Motifs-Find Inspiration From Fabric Designs

Motifs

Inspiration from Fabric Designs

I find inspirations everywhere. Keeping a record of them is very helpful like photos, sketching and clippings. I have gravitated away from using fabrics with prints and yet I still include bits and savor some of them as inspirations.

One of my favorite methods is to work spontaneously….with a plan. That is the key…spontaneity is fun (for me) but I have learned to prepare my approach and have a loose plan and/or goal in mind.

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Composition 1

I like to stitch scraps together as in this case:

This time my plan was to work with contrast such as: warm/cool, glowing/dull, light/dark.

This proved to be a lot to keep in mind, but I did my best.

I came up with several compositions that I liked. Some ended up with open spaces that were begging for details such as composition 1. I did include a print that has a large block style design (right side). I decided to extract a portion of the design as a stencil motif to fill the spaces and repeat the motif; repetition unifies.

First I drew the design onto freezer paper and cut out the openings.motif_stencil 1

Next, I pressed it to the chosen spot. The slick side of the freezer paper sticks slightly when heated with an iron.

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The paint is applied with a stencil brush which has stiff bristles cut flat and blunt. The paint is actually tapped into the openings.

Watch this video demonstration:

Freezer Paper Stencil Paint Application from Deborah Babin on Vimeo.

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The stencil design has helped to balance the composition and now I will continue with free motion stitching. I like leaving open spaces for these opportunities and allow the composition to evolve. There are more spaces to ponder….this one is not complete; none the less I am pleased with it so far.

Making and painting stencils is fun and easy to do. You can learn more about developing your art with original methods in my online course:

MIXING UP MEDIA on the ACADEMY OF QUILTING.

The next session begins April 1st. You can sign up now!

Check it out here

 

 

 

Mixing UP Media-On line course Set for April 1, 2016

CL_emb_200My online course: Mixing Up Media is scheduled on the Academy of Quilting for April 1st.

This is your opportunity to learn about various mediums that I like to use.

 

 

 

 

What are they?

  • Interfacing
  • Tissue Paper
  • Silk Organza

I will present a new way to think about using unique products and found objects to make art with. The history behind this procurement is: I once lived in a rural area. There were few basic stores and the closest larger town was 1 hour away. Internet access was on dial up, ugh! Thus, often I found myself looking at what supplies I had on hand and experimented with those. This lead to excellent discoveries. One such item is interfacing. I use it as a painting surface and more. I will share my discoveries in this course. I also hope to inspire people to love the beauty of simplicity. For example, the beauty of hand sewing, hand quilting and taking the time to sit down and embrace ZEN.

This was quite a few years ago and yet….I still like to resource, recycle and challenge myself.

I know that many fiber artists “collect” fabric…the infamous “stash”. I for one, do not want a stash.

I on the contrary….want to have a color palette to use that is from various sources. This is pertinent for making ORIGINAL art.

Example: Painted tissue paper

Example: Painted tissue paper

In my course I will share my favorite techniques. You can use these endlessly. You will learn a lot!

I hope you do take a moment and read about the course HERE

The supply list is available in advance on the Academy of Quilting ahead of time.

If you have a question about the supplies, please contact me.

 

FIBER ART CONNECTION-Blog Hop-You Can Be a Winner!

FIBER ART CONNECTION


 

Here’s how… Go to Desiree Habicht’s blog TODAY she is the first blog on the blog hop. Then proceed to the next blog tomorrow and so on until you have visited all eight blogs. Yes…EIGHT

There are EIGHT artists presenting a week long course during a three month session. Each artist is unique and worth a visit. You will learn a lot just doing this!

Pay attention to the rules so you will have the most chances to win! The lucky person will be chosen on March 15th.

Be sure to do the blog hop, write your comments to be eligible to win BEFORE March 15th!!

Read about the FIBER ART CONNECTION presentation. A fantastic three month session that is about to start March 15th.

fac blog hop 600Enter: Win the BIG basket of goodies by doing these steps:
1. Leaving a comment on the blogs
2. Sign up for the session
3. Comment on a Face Book post about this event.
4. Re post on facebook
Read all of the details on the blogs.
You can sign up for the first session NOW.

