Nature Print Postcards

Nature Print Post Cards

Nature is a never ending source of creative inspiration.   The combination of leaf prints and stamps created from recycled meat containers ensures endless creative possibilities.

Recycled Nature Print Postcards


  • Strathmore® Watercolor Post Cards, 4” x 6”
  • Ranger Adirondack Dye Ink, Raisin, Butterscotch, Oregano, Ginger, Espresso
  • Beacon Zip Dry™ Paper Glue
  • Tea Bags
  • Recycled Meat Packaging (cleaned well with hot soapy water)
  • Fresh Leaves (such as Geranium)
  • Old  Thread Spools
  • Other Supplies:  Iron, Paper Towels, Parchment Paper, Recycled Container (such as margarine), Scissors


  1. Using 3-4 tea bags, brew 2-3 cups of tea.  Dip post card into tea solution creating a faintly tinted effect.  Pat postcard dry with paper towels and place between two sheets of parchment paper.   Press dry with iron.
  2. Using scissors, cut meat tray into shapes such as flowers and leaves.  Impress designs onto shapes with items such as water bottle or pen caps.  Adhere shapes onto wood spools with Zip Dry.
  3. To create a background stamp design, draw directly onto a cut meat tray rectangle the same size as the post card.  The design can be images such as doodles or vines created by using a pencil or other blunt instrument.
  4. Ink background stamp with Adirondack Ink.  Stamp design onto tea dyed postcard.  Repeat using flower and leaf stamps.
  5. Ink fresh leaves and press directly onto post cards to achieve a collage effect.

CREATE Retreat Chicago/Lisle 2013

Last week I taught three classes at the CREATE Mixed Media Retreat in Lisle, IL.  Here is my students awesome work!


Correspondence Quilts


Painted Fiber Art Journal Cover


Extreme Needle Felting

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Romantic Sea Shell Box

Each September, my husband and I spend our wedding anniversary in Florida at the beach.  It is a quiet time of year there and we enjoy a very relaxing week of not doing much.  One thing that is tradition, is my shell hunting, every year I come home with a bag of treasures.  You can imagine after years of collecting, I have quite a stash of beautiful ones.  I keep my shells in jars and bowls throughout my house but thought it would be nice to make a project using the shells as the focus.   I decided a wood box would be perfect and look terrific on my mantel.  I hope you too have shell treasures and can use my box idea to create your own remembrance.  If you do not have a large supply of shells, you can find equally beautiful ones at any craft store.

Romantic shell art box

Romantic shell art box

Romantic Shell Art Box


Walnut Hollow® Classic Box #3219

Round wood embellishment

Aleene’s® Original Tacky Glue®

Aleene’s Collage Pauge Instant Decoupage Medium, Matte

Tissue gift papers (preferably with writing and natural colors)

Various shells

Other supplies:  disposable foam paintbrush

  1. Using Collage Pauge , apply tissue papers to box.  Tear and overlap tissue, creating a collage design.  Completely cover all side of the box.  Let dry.
  2. Using Tacky Glue, adhere round wood embellishment to the top center of box.
  3. Using the round wood embellishment’s design features as a guide, glue shells in place.  Glue the shells around and on top of the embellishment.Refer to photo and glue shells to the front and top portions of box.  Outline box with small shells and fill in with flat shells.
  4. Refer to photo and glue shells to the front and top portions of box.  Outline box with small shells and fill in with flat shells.
  5. Finish top box with one larger shell.

Note:  Wood embellishment and shells are available at craft stores such as Michaels, JoAnn, and Hobby Lobby stores.

Other ideas:  sea glass is also a beautiful option to incorporate with the shells.  Use any of your collections from trips such as camping or hiking, with found wood pieces or rocks.

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How do you display your collections?

Tutorial for Layered Monoprinted Collage Painted Fabric

A while back, I was asked to write a tutorial on the blog And Then We Set it On Fire.  A great site where much information is shared.  I thought you might enjoy seeing it again.  Do you paint your own fabric?  I would love to know your techniques for surface design!

 Monoprinting fabric is one of my favorite techniques. So, I thought I would show you my process for creating layered, mono printed fabric. All of these techniques are in my book, More Fabric Art Collage, 64 New Techniques for Mixed Media, Surface Design, & Embellishment.   I look forward to hearing your thoughts and comments on the technique!


I start with either fabric paint or as above acrylic paint and a fabric painting medium.  If using fabric paint, the medium is not necessary.


If using acrylic and medium, mix together onto freezer paper or acrylic sheet, or my new favorite Gelli Arts Printing plate.


 Continue mixing.


Place material that you wish to make a monoprint of onto paint.  You can also stamp, draw, or press found objects onto paint.  Here, I used bubble wrap.

 Place fabric face down onto monoprint.  Lift up to reveal the design.  I use the painted bubble wrap to add a stamped design onto blank areas of fabric.  Let fabric dry completely.


 Next, I mix Dye-na-Flow with water.  Test variations of added water to determine the shade of color you desire.  Dye-na-Flow is very concentrated, so a little goes a long way.


Paint the diluted Dye-na-Flow onto the monoprinted fabric.  You can see that a lighter shade of Dye-na-Flow works best to help highlight the printed fabric design.  Let color dry.


 Repeat with another color, here I used Cranberry Red.

 One of my favorite techniques is to scrape paint across the fabric.  Simply load a paint scrapper edge with acrylic (I often use white), and scrape across fabric several times.


The next step is to collect found items for stamping onto monoprinted and painted fabric.

 Brush paint onto found object, and stamp onto fabric.  If using bottle caps, simply dip the rim into paint and then stamp.  Use several objects to create texture and interest to fabric.


Next I collect and choose stamps that I have created from craft fun foam (thick kind).


 Brush paint (acrylic or fabric) onto stamp.


Stamp onto fabric.

 Finally, I stencil designs onto fabric using commercial or handmade stencils.


I like to incorporate a couple of different stencil designs.


I use this fabric as a whole cloth (for quilting), cut it apart and use it for patchwork, cover journals, the possibilities are endless!



This is part 3, with another one of my classes I will be teaching next month at the Cloth Paper Scissors CREATE Retreat.

Mixed Media Correspondence Quilts

Saturday, August 24; 9:00 am-4:00 pm 

Mixed Media Correspondence quilt

Mixed Media Correspondence quilt

I love text, mail, and combining paper and fabric.  This class has all of those features and I am so happy to be teaching it.
Create a beautiful art quilt, combining paper and fabric. Students are asked to bring their personal correspondence such as hand written journal pages, letters, mail, cancelled postage & stamps, and ephemera. Those materials along with a little paint and machine stitching will create a very unique art quilt.
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Mixed media correspondence quilt

Mixed Media Correspondence quilt