theresa mARTin

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In This House – Inspiration

In This House by Angela Cartwright and Sarah Fishburn available from Amazon.

Once a year during the monthly meeting at Artistic Artifacts in Alexandria, VA, people bring in their favorite books to share and this was my friend Sharon’s contribution. We all love the work of Angela Cartwright and Sarah Fishburn. A challenge was proposed for us to use the book and the template it provides to create our own houses.  The challenge is due in June.  We have discussed making a “fat book” (remember them from the 90″s?).   Each person who makes a book can print out one of their pages several times to combine into one book.  We may simply share what we’ve done in our usual SHOW AND TELL portion of the meeting.  I enjoyed working on mine and look forward to seeing what others make. How I made the book is at the bottom of this post.

I cut out the shaped pages from 90 lb Arches Hot Press watercolor paper and painted them with ink. Next step was gelli printing, followed by spray painting with stencils. Images, some printed on transparencies, and collage papers finished the process.  I bound the pages with eyelets and ribbons. Voilà! While that voilà expresses that I am satisfied with the project, it did take several days and sometimes it fought me.  It took several hours a day over a week of time.  Thanks for looking.


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Sold! Pins from Etsy going out the door

Thanks J for the purchase.

These pins are on their way to a friend and artist who is a regular collector of my work. I included some felt scraps and silk scraps in her package.  I will be adding handmade felt and silk paper to the shop soon.

I changed the name of the Jewelry section in Etsy to Quirky Pins/Brooches. They are quirky because they show the personality of my hand.

To select from pins that are left in my Quirky Pins section, go to Esty HERE

                                              

 

 


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Bird beauty and 15FOR15 sale

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Crow

All bird photos are from my yard.

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Two Crows on Sculpture

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Woodpecker on Telephone Pole

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Woodpecker on Telephone Pole

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Woodpecker on Telephone Pole

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Mockingbird on Sculpture

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Mourning Dove on Roof

 

 

Newest item in the shop – Eye Contact Fiber Art
Sale Ends Dec 30  Coupon for 15% off in my Etsy shop is 15FOR15 HERE

 

 

 

 

 


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Mixed Media Ornaments Class December 14, 2019 Alexandria VA

Group photo of student work – ornaments approximately 3″ diameter


Mixed Media Ornaments with theresa mARTin $63.00
Saturday, December 14, 2019
10:00 am – 2:30 pm, ½ hour lunch break

All Supplies Provided! Inspired by an Antique Reliquary, theresa mARTin got out her supplies of pearls, rhinestones and beads and set to work to embellish Amazing Alterables™, laser-cut decorative wood fiberboard shapes from PaperWhimsy, approximately 3 inches in size. Enjoy this opportunity to dig into Theresa’s wondrous stash of beads, baubles and trims and craft your own ornaments, perfect as a handmade gift, to keep for your holiday tree, use as a gift package tie-on or even year-round display. Class fee, $48.00 + supply/kit fee of $15, which includes all necessary materials to create two ornaments — decorating both sides gives you even more opportunity to be creative! (Additional ornament bases may be available for purchase directly from the instructor the day of class, depending on the final class size.) Although all supplies are provided, feel free to bring in your own assorted beads, charms and embellishments, even small copies of family photographs so that you can add an even more personal touch to your creations, or match your holiday décor. SIGN UP HERE

Student Work

Student Work

Collating the ornament blanks

Ready to go!

Student Work

Student Work

Group photo of student work

Ornaments by theresa mARTin


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Halloween Paper Doll in a Shoe and a Giveaway.

 

Halloween Paper Doll in a Shoe

Halloween Paper Doll in a Shoe

This Halloween Paper Doll in a Shoe is 9″ tall x 3″ wide. I will give her away to one of the students who takes my Paper Doll in a Shoe class on October 26th at Artistic Artifacts, Alexandria, VA (Sign up is HERE). Everyone else in class will be given one small paper doll in a shoe.

Continuing in the giveaway spirit….

I am giving away three small 2.5″ x 3.5″ paper doll in a shoe artist trading cards, shown below. To throw your name in the hat, please leave a comment on this post. I’ll select three names on October 29th and will get in touch with the winners for their mailing addresses.

If you want some of these small cards now, I have some in my Etsy shop in lots of three for $25.00. HERE

GOOD LUCK!


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Paper Doll in a Shoe Class October 26, 2019

Paper Doll in a Shoe Pocket with theresa mARTin
$60.00 All Supplies Provided

Artistic Artifacts, Alexandria VA
Saturday, October 26, 2019
10:00 am – 2:30 pm, ½ hour lunch break

All Supplies Provided! Originating as an inexpensive toy, paper dolls have evolved into an art form. Join acclaimed mixed media artist theresa mARTin and create one of a kind mixed media paper dolls using paper, fabric, ribbons, fibers, collage sheets and much more. In addition to the embellishments, students will be provided with paper doll forms made exclusively for theresa and this class by PaperWhimsy.com! Plus, theresa has been granted the use of PaperWhimsy’s shoe form to make cozy homes for the dolls — or to use alone as beautiful keepsakes! Your inspiration can be anything from a classic fairy tale to a traditional form of a fashion doll with a change of dresses. Celebrate the upcoming Halloween holiday by creating a witch or creating different costumes for your doll. Your workshop fee includes $12.00 complete kit fee. Note: Although supplies are provided, feel free to bring in extra items from your own stash to supplement or to add an even more personal touch.

SIGN UP HERE


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On the work table of theresa mARTin

Mixed Media Artist Trading Cards for the monthly meeting at Artistic Artifacts using paperwhimsy.com images.

Close up of Mixed Media Artist Trading Cards for the monthly meeting at Artistic Artifacts using paperwhimsy.com images.

Over 100 small collages – paper doll in a shoe – for the Artist Market coming up in November at Artistic Artifacts in Alexandria, VA. I’ll be posting more on the Market in future.

Close up :Over 100 small collages – paper doll in a shoe – for the Artist Market coming up in November at Artistic Artifacts in Alexandria, VA

 


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Former student work from Noir Magic Class – new class coming soon.

By Mary Kay

By former student Mary Kay

I’m always thrilled when a student takes what they’ve learned in class and builds on it.  I encourage students to make what they learn from me their own.  A former student shared this image with me of the work she did in the weeks after the class was over. WOW, right? Join us for the next class.

Marking with the gel pen on black paper is a wonderful meditative process.  I’ve tested a lot of gel pens, metallic pens and paper and provide the best of in class.

Information about the upcoming class in Alexandria, VA is below and the link to sign up is HERE.


Noir Magic: Lettering, Flora and Fauna with theresa mARTin
Saturday, July 27, 2019
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 mark making 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) and other inspiration material, including her own work. 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. New in 2019! For a $10 cash fee payable directly to Theresa on the day of class, you may purchase a 3 in. x 4 in. pocket journal with 160 acid-free black pages to journal in! Visit Theresa’s blog here, here and here to view student work from previous sessions of this popular class. Her blog also features views of filled pocket journals here as well as here for inspiration!