Tuesday, April 22, 2014

From the artist: All about Printmaking

I love to create. Housework, not so much. If you have not checked out my Etsy shop lately, you are missing out! Free shipping on all in stock artwork. That is just awesome.

I hand drew these scenes on a rectangular metal plate when I was attending Old Dominion University's Art Education program. the drawings were for my printmaking class. We were specifically studying Intaglio print making.
Want to learn more about the Intaglio Print process? Read this...
These prints were hand drawn in several stages while I attended Old Dominion University's Art Education program.  I had a blast there! Great teachers, friends and lots of Art. What could be better?


http://www.deborahkunic.com/EtchingProcess.html

Anyway, the drawing additions were combined with a series of acid baths. These baths removed portions of the metal creating channels or pools in the shape of the drawing.



http://orangeexplainsitall.blogspot.com/2010/05/back-to-printmaking.html

The ink was then hand rubbed into the channels. The metal printing plate was then lined up with high quality Reeves BFK paper and hand pressed.


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A Heidelberg press was used. Fancy, huh? It was a great process to learn. Slow going, but it made me appreciate the art processes that used to be new "technology"!
Intaglio Printing Press
Each print is one of a kind due to variations inherent in the lithography process. Small wrinkles of the paper or dots of ink are desirable and expected in this fine art process. The speed of the hand cranked printing press and the thickness of the paper, water content and amount of ink used can all change each "copy," or print.
A proof is one of a kind. The detailed drawing varies from the printed series of drawings. If you are looking at a print within a series, it will be numbered 1/5 or 4/6. The second number indicates the total number of prints made from the plate. The first number indicates the order of the exact print you are looking at.

My favorite Master of the Press would have to be
Albrecht Dürer
His use of line, contrast and attention to detail are amazing.
Well, I hope that you all enjoyed my little Art "lesson" today.
As always, have a beautiful day!

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Free Tutorial: Easy Draw String Cosmetics Pouch - Custom Fit for the Mary Kay Pro Compact!

 
I love to make sweet little things! I found the need for a drawstring pouch for my new Mary Kay Pro Compact. I wanted something to protect the case while traveling. I found it especially handy to clip a carabineer to the string and then onto the hotel towel rack.

 
This was so fast and chic, I whipped up a few more for my favorite Mary Kay Consultants as gifts!
 
 
It fits just perfect!
You could use this handy pouch for many other girly things too.
 
Are you ready to get started? Super!
All you need are your basic sewing supplies...
and remember, if you do not have a serger,
just use an overcast stitch or zig-zag on the edge instead.
 
Here is what you need to cut out ...
 
One strip of fabric measuring 1.5" x 20" for the drawstring.
Two pieces of fabric measuring 8" x  14" for the pouch ...
go ahead and fussy cut these pieces so that your fabric shines! 
 
* All seam allowances are 1/2" unless noted.*


 
 
 
 
 
Find the open edge of the pouch.
Down from the opening, on one long side, measure and mark the 2.5" point.
Rip your sewn seam and remove the stitches from the opening down to the mark.

 
Along this same edge, open up the 2 flaps of fabric.
Serge each flap separately, trimming away ~1/4".


 
Press the seam allowance open, if desired.
 

 
 
 

Finish the open top edge of your pouch by serging, trimming away ~1/4".
 
 
Use a large eye needle to bury your serger thread tails into the seam.
 
 
Trim your thread tails.

 
 
Fold the open top edge down to the split that you created in the side seam.
 

 
Press if desired.
 
 
Pin the edges in place, with a slight angle away from the seam.

 
Sew ~1/8" away from the serged edge of the bag, creating a casing for your drawstring. 
Remember to backstitch well, as this will be the area with the most stress.
 
 
Now that your pouch is finished, it is time for your drawstring!
RST, folded lengthwise, press your 1.5" x 20" strip of fabric.
 
 
Using a 1/4" seam allowance, sew the open edges together, remembering to backstitch...
 
 
AND leaving a ~2" gap in the seam for turning.
 
 
If desired, sew a slight curve on each end of your drawstring.

 
Trim the seam to ~1/4" to reduce bulk, and turn your drawstring inside out.

 
Edge stitch (as close as you can, sew ~1/8" away from the edge) being sure to close the 2" gap you left for turning.

 
Add your "made by" tag if desired to one of the inside serged flaps.
 

 
Run your tapered end draw string through your casing, using a safety pin.