Visit each blog post on the specific date as listed below.

If you miss one…not to worry! Just visit them all ON or AFTER the date given. Be sure to leave a comment on the blog.

Blog Hop List and Blog Post Date

3/1     Desiree Habicht

3/2    Candy Glendening

3/3     Liz Kettle

3/4     Roxane Lessa

3/7     Ruth Chandler

3/8     Cecile Whatman

3/9     Deborah Babin

3/10   Rayna Gillman

FIBER ART CONNECTION-BLOG HOP-You can win a fantastic prize!

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I am delighted to be one of the eight artists teaching during the first session of FIBER ART CONNECTION. I am teaching the week of May 3rd.  Title: ZEN WREATH

I do hope you sign up…this will be a spectacular unique event! Where else can you meet a learn with eight fiber artists? AND…you will have access to this FOREVER!! yes, it is true. You can always access the content.

In the meantime…you can learn about all eight artists by visiting their blogs. Join in our blog hop…

We all donated art supplies and now have a wonderful basket full of goodies for some lucky person to win!! All you have to do is visit the blogs on the dates below (or after) up to March 15th.

Here is how it works: Enter to win by doing any of these things:

  1. Register for the class
  2. Leave a comment on this blog post answering this question “What attracts you to fiber art/artists?” 
  3. Share a link to this blog post on social media and then leave another comment here telling me you did so
  4. Sign up for the Fiber Art Connection mailing list, you can do that here
Art supplies donated by all 8 artists...lot's of good stuff!

Art supplies donated by all 8 artists…lot’s of good stuff!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The basket includes 6 spools of variegated thread from 6 different thread companies, a piece of hand dyed fabric in a tonal rainbow color palette, pre-quilted 9″ block for coloring, 6 Inktense colored pencils, 2 quilt magazines, quilters flat tape measure, bag of six Valdani hand-dyed threads, gold eye chenille needles, hand dyed fabrics trim and lace, 10 fat quarters of assorted fabrics,  4 sheets of Tyvek, 2 coloured light weight Lutradur and 75 grams of Tussah Silk Top or Roving, artists transfer paper, 5 pieces of different colors of organza, 9 pieces of acid free tissue paper, silk organza, linen, embroidery thread, a package of beads and a spool of perks cotton thread.

Meet Deborah Babin

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1) What draws you to the fiber arts? Why do you work the way you do?

I have always loved sewing and working with my hands. It feels natural to me. I majored in fine arts and was a painter for many years. I had a chance meeting with some people who were well on their way making fiber art in the 90’s. This changed my course of direction and I have been making fiber art ever since. I work the way I do because…I consider myself to be a “purist”. I believe in preservation; that the art I make is important enough to last for many years. That it is made with integrity; that I can be proud of and hope it is cherished by others and kept safe. I believe in making original art.

2) Tell us about your studio! Where in the world is it? Is it clean or messy? Is it hidden away or out in the open?

Video-Take a tour of my studio

Welcome! This is where I hang out most of the time. The tables are from IKEA. The storage bins are ELFA.

 

I am very fortunate! I live in a beautiful area of Washington State, across the Puget Sound from Seattle. Our home has three floors. The main living area is on the second floor and my studio is the entire third floor; 1000 sq. feet; with windows on all sides. I work somewhat messy…meaning, what I am using at the time is all out and left out until I am done. I do clean up in between projects. I work clean though; I don’t like to have dirty hands. I tend to clean up haphazardly though…then I have trouble finding stuff.

3) What’s your favorite color and why?

Turquoise/Aqua-I LOVE the color of the tropics! Turquoise is nature and never will be a trendy color.

4) What’s your least favorite thing to do when you’re working a piece?

One, to have to stop! I get annoyed when I am interrupted because I usually lose my train of thought. Two, I don’t like to stop and spend time tying knots. I do this when I am machine quilting. Again, this means I have to stop; but tying knots is important. And, honestly, it is good to stop and take breaks as this refreshes my eyes.

5) If you could fly where would you go?

I would fly to a place where turquoise water is seen to infinity! The tropical breezes would feel fantastic so I think I would fly right into the water and swim.

