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Holiday Art Market at Artistic Artifacts in Alexandria VA


I’ll be at this Holiday Market.

I’ll have some paper dolls like the ones above for sale as well as many of my handmade gel pen drawing books. Lot’s of talented people will be selling their artwork and the shop is a definite must see for anyone who creates or for someone looking for unique ribbons and dyed fabrics for decorating. The shop is packed with remarkable mixed media supplies, unique quilting supplies, Bernina sewing machines and is the only WonderFil™ Threaducation Center on the East Coast. Check out their about us page online HERE.


Fri. December 1      10am – 5pm
Sat. December 2     10am – 5pm
Sun. December 3    12pm – 4pm


Artistic Artifacts & Batik Tambal, 4750 Eisenhower Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22304, United States (map)


The place is jam packed with unique gifts, a friendly atmosphere and lots of eye candy.

From the Artistic Artifacts website: Join us for our Annual Holiday Market: we will have handcrafted items from 15+ talented artisans for sale: fiber art, knit and silk scarves, mixed media assemblages, metal, beaded & clay jewelry, fabric totes, greeting cards, ornaments and more! (Perfect for the upcoming gift giving season — or treat yourself!) All on one level and plenty of free parking for visitors. Throughout our Holiday Market weekend, we will have several local artists on hand for book signings of their recent publications, in addition to demonstrations from several of our staff and instructors. Don’t miss this fun event… and this is also the perfect time to fill out a gift wish list for yourself (we’ll drop the hint to your family and friends).


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UPCOMING CLASSES: Illuminated Letters and Lover’s Eye Token

January 20: Noir Magic — Lettering, Flora and Fauna with theresa mARTin

Noir Magic: Lettering, Flora and Fauna with theresa mARTin

Saturday, January 20, 2018
Alexandria, VA
10:00 – 2:30 pm, ½ hour lunch break

All Supplies Provided! Back in the days when monks transcribed books by hand, Illuminated letters were the enlarged first letter in a page or paragraph, often enhanced with decorative elements, flora, fauna and or mythological creatures. In this popular class, learn a variety of markmaking techniques to create a modern take on these classic papers. The metallic and color pens against the black paper produce a WOW effect from even the simplest designs. Theresa will guide your through her process and provide a large variety of lettering examples from books to be inspired by (and trace if desired). This is a meditative and fun process requiring no drawing experience  — anyone can doodle a repetitive design! You will leave class with hand made designs perfect to frame, use in book arts or as a greeting card, and more. $48 workshop fee and $20 materials fee, which includes a pack of 10 gel pens plus a white and a gold gel Uniball metallic pen (yours to keep after class!) and the following for use while in class: gold ink, black paper, metallic pencils, woodless pencils, metallic paints, stencils, punches and more.

Price: $68.00

Sign Up for Class HERE

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February 10: Mixed Media Eye Token with theresa mARTin

Price: $70.00

Mixed Media Eye Token Workshop with theresa mARTin
Saturday, February 10, 2017
Alexandria, VA
10:00 am – 2:30 pm, ½ hour lunch break

All Supplies Provided! In the 18th and 19th century, Lover’s Eye Tokens were popular with the wealthy. A miniaturist painted just the eyes of a lover, preserving anonymity… thus the recipient alone 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 a love token form, beads, pearls, rhinestones, and an eye portrait. Class fee, $45.00 + supply/kit fee of $25.00, which includes all necessary supplies; students will have a choice of materials and colors.
* Sizes of the tokens range between 2″ x 2-1/8″ to 3″ x 2″

Note: Although supplies are provided, feel free to bring in assorted beads, charms and embellishments from your stash to supplement or to add an even more personal touch. View a variety of tokens made by theresa mARTin on her pinterest board and  here for additional information and inspiring photos from previous sessions of this class.

Sign Up for Class HERE


Christmas Ornament Exchange

Christmas is already on it’s way. I made this ornament for an upcoming swap. The ornaments will be put into plain paper bags. If you bring an ornament, you select an ornament.  It may seem early to prep for Christmas, but not so much when you make things for the holiday.


Love Token Class Number 3

Here’s an assortment of photos from the third Eye Token Class held at Artistic Artifacts. There are some in process photos as well as photos of some of the finished pieces. A grand time was had by all. I loved watching everyone work and isn’t their work beautiful?

If you want to make your own, you can get the token forms here at

If you want to take the class, we’ll be having it again in Spring at Artistic Artifacts, Alexandria, VA.


Small collages – ready to trade!

It’s satisfying to complete a stack of ATC’s (Artist Trading Cards). I’m looking forward to the ones I will get in return. This is for the JAMs meeting, Sunday, October 15th at Artistic Artifacts at 1:00pm. If you’re in the area, come join us.

FROM ARTISTIC ARTIFACTS WEBSITE: JAMs is Judy’s Altered Minds and is open to anyone interested in Altered Art — both fabric and non fabric art. There is a sit fee of $3.00 per person. We start with ATC Trade at 1:00, group meeting and announcements. Then one show and tell item. We try to arrange a demo, informational part of each meeting.

The images I used in the ATC’s are from


Here are the backgrounds painted with ink that were used for the ATC’s



Ready to trade! The meetings are fun, always filled with creative energy, laughter and sharing.


Indigo Dye Day


Results of the Indigo Dye Day with Judy Gula of Artistic Artifacts. 

I am happy to have made the last of three indigo dye days Judy held this summer. The photos show the results I got using tea bag papers, which are ethereal yet sturdy enough to take the dye and go through the washing machine to rinse. The next dye day will be in 2018 when the weather warms up and I believe I will go again.  Can’t wait!  Thanks Judy.