i’ll be at quilt market – come visit me! :)

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If you’ve been visiting with me on Facebook or Instagram or even here, I’m sure you’ve noticed that I’ve been prepping to exhibit at Quilt Market for the first time. (I’ve not shut up about it, you’d seriously need to go out of your way to avoid it.)

I think this may be one of the hardest things I’ve ever done for my art career. I’m debuting five new products and launching a wholesale arm to my business. I pulled it together in four months and honestly? I’m excited and worried and giddy and scared all at the same time. I’ve obsessed everything to within an inch of it’s life so I’m confident that it’s as good as it can be. That’s a pretty good place to be.

The blog is going quiet until after Market is over. If you are interested at all in following along with the wild ride as it happens, I invite you to visit me at my Instagram account. My username is girllovespaint. I’ll be showing all the new products I’ve got there first before anywhere else. I’m not taking my laptop so blogging won’t happen until after I’ve regained the ability to stay awake after I get home (I expect to be tired).

I’m not attending Festival, only Market.

If you are coming to Market, please stop by and say hello! Here’s all my details:

Smudged Textiles Studio

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Schoolhouse presentation: “Break It Apart: How to Get More out of the Patterns You Sell” on Friday October 24 from 5:30pm-6pm (I’ll have chocolate and fabric and I’ll be sharing).

Keep your fingers crossed for me that it all goes well and I’ll be back here in a bit to share all the details – woo! :)

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fling paint, make buttons, give gifts

Usually when I hear that people are already making holiday gifts, I cringe and quickly find something else to think about. But really? Making small gifts now is a pretty good idea. And Interweave is making it easy for you, thought I’d give you a heads up.

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These addictive little buggers are a combination of some super easy paint flinging and quick assembly to create fun gifties. Interweave gathered a few of their Gifts issues together (including the one that has the article I wrote on how to make these), the supplies you need to make them and put them all in a kit.

There’s nothing not to like about these and after having made close to a hundred of them, I can say that they are super easy. So grab a kit and get flinging!! :)

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where i stand sunday

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I stare down at the utilitarian mat and imagine filling each circle with a different pattern, color, texture, daydream. It’s an obsessive shape for me, one that I find endlessly fascinating and work into nearly every composition I create. It is the promise of endless opportunity contained in a simple clear shape.

 

Where I Stand is an ongoing photo essay examining the different places I spend my life standing. Too often we take for granted the everyday places we spend our lives walking on. The ground we tread on has its own stories to tell.

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throwback thursday: {untitled}

I did some photo only style posts back on my old blog. Just things I found interesting. I’m especially fond of this photo, I think architectural decay is one of the most fascinating things around. Texture and color galore and a strange mixture of electric energy in the letting go. So on this Throwback Thursday I give you one of my favorite wordless photo posts that I simply called “{untitled}”.

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p a u s e

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This pause has me looking at these good things in my life…

What I’m making…hand printed fabric for my fellow members of The Printed Fabric Bee. I’m a wee bit behind (if by that you understand I mean two themes behind). Feels good to have paint in my hair again.

What I’m readingThree Graves Full. I’m a horror fiction fan. More the Twilight Zone-ish type, not gore. I just started reading this one but it’s good so far and since it’s coming up on Halloween, seemed a good time to start a new book.

What I’m eating…cider mill donuts. (Isn’t everyone?)

What I’m wanting…an Oliso Smart Iron. In yellow because it’s happy. A new ironing board and iron are high on the list of studio items to upgrade

What I’m hoping for…more cuddle time with Carter. Napping on the sofa with that dog is the cure for anything that ails me. :)

 

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where i stand sunday

 

 

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The light feels heavy and longer, it’s pushing. Like I’m in the way. It’s the byproduct of struggle between summer and autumn. Two things trying to occupy the same space and all we can simply do is watch and wait for the change to take place.

 

Where I Stand Sunday is an ongoing photo essay examining the different places I spend my life standing. Too often we take for granted the everyday places we spend our lives walking on. The ground we tread on has its own stories to tell.

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Throwback thursday: how to make art in 10 minutes

At my old blog I posted for many years. And lately it’s been nagging at me that if it ever went away (maybe because I just don’t post there anymore or the computer gods decide to smite me), all that writing would be lost. Gone. Presto poof.

So I thought I’d use the concept of Throwback Thursday (the posts people put up showing old photos of themselves from years ago) to move some of that content here and let it see the light of day again.

