theresa mARTin

mixed media art


Some stars


I found the tiniest little gold star beads at a small local bead shop. I sewed them onto this 6″ x 6″ piece that is part of the series of nine that I’m making for the November show at Glenview Mansion Art Gallery.  The girl is from my collection of very old photographs. The dress, which looks like metal, is a wonderful material that is no longer available for purchase. It’s a plastic material that feels like cloth called Radiance Papers. It’s one of those things that I have in my studio that I’m reluctant to use, because it can’t be replaced, but I’m working on letting go of these type of things. I think she deserves her dress of gold. And I hope she has many wishes granted by those stars.



The four person show promises to be a good one.

November 6-23
Opening Reception: Sunday, Nov. 6, 1:30-3:30pm

 Exhibitions are open to the public; entry is free.
ADA accessible.
Hours:  Mon., Tues.,   Wed., Fri.: 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
 Thurs.: 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Closed Weekends and Official Holidays
Located in Rockville Civic Center Park, 603 Edmonston Drive, Rockville, Md. 20851






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The photos give you an idea but this piece needs to be seen in person.  Please come to my show at the Glenview Mansion Art Gallery in Rockville, MD, Opening November 6th, 2016.

The felted background is made from Tibetan Yak Roving which is incredibly soft.  The girl’s image was transferred onto a light green felt. The beads are Gold Delica and Christmas beads. Added to the felt are ribbons plus some of my hand dyed organza silk and cottons.  The piece is approximately 10″ x 15″; it widens towards the bottom.

Please come to my show at the Glenview Mansion Art Gallery in Rockville, MD, Opening November 6th, 2016 to see this piece and others in person. Follow this blog for more details and photos as the time approaches.



Hand Drawn Decorative Papers


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.


Pen and Pencil on Black Paper



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



Freehand painting of designs with stencils



Pen and Pencil on Black Paper



Pen and Pencil on Black Paper



Pen and Pencil on Black Paper



Pen, Pencil and Paint on Black Paper



Pen and Pencil on Black Paper



Pen on Black Paper



Pen and Pencil on Black Paper



Pen and Pencil on Black Paper



Pen and Pencil on Black Paper


Pen and Pencil on Black Paper



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.


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




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:




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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Royal Purple for Artistic Artifacts Metallic Challenge is Up for Auction Soon

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Royal Purple is a mixed media 8″ x 10″ piece by theresa mARTin

There will be an opening reception at Artistic Artifacts in Alexandria, Virginia on Saturday, January 18th and a closing reception on Saturday February 8th. Specific times to be announced.  The Royal Purple piece has been donated for the auction to benefit Food for Others. The silent auction will be finalized and closed on February 8th. A large number of participants have generously donated their work! This will be a wonderful opportunity to own a one-of-a-kind artwork — please help us spread the word!