Monthly Archives: September 2013

AJC Highlights of Week 38

Hey everyone.  Sorry I’m a day late posting.  I took an unexpected day trip, it was a birthday gift for my mom.  We had a wonderful time.  But I promise, I was thinking of you guys (and feeling bad for not getting this post to you one time).  I sure hope you find my picks worth the wait, I sure think they are…

Here are my picks for week 38:

itinary 35 by ulla420
This page is so soft and pretty.  The shadowing of the art doll really caught my eye.  I love how she’s just jumping off the page.


Week 38 WOW – Sunset by Lesa
I’m always amazed by people who are able to incorporate a beautiful photo like this into their art journaling.  Perfect.


My soul wept. by CarolW
I LOVE that quote by Wayne W Dyer, he’s such an inspiration.  This page is very moving.  I’m pretty sure that it is one that many of us can relate to.


No. 38: I am an Experiment by kygirl
I love the collage work up on the background.  This page is so dang pretty.  I wish I could collage like that.


#37 Calm by Tangie Baxter
Oh look at Tangie, keeping in simple and staying calm.  LOVE this.


Thanks for joining me for another week of highlights.  Don’t forget to check in next Sunday for more great inspiration.  Until then… I’ll see ya on the trail.


New Facing Your Fears Workshop, You Are Wise Kit, and Graffiti Brushes by Studio Tangie

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He who is not everyday conquering some fear has not learned the secret of life.”

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Join Tangie during the month of October for this special workshop.

Facing Your Fears {OCTOBER 2013 WORKSHOP W/ Tangie} By Tangie


Fear Workshop JPB

Please join Tangie in this workshop where participants will:

1. Work through finding our little “fear monsters” in 5 minute daily activities.

2. Do a weekly 2 page spread “worksheet” every Friday.

3. Have 3 live chats throughout the month (transcripts of the chats are included the day after for those who cannot attend).

4. Share our thoughts in a private group discussion and create art (optional) which we will share in a private gallery.

The following new kit is made to match fabulous kits created by Rosey Posey & Captivated Visions in the “Shine From Within” series.

Shine From Within: You Are Wise By Tangie


You Are Wise JPG


The Papers


Tangie has created a new set of graffiti brushes to use on your pages.

Graffiti Brushes No. 01 CU/PU By Tangie


Graffiti Brushes 1


** Last chance for Art Journal Caravan 2013!**

Art Journal Caravan™ {Expedition 2013} LAST CHANCE By Tangie


Last Chance Caravan


We hope you will join us for the new Facing Your Fears Workshop that is live during the month of October only. Have fun, too, creating with the new kits!


Author Bill

Lesson 4: Thread Painting Part 2 of 2


Hello all,

Well here we are a week later and the flood waters have receded, thank God.  Meanwhile, our daughter is in labor with our first grandchild!  Never a dull moment around here!

On to the second part of Thread painting, and a closer look at the mechanics of stitching densely.

Thread Painting Part 2 of 2 for Tangie Baxter's blog


Choosing threads for Tangie Baxter's blog


Thread Painting Part 2 for Tangie Baxter's blog


Thread Painting Part 2 for Tangie Baxter's blog

Thread Painting Part 2 for Tangie Baxter's blog


Thread Painting Part 2 for Tangie Baxter's blog



Thread Painting Part 2 for Tangie Baxter's blog

Thread Painting Part 2 for Tangie Baxter's blog

Thread Painting Part 2 for Tangie Baxter's blog

Thread Painting Part 2 for Tangie Baxter's blog

Thread Painting Part 2 for Tangie Baxter's blog

Thread Painting Part 2 for Tangie Baxter's blog

Thread Painting Part 2 for Tangie Baxter's blog

Below is an image from a library slideshow as well as a photobook I made about our trip to Morocco, with tips on the traveling sketchbook:

Thread Painting Part 2 for Tangie Baxter's blog


Thread Painting Part 2 for Tangie Baxter's blog

Affirmation Desktop

I’m back again with another beautiful desktop freebie for you.  This week’s freebie was created by Rain (RainK) using Studio Tangie goodies found in her digital  shop.

Free desktop background from the Studio Tangie Blog!

