Bella Crafts Connections Consumer Craft Retreat

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 I just wanted to remind all of you that the early bird discount for the Bella Crafts Connections Consumer Craft Retreat August 1, 2015 is approaching quickly.  I have looked over the classes and I am blown away with the offerings.

Coffee Filter Art

Coffee Filter Art

Coffee Filter Art

 

Coffee Filter Art applied to a journal book

Coffee Filter Art applied to a journal

It was a good design day when I came up with the idea to use inexpensive coffee filters for my mixed media art.  I like that the filters are paper and can be painted, stamped, and stenciled upon and  when applied to a surface, such as a journal, it will show what is underneath.   Each will be different and unique to each student as they put their own aesthetic into the mix.  A few other techniques will be saved for those of you that take my class!  You can also apply them onto a canvas or use them for decoupage.   The possibilities are endless on how you can create and use them.    I will have on hand my stencils from my TCW stencil line for students to use.  Check back tomorrow and I will post about Fragile Fusion!

Imagine Art! Using Stencils to Create Layers

 

I have been playing lately with my stencils I design for The  Crafter’s Workshop.  This is a piece of art I  came up with.

 

Imagine Art!

Imagine Art!

 

apply paint onto old book page

apply paint onto old book page

 

To start, I dug out an old book page and applied a few drops of white fluid acrylic.

 

 

spread paint with paper towel

spread paint with paper towel

 

I use a paper towels a lot to spread and blot paint.  Then I applied the paper to a piece of wood with gel
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added drips and drops of paint by adding water

drips and drops of paint by adding water

I stamped  image on tissue paper and apply to canvas with gel medium.  Then stamped an image (stamp unknown) onto tissue paper with archival ink. If anyone knows the origin of the stamp, please let me know and I will give them credit.drip some drops of color, add water, creating a water color effect.

 

Rebekah Meier Design stencil, Viva La Art TCW488s

Rebekah Meier Design stencil, Viva La Art TCW488s

 

I pulled out one of my well used stencils.  Words are a favorite of mine.  When I designed this stencil I wanted a kind of hippie vibe, and was happy with how it turned out.  it.  The other stencil “imagine” is from my Word Association  stencil.  You might notice that the word ART was first stenciled with a burnt orange color.  It did not work for me, so I tried a cobalt turquoise color instead, and liked it much better.

Rebekah Meier Design Word Association TCW527s

Rebekah Meier Design Word Association TCW527s

Lastly, I stenciled “imagine”  onto the canvas.  When designing word stencils, there has to be breaks in the letters or it will not cut properly in production (the whole letter would cut out).  Sometimes  I like the open lines and sometimes not.  In this case, I simply used a liner brush to connect the lines.

I would love to know how you use stencils in your work?

My Love and Best Friend

Bradley Meier    1961-2014

Brad Meier
1961-2014

 

When I started my blog, I decided to keep it only about my business activities and events related to the art, craft, and quilt industries that I work in.  With this post I have decided to tell those of you that don’t know, something very personal.  My husband of 33 years Brad Meier,  suddenly passed away from an aortic aneurism on October 11, 2014.  Some of you that read this might  recognize Brad’s  photo from CHA and retreats where we attended and where I taught.  He got to meet  so many of my creative friends.  He would accompany me on most of my trips, helping me, both of us seeing the US one retreat or trade show, and city at a time.  He loved to travel.  The above photo was taken on Santa Monica pier in CA last January after CHA.  We always would stay  couple days after the show to enjoy the sun and warm weather of Callie.  We both loved the ocean and the beach.   I was so blessed to have him in my life.  He was not only my love, and my best friend, he was also my biggest supporter of my work.  He was funny (had a very dry sense of humor), smart, caring, helpful,  and kept me grounded when I needed it.   I am writing this post for many reasons.  One being,  I know I am not alone in losing someone that is missed was very loved, and maybe taken suddenly away.  Those of you that would like to post a memory of your loved one, I would consider it an honor.   I hope to continue to create, teach, write, and design, and I know my Brad will be with me all the way.

Thank all of you  that have sent well wishes and kind words of support.  I appreciate it so much.

Creative Update! New Magazine Articles

Custom Designed Collage Fabric

Custom Designed Collage Fabric, page 74

 

So much has been happening behind the scenes here in my studio.  Traveling, writing, and preparing for TV segments, and a major studio makeover,  are just some of the things I have been working on.  I have been also working this summer on a very special project that makes me so happy I could burst.  Right now I cannot talk about it, but I will be sure to let you know as soon as I can!  I am so happy to have my work featured in four magazines this Fall!  In the October/November issue of Quilting Arts magazine, I demonstrate my technique for creating painted collage on fabric.  It is one of my favorite ways to create my own fabric designs incorporating my stencils.  Please be sure to check out Art from the Heart, The Breast Pocket Project.  Vivika Hansen DeNegre interviews Melanie Testa about raising awareness and her  artistic outlet after  breast cancer.     

Mixed media zipper bag

Mixed media zipper bag

In the Holiday issue of Quilting Arts Handmade gifts and Home Decor, I have a mixed needle-felting project.  The project combines my favorites, paper and fabric!  It is a zipper bag that would make a very unique present.  I have always been afraid of zippers, but I can attest that with very little practice  they are very easy to apply.

Mixed-Media Layering, page 78

Mixed-Media Layering, page 78

 

In the September/October issue of Cloth Paper Scissors magazine, my technique for mixed-media layering is featured.  I love Halloween and think the cover is so cute!  This project is a favorite of mine because it demonstrates how you can add embroidery stitches and cords to your fiber art pieces.  And of course it also has paper incorporated into the design!

 

Artful Stains, page 11

Artful Stains, page 11

Last winter, I was preparing examples for my stencil debut at CHA.  This stencil model in Apprentice showed my love of circles.  This stencil  in particular was inspired by my coffee cup stains, inevitably left daily  on my work space covering.

Quilting Arts TV

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Back in March I traveled to Cleveland Ohio to tape three episodes of Quilting Arts TV.  It was a whirlwind and I enjoyed every minute of it.  Everyone from  Quilting Arts TV and Kathie Stull’s studio were so kind and helpful, making us all feel at home.  This season has a new host, Susan Brubaker Knapp.  Susan is such a natural and did a spectacular job!  My episodes for this season are 1406 and 1408.  I also taped one for the 1500 season.  Episode 1406 is titled Designing Women, where I demonstrate my techniques for designing my own fabrics using paint.  Episode 1408 is titled “Felt It!”, where I demonstrate my mixed media needle-felting technique. It was a great experience!  Below are some of my photos from my day of taping.  Don’t you just love the colors on the set!.

The season is airing now, and I hope you will check your local PBS listings for times in your area.

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