Thursday, March 7, 2019

Media Mix Creative Photo Transfer on Painted Collage

Donation for SAQA Spotlight Auction 
photo transfer on a simple collage 
cotton duck is used as a base, apply fusible, collage and transfer a inkjet black and white photograph.  

2019 Benefit Auction

My work for the upcoming 2019 Benefit Auction 

digital processes- printed image on digitally prepared canvas and molding paste. Molding paste was textured to hint at writing while the quilting is the text of the muse. Brads attached the molding paste insert, paint seals the edges and provides an accent. The entire piece is protected with satin varnish.

Monday, March 4, 2019

Painting Thread

A easy way to get colored string or pearl cotton is to simply paint it.

Arrange the white or light colored thread in a shallow dish. I use recycled veggie trays. Perfect!

Drop diluted highly pigmented liquid paint like Golden Fluid acrylics in spots on loosely arranged threads. I also use the very liquid paints like Seta Silk or Dye-na-flow. If you use a lightly colored thread, the color of the unpainted thread will affect the final color.
For example, you can find these on Dharma Trading Company-  
but there are plenty of other sources. 
As well as pearl cotton, I use a spool of extremely strong string I found in an antique store. 

Wind into a ball of the dried thread so it doesn't tangle or wind onto stick.

Allow the string to set as to dry. Once it's been dry for a couple days, it is permanent. I always test to be sure before using in a project.

I love the variegated results at a faction of the cost of commercial brands! Plus you can mix you own custom colors. Satisfying!
More ideas in my book-
Work may be available on UpLIFTMeNTs
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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Medium Lifts

One of the MOST exciting things about printing is creating one's own unique surface. No more simply printing on fabric or shiny photo paper! Make it your OWN!
This is the content of my Digital Explorations Workshop- see workshop tab at the top of the blog for more info. 
Here's a clipped video of creating a medium lift.
last sentence was- " It just peels up all that leftover paint making unique marks on the surface you placed on the gel medium surface." And yes- It's FUN and uses up the leftover paint making the plastic clean again for additional use!

Photo Filter Experiments

so much fun
original image, desaturated 
changing to blackand white
stained glass filter
plastic wrap filter
I love to play around with PhotoShop and the myriad of cellphone app's available!
charcoal filter
black and white image printed on painted surface

charcoal filter on pierced watercolor paper            
print the images on surfaces you can create  
plastic wrap filter printed on paper, torn, painted and stitched together

more ideas in my book- see side bar for link

then changing the surface too!

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Collaging the surface

My last piece, Layers of Meaning, was made from a very large collage with a photo printed overlay of silk organza and hand sewed on to the top.
I am creating another collage background with gesso overpainted photographs from an advertisement. 
I’m debating whether to print on directly on top or do another silk organza overlay. What do you think?

Sunday, December 16, 2018

Seasonal Treats!

a special Christmas gift is when a gallery calls me to tell me a work has been sold!   YES!  
Refracted Memories
A photograph of frozen water reached into my memories of long ago nostalgia.
original photo
Manipulated photo
Manipulated original digital photograph, divided into 6 different size images, printed on an Epson 2400 onto unbleached Fuji silk. Stitched with thread. 15x23
silk organza free overlay with cut designs

Friday, December 14, 2018


delighted to share Congratulations! With 387 entries, you are one of 58 artists selected for Focal Point by juror Jay Gould, Maryland Institute College of Art. 
Digital Fiber Collage
A Voice requires certain awareness. Listening. When a individual hears one’s voice for the very first time, a certain light turns on that can never be turned off again. Ignored maybe, but returns, reminds and if needs be, shouts.
Digitally manipulated and fused photograph printed on interfacing and lutradur. Quilted & collaged. Tied with pearl cotton. 17x29 

View accepted work--HERE

Friday, November 23, 2018

Layers of Meaning

Layers of Meaning

A solitary boat slides across a bloom of Queen Ann’s Lace viva a hand created digital photo. The boat is the heart of the piece while the shoots of the flower direct the creative energy beyond and outward.
            This is a journey is taken together with like-minded artists, a kinship of art making. This confirmation, this encouragement, has the power of affirmation. Mark making, exploring, taking me beyond my edges, an excursion, causing much consideration to create works that reflect not only a current theme but also my own personal symbolism. Layers of Meaning.

final collage

1st collage- discarded
detail of under collage
Multi-layered collage of molding paste, paint, teabags liners, text, string and found items was created on a substrate. This was quilted.  A layered manipulated image, printed on silk organza, floats above, beckoning closer inspection. Hand and machine stitched. 30x50
adding silk organza overlays
Photography has spoken to me for decades. When I was able to use my photography to create digital fiber works, my work exploded. Presently, I either manipulate images using a variety of digital tools or create unique substrates to print on or over-lay which influences the final image in a physical way.    
Interfacing, batting, molding paste, paint, tissue paper, recycled tea bag liners, text, string, gesso and specialty mediums, and digitally prepared silk organza.  
 Inspiration- art as a journey; symbolized in a layered manipulated image of a lone boat crossing a lake, a Queen Anne’s lace blossom and painted fabrics for color. This is printed on silk organza that floats, like the boat and seeds in the air, to be caught, perchance to land.  30x50 

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Quilt Visions, CA

My work, Drawn to the Edge, on display at Quilt Visions, CA. 

Thank you to Bénédicte Caneill for taking the pictures!

Friday, November 16, 2018


proud to be included in 
THINGS THAT MATTER Nov 8, 2018 - Jan 5, 2019 Vision Gallery, Chandler, AZ
Thirty one fiber artists use their individual talents to let their voices be heard. They remind us that THIS thing, idea, place or part of our world should not be forgotten or undefended when at risk from intolerance, ignorance, indifference or greed. They offer us intuitive responses, sorrows, desires to right things, to protect what may be disappearing. And they offer hope, a tender need to call out to the world to remember precious things in life. 
Being near water has been a source of contemplation and comfort all of my life. I share this joy in my work in a variety of ways. With time, water leaves it’s marks on rock, sand and me. This is what matters. The time it takes to re-connect.This happens when I take myself to the woods, the ocean, in nature. Going outside to go inside. This is the life blood of my art. My source, my well.
            “Making my art allows me to tap into levels of perception, becoming more aware, more conscious, & more grateful. I’ve loved photography my entire life. This brings a tender sensitivity to one’s surroundings. I make the art then the art makes me.”
Techniques One of a kind fiber photographs,
exploring the marks left by water, are printed onto inkjet ready natural cotton canvas, creativity stitched and cut into segments with some freedom of movement. Edges painted & segments tied together with pearl cotton.
Materials- inkjet ready natural

more information- here
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