Category Archives: Skills

Art journal techniques : : sgraffito with acrylics

This technique is pretty much like scraperboard work…or those oil pastel drawings you made in primary school art class, with the advantage of being fully smudge and waterproof once dry, because you only use acrylic paints, which makes it a great technique for the art journal. Continue reading

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Displaying embroidery in a hoop

Q: Why shouldn’t I just take a pair of scissors and hack off all the excess fabric that sticks out behind my wooden embroidery hoop? A: 1) Because you’ve gone to all this trouble to stitch something nice, it’s a shame to rush through the finishing like a knucklehead. 2) Because you are not a knucklehead. Continue reading

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Exercises in Imagination

Prompts can help you draw, but not if they come from some outside source. The only way to make something authentic is to use prompts taken from your own life, and having personal significance. This is a good way to stretch your imagination. Also, a great way to use up those sktechbooks and hoarded art materials. :) Continue reading

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Ice-cream sandwiches part 2

Part 2 of the felt Ice-cream sandwich tutorial. Continue reading

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Ice-cream sandwiches part 1: Biscuits

Part 1 of the Felt ice-cream sandwiches tutorial…making the biscuits. Continue reading

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Homemade stripey giftwrap

Just something quick that you can do when you’re in a pinch and need to wrap up a present, so that it still looks nice. Continue reading

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Fabric Bunting Beads

Nothing says “Fiesta!” like bunting. These are tiny stringable fabric bunting flags that you can make using stuff in your home. Another quick way to use up those teeny-tiny-but-too-pretty-to-throw fabric scraps. Continue reading

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Low-brow patchwork

This is a favorite method of mine for putting together quick fabric patchwork pieces that I then use to cover my handbound books with. Want to give it a go? Here’s the how-to. Continue reading

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Tutorial : : Felt Doughnut Softie

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How To : : Headbands (bookbinding)

Most frequently used by bookbinders today, the Headband with a Bead on the Edge features a two-color stripey band with little ‘beads’ of alternating colors that sit right on top of the paper and just underneath the headband itself. Continue reading

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