 
Voila!
 
 
And there you have it ladies...

 
Your very own custom Mary Kay Pro Compact (or other girlie item) drawstring pouch!

 
I know that you crafty ladies can easily customize this project to ANY size for the perfect fit!
 

 
Thanks for stopping by, and as always,
Have a beautiful day!

Sunday, March 9, 2014

FREE Tutorial and Cardigan Pattern! Add cuffs to your favorite knit cardigan or shirt!

 
Hey ladies!
I am going to share with you a quick DIY for adding on knit cuffs to your favorite knit cardigan or t-shirt!
 
 
 
  After finishing up my new knits with rolled hems, I realized that something was missing...CUFFS!
 
 
I have several boutique knit cardis that have seen better days.
I found that when I made my own , I just had to have the cuffs.
I feel it adds a nice finish, keeps me warm, and allows me to push up my sleeves for washing the dishes.
 
 
I love everything about the new cardigans I serged up.
I used the Swoon Scarf neck cardigan pdf Pattern.
 
Here is my teen daughter wearing her first serger project.
She did this on on her own!
She opted to follow the pdf and not add the cuffs to hers.
 
If you love this style as much as we do, head over to
Swoon to download your FREE girls or women's pdf...
 
 
 
scarf neck cardigan
 
Sweet. I love freebies!
 
Ok , back to business.
All you need are a few scraps that are left after you have your Swoon cardi all cut out.
Go ahead and use these cuffs on ANY long sleeve knit top!
Raglans, hoodies, ringer tees, for kiddies or adults will work the same.
 
Follow the pdf directions...except, you can skip finishing the sleeve hem.
Trim your sleeve length so the edge of the sleeve falls to your wrist.
 
 
Measure your wrist and add 1".
 
 
My wrist is 7", so I will add 1" and cut two cuffs at 8" wide.
BE CERTAIN that the greatest stretch of your knit is going left to right.
(For example, if I pull my knit from left to right, it stretches a lot. If I then pull my knit from top to bottom, it does not stretch as much or at all.) 
 
 
I thought that a finished cuff length of 3" would be great.
To make that happen, I cut a length of 7".
We will fold this cuff in half soon so I allowed for that and up to 1/2" of a seam allowance.
 
 
Next, fold the right sides together (greatest stretch is still left to right here).
 
 
Serge the 7" long edge.
 
 
When you have finished doing this to both cuffs, it will look like the photo above.
 
 
 
Now, fold the cuff in half, wrong sides together.
 
 
 
The raw edges of the cuff should match up and the serged edges are enclosed inside the cuff.
 
 
Repeat with the other cuff.
 
 
Here is my rolled edge that I used before.
It is great, just not what I need.
 
 
Take the cuff and center the seam on one side. Take a pin and mark the center of the opposite side of the cuff, as shown above.
Mark the end of the sleeve in the same way.
 
 
To attach your cuff, match up the seams... 
 
 
insert your sleeve (yours should be unfinished)...
 
 
and match up all raw edges.
 
 
Use the pins you placed on the cuffs to help you evenly distribute your fabric all the way around the cuff edges.
 
 
You will need to do some stretching/easing here.
My sleeve was ALOT larger than my cuff.
If you want, you could run a basting stitch along the sleeve edge and gather it.
I just pinned and stretched it.
 
 
 When you have all raw edges matched up and your pins placed to help you ease the fabric, head over to your sewing machine.
 
 
Eh, I know, you don't wanna sew knits, you wanna serge them.
We will get to that.
The large amount of fabric that we have and the slinky nature of the tissue knit really needs to be basted first.
You do not want to mess this up on your serger...trust me.
Using a 1/4" seam allowance, baste the raw edges together,  stretching the cuff to fit and being SURE to catch all 3 layers.
 
 
NOW you can head on over to the serger.
serge off that nasty basting stitch, cutting away the messy raw edges as you go.
Make sure that you go slowly, and do not catch any other sleeve or cuff fabric under your presser foot.
 
 
Eeek! LOVE my serged edge!
 
 
Get your large eyed needle and hide those serger tails in the seam.
 
 
Trim off the excess thread.
 
 
Voila!
 
 
 You now have a lovely new cuff on your cardigan!
Have a beautiful day!
 
If you love this style as much as we do, head over to
Swoon to download your FREE girls or women's pdf...
 
 
 
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Thanks to Swoon patterns for this great FREE pattern!
 
scarf neck cardigan