theresa mARTin

mixed media art


ATC’s and a Noir Magic Class in July, Alexandria VA

This is my work page for Artist Trading Cards for the next open meeting of JAMS. Info for the meeting is below.

JAMS (a.k.a. Judy’s altered minds)

When: Sun, June 23, 1:30pm – 4:30pm
Where: Artistic Artifacts, 4750 Eisenhower Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22304 (map)
Description: Note date change from usual 3rd Sunday to 4th Sunday this month! Judy’s Altered Minds (JAMs) 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, email us to volunteer.

Earlier I wrote about the little 3″ x 4″ black sketch books by Pentalic. They have 160 pages. I’ve filled two books with drawings and am working on a third. They are addictive to work in and lovely to hold.

In my next Noir Magic class, there will be an option to purchase a little blank book for use during the class and beyond.

Class is Saturday, July 27, 2019 at Artistic Artifacts in Alexandria VA
More info and sign up HERE

What I’ve been doing:

I’m planning to sell these finished books at the Fall Market at Artistic Artifacts. Date to be determined.



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.


Judy’s Altered Minds 10 items in a paper bag challenge.

Judy’s Altered Minds, known as JAMs for short, is a free altered art group open to all who are interested and meetings are held at Judy Gula’s Artistic Artifacts in Alexandria VA.  If you are in the area and want to join us, read more HERE.

One of the things the group does is create challenges and sometimes exchanges. The most recent challenge was as follows:

The Paper bag challenge:

Each participant brings a plain lunch bag with 10 items from her studio, kitchen, garage, and so forth, along with a list of what’s included. The bags will be traded and a mixed media Work of Art using at least part of each item will be revealed in May.


What I gave as challenge pieces.

We could, of course, add any items we needed to make a mixed media piece.

Above is a photo of what I left as a challenge for one another JAM member. The bags were closed and picked at random. I know exactly what I would have done with the items to make a mixed media piece, but I may have thrown the recipient for a loop. At first she thought someone was out to get her, but after a while she seemed to embrace her items and I can’t wait to see what she does with them. The challenge ends in May. I got stuck into mine right away and finished early.

10 items

What I received as challenge pieces.36″ bead trim on ribbon

Here’s what the paper bag I got contained. I went through the same thought process as my recipient because some of the items were plastic, which I rarely use, and some of the items were yellow, which I rarely use. While I like hearts, these too were plastic and I wasn’t sure where they would fit.

  1. 36″ bead trim on ribbon
  2. 1 skein of embroidery floss
  3. red white and blue marbles
  4. plastic numbers 0-9
  5. heart sequins
  6. 1 sheet green designer foil
  7. plastic fraction sections
  8. pale yellow sheer ribbon
  9. 10mm faceted acrylic jewels
  10. set of 2 tassels

Nothing seemed to go together and it took me a while to work it out.

The secret you need to know is that the person who put together the items I received loves purple. See her list of items above to the right? It’s written in purple ink.  Everyone was amazed that her items weren’t purple, but we speculated affectionately that perhaps she couldn’t part with any purple items.  Her love of purple was what gave me my direction in the end.


Yes, I tried to get some purple on the glass bead and the plastic heart, but it wasn’t happening.

I put everything into a cup and used violet Dr. Ph Martin Inks to turn them purple. Plastic doesn’t dye, so it was limited to the threads, ribbons and tassels.


The ribbons took in the ink well. The red turned a deep wine color.


The results became somewhat homogenous, which is what I was going for. Everything got dipped in the ink again after this point to get a deeper color. I liberated the beads and butterflies from the ribbon to use them in pieces. I didn’t use the butterflies, but partial use of items is allowed and I used the beads and ribbon.

I cut the fraction rulers and drilled holes on one section and used another red section as a mask for the face of my main figure. The colors I was left were reddish and purple, so that guided me through the rest of the piece.

JamsFigureThe fabrics and figure were in my supply cupboard and I liked how they matched the red wine colors I got from the ink. I kept building up the piece from there to fit a 6″ x 12″ x 2″ panel and this is the final result. A section from all 10 items are in this piece, but they are transformed.