Saturday, August 29, 2015

Quilting Arts TV Series 1600 (and a giveaway)



Yup! I'm in three episodes of Quilting Arts TV Series 1600! I always buy the DVD set (even when I'm not in it). I keep the DVDs in my studio and re-watch them while I'm working. I always learn pick up something new!
I was thrilled to me Vivika deNegre, Editor of Quilting Arts magazine,  in person! 

On set filming earlier this year with Susan Brubaker Knapp.
And, I'm giving away a copy of Quilting Arts TV Series 1600!
That's 13 episodes! (sorry, but I can only ship to US and Canada for this one.) Leave a comment and tell your favorite type of creative sewing. I'll choose a winner on September 7th, so check back here to see if it's you!



Thursday, August 27, 2015

TRUE NORTH ~ text on textiles


detail "True North" from my Text on Textiles workshop ~ by Jane LaFazio
detail "True North" from my Text on Textiles workshop ~ by Jane LaFazio
I do love the color indigo. One of the world's first original colors! Now, it's the trend again and I'm thrilled. Makes me want to dye part of my hair blue...(oh, that's right, my bangs are blue!)
detail "True North"  ~ by Jane LaFazio
It was really fun to create this from my collection of blue fabrics. I started this piece the last time I taught my "Text on Textiles" workshop.
detail "True North" from my Text on Textiles workshop ~ by Jane LaFazio
detail "True North"  ~ by Jane LaFazio
 "True North" (12x12 inches) ~ by Jane LaFazio
True North (12x12 inches) by Jane LaFazio
I'll be teaching "Text on Textiles," along with Sketching and Watercolor: Journal Style and Garden Patch  a brand new retreat, created by Pokey Bolton (founder of Quilting Arts and Cloth Paper Scissors magazines). 

CRAFT NAPA will take place in Napa, California in January 2016. Registration is open NOW!

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Wet Felting Essentials DVD inspires!

Wet felted piece ~ in progress ~  by Brigitte Otto
Completed piece ~ by Brigitte Otto
The piece above, by Brigitte Otto, was created after watching my new DVD 'Wet Felting Essentials for Fiber Artists." Pretty cool, huh? I love her design and then how she embellished it!

Wet Felting Essentials for Fiber Artists

You can leave your felting piece whole, like Brigitte did and I did below, in Paprika Construction Zone. Felt is such a pleasure to hand-stitch on.

Paprika Construction Zone (16x17 inches $125) by Jane LaFazio
Or, you can cut it up and reassemble you felted piece like I did, in the two below. Again, with oodles of hand-stitching.
Red Rock Petroglyphs (15x14 inches sold) by Jane LaFazio
Secret Symbols ~ by Jane LaFazio (12x12 inches. $275)
If you've watched my DVD and it has inspired you, let me know! I'd love to see what you made!

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Thursday, August 20, 2015

from my sketchbook ~ Arizona

Ready to teach! and carrying our drawing subject matter. (moving so fast, I'm a blur!)

One of the classes I taught, at Art Unraveled in Arizona, was "Sketching and Watercolor: Journal Style." Probably my signature class and consistently the most popular. And my favorite! I really can teach people to draw and see their progress and confidence build in just one day! It's so satisfying!
Student work from  my Sketching and Watercolor: Journal Style ~ right before lunch. I'm sorry I didn't get photos of  their completed pages! they were wonderful.

from my sketchbook ~ demoing in class for my 
Sketching and Watercolor: Journal Style.
BeBop helped me finish the page at home
detail from my sketchbook ~ by Jane LaFazio
detail from my sketchbook ~ by Jane LaFazio
 detail from my sketchbook ~ by Jane LaFazio
 detail from my sketchbook ~ by Jane LaFazio

from my sketchbook ~ by Jane LaFazio
I hope you'll join me either in San Diego on September 12,  Minneapolis, MN on September 17,  or in Stamford, CT on October 11 for this workshop!

Monday, August 17, 2015

Abstract Collage with the Gelli Plate ~ student work

Student work from my
Abstract Collage with the Gelli Plate Mono-printing one day workshop.
This is work from the workshop I just taught at Art Unraveled in Arizona. 
step one
step two ~ mono-print a lot of paper
step three ~ mono-print some stronger images
step four: I guide you in creating an abstract collage. 

Student work from my 
Abstract Collage with the Gelli Plate Mono-printing one day workshop.
Gorgeous, huh? I must admit the students were skeptical in the morning. They were wondering what they were going to do with a pile of colorful prints. But I showed them how to select and compose to create these lovely 10x10 inch collages.
Student work from my 
Abstract Collage with the Gelli Plate Mono-printing one day workshop.
Student work from my 
Abstract Collage with the Gelli Plate Mono-printing one day workshop.
Student work from my 
Abstract Collage with the Gelli Plate Mono-printing one day workshop.
Student work from my 
Abstract Collage with the Gelli Plate Mono-printing one day workshop.

I will be teaching Abstract Collage with the Gelli Plate Mono-printing again on Friday, September 18 in Minneapolis and on Friday, October 9 in Stamford, CT and on February 27, in San Diego, CA

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Friday, August 14, 2015

from my sketchbook ~ to a frame

Yours Truly holding one of my framed sketchbook pages 
I paint in a sketchbook. I rarely paint watercolors as frameable paintings anymore, I'm more interested in illustrating my daily life on the pages of a 9x12 inch sketchbook.
So when the San Diego Watercolor Society invited me, as a Past President (1999-2001), to exhibit one of my paintings in their 50th Anniversary Exhibition, August 7- 28th, I said yes. But I didn't have any so called 'paintings.' So, I had one of my sketchbook pages framed, and I'm liking it!

It will be interesting to see how it looks in the exhibition!

in progress ~ photo Jane LaFazio
from my sketchbook ~ by Jane LaFazio
I'll be teaching Sketching and Watercolor: Autumn at Art is You, in Minneapolis on Thursday, Sept 17th.




Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Fun artist date with friends!

Me and my scarf
My friend hosted a 'scarf party!' About 14 of us got together in her backyard, and with the help of Mayu Silk Art, created gorgeous scarves! here's how it looked:
marbleizing the paint with a 'rake'

You can see on this one, I'm not marbleizing horizontally on the scarf


good enough to stop, but no! 
This is the most magic photo! look at how the 'rake' is changing the pattern of the paint!
nearly done

the final touches
tadah! Pictured is Oliver, he's the guy who helped me, step by step in this creation.
Jane's scarf
Once the scarf dries, it is lighter. And look at this amazing detail!

me and my scarf! 
Jane's scarf

The name of the company is Mayu Silk Art and they came out to my friend's backyard and set everything up and brought all the supplies. You can find out everything on their website.
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