Category Archives: mixed media

October Happenings

This month has flown by and I hope it’s not because at the end I’ll be a year older, haha!

I taught a fun painted leaves class early in the month. My Unmasking the Soul piece is hanging at VAM but I haven’t made it there yet. On the 12th I gave a presentation to a local quilt guild. I always seem to forget to have someone take photos with my camera.

Painting Fabric Leaves class at Visions Art Museum

Then I spend about a week and a half recovering from mosquito bites on both of my feet, my face, and arm. So I couldn’t wear shoes which meant instead of walking I worked on the project series I mentioned in my previous post (which I meant to post a week ago!).

I finished my little melted felt cups project. It’s a four part series and different from what I usually do, as it’s more a craft type project but it was fun and uses different fiber art and techniques. Who knows, I may even add these to an art quilt some day.

The series starts with the felt cups in part one, then part two is how to make the fabric envelope, part three is adding beads to the felt cups, and part four it painting leaves and applying the elements to the envelopes.

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A Little Mixed Media

Below is a short video showing how I made the melted felt cups I used in my Unmasking the Soul piece. The video is the first in a series of simple steps to make this small mixed media decorative fabric envelope (gift tag, ornament, or ?).

Here are a couple more pieces where I have used these melted felt cups but flipped over.

Spore Fern
Detail. Notice the cups are used upside down with a French Knots instead of beads.
A mixed media sampler with a few upside down felt cups.

Unmasking the Soul

I teased a bit about this project last post, there I shared some sculpted fingers and a painted eye, well, I didn’t used those fingers or the eye. I decided to use paper clay (keeping with the fiber materials) for the fingers/hand and paint the eyes on a flat surface (still on silk) instead of the round.

I finished the piece before the deadline and I’m pleased to say it was juried into the exhibit at Visions Art Museum and New Americans Museum. The exhibition runs Oct.19 – Nov. 19, 2019 at VAM.

The theme is Day of the Dead and/or Luchador. Most people have heard of Dia de los Muertos/Day of the Dead but maybe not so much about Luchador aka Lucha Libra or Mexican wrestler. I now know more about them than I ever imagined!

So the artwork could be either or both and I decided on both. Rarely am I able to actually create the object I have pictured in my mind but this project came pretty darn close. This is my artist statement which may explain what I was going for…

At the end of the work day they pull off their wrestler mask and join the Day of the Dead celebration…still keeping their anonymity.

It was a challenge but I really enjoyed making it.

Work and Rest

We had a great quilt show but it wiped me out! It didn’t help that my cat was punishing me with 2am and 3am wake-up calls for not being around all week!

Many quilts sold, as well as, one pillow and a few bags of vintage patchwork blocks. The quilts that hung in the show were amazing and so creative and inspiring.

I never have time to take photos but I did snap a quick one of this beauty – Tree of Life, made by my friend Sue Atlas. It earned a 2nd place (not sure the category); the winners will be on the SDQS website in the near future. Sue’s quilt also won 1st place at AQS.

Now I’m pushing a deadline. Here are some parts of a mixed media piece I’m working on. The fingers here are clay but because of the weight I’m going to try and recreate them in paper clay. Also, I painted one eyeball on silk (wrapped around a round rock) but then figured they needed to be painted on a flat surface, so I’ll be painting two new ones.


With every new part for this project my family tells me – “That’s creepy.” But in the end I hope it won’t be too creepy! More to come.

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Making Waves

I’m making waves on fabric, with Caran d’Ache Neocolor ll wax pastels that is! I use these wax pastels a lot and really like what can be created with them.

I was using them to make landscape background elements but I wasn’t using them alone… under my fabric I placed a piece of very course sand paper. As I was working it occurred to me this technique could work for frothy waves!

So I played around, liked the results, and published a very short demo video –

After the video I made a couple more pieces. These are tiny (4″ x 5″) but I’m sure the same technique could be used on a larger scale. The wax does require heat setting, and depending on the amount of wax rubbed onto the fabric, may still rub off.
Caran d’Ache does/did make a fixative (most likely not intended for wax pastels used on fabric), but it is pricey, due in part to extra shipping as it is considered hazardous.

On the piece below I gently foam brushed a little regular gel medium over it. It did smear/blend the pastel a bit as I brushed and lightened the intensity of the white but I’m okay with that. Once dry it did work and the pastel no longer smeared. I think a little hand stitching to add white highlights would work but it may leave holes if machine stitched.

This one is wrapped around a small panel canvas. I think set on a little picture stand/easel it could be a neat display for someone who love the beach! Shells, charms, or beads would be nice additions too. As usual – endless ideas!

Earl’s Art Car

This is one of the pieces from my newest series, a collaboration with my oldest son using his photographs mounted on my fiber pieces. My son took a photo of Earl Shepherd’s awesome hand-painted BMW at a local auto show. This piece (Bodywork) was made for Earl. To see more fantastic photos of Earl’s Art Car and his other artwork visit his website.