Click on image to download full size desktop. Please feel free to pin this on Pinterest.

Journal Anthologies 7, 8, 9

I hope you enjoy this super fun freebie.  See you back here next Tuesday.


AJC Highlights of Week 37

Happy Sunday everyone (or what ever day it is that you come across this post LOL).  I’m so excited because the seasons are changing here in the pacific Northwest.  I’m pretty sure this is the most beautiful place in the world, not that I’ve been to every place in the world… okay, so it’s the most beautiful place in the world I’ve ever been LOL.  I do love it here.  I’ve had such a wonderful time making pretty stuff.  My fingers have been very inky and painty the last few days I haven’t had a moment on the computer.  What did I ever do before my smartphone?  Anyway, I’m on the computer now and I”ve had a chance to paw through the gallery and look at all the pretties there and I’ve picked a few to share with you here.  I hope you enjoy looking at these as much as I did.

Here are my picks for week 37:

I Am A Melody by Grace
What a thing of beauty.  I want to pull that gorgeous creature right off the page and put her on my shoulder!


Hope Street by Lime
What a great painty/collagey page.  I love those big chunks of torn paper.


Italian Decor by seniorgal
Aren’t those little paper houses adorable?  I love how she used them here.


merrily I go by CarolW
LOVE it!!!  I want to make this for my art journal, I’m a bit of a butterfly and heart fanatic, this page has BOTH!


Ciao Bella by zita B
I really like the blending work on this one and the photo treatment.  So pretty.


Thanks for joining me for another week of highlights.  Don’t forget to check in next Sunday for more great inspiration.  Until then… I’ll see ya on the trail.


ARTionary No. 1 and No. 2

The printed word always adds visual interest to your journal and scrapbooking pages. Now you can add an entire layer of words and color with Tangie’s new ARTionary kits.

ARTionary No. 1 CU/PU By Tangie


ARTionary No. 2 CU/PU By Tangie


These kits were designed for personal or commercial use. Please see usage agreement on the Scrapbook Graphics store page by clicking on the links.

Author Bill

Art Travels with Rain: Postponement of 9.18.13 post

NOTICE:  Postponement of Lesson 4 until next Wednesday, 9/25/13

Hello all,

I’m sorry to postpone the next post of Lesson 4 until next week, however due to my involvement with the Colorado flood relief efforts for my family and friends, I am not at home where the lesson lives…we will continue on next Wednesday, 9/25/13 with Lesson 4.  Thank you for all your prayers and well wishes for the Front Range area of Colorado.  The damage is massive, and despite the fact that my home in western Colorado is safe and sound, our hearts are breaking for our loved ones and former neighbors.  Our previous home has been wiped out by a mudslide, and two deaths occurred in the immediate neighborhood.  The roads are gone, evacuations happened by helicopter, the bridges are destroyed, and many close friends have lost everything.   Our son and his fiance’ are safe in Denver, with a soggy basement, but that is so minor compared to others.  Our daughter in Hawaii meanwhile has gone into labor about half an hour ago, with our first grandchild.  My husband, Gary, is with Jessica and Danny on Oahu, while I continue to pack boxes and send food, blankets, on and on to the Front Range.  Blessings upon us all, and gratitude for the thoughts and prayers being sent our way.



AJC Highlights of Week 36

I hope you all have had a wonderful week and got something creative going.  I have had a very full week creatively.  I’ve been so busy making ATCs that I haven’t had a spare second to crack open my art journal OR play in my quote book.  But those projects are coming to a close and I’ll be getting into it here REAL soon.  Need a little creative inspiration?  I happen to have some!

Here are my picks for week 36:

Itinerary 36 – Noticed by Lime
I was seriously swooning over this page.  All those pretty paint and glitter layers… LOVE!


Italy Discovered by seniorgal
I thought this page was so fun with all the neat stuff to see on it.  It’s like multiple pages combined into one nicely flowing piece.


AJC Week 36 Italy by Zuzu
GORGEOUS page.  Those colors are SO pretty and the big angel as a focus point is perfect for this.


AJCWeek35-Confidence by Tinkelbel
That is some serious blending work!  I love the look of mixed media layers.


across the universe by zita B
I thought this was very nicely done.  I like the quote.