Here is one that is still very much relevant in my life since I’m often asked how I manage to get so much stuff done. Hope you dig it.

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how to make art in 10 minutes

I’m like everyone else – I’ve got too much to do and not enough time to do it in. There’s just no getting around it.

Basically it came down to a very simple ultimatum: (1) Stop doing anything but the day job or (2) Figure out a way to fit art and fun into my schedule.

I chose option #2. (Obviously, right?)

Okay, so I made that choice but now what? How in the world do I squeeze in extra time? The answer was very obvious: I don’t.

Extra time is not the issue. Effectively using my time is. There are a lot of little blocks of time that go unused in the day. Ten minutes here, five minutes there. They hardly seem like they are worth anything but if you worked on a project for ten minutes every day, you’d have nearly an hour’s worth of work in on it by the end of the work week.

It’s a habit. Not one that comes easily and not one that I can always keep up with. Sometimes I’m just tired and don’t feel like working. And sometimes all I’ve got to give is ten minutes.

And that’s okay.

Those ten minute time blocks keep me moving. They keep me producing and when I feel productive, I feel happy.

So the next time you are sitting somewhere thinking about how you have no time to do something, take the time you would spend worrying about it and do something. Even just for a few minutes.

Ten minutes can make a huge difference in the long run.

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“i can’t go back even if i wanted to…”

I’ve watched this a hundred times. Could watch it a hundred more. Stunning and brilliant…

SILVER & LIGHT from Ian Ruhter : Alchemist on Vimeo.

 

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SAQA benefit auction

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That there piece up there is my contribution to the Studio Art Quilt Associates annual fundraising auction. Bidding on it opens today at 2pm EDT. It’s a reverse auction so the price starts out at $750 and ticks down to $75 over the course of a few days. There are tons of beautiful art quilts up there and all the funds go to SAQA to help them do all the art quilt goodness that they do throughout the year.

Swing on by and have a gander, hope you find something you just can’t live without!

 

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where i stand sunday

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I drive by the art academy every day to and from work. I feel a tug as I pass on the outskirts, a space marked by stone walls and elaborate gates. Guarded by sculpture and beauty and know that some part of me belongs there. I long to wander through it and shut out the rest of the world in favor of art but I will have to settle for standing on the outside looking in, carrying my artist self within me on the outskirts.

 

Where I Stand Sunday is an ongoing photo essay examining the different places I spend my life standing. Too often we take for granted the everyday places we spend our lives walking on. The ground we tread on has its own stories to tell.

 

Here is the rest of the gate and one of it’s guardians:

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i dreamt of a white studio

I woke up this morning with a complete recollection of the dream I had last night. Which is weird because I rarely remember them clearly, if at all. But this one? All laid out in explicit detail.

I was working in a white studio. Everything was white – the walls were brick painted white, the floor, the worktables (notice I used plural on that), the design boards. All white. There were splatter marks of color on nearly everything because I will never be neat with paint but the room itself? White.

Along the wall to my left were windows. Floor to ceiling, industrial looking. I understood when I saw them that I was in a rehabilitated factory. Everything felt old and I loved it for that. It had soul and memory and I felt as though it had welcomed me to it’s story.

The design boards were covered with patterns and designs and all manner of fabric and paper hanging off them. I was busy. And happy. Mostly I remember just being very, very happy.

I don’t know what it means. If anything. Maybe it’s wishful thinking. Maybe it’s just hopes for the future seeping into my dreaming. But I can’t stop thinking about it and if nothing else, I’ll hold it in my mind as a representation of what my artist self looks like in the quiet moments. Maybe it was a self portrait of my inner artist.

Have you ever dreamed about art? Making it? Where you wanted it to go? What you hoped it could be?

 

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where i stand sunday

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These are such a small part of the booth but a necessary component of the orchestra that is making up my first time exhibiting at the International Quilt Market. A low grade mixture of excitement and nervousness is with me throughout each day as the date creeps closer.

 

Where I Stand Sunday is an ongoing photo essay examining the different places I spend my life standing. Too often we take for granted the everyday places we spend our lives walking on. The ground we tread on has its own stories to tell.

