Don’t you just love Pinterest? I do! I love it for both for casual browsing as well as for business and I have to admit that I probably spend a tad more time on there than I should. I’ve mentioned before that Pinterest has been good for my business, and it’s improving every day.
For instance, I was adding some pins to one of my boards today and noticed these pins so thought I would share.
What’s interesting about this particular pin is that it’s been shared 3,241 times and it’s been liked 241 times. I didn’t make that up. And I think that’s amazing! Who knew so many people needed a way to manage their cords?
However, that was just pin shares from my Pinterest board. In total this article has been shared 7,640 times.
And this pin for a fabric bin tutorial has been shared from my Pinterest board 2717 times and liked 175 times. (more…)read more
I’ve been teaching for many years and in many different ways – through live workshops and demonstrations, online classes, free tutorials, including the downloadable eBooks, patterns and projects that are available in my online store. I feel I’ve been very fortunate over the years to have shared my creative inspiration with thousands of students from all across the world, as well as having been inspired by them. I really do love what I do!
This year I hope to be bringing you some new creative ebooks and video tutorials sharing some of the stuff that I love to do these days which includes mixed media, fabric collage, and image transfer onto fabric.
So to make a little room for the new stuff that’s coming soon, I’m rearranging things in the eStore just a little and introducing a new section called “Pick Your Price” where I’ve already added some of my favorite and best-selling eBooks and Projects.
With a “Pick Your Price” option there are three prices to choose from and you get to choose which price you can best afford to pay. I think this is a great way to gracefully retire digital downloads, plus it makes it affordable for those who can’t pay full price. I always try to make sure any of my digital products are chock full of inspiration and information so at any price they’re a bargain.
This is a new way of doing business for me so depending how it works out, I may add other items as time goes on. In the meantime, please visit the store, check out what’s available and grab a bargain! (more…)read more
Learn how to install and setup your own WordPress website – for free!
For the last several years I’ve run an online class showing other artists how to create their own WordPress website and I’m asked constantly if I’m going to run it again this year. Unfortunately due to other projects and commitments this year I won’t have time.
What I have done is put together a free set of basic tutorials showing you how to install and setup your own WordPress website and you can find it all here on the WordPress for Artists website.
I hope you find this a useful resource for getting your WordPress website up and running, and of course if you’re not up for the challenge of setting up your own website, I still offer custom WordPress installation and maintenance.read more
I just happened to look up and discovered it’s Friday already! Oh my goodness! So what have I been doing this week to make it disappear so quickly?
Fabric Photo Frames
Firstly I’ve been trying to finish samples for some new patterns that I’m working on, in particular this pattern for fabric photo frames. I love making fabric frames for my photos; it’s such a creative way to display photos that you cherish and it’s also a great way to coordinate your photos to your frames because you can use any type and color of fabric. I have a few more design samples to finish, but hopefully this pattern will be ready for publication within the next week or so. In the meantime, here are a few samples that I’ve finished.
I’ve added some embellishments to this frame which I think is perfectly suited for an old black and white photo of my grandparents.
I absolutely love the color of this fabric and it looks great with this photo art print. (more…)read more
As I was cleaning up the sewing room the other day I realized that most of the mess on the sewing table was made up of small piles of “works in progress”. Normally I keep all the bits and pieces for my projects together in plastic bags, and although this is a convenient way to store things I find it quite uninspiring to see my precious work jammed into a plastic bag.
I’ve been meaning for ages to make some fabric storage boxes or trays but most patterns are quite time consuming and then I remembered seeing this tutorial for quick and easy fabric trays. So I adjusted the pattern slightly so that I could use some of my injured prints, and in only a few hours I had sewn a small collection of beautiful fabric trays.
If you want to make your own fabric trays using a printed image or other type of focus fabric, here’s how to do it: (more…)read more
Textured and decorative framed edges for your photos, can really set the mood and turn your photos and images into something memorable, don’t you think?
There are lots of different ways to add textured edges to your photos using photoshop or photoshop elements, but the easiest way I’ve found is to make a separate image and use it as an overlay mask. Using this technique you can accumulate a very nice library of textured edges that you can use over and over on your other photos as well.
