Thursday, August 17, 2017

Any Given Moment

I love to experiment, collage and layer. Often I do this digitally but there is something so satisfying about creating collage with pieces of found items, scraps of fabric or paper and creating something wonderful!
Any Given Moment, a collage of Plastic, paper, original printed digital cloth, painted fabrics, text & stitching. 12x12 
I created a everybody has fun collage workshop called Serendipity Collage. It's at least a 2 to 5 day workshop but can be done in a day. 
More about that workshop HERE or see the workshop tab at the top of this page.
One feature of this collage is painted plastic. I work on plastic, allot! I have created a new substrate called medium lifts, which I explain in my book. (see sidebar) The paint marks left on the plastic work surface can be quite nice.

paint left on white kitchen plastic
white gesso 
layers of paint on both sides of clear plastic
Any Given Moment is my donation for the wonderful organization, Studio Art Quilts and is available for purchase in the upcoming SAQA Benefit Auction on 9/15---more info  HERE

Friday, August 11, 2017

2017 Benefit Auction Dream Collection

Dream Collection Theme- The Mystery  

Who is that?
Where is that? 
How did they do that?
 Why did they do that?                     
 The 21st century art quilt explores the surface, makes marks and pushes the limits.

 It is an expression, a creation and a shared perception!

Bid on these & many more starting this September 15 at the SAQA Annual Art Quilt Auction!  
info HERE

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Art Quilts Extraordinary

The Whistler Museum, Lowell, MA, has a fantastic exhibit of art quilts, right now, until 9/1.
Juror's Award: The Wrath of Poseidon by Marilyn Belford
Puzzles Through the Trees by Maryann Gallaher

I had the pleasure of teaching at the Museum in April. The workshop was called Media Mix Creative Photo Transfer. There are tons of ways to do transfers but this technique works especially well over a textured collage of fabric, string, threads and paper.
St John's Bridge by Janice Jones
Mushrooms in the Field by Diane Harris
Where Are We? by Arlene Jacobs

There was a student’s display of works from the workshop! I usually never see the results of my workshops so it was a real pleasure to be there for this display. 

Students took the concept and made it their own!

I was proud of them! Arlene created 3-D Dragon Flies in this piece!
See my workshops HERE

More information about the exhibit go HERE

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Quilting by the Lake Workshops

We had a fabulous time at Quilting by the Lake. I taught 2 classes, 2 day Holographic Memories and More, which is a compound workshop that included Thermal Fax silk-screening. 


We used our own photos to silkscreen the fabric for the borders we used to create our unique 3-D Holographic fiber photos. Everyone completed some terrific pieces. 
Some how I didn’t get shots! Here’s my Holographic demo piece though.

The second three days I taught the premier of the new workshop Digital Explorations for the first time. This 3 day, or also available 5 day version, is based on my new book, Digital Fiber Art: Combine Photos & Fabric - Create Your Own Mixed-Media Masterpiece available on the side bar, CT Publishing or viva Amazon.
The workshop focuses on the creation of a variety of substrates, which we printed in workshop. Most everyone had printers; some used them for the very first time in class!


Some of us affixed our printed results in an accordion book, which really looked lovely. A great way to keep track of printed samples! Everyone was excited and inspired- at least that’s what they told me!

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Let Me Tell You About My Workshops- Stalking the Wild Leaf

Learn about this low-tech alternative printing method without a press!
A focused printing workshop based mainly on printing with flat natural items like leaves but other items too.
Use fabric and any kind or paper!
Create a journal with the finished work in several different ways.
Journal base made with up-cycled greeting cards
This is a relaxing workshops with results that can be used in almost any project!

Sunday, June 25, 2017

#ARTifacts Art Journal Project with Seth Apter

a diary
a journal
a scrapbook
a record keeper
design inspiration keeper
a source
a reminder

see more journals at Seth's blog HERE

Friday, June 23, 2017

Let Me Tell You About My Workshops- Textured Photographs

Explore Digital Fiber with this tactile and eye catching technique! 
Why print your photos on plain glossy paper when you can experiment with textures, add interest and use them in your fiber work!

Use your own digital images to create painterly photographs thin enough to be sewn or collaged into small compositions. This needs to be a 2day workshop or more to allow for the drying time of the molding paste and digital grounds that make this technique possible. For more information on digital grounds, go to
       Each student will learn this new technique and come away with an art-filled 7x9 Accordion Art Book!
      Wen published this technique in Quilting Arts Nov 2012 and available as a DVD Workshop though Interweave.  HERE

Most any photograph will work with this texturing technique. Think about how oil paintings look with their textured stokes. You can create the texture for a photograph of an old wall, landscape or you may want just a touch of texture to add interest to the background of a portrait. 

Tip- Create small samples to experiment with the technique. Explore different textures. Should it compliment your picture, or stand on it’s own. Enjoy this creative tool in the digital palette!

my favorite molding paste

Friday, June 9, 2017

Let me tell you about my workshops- Serendipitous Collage!

