Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Water Lilies

This is my design for the Lilies Contest at Spoonflower.  My piece is titled Water Lilies.  If you would like to check out all of the lovely lilies and vote for your favorite designs please click on lilies.  I would love your vote if you like my design!

Friday, April 4, 2014

Paper Quilt

This was such a fun project for the kids!!  I got this idea from a talented designer at Spoonflower named Diane Frazier.  You can check out her shop of beautiful, fun and unique fabric designs here at dianef.  She's from Kansas just like me!  She had her son do this wonderful paper quilt and posted it on Facebook.  She also has his paper quilt for sale as a fabric design that you can purchase at her shop.  Check out his wonderful design titled Child's Play.  I couldn't wait to try this out with my own kids.

Here's how to make a Paper Quilt:


•  Large piece of foam poster board
•  Strathmore Bristol Vellum Surface 20 sheets
   (card stock paper or any kind of heavy paper will do)
•  Washable markers
•  Scissors
•  Glue sticks


1.  First cut 20 - 4" by 4" square sheets.  Then on a protected surface color each square with the washable markers.

2.  After each square is colored with the markers now cut each square into 4 - 2" by 2" smaller squares to make a total of 80 squares.

3.  Put the foam poster board on the table and get your glue sticks and your 80 - 2" by 2" squares and place them on the poster board until the paper quilt is the way you want it to be.  Then start gluing down the squares with the glue sticks onto the foam poster board. 

4.  After the squares have dried to the foam poster board cut the poster board around the edges.  Now you have a lovely paper quilt.

5.  We haven't done this step yet but we can't wait.  Go to a flea market or Goodwill store and purchase a frame to paint any color that would go best with your paper quilt.  Hang the quilt to the wall and then place the frame around the quilt to showcase your art.

Here are the kids proudly showing off their work.


This was such a great activity for the kids because it did teach them the process of quilting.  After some time passed of placing the squares to glue them down they could tell which ones would compliment each other and which ones would not as much.  Now we have a box full of theme ideas for our next paper quilt.  Flowers, foods, shapes, my leftover gelli arts and animals to name a few!           

Monday, January 27, 2014

Little Toy Airplanes

If you are in the Chicago area be sure to check out the production of The Little Prince by the Lookingglass Theatre Company in Chicago, Illinois!  I so would if I could!  I was blessed with the experience to work with their amazing costume design team on a fabric design I created called Little Toy Airplanes on White.  Click on Lookingglass Theatre to get more information about this fabulous show!  The Little Prince has been extended to March 16th.  On their site you can see 32 photographs taken of the production along with fabulous sketches of the characters created by the very talented Sally Dolembo.  This was an experience I will never forget!  Thank you to the Lookingglass Theatre Company for this incredible opportunity!

Here is the children's book I wrote titled It's A Full Moon Tonight.  
This book also inspired my toy airplane fabric designs.

Both fabric designs are currently for sale at my shop at Spoonflower!

You can also purchase 
Little Toy Airplanes on White at my shop at Society6!

Thank you so much for checking out Art Tree Designs Blog!

Thursday, October 31, 2013

2014 Tea Towel Calendar

A new contest at Spoonflower called the 2014 Tea Towel Calendars Contest has begun.  This year for my entry I created a Dala horse design. After I entered the contest it was brought to my attention by a very talented designer at Spoonflower named Rhonda Designs that 2014 is the year of the Wood Horse in Chinese Astrology.  I thought that was so cool and such a great coincidence.  

I have always loved Scandinavian artwork and my design was also inspired by a post from a blog that I love to follow called Silver Shoes & Rabbit Holes. In this post Danzel writes about her trip to Lindsborg, Kansas also known as Little Sweden U.S.A. If you would like to read her post and see her fabulous and enchanting pictures of the festival she attended that inspired my design please click on Midsummer's Festival! Let's Pretend to Be Swedish!  She also has two other fun posts to check out titled St. Lucia Day in Kansas and Happy Midsummer!  If you have never heard of Silver Shoes & Rabbit Holes before you must check it out! Your inner child will be glad that you did! :)

Here is my tea towel design titled 2014 Horses & Birds.

If you would like to vote in the 2014 Tea Towel Calendars Contest at Spoonflower please click here.  You do not have to be a member to vote and you can vote for as many as you like.  I would love to have your vote if you like my design!

Thursday, October 24, 2013


The Ghosts Contest has begun at Spoonflower!  Here is my design titled Spooktacular.  I really love the fun and playful side of Halloween.    

If you would like to vote in the Ghosts Contest please click here. You do not have to be a member to vote and you can vote for as many ghostly designs as you like.  I would love your vote if you like my design!

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Also check out my silly  Halloween book that I created at Bookemon.  

Wishing you all a very safe and Happy Halloween!

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Oh My, Cherry Pie!

This is my design for the Pie Contest at Spoonflower.  I really wanted to create a retro theme.  I love retro in the kitchen!

If you would like to vote in the Pie Contest at Spoonflower please click here.  There are so many delicious pie designs to check out in this one! You do not have to be a member to vote and you can vote for as many as you like.  Would love your vote if you like my retro pie design!  I guarantee this contest will make you hungry for a slice of yummy pie! :)

This contest has closed!  
Thank you to everyone who voted for my cherry pie design!

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Mad For Mod Collection

Introducing the Mad For Mod Collection! Please click here to check out the new mod designs by Art Tree Designs at Society6.