Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Stabilizer Substitute!

Many of you have written me to find an alternative stabilizer other than the HTC stabilizer I use for my techniques, including the backing on Holographic Images, substrates for molding paste, printing etc.

I have tried OESD brand Heavyweight Cut Away, 10" x 10 yards White
HBC25-10,  #37161  $13.95 from Erica's Sewing Center.
You can buy this product online! link follows...
So far, it paints and takes a transfer beautifully!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Trees to Poles

Always a thrill when a work of mine sells!

Holographic Fiber Collage
An assemblage of manipulated photographs, printed on inkjet fabrics and collaged with hand painted textiles, combining painting and digital media into a one of a kind art piece. Stitched Silk organza, Cotton embedded string, oil stick and paper.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Radical Elements

Radical Elements a SAQA exhibit, at Carfitz Foundation Arts Center in Silver Springs, MD is now open through May 9.
Artists responded to a element on the periodic table. 
My Element: Helium. 
Object: to create a work that references art quilts in unusual materials. 
Materials: Plastic, lightweight-molding paste, inkAID, paint, creatively manipulated digital images, transparent sheet labels and thread.
Techniques: Manipulated Digital Photograph, printed on molding paste using inkAid as a digital ready pre-treatment. Painting on plastic. Printed sheet labels. Creative stitching.
I called mine 'Lighter than Air'. 

            Helium is lighter than air so I wanted to create a work that was very light in appearance & feel. The general ‘go-to’ concept of HE is the buoyant balloon found at fairs and parties. I wanted the finished work to have a plastic-like appearance reminiscent of these airborne ovals.
            To achieve this, I printed a manipulated photograph of fish tank marbles on to sections of inkAID prepared, lightweight molding paste. I choose to de-saturate and elongate the photo creating the oval shapes. To me, that felt like the shapes were expanding and beginning to float, emphasizing the element’s nature.
Once printed, each section was mounted on to used painter’s plastic that once served as a table protector.
            I wanted to allow some of the painterly patterns on the drop cloth appear though the photograph, creating a physical merged image. To achieve that, the top sections of the work were printed on transparent sheet labels, adhered, painted and sewn.

The effect helps to realize that lighter than air feeling.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

The Rocks are Smiling

"he's shown me how to kneel at the beauty of a lichen-covered stone." Robert Genn

Monday, March 31, 2014

Puzzle Mini Quilt Samples

 Finally getting some samples for an upcoming Cruise Workshop, next year, leaving NYC 2/28/2015
 working with fabric and black and white fabric photos
 working up attachment ideas
 loose backings
 twig holders

Loading up on Spirit

running on the spirits edge- here's Paulus reading a poem by Mary Oliver.
A favorite poet.
Nature sprite.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

York Hospital Exhibit

This summer I was honored with an exhibit at the York Hospital in ME
 Most of the work were new collages.

Niche Finalist 2014

Two Works were selected again this year- Dawn Fire & Flown

Any Given Moment- Moment Collage Series

Plastic, paper, digital cloth, fabric, text and stitching. 

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

a poem from dawn

Frozen World

Morning light creeps slowly over the hilltop
Deep blues paint the way for rosy kisses

Laid on snowy mounds
Piled at the edge of my heart.

Friday, February 28, 2014

Take the Moment- Moment Collage Series

Tulip petal, painted paper, fabric, inkjet print and encaustic medium

Thursday, February 27, 2014


         Interplay: Digital Mixed Media at Cotuit Center, MA
          Sacred Threads, Visions, CA 'Brainstorms'
          SAQA Auction

        Pushing the Surface, Johnson-Humrickhouse Museum OH
          31st Annual New Legacies, Colorado
         Art Quilts Lowell, MA
         Whistler Museum, MA
         "An Exquisite Moment"- Juried invitational Dinner at Eight- International Quilt Festival CA, TX
          WCA exhibits- The Spice of Life & Threshold
          Innovations in Fiber Art VI-Fiber Show Sebastopolus CA

         Quilts=Art=Quilts Schweinfurth, NY
          Fiber Revolution African Tour
          League of NH Crafts Sunappe Fair and Members show

       Niche Finalist
       Honorable Mention Infinity Art Quilts www.InfinityArtGallery.com
         Honorable Mention Whistler Museum, MA

