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Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Book review: Altered Photo Artistry

 Altered Photo Artistry
by Beth Wheeler
Beth’s work is glorious! Using mostly floral imagery, she has created captivating quilted artworks. The subtitle of the book is “Turn everyday images into works of art on fabric.” That’s just the information that this book delivers: it covers the special materials that you’ll need, shows you how to prepare and alter the images you wish to use, and tutors you on printing out on fabric.

And then begins the stitching! Beth also covers how to add outlining and thread details to really make your images sing. There are a handful of projects to round out the book, but for me, the most instructive part centered on choosing and altering those images.

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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

A new mixed media art retreat this summer


CREATE with Cloth Paper Scissors is a new retreat that will bring together inspiring artist instructors and enthusiastic participant artists of all levels for an exciting weekend of workshops, special contests and prizes, shopping opportunities, and the first ever Mixed Media Mixer. The Retreat will take place August 25 through 29, 2010, at the Rosemont Hotel just outside Chicago.

I'm adding this retreat to our list of retreat opportunities.  If you can't make it to this one, maybe you can plan to attend another!



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Monday, March 29, 2010

Gel glue resist


I have been wanting to try doing a piece using the blue-green Elmer's gel formula of their school glue as a resist. Since it can be rinsed out of fabric even after it has dried, it seemed like it would be ideal. The only problem I ran into, if you can even call it a problem, is that acrylic paints can't be heat set before removing the resist, so the colors will fade a bit. Just be prepared for this and don't get married to those bright colors that you see when the paint is wet!


1. I drew a tree outline, based upon some gnarly catalpas in our yard.  I wanted to have the resist around the edges of each branch so that I could add beading to it later.  Maybe.  So anyway, I didn't put too many details or any small branches into my tree.  I traced the outline with a thick black marker.



2. Lay a piece of muslin over the pattern that you've made and tape down the edges so that it won't shift as you work.  Trace the outline with a large black fabric marker and fill in the trunk and branches.  Remove the tape and place your fabric on a piece of waxed paper. 



3. Use the tip of the glue bottle and trace around the outside of each branch.  Don't worry if the gel extends onto the marker...it won't smear it.  It's easiest if you work from the center portions outwards so that you don't disturb lines you've already made.  If you do smudge something, you can immediately wash the gel out completely before it has a chance to dry.  Allow your piece to dry overnight. 



4. Mix up your acrylic colors with water so that they are quite thin.  Use a soft sponge brush to apply the colors, and avoid rubbing the gel as much as possible.  You might even want to wet the fabric before applying the paint, but too much water can dissolve the gel and allow some paint to seep in where you don't want it, so handle it carefully.  Again allow the piece to dry overnight.   



5. Wet your fabric and begin to rub and scrape gently at the gel to peel and dissolve it.  A bit of soap helps to soften the gel too for removal.  Like I said, your paints, and even the marker may fade slightly, but that's ok since you'll be expecting it ;-)

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Saturday, March 27, 2010

More artsy links!

The Kid's Fun Review
A trip to the Dollar Store yielded the supplies to make this fun Easter craft.

Tottie Talks Crafts
Noreen got all inspired by some links from the Artsy Bloggers group and has designed some adorable paper Springtime eggs.

Beading Arts
Does the beginning of spring lift your spirits? Cyndi has made a spring bracelet sponsored by Artbeads to celebrate this most wonderful of all seasons.

Creative Dreamer
This month has been a month of give aways, there have been twelve "doodles" so far, with three more to go, and one art doll still to find a new home...and to thank all of the loyal folks who are always there, I have one final "bonus" to give...  

The Artful Crafter
Have you seen Xyron’s Creatopia? Prepare to be amazed by the baby booties going through a Creatopia in the video!  

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Friday, March 26, 2010

Artsy blogging round-up!


Margot Potter The Impatient Crafter
Wanna be a 'trashionista?' Join Madge as she turns old magazines into a fabulous decoupage purse in this week's project for ILoveToCreate Teen Crafts! 

Stefanie Girard's Sweater Surgery
How to make a dress from a recycled tank and skirt inspired by one in the book Built By Wendy Dresses

The Artful Crafter
Read some glass etching tips from master etcher Eric Robert.  

