Saturday, December 29, 2007


Above you will see, prints on lace paper, metalic crinkle paper, rice paper, transfer paper on cheesecloth and carrier sheets that enable me to print some of these specialty papers.

This summer I will be teaching at SURFACE:LAYERED which will take place in Flagstaff Arizona July 28th - August 1st, 2008 at Coconino Community College. Pictured here are examples of surfaces that will be explored in "Creating Designs on Textiles and specialty paper from digital prints" -my 3 day workshop. The class description follows.

Creating Designs on Textiles and specialty paper from digital
3 day class.
Instructor: Kathyanne White

We will cover everything you need to know about bringing digital images to fabric using an inkjet printer.
Ideas and discussions in this workshop will include images
including design, content, composition, personal style, color,
suitability, surface selection, surface preparation, getting a quality print and many others. Participants will print images and do small studies and projects.
Creating Designs on Textiles is not a beginning workshop. Some
knowledge of photo program software is necessary. Knowledge ofPhotoshop Elements or Photoshop.

Desktop computers provided, or bring your own laptop.

Check out all the workshops that will be offered from July 28th - August 1, 2008 at Coconino Community College in Flagstaff. Register early!


Saturday, December 15, 2007

My Journal

This is a small piece of a couple pages in my own loose leaf journal and the cover. I have collaged many of the pages before writing, or while writing.

The loose leaf journal, above, is one of my favorites. I keep about 5 journals going at the same time. The first, my studio journal is about my processes and what is going on in my studio and art life. In this journal I put pictures of all that I create. I call this type of journal a garbage journal since I make the pages from all sorts of random paper or samples in my studio.

Second I have a lined composition book type journal. In this I write all my ideas, work through first drafts of articles, personal writing etc. No one ever sees this journal but me.

Then I have my loose leaf journal (picture above) that I take on travels and around. I don't have to worry about order of anything because I keep switching papers around and pick the sheet with the color or collage that I want to write on at that tine.

Also there is a larger journal that has large pages around 10" x 9". This journal takes a long time to get to the writing stage and since this one is new, I have been working on collage for a couple of months, there isn't much writing in it yet. The tone of the journal is still taking shape and I am totally having fun with the artwork.

An affirmation journal is kept in one of the small 3" x 4" signature journals that I make. In that I write dream goals and affirmation, it is small so I can easily carry it and read it.

So don't think I am driven enough to write in each everyday, but they all have their purpose and time and place.


This week I changed directions somewhat.
I will be a vendor in January at the Tucson Quilters Guild annual show, Tucson’s Quilt Fiesta – January 11, 12 and 13th at the Tucson Convention Center. My booth will feature merchandise from my website During the course of the weekend I will demo:

"Creating with digital prints and patterns"
Print on fabric to bring individual images to your work. This demo will show
how to print on fabric and specialty surfaces. See how to take a photograph to
fabric using and inkjet printer. Finished examples will illustrate techniques
in this media.

The demos will be on Fri and Sat from 1:45 to 2:30 and ongoing in my booth.

Since there are 3 days of crowds perusing the vendor area, I have tons of preparation in front of me. Currently I am working my way through printing 300 images on broadcloth. At the same time I am creating loose leaf journals with one of a kind canvas covers. Which brings me to the description of the pictures that are posted.

The top picture includes 7 of my loose leaf journals and one of the smaller signature journals. The second picture shows what a couple of them look like when they are open. The next shows one of the small signature journals along with the paper that is inside those journals. The last picture has a pile of the types of papers that are on the inside of all the journals.

The journal covers are composed of hand dyed canvas that has been pieced, fronts have beading and/or piecing. Raw edges show throughout. These are funky spontaneous covers that I create in the moment. Inside each loose leaf journal are 20 watercolor paper pages (5" x 7") that are hand dyed, giving 40 pages to create. In the small signature journals there are 4 sheets in each signature with 4 signatures in a journal, for a total of 64 sides of paper (3" x 4") to embellish.

The loose leaf journal covers are forgiving enough to add many more pages or embellishments or whatever is desired to include within the covers.

In the next post I will show you a small part of my own loose leaf journal.

Monday, December 3, 2007

Yosemite Falls

During my Thanksgiving trip and beyond, the days got away from me. I’ve been working and finishing a piece of Yosemite Falls that appears here. You can see the original print and then the finished piece with all the layers assembled on screen, plus a detail. This is what I guess could be called a tessalation piece. I think of it as a pattern of Yosemite Falls. The photograph is manipulated and then printed on several surfaces for assembling.

Layers of the print are:

1. Epson Water Resistant Artist Canvas
2. Tyvec
3. Organdy
4. Organdy
5. Lutradur heat distressed

followed by non printed layers of

6. painted or dyed cheesecloth
7. overdyed recycled art work ( these are pieces of my older work I cut up an dye), dyed burlap or canvas

Yosemite Falls is wondrous and one of the delights of Yosemite National Park that are dear to my heart. Next I will be working on a different type of digital presentation of Yosemite Falls from a large print on dyed canvas. Still working out the details, so it will be awhile. As I start the piece I will put some pictures up on the planning stage.

There are several other projects to finish before my next Yosemite Falls piece. Check later this week and I will tell you about what this month will be focused on as well as Christmas with my family here in Prescott.