Author Archives: Wes Reinke

Wordsworth Pillow Tutorial

By Marian (Miss Mustard Seed)
www.missmustardseed.blogspot.com

A few days ago, I got a new toy from Artograph® and I couldn’t wait to put it to work.

I’ve been eyeing a light box for a long time, but it was always bumped down the priority list after lenses and sewing machines and other tools of my trade. My new Artograph LightPad A930 arrived on my doorstep last week and I knew my days of taping things to a window to trace were over.

Can you hear the angelic choir?

I have loads of ideas for how to use this, but I started out with something simple. A hand painted poetry pillow.

I started off by selecting a pillow, fabric, poem and a font. I chose the very last paragraph of a Wordsworth poem called “Intimations of Immortality from Recollections of Early Childhood.” I printed it in a free downloadable font called “Jane Austin.” Once the poem was printed (in 100 pt. font for a 13″ x 19″ pillow), I cut it out and taped it together and in place on the LightPad.

I spread a piece of linen (cut to the size of the pillow, plus one inch added to the length and width for a seam allowance) over the poem on the LightPad.

I then used some tape to secure the fabric in place to prevent shifting while tracing the poem.

I then traced the lettering lightly with a pencil…

…turning the LightPad off after each line to make sure I was tracing all of the lettering.

After removing the fabric from the LightPad, I used a 1.0 liner artist brush and charcoal gray latex paint to paint over the pencil marks. If you’re not comfortable with a brush, you can use a paint pen.

Once the paint was fully dry, I pinned on a charcoal grosgrain ribbon in a pleated pattern to act as the pillow trim when turned right-side-out after the front and back of the pillow are sewn together.

I didn’t measure or anything. Just pinched and pinned.

I sewed the pillow together the same way I did in my Ruffled Pillow Tutorial.

I’m really happy with how it turned out.

In case you’re curious about the paragraph I used, it reads…

“Thanks to the human heart by which we live,
Thanks to its tenderness, its joys and fears,
To me the meanest flower that blows can give,
Thoughts that do often lie too deep for tears.”

Man, that Wordsworth knew how to string some words together.

Open Studio® Taboret

TaboretPDF Info Product ManualsStore brushes, pencils, paint, small sketch books, and more on the 18 x 18 inch (457.2 x 457.2 mm) shelves/trays. Ideal platform for projectors. Measures 18 D x 18 L x 30 H inch. (457.2 x 457.2 x 762 mm)

Taboret Product Highlights

  • Made of durable steel and high quality hardware
  • Bright white powder-coated finish
  • Red non-marring, lockable casters
  • Versatile and stylish
  • Measures 18 D x 18 L x 30 H in (457.2 x 447.2 x 762 mm)
  • Assembly tools included
  • 1-YEAR WARRANTY

Open Studio® Art Cart

Art CartPDF Info Product ManualsAll-purpose cart perfect for toting and storing art and craft supplies. Fits nicely under Work or Reference Table. Measures 18 D x 30 L x 30 H inch. (457.2 x 762 x 762 mm)

Art Cart Product Highlights

  • Made of durable steel and high quality hardware
  • Bright white powder-coated finish
  • Red non-marring, lockable casters
  • Versatile and stylish
  • Measures 18 D x 30 L x 30 H inch (457.2 x 762 x 762 mm)
  • Assembly tools included
  • 1-YEAR WARRANTY

Prism™ Table Stand

Designed to be used with both the Prism™ and Super Prism® projectors. This newly redesigned stand attaches easily and securely to the projector and to any table edge to allow for convenient tabletop projection. Projection range is from 80% reduction up to 3x enlargement. Swivels to the floor for increased enlargement range. Please note: The Prism Lens #200-705 is necessary for table top projection.

MC 250™

(Discontinued – Limited Supply)

The ultimate projector for clarity and brightness, ideal for the professional or commercial artist, crafter or designer who demands the best in image quality. The superior quality lens of the MC 250™ allows you to enlarge artwork up to 15 times with incredible sharpness and detail. It is unsurpassed for enlarging photos, designs, patterns and detailed artwork onto walls, canvas, or any vertical surface. At only 7 pounds, this ultra compact model is easy to position and store, and doesn’t require much space for projection. A 10 times enlargement needs only 10 feet of projection range. Fan cooling also allows for long periods of projection. The top-loading 6 x 6 inch copy area with removable cover easily accommodates oversized artwork or 3D objects allowing for an almost endless list of applications. The MC 250 also features a 300-Watt halogen lamp for a whiter and brighter image (approx. life of 75 hours). Simple operation, too… Just plug it in, and adjust the focus by turning the threaded lens barrel for a precise image. Dark room required.

Product Highlights

  • Imported from Germany
  • Enlargement from 3 up to 15x the original size
  • Illumination: 300-Watt Halogen (included) for unsurpassed brightness (approx. life of 75 hours)
  • Top-loading 6 x 6 in (152.4 x 152.4 mm) glass copy area with removable cover to accommodate oversized originals
  • Ultra compact and lightweight for easy positioning
  • Lens: 280 mm precision-ground, threaded, 3-element color-corrected lens for astoundingly sharp and accurate images
  • Threaded lens barrel for precise focusing
  • Net Weight: 7 lbs. (3.17 kg)
  • Cooling fan and safety overload circuit keeps copy cooler
  • 1-YEAR WARRANTY

Available Accessories:

Mobile Projector Floor Stand
#225-359

300-Watt Halogen Lamp
#200-578

Artograph® Storage Bag
#225-700

BEADGLO® Trays

(Out of Production)

Necklace Tray – #225-591
Multiple compartments and grooves make it easy to sort and align your beads prior to stringing.

Design Tray – #225-592
Features 5 rounded compartments to place beads and crystals, and 3 design channels for preparing multiple-strand projects.

Multi Tray – #225-593
Sort, organize and compare multiple beads in deep compartments, and lay out the project in the design channel.

Scoop Tray – #225-594
Scooped areas make it easy to sort beads, findings and jump rings for chain maille designs, then complete your design in the 8-inch channel.

Jar Tray – #225-595
Holds up to 5 jars for sorting and organizing, plus a large design channel for bigger projects. (Jars sold separately.)

Project Tray – #225-596
Efficiently create several projects at once with this easy-to-use tray featuring 4 large design channels.

Earring Tray – #225-597
Lay out smaller earring pieces in the 4 circular areas, and put your design together in the longer rectangular areas.

Seed Tray – #225-598
Seed bead projects are easy with 5 shallow design channels to separate the stands of your intricate creations.

Seed Sorter Tray – #225-599
Easily pick out seed bead shapes, colors and sizes on this flat surface, and effortlessly see the tiny bead holes in order to create intricate designs.