About Family Crafts
Find out how to get creative while making prints with kids by using a variety of supplies you already have on hand. You can share your ideas too!  

Aileen's Musings
Follow Aileen along her creative path and see how she transforms a 16x20 canvas and a map background into her dream piece!  

Cathie Filian
The Easter Bunny has been busy over at Cathie's workshop! Check out all the fun Easter Craft Ideas.  

Craftside-A behind-the-scenes peek at a crafty world
Craftside's got a how-to on making a zipper necklace, a free pattern template for a cute card jewelry display, a whole bunch of great cat quotes, an interview with Paula Guhin author of Image Art Workshop and announcing-Craftside authors will be doing Make and Takes at the Unique Los Angeles shopping extravaganza!  

Crafty Princess Diaries
Tammy was thrilled to discover her new book is available for early ordering on Amazon. This is the first time she got to the see the final book cover too!  

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Thursday, March 25, 2010

A new set of wings!


A lot of you know of my daughter's obsession with all things winged.  I've shared many of her student and professional projects with you...and at the risk of being too much of a proud mama, I have to share her latest.  These are a pair of wings that were commissioned, and we took pictures just before she sent them off to the new owner. 

Dani has a cool little video of the wings opening and closing on her blog Danielle Hurley.  Take a look!  With fully articulated frames and every single feather applied by hand, they are a thing of beauty. 

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Book Review: Altered Curiosities

Altered Curiosities
by Jane Ann Wynn

Altered Curiosities is an excellent name for this book. Instead of starting with the usual list of supplies and tools that every altered art book feels obligated to include, Jane Ann Wynn jumps right into techniques. My kinda girl! Fearlessly, she plows into soldering and cutting apart small plastic animals, drilling, breaking glass, and cutting shapes into egg shells. This is not your average altered art book!

Just when you think your brain is going to explode with all the new ideas, Jane Ann plunges you right into the heart of the matter…storytelling. Assemblage without a story is just not as interesting. It has no soul and no real meaning. But, assemblage with a story…well, that’s worth making and viewing!

Many projects are included in the second half of the book, but it is stressed again and again that you really shouldn’t try to slavishly follow her directions, using the exact same items she’s used. Good luck with that anyway! Many of these items are unique and old. There are resources listed in the back, but it’s much more fun, I think, to follow your own creative path and become a collector of curiosities that beg to be altered. If you’re not a collector already, that is!

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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

More on tangles



Isn't it always this way?  You buy a car in a new color and suddenly start to see it everywhere?  Or in this case, I post about something, and then become aware of how many other folks are enjoying the activity too!

When I posted last week about zentangles, or just plain tangles as I prefer to call them since I'm not too zen myself, little did I expect to be suddenly surrounded by the knowledge that just about everyone has been enjoying this pass time and I'm kind of late to the party!  I want to share some of the wonderful and fun work that I've seen since then.

Of course, my friend June sprang immediately to mind because she has elevated doodling to a whole new level in my book!  At her blog, A Creative Dream, she's actually giving away her lovely work all month long.  June's artwork just plain makes me happy.  


Geneviève, a jewelry artist friend of mine (you can read her artist profile here) has enjoyed doing zentangles so much that she's found a way to even work them into her gorgeous jewelry!  You can see her work on Amaryllis Creations.   Geneviève pointed me in the direction of the zentangle flickr group where you can see what other practicioners are doing.  That is one of  Geneviève's pieces at the top of the post.

And just when I thought I was done exploring, I found that my friend Noreen was not only into doing zentangles, but she was also mixing them with her handmade dolls! You can see how she's combined the two on Tottie Talks Crafts.  Seems that there isn't much of anything that you can't doodle on!



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Online artist dates: places that make my heart soar


When you can't make it to the physical place that revives your spirit, here are some online places to go for an artist date :-)

The Creativity Portal


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Monday, March 22, 2010

Using the pointillism filter in Photoshop

If you simply slap Photoshop filters onto an image, you usually don't get a very good result.  Photoshop filters are a lot of fun, and they're somewhat addictive to use, but they really shouldn't be viewed as magic "Make Art" buttons.