 

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p a u s e (and why i stopped blogging)

I’m not one of those bloggers that believes in apologizing when I’m away from posting for a while. I mean, life is life, right? Can’t always be available all of the time to get a post written.But I have to admit that I’ve been trying to figure out my lack of posts lately. It’s not that I haven’t wanted to blog, it’s just something has held me back. I finally figured it out yesterday and I’ve made a massive mistake.

At some point along the way I decided that every post needed to be magazine worthy. I felt it needed to be grand and sweeping in order to be worthwhile. For the record? No one told me I had to do this. Something shifted in the way I viewed my blog and it wasn’t good nor fair. To you or to me. So I’ve been avoiding posting because that broken mindset told me that if I didn’t toil in my studio for an entire day writing an extremely detailed how-to post, you wouldn’t like it.

How silly.

My practice at my previous blog was much more lighthearted. Much more…all over the place. Because I’m a firm believer that building a creative life doesn’t happen only within your studio walls. It’s about all the tiny details in life. I know some “experts” will disagree but when I think about the blogs I like best? They talk about everything. And I mean everything – pets, kids, food, what color the sky is. You name it, it goes up. And that’s how I used to be be and I realize I really really really miss it.

So I’m going back to my old ways. I’m leaving behind the self-imposed pressure to perform and just do my thing like I did when first began writing a blog. I suspect some current readers won’t care for it and I’m sorry if you choose to leave but man, this joint has become too quiet for my taste. I’m going to do what feels best in my bones to liven it back up. Starting with this simple silly little post. I’ve seen some versions of it on other blogs and I dig it – I’ve given it my own name and twist and I really thing it brings humanity back to these posts and maybe you’ll find something we have in common.

Thanks for giving me the space to find my blogging mojo again and I hope you like it as well as I do. :)

 

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This pause has me looking at these good things in my life…

What I’m making…lots and lots of plans for the International Quilt Market which is next month. I’m a bit of a spaz at the moment (ignore that twitch beneath my left eye, will ya?)

What I’m readingThe Lace Reader. (It’s my fourth time through it, love it that much.)

What I’m eatingChana Masala. It’s an Indian dish that involves chick peas, rice and too many spices to list and I love it. Awesome vegetarian dish.

What I’m wanting…this sweater that couldn’t say “autumn” more if it was capable of speaking.

What I’m hoping for…a long autumn with lots of color (whoa there winter, you’ll get your turn).

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full on ninja planning mode

So if you visit with me on social media you know that I’m exhibiting at the International Quilt Festival in Houston at the end of October to celebrate my new fabric line with Red Rooster Fabrics and my book and all my other items that I geek out about. I haven’t had this many to-do lists since I first started my business. While there have been moments of panic, I’m pretty excited about the whole thing. The biggest item on my list is figuring out my booth design.

I did this the other day:

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My garage floor now has a turquoise duct tape faux booth. I needed to see the size in real life because I’ve managed to make a 10′x10′ booth WAY bigger in my head. It’s good to see it and now I can plan accordingly. I’ve got a couple of big pieces, mysteriously shown in this box:

 

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I’m so eager to show it all. I really am but I want to save it for the final set up because really, in pieces? Not so impressive. It’s just like printing fabric – the layers need to all come together in order for it to be any kind of interesting.

There has been some of this during the planning as well:

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Atwater Brewrey is one of my favorites and cherry stout? Mercy. In Love. This one is tied with their coffee one. Yes, you read that right – coffee beer. Doesn’t get much better then that.

So the blog is going to be full of Market Market Market (say that part in the Brady Bunch “Marsha Marsha Marsha” whiney voice for full effect) but I’m hoping you don’t mind. Since it’s my primary occupation in the studio right now, it’s either don’t blog at all or take you along for the ride.

Houston Quilt Market or bust!! :)

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evolution of a coffee cup print

During the blog hop release party for my book Intentional Printing, Virginia Spiegel cooked up a great exchange. The idea was to create 6″ squares of fabric featuring a mutual love amongst all the participants , the coffee cup. Each participant was asked to use three techniques from the book and include the cup as part of the design. The work everyone produced was incredible! :)

Gordana Vukovic was one of the participants and here are the twelve awesome pieces she created:

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artwork by Gordana Vukovic, used with permission

 

(I was lucky to get the middle one in the third row – love it!) She wrote a blog post talking about the process that she worked through to make them and I thought you might like to swing by and visit her to see how she went about it. And while you’re there, be sure to take a stroll through her art portfolio – very lovely work! :)

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sunday inspiration

A little bit of inspiration to wrap up your week, this one is quite cool. :)

 

 

 

 

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time to TAP – Lesley Riley’s new book!! :)

The very fabulous and talented Lesley Riley has released another book and she’s celebrating in style so be sure to read on. :) Her latest masterpiece features all the ways you can use Transfer Artist Paper (TAP). TAP is Lesley’s brain child, it’s a very cool versatile product that let’s you transfer just about anything onto just about anywhere. (Versatility rocks.)

