Thursday, January 8, 2015

Monday, January 5, 2015

Creative Jump Start

Artist Nathalie Kalbach and 24 other artists provide 10 minute videos in January. Its so much fun! I was introduced to Creative Jump Start .So many different mixed media ideas and techniques!
If you would like to see free videos from previous years: CJS 2014 CJS 2013 CJS 2011 Creative Jumpstart 2015.
If you are interested, Creative JumpStart 2015 25 videos for $25 . Videos are available through end of November 2015.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Another Annual Resolution!

Tried a new technique with threads from a book, Stitch Draw  by Rosie James. 
It was designed and cut in Make the Cut software. 

Materials include net, trims,and threads.

Monday, December 29, 2014

Glass blocks

Glass block lights..added vinyl, appliques and ribbons. One side is for the holidays and the other for winter.

Saturday, December 27, 2014


Mistletoes! Created by stamping Alex's feet on fabric. 
The text and snow globe were added in Make the Cut software and printed on a transparency.
One of them was added to a previous Christmas quilt at the bottom left . 
The quilt was made with block swaps from the Ann Arbor Quilt Guild.
The quilt also includes hand quilted ornaments, "Twelve days of Christmas".

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Creative Seasons Hot glue gun stamps/stencils

A wonderful demonstration on glue stamps by Kathy Schmidt. 

The technique uses a hot glue gun  to create a stamp between two Teflon sheets 

Place design under a Teflon sheet. Use the glue gun to trace the design on top of the Teflon sheet. Brayer to flatten glue. Print  with flat side of stamp. 

Load make up sponges with paint. Brayer over heavily painted stamp with another teflon sheet or wax paper on top . 

Mistakes can be cut out easily. Cool. Appears cloudy and rubber like. Ink or paint on back flat side. Use dollar store food cutting mats to roll paint on stencil. 

-Can also use it as a stencil by spraying around the design.   
-Can also mount on them on wood or garden knee pads. Draw the design on with hot glue and it glues on. 
-Can add paint to the glue design so you can see it. 
-Can also add more layers of glue to the same design to create a thicker design.-Can also use Silicone caulk to create these stamps but  needs to dry overnight. 
-Can use syringe to create design. Wash immediately.

Elmers  glue gel resist text, then paint or dye.

knitting pattern headband/hat byPatrice Smith :  "Calorimetry" 1 variegated skein of yarn !

Painted Koi By Barbara Skimmin

Sunday, November 16, 2014

New Fibers

 Unusual materials including woven electronic cords, a ladder made of hot glue, drawer liners, organza, felt, hair rollers and wire. My favorite was the brick wall by Patricia Mink rich in textures. Excellent show through Dec 10 at 900 Oakwood, Ypsilanti.