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Drum Roll Please! My new Stencil Designs with The Crafter’s Workshop

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I am very excited, happy, and thrilled, to announce my new line of stencils with The Crafter’s Workshop.  My new stencils will be available at the 2014 CHA Mega Show in The Crafter’s Workshop booth #845.  I have had a life long love of stencils and being able to design my own, and have them come to life is beyond words.  My new stencils are designed to be used on their own and also for backgrounds.  If you are attending the show I hope you will stop by and say hello.  I will be demonstrating in TCW booth on:

Saturday, Jan 11th
12pm – 2pm:  Rebekah Meier
Sunday, Jan 12th
12- 2pm: Rebekah Meier
Monday, Jan 13th
9am – 11:30 am:  Rebekah Meier
2pm-4 pm:  Rebekah Meier
Please follow my blog  to see more about my stencils, techniques, and designs here on my website.  Also I would love for you to follow me on facebook, Pinterest,  and Twitter

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Eclectic Elements Fabric by Tim Holtz

Eclectic Elements Fabric

A while back I was asked by Paula Cheney , Creative Coordinator for Tim Holtz brands, to create a design using the new Eclectic Elements fabrics presented by Coats .   I love the fabrics, and was so excited to create with them.  I decided to make a wallhanging using fat quarters of as many of the  fabric designs that I could.  It was so fun working with the fabrics, creating a patchwork collage.   Tim’s fabric line has many fabrics with writing or script , which I LOVE.  And the butterflies and watch faces…!  My wallhanging was displayed in the Coats/Eclectic Elements  booth at Fall Quilt Market  in Houston 2013.

Swatch chart of designs

Swatch chart of Eclectic Elements

Wallhanging by Rebekah Meier

Wallhanging by Rebekah Meier

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I used Steam-A-Seam 2 to make the butterflies dimensional

Fall Quilt Market Eclectic Elements Booth  2013

Fall Quilt Market, Eclectic Elements Booth 2013

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

Materials

  • 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

Instructions

  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!

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Correspondence Quilts

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Painted Fiber Art Journal Cover

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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

Materials:

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!

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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.

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

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 Continue mixing.

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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.

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 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.

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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.

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 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.

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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.

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

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 Brush paint (acrylic or fabric) onto stamp.

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Stamp onto fabric.

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

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I like to incorporate a couple of different stencil designs.

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

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