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Silk Paper Collage

Now that I’ve made approximately 100 sheets of paper silk I’m working on ways to use them. One is mixed media collage using a combination of silk paper sheets, paper and vintage silk flowers.  I’ve also cut some up for ATC’s (Artist Trading Cards) and used some small sections on greeting cards.

As I make and dry the sheets I’ve noticed how nice certain colors look against other colors.  It’s inspiring some interesting combinations.


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An Adventure in Handmade Silk Paper

 

A few years ago I started collecting silk roving with no particular project in mind.  I came across a tutorial on Judy Gula’s blog here. and decided to give silk paper making a try.  Well, I have a LOT of roving, so lots of photos follow.

I collect materials that will likely end up in a project one day but there’s not always a plan. A lot of these materials have been waiting to come together in some way. I used silk roving, art yarn, Angelina fibers, Japanese metallic threads, paper, sequins, silk carrier rods, hat veils and glitter.

The “paper” is somewhat stiff, but is flexible like fiber.  Some are more paper like but most feel like soft textiles. Originally I thought of them as paper that would later be embellished with embroidery and other collage elements. As I made more they became collages in and of themselves.

 

 

You made it to the end!  Here’s a bonus.  This is a LINK to a lovely Etsy shop where you can find Art Yarn Fiber Bundles.  Here’s a LINK to the silk roving section of Judy Gula’s website.


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Hi Sailor!

Today’s photos are from the Artistic Artifacts Paper Doll in a Shoe Workshop. The images we used are from Dover Publications and Paperwhimsy. The papers and mixed media elements are shared from my studio.

Every now and then a class feels magical. This was one of those times.

Paperwhimsy’s  images always bring the magic to the day.

Talented, friendly, funny (Hi Sailor) artists add to the charm.

Feeling like kids playing is ridiculous fun.

My next scheduled workshop for Artistic Artifacts, Alexandria VA is Noir Magic on October 6, 2018


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Stitch and Slash ATCs

Once a month many talented persons gather at Artistic Artifacts in Alexandria, VA. Part of the meeting is show and tell of new work. We also exchange ATCs, (2.5″ x 3.5″ artist trading cards) before the meeting.  This month’s ATCs use the stitch and slash technique I found here. It was fun and a good way to use some of the fabric pieces I’ve collected.


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Lover’s Eye Token Class Results

Gayle’s finished work

Crystal’s finished piece

Here is some of the wonderful work of my students from the most recent eye token class held at Artistic Artifacts in Alexandria VA.  My next class there will be in July and is art paper dolls.

In progress

In progress

In progress

If you would like to make a lover’s eye of your own, the forms are available from paperwhimsy.com. The eye collage sheet is here.

Memorial Day 2018


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May 26, 2018 Lover’s Eye Token Class- Alexandria, VA

Sign up here: https://www.artisticartifacts.com/product/9605262018.html

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Mixed Media Eye Token Workshop with theresa mARTin
Saturday, May 26, 2018
10:00 am – 2:30 pm, ½ hour lunch break

$70.00 – 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 eye tokens range between 2 in. x 218 in. to 3 in. x 2 in.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 visit her blog here and here for additional information and inspiring photos from previous sessions of this class.