Author Archives: Allison Holland

Marbling on Fabric and Paper

Marbling Fabric Paper Wood

Think of marbling as a printing process. Paints or inks are suspended on the surface of a prepared solution of size. Size, is a jelly-like mixture of a thickener such as Manutex RS, Methyl Cellulose (CMC powder) or Deka Marble Medium and water. The marbling medium (size) is poured into a shallow tray and the […]

Screen Printed Flamingo Fabric

Screen Printed Cushions

Screen printed Flamingo cushion covers! These delightful prints were created using Selectasine water-based screen printing ink and a Selectasine aluminium screen printing frame and squeegee. Find out how below. Creating the Stencil Cara’s screen printed flamingo began life as clip-art. The simple image is ideal for creating a stencil, it is a clear representation of […]

Sugar Free Polymer Clay Candy Canes

Caras Noel Cane

Candy canes look great on Christmas Trees, but how many of us remember to eat them before the decorations come down? Here’s a way to help save your teeth and save room for all the other leftover Christmas goodies. Take the idea further and make an extra long polymer clay cane and twist it into […]

Christmas Decorations made using Texture Makers

Polymer Clay Christmas Tags

Here’s a festive project for polymer clay! Cara used the flexible plastic Sculpey Texture Makers to add the patterns to these clay Christmas decorations and then highlighted parts of the pattern with glistening Jacquard Pearl Ex powder. Materials & Tools List Polymer clay – you can use any brand and any colour… Jacquard Pearl Ex […]

Eco Printing by Yvonne Appleby

Eco Printing Leaves

Customer Yvonne Appleby has very kindly sent us some photographs of her Eco Prints on watercolour paper. Ash Leaves “My first attempt at eco printing was, to my great satisfaction and no small surprise, a success. The leaves used were Sweet Chestnut, Ash, Wych Elm, Ivy, Cotoneaster, Yarrow, Bracken and Tansy.” Yvonne used the following […]

What to do with Left Over Polymer Clay – Ring Holders

Ring holders made with polymer clay

Here is a quick project for using up leftover polymer clay. These ring holders were made from what remained of the FIMO clay mix that Cara used to make her coasters. There’s no need for any special tools, just a smooth clean surface on which to roll the clay. You’ll need to harden the clay […]

Silk Painting with H Dupont Classique Silk Dyes

Painting with Dupont dyes

George Weil has sold litres and litres of H Dupont Classique Silk Dyes to customers during the last two decades. These liquid dyes are used with protein fibres such as silk, wool, feathers, mohair and cashmere, and are more popularly used by silk painters. A Beginner’s Silk Painting using H Dupont Classique Our colleague Cara […]

How to Steam Set Silk Dyes in the Microwave

Steam fix silk dyes

The silk painters’ favourite, H Dupont Classique dyes, provide bright and clear colour results on silk fabric. Although the iron fix silk paints offer a fair alternative, they do leave the fabric a little stiffer than a dye. This stiffness effects the drape of the fabric while dyes retain the fluidity. Our image shows silk […]

Coasters made from FIMO Polymer Clay

Fimo Coaster 5 6

Learn how to make these marble effect coasters made by Cara from FIMO polymer clay. The clay is available in a large choice of colours allowing you to design your coasters to complement your decor. There are also a choice of effect colours (2 of which were used to make Cara’s coasters) plus FIMO Soft […]