Saturday, January 31, 2009

Amate Bark Paper Printing

Working on my artist project grant has opened so many creative doors for me. Thinking about all sorts of "what ifs" keeps me imagining what can be developed. Of course images run through my head, bits and pieces that are unidentifiable at this point. Everything will surface in it’s own time. Working on patience is a trick along with focusing. So here is the start of a study of amate bark paper.

This is a cursory look at how the bark is printed. You can download the free pdf explainging the process from

Amate bark paper is coated with inkAID semi-gloss precoat, then dried overnight. (This paper was made by someone that lives here in the Prescott area, she has agreed to teach me to make this gorgeous paper from fibers of amate bark)

The pieces of paper, once dry, are pressed from the back side with an iron and set under a huge heavy art book for several hours.

The image is created and sized in photoshop.

The carrier sheet is put together from a couple of pieces of Airiel Paper 17” wide.

Amate bark paper is attached to the carrier sheet with pieces of double faced scotch tape. This tape says it is permanent, but I can remove the bark paper from the carrier sheet immediately after printing……very carefully☺

Carrier sheet with bark paper attached is printed using my Epson 4800.

Once the bark paper is carefully removed from the carrier sheet, it dries over night and is coated with Krylon matte spray.

Don't forget!!
My website has a free pdf that explains the process for my printing this bark paper. The title is "Free PDF, Printing Amate Bark Paper" If you follow this link it will take you right to the page in the tutorial collection. The download is free and depicts the complete process.

Friday, January 23, 2009


Starting February 9, 2009 and continuing thru March 23, 2009 I will be teaching an internet based workshop. This workshop is a complete project from start to finish based on my Sensual Surfaces Series. If you are interested in the CD of the Sensual Surfaces, you can purchase a download of the CD Book INSIDE SENSUAL SURFACES for $20 from

*PDF of weekly assignments by email

*Conference calls for discussions during the course

*Learn the techniques for surface preparation and digital printing

*Create your own digital mixed media artwork

*Weekly critiques of work in progress

*Share ideas and discussions with others in the workshop on Google Groups for workshop participants only

*Workshop cost is $125, (discount of $25 if you sign up before February 1, 2009)

For more information, registration and a complete outline of this workshop contact me at

Sunday, January 11, 2009


On June 25 and 26, 2009 I will be teaching at ArtFiberFest 2009 in Portland Oregon. These samples here are different from the ones that will be on the ARTFIBERFEST website. Expect the site to be up by February 1, 2009. Check it out, it will be a great time:)

Here's the information on my workshops!

Cover it Funky
- June 25th This workshop is awesome. Not only will you have the fun of playing with fabric and all sorts of techniques, but also you will create you own unique cover. Be spontaneous while we create funky covers. These covers can be used for hard or soft cover journals. This is a quick and fun way to express yourself while creating journal covers.

Pleat it, wrap it, layer it, quilt it, stuff it, sew it, glue it, bead it, stack it, fringe it, crochet it, knit it and the list goes on and on. Your imagination will take you where you want to go. With the techniques presented you will create a cover that fits your own vision and needs. I will demonstrate how to use the covers on various journals.

If you have a journal you want to cover, bring it. Invent a cover and create the rest of the journal later. I don’t know about you, but I like to have covers in several sizes ready to go. This process will get you in the zone to make covers and the more you assemble, the more unique ideas you generate.

Digital Textile Journal
-June 26th. Be on the cutting edge and join me for this innovative workshop!! We will print 6 - 4” x 6” images you bring to class in a digital format. These prints will be used to customize your unique fabric journal. In addition this workshop will give you the information necessary to print from an inkjet printer on all sorts of fiber surfaces.

During this inventive workshop, we will print your images on lutradur, tyvec, pimatex cotton, organdy, painted muslin and fabriano artistico watercolor paper. The added bonus to this digital textile journal is that the surfaces will be writable, so you can draw and write on your pages.

Get creative on how the prints are used throughout your personal pages! Expand your thinking on how to use photographs and images in your mixed media art and journals by printing on uncommon surfaces!

Your kit will contain 6 - 4” x 6” pieces of the 6 surfaces we will print during the workshop. This fabric is coated with the digital pre-coats necessary to obtain a quality digital print. Instructions on preparing fabrics with digital grounds will be given. Because of time constraints in a one day workshop, we will not coat fabric, but you will get materials on all the information necessary to successfully complete the process. Your materials will include a source list and you can email me with any questions after the workshop is completed.

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Artist Project Grant

On the twenty first of December I received a phone call from the Arizona Commission on the Arts to inform me that I had been awarded an Artist Project Grant for my project “Expanding the Digital print to Uncommon Surfaces. To say I was excited would be an understatement. To me this grant is an honor and it will give me time and money to develop work that will take me beyond my current relationship with the digital print.

The purpose of my project is to expand my art beyond the digital print surfaces in which I have already worked. My goals are to: 1) create surfaces that will extend the expression of my digital prints, 2) contrast digital prints with both natural surfaces and modern surfaces. To accomplish this and other ideas I am working on, I will combine nature with technology. Printing on natural surfaces beyond what I have previously used or made will allow a more in dept experience of ways to create my art.

In the months to come I will be posting the results and information on my discoveries. I am considering doing some book type formats as I move forward with my experiments. There are so many ideas rolling around in my head about where I want to spend my energies in this entire process. I have no idea where this will go, but one thing I am sure of is that I will be sharing all my techniques so that others can learn from what I learn.

Thanks to the Arizona Commission on the Arts and congratulations to the other artists that have received this award.