Category Archives: Art

A Day at Hoot 2017

This is the first time in probably 10 years that I have not worked in a booth at Heart of Ohio Tole Painting convention (HOOT).  For most of those years my husband and I helped Della and Company, AKA Della and Bill Wetterman and last year I shared a booth with my creative friends Amy Mogish and Wendy Young.

I was not going to come, but at the last minute decided to come and spent the day on the trade show floor.  I thought you might enjoy seeing pictures of what was happening there:

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How to Make Shrinky Dink Earrings

I want to share with you today how to make those sweet earrings that my one student Sara made out of Shrinky Dinks.   Many of the techniques are the same that we used in making other Shrinky Dink projects (See previous post here)…..but the secret to making these earring is using a Shrinket cone tool to make the dimensional floret beads.  The tool is available from Julie Haymaker Thompson.

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Living with Art – Painting on Fabric

This week for our living with art class we painted on fabric (find out more here about living with art).  As we have been doing the projects I tried to find things that my students can use.  For the fabric painting I found this messenger bag from Darice.  I thought it would be great for them to carry their art journal and painting supplies in along with the paper mache pencil case.


We used DecoArt SoSoft fabric paints and Loew Cornell fabric brushes to do the project.  There is a nice selection of colors and I love that the paints leave your surface soft.  Did I mention that they have a lot of nice pinks and some of the paints shimmer and have glitter in them.  🙂

Since you use stiffer brushes and scrub the paint into the fabric I gave the students a piece of canvas to paint on and try some blending techniques.


I gave them the option of painting anything they wanted on their projects, but after seeing Sara’s bag we had a flamingo thing happen.  I loved it.  Here is Sara and her mother with their bags:


And Daniel with his bag.  He also had time to make a neon yellow D for his room.


And here are the rest of the projects done by my younger class:


You can see by their smiles that they all enjoyed painting their bags.  You are just seeing one side of the bags. Most were painted on 3 or 4 sides.  I like that the bags are something they can use and have a lot of painting surface.

I also love seeing the relationships developing between the girls and how their love of art is making them friends.

I encourage you to give fabric painting a try if you haven’t already.

Happy Creating


PS. Check out our other Living with Art Classes:

Living with Art – Painting on Glass

Living with Art – Painting Paper Mache

Living with Art – Shrinky Dinks Jewelry