Playing with your food

IMG_8325I tell all of my students that we are only in kindergarten. 

IMG_8327Class time is a time to play.

IMG_8338Bobby played right through lunchtime.

IMG_8335Her orange running horse is displayed here on a cloth printed with a stamp carved by her seat mate (whose name I will list here if any of you wonderful Quintessential Quilters will remind me of who it was!).

And here is the table runner in progress. I actually love the way the writing turned out after drying overnight. The super thick gloppy areas were thick enough to be opaque and the way the words fade in and out made me really happy!

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So I loaded up the squeeze bottle again and painted the rest of the cloth. I really didn’t want to wait overnight again so I set up my hair drier and moved it every few minutes. It’s taken most of the morning to dry. Want to hear my mistake of the day? I forgot that my cutting mat is underneath my print surface and that it does NOT like heat. I’ve got it piled with lots of books now hoping that the buckling will go away.

On-Line Class: Playing With Paint

A new session of Playing With Paint will begin Friday, January 25th at www.QuiltUniversity.com. It’s a great on-line class where we learn to play with complete abandon. It’s just like being  back in kindergarten – oh – and we’ll also be learning the properties and uses of textile paints.

 One lesson opens each week for four weeks but I’m on-line for at least five or six – answering any questions and commenting on all the fun work students submit to the class gallery.

 During this tough economic time on-line courses are a fantastic alternative to the expenses of traveling to a live workshop. $40.00 for a month of fun is a great value. Oh, and you get to come to class in your pajamas!

 Registration is open now – SIGN UP! I’d love to play with paint with YOU!

You can see a class description and supply list here: http://quiltuniversity.com/classlist.htm#PlayingWithPaint

Student Spotlight: Playing With Paint

I’d love to share with you some of the wonderful work done by students in my class
Playing With Paint which will be opening a new session on Friday January 25th

Stamped by Sarah Stephens

These are from a previous online session www.QuiltUniversity.com

Dry brush by Madalene Murphy
Monoprint by Sally Stites
Tiger Eyes by Kathy Edwards
http://kathyeplace.blogspot.com/
wet wash, stamp, shiva oil sticks by Anne Fornicola

Four lessons, one opening each week, plus a forum where I answer questions you have that is open for 7 weeks – all for $40.

Monoprint by Cheryl Hansen

On-Line Class: Playing With Paint

A new session of my on-line course
Playing With Paint
will include many wet brush painting techniques, stamp carving, stenciling, and yes –

playing with your food.

Class opens Friday January 25th but registration will be open through next week.
4 lessons, seven weeks of my time to answer your questions.
There isn’t a better value anywhere – all for only $40.

For Your Inspiration – Playing With My Food

Every once in a while I’ll be working on dinner and something will strike me, capture my attention. There is such beauty in the mundane world. Color, line, form. If you are looking, seeing, you will find it. This day it was a head of red cabbage.

It’s often interesting how the photographs only vaguely capture what my imagination is seeing as I snap the shot. A little fiddling with a digital editing program often can bring the visual images closer to my inner reality.

Who knows what will happen with these images. Ideas float and flow as I imagine how they might be translated into some larger work of art. Perhaps for now this is enough; to simply gather and to play.

If there is a lesson here it is that there is beauty everywhere. Stop. Play. Feed and nourish your creativity. If you want a really great recipe for red cabbage here you go:

5 cups sliced Red Cabbage
1/2 cup dried Cranberries
1/3 cup Rice Vinegar
1/3 cup Sugar
2 tablespoon White Wine Vinegar
2 teaspoons Olive Oil
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
2 1/4 cups sliced Green Apples
1/4 cup chopped toasted Pecans
Combine cabbage and cranberries. Whisk together vinegars, oil, sugar, salt and pepper. Toss with cabbage, cover and chill for 2 hours. Add apples and pecans and serve. I found a wonderful pecan, cranberry, rosemary package at Trader Joe’s and it was divine in this slaw.


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