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StudioLams Weblog http://www.studiolams.com The Art, Music, Mayhem, and More of StudioLams Sun, 01 Jan 2017 16:53:51 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.2 Happy New Year! http://www.studiolams.com/happy-new-year-2/ http://www.studiolams.com/happy-new-year-2/#respond Sun, 01 Jan 2017 16:53:51 +0000 http://www.studiolams.com/?p=2397

I am so excited to be back in the studio with the start of 2017. There are several exciting things in the works for Studio Lams and I wait to share them all with you! To start off the new year, I will be offering my own hand-printed fabric for purchase. This new product will debut at Craft Napa with Lynn Krawczyk. Shortly after that I will have several new products available in the Smudged Design Studio Etsy Shop. The first batch of fabric is called “My Fresh Start Collection”. It’s about a new year, new ideas, and new directions.

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Buzz-Buzz! It’s a new Printed Fabric Bee Giveaway http://www.studiolams.com/buzz-buzz-its-a-new-printed-fabric-bee-giveaway/ http://www.studiolams.com/buzz-buzz-its-a-new-printed-fabric-bee-giveaway/#comments Wed, 05 Aug 2015 16:33:26 +0000 http://www.studiolams.com/?p=1932 Lams_PFB_Bugs

Insects of many shapes and colors took over this month’s Printed Fabric Bee theme by the talented Jane Davila. I’ve had this butterfly screen for awhile now and I was very excited to have such a perfect reason to use it. I created the image from a vintage greeting card, which is one of my favorite resources for images.

First I screen printed, then I drew on some of the butterflies to give it a splash of black color. The colors are really fun and a nice break from my usual color palette.




Go check out everyone’s blog to see how they made their awesome pieces. Then leave a comment on one of the two blogs listed in the collage below. Jane will pick a winner for the fabric blocks on the 15th. Good luck!


Carol R. Eaton
Lynda Heines
Gerrie Congdon
Susan Purney Mark
Deborah Boschert
Jane Davila
Lisa Chin
Lynn Krawczyk
Leslie Jenison
Judy Gula 
Julie B. Booth

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Better late than never http://www.studiolams.com/better-late-than-never/ http://www.studiolams.com/better-late-than-never/#respond Wed, 15 Jul 2015 18:03:00 +0000 http://www.studiolams.com/?p=1922 It’s summer, the kids are home and our days can get a little wacky around here. But I made a point this week to catch up in the studio by cleaning off my table and making room to put this together for Lynn and the Printed Fabric Bee. The theme was vintage, so I went with a vintage bird theme. All of the birdy images are from very old greeting cards that I scanned and turned into Thermofax Screens.

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Sadly the drawing for this one has come and gone. But I do have things setup for the next project and should have something for the next giveaway.

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A New Printed Fabric Bee Giveaway http://www.studiolams.com/a-new-printed-fabric-bee-giveaway/ http://www.studiolams.com/a-new-printed-fabric-bee-giveaway/#comments Sun, 07 Jun 2015 18:51:59 +0000 http://www.studiolams.com/?p=1906 This month belonged to Leslie Tucker Jenison with a theme of marks from found objects. I started with plastic water bottle to roll the first layer of markings. I experimented with a little candle votive but it was difficult to control when rolling so abandoned it after a few rounds.


Next object was a clothes hanger. I thought it had an interesting shape to it, so why not.


I attempted to use a bamboo stick for long dark marks but it wasn’t working out so I brushed on some darker streaks for contrast. Then I discovered my new favorite stamp. It’s the bottom of plastic cabinet leg. I love the design and it may appear in other projects.


And here’s the finished piece. A bit of a different look for me but I like it.




Go check out all the good stuff going on at The Printed Fabric Bee Facebook page and leave a comment there for your chance to win your own set of these lovely beauties. Be sure to stop off at the other Bee member’s blogs to find out how they created their fabric designs. Good luck!!!