Here’s the book:

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You can snag one here.

There are LOADS of projects in this book. I mean it’s bursting at the seams!! I’m very excited to have been one of the contributors and I flexed my TAP muscles by making this pillow:

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I have an addiction to pillows. I have enough to build a house from. (Seriously.)

Here’s a closer look:

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The striped circles and Xs are done with TAP. Nifty, right? :) All the details on how to make it are in the book along with other groovy projects.

Lesley is introducing you to all the contributors of the book on her blog starting today. She’ll chat up two of us every day and hold a daily drawing for  rocking good stuff like the new book and TAP. So you’ll want to stop by and visit her everyday through Sunday this week, okay? She’s extremely kind and generous and talented so you want to know her even without the giveaways. :)

Enjoy!!

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inspiration wednesday

Just a little bit of inspiration to break up the work week. :)

 

 

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submitting a magazine article – an interview with Vivika Hansen DeNegre

I’m a writing junkie, do it constantly. It’s been a privilege to be able to write for several publications – Fiber Art Now, Sew Somerset, Cloth Paper Scissors and Quilting Arts Magazine. In all, I’ve written about thirty articles since 2011.

I get a lot of emails from artists who would like to submit an article asking for advice, wanting to know what the magic trick is. The magic trick is this – be brave enough to take the plunge. :) Editors at magazines are wonderful people. Incredibly kind and generous and always willing to look at new ideas.

Vivika Hansen DeNegre is the editor of Quilting Arts Magazine. I’m happy to also count her amongst my friends and to have worked with her so much. Here we are all smiles at the 2014 Spring International Quilt Market:

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I asked if she would be interested in doing a little interview on the topic of article submissions and she said yes. My questions are specifically about submitting to Quilting Arts Magazine. So here’s what she has to say on the topic.

Lynn: Just how mixed media can a quilt be to be included in Quilting Arts Magazine? Does work with lots of embellishments or made with things other than fabric (such as paper) qualify? How far can one stray from the technical definition of a quilt to still fit in with the magazine?

Vivika: I don’t know about you, but I consider a quilt to be a piece of textile work with three layers, held together with stitching. I know that SAQA and other organizations have a broader definition of the term, and I gladly embrace their ideas. As far as mixed media quilts are concerned, just about anything goes. Paper? You bet. Embillishments? Of course. Every artist should make up his or her own mind about what is a quilt and how their artwork fits in, and create from that point. Don’t let definitions define your work, style, or ambition.

 

Lynn: Do you prefer technique or project focused articles? Or is it determined more by the artwork than either of those categories?

Vivika: For Quilting Arts, we look primarily for technique articles, but since this is a visually driven audience and we rely so heavily on beautiful photography, we also like to show finished pieces of artwork that include the technique. For instance, if you submit an article about embellishing with traditional French embroidery, include an image of a quilt or piece of artwork showcasing the technique. For our Special Issue magazines like Quilting Arts Holiday, Quilt Scene, and Modern Patchwork, we primarily are looking for projects.

 

Lynn: You mention “supporting information” in your submission guidelines. Can you give a couple examples of what that means?

Vivika: That means you have to tell us what you are proposing for an article. A good article proposal includes low resolution images (low resolution is not the same thing as low quality: the images need to be in focus and show the artwork) as well as a short (1-2 paragraph)_description of the technique or content you are proposing. If we need clarification, we’ll get back to you.

 

Lynn: Can you comment on the lead time for an article? In other words, how long should one expect to wait between approval and seeing it in print?

Vivika: Each submission is acknowledged by an immediate email upon receipt. Submissions are then reviewed within 3 months, and we get back to the artists by then. If you don’t hear from us (unfortunately, sometimes this happens!) follow up with another email and we’ll respond promptly. We work 6 months ahead on every issue, so keep that in mind when you submit seasonal projects and ideas. When an article is “booked” to be in an issue, you will be informed of the issue date. Occasionally, articles are bumped to future issues, and the artist is informed.

