Artistic Artifacts Tutorials, How-To’s & Free Patterns

Blog posts for Judy Gula’s stint as the March 2016 Artist for The Printed Fabric Bee series, focusing on printing with our wooden printing blocks:

  1. Block Printing Intro
  2. Creating and Embellishing Block Printed Textiles
  3. A Sampling of Block Printed Art Quilts

Watch as Artistic Artifacts owner Judy Gula gives a brief tutorial on using wooden printing blocks and Artistic Artifacts Fluid Textile Paint on fabric.

Please check the Artistic Artifacts blog on a regular basis ... fiber and mixed media tutorials are posted frequently, as well as tips for working with products we sell and techniques for using them. A selection of these articles: :


Our Free Quilt Patterns

Artistic Artifacts Bright Batik Block Quilt Pattern & Kits

Our Bright Batik Blocks Quilt (approximate size 48 in. x 66 in.) was featured in our booth at the 2016 Quilt Market and International Quilt Festival in Houston! Our pattern is quick and easy to put together. We used a variety of our own Batik Tambal Exclusive Batik fabrics combined with two colors of the She Sells design by Frond Design Studios to create this vibrant beauty (and kits are now available, see below!). Our instructions will leave you with enough blocks to add an additional eighth row if you want your quilt to be longer, or, as pictured here, you can choose to piece the backing with the left over fabrics and blocks for a fun and reversible look to your quilt! Download your free Bright Batik Blocks Quilt Pattern »

After many requests, we have created fabric kits for our Bright Batik Blocks Quilt so you can make your own! You will receive eleven (11) ½-yard cuts of fabric: our own Batik Tambal Exclusive Batik fabrics plus complementary She Sells designs by Frond Design Studios, plus 2½ yards of white cotton fabric for the border and pieced backing! In addition to Orange (our original design, pictured here), we have created Blue and Purple kits: pick your favorite colors to work with! Shop all patterns and kits now »

Artistic Artifacts Wide Stripes Batik Lap Quilt Pattern

We love our Wide Stripes Batik Lap Quilt pattern! It works with any décor, from modern to traditional, and is quick and easy to put together. Pictured here, our beauty was sewn with our Batik Tambal Exclusive Batik in: Fizz, Green (sashing and borders), Connections, Gold (the featured crossing stripes), Ferns, Sunlight and Color Sponge Solid: Pear. Make your own version in colors you love! Download your free Wide Stripes Batik Lap Quilt Pattern PDF »

Additional Resources

Direct printing versus image transfer for the textile artist —
View video of Judy Gula of Artistic Artifacts and Liz Kettle of Textile Evolution discussing the difference between printing on fabric and image transfers

  • Join Shelly Stokes of Cedar Canyon Textiles, author of Paintstiks on Fabric and Design Magic for Paintstiks on Fabric, as she shows you how to use Shiva Artist's Paintstiks with stencils to create your own fabulous fabric [YouTube video]
  • Elizabeth Woodford illustrates her take on creating a batik-like fabric using a flour resist instead of wax. Visit her blog for instructions and photos (technique originally described in Quilting Arts magazine and reiterated via a Quilting Arts newsletter by editor Pokey Bolton: “This is NOT my technique,” writes Elizabeth. “I am simply providing pictures with discussion of my experience with a few tips and some things that I learned along the way...“)

Artistic Artifacts sells a wide variety of books, DVDs and magazines for inspiration and to learn new mixed media techniques. Classes and workshops with renowned local and international instructors, as well as store events such as book signings and demonstrations, are scheduled on a regular basis — visit our calendar to see what’s happening.