Carol R. Eaton
Jackie Lams
Lynda Heines
Gerrie Congdon
Susan Purney Mark
Deborah Boschert
Jane Davila
Lisa Chin
Lynn Krawczyk
Leslie Jenison
Judy Gula


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Geometric Shapes for The Printed Fabric Bee http://www.studiolams.com/geometric-shapes-for-the-printed-fabric-bee/ http://www.studiolams.com/geometric-shapes-for-the-printed-fabric-bee/#respond Mon, 04 May 2015 13:51:33 +0000 http://www.studiolams.com/?p=1887 Gerrie Congdon was the Queen Bee for April. Geometric shapes was the theme. So I did a mix of Theremofax Screen Printing and stamping with found objects (a wine cork and an empty cardboard tube).

Geometric PFB




Go check out all the good stuff going on at The Printed Fabric Bee blog and Gerrie’s blog and leave a comment for your chance to win your own set of these lovely beauties.

PFB Geometric

Also be sure to stop off at the other Bee member’s blogs to find out how they created their mola fabric designs. Good luck!!!

Carol R. Eaton
Jackie Lams
Lynda Heines
Gerrie Congdon
Susan Purney Mark
Deborah Boschert
Jane Davila
Lisa Chin
Lynn Krawczyk
Leslie Jenison
Judy Gula


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Sleepy Sketchbook http://www.studiolams.com/sleepy-sketchbook-3/ http://www.studiolams.com/sleepy-sketchbook-3/#respond Sat, 11 Apr 2015 15:42:33 +0000 http://www.studiolams.com/?p=1850 Spring is on my mind! I’ve had this journal for a little while now. It’s covered in canvas just for the purpose of drawing on it. I had Thermofax Screen printed the lines on to the cover ages ago and I thought they looked a bit industrial. So I decided to see if I could change that look by drawing big flowers on it.


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Printed Fabric Bee Giveaway – Mola Style! http://www.studiolams.com/printed-fabric-bee-giveaway-mola-style/ http://www.studiolams.com/printed-fabric-bee-giveaway-mola-style/#respond Tue, 07 Apr 2015 19:41:30 +0000 http://www.studiolams.com/?p=1853 Mola

March was a really crazy month for us and sadly I didn’t get a chance to tackle this fun challenge. So Lisa Chin was sweet enough to help me out by making some extra mola fabric for me. Isn’t that awesome?! Go check out all the good stuff going on at The Printed Fabric Bee blog and Julie B. Booth’s blog and leave a comment for your chance to win your own set of these lovely beauties.

Also be sure to stop off at the other Bee member’s blogs to find out how they created their mola fabric designs. Good luck!!!

Carol R. Eaton
Jackie Lams
Lynda Heines
Gerrie Congdon
Susan Purney Mark
Deborah Boschert
Jane Davila
Lisa Chin
Lynn Krawczyk
Leslie Jenison
Judy Gula


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Sleepy Sketchbook http://www.studiolams.com/sleepy-sketchbook-2/ Sun, 29 Mar 2015 15:07:50 +0000 http://www.studiolams.com/?p=1837 Life has kept us busy around here lately. Here’s a simple drawing from the sketchbook.



Sleepy Sketchbook Gets Groovy http://www.studiolams.com/sleepy-sketchbook-gets-groovy/ http://www.studiolams.com/sleepy-sketchbook-gets-groovy/#comments Sun, 08 Mar 2015 17:48:34 +0000 http://www.studiolams.com/?p=1815 During the creation of this sketch I was watching vintage Sesame Street clips on Hulu with the kids. Some of my favorite clips are the Pinball Number animations that I remember watching when I was a kid.

I also was thinking about the season of Lent. Maybe this will help you get your Sunday groove going.


