simple hats and scarves.

Alexa Westerfield a.k.a. Swelldesigner
Get into the early Valentine spirit with these colorful and cute Valentine brooches! 

Cathie Filian
Check out Cathie's CHA plans! Her new book 101 Snappy Fashions and her new product line will be unveiled.

Craftside-A behind-the-scenes peek at a crafty world
This week Craftside's got tutorials on how to make a paw print place mat, a tasty "bite" from the new book The Designer's Graphic Stew, how to sew a neckband into a neckline, a bit of Steampunk CHA news and how to make a scratching box for your cat. 

Crafty Princess Diaries
Is it really possible to quit your day job and become a full-time crafter?





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Thursday, January 14, 2010

Shibori quilt - part three

Now that my background fabric is finished and pressed, I'm ready to cut out the abstracted spruce trees that are going to decorate the mountain side.  Here's my source photo again, from our trip to Utah:



I laid out my background shibori fabric and roughly drew some clusters of spruce trees.  After I was satisfied with the basic shapes and sizes, I refined the sketches and made a cartoon of each cluster.



 

From the cartoons, I drew a pattern for each tree or for same-colored groups of trees that were attached.  I used these patterns to trace the shapes onto fusible interfacing and then iron them onto the backs of appropriate fabrics.  You can see more detailed instructions for this process here at my Pear Quilt tutorial.



I pinned all the trees into place, and began stitching them down starting with the ones in the back.  My first idea was to embroider a stylized version of the branches, based upon some of the sketches I made while we were in Utah.  I didn't end up liking the way this looked though, so after some more thought, I took these initial stitches back out.  Don't you just hate when that happens?




I decided to use a modified blanket stitch instead, and simply stitch down around the outer edges.  Instead of the stitch extending inward from the outer edge of the tree shape, I had the "prongs" facing outward and slanted slightly upward to suggest the bristly nature of the spruce trees:

 


To add a bit more texture, I added some feather stitch to the darkest trees.  Although the fabric is not solid, it reads as solid since the batik pattern is very subtle:

 

The next step will be adding some color details and some beads.  Until next time :-)

Creating the background fabric: Part one, Part two
Creating the quilt: Part three, Part four, Part five, Part six



Copyright 2010 Cyndi Lavin. Not to be reprinted, resold, or redistributed for profit. May be printed out for personal use or distributed electronically provided that entire file, including this notice, remains intact.

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Monday, January 11, 2010

Shibori quilt - part two

After gathering up all the threads, I painted the top with watered down acrylics.  Traditionally, shibori is dyed, but I used paints since I didn't care about keeping a soft hand to the fabric.   Here is Part One of this project. 

Sewing all the threads took a couple of hours:




I used a mixture of Phthalo Green and Phthalo Turquoise tube acrylics, watered down a lot.  Golden's is my favorite brand:




After the piece dried overnight, I removed all the threads:

 


All the remained was to paint in the sky.  The next steps will be to create some appliqued spruce trees:

 

Creating the background fabric: Part one, Part two
Creating the quilt: Part three, Part four, Part five, Part six


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Saturday, January 09, 2010

More artsy links!


 
Creative Dreamer
I'm making a mini pin cushion to celebrate a friend's birthday...and sharing with you how I did it!

Hankering for yarn
2010 is off and running with lots of exciting new projects pouring out of Noreen's studio....

The Artful Crafter
Come one, come all - free decorator candles! The only catch is that you have to make them yourself; but that’s half the fun. Here’s how to make your own zero cost candles.

Gadabout Media DIY
Flower accents are a hot trend in fashion and accessories - but why buy them if you can make them instead? 




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Friday, January 08, 2010

Artsy blogging round-up!


 
Crafty Princess Diaries
Even though this crafty princess is from the South, she still needs a warm crochet hat now and then.

Cross Stitch at About.com
Connie has a "handy" motif you can adapt for multiple uses. Stitch her suggested saying or choose one of your own. 

