theresa mARTin

mixed media art


Metamorphosis Exhibition at Del Ray Artisans

Detail of Growing Up

Detail of Growing Up

Growing Up

Growing Up

The process for both pieces is the same. First, a digital collage is made and printed out onto Transfer Artist Paper (TAP). It is then ironed onto fabric. From there, I embroider over the collage and add beads, ribbon, or wire mesh depending on the texture desired.  These two pieces were stretched onto canvas stretcher bars, stapled down and framed with simple black frames. Growing Up is 8″ x 14″ inches. Little Flower is 9″ x 24″.

They are on exhibit in Alexandria, VA until November 2 in a show titled Metamorphosis.

Del Ray Artisans: View the art exhibit from October 3 through November 2, 2014 during gallery hours: Thursdays 12-6pm, Fridays & Saturdays 12-9pm, and Sundays 12-6pm. The gallery is free, open to the public and handicap accessible.


Little Flower

Little Flower

Little Flower

Little Flower




The Mysterious Boo Sisters

Paperwhimsy Inspire Blog - The Mysterious Boo Sisters

The Halloween deadline is approaching for those of us who make things for Halloween.  Halloween makes me think about being a kid again and it’s fun to dream about Masquerade Balls and Mysterious happenings.



The Mysterious Boo Sisters in Process on the work table.

The Mysterious Boo Sisters in Process on the work table.

You can read more about how I made the Boo Sisters on the paperwhimsy inspire blog.

The Amazing Alterables at paperwhimsy are on vacation until September 28th but the image downloads there are on sale for now. It’s a good time to stock up on the beautiful images.  Details of the sale are below and clicking the image takes you directly to Gale’s shoppe. walkabout-sale


Somerset Apprentice Magazine FROM THE PROS site-seeing


The Autumn 2014 issue of Somerset Apprentice is hitting the newsstands.

I have a two page spread in the FROM THE PROS section. I’m happy to be in such great company. Here are links of the others artists in this section:

Mary Beth Shaw –
Kate Crane -
Teresa Mcfayden –
Andrea Matus Demeng –
Joanna Pierotti –
Jesse Reno –
Sue Pellertier –
Katie Kendrick –
Taryn Reece –

Among many great articles there is one STILL & STRONG AS STONE by the lovely Becky Shander.  Check out the mag and enjoy the links and site seeing.



A mixture of recent artwork


A heart with some French Knots and Poetry.

Heart with French Knots

Heart by theresa mARTin


Detail of the Heart.

This is a 6″ x 6″ piece of embroidery on cloth using French Knots in the motif of the Heart.


Detail of a collage. This part is a transfer using TAP.


For this piece I made a collage in Photoshop and printed it out onto Lesley Riley’s TAP (Transer Artist Paper). This became the centerpiece for a collage made with paper, thread and cloth.

theresamARTinPortraitThis is a self portrait made for the Needle Thread Cloth blog. The blog was a year long challenge exercise that ended in May 2014 with the portrait challenge. While there will be no more new challenges, anyone is welcome to follow any of the challenges and email a photo to me. I will continue to post any new work sent in. You can find the challenges HERE. Mail your photos to:




A Tale of Two Scarabs – Luxor and Giza

Two Scarabs Top View theresa mARTin

Two Scarabs Top View

Two Scarabs Open

Two Scarabs Wings Open

Two Scarabs Back View

Two Scarabs Back View

Two Scarabs with Open Wings

Two Scarabs with Wings Up

Each month, as a member of Gale’s Design Team, I make artwork for the Paperwhimsy Inspire Blog. It’s a wonderful collaboration as Gale’s forms are always unique and interesting and they challenge me to try and make something unique and interesting in return.

When I received the curious insects, I searched online for images of scarabs and was taken with the jeweled scarabs I found. They became the inspiration for the beads and beetle wings which adorn these pieces.

At first I only had a vague idea about blinging them out in some way. Usually I glue the fiberboard pieces together and paint them before moving on and adding content. This time I wanted to push the idea of how to put them together as they came with several captivating pieces and I wanted to use them all in a distinctive way. After looking at them and rearranging them for a while, it came to me that it would be fun to hinge the wings so they would move and it was easy going after that.

The wings don’t lie completely flat because of the clock faces underneath, but the peek at what’s inside allows them to reveal part of their secret upfront, which I like about the pieces. While they are delicate, the wings can be moved and repositioned to reveal all.

To see the process photos and read about how I made the scarabs, visit HERE

To purchase the scarabs LUXOR or GIZA, please visit my etsy store HERE.

If you’d like to make your own you can purchase the forms by clicking on the respective photos below.




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