Playing with Fabrics and my Go To art box

Tuesday, February 07, 2012
What have I been up to lately?
Someone emailed me the other day asking me what is in my "Go to" supplies box so thought this was something to show you today. Yes… I've corrupted another poor soul into mixed media. lol Sorry Janet!  But you're gonna love it! Just PLAY!

This box was just screaming at me to play with Sunday!
I keep this in my Living room with my most loved supplies so if I'm sitting and watching TV I can grab paper or fabric and play. :)  No, I can't just sit and watch TV and do nothing else. lol  Why waste the time? :D I'm usually found watching my Quilting Arts TV recording Sunday afternoons.

  The box is one of the magnetic closing types from Michaels Craft Store that I proudly got a whole set of assorted sizes on sale for 40% off AND I had a coupon for 20% off my entire order. Gotta love it!   Just close it up and keep it on my book shelf in there.  Looks all neat and pretty when closed up with it's vintage collage covering.  Miss Bailey has one too! :)

Supplies in the box?  Watercolor paper pad, usually a few pieces of canvas or muslin scraps, masking tape, Derwent Intense Blocks, Water Soluble Wax Pastels, 6 of my fav Pan Pastels, gum eraser, pencil and sharpener, 2 water brushes, small gesso paint and brush, spray bottle with water, assorted ink pens and markers (3 Pigma Micron Pens sizes 01, 03 & 08), Piolet Parallel pen 1.5mm, a black Stained Sharpie, black regular sharpie, white acrylic paint pen, assorted foam sponges, plastic mixing cups (recycled from dipping cups from fast food restaurant), 3 mini misters and several Tim Holtz Adirondac Alcohol inks and 3 silk squeeze bottles with needle tips and filled with acrylic paint in them for sketching outlines. All from Dick Blick's Art Materials.

What to do… what to do….
Always could use some more flowers! Where the heck is spring anyways this year? 
Yes, I'm spoiled, usually planting by now. 
 So I sketched some out using my Sharpie Pen on a piece of scrap muslin.

Added background color and flower centers with Pan Pastels using my foam sponges.
These are a newer item in my box lately as a gift from a dear friend… really wanted to play with them and color blending.
See Lynne!  I'm using them! LOVE THEM! Smoooooch!
Lynne is also one of my fellow designers, Aria, in the Follow Your Art series 
in case you haven't connected those dots!  

Added more details using my black ink Pigma Pen 
Can't decide if I'm done with it yet. Stay tuned. :)

Do you play with your art too?  Link me up in the comments here!  Would love to see what you're up to also!


  1. senovia said...:

    Beautiful Cilenia! I want to play too! You are so inspirational!

  1. Angie Young said...:

    This is amazingly beautiful! I love it Cilenia! Wish I lived closer so I could go play at your house with you LOL! :)

  1. This is REALLY cool, makes me want to rush out and but some materials!!!

  1. SarahB said...:

    Cilenia, this is gorgeous!

  1. JanetB Designs said...:

    Oh, OH! I just love that you've given us a peek into your "toy box!" I have some of those, and I've been playing with them! Haven't done fabric -- why haven't I done fabric, I have lots of it? And I think I need those wax pastels. And I'm drooling over those daisies! I have three enormous patches of daisies in my yard, happiest flowers ever!

  1. JanetB Designs said...:

    I forgot to ask this question, Cilenia -- when you're working on the muslin, do you wash it first?

  1. Cilenia Curtis said...:

    YES Janet! You have to wash the sizing out of the fabric first! GOOD question! Can't wait to see what you do!

  1. JanetB Designs said...:

    Thank you! I thought so, but wanted to check. It's going to be nasty weather this weekend which means hubby will be underfoot. Hmm, do you suppose I could corrupt him??

  1. Laurie said...:

    Gorgeous, Cilenia! Love, love, love it!

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