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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Monday, April 28, 2014

Background papers


Here are some of my favorite methods for creating background papers to use in mixed media art, both physical and digital.  Don't forget to check the Fabric painting page too...many of those techniques can also be used on paper.  

Scrap paper magnets

Techniques for working with delicate papers

Rubbing plate textured papers 

Upcycled paper towels

Acrylics and rubbing alcohol papers

Imprinted papers

Imprinted papers

Making monotype background papers

Salad Spinner backgrounds

Watercolor background

Painted foil backgrounds

Multiply your color options

Stamping and overstamping

Textured collage papers - part one

Textured collage papers - part two

Making a mixed text background

Textured tissue paper backgrounds - part one

Textured tissue paper backgrounds - part two

Tissue paper inclusions

Gesso resist papers

Leaf silhouette papers - part one

Leaf silhouette papers - part two

Mixed paper collage backgrounds

Paper towel transfers

Frottage background papers

Freezer paper background papers

Multi-stamped background papers

A photographic collage

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Friday, April 25, 2014

Artsy blogging round-up!



A Bead A Day
Love using jewelry making components in interesting ways? Lisa does too and is sharing a simple, but fun bracelet made on the beach!

Beading Arts
Beads? Free beads? Who doesn't like a good bead giveaway? Cyndi's got one going on!

Breaking the Yarn Bank
When is it okay to spend a bunch of money on super fancy yarn?

Carmi's Art/Life World
I imagine that miniature vials will always appeal to those of us who like unique and unusual beads. This week I featured them in a necklace.

Mother's Day Craft Tutorials
Mother's Day is coming up May 11th. Now's the time to start thinking about what you'll create for Mom or Grandma to show her your love. 

Painted Glass Beaded Mushrooms
Cherie makes some glass mushrooms for the garden.

Resin Crafts Blog
Today's post features a classic one pour resin project! 

Snap out of it, Jean! There's beading to be done!
Come and see the lovely online book which Rita Toltec made of the recent Blog Hop she hosted which included fifty designers: THE COLOR OF DREAMS ! It is such a beautiful book! So dreamy!



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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Book reviews: 25 Patchwork Quilt Blocks (vol 2) and 501 Quilting Motifs


Katy Jones presents 25 six-inch blocks that feature a range of styles, from traditional to brand new in 25 Patchwork Quilt Blocks (volume 2) for Martingale publishers.  All the basics are spelled out in great detail, making this an excellent beginner book: you'll learn paper piecing, and applique (both by hand and by machine), if you're not already familiar with these techniques.  Even though the bulk of the book concentrates on just presenting the blocks, there are four projects included just to give you some ideas on how to use them!

Known for her creative use of color and pattern-mixing, I think you'll enjoy Katy's book if you are looking for some new block ideas and like to work in this more traditional way.  Here are a couple more blocks to help you decide:






The second book that I want to share with you seems like a good companion for the first: it is 501 Quilting Motifs by the editors of Quiltmaker magazine.  This is a reference book which will help you learn to select and transfer appropriate motifs to your work.  It contains so many categories of quilting motifs that it will likely amaze you: flowers, feathers, vines and leaves, seasonal and holidays, children and teens, geometric designs, and much more.  Below is a sample page:




Photo credits: Martingale, photographer Brent Kane

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Friday, April 18, 2014

Artsy blogging round-up!



A Bead A Day
New ideas for summer jewelry are circulating over on a bead a day blog. Lisa's thinking about summertime pearls and ankle-bracelets as necklaces!

Beading Arts
Quick and easy little crocheted bead bracelets have been around for a long time...but how long has it been since you've made one?

Crochet Cuteness
The Crafty Princess cracks open a new super cute crochet book.

From Dollar Store Plastic to Elegant Easter Eggs
By the time you're done, no one would ever know these elegant Easter eggs are made from cheap plastic eggs!

Resin Crafts Blog
With Jewelry Clay as a new medium in my jewelry zone I have found that I can create so many new wearable pieces.

Snap Out of it, Jean! There's beading to be done!
Jean reposts a review of Jamie Cloud Eakins most recent Bead Embroidery book, and exceptional work!

Spring Postcard Art
Cherie makes a postcard for June's spring challenge.





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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Book review: Uncommonly Corduroy


Stephanie Dunphy wants you to know that corduroy isn't just for pants anymore!  In Uncommonly Corduroy, she shares 17 projects which will turn your corduroy fabric into quilts, bags, and even a scarf.  A recent release by Martingale, Uncommonly Corduroy covers all the basics for those who are beginners and/or have never worked with corduroy before.  Stephanie shares all about choosing and using corduroy, including all the tricks for getting it to play well in your projects.  She follows this with sections on making bags and one on making quilts.  
The projects all include charts, patterns, and step-by-step instructions, making them all extremely accessible for a beginner.  All of the projects lean towards traditional piecing, applique, and strip quilting in style, as you can see from the images here.  



Photo credits: Martingale, photographer Brent Kane


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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Monday, April 14, 2014

Image transfer methods


Here is a compilation of all the image transfer tutorials on Mixed Media Artist.  There are even more methods now, especially since there are several forms of specialty papers that will create a perfect (or almost perfect) transfer.  However, the beauty of transfers in my eyes are that they are somewhat unpredictable and imperfect, so these are the methods that I stick with!