 

6) Tell us about the class you’re teaching in The Fiber Art Connection. What do you hope your students will learn from this?

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I will present a new way to think about using unique products and found objects to make art with. The history behind this procurement is: I once lived in a rural area. There were few basic stores and the closest larger town was 1 hour away. Internet access was on dial up, ugh! Thus, often I found myself looking at what supplies I had on hand and experimented with those. This lead to excellent discoveries. One such item is interfacing. I use it as a painting surface and more. I will share my discoveries in this course. I also hope to inspire people to love the beauty of simplicity. For example, the beauty of hand sewing, hand quilting and taking the time to sit down and embrace ZEN.

7) Where else can we find you on the internet?

My second blog www.zencloth.com

This blog reflects my love of hand stitching. I consider it a pleasure and gift to myself to sit down…be still….and hand stitch. To get lost in the experience. To become “one” with the cloth. To be totally tranquil. This is quality time that I cherish.

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Now, answer the question:

What attracts you to fiber art/artists?

Add your answer in a comment below. I hope you win!!

 

Originality-Make Original Art

Originality-Make original art

In this day and age access to the internet offers unlimited resources for our inspiration; however, this can unfortunately increase our temptation to copy. Pinterest is an excellent resource and some people think what they see there is fair game. Copying is a violation that goes unnoticed by many. I too like to search for inspiration on Pinterest and I stress the word INSPIRATION (only) for I only aim to make original art. In fact, you can follow me on PINTEREST.

I have several blog posts planned for the next two weeks that are all about making your art original. I will offer some simple ways to elevate and/or sustain the art you make to original status with simple and economical methods.

Topics: Making your own stamps and stencils

Always ask yourself: How Can I Strive to Make Original Art?

It is fine to use inspirational references fairly literally to begin with; this is acceptable for learning and experimenting. During this phase (hopefully) you will begin to see that it is actually impossible to truly copy another persons work. Which is a good thing! I encourage you to see as this (as it is gradually) revealed to you AND to embrace what you see. Notice, what is happening that you can embrace rather than reject and move into a new direction. This is where we have two choices…1. become discouraged because the realization makes us feel inadequate or 2. become motivated to pursue and discover our underlying abilities.

Can you relate to this experience?

I love discoveries! AND, I love a challenge. That is where I learn the most and find the most satisfaction.

STAMPS

The next few posts will be about STAMPS-AND-STENCILES; how to make and use them to acheive originality.

Yes, there isn’t much excitement about stamps in general. There are zillions of stamps manufactured…and, they are expensive! Let’s refer to them as: artful impressions instead. I like to make my own stamps, save money and us them to develop original qualities for my art.

MM_L2_sketchbook_pageI like to draw all sorts of things. Often times I draw freely without intention.
I enjoy drawing continuous line drawings because I relate to these readily as they can translate into quilting motifs. And, drawing continuously allows my thoughts to flow.

Do you like to draw or doodle?

Here is an example of my doodling. The vertical lines with linked circles were my favorite so I decided to make a stamp as well as a stencil from it.

 

This stamp was carved from a product called: Easy Carve available from Speed Ball. It is like an eraser that comes in various sizes and carves like hot knife in butter; use the Speed Ball carving set to carve this product.

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Key hole design-Carving in progress using the carving tool.

EASY CARVE TOOLS

Speed Ball Easy Carve Material and carving tools

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Top: My linked circles stamp carved with the Speed Ball easy carve product and tools. Bottom: The stamp impression with black ink pad.

By the way….this stamp is available ALREADY MADE in my ETSY shop for $22 plus shipping.

While in the shop….take a look at my art for sale.

Note: The stamp is a custom order. Allow 2 weeks + shipping time.

Who doesn’t mind saving money?? Once you start thinking about “things” you have and see around the house and yard and elsewhere…you start to realize there are numerous common things that can make an interesting MARK.

Making marks is what it is all about.

Make YOUR mark! Now that is original.

Economical Alternatives:

I get great satisfaction from resourcing found objects. Here are a few examples:

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The small stamps on the top produce fine lines from the edges. These have been cut off the sides of the Styrofoam tray where the edge curves at bit with two to three layers glued together. The bottom stamp is one layer with dots that were made by melting the Styrofoam with a stencil cutter.