Thanks for joining me for another week of highlights.  Don’t forget to check in next Sunday for more great inspiration.  Until then… I’ll see ya on the trail.


What’s New From Studio Tangie? Uncle Gill’s Wallpaper Book

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Have you ever sat in a wallpaper store flipping through the beautiful pages of wallpaper samples and found yourself daydreaming about all the beautiful things you could create? Now you can do it at home with this incredible new kit!

Uncle Gill’s Wallpaper Book {With BONUS Torn/Tattered Pieces!







To make this kit even more exciting, there is a “commercial use” version, too!


Uncle Gill’s Wallpaper Book {COMMERCIAL USE} By Tangie



Have fun daydreaming and creating with Uncle Gill’s Wallpaper Book!


Art Travels with Rain: Lesson 3 Thread Painting.

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Lesson 3:  Thread Painting and Interlacing, Part 1 of 2

This is one of my all time favorite techniques with a sewing machine or hand stitching…layers of luminescent threads reflecting light just thrills my soul.  For the Art Journal and Mixed Media artist, thread painting is a major part of the tool box, and is so rich with possibilities it will take years to fully explore all the options.

First, let’s look at a few of my new Transformation series, inspired by the Symbology Project workshop currently led by Tangie Baxter.  In the workbook, the first three symbols were a bird, a fish, and a butterfly.  I am truly amazed at how deeply the workshop exercises have taken my inner process, all from following Tangie’s instructions in the workbook.   I would heartily encourage checking out the workshop if you haven’t already done so, even though it started on September 1st…just jump on in at any point.


Title: “An Epiphany of the Moment, a Slice of the Night with Rain”

This is a self-portrait painted on fused silk fibers, then thread painted with various machine threads. Based on the Bird symbol.

This is my vision of my inner dreaming body…the sorceress that lives in a symbolic world.

 "Epiphany of the Moment, or a Slice of the Night with Rain" for Tangie Baxter's blog:  Thread Painting


What is thread painting?  It is simply using thread to add color, texture, and line to a shape, a drawing,  a printed or painted paper or fabric.  In the piece above, I used thread painting techniques to shape my wing with metallic thread, and to define the bird headdress with a mix of metallic and rayon threads.  My hair is made up of lines of stitching with several shades of brown and auburn threads.  There is space between the lines of free motion machine stitching, so my drawing and painting below shows through, which is one technique.  This is the place to start if you are new to machine stitching in free motion.  Open stitching is also a good option when sewing on paper as the needle is creating holes in the paper with every stitch, literally perforation.


Some artists thread paint so densely, there is absolutely no base fabric visible.  This is labor and materials intensive, but creates a beautiful textured surface, and can look just like a hand embroidered piece with far less work.  Look closely at the image below of  the “Lady of Guadalupe” which is densely stitched, on top of a commercially printed fabric.  This is a great way to alter a commercial fabric to make it “your own”, and add it to your page or collage.

Many quilt artists that make art quilt journal pages use this technique, particularly with printed motifs like art dolls, flowers, houses, vegetables, etc., cutting the element from the background fabric and fusing to a base just like I showed you in Lesson 2 with some of Tangie’s collage pages.  Suddenly it doesn’t matter if you feel skilled at drawing and painting in a realistic manner!   Simply fuse the motif, then keep stitching free motion as close as possible, or on top of previous stitches until you have the look you want.  Changes of thread colors and weights will add to the hand stitched look.

"Overcoming the Transformation Blues" for Tangie Baxter's blog. Title:  “Overcoming the Transformation Blues”
Also part of the series on Transformation inspired by the Symbology project…Thread painted commercial fabric, “Our Lady of Guadalupe”, collage of dyed, printed, stenciled, fused papers, fiber, and fabric, all thread painted. The outer frame is dyed silk brick that I fused with acrylic gloss medium in a shape, then allowed to dry and harden.


If you want to densely stitch paper, fuse it to a backing paper or fabric to help stabilize, and consider using hand stitches on top of the machine stitching without passing the thread through the paper each time.  Below are some examples of hand stitching on top of machining on paper from my sketchbook, using a variety of thread and yarn weights.  Next week I will explore lacing, pierced paper, and some fabulous tricks for edges on paper.

