I'm always on the hunt for sales on pre-stretched and primed canvases. I like square canvases with a 1-1/2"-wide sides, and they're hard to come by at my local art supply stores. Unless I buy them online, I'm at the mercy of what's available.
How do you enliven an old pair of jeans? Try a little air brushing and stitch
Experimentation is the key to artistic discovery. Asking "What if?" and
embracing happy accidents can teach you so much about art techniques
and, more importantly, how you can develop your own style with those
What do you look for in an art teacher? What I look for is someone who can teach a technique but who also encourages his or her students to bring their own ideas and talents to the interpretation. If that person has a winning personality and combines mixed media with stitch, so much the better.
My first experience with acrylic paint on fabric was back in the ‘80s when everyone was making those Jackson Pollack-meets-Valley Girl sweatshirts with puff paint
I'll never forget the first time I saw a piece of art by mixed-media
artist Beryl Taylor back in 2004. It was a gilded and encrusted
portrait of a griffin made primarily out of small pieces of fabric paper
My house is full of houses, and never more than during the holidays. From the vintage paper village houses lit up on the tree to the ceramic Dickens village my husband and I started collecting the day after we were married.
Whenever I'm stuck for a design element, I choose a circle. Circles are
friendly, organic, and easy to make. You can make them perfect or wonky,
dress them up and dress them down.
As our younger daughter explores college art programs, we have run into a
little snag. Most of the schools we've visited so far require freshman
and sophomores to take foundation courses before delving into their
Have you tried Inktense® blocks or pencils?
These little miracles of pigment can be used dry for rich, intense
color or washed out with a little water to create a vivid translucent
effect. Once dry, the color is permanent and can be worked over with
Earlier this week I asked our Facebook friends what college-level art
school they would attend if they could go anywhere. Some people named
well-known schools. Some were more focused on the location (such as any
art school in Hawaii).
Do you draw? I don't mean a doodle or rough sketch, though those
have their place. I mean draw a representative picture of something.
I'm going on a trip and I'm packing . . .Remember that camp/school game? Where everyone sits in a circle and
names an item they're taking on a trip, starting with the first letter
of their name (or the sequential letter of the alphabet)?
Way back in the ‘80s I interviewed a woman who decorated sweatshirts with this cool new product called puff paint. Her painted fabric embellishments crossed Jackson Pollock-like technique with Hello Kitty colors. The sweatshirts sold like umbrellas at an outdoor graduation during a downpour, especially to the Madonna-wannabe set.
If you've ever been to an art retreat, you know how nourishing it can be. There you are, with a bunch of other artists at different levels, learning from the instructor, each other, and yourself.