 

Note: Always work safely…wear a mask when melting Styrofoam or work out doors.

 

caut out foam stampSticky back foam sheets-These are found in craft stores in the kid stuff. They are thin foam sheets with a sticky back that is covered with paper. Simply draw a design with a ball point pen, cut it out, peel off the backing paper and stick it onto a support; in this case I used Styrofoam. I cut it out with an X-acto knife. You will end up with two stamps: Positive and Negative

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Handmade Stamps: Key hole design From the Left: 1. Stamp impression from Easy Carve 2. Easy Carve Stamp 3. Stamp Impression from Foam Sheet 4. Foam sheet stamp

My next post: Stamps continued

The posts about stamps and stencils are extracted from my online course: MIXING UP MEDIA on the ACADEMY OF QUILTING. Read the details and consider signing up soon as this course is scheduled to start April 1st.

Please take a moment and sign up for my newsletter too! See the form on the left side panel.

Also, leave a comment! Have you made your own stamps? What kinds of found things did you use?

I love to hear from people. Thank You.

 

 

 

Fiber Art Connection-Sign Up February 15th

Guess what???  You are invited to a new fiber art adventure; a completely new learning community.

I’m really excited to share this news with you! AND I am delighted to reveal that I will be one of the eight artists offering a full week of instruction in May. This is an exclusive, private online art community that you can participate in right from your home.

Who We Are

The Fiber Art Connection
A learning community for the underground fiber artist ready to bring their art into the light

 

 

Here is the roster of teachers for the first session:

  • Desiree Habicht
  • Roxane Lessa
  • Candy Glendening
  • Liz Kettle
  • Rayna Gillman
  • Cecile Whatman
  • Deborah Babin
  • Ruth Chandler

Wow!  I’m so excited to be included in this fabulous group of artists/teachers!   A different teacher every week. We are also going to have a blog hop with prizes in the very near future too, so you clan learn more about these ladies.

Read the schedule of topics here

Each teacher will offer one week of instruction. I am scheduled for Week 8, May 3rd.

The content will remain accessible to you indefinitely. This is a huge plus! This way you may access the courses any time in the future.

Just some of the skills you will learn:

  • How to apply mixed media to different surfaces
  • Applique techniques
  • Painting on fabric
  • Thread painting and sketching
  • Acrylic ink on fabric
  • Collages
  • Lettering
  • and more. 

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 Week 8– Join Fiber artist, Deborah Babin as she leads you into the layered world of painted fabrics in her class, Zen Wreath-Mixed Media. Learn how to paint interfacings, silk organza and even tissue paper to create mysterious layers that produce spectacular results. Color washes and Deborah’s layering techniques will help you bring a new depth and dimension into your own art quilts. You will be creating this beautiful little floral wreath quilt that you can add to and make your own!       

Please click here to find out more and to register:
The first session begins March 15th…reserve your spot!

 


 

 

Takeout Box

New Course offered: Takeout Box

Dates:May 25th thru June 8th, 2015

Three Lessons $30

Sign Up here

Find the Supply List here

You will find Information on all of my courses here.

Description

The Takeout Box has a very clever design which amazes me with the simplicity and ingenuity. When it is opened and laid flat It is an “X”. The ends fold up and hold the box together at two points; and the top interlocks. I will provide the pattern and instructions and you provide the originality. You will create your very own one of a kind Take out Box.

Three Lessons
1-Make a sheet of paper/fabric
2-Make the Take out Box
3-Make embellishments and the handle

We will create sheets of paper/fabric to make the box with. You will learn how to make paper/fabric using simple process that combines and bonds cotton fabric and certain types of paper together. The end result is a sturdy, unique surface that is very diverse. Making the Takeout Box with the paper/fabric is only one way I utilize it. I will share more about this in the last lesson. The inside of the box is lined with cotton fabric.

The Takeout Box I made is embellished with a fish motif. A pattern for the fish will be provided; however, you may use any motif you like. The fish are made with a process I call “tulle-ing”. A variety of things (scraps) are combined and sandwiched between painted interfacing and tulle.