Hand stitch on machine stitches for Tangie Baxter's blog


1. Machine automatic straight stitch with a 5mm basting stitch length, then various weights of threads and yarns chain stitched, looped, overcast, and laced onto the machine stitches without passing through the paper.

2.  Burlap threads that have been drawn from the fabric edges, then tack stitched onto the paper on the left bottom.  On the right bottom, raised chain band hand stitching on top of  horizontal “ladder rungs” made using free motion “beads”:  sew in a tight circle, jump horizontally to the side, sew again in a tight circle, forming a rung.  This is the same technique I used in Lesson One to attach the Chinese coins to the front of the Symbology Project sketchbook wrap cover, basically sewing in place to anchor, then jump, anchor, back and forth until enough thread has built up to be sturdy for the next step.


Another page of examples of hand stitching on machine stitches, below:


Hand stitch on machine stitches for Tangie Baxter's blog


1. Automatic straight stitching in lines and circles, various stitch lengths of 3mm-5mm, than variations on hand Buttonhole stitch using the machine stitches to anchor, while not passing the thread through the paper

2. First  I did machine straight stitching at 3mm or longer using a large 110N size needle and a heavy 30 weight thread onto a monoprinted sketchbook page, then added embroidery threads by passing a needle through the previously pierced needle holes.  Various weights of threads and yarns were then laced and interlaced through the embellished machine stitches.

3.  A page in a book using painted Timtex interfacing as the base, hand interlaced embroidery threads through the machine stitched edges.  More about this next week!


Another thread painting option:  Creating a densely stitched face or other motif on dissolving stabilizer, netting, tulle, or a lightweight organza, etc, then stitching into your piece.  Below is an example of another page in the Transformation series inspired by Tangie’s Symbology Project workshop:  Chrysalis.  The face is all thread, densely thread painted onto a piece of tulle netting, then stitched onto the background collage.


Chrysalis: thread painting for Tangie Baxter's Blog

Title:  “Chrysalis”

My piece based on the butterfly symbol, again transformation, the beauty of the butterfly rising out of the pupa, birth out of the Earth, the magic of changing form.
This piece is layered paper, dyed, painted, printed and stenciled fabric, thread painted face, trapped fibers and beads below the netting form the “hair”, fused dyed silk fibers to make paper.


Below:   Title:  “Camouflage”

A second piece based on the bird symbol and the concept of camouflage…how do I hide to survive?  Blend in to flourish? This piece is also about that moment of transformation when energy becomes physical form, and back again, just like the electrons in the zooming shells around the nucleus of an atom, sometimes physical, sometimes just energy.  This is my science-geek coming out…I have always been fascinated by the transformation of energy into matter, and the growth and disintegration that can be observed in nature, in our bodies, in all structure and form around us.  I am intrigued by rust, by dandelions becoming seed heads and blowing away, by the teeny germination of a pea seed that becomes flowers and food then disintegrates to withered vines.  I watch every spring to try and catch that moment of transformation from seed to plant bursting through the soil, but I blink, and miss it again and again.  The birds become leaves in the trees in the fall, then suddenly leaf out into form in the spring.  Awesome.  Just to be alive to witness and feel these moments.


Director Font, thread painting on dyed silk fibers and papers, fused, then stitched.  The first symbols of bird, fish, and butterfly have been all about transformation for me, and are inspiring this series.

The red leaves and the “bird” are all densely thread painted onto a piece of silk organza where  I had drawn the basic shape in outline with marker, then free motion layered threads in various shades of red and red orange.  I added the darker line accents afterwards, and tack-stitched to the background.  The “branch” is a rolled piece of dyed silk chiffon, free motion stitched in places to a paper backing.


Camouflage for Tangie Baxter's blog Journaling:  I hide in plain sight, Camouflaged from those that do not wish me well.  I hide to survive, tucking

my brilliance under a cloak of mystery.  I pretend to be normal, relatable, safe, while really the veil is thin between

the seen and the unseen and there are only a few allowed to see me as I really am.


Next week, we will continue with Thread painting, piercing, lacing, edges, and look closely at stitching the flower motifs I have been teasing you with for the last two posts.  Until then, take care!




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