No Sew Fabric Postcards

I started making fabric postcards years ago because I didn’t have the sewing chops or time to make bed-sized quilts. Postcards are my way to make very small-scale art quilts with the added wonder that they’re mail-able! Click here to see my 2012 blog post about my fabric postcards. I had been collecting vintage postcards since I was a kid, and once I began to print my own photos and designs onto fabric it was a small hop to sew them into mixed-media fiber postcard form. Here’s an example, my self-portrait photo that I printed on cotton, then adorned with a bit of gauzy fabric and stitching around the design.

Fabric Postcard

Here’s another, my photo of an egret flying with random stitching around the design lines.

Egret soaring fabric postcard

For these fabric postcards I adhere the front to thick stabilizer and then add a backing. I designed this back by scanning the back of an old postcard in my collection, cleaning it up in Photoshop Elements, and adding my name and website.

Fabric postcard back

I print this back onto fabric and then sew the front/stabilizer/back together and edge the sandwich with a satin or zigzag stitch.

These mini-quilt postcards are so much fun to make – but I recently came up with a much quicker no-sew version. I use the same design for the back, but instead of printing onto fabric I print it onto paper cardstock. The front is fabric – I print a few of my postcard-sized designs onto a sheet of pre-treated cotton, then cut each out and run through my Xyron machine to back them with permanent adhesive.

Fabric postcards

You don’t have to use a Xyron, you can use glue or double-sided tape, or spray with adhesive. Then I bond them to the cardstock backs, using a bone folder to make sure they’re well-adhered so the edges won’t come apart during their trip through the mail.

Fabric postcards

I just checked with my local post office, and they said the normal postcard rate would apply: that’s .34 for delivery in the US and $1.15 internationally. Since the postcard rate in the US applies to cards up to 6 by 4.25 inches if you want to make them larger just use the current first-class letter rate, which is now .49.

Anna's hummingbird fabric postcard

Interested in learning how to make the mini-quilt type of fabric postcards? Click here to see a free preview of my online class on CraftArtEdu, “Fabulous Fabric Postcards.”

Want to learn how to print your own fabric? Click here to find out more my ebook, Inkjet Printing on Fabric.

Transfer This! Free Workshop at Flax Art

I’m beyond excited that Flax Art & Design, the fabulous art store in San Francisco, is having me put on a free workshop demonstrating my favorite products, Transfer Artist Paper (TAP) and Lutradur!

I’ve told you about both products in many blog posts (see my list below). TAP is my go-to heat transfer paper, the best I’ve ever used. TAP allows you to easily transfer crisp, colorfast and washable images to almost any surface with your household iron. You can inkjet print, paint, stamp, or draw images onto TAP for a variety of amazing effects.

Owl wooden box

Lutradur, which I’ve also written extensively about, is a spun-bonded polyester that combines the best qualities of fabric and paper. It’s a fantastic medium for mixed media as well as for artists looking to add a new level of texture to their work.

Lutradur butterfly hanging

I’m a demonstrator and teacher for C&T Publishing,makers of TAP and Lutradur. In this free 2-hour lecture/demo at Flax, I’ll show you the entire process – from creating an image on TAP to successfully transferring it to Lutradur. I’ll bring a wide variety of samples to show you the endless potential that these two products make possible, and to spark your creativity and imagination.

Lutradur and TAP butterfly window hanging

The free workshop is March 15th, from 1 to 3 pm. Space is limited, so sign up today to reserve your spot! Call Flax Art & Design at 415.552.2355, or click here to sign up online.

Want to know more?

Check out my book: Inkjet Printing on Lutradur.

CraftArtEdu class: Inkjet Printing on Lutradur.

CraftArtEdu class about using TAP and other heat transfers onto wood.

And here’s a list of my blog posts about Lutradur and TAP:

Egret in flight lutradur art quilt

Transfer artist paper on lutradur

Photos on wooden boxes

Evolon and Transfer Artist Paper

Transfer Artist Paper on cotton

Digital collage on art board

Image Transfer to Wood

More on lutradur, Digital Ground and TAP

Wingspread Mixed-Media Art Doll

Printing with Golden’s Digital Grounds on Lutradur

Butterfly Bliss mini-art hanging

Inkjet Printing on Fabric Workshop

Inkjet Printing on Fabric

Workshop taught by Heidi Rand

The Village Shops, 10330 San Pablo Ave.,  El Cerrito CA

Saturday January 18, 2014 — noon to 3:00 p.m.

$40 plus supplies

Inkjet printing on fabric: One-day workshop

Welcome to the exciting world of fabric printing!  Learn to print your artwork, images and designs on fabric using your home inkjet printer. This exciting craft opens the door to endless possibilities for creating original fabric to use in quilts, art pieces, gifts, home decor, and much more.

