Monday, September 27, 2010

Birmingham Art Fair

My find was this cute fabric guitar purse at the Birmingham Art Fair.

Thursday, September 23, 2010



The Cobra is my daughter’s dream car. I used copper, lockwashers, washers, watch parts, gears, charms, found objects, cottons, sheers, net, chenille, beads, sequins, and trims

Monday, September 20, 2010

Philadelphia MURAL inspirations

Philadelphia mural tour..saw some of the 3000 murals. The walking tour is better exercise, easy to check out the murals up close.  The trolley tour covered more murals, and explored North Philly. Many were painted, and some  like the library were mosaic murals.

Philadelphia Magic Gardens, the mosaics of Isaiah Zagar were incredible. There were mosaic ceilings, walls, floors, bike wheels, wine bottles, and colors everywhere. They even offer two day mosaic mural classes.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Columbus weekend highlights

Annual Balloonfest fun!
Deaf School Topiary Park had life size topiaries from Georges Seurat’s famous painting A Sunday Afternoon on the Isle of La Grand Jatte

Columbus Museum of Art

Tuesday, September 14, 2010


Artist's Watercolor Pencils: Vibrant pencils with a composition making them fully soluble in water. These pencils can be used dry like normal color pencils and then washed over with brush, or dipped in water to give a soft flow of color. The color of the ones put on wet are the brightest. The ones applied water to after they were laid down, ran.

Inktense Pencils - When used with water, the colors are the most vibrant of any other watercolor pencils. The colors are a bit more opaque than most, creating a true ink-like effect. Once dry, Inktense is permanent and cannot be lifted with water. This allows you to wash over your designs with other media and create spectacular effects.Inktense pencils are permanent when dry so can be used on fabric or they can have other mediums used over them without changing it. Watercolor pencils don't have this characteristic.

Make your own ink pads. Use a shallow plate or small aluminum tray. Cut two layers of felt the size of the pan or smaller Dampen the felt until it is absorbent and wring out. Add acrylic textile paint and mix well. Stamp as usual but clean off your stamps with soap and water as soon as you are finished. Allow printed image to dry and then heat set
.. use fabric paint or acrylic paint for stamping on fabric. Put some of the paint on a small sheet of plexiglass and roll it out thin with a rubber brayer. Depending on the size of the stamp and the consistency of the paint, you can carefully roll over the stamp with the paint-loaded brayer, or stamp into the paint on the plexi, pick it up and stamp on the fabric. Can also use a small, flat paintbrush, loaded, then pulled sideways across the stamp to "ink" the stamp. A foam brush uses more paint.

"Transfer eze": looks like a water soluble fabric you trace your design onto and then place over your stitching fabric. Then sew through it and wash away. Free motion Quiltalong project embroidery stitches Festival of Quilts