I want to show you what happens when you tweak the filter process a bit, and how much better the results will be.  Here's a picture of our friend Amy at her wedding:

 

Here's what happens when you apply Filter > Pixellate > Pointillize:

 

Notice how it's rough and grainy, and we've completely lost Amy's face.  The contrast is way too high.  It's basically a mess.

Here's what I think we should do instead, but it takes lots more steps:

 
1. Duplicate your image.  Make sure the color selector has white set for the background.

2. Apply Filter > Pixellate > Pointillize with a very small cell size. 

3. Use Edit > Fade.  I've found that somewhere between 70 to 90% works well for most images. 

4. Change the blending mode to screen for the pointillized layer.  Adjust the opacity until you like the look.  I lowered it to about 90%. 

5. Add an adjustment layer and select curves.  Lighten the deepest black to gray.  Lighten the overall image if needed.

6. Bring some detail back where it's needed by using the History Brush tool.  Select the unpointillized image as the source, and experiment with the percent of opacity to restore detail.  I used about 20% opacity to restore Amy's facial features.  I still wanted there to be some pixellation, but I wanted her features to be readable. 


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Saturday, March 20, 2010

More artsy links!

Home and Garden Cafe
An easy to make paper mache egg Easter table centerpiece

The Artful Crafter
Looking for canning jar art ideas and supplies? Let Eileen help you out with resources and tips. 

Tottie Talks Crafts
Doodling is so much more than mindless twiddling with a pencil- it can be the source of all kinds of design inspiration

Beading Arts
Cyndi worked out a pattern for a simple but pretty floral seed bead chain!  

Creative Dreamer
It's a month of give-aways over on my blog...and I'm half way through. Come see what's going on and toss your name in the hat!!!  

Did you art your mission statement this year?
Katelyn finally got her yearly mixed media mission statement done and is hanging it right in front of her desk so she stays inspired to follow it.  

Gadabout Media DIY
Turn a fabric remnant into a pretty and stylish fringed scarf in an afternoon.  




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Friday, March 19, 2010

Artsy blogging round-up!



Crafty Princess Diaries
The Crafty Princess has done some house cleaning, at least she's been cleaning up her blog that is.

Farm Girl Roots, City Girl Style
Looking for an easy way to paint coloring-book art on the walls in a kid's room? Linda walks you through how she did it.

Stefanie Girard's Sweater Surgery
How to make recycled plastic bunny ears inspired by the techniques in the book Upcycled Accessories 

The Artful Crafter
Have you seen Xyron's Creatopia? Prepare to be amazed by the baby booties going through a Creatopia in the video! 

About Family Crafts
Celebrate spring with Sherri and these fun craft projects!

Cathie Filian
Check out Cathie's silk screen projects for Better Homes and Gardens. She has something for everyone.  

Craftside-A behind-the-scenes peek at a crafty world
This week at Craftside there is a fun Steampunk style socket set bracelet, how to repurpose a canvas tote with applique and make faux patches, a peek into some cool art from the book Digital Illustration, a hot water bottle gets Re-Bound and a how to and tips on vampire drawing.  




 

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Thursday, March 18, 2010

Book Review: The Art of Personal Imagery

by Corey Moortgat
Corey makes a strong request of her readers: please keep an open mind about using imagery that you’ll probably consider too personal and intimate. This request echoes what I read each month in the mixed media journals…"please, no more dunce hats and cute children with wings." Although I’m not ready to give up wings, since that’s a particularly meaningful image to me, I share her dismay that so much artwork is churned out with a similar look. I’ve been guilty of it myself.

Instead, Corey wants us to dig into our stash of MODERN photos, and to dig even deeper into our own lives to come up with symbols and images that actually mean something beyond being cute. My favorite chapter in her book gives half a dozen ways that you can make a modern photo work in your mixed media piece rather than always reaching for vintage images. Nothing wrong with vintage images, but Corey wants us to move beyond them.

No one says, least of all the author, that no one should ever put a crown or a dunce hat on an image again, but her goal is to help us express our lives through our work. That won’t suit everyone, but for those who have longed to move in the direction of more personal, purposeful art work, I think you’ll enjoy her book.
Check out The Library for more mixed media art recommendations.


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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Do you Tangle?


Lots of my artist friends are into Zentangles.  I thought it was just called doodling, but there's a whole website devoted to teaching you how to do it and letting you hook up with teachers who will come and do workshops.  On the one hand, I think it's kind of neat, because it seems to be raising the humble doodle to a whole new level, but on the other hand, it's still just doodling.