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The Printed Fabric Bee goes to the forest http://www.studiolams.com/forest-floor/ http://www.studiolams.com/forest-floor/#comments Mon, 02 Mar 2015 18:06:26 +0000 http://www.studiolams.com/?p=1789 Lams_Forest Floor_PFB

Forest Floor was the theme for queen bee Carol Eaton this month. With several inches of snow, very bitter cold temps and a limited outdoor plant selection going on outside, I decided to get creative with some dried up ferns on the front porch. I apologize for not having photos of my process to share with you. This was messy (and fun!) production and thus, I really didn’t want to risk getting paint on my phone. Also, we have a newborn in the house and time is precious, so I had to work fast.

So one Sunday afternoon, while all the kids hung out with dad, I disappeared to my studio and got to printing. First, I selected a lovely, multicolored piece of hand dyed fabric to play with. Next, I pulled out my really big Gelli plate, inked it up with fabric paint. I then laid the dried ferns onto the plate and used a brayer to ink them up. I then took the painted up ferns and used them like stamps on the fabric. I used a second brayer with paper towel on top of the fern to help stamp them on the fabric. There was a bit of trial and error, along with a lot of paint.


So now it’s your turn to head on over to The Printed Fabric Bee blog or Carol’s blog and leave a comment for your chance to win your own 6×6 squares of the forest fabrics. Once you have commented, stop by the other members’ blogs to see how they created their pieces.



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Sleepy Sketchbook http://www.studiolams.com/sleepy-sketchbook/ http://www.studiolams.com/sleepy-sketchbook/#respond Sun, 01 Mar 2015 16:57:26 +0000 http://www.studiolams.com/?p=1782 Today’s sketch is another piece inspired by a vintage tie design. Lots of watercolor pencils and markers. This one is still a bit rough and I will probably continue to work on it.


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Sleepy Sketchbook Series http://www.studiolams.com/sleepy-sketchbook-series/ http://www.studiolams.com/sleepy-sketchbook-series/#comments Sun, 22 Feb 2015 16:02:09 +0000 http://www.studiolams.com/?p=1771 I’m really excited to share an idea that I have had brewing for a while now called the Sleepy Sketchbook. In order to keep my blog page active and the creative part of my brain from turning to goo, I’m turning to my sketchbook. Now that we have 4 boys in the house, one being a newborn, keeping the creative mojo going can be a challenge. So between the diapers, naps and late night feedings I’m going to try to work on something creative. Once a week I will post a page from a sketchbook or snapshot of a project (if I have one going). Some pages will be more thought out than others, have more detail or colors. It all depends on how life is going outside the sketchbook.

This sketch was inspired by a vintage tie design. I used drawing pens, watercolor pencils, and markers. The watercolor pencils and markers were new so there was a lot of experimentation going on here and some of them bled a bit more than I expected. No worries though! I worked it in and had fun with it.



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Fabric Printing at Home http://www.studiolams.com/fabric-printing-at-home/ http://www.studiolams.com/fabric-printing-at-home/#comments Sat, 14 Feb 2015 13:04:34 +0000 http://www.studiolams.com/?p=1756 book-cover

Today I will be the last stop for fellow Printed Fabric Bee member Julie Booth’s 14 day blog hop! Julie’s new book Fabric Printing for Home is the type of book that will inspire every surface designer from beginner to well-seasoned artist. I really liked the book because Julie shows you how to use every day, household items in not so traditional methods. I especially loved the idea of using spaghetti to make detailed pattern stamp or curling cardboard to achieve a bigger design.

Now, I’ll admit that I had a little extra help reviewing some of Julie’s book. I’m a mom of four boys, two of which are already very familiar with various surface design methods. So I showed them some of the ideas in the book and they loved them. The next time I took the 13 year old to the grocery store he thought much of the produce looked like tools for painting. The corn on the cob really intrigued him. The 8 year old is just itchin’ to make his own stamps out of cardboard and rice. So I know what we may be doing over winter break next week. I’ll try to get something posted from our own experiments in a week or so.