 

Lynn: Does the photography included with the submission need to be done by a professional?

Vivika: No, it just needs to be clear and good enough for us to really understand what we are looking at. Low resolution images are preferred. If we need to, we ask for further supporting images. We do all of our own photography in house, with the exception of process photos that are sent in by the artists. The exception is Head Shots – every artist should have a professional quality head shot available. (We only use head shots for our gallery/profile type articles.) Make the investment and have this done ahead of time!

 

Lynn: If you could give only one tip to someone submitting an article to help make it successful, what would it be?

Vivika: Just one tip? Look at back issues of the magazines and glean information about what we are looking for and how the articles are written. If you have a great idea, make up a sample and send in a submission. Keep in mind this is a visual audience with high expectations for unique artwork, thorough instructions, and a deep understanding of the art. And don’t overlook the opportunity of having your work published and noticed by our editorial team by joining in on one of our reader challenges. In the last several years, 3 of our cover artists were reader challenge participants.

And have fun! Ok that was more than one suggestion!

 

All magazines have submission guidelines for articles on their websites and/or in the magazine itself. If you’re interested in submitting an article to Quilting Arts Magazine, you can find their submission guidelines here.

If you’ve been thinking about writing an article, I hope this helps clear up some questions – happy writing! :)

 

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strive

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I’ve been feeling quiet lately. Mostly because there is a lot going on behind the scenes. Planning up to my eyeballs (in a good way) and some new things that make me pause and wonder and realize that it’s time to sort of stretch and do some new things. Not always the easiest thing to embrace is it?

But the one thing I know is that being an artist allows you the permission to experiment when the calling hits. And it’s hit. So I’ll listen and just try to go with the flow as best I can.

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piecing with hand printed fabrics

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I’ve flirted with piecing for a long time. I’ve been practicing more with it and using my hand printed fabrics. I have to say that I’m falling in love. I hear all the time that hand printed fabric can’t be used for piecing. Not so.

I made this little fella with samples from my book:

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It’s sort of scrappy and a little fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants design but it’s fun. And cute. And I’m getting ready to stitch it until it begs for mercy. (Is there any other way?)

So don’t hide those hand printed fabrics away, use them in your piecing – they play nicely together! :)

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stencil/book winner & sunday inspiration

Well, I want to  say that I think someone has stolen 2014. I mean, all I do is blink and another chunk of the year is gone. That time warp is the reason for my tardiness for announcing the winner of the stencils and book and fabric. Better late than never, right?

The winner of the stencils, book and fabric is Beth G. – congrats Beth! I’ll email you for your address.

And on this fine Sunday afternoon, here’s a little bit of screen printing geekiness for some inspiration. (I’m a junkie and I’m not sorry.)

 

 

 

“Marked” and book giveaway! :)

Well it’s finally my turn to give a chat about Marked, my new stencils out with Artistcellar. And I’ve got some gabbing to do. But before we get to all that, let me show you what I’m including in my giveaway to celebrate:

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Leave a comment on this post by noon on Saturday July 12 and you’ll be in on the drawing to win the goodies in the photo above, I’ll announce the winner later that afternoon. That’s my book, a set of stencils and a few strips of fabric I printed using Marked. So get commenting! :)

And if you’re interested in visiting the other artists on the hop, swing on by the Pinterest board I set up for Marked to admire their incredible artwork as well as link to their posts to check out their giveaways:

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Marked is all about my obsession with print. I love patterns and I love being able to apply it easily to fabric so really, stencils are a perfect marriage. I grabbed a hunk of my RIT dyed fabric and painted some deColourant (a medium that actually removes color from the fabric, almost like bleach but not as stinky or harsh) through them to get this fabric:

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 (Just a quick note about deColourant – even though it’s one of the lesser smellier discharge mediums out there, you should still use it in a well ventilated area. You just brush it through the stencil with a sponge brush, let it dry completely, and then iron it to make the discharge magic happen.)

On the last piece of fabric there with the commas as the discharged image, I did an overprint of the Xs stencil in blue to jazz it up. The orange and black marks are fabric marker just to add a little definition.

I really loved how the fabric came out so I wanted to make something a little functional with it so I’d see it all the time. I chose the Beanbag Desk Weights from my book, Intentional Printing:

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But I didn’t stop there. (Stenciling is really addictive.) I’ve been bitten by the hexie bug:

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I grabbed the Xs and Comma stencils and traced them onto some scrap fabric with a fabric marker:

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And made these little cuties:

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(I have a pack of 450 templates. I think I’m going to making a lot more.)

