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Teflon sheet for Fusible Appliqué
Transfer Dyes with Ranger Heat Set Inks
Shiva Artist's Paintstiks Instructions
Books on Design and Inspiration
teflon pressing sheet for fusible appliqué.
Make quickies, tiny collage compositions, to loosen up your creative response before settling into a big project. This is a potent way to jump start ideas.
Allow yourself down time, to day dream, stare at your fabric - ideas need incubation time.
Solitude. Often a luxury, but an essential ingredient for being creative. It may mean a small adjustments to your routine or you may have to fight like hell to get it - either way you have to have it.
Enter a competition or arrange a solo exhibition. Nothing like a deadline to motivate creative production and stretch creative vision.
new materials. Creativity is a child of challenge -
Physical exercise is vital - it balances mind and body and keeps one grounded and clear headed.
Don't take on a challenge that you really dislike in the hopes that it will be good for you - it may breed resentment and that's not good for creative juice.
Don't worry about success or failure - just do the work because it needs to be expressed wether it's a great piece or not. It becomes a vital stepping stone to more interesting work.
Self improvement, stress management and inner work is all part of letting go of blocks to the creative flow. This is an ongoing process.
Experiment with different block buster techniques and find ones that work for you - for example: meditation or 5 minutes of relaxation and deep breathing does wonders to clear the mind and get you focused on creative work.
Beyond the Horizon: Small Landscape Appliqué.
I get so many requests from quilters trying to find my out of print book. I hope to one day get this book reprinted, but until then, there are a few new and used books obtainable from this link:
Quilt Artistry - Inspired Designs from the East.
This book is superb! It is fascinating to read about a dedicated artist work to the entire process - from thread, dye, woven cloth and quilt. It inspired one of my quilts “Settlement: Sheltering Land”
Color on Paper and Fabric.
This is a very useful book for those wanting to find clear instructions for surface embellishments like : oil paint sticks, metallic powders, glass plate printing, acrylics and so much more.
The Creative Artist: A Fine Artist's Guide to Expanding Your Creativity.
This is an exciting book and very interesting web site. If you are working towards developing your artistic approach to your quilt making, this is a good book to get.
Celebrating the Stitch
I adore this book and if I could only choose one book that is so packed with inspiring interviews and techniques by various textile artists, this is it. It covers more that quilts to include all stitchery work. You can often find reasonably priced used copies.
Basics. David Lauer, Pub: Holy Rinehart Winston.
A Creative Companion - How to free your creative spirit. SARK pub. Celestial Arts.
This is a playful, joyful book that helps one to just lighten up and think about integrating the creative into everyday events.
Miyawaki: The Art of Japanese Appliqué.
This is the work of one of Japan cultural treasures, and if you love appliqué and powerful design this book will leave you awed. This book is one of my most treasured, inspirational books and I’m sure glad I bought it back in the day! Keep you eye open for a copy of this one.
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