I think a big point of Julie’s book is that inspiration is all around us. Sometimes we need to think ‘outside the box’ and she shows you some great ways to do so! Now I have a question for you. What’s the most unusual thing you’ve used as a print your fabric? Tell me all about it here for a chance to win your own copy of Fabric Printing for Home. I will pick a winner on Wednesday February 18th. While you are here take a moment to check out all the other fun blogs that have reviewed and experimented with some of Julie’s ideas over these last 14 days.

February 2: Lisa Chin
February 3: Lynn Krawczyk
February 4: Jane Davila
February 5: Carol R. Eaton
February 6: Judy Gula
February 7: Susan Purney Mark
February 8: Teri Lucas
February 10: Deborah Boschert
February 11: Lynda Heines
February 12: Cheryl Sleboba
February 13: Terri Stegmiller
February 14: Jackie Lams
Good luck with the giveaways and check back here for the winner!
Apologies for the delay on announcing the winner of Julie’s book. Congrats to Jo-Anne Britt, she was the lucky winner!
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A project just for fun http://www.studiolams.com/a-project-just-for-fun/ http://www.studiolams.com/a-project-just-for-fun/#comments Sun, 01 Feb 2015 20:55:52 +0000 http://www.studiolams.com/?p=1740 Fabric Cutting

For most of my projects I usually stick to hand-dyed fabrics that either myself or another artist has done. But for this project I made a happy exception. It’s not everyday that I have a friend come out with her own fabric and thread lines. Then there’s the fact that Lynn and I like similar colors and designs, so what’s not to like?

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But I can never leave fabric untouched by paint or pen. Nope, not possible. So these three lovely pieces got printed and drawn on. And in between I turned them into hexi shapes. I had never made a hexi before this and let me say that they are pretty darn fun. And then there’s lots of stitching. The thread is part of Lynn’s INKED threads. The yellow, printed State Fair piece in the middle is from my own stash.



So I can honestly say that the INKED product lines can hold up to a fair amount of surface designing. This piece is still in progress and I will share the finished piece with you next month.

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Did someone say petroglyphs? http://www.studiolams.com/did-someone-say-petroglyphs/ http://www.studiolams.com/did-someone-say-petroglyphs/#comments Sun, 01 Feb 2015 15:47:08 +0000 http://www.studiolams.com/?p=1727 Yes! Lynda Heines did for this month’s Printed Fabric Bee Theme. I was drawn to the catacombs of early Christians and various cave images. With those on the brain I did my own take Petroglyph images with the help of Adobe Illustrator. I will admit that it took a couple tries to get a fabric I liked. The first fabric looked like pajamas for some reason. So round two won out.

I thought I’d share an shot of my work table. Nope, not very orderly is it? I’m still organizing the new studio so I usually need to move a few boxes off the work table to get some painting done. But it’s still wonderful to have a big table and area to work in!

work table

Yes, I used a thumb tack to paint on this one. Initial thought was to use a cotton swab. But those were allll the way upstairs so I searched out the next best thing and thumb tack won. It actually worked really well. I know I was surprised.

Jan_thumb tack

Next I used some transparent fabric paint to add some extra color. And yes, I used my finger to smudge it about. It worked a lot better than the brush.

Jan_finger paint


Then I got smudgy with the paint all over the fabric to give a more worn effect.


It was a fun project and an interesting challenge. So now it’s your turn to head on over to The Printed Fabric Bee blog or Lynda’s blog and leave a comment for your chance to win your own 6×6 squares of the map fabrics.


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This Month’s Printed Fabric Bee Giveaway http://www.studiolams.com/this-months-printed-fabric-bee-giveaway/ http://www.studiolams.com/this-months-printed-fabric-bee-giveaway/#comments Tue, 06 Jan 2015 14:29:28 +0000 http://www.studiolams.com/?p=1708 December belonged to Lisa Chin with a theme of vintage maps. This one was a bit of a challenge and required some lengthy brainstorming. Pinterest is my favorite tool for this type of activity. I went with the idea of a old, stained world map. I love how some really old, hand drawn maps had images of people and other lovely graphic twirly-do’s (yes, that’s a technical term). I layered up various images with Thermofax Screen printing. Mixed up some of my own paint colors to get what I wanted and came up with this for Lisa.




