Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Quote of the week



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Monday, January 30, 2012

Glue gel resist fabrics


I've been wanting to experiment further with gel glue for quite some time.   I had one go-round Elmer's school glue gel and learned about some of the properties, but this time I wanted to do abstract designs on fabrics and then use them later in different projects. 


1. I chose habotai silk for the project, and ripped it into pieces that would be small enough to do on my counter top, near the kitchen sink.  I drew all over the silk pieces and let it dry for several hours.  The glue is still rubbery to the touch even after it's set.



2. The glue softens when you add water media, so I tried not to totally soak the fabrics.  Of course, if you've played with silk, you know it soaks up water and spreads it around like crazy, so just be aware that your design is not going to end up with hard sharp edges.  If that's what you want, use a different type of resist.  Paint you pieces darker and brighter than you want for the final fabrics.



3. Let the fabrics dry completely.  Overnight is best.  Begin to remove the glue by gently scraping it off with your fingernails.  At some point you will have removed all you can in this manner, and you'll need to add water.  Water, with a bit of mild soap, will dissolve most of the glue.  It will also remove some of the color that you've added, leaving you with a paler version of what you started with.  That's ok.  It is what it is, with this technique.



4. Let your fabrics dry again, and iron them gently.  Use parchment paper to protect the iron and board surface from glue residue.  I love the sloppy uncertainty of this technique.  Here are a few more examples, the first one drying and last two after the glue has been removed:







Glue gel resist fabrics
Manipulated fabrics - part one
Manipulated fabrics - part two
Manipulated fabrics - part three

Copyright 2012 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 28, 2012

More artsy links!

 

Eileen - The Artful Crafter
You can transform plain glassware into unique home decor. Check out Eileen's first attempt with transparent glass paints.

Glass Mushrooms
Cherie makes glass mushrooms for the garden out of dessert bowls.

Beading Arts
Interested in publishing this year? How about starting out with a magazine?  

 

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Friday, January 27, 2012

Artsy blogging round-up!


 

Craft Buds
Learn the basics of applique with a Valentine's Day themed LOVE t-shirt tutorial. It's perfect for kids or adults.

Craftside-A behind-the-scenes peek at our crafty world
This week at Craftside there is a tutorial on how to make Steampunk photo hanger out of a knife and key, how to draw a wide-angle view, a unique quilted canopy photo, and a recipe for whole wheat cinnamon raisin bagels.  

Crafty Princess Diaries
The Crafty Princess reviews the Embroider Everything Workshop: The Beginner’s Guide written by Diana Rupp.  

Eileen - The Artful Crafter
Take a look at this awesome mixed media earring organizer.  

Stefanie Girard's Sweater Surgery
How to crochet a chain bracelet.
 
About Family Crafts
This week's craft challenge is all about the tooth fairy. Make and submit your own tooth fairy projects.  

Aileen's Musings
Aileen shows you how to make easy peasy felt flowers using her BIGKick.  


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Thursday, January 26, 2012

Yay for Linda!



Linda, who writes the Linda Jo Martin blog, is the winner of the Handmade Books book from Lark Publishing!  Congratulations, Linda!



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Giveaway #4 from Lark Books



This is the final week!

Most of you already know that Lark Publishing gave me all eight Studio Series books to give away this month.  I'm splitting them between here on Beading Arts and over on Mixed Media Artist, so please make sure you head over there when you're finished signing up here.  Each week for the whole month, I'll be offering one of the books on each blog.  I think that these are the perfect books to inspire you to try something new this year, and since January is traditionally the month we focus on education and all things new, the timing just couldn't be better.





***Free Stuff Alert!!!***

Last up is the Chairs book!  Just leave me a comment below and you'll automatically be entered to win.  If you tweet or post on Facebook or other social spots about the contest, you can leave a second comment and be entered twice!

Please make sure that your link will lead me to an email address, or else I won't be able to contact you.  No contact, no win, and I simply have to go on to the next person.  Deadline: February 2, 2012

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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Recent publications: January 2012


Creative Pilgrimage: An Exploration of Artful Gatherings and Discovery of Innovative Art Techniques by Jenny Doh

Acrylic Fusion: Experimenting with Alternative Methods for Painting, Collage, and Mixed Media by Dan Tranberg

Desire to Inspire: Using Creative Passion to Transform the World by Christine Mason Miller

Creative Foundations: 40 Scrapbook and Mixed-Media Techniques to Build Your Artistic Toolbox by Vicki Boutin