What I like most about these stencils? They work with a lot of different styles – as well demonstrated by all the talented ladies on the blog hop. I hope you’ve been having as much fun as I have visiting all them. And don’t forget to leave a comment on my post here to get in on my drawing. Woo! Stencils! :)

 

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“Marked” stencils – let’s have a party! :)

I’m a bit of a design junkie, I’ve got sketchbooks full of illustrations and drawings and doodles and quite honestly, I’m always beyond thrilled when I can find someone who is a pattern lover as much as I am. So to say that I am thrilled about this is an understatement:

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I am super happy to say that I am now a member of the Artistcellar family. My stencil collection is called Marked. It’s a set of patterns that can be used to create backgrounds, little focal points in collages or any manner of artwork your brilliant little mind can conjur up.

We’re having a blog hop to celebrate which translates into all kinds of art eye candy and chances to win a set for yourself. I got fiesty with some deColourant. You’ll have to wait for my turn to post to see what I did with them but here’s a peek:

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I’ve also got a couple of extra special suprises in my giveaway – think *cough* book *cough* fabric bits *cough* – but you’ll have to wait until July 6 and come back to visit me. :)

I’m just so thrilled with these, I can’t begin to say. These are so so so easy to use and it’s yet another way for you to put pattern on your artwork – paper and fabric and wood and pretty much anything you can get to stand still long enough. And Artistcellar really puts out a quality product, these will last you a long time no matter what medium you use with them – paint, deColourant, thickened dye, molding paste. What’s not to love about that??

I’ve started a Pinterest board to capture all the stenciling goodness and will continue to add to it over the course of the hop (and of course if are willing to share your creations as well):

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So here’s the list of blog hoppers. Go show them some love, throw your hat in the ring to win a set of stencils and get ready to do some printing! Woo!! :)

June 28th – Lisa Cousineau  (You can enter her giveaway at her blog until July 6)

June 29th – Melanie Testa (You can enter her giveaway at her blog until July 6)

June 30th – Lisa Chin
 
July 1st – Jen Osborn
 
July 2nd – Belinda Spiwak
 
July 3rd – Kristin LaFlamme
 
July 4th – Ingrid Dijkers
 
July 5th – Guadalupe Cabal
 

July 6th – me :)

 

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time to confront it

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graphic by Lynn Krawczyk

I want to talk about this more. I want to shine some light on it. Because every time I make a statement along the lines of it’s okay to make mistakes, I get push back from some people. And it all revolves around the idea that they are bad. Something horrible. Something to be avoided at all costs.

And while I don’t know anyone in this world that gets up in the morning and says, “I’m going to make lots of mistakes today and it’s going to be fantastic!”, I think it’s been demonized to a point that encourages procrastination and paralysis in us artists. So that’s what I’d like to focus on – why artists are so darn afraid of making mistakes.

I can’t say that I’m immune to it. I find myself holding back sometimes because I’m worried about botching something up. But there is value to a piece of fabric where the printing ran off on a tangent and now I don’t like it. It teaches me things, it helps me grow and it makes me inventive if I’m in one of my stubborn moods and not wanting to “waste” it. Mistakes give me that.

I think if we talk about it more, that maybe it would be easier to deal with them. What do you think? Why are you afraid of making mistakes in your artwork?

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Heirloom Sewing Techniques blog hop! :)

 

The wonderful Cheryl Sleboda has just released her first DVD workshop with Interweave, Heirloom Sewing Techniques for Today’s Quilters:

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And as we quilters like to do when one of our own creates something full of awesomeness, we’re celebrating with a giant blog hop and geeking out to all the goodness that she’s crammed into her workshop. Before I get to chatting about it, here is the list of other hoppers. They are all awesome artists so you’ll want to visit them anyhow but they are also offering a review of Cheryl’s DVD.

Here are the other players on the hop, be sure to visit them all:

June 9 - Susan Brubaker Knapp

June 10 – Maddie Kertay

June 11 – Faith Jones

June 12 – me :)

June 13 – Julie Creus

June 16 – Catherine Redford

June 17 – Megan Dougherty

June 18 – Pokey Bolton

June 19 – Jamie Fingal

June 20 – Cheryl Sleboda

So let’s get to the good stuff – what’s in this DVD? I will say that I didn’t really know what to expect because while I’ve followed Cheryl for a long time and love her work, my artwork is very much of the flat variety. So I was very curious how she gets dimension. And not only that but how she gets it to do her bidding in her quilts (it does look like it has a mind of it’s own.)