Polymer medium transfer film

Paper image transfers - plain paper

Paper image transfers - photo paper

Fabric image transfers - t-shirt transfers

Fabric image transfers - transparency transfers

Contact paper transfers (aka Packing tape transfers)

Caulk image transfers

Polaroid image transfers

Digital Polaroid image transfer

Contact printing

New digital ground products from Golden's

Waxed paper transfer 

Laser printer transfers




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Friday, April 11, 2014

Artsy blogging round-up!



A Bead A Day
Spring has finally arrived which means time for new jewelry! Lisa shares her beach inspired necklace. What are YOU making?

Art Bead Scene
Take a peek at Mary's etsy picks, inspired by this month's challenge piece from Degas.

Blue Glass Sculpture With Glass Beads 
Cherie makes a glass sculpture with dollar store beads, bud vases, and blue charger plates.

Beading Arts
Cyndi shares a tutorial for a pair of chain and pearl earrings that have now become her favorites!

Carmi's Art/Life World
I am very excited to share my recently published necklace project in Perles et Cetera magazine!

No Stitchin'!
Like fabric but your sewing skills are not up to snuff? Or maybe you are looking for some fast fabric loving projects. This book maybe just what you need in your crafting library.

Resin Crafts Blog
It is wonderful to know that you can embellish any blank surface with some Jewelry Clay. This shawl pin needed a little bit of bling.

Snap out of it, Jean! There's beading to be done!
Jean reviews PATINA by the wonderful author Matthew Runfola! What a book!

Spring and Easter Craft Projects for You Crafty Peeps
Find directions for everything from unique Easter eggs to holiday table décor and jewelry at The Artful Crafter.


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Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Book review: Beautiful Origami Flowers


Do you enjoy origami and other forms of paper folding arts?  If so, then you are likely to really enjoy the new release by Lark Books, Beautiful Origami Flowers, written by Anca Oprea.  If you haven't played around much with origami, never fear: there is an excellent basics section which will get you started.  Anca teaches the basic folds first, and if you work your way through this section, you will be ready to make any of the following projects.


The flowers are so much fun.  Some of them are quite realistic, and others are much more fanciful and imaginative.  My favorite is the common old every day Day Lily, and I also like the Crane Flower, although I don't think I'd have the patience to complete even one!  I am gifting this book to one of my friends, who happens to only have the use of one hand.  Despite this, she makes amazingly wonderful origami designs all the time.  I am hoping to see her make an entire bouquet inspired by this beautiful book!








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Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Monday, April 07, 2014

Rising Mist - part three



Last week, I finished up with all the weaving and embellishing that I wanted to do on my quilt, so now it's time to do the quilting!




9. Pin each slit to the piece of batting and to a piece of backing fabric, even larger than the batting.  In this case, the backing fabric is cut 1 1/2 inch larger on each side than the batting.  Place a row of pins all around the outside of the woven top, 1/2 inch from the edge to mark the area available for quilting.  




10. Use perle cotton and beads to quilt up each strip through all the layers, including the backing.  Tie off the thread ends on the top and leave them showing. 




11. Using the wrap and tuck method, miter the corners of the quilt. 





12. Wrap and tuck the backing under the outer edges of the top, pinning in place.  The edges will need to be ironed, as you can see! 





13. Use a blanket stitch to finish off the edges of the binding.  As much as possible, I stitch this edging through all the layers, including the backing fabric. 





14. Whip stitch the mitered corners.






Part one
Part two
Part three

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Friday, April 04, 2014

Artsy blogging round-up!



Art Bead Scene
Check out March's Challenge Monthly Recap - lots of beautiful jewellery made by some of our lovely readers!

Beading Arts
Using a mixture of bead stitching techniques, Cyndi finished a whopping big turquoise necklace that still needs a name!

Carrmi's Art/Life World
I have a new kumihimo experiment - a rat tail plus sari yarn braid.

Resin Crafts Blog
This week I have two special posts showing you how to make truly one of a kind candle holders with EasyCast.

Spring and Easter Craft Projects for You Crafty Peeps
Looking for Easter and Spring crafts? Find directions for everything from unique Easter eggs to holiday table décor and jewelry at The Artful Crafter.

Take A Trip to Northern Ireland
Andrew shares the latest creations made for the March selection of the Inspired by Reading Book Club, "An Irish Country Doctor" by Patrick Taylor.

Woot and Hoot! 
Tammy shows off an owl necklace design she has been plotting and planning for some time.

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Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Book review: My Enchanted Garden


Among the new titles by Martingale is one that immediately appealed to me: My Enchanted Garden by award-winning quilt designer Gretchen Gibbons.  The bulk of the book is dedicated to helping you create a nine-block quilt featuring the happy birds, animals, trees, and flowers that are her trademark.  This is followed by eight smaller projects that show you additional ways to combine the plant and animal motifs.  


Getchen works in both wool and cotton applique, and she goes over all the techniques for working with these materials prior to starting the quilt instructions.  She covers felting your wool, doing both needle-turned and fused applique with your cottons, adding embroidery stitches, and basic quilt construction.  The image shown above is called "Zen Bird," and he is part of the first project, the nine-block "My Enchanted Garden" quilt.  The block shown below is from this same quilt, and is called "Happy Bouquet."   Each block has a pattern, which includes an embroidery guide, a fabric list and measurements, and directions for making the block.  This is followed by assembly instructions.



The additional projects walk you through making smaller quilts, a pillow, and a purse.  Each of these projects has the same attention to details as the nine-block quilt, with easy to follow step-by-step instructions, patterns, and fabric lists.  If you feel that you would like to try this type of applique quilting and haven't done it before, this may just be a good first book for you!

Photo credits: Martingale, photographer Brent Kane

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Tuesday, April 01, 2014

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