theresa mARTin

mixed media art


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.




Quirky Embroidery Revisited



Digital Collage

I’m still playing around with Quirky Embroidery pieces. These are 8″ x 10″ embroidered pieces that are based on digital collages. The works are small and I’ve been toying with the idea  of making them into one or two large pieces. Here I’m placing them against a black back drop to see how they look. First I tried a white background, but the black makes the images pop in a dramatic way. Every time I lay them out together, I think I need two more pieces, or three more pieces so you see the way it’s going. I may not combine them for a long time until I’m amassed a greater collection of them. I may put them on a black background as individual pieces. I’m not sure. What do you think? Sometimes I question if I should even keep going with these, but I do.  

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Secret Garden Dress

Secret Garden Dress

Secret Garden Dress

This month’s paperwhimsy inspire blog piece is a Secret Garden Party Dress. To read how I made this visit HERE. You can find if for sale on Etsy HERE. If you’d like to make your own pannier dress form, it is available at HERE

Secret Garden Dress

Secret Garden Dress

Secret Garden Dress

Secret Garden Dress Back View

Secret Garden Dress Detail

Secret Garden Dress Detail


Queen of Hearts

Queens theresa mARTin

Queens theresa mARTin


Queen of Hearts

Queen of Hearts

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Are you staying warm during the arctic blast? I found a way to feel warmer. I worked on these two Queens of Hearts during the below freezing weather we are experiencing. Using and looking at the color red certainly made me feel warmer! Red is powerful and energizing; it’s the color of action, energy, good luck and love.

Regal and proud, wearing their best red finery, the Queens are a mix between vintage Valentines and Alice’s Queen of Hearts.  Red rhinestones, hand embroidery, glitter and beautiful hearts and flowers adorn their costumes. The Queens were made using the new, exclusive to Paperwhimsy forms available HERE. You can read more about how I made these on the Paperwhimsy inspire blog HERE.

The pair is available for purchase on Etsy HERE and there is a 20% off coupon for anything in my Etsy store with the coupon code Queen24 which expires on Feb 14th, 2014. Enter the code upon checkout. There are only a limited number of items available in the shop and some of the listings expire soon.


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