Merry Christmas to Me!

I got a gift card from Dick Blick from my husband’s son and his family. I hadn’t decided what I wanted to get so I was savoring the anticipation of ordering. But I finally ordered my new goodies.

Goodies from Dick Blick

I got a couple of my favorite sketch books, a pencil case for my colored pencils (I already had the pencils), a set of High Flow Golden Acrylics and a couple of empty pens that you can put the acrylics in and then make marks.

Colored Pencil Case

I love the pencil case, it holds all 72 pencils easily. I had a tin for them but the pencils were always falling out and it was hard to travel with the pencils that way. So usually I just haven’t been taking them with me. Now they are all together and easy to get to without having all the other pencils roll around everywhere.

High Flow Acrylic Paints

And I’ve wanted to try the high flow acrylics for a while now. Of course, since I made two videos today for online classes, I didn’t get to try them yet. But soon. Thanks Chris, Andie, Ashley and Connor for the wonderful Christmas present!

Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend!

Ice Flowers Finished

I received my order of stretcher bars this week and framed my ice flowers piece. I am deciding if it should be called Ice Flowers, Ice Flower Riot or Ice Flower Stampede. What do you think? MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA

I had never put stretcher bars together before but it was pretty simple. I ordered extra support bars since the piece is so long and narrow. The supports help keep it square.

MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAOnce I got the stretcher bars together, I put them on the back of the piece and began stapling from the centers outward.

MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAThe corners were a bit tricky but I finally got them folded nicely.



Here it is. This is a terrible photo but we’re having a blizzard here so I couldn’t take it outside. I’ll have to get some better photos later. I decided against the leaf sprigs. I also had a suggestion to add a more prominent flower as a center of interest. I did try a few but didn’t like them so I just left it as it is.

MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAI have shown this piece before but I really didn’t like the leaves. I had previously made really long leaves that looked like tulip leaves. So I tore them off and cut them up and now I think it looks more like rose leaves. I just need to glue them down now.

Star Wars CircleI have still been working in my circles sketchbook. This is one of the pages that I have done with markers. The background was a breakdown screen print from our mammoth screen printing session. Hope you have a good weekend and thanks for stopping by!





Happy New Year

Designing with Circles SketchbookI am taking an online sketchbook course, Designing with Circles and this is my first page in my book. Just playing around a bit with the pages that I painted earlier with walnut ink. I added some circles of red paper and then some drew some circles with a template and an Inktense pencil. I then added a bit of water to the ink tense pencil for a halo effect around the circles. More circles to come!

I hope that all of you have a wonderful New Year’s Eve and a healthy and happy 2014!



Tonight is the Christmas Stroll in Whitefish, MT and I made four gallons of spiced cider to serve at the store. The recipe calls for tea and I used 20 tea bags.

hot spiced ciderThat photo looks similar to my dye pots but I promise I didn’t use the pots I use to dye fiber. Anyways, I have seen quite a few people who have used tea bags in their fiber art work. I never have used any because it always seems like too much work to take them apart, clean them out and then dry them. But I decided I would try it today. It was kind of painful to get them all cleaned out but I’ll see if it was worth it 🙂

tea bag papersHere they all are laid out to dry. I do like the color and it will go well with an idea I am working on currently. I plan on doing some work in my sketchbook with neutral colors based loosely on autumn, decay and the coming of winter.

walnut ink on sketchbook paperI already have those lovely eco printed papers but decided I needed more backgrounds painted for the sketchbook. I used walnut ink to paint the pages.

background sketchbook pageYou probably noticed that the pages have some other colors besides brown from the walnut ink.

painting surfaceThat is because this is the paper that the pages were lying on when I painted them. I have used this “drop cloth” for many projects including dyeing so there is pigment that runs very easily on this paper. I like how it was completely out of my control how the pages came out. Once they are dry, I’ll start working on some ideas in my “neutral” sketchbook.

greeting cardI forgot to show you these cards when I made them. I used some painted papers that I had left over from my color class. I don’t usually use commercial stamps but this card felt like it needed something. The red strip of fabric is silk paper.

greeting cardHere is eco print paper used to make a card.

greeting cardAnd again, various painted papers. I try to make up several cards to have on hand. Then when we need a card, I have one ready to go.

The Kantha Revolution

I spent most of the morning cleaning up my studio. I forgot to take any photos until half way through the process as it was quite a mess.

Messy StudioHere it is after cleaning half of it up.

Cleaner StudioAnd after getting it mostly straightened out. My color notebooks are waiting to be sent off for review and the box holds all the pieces that will be hung at the Waterlilies exhibition next week. I’m excited to see my class mates again. They will be here next week for the opening of the show on Thursday. If you are in the Whitefish area, stop by The Purple Pomegranate on Thursday from 6-9 pm. I’ll post photos here next week to show you the exhibition.

Kantha Revolution

Here is “The Kantha Revolution”. I got all three pieces matted today. You can barely see the matte as it is only 1/4″ bigger than the pieces.

Kantha Revolution - Many Circles

I think they look good as a triptych so I will probably donate all three pieces for the auction.

Kantha Revolution - Green Wheel

The background was done a long time ago when we played with soy was with my local surface design group.

Kantha Revolution - Yellow Spiral

I have gradually added the Kantha stitching over the last couple of years. This is the only one that has satin stitch added as well. Which one is your favorite?

Sketch Book
I also added a sketch of a seed head to one of my previously painted pages in my sketch book. The photo that I used to sketch from showed the seed head in green, but I liked it in brown on this background. Thanks for stopping by and if you’re in the US, I hope you have a good Labor Day weekend.