She covers the following types of fabric manipulation: smocking, circles (woo! circles!), fabric flowers, pleats and pintucks. And what I really liked is that some are done by hand and some are done by machine. So regardless of which you favor, you’ll be able to start pumping up your fabric.

Not only does Cheryl cover a topic like smocking, but she shows you several variations. Very clear, very good direction. And since it’s a DVD, you can keep backing her up and making her repeat herself, it’s a great way to learn. In fact, because of my nutty schedule, DVDs are kind of the only way I get to take classes anymore. I’m a fan.

And being the clever chick that she is, Cheryl has invented her very own Heirloom Smocking Template to help simplify the process of marking the fabric. (This is a very good idea, you’ll agree once you watch her DVD and see how you would mark it with just a ruler. She’s got your sanity in mind with this template.)

After I watched her DVD, I was itching to give the circle manipulation technique a go. So I grabbed some of my painted fabric and started a little piece:

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Mine is a bit of a challenge because the paint makes the fabric stiffer which makes it harder to scrunch. But I’m stubborn and made it through several bunches before I called it a night. I REALLY like this and let me tell you why – it’s a way to add dimension that isn’t over the top. It doesn’t add weight to your quilts, it just takes the things that you would already use and gives them a twist (literally) so that you can create something truly unique.

Cheryl gives you lots of techniques in the DVD and she doesn’t leave you hanging when it comes to how to use them. She’s got several examples on what you can do with your lovely manipulated fabric from quilt blocks to wearables to home dec. I love that she did this, it’s always grand to have ideas on how you can incorporate your stuff.

I really hope you’ll pick up a copy of the DVD, she did a wonderful job. And on a personal note, I spent some time with Cheryl the last time we did tapings for QATV and she is fantastic. (And I’m not just saying that because she brought me coffee.)

She is quirky and kind and full of knowledge and just an all around fun person. You can learn a lot from her while feeling like you’re just hanging out with one of you. To give you a sense for how cool she is, I’ll leave you with this reaction video she shot of herself watching her DVD for the first time. (She was nervous about it but she didn’t need to be. She did great!)

 

 

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done is better than perfect?

I’m taking an online class in which the teacher made that declaration:

DONE IS BETTER THAN PERFECT.

I tend to agree. If I only made things that were perfect, I’d probably not make anything at all.

What do you think?

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sunday inspiration

 The winner of the Pocket Stencil Blog Hop is Arlene Holtz – congrats! Just hop on over to Artistcellar’s website and choose which set of Pocket Stencils you’d like to use and they are your’s! :) You can email me your mailing address at smudged@earthlink.net

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I’ve watched this ten times. I’ll probably just keep hitting “play again” for the rest of the day. LOVE it. A wee bit of inspiration as we prepare for a new week. :)

 

 

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pocket stencil blog hop – cable tamer tutorial & giveaway! :)

The wonderfully creative folks over at Artistcellar have come out with some more stencils that had me flinging paint like a wild woman. (They are making me a complete stencil junkie and really, I have no complaints.) This time they are called Pocket Stencils and their tagline is BIG IDEAS COME IN SMALL PACKAGES. Truer words have never been spoken.  And can I just say that they are super adorable?

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Before I get rolling with my tutorials (this is a long post, I went wild), I want to mention that there is a blog tour going on for these lovelies and at each stop there is a giveaway for one set of Pocket Stencils of your choosing. So leave a comment on this post by noon EST on Sunday June 8 and I’ll pick a winner. And to increase your chances of snagging a set, swing on by the other artists on the hop to get in on their drawings. Plus they have also done projects for lots of ideas on what you can do with them so you’ll want to see that too, good stuff going on there:

May 31 – Lisa Cousineau

June 1 – Belinda Spiwak

June 2 – Amy O’Toole

June 3 – Lea Cioci

June 4 – me :)

June 5 – Effy Wild

June 6 – Tamara Laporte

 

These little darlings are ATC sized and have holes punched in a  corner so you can put them on a ring to keep them tidy. (They think of everything.) Their small stature really inspired me because I had a project in mind for a while now but just wasn’t sure what I wanted to print on them. Ever heard of Cable Tamers? They help hold your charging cables for your phones, tablets, etc and earbuds in a neat little bundle so you don’t look like a crazy woman trying to untangle it from the depths of your purse.