Art Nouveau Designs by Pepin Van Roojen

Layered Impressions: A Poetic Approach to Mixed-Media Painting by Katie Kendrick

Delight in the Seasons: Crafting a Year of Memorable Holidays and Celebrations by Lisa M. Pace

Beginner's Guide to Digital Painting in Photoshop by Nykolai Aleksander

Create Your Own Printable Scrapbook Papers: 135 Vintage Designs for use with Photoshop Elements by Jodie Lee Patterson

Transparency Quilts: 10 Modern Projects - Keys for Success in Fabric Selection - From the FunQuilts Studio by Weeks Ringle and Bill Kerr

Nature's Beauty in Applique: Pretty and Practical Projects (That Patchwork Place) by Susan Taylor Propst

Civil War Quilts by Pam Weeks and Don Beld

New English Paper Piecing: A Faster Approach to a Traditional Favorite by Sue Daley

Creative Pilgrimage: An Exploration of Artful Gatherings and Discovery of Innovative Art Techniques by Jenny Doh

Creating Decorative Paper by Paula Guhin

Acrylic Fusion: Experimenting with Alternative Methods for Painting, Collage, and Mixed Media by Dan Tranberg



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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Monday, January 23, 2012

Marbled fabric quilt - part four

 Falling From a Blue Sky

Once all the circles and drops were stitched to the foundation fabric and batting, I added another piece of the blue twill as a backing for the entire quilt.



After squaring up the corners and trimming all the layers, I used a blanket stitch all around the outer edge of the quilt.



I added four large white buttons to the back of the quilt, stitched through to strategic spots on the front where I could hide the stitches in the design.  The buttons will keep the quilt from sagging over time if I decide to hang it somewhere.


All finished!


Marbled fabrics - part one
Marbled fabric quilt - part two
Marbled fabric quilt - part three
Marbled fabric quilt - part four

Copyright 2012 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 21, 2012

More artsy links!

 

Getting Mixed Media Supplies From a Library Sale
Cherie hit up the library sale this week and got some cool books to craft with. 

Beading Arts
Cyndi has been trying to encourage everyone to get out there and take a class this year!

Creative Dreamer
Starting the journal... Inspired by a song, June begins the journal journey... come along!  

Eileen - The Artful Crafter
Take a look at this awesome mixed media earring organizer.  




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Friday, January 20, 2012

Artsy blogging round-up!


 

Aileen's Musings
Aileen shows you how she created magic by turning an ordinary paper mache torso into a lamp that looks like patinaed copper!

Craftside-A behind-the-scenes peek at our crafty world
This week at Craftside there are tutorials on how to spin extreme tail style yarn, make ATC's from magazine pages and punches, an ironic heart frame from unusual images, and a recipe for laminated parsley pasta.  

Crafty Princess
Interested in knitting or crocheting for charity? Tammy invites you to join a new group of charity yarn crafters.

Eileen - The Artful Crafter
Eileen's happy to be back in her niche. Have you found yours yet?  

Stefanie Girard's Sweater Surgery
How to make an origami bunny Easter garland  


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Thursday, January 19, 2012

Yay for Shirley!



Congratulations to Shirley, who writes Beads & Bread.  She just won the Tables book from Lark!



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Giveaway #3 from Lark Books



Most of you already know that Lark Publishing gave me all eight Studio Series books to give away this month.  I'm splitting them between here on Beading Arts and over on Mixed Media Artist, so please make sure you head over there when you're finished signing up here.  Each week for the whole month, I'll be offering one of the books on each blog.  I think that these are the perfect books to inspire you to try something new this year, and since January is traditionally the month we focus on education and all things new, the timing just couldn't be better.





***Free Stuff Alert!!!***

Next up is the Handmade Books book!  Just leave me a comment below and you'll automatically be entered to win.  If you tweet or post on Facebook or other social spots about the contest, you can leave a second comment and be entered twice!

Please make sure that your link will lead me to an email address, or else I won't be able to contact you.  No contact, no win, and I simply have to go on to the next person.  Deadline: January 26, 2012

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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Spoonman Creations



Totally ridiculous and thoroughly enchanting!  That was my reaction to finding the Spoonman Creations booth at the Portland Saturday Market when we went out to visit Dani :-)  It was one of the busiest booths at the whole market!





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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Monday, January 16, 2012

In the Shadow

  
In the midst of working on my marbled fabric quilt, I found myself wanted to get ready for the next project.  You probably do that too...work on multiple projects at the same time...so don't yell at me :-)

A few weeks back, I ordered some more silk fabric from Dharma Trading, so while I was at it, I also ordered some inkjet printer silk.  If you're going to do a lot of printing, it makes more economic sense to treat your own fabrics and attach them to carrier sheets of paper yourself.  But if you just want to experiment and mess around a little, these prepared sheets are the way to go. 

