Exploring the Altered Surface

In this online workshop I will show you how to start with plain white canvas, duck cloth, denim or cotton and alter the surface with layers of paint to create surfaces rich with texture and imagery.  You’ll learn different ways for creating and using silkscreens including drawing your own using Jacquard drawing fluid and screen filler.  Techniques for applying both textile and metal leaf foiling will be explored as well as stamping using your own hand made stamps and found objects and ways to add text to the surface including using a paint filled syringe.   I’ll show you how to turn your gorgeous new hand painted cloth into a fabric journal packed with blank, fabric and mixed media pages.

This online class has open enrollment - that means that as soon as you register and pay for the class you will have immediate access to all the lessons.  That means no waiting for lessons to post each week!

This is an online video workshop and the lessons are delivered via online video that you will need an internet connection to watch. See the video below for a preview....

This online video workshop will include 5 video lessons - over 2 1/2 hours of video instructions!

Lesson 1: 24 minutes - Starts with an overview of the tools and materials you’ll be using and then we’ll create some colorful backgrounds to add imagery to in the next lesson.  I’ll also show you my favorite way to add color to paper that I use for pages in my journals.

Lesson 2: 35 minutes -  This lesson is all about screenprinting and I’ll show you two easy and fun ways to make your own without a Thermofax machine.  You’ll learn how to use Jacquard Drawing Fluid and Screen block to make your own hand drawn screen and then I’ll walk through the steps to create a screen using EZscreenprint and the sun.   The lesson doesn’t stop there though - I’ll demonstrate how to use the hand drawn screens to add imagery to your painted backgrounds.  If you’re not interested in making your own screens - that’s okay!  Just check the supply list for sources to purchase already made screens which I’ll also be demonstrating how to use in this lesson.

Lesson 3: 22 minutes - In this lesson I’ll show you how to use a paint filled craft syringe to add text to your surfaces.  We’ll also talk about stamping on fabric using found objects to create interesting textures and shapes.

Lesson 4: 27 minutes - This lesson is all about adding foil accents.  We’ll work with both metal leaf and textile foils and I’ll show you several different ways to apply it to the surface of your cloth.

Lesson 5:  52 minutes - Now it’s time to turn the cloth we’ve created into a gorgeous fabric journal filled with painted pages, fabric pages and mixed media pages. 

Supplies and resource list

Here’s a list of the supplies, tools and materials that I will be working with in the workshop videos.   This list is meant to be a reference for you so that you can  pick and choose the supplies and techniques that you want to work with.   Feel free to substitute these supplies with your favorites or ones you already have on hand.   You may want to wait and watch the workshop videos first before you purchase any supplies.
Fabric to paint and alter the surface of.   Can be natural color or bleached white, either will work just fine.  I prefer to work with a natural cotton duck or canvas for the techniques that I’ll be showing you because it’s a heavier fabric but muslin or cotton will work fine too.  You can usually find denim or canvas in most fabric stores but you’ll also find it on line at Dharma Trading here:

I prefer the 7oz weight.

Paint: I prefer to work with PROfab opaque or Jacquard brand textile paints for these techniques but any acrylic paint will work.  Have a variety of colors on hand to work with and be sure to have some opaque black and opaque white paint as well.

Brushes/brayers: Sponge brushes at least 1” wide.  I like to have a lot on hand so that I don’t have to keep washing my brushes out when I change paint colors.  You might also want to have a brayer on hand as well.

Screenprinting supplies
Note that it’s completely up to you which of these products that you buy depending on your interest.  If you’re not interested in making your own screen then you might want to just pick up one or two already made thermofax screens.  I’ve listed a couple of my favorite resources for ready made screens below.

Blank screen printing frame and an appropriately sized squeegee:  any size screen printing frame will work but my favorite is either the 8” x 10” and the 10” x 14”.  I recommend buying the type of frame that can be re-screened and this is a link to my favorite one:

Jacquard Drawing fluid: 1 jar

Jacquard screen filler: 1 jar

If you’d rather work with ready made screens here are my favorite resources for them:
Terri Stegmiller:

Lyric Kinard:

Squeegee: When you purchase a squeegee it needs to be smaller than the screen that you’ll be using it with.   You can also use old credit, gift or room key cards as a squeegie if you prefer not to buy one.

Craft syringe: I like the curved tips but the straight ones work fine too.  You can re-use them but I recommend having a couple on hand so you can work with a couple different colors without having to wash them out first.  My favorite one is:

Foils:  I will be working with two types of foils in the workshop:
Textile foil which can be purchased from Laura Murray at:  you may also want to purchase a small jar of the foil adhesive:  

Metal Leaf: you can usually find this in most craft supply stores or online:

Mistyfuse: one package of  20” x 2 1/2 yards

Paper:  You’ll need some paper for the inside of your journal.  I like using 32lb white laser jet paper that I buy at Staples but any paper will do.  

Timex or some other comparable stiff interfacing such as Peltex (we will use this for construction of the journal).  You’ll need one piece 9” x 18” for each journal you want to make.   An inexpensive alternative to Timtex and Peltex is a product called Stiffy by Long Creek Mills.  You’ll find it at the bottom this page here:

Elastics: I use these for closures for my journals
Other misc supplies to have on hand:
1 box of baking parchment paper (not freezer paper)
Squeeze bottle mister that you can fill with water
rubber gloves
Sewing machine, scissors (rotary cutter, ruler and mat if you have one)

Frequently Asked Questions

I'm a beginner - is this class too advanced for me?

Absolutely not! In fact this workshop is a perfect place to begin. No matter where you are on your artistic journey, this workshop has something for you.

How long will the videos be available for me to watch?

Your access to the class will remain open for at least 6 months after you register.

Can I download the video lessons to my own computer?

yes, you will be able to download the videos to your own computer. Please be advised that the videos are large and download time will vary depending on your connection speed.

Will you be offering support,guidance- suggestions to our ideas as we work through the lessons?

Absolutely! this is an interactive online class. I will be available to each student for support, guidance and feedback through the workshop.

I still have a question, how can I contact you?

I'd be happy to answer any questions you might have. Send me an email at