Sew Wild Inspired Fabric

As I said yesterday about Sew Wild, Alisa Burke’s new book, she really inspired me to try some of her techniques. This is one she demonstrated on her DVD. I started with some fabric from my stash. I still like this fabric after making a wallhanging out of it years ago, but probably won’t use…

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Book Review – Sew Wild

When I first saw this book in publicity sent out by Interweave, I immediately loved the book’s cover image! When I received the book the other day to review, I could not put it down. Sew Wild – Creating Stitch and Mixed Media is written by Alisa Burke, a painter and mixed-media artist who returned…

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Experimenting with Digital Grounds

I love working with my photos. When I found out about Golden’s Digital Grounds I just couldn’t wait to experiment. The kind folks at Golden Paints sent me the three different Digital Grounds to play with: White, Clear, and for Non-porous Surfaces. Below is information from their website about each of the three products. Digital…

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Embossing Resist Tutorial

I just love resists. I especially like using glue on fabric. See this post. Yesterday I wanted to try using embossing as a resist on watercolor paper. I’ve not used my embossing powders for a long time. In fact, I had to hunt for my heat gun. These supplies are old so I wasn’t sure…

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Fabric Birthday Card

Last year I had lost contact with Ginny, my mom’s penpal and friend. More about her and my quest to find her on this post. Well, her 95th birthday is coming up next week and I wanted to make something special for her so I made her a fabric card. I started with some dyed…

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Gesso and Stencils

Using gesso with stencils is a really fun technique with neat results for journal pages. For my first page I painted it with with water soluble oil pastels. Yes, you read me right – water soluble oil pastels! First thing you need to do is to place your stencil over your page and apply gesso.…

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Taping up journal pages

Between gardening and interviewing local artists and crafters, I have been able to squeeze in a little crafting. I’ve been playing around with some pages in my art journals. Today is about using masking tape to make backgrounds. It’s easy peasy and fun! I first put tape randomly on the page. Then I paint over…

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Layering on photos

After taking several online classes this year, I’ve really learned a lot. I am finding that I love layers. Before these classes I knew I loved a piece, whether paper or material, but didn’t realize that the artist had spent so much time layering and layering. My artist friend, Kathy, has been an big inspiration…

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Summer Sketching

Last night, after a busy day here at Happy Acres, I sat and played a little bit with my sketchbook. I used some of the new Gelly Roll Metallics I won recently. I also used some of my favorite markers. They don’t seem to be “in” markers, but I really love them. It seems like…

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