The image that interested me to use again was the fire tower from the top of Mt Washington in New Hampshire.  Or maybe it's one of the weather towers.  Climbing Mt Washington was Mike's and my honeymoon trip, and we re-enacted it for our 20th anniversary.  Minus the 50lb backpacks.  That meant up and back in one day, but when a 4 star hotel is waiting for you at the bottom, who cares?


I have used the image before, in this digital piece that I called In The Shadow.  A printed out copy resides in my studio, because the image makes me happy, even though it's a bit ominous.  What I had to do for my silk printout was to find my original files and strip it back to just the image of the tower that I had already cut up and prepared.  Up the contrast a bit, lighten everything, and print.  My silk image is ready to rock and roll, just as soon as I decide how to use it.

  

Copyright 2012 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 14, 2012

More artsy links!

 

Eileen - The Artful Crafter
Eileen's happy to be back in her niche. Have you found yours yet?

Keep an Eye Out for Someone Special
Cherie makes a picture with a Chinese fortune.  

Beading Arts
Do you struggle to add Swarovski rivolis to your bead embroidery? Cyndi has the solution for you in her brand new e-booklet, Three Bezels Plus a Bonus!  

Creative Dreamer
June is beginning a long running tutorial about creating an art/visual journal... from stuff you already have around the house! Come find out the details, then join in!  

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Friday, January 13, 2012

Artsy blogging round-up!

 

Stefanie Girard's Sweater Surgery
How to make a recycled sheer curtain flower fascinator.

About Family Crafts
Play along with the current craft challenge. Make a craft or two using CD cases and submit them!  

Aileen's Musings
Aileen shows you how she repurposed a cardboard drink carrier into something beautiful using her new toy a Sizzix BIGKick.  

Craftside-A behind-the-scenes peek at our crafty world
This week at Craftside there is a bit of Valentine inspiration, tutorials on how to face paint dragon and hydrangea masks, ideas and inspiration from Manga artist Melanie Schober and a recipe for coconut veggie muffins.  

Eileen - The Artful Crafter
Eileen shows how to make a lovely flowered bolster pillow to dress up a room.  





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Thursday, January 12, 2012

Yay for Nancy!




Nancy, who writes Porch Days, is the winner of our first Lark book giveaway, Handmade Dolls.  Congratulations, Nancy!!


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Giveaway #2 from Lark Books



Most of you already know that Lark Publishing gave me all eight Studio Series books to give away this month.  I'm splitting them between here on Mixed Media Artist and over on Beading Arts, so please make sure you head over there when you're finished signing up here.  Each week for the whole month, I'll be offering one of the books on each blog.  I think that these are the perfect books to inspire you to try something new this year, and since January is traditionally the month we focus on education and all things new, the timing just couldn't be better.





***Free Stuff Alert!!!***

Next up is the Tables book!  Just leave me a comment below and you'll automatically be entered to win.  If you tweet or post on Facebook or other social spots about the contest, you can leave a second comment and be entered twice!

Please make sure that your link will lead me to an email address, or else I won't be able to contact you.  No contact, no win, and I simply have to go on to the next person.  Deadline: January 19, 2012

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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Monday, January 09, 2012

Marbled fabric quilt - part three


It took awhile to figure out how all the circles were going to be placed on the background bright blue twill.  I moved them all around several times over the course of a few days.  Finally, I got them all arranged to my satisfaction, and discovered that I really wanted a few that were raindrop or teardrop (you decide) shaped rather than round.



A quick detour while I made the drops, rearranged the elements again, and pinned them into place.


I chose a bright golden yellow to stitch the shapes down to the background fabric.  After thinking about it for awhile, I decided that it would probably work best to stitch down all the shapes that were on "top" of the pile first (which coincided mostly with the bottom of the quilt), and then work my way up through the ones that were partly obscured. 

Stitching was tough going, because the background fabric was also backed with interfacing and there was a layer of batting too, so there were a lot of layers to stitch through. 


Marbled fabrics - part one
Marbled fabric quilt - part two
Marbled fabric quilt - part three
Marbled fabric quilt - part four


Copyright 2012 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 07, 2012

More artsy links!

 

Creative Dreamer
June has received many requests for a tutorial for her spikey paper balls... and she's happy to oblige! Come see how simple they are!

Cupcake Plate Stand
Cherie makes a stand for cupcakes out of vintage plates.  

Eileen - The Artful Crafter
Here's how to make a lovely flowered bolster pillow to dress up a room.  