Fabric vases

Fabric vases

I take you step-by-step through the entire process, from preparing your files to print, to choosing the right fabric and getting it ready to go through the printer, to post-printing treatment, and much more.  I will discuss the importance of knowing what kinds of inks your printer uses, and give you tips to get fabric through even the most finicky printer.

Fabric cuff bracelet

Fabric cuff bracelet

With many examples of printed fabric and fabric artwork and crafts, you’ll get new ideas about what to do with your images and designs, and the knowledge to go home and start printing your own!

If you can’t make the workshop, I also have an ebook to teach you to print on fabric.

Pre-registration is required. If you have any questions or you’re interested in registering, please email me

My other scheduled workshops:

INTRODUCTION TO SELLING YOUR ARTWORK ONLINE : February 8, 2014, Noon to 3:00 pm, $60

Overview class designed to teach you about the many different options to market and sell your artwork and/or crafts on the internet.  You will learn the pros and cons of having your own website, selling through print-on-demand websites, selling your handmade work on Etsy or similar sites, using blogs and other social marketing tools, and much more.  This information will save you much time in doing the research on your own, and save you from wasting time and money on the wrong kind of venue for your situation. Handout included.

Sell Your Artwork & Crafts Online book

EXPLORING LUTRADUR : ONE-DAY WORKSHOP : April 5, 2014, Noon to 3 p.m., $40 plus materials

Learn how to create personal art with this exciting new product that combines the best qualities of fabric and paper.  Lutradur looks, feels and folds like translucent paper and doesn’t tear or fray. It’s the perfect medium for a wide variety of mixed media art, crafting, and sewing.  Each person will complete at least one project at the workshop.  Handout included.

Inkjet Printing on Lutradur Ebook

INKJET HEAT TRANSFER TECHNIQUES : May 24, 2014, Noon to 3:00 p.m., $40 plus materials

Learn to make creative and unique artwork, crafts and gifts using heat transfers and your inkjet printer.  We will explore several products and techniques to transfer images and text to a wide variety of surfaces.  Each person will work on two transfer projects at the workshop.  Handout included.

Click here to see a list of all of my workshops.

The Wild and Wonder of Bay Area Gardening, ACMG Seminar

Master Gardener 2013 poster

The 11th Annual Fall Seminar on Bay Area Gardening, “The Wild and Wonder of Bay Area Gardening,” sponsored by the University of California Alameda County Master Gardeners, will be held on Saturday, October 26, 2013 from 8:30 am to 3 pm at the Lake Merritt Garden Center, 666 Bellevue Ave., Oakland.

Anise swallowtail butterfly laying egg on fennel

My wonderful husband George McRae will speak at Session 3, from 1:30 to 3:00 pm, about “Creating Habitat for Wildlife.” He will show my photos and discuss how to attract and make a beautiful home for birds, bees, butterflies and other pollinators in your garden and your world.  Click here to see the schedule of classes.

Towhee eggs in nest

Towhee eggs in nest

The entire seminar covers the garden cycle from dream to harvest, with twelve workshops presented by outstanding garden experts.

Hummingbird at abutilon flower. UC Botanical Garden

You can choose 3 of the 90 minute workshops, one in each class period (a maximum of one Master Food Preserver class per attendee). The seminar includes morning refreshments, a book sale and lunchtime demonstrations.  Click here to sign up online. Some classes have limited enrollment, so for best choice sign up now.

Etsy Craft Party: Fabulous Fabric Fun

On June 20th people around the world will meet and mingle to create, collaborate, and just have fun at countless Etsy Craft Parties organized by Etsy artists and crafters in their own hometowns. This year’s theme is “Craft for Community.”

etsy craft party logo

Michele Battise, of Battise Fashions, generously included me in her vision of the ideal Craft Party. Michele is a clothing and accessory designer whose mission is to help women look and feel their most uniquely fabulous.

Animal Print Jacket, by Michele Battise

Animal Print Jacket, by Michele Battise

I met her several years ago through the SF Etsy group, when she contacted me about her idea to use some of my nature-design fabric in her clothing line.We really connected, and bonded over our love of fabric and original design, and the value of collaboration and supporting other artisans. Having Michele include my fabric in one of her dresses has been a high point in my artistic career.  That backstory explains how this Craft Party came to be, and also our philosophy behind it. So, on to the details!

We have planned for you a fun-fest of creativity and inspiration, a chance to learn many different unique and easy techniques for DIY projects. It’s Thursday, June 20th from 7 to 10 pm at the Gateview Clubhouse, 555 Pierce Street, Albany CA. Proceeds from the $10 ticket sale and raffle will cover supplies and your donation to La Clinica de La Raza, a healthcare organization serving low and moderate income families in the East Bay area.

We’ve got projects for everyone! You can learn to print your own artwork and photos directly on fabric with an inkjet printer.  I’ll do hands-on demos all night using your images (see below for details*), taking you step-by-step through the whole process. I’ll let you know what equipment works best, show you how to prepare your files, give you all of my secret tips to get fabric successfully through your printer, and much much more.

