theresa mARTin

mixed media art


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Icons

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To read about how I made the Automaton Icon, please visit paperwhimsy.com inspire blog.

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This is the first icon in a series. Some will use the paperwhimsy Automaton Form
 and some will be very different as you can see from the piece below.
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theresa mARTin Icon

This piece began with a photo that was printed onto Transfer Paper and ironed onto fabric. I embroidered the face, then the hair. Next, I painted some areas with metallic paint, and added the beads and embellishments.  Finally it was wrapped around a 6″ x 8″ x 2″ deep gesso board surface.

Freaky or pretty? I’ve had comments saying both things. I think some tension in a piece is a good thing. What do you think?


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A Project for Stampington

Springtime Garden Santos Doll

The Promise of Spring Garden Santos Doll

The Promise of Spring Garden Santos Doll was created as a project for one of my favorite publishers, the Stampington Web Site.

Springtime Garden Santos Doll

The Promise of Spring Garden Santos Doll

Available on Etsy

Springtime Garden Santos Doll and Hearts and Flower Santos Doll

The Promise of Spring Garden Santos Doll and Hearts and Flower Santos Doll

Romantic Valentine Heart

Romantic Valentine Heart

 

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Triptych

 

Hearts and Flower Valentine

Hearts and Flower Valentine

 

All the art shown here and more are available in my Etsy shop.


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Hand Drawn Decorative Papers

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Pen and Pencil on Black Paper

I’ve fallen in love with Sakura Gel Pens. While working on ideas for a decorative paper and collage class (Sign up here) I got hooked on working with the pens combined with Koh-i-nor woodless color pencils and have made a lot of paper in preparation for cutting the pages up for collage.  These photos show some of the results.

The class will be three hours on Friday mornings for six weeks beginning January 30th 2015 and is to be held in McLean, VA. Even if you are experienced in doing this type of work, the class will provide time to work with a community of like minded persons.

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Pen and Pencil on Black Paper

 

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Two pieces of painted paper with string in the middle for texture

 

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Freehand painting of designs with stencils

 

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Pen and Pencil on Black Paper

 

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Pen and Pencil on Black Paper

 

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Pen and Pencil on Black Paper

 

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Pen, Pencil and Paint on Black Paper

 

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Pen and Pencil on Black Paper

 

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Pen on Black Paper

 

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Pen and Pencil on Black Paper

 

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Pen and Pencil on Black Paper

 

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Pen and Pencil on Black Paper

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Pen and Pencil on Black Paper

 

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Pen and Pencil on Black Paper

Patterned Paper and Collage Class description:

Create your own unique patterned papers for collage with paint, drawing, stamps and stencils. Learn layering techniques to create beautiful, unique, hand designed paper. By sewing and gluing, we will create layered effects and interesting juxtapositions. You will use the papers you have designed to create small collages and Artist Trading Cards (ATCs). Suggested materials to collect for use in class: old handwritten letters, interesting weathered old book pages, paper bags, odd bits of patterned paper you may have or find, bits of fabric, yarn, thread, old calendar pages. Instructor: Theresa Martin

To join me for the Patterned Paper and College Class, to be held in McLean, VA, go HERE.


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A giveaway and an upcoming Love Token Class

Sunflower Angel Giveaway

Sunflower Angel

This angel will be given away on December 13th, 2014. The details are HERE on the paperwhimsy inspire blog.

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Lovers Eye Token Class

 

January 17: Mixed Media Eye Token with theresa mARTin in Alexandria VA

Mixed Media Eye Token Workshop with theresa mARTin
Saturday, January 17, 2015
10:00 am – 1:00 pm All Supplies Provided! In the 18th and 19th century, Lover’s Eye Tokens were popular with the wealthy. A miniaturist painted only the eye of a lover, to preserve anonymity, thus only the recipient knew the identity of the person depicted. The tokens were often elaborately decorated and worn as bracelets, brooches or pendants. Create your own version using the provided love token form (an oval, landscape format approximately 3″ x 2″, as shown in the sample photograph), beads, pearls, rhinestones, and an eye portrait. Class fee, $30.00 + supply/kit fee of $20.00, which includes all necessary supplies; students will have a choice of different kits and colors.Note: while all supplies are provided, you may choose to bring in assorted beads, charms and embellishments from your stash to add an even more personal touch. For ideas and to see a variety of tokens made by theresa mARTin, visit her pinterest board.

– Sign up is on the Artistic Artifacts web site HERE.


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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

 

 

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