Margot Potter The Impatient Crafter
Madge opens up a rather sticky can of worms in this post about copyright infringement. Right click, save. Done. 

The Artful Crafter
Eileen went shopping in her closet and made a 20-something sweater new again. Here’s how to update a dated BIG sweater.

About Family Crafts
Have a sick kid at home? Check out this collection of crafts Sherri has compiled to help entertain them while they get better. 

Aileen's Musings
Aileen has a blogoversary coming up and she's offering a fun giveaway!

Alexa Westerfield a.k.a. Swelldesigner
Alexa gets back into her crafty groove with a cool & modern statement ring! 


Craftside-A behind-the-scenes peek at a crafty world
The first week of 2010 at Craftside brings you ho-tos on crocheting broomstick lace and then framing it up to store your earrings, stringing up a ribbon and pearl zigzag necklace, and a call for entries for a new book-1000 Ideas for Decorating Cakes, Cupcakes & Cookies.






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Thursday, January 07, 2010

Results: What's on your work table?



I received this great picture yesterday from Geneviève Crabe who owns Amaryllis Creations, showing the current project on her work table! 

Here is my work table today, I'm working on a framable bead embroidery piece. The centerpiece is one of my first attempts at polymer clay.



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Artist profiles - part six


Triangular by Laura Tabakman

Start the new year off right with some inspiration from some more fabulous mixed media artists!  If you'd like to share your work, please contact me...there's always room for more. 


Peter A Luber, mixed media miniatures

Ptolemy Elrington, metal assemblage

Valerie Foster, altered books and mixed media

Laura Tabakman, mixed media art and jewelry

Nicole Natri, collage

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Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Results: What's on your work table?

LuAnn Kessi sent me this great picture from her work table in answer to my Question of the Month!  Isn't this great?




This is a very recent image of my worktable directly next to my sewing machine.
I am passionate about creating quilted textiles.
This is not a posed shot.......it always looks like this.
I love color, I love humor, and orderliness feeds my soul.
I am not big into keeping things clean......I just like them well organized.
If I have to search for an hour to find something.......it takes the joy out of creating.
Things get strung all over when I am in the middle of a quilting project, but when the quilt is completed, I take time to do a clean sweep, put everything back in its place, then I can start the all over again!




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The mandala maker

Ok, this is way too much fun, too addicting, too much of a time-drain, etc etc etc. Guess what I spent quite a bit of time doing anyway?


Go to GirlsGoTech and try it out. And don’t curse me, please!


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Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Shibori quilt - part one



Mike and I went Snowbird UT early in December (link).  He was there for a conference; I was there to play!  I hiked around the gorgeous resort area taking pictures.  Later, I relaxed on a spa-like reclining chair, sketching the trees.  My sketching is marginal at best, but I was pleased with some of the abstractions I came up with.  I knew that my next project was going to be a quilt that used those trees, but Christmas was fast approaching, and it was going to have to wait.

When we returned home, my plans changed somewhat.  I was looking at some shibori fabrics, and noticed that some of the patterns reminded me of the landscape that I'd just left.  Originally I had planned to do a small quilt that featured one tree, or even just a part of the tree.  But after spending some more time looking at my pictures, I decided that a cluster was going to be the thing instead, and shibori fabric would be the background.  But first I had to figure out how to make it!

There are many different stitches used in creating shibori fabrics, and I am far from an expert in any of them.  I chose to use the ori-nui resist pattern.  To do this, you make a small fold along the design lines, and place a running stitch just below the crease in the fold.  When all the lines are stitched, the threads are pulled tight and the fabric is dyed.





 



My first step was to roughly sketch the landscape pattern that I wanted, and to sketch it onto my unbleached muslin fabric.  I then spent the rest of the day stitching my lines!








Close up detail of stitching along fold



 




Creating the background fabric: Part one, Part two
Creating the quilt: Part three, Part four, Part five, Part six


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