If I can’t seem to find a paint color to fit what I’m looking to do, I mix one up with what I have on hand.


Another trick, if I am printing with a screen that has a lot of details, words, smaller images, I will tape the screen down to help keep it from shifting. I will also use a piece of scrap paper to block out areas that I don’t want printed.


And when all was dry and done I had this lovely piece for Lisa and the giveaway.


One of my favorite images from this is printed in the burgundy/red color. It comes from an old wood stamp that I found at an antique place for a couple bucks. I think of a city of the west side of Michigan. I scanned it in, reversed the image from a positive to a negative (Photoshop stuff), then made it into a screen.

Okay, so there you go! Head on over to The Printed Fabric Bee blog and leave a comment for your chance to win your own 6×6 squares of the map fabrics.


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Printed Fabric Bee Sunflowers Giveaway http://www.studiolams.com/printed-fabric-bee-sunflowers-giveaway/ http://www.studiolams.com/printed-fabric-bee-sunflowers-giveaway/#comments Wed, 03 Dec 2014 20:51:06 +0000 http://www.studiolams.com/?p=1686 Lams_Sunflower_PFB

This month’s Queen was Susan Purney Mark with a theme of sunflowers. And I actually managed to get some process shots for this one! Woo! But I will say that this one really is not that complicated.


First I started with a lovely piece of hand dyed fabric that I printed up with Thermofax Screens of leaves. I used various shades of green that I mixed up myself from the collection of paints that I have on hand. It’s all about layers. I like to make the background interesting so I don’t have to fill all the space up with the next layer. There is always something interesting to catch the eye no matter where you look.



Once the paint was dry, I got out this really fancy circle template and drew circles where I wanted to place the flowers. After that I grabbed a handful of fabric pens, found a place on the couch and I commenced with drawing the flowers. It took me a few days to just get the flowers drawn out. I used an actual circle template to get the larger circles in the flower middles, others I drew by hand.


Then I broke out the watercolor pencils, crayons, pastels, etc. and started coloring. Some worked better than others. I used some of the fabric markers to add the darker reds and browns. (Finished piece is at the top of the post) And that’s it! Really not that hard to do. Now go draw something!

Next journey on over to the Printed Fabric Bee Blog and leave  a comment for your chance to win your own 6×6 squares of the sunflower fabrics.


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Printed Fabric Bee is all about Science! http://www.studiolams.com/printed-fabric-bee-is-all-about-science/ http://www.studiolams.com/printed-fabric-bee-is-all-about-science/#comments Sun, 02 Nov 2014 19:44:46 +0000 http://www.studiolams.com/?p=1654 Science

Well, for the month of October it was about science. I have been fascinated with the design of anything at a microscopic level. Different objects, plants, chemicals, you name it, all have unique and beautiful designs when you look at them through a microscope. Check out my Pinterest board to see what I mean. So I figured that would be a fun challenge for the gang in the Printed Fabric Bee to translate that into a surface design idea. My only conditions were no pastels and 12×12.  And wow, I  have been getting very cool fabric in the mail every few days and it has been awesome. There have been a lot of ‘oohs and ahhs and cool!’ from the kids in the house as well since it’s a subject they really enjoy too.

So wouldn’t you love a chance to own your own 6×6 pieces of these scientific beauties? Leave a comment over on our Printed Fabric Bee blog before November 17th for your chance to win.



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Dusting off an old favorite for today http://www.studiolams.com/dusting-off-an-old-favorite-for-today/ http://www.studiolams.com/dusting-off-an-old-favorite-for-today/#respond Sat, 01 Nov 2014 13:54:03 +0000 http://www.studiolams.com/?p=1649 Day of the Dead piece 2014

In honor of the Day of the Dead I dug out a photo of one the first pieces I made when I started exploring the world of fiber art. I’m jealous now of how much time I had to put into one piece. I was going for a movie poster look and I think I utilized almost every method I knew at the time (and I did not know of Thermofax printing at the time). This is also one of the few pieces my family has insisted I hang onto and not sell. I’m glad they did.