Anyway, I guess I don't really do Zentangles, because I'm not into the whole relax and focus on your strokes kind of thing.  I do Prayer-tangles instead, and most likely the nice folks at the Zentangles site would say this is just fine :-)  I choose not to focus on the strokes themselves, but rather to focus on the things that I need to talk with God about.  In fact, if I do find myself thinking about the pen strokes, it's a signal to nudge my thoughts back in the proper direction. 

I like to make mine inside of a circle.  They are also a bit bigger than the standard tangles, and might be done over several days instead of at one sitting.  To me, the circle is more an image of completeness and the infinite, so it just works better for me. 



I would definitely encourage you to visit their site and see what other folks are doing, but mostly I'd like to encourage you to see if some form of Prayer-tangles or Zentangles fit into your prayer and thought life!  I was dealing with a couple of thorny problems when I made these two, and I think you can see that in the shapes and colors :-)




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Another hand-tinted print with Photoshop

Yesterday, I shared the steps with you that I use to make a pretty fair-decent facsimile of a hand-tinted print using my favorite toy, Photoshop.  The photo that I used was very badly composed, so I thought it would make a good shot to experiment with.

Here's what you can do with this technique when you use a nicer shot to start out:

 





 

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Monday, March 15, 2010

Hand-tinted prints with Photoshop

I'm back in a digital mood.  It's not that I don't want to make another quilt or a new collage, but I've been having so much fun just poking about with Photoshop and figuring out some new techniques.  Don't forget about all the other techniques that are already listed on the Digital Effects page linked on the sidebar.  Today and tomorrow I want to share two easy new ideas for you to try out. (Here's the link to the next post!)

I don't know about you, but I often take pictures that are less than perfect!  One of my biggest problems is that I fail to see what's in the background.  Here's a shot I took at a wedding, with someone's backside right behind (ha ha) the flowers that I was aiming for.  And there's a stack of dirty cups back there too.  In fact, two stacks!  Great... 

      
If I can make this picture into something interesting, it will be a miracle.  That's what makes it a really good shot to use for experimenting!  I decided to start with a printmaking technique that I've been wanting to experiment with.  First you need to get a good strong outline of the main objects without color being involved, and then you need to add the color back into the shot in a way that mimics tinted prints.  Here's what I did:

 

1. Duplicate your image twice. Name the top one "edges", the middle one "color", and leave the original alone.

2. There are a couple of ways to get a black and white outline, including Poster Edges, but I used Filter > Stylize > Find Edges on the top layer.

3. Add an adjustment layer to "edges" and drag the Threshold slider until you like the look of the outline.

4. Add some Gaussian blur to "edges" to further refine the outline.

5. Drag the "color" layer to the top of the stack.  Choose Multiply for the blending mode and play with the opacity until the color looks like handpainted tints.

6. Optional - Use the move tool to create a slight offset between the "edges" and the "color" layers.  Re-crop the image. 


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Sunday, March 14, 2010

All of creation


God saw all that He had made, and it was very good.  (Genesis 1:31a)

For the Christian artist, all of creation can be our subject.  Sometimes our thinking gets short-circuited into narrow views of what can properly constitute Christian art, but really, if God said that all He made was good, then who am I to argue?

My friends all know that I am a follower of Jesus Christ first and an artist second.  My close online friends know that as well, although perhaps not all of my more casual readers do.  I certainly don't do anything to try and hide it, but my work doesn't always consist of art themes that are traditionally identifiable as "Christian."  Not that my work is ever anti-Christian either, so don't start to get worried!

What I want to suggest to other Christian artists is that it's important for each one of us to develop a full understanding of what is the proper content of Christian art...applicable only to ourselves.  After studying this issue for myself, I concluded that I don't need to be inspired by a verse of scripture in every piece I make.  Many of my pieces are inspired this way, and the Word of God is certainly the most inspiring writing that informs my work, but my work isn't Christian art just because I write a verse on it or because it sprang from a verse.  My work is Christian art because it was made by a Christian who loves and seeks to serve God and the world by using the gifts He's given.

