Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Video Tutorial:
How to Make Glue

I love aromatherapy. 
I study it and use it in every area of my home and personal care, including in the making of my handmade art supplies.

In this video tutorial I want to show you how I make glue that you can scent with your favorite essential oil.

For glue making, I recommend using essential oils that contains antifungal and antibacterial properties, like peppermint oil, lavender oil, tea tree oil, citronella and lemon.

You will need: 
- essential oil
-mason jars
-some basic cooking supplies
-a stove or hot plate.
some of my essential oils

Alum or aluminum sulfate is used in a lot of ways. To purify water, adjust the ph of soil in gardening, in paper making, in baking, in pickling and in fabric dyeing.
Alum can be found HERE  and HERE

Monday, November 23, 2015

Thursday, January 1, 2015

video series:
make your own art supplies

This new video series is an extension of what I teach in all of my online classes.
I will show you some creative and easy ways of making canvases, paints, collage paper and a variety of other mixed media items. Take everyday items and make your own art supplies out of it.


Thursday, July 24, 2014

painting on a magazine page

make your own collage paper by painting on magazine pages.
This is the 40th video in the series.


Thursday, July 3, 2014

painting on a magazine page

This is the 37th video in the series.
It is all about painting something....painting anything.
This is meant to be an exercise in painting fast, intuitively and free form.
Set the timer....15 minutes.
Just paint.

Just do it.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

how to make a stamp

While spring cleaning a few years ago, I found an entire box of cassette cases in my closet.
I completely forgot that I had these and decided to put them to use.
Ever since then, I've been repurposing cassette cases to make printing stamps.

supplies needed:

First, seal the cassette case with a strip of tape.

The craft foam that I prefer to use has a paper-backed adhesive side, so I like to stack up
about 3 to 4 sheets in order to make a stamp that
extends high above the cassette case and that is a bit thick.

Draw any kind of shape you want.
In this example, I am keeping it really simple, but you can get
quite detailed with this material by cutting into it with a wood burning tool.

Cut it out and assemble it on your cassette case.
Save any left over bits to make another stamp.

Print on paper or fabric.

You can use a brush to apply the paint directly on the stamp or use a paint pad.


For more fabric painting and fabric printing ideas,
register for my online class
How To Paint On Fabric

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

spotlight on the work table

I have been super busy on various projects....
I am working on a new project called Art Medley, STITCHED will be starting back up again in January, I am also teaching a new class called The Painted Page part 2 in July, and I am working on my first art book....which will be full of creative techniques, ideas and mixed media inspiration.

I've been working on numerous canvases and painted surfaces.... 
including wood, fabric and plastic.

In the meantime, this is the current state of my ever-changing design wall.