The top view of the Takeout Box

The top view of the Takeout Box

Finishing Touches
The box will be finished with a custom made wire handle with beads, old costume jewelry and/or buttons.

All stitching is done by machine except for the embellishments, which are attached by hand sewing.

Experience
You should be confident with free motion stitching and have a sewing machine that zigzag capable and have feed dogs that drop down.

Optional Contents

It is fun to make contents for the box.

Fortune Cookie
I will provide instructions on how to make a fortune cookie out of felt.

More ideas:
In prior classes some people made other kinds of contents such as: Add a wax candle, catnip to connect to the fish motif.

Feel free to customize your Takeout Box.

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Sign Up Here

 

 

Academy of Quilting Blog Post

The Academy of Quilting has a very nice blog. The courses offered there are quite diverse; from traditional piecing to courses like mine: Mixed Media. Do yourself a favor and check out what is offered Here

Yesterday my post was published on the Academy of Quilting blog:

HL_fv_200Opportunities-Are brief moments in time; timing is everything…I say that a lot. We have many opportunities that come our way; often times we are distracted; or, maybe we aren’t ready. When it is the right time, we are receptive, we are ready, that is when and the chances for growth are optimal; which, in turn set up for opportunities.
◦I have the opportunity here on the Academy of Quilting to meet you and share my knowledge about how I make art.
◦You have the opportunity to participate, learn new things and meet new people.
◦We have the opportunity to meet each other, discuss, and make a solid connection; one that presents a bountiful opportunity.

Making connections is vital for us. People with common interests become our support system. The ability to meet people online all over the world is still amazing to me. What an opportunity for sure.

Mixing Up Media-Now open for sign ups

Compiling and composing this course was quite challenging. Making art is my passion; however, explaining how I make art requires countless hours of writing, photographing, making samples, making art and more. I am proud of the results and delighted to present this compilation here.

Big Reveal: I have been working with certain mediums for the last ten years and I developed methods. These have been extracted, simplified and fine tuned to present to you in a manner that will be enlightening. My goal is to ignite a fire in your creative spirit and guide you along the way, to stretch and grow, discover your style no matter of your level.

Win-Win-We make a new connection and the best part: You will take away more than you started with.

Mixed Media-Translates to: The freedom to play and experiment. Mixed Media is a vague term; the sky is the limit. Thus, I have chosen to focus on a few particular materials and mediums; some that are unique and uncommon and my favorites.

Materials such as: Interfacing, Tissue Paper and Silk Organza.

Mediums such as: spray inks (Adirondack Color Wash and Dylusions)

Join me-let’s make something wonderful together.  Enter my virtual studio and observe the action. In my younger years if I had had an opportunity (like this) I would have jumped on it, and now you can.

 

Painting with Ink

TP_Example 2Painting with ink creates remarkable effects. The ink that I prefer is made by Ranger Ink: Adirondack Color Wash and Dylusions. The ink comes in a spray bottle with a fine mister. It is consentrated and can be diluted with water; mini misters are the best for this.. Color Wash has a muted palette. The colors have an earth quality. Dylusions on the other hand, are vibrant colors. They can be used together quite well. Smaple colors: Color WAsh: Eggplant, Espresso, Butterscotch. Dylusions: Vibrant Turquoise, Pure Sunshine, Polished Jade. The names alone suggest the tones.colorwash

Product description:

Dylusions Ink Spray

Dylusions Ink Spray dyes are a high quality, acid-free, non-toxic concentrated colorant for porous surfaces. The Dylusions Ink Sprays’ bright and vibrant palette will colorize paper, Sticky Back Canvas, wood, paper, clay and more. Use to create backgrounds on cards, scrapbook and journal pages, and in mixed media art projects.

■Concentrated colorant for porous surfaces
■Acid free and non-toxic
■Fine mist sprayer
2 oz bottle

Adirondack Color Wash
The Adirondack Color Wash featuring Tim Holtz is an acid-free, non-toxic, water-based dye developed for use on paper, fibers, fabric and more. These earthy and bright spray dyes will colorize paper, fibers, fabric, wood, paper clay and other absorbent surfaces. Ideal for paper crafters, mixed media and fabric artists alike. 2 oz. bottle.