So if all of creation can be our subject, what do we do about the fact that the world is fallen?  What limitations should we put on this statement?  Notice that I didn't say everything I make is automatically Christian art: I qualified it by stating my motivation, to love and serve God and the world.  That means that I can't give you a list of what you can and can't use as a subject for your art.  That is between you and your Creator.  But I can give you the general principles that I studied in order to decide for myself what my content should be. 

I divided my study on the topic of the content of Christian art into four positives and two negatives.  I vote yes to art which is an imitation of God's creative work, a narrative which shows Him working in history, an act of love and beauty, and a subject that makes my heart burn within me.  I vote no to subjects that are vile or degrading, and those which inspire negative fruit like lust, idolatry, and pride.

For my readers who may find this topic interesting, I'll be posting about these subjects in more detail over the coming weeks.  After that, I'm probably going to move on to topics like the development of excellence in our craft and art as ministry.  If these topics don't interest you, I hope you'll still find that my free tutorials, business tips and tools, and guest artist links are helpful to your development as a mixed media artist. 

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Saturday, March 13, 2010

More artsy links!

 
Beading Arts
Cyndi has a fabulous Zulugrass bracelet to giveaway this week!

Creative Dreamer
Let's finish the book...here's the last part of how I created the latest book...come see how it was done! 


Gadabout Media DIY
Easter is coming soon, so why not use your sewing machine to help decorate for Easter? 


Gadabout Media Holidays
Springing into warmer weather with mixed media wooden letters. 


The Artful Crafter
Takes a spin with Eileen and Shaaron on the Craft-N-Spin crafting turntable.

The Kid's Fun Review
Fun St. Patrick's Day craft ideas for kids.  

Tottie Talks Crafts
A friend of Noreen's mentioned that she uses her doodling for inspiration in crochet. That inspired Noreen to make a Doodle Doll with spool knitted arms and legs. Here's how to make a Doodle Doll 
 
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Friday, March 12, 2010

Artsy blogging round-up!

 
Craftside-A behind-the-scenes peek at a crafty world
Craftside has a fun St. Patrick's Day necklace with a tutorial on how to make a flat coil head pin, instructions on how to make an adjustable lace up shirt alteration, a free round topped box template download and some cool Collage Lab stuff.

Crafty Princess Diaries
Tammy has another book review. This one looks at Pretty Little Presents, a book about stitching up small gift items.  

Farm Girl Roots, City Girl Style
The cardmaking station is pulled together in Linda's sewing and craft room. Now she's looking forward to making some cards!  

Margot Potter The Impatient Crafter
Had your eyes checked lately? Madge did...and was she surprised to find out she needs glasses!  

Stefanie Girard's Sweater Surgery
How to sew a recycled tank and t-shirt dress inspired by one of the projects from the book Twinkle Sews by Wenlan Chia  

The Artful Crafter
Looking for canning jar art ideas and supplies? Let Eileen help you out with resources and tips.  

About Family Crafts
If you are planning a slumber party, check out this list of crafts projects that will help the time fly.  

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Thursday, March 11, 2010

The National Gallery of Art has the greatest online toys!

I’m especially fond of the Collage Machine, as you might be able to guess!

The Kids’ Art Zone, part of the NGA’s fabulous website, has over a dozen really fun online artsy toys to play with, to challenge your creativity.
Warning…not for kids only. This site is potentially a huge time pit, so you might want to set a timer :-)


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Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Real life international quilting bees


International Quilt Festivals
Shows held in several locations.

Quilt Surface Design Symposium
Workshops held in Columbus Ohio for the non-traditional quilter.

Hudson River Valley Fiber Arts Workshops
The beautiful Greenville Arms Inn is the location of these New York workshops.



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Monday, March 08, 2010

Adding beading to your collages

 

Peace Like a River is a mixed paper and fabric collage that I made a few years ago.  It looks pretty crude to my eye now, but at the time I was just beginning to explore the cross-over between beading and collage.  Anyway, no matter what the relative merits of this piece are, I did take some process shots at the time, so I thought it might be worthwhile to share them with you and go through the steps.

Hopefully your own experiments will be more of a masterpiece than this one ;-)



1.  I added beads randomly to a piece of muslin that I had previously painted.  You can use any method for painting that appeals to you, and of course you can also have an advanced plan for your beads if you wish!  If the fabric is too soft, iron on a small piece of lightweight fusible interfacing behind where you'll add the beads. 



