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June 27, 2018

Somerset Studio magazine recently asked for submissions of projects made using tea bags. I got the July/August issue in the mail yesterday and was happy to see my canvas titled “Tea with Anna” in their Expressions section!

“Tea with Anna” is one of my favorite pieces I’ve made this year. It looks simple, though it took some planning to work out. The image of a beautiful Victorian lady was printed in parts onto the tea bags, then the bags were pieced together like a puzzle and lightly glued to a piece of padded muslin to form the entire image. I like the effect of the overlapping tea bags and the various colors they produce. It looks like a long-lost family portrait that is starting to fall apart! I sewed some beads that resemble pearls onto several of the bags to mimic hat pins, and mounted the muslin piece onto an 8″x10″ canvas board. The final touch was some delicate coloring with chalks, then it was sprayed with Krylon Matte Finish to set the colors.

tea with anna sm

It was difficult to photograph this to accurately portray its beauty in real life, but as usual, the folks at Stampington did a great job! They also published “Afternoon Tea Sachets” I made by ironing tea bags flat, printing images on them and coloring with chalk, much like the process for this project, with the addition of sewing up the sides and adding cotton rounds with scented oil on them. I keep some of the sachets in my desk drawer at work; it’s always a pleasure to get a whiff of pretty scent when I’m reaching for a paper clip or a highlighter!

Thank You, Somerset Studio!

April 22, 2018

For the past few months, I’ve been submitting art to various magazines as a way to spark my creativity. I like having an “assignment” – a particular technique or a particular theme; it gives me a starting point and a sense of purpose. The lovely photographers at Stampington have a deft hand at making any artwork look its best, and I’m so grateful they opted to publish all seven of the pieces I submitted for their May/June issue, which is about the classic technique of image transfers.


I learned how to do image transfers in a Leslie Riley class more than 15 years ago, and I was so smitten I sat right through the lunch break in order to keep making more transfers! (You’d be more impressed if you knew how much I love a good lunch.)

The construction of this little book was inspired by Carla Sonheim’s online class, Rags to Stitches: A Journal and a Purse. The transfer was created with the gel medium method on canvas cloth. I sanded the image here and there to add to the aged look, then added a little color with chalks. The buttons are enhanced with some gold Rub ‘n Buff, as is the chipboard crown. The ribbon tie is hand-dyed seam binding and I rubbed a little paint onto a Tim Holtz metal word band.

angel book 001

This is a painted canvas board with nature-themed contact paper transfers. It’s one of my favorite transfer techniques, being almost foolproof. (I did say almost.) Black and white images always transfer better than colored ones, for some reason. But I like that “distressed” look, so it’s all good.

patchwork 001

Thank you, Stampington, for publishing the best of the best art magazines and for always encouraging and inspiring creativity in so many ways!