This is THE workshop to choose which embraces excitement and relaxation all at the same time!
This workshop can be one day or 5 depending on the things you want to learn. 
One day workshop is basically done with fusible and fabric while the 2-5 day workshop expands into papers, mediums, painting and other surprises.
fabric base
We'll create several serendipitous composition that you won't believe could happen!
Plain ordinary tissue paper is a final element that create fascinating textures. We'll play with mediums, a great introduction to mixed media and even create our own!
small postcard created with paper base
Bring all sorts of materials, fabrics, recycled and found items- everything can be used. A great way to use up scraps of fabric and even old photos. 
mount your finish work too!
This workshop is one of my favorites! This workshop premiered at the Surface Design Conference in 2011
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Let me Tell you about my workshops- Holographic Memories

Holographic Memories is one of my signature workshops. I’ve been teaching this workshop for over 10 years with fantastic results. People are amazed by the finished, mounted piece as it creates an almost 3-D image with just 2 printed photographs. 
filming back in 2007 with Quilting Arts
I provide just about everything, including your photo, which you send to me, printed on silk organza and transfer paper. We create a frame with fabric, mounted on artist bars with just enough space for the second photo to shine through for that special effect. Couple this workshop with either Fab Fabric 

Painting workshop to create special hand painted border fabrics or Thermal Facts workshop for photograph created silkscreens from your own photos! Amazing details can be added to your fabric frame borders!
            Join me to create a special photo of your loved one, home or special place in this simple yet difficult looking project!
student's work won a ribbon! Congrats Tracy!
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Saturday, June 3, 2017

Let me tell you about my workshops- Digital Explorations

Digital Explorations is on of my newest workshops. It’s a condensed version of my book in 3 or 5 days! 
We’ll explore printing on paper, fabric and create some pretty unusual surfaces and mediums. We explore way to creating simple collages to use as layers to apps and photoshop for your own individual results. Later we'll print on the collages too! Never print on simple glossy paper again!

and so much more!! Woo-who!

You will need a printer and a way to use it, such as your computer, but then you won’t need to bring a sewing machine unless you want to. This enables you to print at your own speed but you could share with a friend. 
            I’ll introduce you to digital grounds and wet your muse with ideas you can spin off of. How to protect and finish your samples will be covered. Later you can add these to projects or create new works using these techniques on your own.
The focus is on experimentation and, well, exploring the surfaces!
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Friday, April 28, 2017

Let me tell you about my workshops! Digital Fiber Mini Quilts- 2 versions- one or two days!!

     There are 2 versions of Digital Fiber Mini Quilt based on the number of day’s chosen.  Basically, the workshops are a smaller version of my Segmented Fiber Quilts workshop. Both workshops explore an innovative quilt presentation that folds! Both are based on Wen’s book, Digital Fiber, creating a segmented mini-fabric quilt with a photograph on inkjet ready fiber printed!

            The one-day workshop participants can choose to use one of Wen’s 12x12 photographs printed on digitally prepared fabric to create their quilt. They could also choose to use a personal photograph. That photograph jpeg would need to be sent to Wen her one month before class. Sized at least 12x12 or bigger, in square format, at 180-300 resolution. Send to with Digital Fiber Quilt Photograph in the subject line.              
            The digital quilt will feature a new edge treatment that uses paint! Because the quilt is in segments, using the old-fashioned binding method just won’t work. It’s much too bulky. Her painted edges yield a wonderful new textural accent to the finished segmented piece. You’ll learn how to apply a protective coating, medium enhancements or washes to the top of the quilt that will enhance the colors and protect it too.
            The unique segmented quilt lends itself to various configurations and presentations. Too much creative fun!!
            The 2-day workshop, Digital Fiber Collage Mini Quilt, extends everything you would learn in the one-day workshop except you create your own fabric collage to print on! The main difference between digital mini quilt "one day and two day is the second day we work with our own fabrics viva collage and digital grounds. We'll print the result in the workshop as well- printer must be provided by venue or students can bring their own.
            The collage will be created from fabrics the participant brings to workshop. Natural fabrics in light, white or beige fabrics work best. But low textured fabrics, Old linens would be cool too! Bring some and experiment! A great way to extend this workshop would be to add a 1 or 2 day Fab Fabric Painting workshop first and use some of those newly painted fabrics in the collage creation!
            The collage you create with your own fabrics will be digitally prepared with grounds for a very clear and lasting fabric print.  inkAid will be introduced and used.
            Participants can create a simple altered photograph of their very own to print! Wen includes a demonstration on her new innovative sneaky layering technique so you can easily create unique layered photos. You can use Photoshop or an app called Photoshop Mix or any similar blending app. The app should be able to blend or layer 2 or more photos. This should be downloaded before class onto your phone or ipad so you don’t waste any time in class. Easy!
             We will discuss how Wen prints on fabric, photographic enhancements and dividing a photo to create larger work. This is needed if your printer doesn’t print as large or as wide as you want your finished work to be. The resulting new photograph will be printed on the collage you created! So cool!
            Besides learning about Wen’s protective coating and finishing techniques, the students will have the opportunity to try specialty medium enhancements for a unique mixed media mini quilt!
Hope you’ll join us!
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