Wednesday, May 27, 2015

a free painting tutorial by diane culhane!

i was meandering around the internet
this morning and i stumbled upon a free painting
tutorial by the talented diane culhane,

it discusses the notion of positive and
negative space, which i like to think of as the
stuff that holds something in place.

diane is a master of this technique, so don't miss
this little gem.  it is such a cool way to think
about painting...and perhaps a new way 
to start thinking about the flat surface!

i found the tutorial compliments of 
if you haven't been there it is a BOON for 
the creative.  filled with classes and books, not 
to mention the free tutorial page.
who doesn't like fee?

check it out and tell me what you think...

happy making to you!

*i use this technique in my work...  her is an example

i have always done this... held things in place
with a shape. isn't it cool to see how two people
can use it so differently?

Friday, May 1, 2015


did you know that you can get free 
quilt patterns over at BLEND Fabrics
(because i didn't)!

i don't know what my problem is,
but i am starting to think that i have
my head in the sand 99% of the time!

i miss everything... even stuff that
is about me!  and today while scrolling
around looking for things to put into the
newsletter i am trying to get off the ground,
 i found the patterns...

i need to apologize because not only
do i not notice stuff, i also forget to share
things that are happening.  this is because my nose
is always "to the grindstone", and all i 
tend to think about is how i can dash away
and go to the thrift store (in search of what?
i have no idea)!

speaking of not telling you things...
did you even know i have been trying my hand at
designing fabric?  i think i may have mentioned
it YEARS ago...  but then, well- i got busy
doing it, and forgot to talk about it!

it has been a really fun thing for me to learn, 
it speaks to my organizational side, BIG TIME!  
and the cool thing is that i feel like i just keep 
getting better and better at designing 
the repeats, which is really satisfying!

these above images are all from my collection 
called "the makers" .

okay... that's it for me today!


*prints from the collection are in the shop!
use code themakers for 20% off your order.
(good through the end of may 2015)