2. Create an image transfer on muslin, using the transparency and inkjet method, or whatever method you desire. Here is a round-up of all image transfer tutorials.

3. Use a few dots of fabric glue or a few stitches to tack down the pieces of your collage.  I have tacked the beaded fabric to a sheet of handpainted watercolor paper (torn), attached those to a piece of commercial fabric as the frame, and placed the image transfer on top of the pile.  

4. I added some cross stitches done with embroidery floss and a few more buttons and beads to stitch the piece together.  The background fabric was spray-glue mounted to a piece of mat board...not necessarily what I would recommend doing today.  The final step was to add the lettering with a brush style Pitt Pen.

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Saturday, March 06, 2010

More artsy links!

 
Creative Dreamer
It's March...I am Irish....Let's celebrate with a HUGE month long blog give away....come join in!

Gadabout Media DIY
Origami is the Japanese art of paper folding, which allows you to turn a flat piece of paper into a 3-D sculpture. But did you know that it's another fun craft to share with kids?
The Artful Crafter
Looking for canning jar art ideas and supplies? Let Eileen help you out with resources and tips.

Tottie Talks Crafts
Due to circumstances beyond Noreen's control, Hankering for Yarn no longer exists. But you can still follow her work on Tottie Talks Crafts... AND! You can win a copy of Noreen's new book: The Woven Bag: 30+ projects from small looms 



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Friday, March 05, 2010

Artsy blogging round-up!

 
About Family Crafts
Sherri shares some suggestions to help you celebrate National Craft Month.

Aileen's Musings
Aileen's altered a pair of old white tennis shoes and gave them a whole new look....they were pretty wild but she's toned them down with some spray webbing. She's even worn them out and about and received some great compliments on them! 

Beading Arts
Cyndi is running a contest on Beading Arts, and the prize is an absolutely free advertisement!

Craftside-A behind-the-scenes peek at a crafty world
Craftside's got a post about working with grids in mixed media, a ribbon embellished quilt from The Quilt Bible, 3rd Edition, tips on outlining a photo and a bunch of journal pages from 1000 Artist Journals.

Crafty Princess Diaries
Tammy shows off some jewelry she and her husband made for a local charity auction, perfect for animal lovers!

Farm Girl Roots, City Girl Style
Linda's making progress in the sewing and craft room. Check out the closet!  

Margot Potter The Impatient Crafter
Ever wondered what it takes to get a craft book published? Join Madge in this first installment in her How To Write and Publish a Craft Book series.  

Stefanie Girard's Sweater Surgery
How to make Egg Cup pincushions inspired by a wonderful project in I "Heart" Patchwork by Rashida Coleman-Hale  


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Question of the Month: Which new year's resolutions are you going to keep?


Once a couple of months have passed by, I find I need to revisit my (often ambitious) list of business and personal goals for the year and ask myself the Question of the Month: Which new year's resolutions am I actually going to keep?


So I'll ask you too: Which of your resolutions and goals seem to be the most likely to be kept this year? Maybe you've already managed to cross a bunch off your list already and you're all set to add the next batch. Or maybe your list has gone the way of most of the lists that start out with "Exercise more and eat less".

For me, I've managed to start on two out of five:
1. Take another class this year in something… anything.

*** 2. Get a light tent or light box and learn to make my photography better.

3. Work on a book proposal.

*** 4. Schedule a better balance between making and writing.

5. Eat better, exercise more, get more sleep…oops! Don’t know how that one slipped in there!


I've got a light tent, thanks to DH and I'm working on my photography. As for achieving a better balance, I am still working towards that, but I'm doing well so far.

How about you? Do you have any updates you'd like to share, along with links to your work? Leave your comment here below, or send me an image if there's a shot you'd like to share. Email cyndi @ mazeltovjewelry.com (remove the spaces).

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Thursday, March 04, 2010

Artist profiles - part seven

 
Zura Beth

Enjoy the 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. 


Eileen Bergen, mixed media and digital art

Zura Beth, collage

Christy Grant, mixed media

Arlee Barr, mixed media

Boris Bally, metal sculpture and assemblage



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