I love this cover of the new Surface Design Winter 2009 issue. I'm not sure but I think the design was done by Timothy Ely. I took the picture while I was having my Chi Latte one day, in Barnes & Noble. I would have loved, loved, loved to have bought the magazine but $10.00 is rather steep for something that is just eye candy, for me.
My new Cloth Paper Scissors magazine has arrived. It's expensive too. It does have more items that I might possibly try to do.
There is an interesting article on page 15 called Everything but the kitchen sink. It's about alternate texture/printing tools. I love this kind of information. Household objects and cast-off items being used to create art, WOW. How cool is that?
So, here are some of the items mentioned, in case you don't get the magazine.
" shower puffs, create texture with a heavy application of paint or gesso or airy prints when applied lightly.
Paper towel tubes, apply paint and roll them onto your fabric or paper and or print with the end of the tube.
Baby/doll shoes make great little stamps. (I just love this image)
Orphan earrings or pendants used in stamping or rubbings
Potato masher for stamping, removing paint, or rubbing.
Comb/hair picks can be used to draw through the paint or gesso to create lines and texture.
Cardboard tubes wrapped with yarn, string, chains, rubber bands and rolled in paint and rolled onto fabric or paper.
Aluminum cans have many textures right on the can and you can wrap them like the cardboard tubes, too.
Create a stamp from a potato or other vegetable/fruit or a bar of soap.
Pine boughs can be used either under fabric or paper for rubbing or paint and slap onto fabric or paper. (Wouldn't that be a fun thing to do outside?)
Cookie cutters are great for stamping
Old toothbrushes or hand brushes for splatter paint or brush through paints/gels/gesso.
Q-tips tape several together in a line of in a group and paint with them. (I love this image, too)
Checkers, dominoes and other game pieces can be used as stamps or under substrate for rubbings.
Old make-up brushes for painting and texture. (Sometimes you can even find deals in the drugstore for an entire package of them)
Buttons, keys, safety pins, paper clips for stamps or rubbings
Mesh baby gates, place mats or trivets for however you want to use them."
Well, that should give you something to think about.