        Pages Magazine- Repurposed Greetings
        Cutting Edge Art Quilts, Mary Kerr

           Fabric Surface Design, Cheryl Rezendes

           Bound Catalog, a WCA NYC exhibit
           SAQA Journal
Upcoming Workshops

Quilt Surface Design Symposium 2014
Columbus, OH- May 26- June 8
TWO 5 day workshops!
Holographic Memories and More
Creating Textured Photographs
And a 2 day workshop- Stalking the Wild Print

Holographic Memories and More
Hudson River Valley Art Workshops     Dec 4-7
            Complete an innovative 3-D effect, Holographic Image, from your own photograph, painted fabric and photo-silk screened image. This unique presentation will amaze your friends and is so much fun to create! Each student will mount and finish a 12x14 piece.
Some pre-workshop image preparation.
Greenville, NY 12083

delightful hand painted fab fabric

sales blog

Why I Wake Early

Hello, sun in my face.

Hello, you who make the morning
and spread it over the fields
and into the faces of the tulips
and the nodding morning glories,
and into the windows of, even, the
miserable and crotchety–
best preacher that ever was,
dear star, that just happens
to be where you are in the universe
to keep us from ever-darkness,
to ease us with warm touching,
to hold us in the great hands of light–
good morning, good morning, good morning.
Watch, now, how I start the day
in happiness, in kindness.

by Mary Oliver

Take the Moment- Moment Collage Series

Coffee grounds, painted paper, fabric, inkjet printout, encaustic medium.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Moment by Moment- Moment Collage Series

Paper, tissue, inkjet printout, embedded string, paint, medium

Be in the Moment- Moment Collage Series

Paper, fabric, under cloth collage, inkjet print outs, paint and stitching 

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Moment of Zen- Moment Collage Series

Paper, tissue, sewn fabric, text, inkjet print out, paint, ink & encaustic medium

Power in the Moment- Collage Series

Fabric, hand made paper, transparency, digital cloth, interfacing, & stitching

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Disposing of acrylic ink and paints OR more fun ways to use paint you might have thrown away!

     I think that the paint left on the brush is such a waste to wash down the sink! Now there is a reason not to! Golden Products suggests it may eventually clog your drain pipes!
What I do, and recommend when I teach, is to have a cloth near by to paint the excess paint onto, even to squirt water on brush to wash more paint off and encourage mixing on the cloth. Some of these wipe cloth can really be nice! They can become backgrounds for other surface design. If you work in collage, you can also do this on most papers for a painted paper stash.
Do work on Plastic- nothing sticks. I use 4 ml- slightly heavier that regular painters tarp
    But !also!
     I back my mounted work with a medium weight interfacing. This came about when I was figuring out my Holographic Images- ( plug- still available on Interweave! Here)
I needed to mount a transfer on the back to make it all work. The point is, the plain old white interfacing is soooo boring. 
Often, now, I cut a large piece and do the same wash technique with my leftover paint. I use lots of water so the spread is greater and the brush is cleaner. Then I have some when I'm ready to mount work.
back of work
     If you do art journaling, another thing you can do with leftover paint is to swipe your white pages. If the paper can take it, add water, but even without it, you can add color to the page ready for any further work you add- even just writing.

    Best part! You can do print-off's! Sometimes when I wash my brush off onto fabric or whatever, I'll take another piece of cloth, interfacing or even my journal and Press it onto that- lift and you get a really cool print! 

Easy Clean UP!
I keep an old recycled yogurt container in my studio, filled partly with water. I plop the brushes in there for the final rise. Sometimes I just leave them there soaking. Any paint left basically just soaks off. 
     Once the yogurt container gets a little too dirty for that, just let it dry and recycle with your plastics! Paints & mediums are basically plastic- ever peel off from bottle tops?

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Encaustic Collages #'s 24, 26 & 54

Encaustic College #24
Digital Photograph
Paper, paint

Canvas panel 6x6

Encaustic College #26
Digital Photograph
Canvas panel 6x6 
Encaustic College #54
Digital Photograph, silk organza
Canvas panel

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Dusk, Calm Waters & Just Our Tree Encaustic works

Encaustic Photograph
6x6 birch panel

Calm Waters
Encaustic College
8x8 birch panels

Just Our Tree
Encaustic Photograph , silk organza, painted papers, scrim, oil stick
6x6 birch panel

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