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Welcome to DesignMatters TV
Think of DesignMatters TV as your personal online design school! Presented by artists and experienced tutors, Linda and Laura Kemshall, DMTV is a vast library of video workshops covering subjects as wide ranging as altered books and watercolour painting to surface design, art quilting and sketchbooks.
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Mixed Media Still Life
Inspiration can come from objects you live with everyday, and setting up a Still Life to work from can be a brilliant way to practise your skills of composition, drawing and painting. In this two-part workshop first Laura shows how to create a consistent environment for your arrangement, and shares tips and ideas for objects you might choose and how to place them. In the second part Linda encourages you to try a 'back to front' approach of painting first, drawing second, using a combination of oil pastel, watercolour and soluble pencils. It's great fun, and a fast and free way to record what you see - perfect for getting to know your still life subject.
Surface Design – Sponge Printing
Join Linda in this set of two videos where she demonstrates how effective stamping with compressed sponge can be. This technique is suitable for use on both paper and fabric, but in this class Linda will focus on taking the ideas into fabric and will make a cushion from her stamped fabric that has stitch and beading to enhance the lovely printed texture.
Printed Patchwork Details
Join Linda in this set of two videos where she demonstrates how basic block printing techniques can be combined with traditional patchwork to simplify the piecing and create visually complex designs. We think these ideas can be applied to lots of different designs and will appeal to anyone who would like to add a really individual touch to their traditional quilt making.
Tyvek Embellishments and Beads
Join Linda in two videos where she demonstrates how to make useful and attractive embellishments for textile based mixed media work using a packaging material which is often simply discarded. You will probably already have most of the bits and pieces you’ll need to make the beads she uses for jewellery or to attach to hand made books as a decorative bookmark. Finally she distresses Tyvek to make fernlike appliqué motifs to upcycle an empty chocolate box.
Working from a photographic or sketchbook study as your inspiration, join Linda to use free applique to create a bird panel. Build layers with raw edged fabric scraps before using machine and hand stitch to add texture and detail.
We love making rubbings, they're a great way to draw without really drawing. But have you ever considered how you can make transfers from your rubbings? In this video workshop Laura shows you how.
Free Video Workshops
Don’t Draw? Trace!
Free Video Workshop - Whether you're nervous of drawing, or are just looking for a new sketchbook technique, why not consider using tracing?
Free – Simple Thread Skeins
If you enjoy dyeing fabric, then it’s highly likely you’re going to want threads to match! In this show see how Laura prepares skeins ready for dyeing.
A Partridge in a Pear Tree
Make an appliqué hanging perfect for this season. Linda will show you how to turn through a perfect appliqué shape, arrange the design and add quilting.
What weight of thread?
What thread do we use for our machine quilting? In this article Laura will share her tips for how to choose the right thread for the effect you're looking for.
Plant Printed Sketchbook
A flip-through Linda's hand-bound, plant printed sketchbook with drawing, painting and stamping.
See how you can remix a single piece of hand dyed fabric to create a beautiful appliqué design. Laura's using digital embroidery for her example, but you could try the technique with traditional bonded appliqué too.
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