Category Archives: Mixed media

Three “H’s” of the Kantha Quilt Class

Happy colors, history, hand-stitching: these three inspirations emerged from A Reversible Kantha Quilt Vest class experience. The word Kantha, pronounced (KAAN taa), means rags in Sanskrit. A Kantha stitch can also refer to a small straight running stitch in Bengali … Continue reading

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Top 10 Reasons to Participate in a Bead Challenge

Quick. Can you think of 10 reasons to participate in a bead challenge (or, any artistic challenge, for that matter)? The Bead Society of New Mexico invited members to a Winter 2016 Cowgirl Glam Bead Challenge. The “kit” for the … Continue reading

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Angelina Fibers Designated Pièce De Résistance

Friend’s Gift Leads to Experimentation When you encounter a pièce de résistance, do you share your discovery? In what ways do you help ignite new, explorations for others? During the busy pre-Holiday season, a friend showed up with a brown … Continue reading

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Add Focus With Theme

Do you choose a theme each year? “When you are inspired…dormant forces, faculties and talents become alive and you discover yourself to be a greater person by far than you ever dreamed yourself to be.” – Pantanjale, the father of modern … Continue reading

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Bird Tree Love Paint Party 2016

Ten family members willingly tackled a new project, a “Bird Tree Love” paint party for craft day 2016. The results were outrageous. A large family , we enjoy games and activities. Craft Day usually consists of a single creative session … Continue reading

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Beaded Skull Makes My Heart Sing

When a friend offered me an authentic monkey skull from Africa, I had no idea what I would do with it. Color me fascinated. From different vantage points in the studio, I observed the skull, admired it, wondered about it. … Continue reading

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Theme For a Year: Embrace the Question

Like many people, I review the year just completed and plan for the upcoming new one during December. I’ve experimented with all manner of goals, templates and worksheets to produce them. Initially, I wrote my goals in longhand, describing the … Continue reading

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Needle-felt Focus is Heart

Needle-felt hearts created a theme. My question was internal: “How do you hold a good heart?” The answer started me on a day trip to happy. “Begin with a smile,” I thought. As I allowed the sides of my mouth … Continue reading

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Beyond Brainstorming to Design Mine

How do you go beyond brainstorming in your search for inspiration? Although idea starters abound – card prompts, pinterest boards, nature – nothing is as effective as presenting your idea to a group of peers and asking for input. I … Continue reading

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My Creative Heart has a Loud Voice

“Create, Amaze, Play,” my 2016 theme, is forcing me to develop my voice. “Art – the act of tuning in and dropping the wall.” In my pursuit of creating this year, I’ve spearheaded curricula for Collaborheartists, my monthly creative group. … Continue reading

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