This tutorial demonstrates the basics of making this type of textured edge using the basic round brush that can be found in the brush library, and once you know how to do it you can go crazy using other different types of brushes.read more
With Valentines Day quickly approaching, I thought this would be an ideal time to revisit my tutorial for making a “see through” heart design using machine needle-lace.
Machine needle-lace is a very versatile technique and one I use often, particularly for making embellishments. But you can also use it for other applications and one of my favorites is “see-through” designs. This needle-lace heart design is a simple project that demonstrates this technique.
If you’re not familiar with machine needle-lace, it’s made using free motion and sewing small, pea-size loops which overlap themselves. You will also need to use an embroidery hoop to help stabilize your fabric.
You can download this heart shaped template by right clicking on the image and saving to your desktop.
Generally you would use this technique on one or two layers of fabric, or a quilt block. Transfer your heart shaped design to the top of your fabric, hoop your fabric in an embroidery hoop, then stitch one or two rows of straight stitch around the design to stabilize the fabric.
Using small sharp scissors, cut away the center of the design close to the stitching line. (more…)read more
I’m always thinking of new and creative ways to use my photos, and after spending the day out and about photographing things last week-end, and ending the day with my camera banging about with the rest of the junk at the bottom of my tote bag, I decided it was finally time to make a camera cozy.
Never one to reinvent the wheel if I can help it, I searched the internet for a cute camera case or camera cozy pattern or tutorial that I could use, and although I found quite a few I was also surprised to see that none of them incorporated photos into the pattern design. Printing photos onto fabric is so easy and seems to be an obvious and creative way for a photographer to show off his or her photos.
I finally ended up using this camera cozy tutorial and I modified the design to fit my own camera which is a Canon G12. Although the G12 is a big step up from a point and shoot camera, it’s not quite an SLR although it still has just enough controls to almost confound me. I chose this camera over an SLR camera because it’s compact and lighter than an SLR camera and doesn’t have as many adjustments, but it still takes excellent photos, particularly macro photos.
So after I decided on the pattern, I knew I wanted to use one of my photo art designs printed on fabric as the flap for the camera cozy. The first thing I did was to dig through my pile of injured prints to see if I already had a photo printed on fabric that I could us and amazingly I found this photo art design which was almost the right size, and as a bonus it was already embellished. I can’t remember exactly what it’s original purpose was, but I’m glad that I kept it!
So I modified the pattern for the camera cozy pattern and simply attached my photo art image printed on fabric to the flap end. I had to chop a few inches off one end but it still looks quite good. (more…)read more
On Saturday I enjoyed a very early morning shoot with my photography group to take photos of the sunrise over the Atlantic – brrrrr.
We caught the sun as it was rising over the Atlantic at about 7.20am.
and then we turned around and caught the moon as it was setting at around 8.30am.
And in between were some magical moments. (more…)read more
I don’t buy too many new books these days; there seems to be a lot of the same old stuff regurgitated in many different ways and after a while it all starts to look the same. However from time to time I find a book that is both informational and inspirational. Photo Craft is surprisingly one of those books.
I say surprisingly because somehow the cover image looks quite dreary, and while browsing through Amazon I must have glanced at this book a hundred times and never bothered to stop and take a better look at it because it just didn’t seem like it would be very interesting.
However this is one instance when you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, and once you take a peak inside you’ll discover that there is lots of great information for photographers and those who love to use images in their artwork using digital and/or mixed media processes.
I personally love books that take you on an adventure with interesting detours as this one does. It includes tips and hints for taking and composing better photographs, and then provides ways to enhance or embellish your images in Photoshop Elements using simple techniques. It also includes a number of mixed media projects and offers step-by-step tutorials which allows you to explore different ways of using images in your artwork. There is no prescribed format to this book so it’s one of those books that you can pick up and enjoy over a cup of coffee and then come away inspired to try something new.
If you can’t wait to get hold of a copy, you can find it here on Amazon.
But it’s always helpful to have a flick through right? So take a peak …
Texture Board Project
I’m always looking for interesting ways to create textures that I use to enhance my photos so I tried one of the projects in the book which was to create a texture board using molding paste and paint and I love the way it turned out! It was very easy to do. (more…)read more