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Dingbat Fonts

ETCH-JEWELRY6I love collecting fonts to use in laying out articles and books. Particularly fun are dingbats; which have a pictorial glyph instead of a letter for each character.

These can be used to make newsletters and cards look great–or to make transfers for direct use on polymer clay, to make rubber stamps through Ready Stamps,  to print with laser toner on PnP paper or on transparency acrylic sheets to use in metal etching with electricity.

Not all fonts are free for commercial use, so do check on the restrictions when you download them. With the exception of the gears, the images seen at left are dingbats.

I create 8.5 x 11 inch printable files in Adobe Photoshop using dingbats and images from the Dover pictorial archives. Many dingbats and clipart from computers is actually from the Dover pictorial archive collection and these are free for use by artists with no violation of copyrights.

Knit Knack

knit and purl sampler

2015 is already cycling into Spring, and I’m practicing old skills and learning new ones. This year I’ve learned to knit, thanks to Donnie and the Knit WIP gang.

I started with a scarf with just knitting, then on to practicing knit and purl stitch combos. The white piece may turn into a sampler wall […]

Grace and Gratitude

watercolor star wishes

We are Marching forward into Spring, and as we sort through everything we brought home into the studio now that our 14 months at KCP Gallery have concluded, we’ve had lots to review, clean off, sort through and put away. One of the things returning home is the Wishing Stick that hung for a […]

Lulabelle, a Ball Joint Doll

6 inch ball joint doll

I’m finishing up my new tutorial on making polymer clay ball joint dolls and shooting the video next week.

Here’s a look at one of the dolls with her new clothing. Lulabelle is less than 6 inches tall, and dressed in hand dyed silk and cotton gauze, with Tibetan lambs wool hair. She and her […]

Etched Hearts

etched metal hearts

Just in time for Valentine’s Day! I’m offering a class in etching metal hearts at KCP Gallery in Longmont, CO.

Start with a heart made of 18 gauge copper or brass, add your own artwork, and then etch using electricity! Learn how to start with blank metal and use different masking techniques for etching. Create […]

Rounding Out The Year

etched and anodized metal

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Most of the artists I know have projects that are awaiting their attention while they work on […]

New Ball Joint Dolls

polymer clay hands and feet

I’m happy to be a part of the upcoming Polymer Clay Adventure and you can be too! I’m one of many instructors preparing great new polymer clay projects with video and printable tutorials. I’m having a lot of fun making several styles of ball joint dolls in different scales and using Kato Polyclay. Aurora Rose […]

A New ‘Do

tibetan lambs wool hair

My polymer clay ball joint doll, Aurora Rose, has a new hair do. I am very happy to have replaced her mohair wig with one I made from Tibetan lambswool. The scale of the fiber is much more suitable to dolls, and it is available in a variety of colors.

It took most of a […]

Cozy Up with a Polyclay Quilt

polymer clay wall hanging

I’m preparing all sorts of revamped pieces for the October show at KCP Gallery. PolyMarket Press is the Featured Artist of the month, and I’m presenting all sorts of art from the books I’ve written and published. That includes turning the 250+ “bolts of cloth” from the miniature quilt store featured in Adapting Quilt Patterns […]