Beading Arts
Have you heard about Take a Stitch Tuesday?  




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Friday, January 06, 2012

Artsy blogging round-up!

 

Margot Potter The Impatient Crafter
Make some Retrofabulous Pulp Fiction Thank You Cards! 

Stefanie Girard's Sweater Surgery
How to make an old pair of shoes glitter-tastic!

Aileen's Musings
Aileen shows you how she created a patinaed copper steampunk necklace using paper!  

Craft. You.
Meet the man behind TV host and mid-century modern lifestyle expert Brini Maxwell.

Craftside-A behind-the-scenes peek at our crafty world
This week at Craftside there is fun idea for using a pretty teacup as a doll dress from the new book Creative Pilgrimage, tutorials on how to embroider a backstitch chain and a cable chain, fitting info on different types of pants and a recipe for raw ice box chocolate chip cookies.  

Crafty Princess Diaries
The Crafty Princess shows you how to get cozy with your favorite cup of tea.  

Eileen - The Artful Crafter
Add beautiful kaleidoscope effects to your hand made cards with iris folded designs.  




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Thursday, January 05, 2012

Call for casting

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The show will be shooting in LA at the end of February and through March. The time commitment is only about 3 - 4 days. Casting will proceed until all spots are filled.  There is no website or network being disclosed at this time. 


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Giveaways all month long!



I can't even begin to tell you how excited I am about the opportunity that Lark Publishing has given me!  I think you already know how much I love their books: the photography, the layouts, the projects in general...I think they publish some of the best inspiration and how-to books that you'll find anywhere.  And I just love the little Studio Series, where they've taken over 100 selections of the best pieces from the 500 Series.  It's like having a pocket-sized art gallery...except that your pocket needs to be a bit bigger than average ;-)

Anyway, get to the point Cyndi!!

Lark gave me all eight Studio Series books to give away.  Yes, that's right...score!!  And I'm going to split them between here on Mixed Media Artist and over on Beading Arts, so please make sure you head over there when you're finished signing up here.  Each week for the whole month, I'll be offering one of the books on each blog.  I think that these are the perfect books to inspire you to try something new this year, and since January is traditionally the month we focus on education and all things new, the timing just couldn't be better.

So here we go...




***Free Stuff Alert!!!***

I'm going to start with the Handmade Dolls book!  Just leave me a comment below and you'll automatically be entered to win.  If you tweet or post on Facebook or other social spots about the contest, you can leave a second comment and be entered twice!

Please make sure that your link will lead me to an email address, or else I won't be able to contact you.  No contact, no win, and I simply have to go on to the next person.  Deadline: January 12, 2012

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Wednesday, January 04, 2012

Paper sculptures in Scotland...the end of the story


Do you remember the fantastical book art sculptures that were popping up in certain (really blessed!) libraries and museums in Edinburgh?  Well, there are now ten of them, and apparently that will be it.

The artist, a woman who chooses to remain anonymous, stated by letter that these sculptures were thank yous for special places. You can see lovely photographs and the farewell letter at the link above.


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Tuesday, January 03, 2012

Quote of the week


Usually I wouldn't share something that misuses an apostrophe like this, but it's too funny not to pass along.  Now that was the proper use of an apostrophe in "it's"  :-)

Monday, January 02, 2012

Marbled fabric quilt - part two


The quilt that I'm currently working on is an unusual one for me.  I usually don't know where I'm going with a project for quite some time after I actually start on it, but this time, as soon as I had all the marbled fabrics together, I knew what the quilt was going to be named: Falling From a Blue Sky. 

The design that I envisioned was going to be composed of marbled fabric circles of several sizes centered on slightly larger solid-colored fabric circles.  To choose a color for the backing circles, I gathered up a handful of my marbled fabrics and headed off for the fabric store to audition some possibilities.



I found a pretty fuchsia cotton twill which seemed to look good with all the different fabrics, and a bright true blue cotton twill which I chose to be the background fabric.  That's not the blue cotton shown in the image above...you'll have to wait till next time for that!




I ironed lightweight interfacing to the back of circles before cutting them out.  The interfacing is as much to keep the fabrics from unraveling around the edges as to stiffen them.




I chose a blue embroidery floss which matched the background blue fabric pretty well, and began to stitch the marbled circles to their backings.  This was wonderful mindless work that allowed me to listen to some good audio books while stitching.

Next week, the quilt design!


Marbled fabrics - part one
Marbled fabric quilt - part two
Marbled fabric quilt - part three
Marbled fabric quilt - part four


Copyright 2012 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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