Thursday, January 22, 2015

North Texas Circle meeting report

The North Texas Circle had a fabulous meeting on Saturday, January 17. We had an informative discussion of series work/finding your voice/following your passion and several members showed pieces predominately made from recycled materials. As always, I came away recharged and ready to get back in the studio!
I have truly enjoyed my time as the SAQA rep for North Texas. You have all been a great inspiration to me, and I look forward to many more years participating in this group and deepening our friendships.
As of February 1, Deborah Bright will be the new North Texas rep. And I'm looking forward to attending meetings as a "civilian!"
Our next meeting will be April 18th. See you there!

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

UPDATE: Central Texas Circle Meeting

A few reminders for Saturday's Central Texas meeting:  We'll have BBQ from City Market brought in for lunch. If you're able to, please bring cash to make settling/splitting the tab a breeze. This morning the weather forecast looked a bit better for overnight Friday/Saturday morning, but there is still potential for freezing rain. Please use your best judgement when deciding whether to hit the road and, as always, your personal safety is most important. Finally, monoprinting is generally not a messy process but you might want to wear clothes you don't mind getting paint on or bring an overshirt or apron.

Hope to see you Saturday!


Monday, January 5, 2015

Central Texas Circle Meeting Reminder

Our next Central Texas Circle meeting is this Saturday!


Saturday, January 10 at 10 am

Texas Art League

509 East Davis St. Luling, TX 78648

Click here for an interactive Google map/directions

Connie Akers will be leading us in a monoprinting workshop this month! If you aren't familiar with monoprinting, do a search on You Tube for "monoprinting" or "gelli printing" for all kinds of fun videos to introduce you to this simple and SUPER FUN surface design technique.
Here are items you should bring with you:
  1. Gelli Plate™ if you have one. You do not need to buy a gelli plate if you don't have one, we will have some extras to share. They are available at or if you would like to purchase one. If you want to try your hand a making your own gelli plate before investing in one, Linda Germain has instructions for making your own here; the password for the site is "maketheplate". Please note the password is all one word, lowercase, and you do not include the quotation marks. I have not made a gelli plate myself, but understand from a few reliable sources that Linda's method makes a very useable and durable plate. I have purchased a Stampendous brand plate that Michael's, and I believe Hobby Lobby, carry. I was not happy with it at all and DO NOT recommend it.
  2. Acrylic Paints. Marie is bringing lots (LOTS!!!) of acrylic paints to share. If you have favorite brands or colors you like to work with, please bring them with you.
  3. Brayer(s)
  4. Fabric to print on -- solid cottons, muslin, silk, whatever you want to play with -- fat quarter size or smaller. I believe the largest plate we will have on hand is 10"x12".
  5. Paper to print on (if you want). Plain printer/copier paper or cardstock is fine. We will also have a stash of deli paper on hand for you to use.
  6. Scrap paper (plain printer paper, newsprint, etc.) to clean your brayer on. This also gives you very interesting results and you'll be able to add it to your paper stash.
  7. Stencils, stamps and/or your favorite markmaking materials. Connie, Marie and I will also bring markmaking supplies to share.
A big thanks to Connie Akers, Kelly Allen and Marie Welsch for their assistance with this month's meeting & program!!! I'm always looking for places to host our bimonthly meetings or fun things to do as a group. If you would like to host a meeting, lead a workshop to teach us your favorite technique or know of something fun we could do as a group, don't hesitate to let me know!


Our Central Texas Circle now has a Facebook page for members to communicate with each other! I will always send news and reminders via email, but if you're a Facebook user "Like" our page at and posts to our page will showup in your newsfeed.

Do you have work in a show, have you recently won an award or received some other recognition? Do you know of a new store we all need to visit or have other news that you think the SAQA Texas members would be interest in? Send the info to me and I will post it our Facebook page and here on the Texas blog.

If you have any questions or need additional information, please don't hesitate to contact me at 512-736-2971 or via email at
Looking forward to seeing y'all on Saturday!

Kim Buchmann
SAQA Texas Co-Rep
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Sunday, January 4, 2015

North Texas Circle meeting on January 17th!

The  North Texas Circle will meet on 

January 17, 10 am, at Petit Atelier, 2952 Commerce St, Dallas, Texas 75226

We will have a group discussion about "green" quilting.  Several of our members use recycled materials in their work, and will be sharing examples.

And please bring your latest pieces for Show and Tell!

We'll got to lunch after the meeting at one of the great restaurants in Deep Ellum.

See you there!