Artistic Artifacts -- Creative Finds for Creative Minds

Have You Incorporated Skeleton Leaves into Your Art?

Art quilt by Judy Gula, featuring skeleton leavesArtistic Artifacts has unpacked its latest imported order of skeleton leaves, ensuring that we have plenty of each of the 23 subtle and vibrant colors. At just $4.95 per packet of 10 leaves, these are an inexpensive way to make a big impact, whatever your favorite form of art: fiber, mixed media, paper. Take a look here at one of Judy’s small art quilts (click for a larger view) and how beautifully the skeleton leaves set off her image transfer focal point. Skeleton leaves are real leaves that are dried and treated so that the epidermis is removed, leaving behind just the “skeleton” of veins, then dyed. While delicate in appearance, skeleton leaves are surprisingly sturdy, and are easily glued, fused or stitched to your choice of substrates. Shop all skeleton leaves »

Tutorial: Create Your Own Silk Paper

Originally published on her blog, Judy’s silk paper tutorial has been a favorite for several years now. Using just a few simple materials — silk hankies, Jo Sonja Textile Medium — and supplies, you’ll create one of a kind textiles. Judy refers to this process as addicting!

Silk Paper by Judy Gula

Completed sheets of silk paper (notice the use of skeleton leaves in this example?) are sheer and incredibly lightweight, and are art unto themselves. The last photograph in the Upcycled Canvas blog posting we recently shared with you illustrated one of Judy’s art quilts backed with a beautiful sheet of handmade silk paper. Sew with handmade silk paper, glue it into your art journal...the possibilities are endless. Read Judy’s silk paper tutorial »

Two New Tim Holtz Fabric Designs!

Melange in neutral by Tim HoltzA few weeks ago we shared the news that Tim Holtz, Creative Director for Ranger Industries had expanded into fabric design! His Eclectic Elements line has been extremely popular — and in demand! We’re fortunate to have added two new designs to our shop: Butterflies (red) and Melange (neutral), pictured here.

Kona Cotton Precuts — Sale Continues!

We have a limited number of Robert Kaufman 100% Kona® Cotton precuts remaining on sale for 25% off — take advantage of this opportunity to build your stash! Kona Cotton Roll-Ups, are usable 2½" wide x 44" strips, perfect for binding, sashing, inner borders, strippy quilts, strip piecing, fabric hooking and more. Also on sale are pre-printed faux patchwork designs sold in bundles that consist of six ½ yard pieces (3 yards total fabric).

Artistic Artifacts Upcoming Classes

Our variety of classes offer you the opportunity to learn new skills and techniques, or try out a new art form. Upcoming classes include:


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