Spraying vs. Painting

Spraying color onto a surface such as paper results totally different than painting. Painting with a brush (most of the time) reveals the marks made; looking obviously “painted”. Now, of course this is certainly highly desirable and exprected by many artists such as oil painters. I have reallized that mystery develops when it is not obvious HOW art is made.  I like that.

The other quality feature of (spray) painting with ink is the immediate results. Just a few pumps applies quite a bit of ink with rich and vibrant colors. You have many options. Create textures or go for smooth. Fold, pleate, twist, crumple the paper; anything goes; vary the papers and vary the methods.

LEARN TO USE THESE INKS IN MY NEW ONLINE COURSE: MIXING UP MEDIA

THE ACADEMY OF QUILTING 

Detailed instructions are given to create a LOOK. You may follow the designs provided or better yet….venture off to create your own LOOK.

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Current Look-Dylusions color palette

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Historic Look-Color Wash color palette

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Abstract Look-Dylusions color palette

Sign ups are now open!

These fabulous  inks are the primary medium for this course. You will learn a lot about how to use them and a lot more. I am very pleased with this new course. I encourage you to check it out HERE.

 

 

Mixing Up Media-Course Online

Mixing Up Media-My new course online at the Academy of Quilting

Start date: March 6th, 2015

Five Lessons $50

Sign Up now

MM_mini_finishedI am very happy to have this course ready to go. Many hours go into composing, making art, photographing, editing and more to put a course together.  Visit my profile page too.

You are invited: Go behind the scenes to experience some of my favorite methods and materials I use to create authentic art. Mixed Media: the fascinating realm of endless possibilities. Learn to: Transform various materials and unleash your creativity; observe amazing results from the get go.

 

Mixed Media-Take a Look and Make your LOOK

What is mixed media?
Basically, it is a playground filled with various types of art materials. All you have to do is take a look and then give yourself the freedom to play and have fun. It is impossible to go wrong, you will see.

For example, what if I told you that it is possible to make a painted surface look unpainted? No problem, I will show you just how to this and more. Working with mixed media offers unlimited options and endless possibilities. Once you experience this fascinating world you will soon realize this. Now, the best way to begin is with a focus otherwise the options are overwhelming.

The focus of this workshop is: To experience selected products and materials that produce amazing results. I invite you to realize the vast range of possibilities and gradually unleash your creativity. In addition, you will get to peak at my methods that I have used successfully for many years. I will share my journey with mixed media. I love stories, do you?

Create a LOOK-Three looks set the stage for exploration:

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1. Historic Look-inspired by authentic botanical illustrations

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2. Current Look-Updated style inspired by the Historic look

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3. Abstract Look-Pushed onward and into the future

Layouts are provided with various options that will guide you through practice and application. The design is based on a botanical illustration; a single flower is the featured specimen and focal point. You have options: work within your style whether you prefer to work loosely or refined with precise detail.

Either way, the objective is to create authentic art while at the same time experiencing some of my favorite and unique mixed media methods and (unconventional) materials including: interfacing, tissue paper, silk organza as well as cloth. These materials will be saturated with luscious colors and developed into dynamic textured surfaces using color wash dye paints; spritz, spray and drip dye paint. No need for prior painting experience…this is super easy, fast and super fun.

Techniques

The information I will provide comes straight from my coveted collection of tried and true methods and tools. For example, you will learn how to make and utilize a highly effective tool that I developed and use exclusively for appliqué.
Embellishment tags

CL_emb_200Make it yours-Refine your look with handmade accents-Descriptive text that is found on botanical illustrations will engage the viewer. Attach these with flare using hand and/or machine stitching, free style or uniform; unique beads, buttons or any personal findings; various sewing methods are suggested and demonstrated including quilting considerations.

Have more fun making your very own stamps and stencils to mix together and play around with; use them on tags as well as the surfaces.Stencil_200

MM_L5_hl_binding_strip_3Complete your look with my favorite (and easy peasy) binding method with silk organza along with a sleeve to hang your prize piece and show it off.