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Urban Textures http://www.studiolams.com/urban-textures/ http://www.studiolams.com/urban-textures/#comments Wed, 01 Oct 2014 16:08:37 +0000 http://www.studiolams.com/?p=1629 PFB_Urban

Urban Textures was Leslie Jenison’s theme for September. I immediately thought of worn, graffiti brick walls and went forth with that in mind. I don’t have any images to show my process. Why? Because I have 3 kids, one being not quite two yet. So my process is thinking, plotting, planning for days, try to get a visual in my mind of what I want to aim for and what steps I need to take to get there. When the little one goes down for a nap I get to work, and in that short span of time I have a tendency to forget to snap some pictures. Also some of my pieces (like this one) involve a lot of computer work so taking shots of my computer really isn’t that interesting.

But I can tell you little bit of what I did. I utilized Adobe Photoshop and some photos from my archive. I went with worn brick and rusted metal. I ran them through a few filters to find the best look (graphic pen is a favorite) and made the photos straight black and white (no gray). What next? Yup, Thermofax Machine of course. I burn the images into screens and planned out the next step of painting. So next nap time,  I used a couple screens multiple times with different paint colors to get a varied appearance. I usually won’t even rinse the screens in between paint colors if I am using paints close in hue (also, only do this with paint that doesn’t dry fast). Then eventually I created a wet mess that needs to dry before I dare add another layer, so I had to quit for the day whether nap time is done or not. Besides I need time to clean up and stash the paint supplies or I will end up with little fabric paint finger prints on my new couches (don’t ask).

The graffiti text on the wall was a different program and a different nap day. I found some freeware fonts online (dafont.com is a favorite) and got to work with Adobe Illustrator (I’m a graphic designer during other nap times). My graffiti text says ‘Bliss’ and I know it’s not very legible but neither is most worn out graffiti. I ran it through Morty (Thermofax Machine) and used a transparent paint color and there you go.

This theme yielded a lovely variety of fabrics from the group this month. Take a spin on over to the blogs to see their processes and leave your two cents over here for a chance to win your own 6×6 squares of each.

Urban Textures

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Going Industrial for the Bee http://www.studiolams.com/going-industrial-for-the-bee/ http://www.studiolams.com/going-industrial-for-the-bee/#respond Wed, 02 Jul 2014 22:41:41 +0000 http://www.studiolams.com/?p=1609 Yup, it’s that time again! The Printed Fabric Bee Giveaway and this month belonged to Susan Purney Mark with an industrial theme. This was a fun challenge for me. Not my usual colors or imagery which just makes it fun. I really had no idea how anything would turn out from one step to the next with this one. Because of stuff going on in our life right now, I work in short bursts of time almost every step of the way. So here’s a brief summery of what I did.

fabric roll dye fabri roll

I wrapped the fabric around some scrap PVC pipe then wound picture wire of various widths around the fabric. Then I gave it a bath in some MX Dye that I had left over from awhile ago. I thought I would get some grays and browns. I got green. No big deal, I went with it. It came out cool anyways.

dyed fabric

I’ve had a brand new, extra large Gelli Plate sitting on the work table for a few months now, mocking me. I’ve done all different kinds of printing, but I had never ever worked with Gelli plates before. I decided to build a ‘stamp’ of sorts (how I explained it to the kids) with Golden Molding Paste and canvas board. I then raided the garage workbench for objects to use and got to work. I had never worked with Molding Paste before either and that was lots of gooey fun. It came out as a rather electrical-industrial theme.

molding paste design

So here’s where I apparently stopped photographing what I was doing. With time being an issue I have a tendency to forget. I did use the Gelli plate and lovely mix of silver and black paints with the canvas board. I know the instructions for the Gelli plate say to use a brayer but I can’t find mine. I have two very nice ones, someplace very safe. So I used brushes and it gave it nice texture when printing. But it really needed a pop of color. I found a cool piece of cardboard and used it as a stamp all over the fabric. And there you go.

