Monday, March 31, 2014

how to make a stitched patchwork cloth

This is one of my favorite ways of recycling and
 repurposing old clothing, specially cotton shirts.

acrylic/polyester felt or cotton batting
fabric scraps
a pin cushion and a lot of pins
basic sewing supplies
a sewing machine and basic sewing supplies

For the complete beginner, start with a manageable size of felt. 
In this example, I am using a 10 x 10 piece of acrylic felt.
The felt will functions as a lining and support
anything you decide to do on the finished piece.

Gather up all your fabrics and cut it into small scrap-size pieces...
about the size of your hand.... or smaller.

Place each piece so that it overlaps about 1/2 an inch.

Pin the fabric to the felt.

Machine stitch the entire piece.

Once it is completely stitched, it is done.
Then you can make all sorts of things like a patchwork pillow, a placemat or
a small quilt.


Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Paper Beads
online class

This is what I have been working on for the past few weeks..... my collection of aromatic paper beads for my new online class called Paper Beads.
In this class you will learn how to make these fragrant beads as well as other 
creative paper bead designs.

This is a small sampling of the collection.
I have made these in all sizes and shapes..... 
from basic circles and squares, to more organic and free flowing shapes.

Recycling is a part of the process of making these delicately fragrant jewels.
I have my own process for making these, my preferred method and supplies 
and that is what I am excited to share with you.

This class starts tomorrow, February 26th.
I am excited to share with you the various ways that I make Paper Bead.

*join me and take advantage of this one day sale I am having*

read more about it HERE
or at:

Thursday, February 13, 2014

inside The Painted Page

This is a peek inside my new online class called The Painted Page 
Using magazine pages, book pages, junk mail and everyday items we create a colorful
collection of hand painted paper.


Saturday, January 11, 2014

painting on a magazine page

This is the 34th video in the painting on a magazine page video series.

And the winners of the 21 SECRETS giveaway that I posted on Monday are:

and Unknown of 365: Make a Book a Day

*please contact me at almastoller (at) yahoo (dot) com 
so I can get you signed on to the class*

Congrats and enjoy!

Monday, January 6, 2014


This year, I am teaching a LIVE online class with
21 other instructors as part of

Hosted by Connie Hozvicka, 21 SECRETS LIVE! will consist of 21 live, 90 minute interviews and conversations with me and 20 other instructors. During our live session we will create, chat, answer your questions in real time, and spark freeform and spontaneous art journaling and painting ideas.

The focus of my lesson will be all about art journaling and 
painting with recyclable and handmade supplies.

 Here are just a few of the artists featured:

I am offering 2 readers a free pass to this awesome online event.
Simply leave a comment with your name....
and I will randomly pick out a winner on Friday, January 10th 2014
and announce it on Saturday, January 11th.

For more information about 21 SECRETS LIVE 

Saturday, January 4, 2014

New Online Classes

I am starting the New Year with three new classes and a HUGE week long sale.
The Painted Page, Paper Beads, and Mixed Media Portraits ( The Alma Stoller Way )
and I am also part of 21 Secrets LIVE!

All of my online classes are ongoing....meaning that you can register for it any time.

The Painted Page starts January 27th 2014
Paper Beads starts February 17th 2014
Mixed Media Portraits ( The Alma Stoller Way) starts March 24th 2014
21 Secrets LIVE! on May 22nd

I will also be teaching as part of 21 Secrets LIVE!
which is hosted by Connie Hozvicka of Dirty Footprints Studio 
The 'LIVE' part of this awesome event is that I, along with 21 other artists
will be connecting with you in real time....
Each session is designed to get you art journaling at that moment,
creating work that is inspired, freeform and super awesome.


Wednesday, January 1, 2014

a year in review:
painting on a magazine page

All you need:
a fashion magazine, acrylic paint and a paint brush.
This series of painting videos is meant to free you up to the creative process of painting intuitively and with items you already have.
In addition, the finished piece can be used as collage paper.

So gather up all of your supplies, set the timer to 20 minutes, paint fast....and don't think about painting anything identifiable, pretty or familiar.
just paint something, paint anything.

This has been my painting exercise in 2013 and
it is one which I will continue to do all of 2014.

This video is the 32nd in the series.
Check out the entire video playlist 

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