They are small, simple and while there are plenty out there to buy, I have a studio full of fabric and paint and snaps and I’m not afraid to use them. Enter Artistcellar’s Pocket Stencils and I also had the perfectly sized graphic to print on them. I made these:

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(My earbuds are little russian nesting dolls. They’re quirky and I think music sounds better through them.)

Let me show you how easy they are to make. You need felt, size 1 snaps, thread to sew on the snaps, Pocket Stencils, a sponge brush and paint:

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I ended up using the Chakra, Create Words and Virtue words on another project (shown after this one). So many cool choices, I want to stencil everything now.

To make your Cable Tamer, do the following:

(1) Cut a strip of felt 1.5″ wide x 4″ long.

(2) Choose a groovy stencil and using a sponge brush and paint, add your design to the felt:

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I have to admit that I’ve not printed on felt before. I always figured it would act like a sponge and just suck up all the paint. To an extent it kind of did but it wasn’t so horrible that it disappeared like I dreaded. I will mention though that the blue paint on the yellow felt is textile paint and the orange paint on the red felt is just craft acrylic. After they dried, the blue stayed flexible and I found a couple little peeling spots on the orange. So for this particular project, it does matter if you use textile paint or not.

3) Flip the strip over to the unprinted side (after it’s dry, of course) and sew on the snaps. Position them about a quarter of an inch from the edge in the center of the width:

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I’m in love with the final result:

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So simple but so useful. Felt is kind of stretchy so I expect over time these may get a little distorted. But I can make replacements very easily so I’m not worried about it.

Now I didn’t stop there, and decided I wanted a slow stitching project that is the complete opposite of the Cable Tamers. I made some Meditation Cloth with the Chakra, Create Words and Virtue Words sets:

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What in the world is Meditation Cloth? It’s one of the projects in my book, Intentional Printing. I refer to it as my free therapy. Because these are created for no other purpose then because you want to make them and they take a long time to complete. Perfect for all those spare moments while waiting for appointments or after a long day and you’re wound so tight you can’t see straight. (It’s calorie free too in case you enjoy the occasional wine or chocolate as stress relievers.)

I had some fabric left from a book sample that had large sweeping arcs of chartreuse paint on it. I took each one of the Chakra stencils and printed them in different colors on the fabric:

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Aren’t they intoxicating? Pattern and rhythm and lots of good vibes going on there.

After they dried, I took white paint and printed the words over top of everything:

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I LOVE the words. They speak to a very peaceful frame of mind and since Meditation Cloth is meant to take a long time to finish, I love that I will get to look at them and really think about what they mean to me.

I started the stitching for this piece before printing the words by running it quickly through the sewing machine. I like to do a combination of machine and hand stitching on these, lends some great texture.

I grabbed a variegated Aurifil thread and began hand stitching on small section:

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Slow. Steady. Meditation through thread and fabric. Bliss. :)

How can you not be inspired with tools like this to work with? They’re incredibly versatile, I have every confidence that you’ll love them as much as I do. Got any ideas, yet? :)

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the printed fabric bee – typography giveaway

The members of The Printed Fabric Bee had a great time with Lisa Chin’s theme of Typography. Before I show the fabric I made for her, let’s get to the giveaway part. :)

As usual, we have put together a collection of 6″ squares, here is the Typography collection:

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The giveaway is open until Friday June 13. Leave a comment on Lisa’s blog post here or on The Printed Fabric Bee’s blog post here to get in on the drawing. Lisa will announce the winner on her blog when she does the drawing.

I got giddy excited about this theme and went super graphic, here’s what I made for Lisa:

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The blue bullseye, grey typewriters and black text are all thermofax screen printing. The yellow? Those were old typeset letters that I don’t use very often because they are kind of hard to print with. They are wood and the slick surface makes them difficult. But as a layer I think they worked well. I realized after I was done that I didn’t take process shots – oops! Got carried away with the paint flinging, I’ll do better next month.

So make sure you follow the links above to leave a comment for the giveaway. Don’t leave a comment on my blog here for that, I’m not the one doing the drawing. ;-)

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