Wednesday, April 16, 2014

I Got My Copy!

Hot off the presses and right out of my mailbox, here it is! I'm thrilled witless to see my article, and they gave me five pages to tell my gesso-on-fabric story. Happy dance!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Mixed Media Fish

I sprained my knee on Tuesday, but while I'm recovering I can still make good use of time doing small drawings and paintings in my sketchbook. I used craft acrylics and a couple old foam prints to make the moth and flower texture in blue on the right. I drew the letters for "Fly" in pencil and added some auras with water soluble colored pencil. I also lightly painted over the permanent marker drawing underneath the bottom of the fish. The fish itself came next - I copied and cut it out from a drawing in my sketchpad. I'm happy with the colors. I could shrink this down and use it on fabric art. Hmmmm?

Saturday, April 12, 2014

More Photo Altering

This was some line art in pen and ink from my sketchbook. I loaded it onto FotoFlexor and chose the "sketch" special effect. It softens it, and makes it more complex, I think.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Cloth Paper Scissors Article!

Later this month my article on fabric art with gesso resist comes out in the May/June issue. I can't show any imagery from the article prior to publication as per my contract - but - I can promise some beautiful work to look at and ideas to try! I haven't yet seen the finished article myself, and am very excited, and eagerly awaiting it . . .

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Solar Sister Quilt Exhibit

All seven Mancuso shows will have the U.N.'s Solar Sister themed show traveling to the different venues; one of which is going to be here in Denver May 1-4. One of the quilts will be my "A Brighter World" art quilt. To see this quilt and the others in the exhibit, go to

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Upcoming Class at the Blue Twig Studio

Saturday April 19th at 10am, I'll be at the Blue Twig teaching spray dye class. Plain white T-shirts are a perfect way to learn about this easy technique - the imagery is based on stencils, with some interplay between positive and negative shapes. The negative shapes make the results more interesting, and we'll use cut shapes from paper for those. Go to for more info or to register.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Another Edited Art Photo

I'm really loving this process of changing the original art and using it for yet another purpose. For instance, I can print this picture and cut it up for a collage.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Photo Editing Fun

I've loved the way you can refine art photos, and am fiddling around with Pixlr express (free version). I may use this for another book on Here's the same photo with even more special effects:

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Always Look Beneath the Surface!

No, this isn't one of my art projects - this is the white plastic underneath the fabric painting I was doing!!! The layers are from the last three projects I finished. I really got a kick out of finding this, and thought I'd share.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Work in Progress

This quilt is one I'm trying to complete to enter in a show at the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum. I have some really good bits, but the whole thing lacked something. I put it away during the holidays so I could A. Have a life, and B. Get some other art projects done, such as the upcoming article for Cloth Paper Scissors magazine. Now that I'm taking another look, I can see that there's a need for a bright graphic element. Hmmmmm?

One of my new transparent collages

Summer Dance

Summer Dance
One of my collages