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What You Seek is Seeking You

What You Seek is Seeking You

I always find it helpful to review my progress when I set a goal. It allows me to gauge if I'm on track and make any adjustments if I need to. As I look back at the last seven days of my 30 day challenge to develop a Daily Artistic Practice, I can see that I've...

Gel Plate Prints on Paper and Fabric

Gel Plate Prints on Paper and Fabric

Continuing on from yesterday I finished making my gel plate prints on cardstock. Now that they are all done, I'm going to use them to make a small journal. I also managed to get some great prints on fabric. I'm going to use this for the cover of my journal. Check back...

Making Prints using a Gel Plate

Making Prints using a Gel Plate

After several days of making stencils and stamps, I finally made some time to try them out with my new Gel Press printing plate. I have a large gel plate which is 12" square. However just because you have a large plate, doesn't mean you have to use the complete...

Amazing Fabric Collections using Assemblage Hand-Dyeing

Amazing Fabric Collections using Assemblage Hand-Dyeing

We're about mid-way through the Assemblage Hand-Dyeing Workshop and after several weeks of color study and play, students are finally getting to use all that knowledge to create their fabric collections. I'm so excited to share some photos of their beautiful hand-dyed...

DIY Glue Gun Stencils

DIY Glue Gun Stencils

I enjoy making my own stamps and stencils, particularly using my Silhouette Cameo, but I also enjoy making glue gun stencils, which are about as quick and easy as you can get. To make glue gun stencils, all you need is a glue gun, a teflon craft sheet, and a design....

Up Close and Personal with Macro Photography

Up Close and Personal with Macro Photography

My new camera lens arrived yesterday and I couldn't wait to try it out so on Saturday I spent a couple of hours learning how to use it and then I took a few photos around the back yard. This lens is a Tamron AF 70-300mm F/4.5-5.6 Di LD with a Macro feature designed to...

Cutting Stencils using the Silhouette Cameo

Cutting Stencils using the Silhouette Cameo

As I mentioned yesterday, for today I had planned to cut a stencil on my Silhouette Cameo. I ended up making two stencils so yay for me! Using the Silhouette Cameo, it's super easy to design and cut stencils. For these particular stencils I imported a design and...

Getting Started Creating a Daily Artistic Practice

Getting Started Creating a Daily Artistic Practice

To get things started, I made some time to set things up for a long-term project that I hope to complete over time by doing a little every day. I've been wondering what to do with this pile of hand-dyed fabrics that I've been collecting for quite a few years now, and...

Creating a Daily Artistic Practice

Creating a Daily Artistic Practice

A daily artistic practice is not some mysterious thing, it's actually a habit that you develop. To develop this habit, all you need to do is show up every day and do the work. The length of time isn't important - it can be for a few minutes or it can be for a few...

Creating Color with Assemblage Hand-Dyeing

Creating Color with Assemblage Hand-Dyeing

I make time every day to include creativity as part of my busy life, even if it's only for a few minutes at a time. However I never feel more creative than when I'm sharing my creative processes, or teaching others to use their creative gifts. These last few weeks...

Keeping family close even when far away

Keeping family close even when far away

It's been several weeks since I returned from my visit home to Australia and it's only now beginning to feel like things are getting back to normal - at least a little. As I get older, recovering from jet lag seems to take longer and longer, and thirty hour flights...

Fabric dyeing using Jacquard Color Magnet

Fabric dyeing using Jacquard Color Magnet

With my Assemblage Hand-Dyeing Workshop under way this week, I've been digging through my supplies to see what fun things I have hidden away and rediscovered this container of Jacquard's Color Magnet. Color Magnet is a paste that you use to transfer a design to a...

From one Sunshine State to Another and Back Again – Whew!

From one Sunshine State to Another and Back Again – Whew!

It hardly feels I've been away for almost a month travelling from Deland, Florida (the Sunshine State of the US) to Brisbane, Queensland (the Sunshine State of Australia) - a huge round trip of almost 20,000 miles! So getting back to work is a bit of a challenge at...

Assemblage Hand-Dyeing Online Workshop – begins in one week

Assemblage Hand-Dyeing Online Workshop – begins in one week

Have you registered yet for the Assemblage Hand-Dyeing Online Workshop? Don't leave it too late! This workshop begins Monday 17th July and you definitely won't want to miss it! Registration is now closed however you can sign up here for the Wait List to be notified...

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