Finished closeup

But that is just how I tackled my fabric challenge. Please take a moment and check all the wonderful pieces by these awesome artists. And don’t you want to win your own samples of these lovely pieces? Hop on over to Susan Purney Mark’s Blog or the Printed Fabric Bee Blog and leave a comment. Susan will be picking a winner July 10th. Good Luck!

Susan P Mark Industrial collage_sm

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New Giveaway! http://www.studiolams.com/new-giveaway/ http://www.studiolams.com/new-giveaway/#respond Wed, 04 Jun 2014 14:27:08 +0000 http://www.studiolams.com/?p=1591 Typography

First let me apologize for being very behind on the blog (yet again). We are in the process of getting a new home and selling our current home. So life has been very insane lately. I promise there will be more artwork, projects, and good art type stuff posted here in a few months. But at the moment, the Printed Fabric Bee is the only thing that gets me back to the fabric and paint right now, for which I am very grateful. And there was a winner for last month’s giveaway and that lucky girl was Lisa Filion! So big congrats to her.

This month’s theme is Typography by Lisa Chin. Since I’m a graphic designer in my other life, I have a great fondness for typography. In my piece I went vintage with lots of handwritten notes from very old postcards and recipes. Then I included and old newspaper ad for a piano store. Not every bit of it is legible, but together is creates a lovely texture on the snow-dyed fabric. And yes, all of it is done with Thermofax Screen printing. So go over to Lisa’s blog or the Printed Fabric Bee Blog and leave a comment for your chance to win these amazing fabrics.


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April’s Printed Fabric Bee http://www.studiolams.com/aprils-printed-fabric-bee/ http://www.studiolams.com/aprils-printed-fabric-bee/#comments Sat, 03 May 2014 00:46:14 +0000 http://www.studiolams.com/?p=1578 Every girl should have a chance to be queen, right!? Well April was my turn to be Queen of The Printed Fabric Bee. It has been so exciting to see what magic this group of artists have cooked up with my theme idea.

Wouldn’t you like to win your own pack of these fabrics? Well here’s your chance to win your own 6″x 6″ squares of all these lovely beauties. Just leave a comment here on my blog or on the Printed Fabric Bee blog to enter and I will pick a winner May 17th.

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The Printed Fabric Bee: Woodlands Giveaway http://www.studiolams.com/the-printed-fabric-bee-woodlands-giveaway/ http://www.studiolams.com/the-printed-fabric-bee-woodlands-giveaway/#respond Tue, 01 Apr 2014 16:23:27 +0000 http://www.studiolams.com/?p=1567 printed bee collage woodlands_sm

For Carol R. Eaton’s PFB Theme I broke out the watercolor crayons and did some relief rubbings on the trees in the backyard. I had to wait for the snow to melt, but I think it was worth the wait. Here’s the colored up screen ready to print.


Then here’s the finished product and a shot of the square that is part of the giveaway. So head on over to Carol’s blog or the official Printed Fabric Bee Blog and leave a comment for your chance to win. And be sure to check back here next month for another giveaway. Its my lucky turn to be The Queen Bee next!

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The Printed Fabric Bee Give-Away! http://www.studiolams.com/the-printed-fabric-bee-give-away/ http://www.studiolams.com/the-printed-fabric-bee-give-away/#comments Thu, 06 Feb 2014 16:25:30 +0000 http://www.studiolams.com/?p=1545 wonky lines gericon

How would you like to be the owner of these fabulous fabrics! Follow the instructions in that green box above and you could win!

The theme was wonky lines given to us by Gerrie Congdon. This is what I put together:

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Hand-dyed fabric that was Thermofax screen printed, then snow-dyed to give it a deep red tone. It has been rather cold this year. I was thinking of warm colors.

Good Luck!


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