Pillow made with inkjet print fabric

Pillow made with inkjet print fabric

Expert photographer and printer KG of daydreaming arts, will demonstrate printing lengths of fabric (think scarves). She’ll show you the great potential in using a large-format inkjet printer, but also scale down her advice so you can get similar results from the smaller inkjet printers that most people use at home.

kayla garelick printing fabric

kg’s large-format printer setup

The most exciting thing about teaching printing on fabric is watching people get their first print! kg and I will have time for at least 15 (hopefully more) people to print their own images at the Party. To be fair, it’s first-come, first-served, so if you want to get your own photo or artwork printed, register for the Party and then email me (at a jpg of your work. The file should be 8 x 10 inches, at around 300 dpi. Email me any questions as well.

What else? You can learn to print on fabric using stamps and stencils with Grace Taormina, author of “The Complete Guide to Rubber Stamping” and “The Complete Guide to Decorative Stamping.” Grace will bring a huge variety of stamps, stencils, paints and other supplies and equipment for you to create and experiment with. She’ll have 12 inch muslin squares as well as other fun fabrics for you to use in your projects.

Grace Taormina

And the marvelous Michele will teach you several quick-sew or no-sew projects using felt for ponchos, scarfs, and more! She’ll have sewing machines for you to use so you can complete your project at the Party. And since one of her specialties is designing and sewing clothing, purses, and accessories with leather, she’ll have recycled leather pieces that you can use in your designs and projects.

Michele Battise leather purse

Michele Battise leather purse

Do you have a fabulous fabric technique you’d like to share?  Let us know so we can include it.

We’ll provide all the crafting supplies and equipment needed, but feel free to bring your own favorite supplies, fabric, stamps, paint, paper, etc! Oh, and last but not least – plenty of refreshments to keep our creative fires stoked!

You can register by clicking on this link. See you there!

Handmade Jewelry With Your Inkjet Printer : Workshop

Learn to make personalized jewelry using your own images, designs, and artwork.

Swallowtail butterfly lutradur earrings

Swallowtail butterfly lutradur earrings

We’ll explore several techniques to create unique earrings, necklaces, bracelets and pins from paper, fabric and lutradur that you print on your inkjet printer. Each person will work on at least one project at the workshop, and you will go home with many ideas and new things to try on your own printer.

Fabric cuff bracelet

Fabric cuff bracelet

Making a personalized gift saves money and shows that you care to take the time to create something special for friends and loved ones, as well as for yourself! Using your photos and scanned memorabilia of your own life ensures that your gifts will be treasured and kept forever.

Photo charm necklace

Photo charm necklace

The workshop will be held Saturday June 8, 2013, noon to 3:30 p.m. at The Village Shops and Galleries in El Cerrito (between Eureka and Stockton Ave.)  Cost is $40 plus materials.  For more information or to pre-register, please email me at

New Art Classes at The Village Shops and Galleries

May through July Workshops & Classes

Spring and summer – a great time for creativity, learning and inspiration. We’ve gathered a fantastic lineup of expert instructors for a wide variety of classes held at The Village Shops and Galleries’ new classroom. We’re at 10330 San Pablo Ave, El Cerrito (between Eureka and Stockton, free on-street parking).

Pre-registration is required for all classes. Contact the instructor to pre-register. Class sizes are limited. A class may be cancelled if the minimum amount of students is not met. Visit The Village Shops and Galleries’ website for complete class descriptions, instructor biographies, and policies.  Click here to see all upcoming events, including classes.


Beginning sewers welcome! Fun, fast introduction to the mechanics of using a regular sewing machine. Please bring your own machine with owner’s manual and accessories. If you don’t have a machine, the instructor can bring one. Sat 5/18 from noon to 4:00 pm.  Fee: $50. Email:


Don’t throw your plastic bags into landfill! Learn how to transform grocery plastic bags into a reusable strong tote bag. Learn to cut the bags, connect them to one another, and use basic crochet stitches to create tote bags & small change purses. Sun 5/19 or Thurs 5/23 or Thurs 6/6 or Sun 6/9:  from 1 pm to 4 pm.  Fee: $50.  Call Karen at (510) 525-8614


Learn four different techniques for writing the classic italic script. Series of 4 classes, take any or all.  (1) Right-handed: use right -hand stroke sequence: Sat 5/25 from noon to 2 pm; (2) Sideway method: write with a more natural flow by turning the page to 90 degrees, allows for beautiful flourishes: Weds 6/5 from 4:00 to 6 pm; (3) The typical “hook”, using left-hand stroke sequence, with letters written from left to right & backwards: Weds 6/19 from 4:00 to 6 pm; (4) The upside-down technique: requires letters to be formed upside-down, allowing the creation of graceful flourishes: Sat 6/22 from noon to 2:00 pm.   Fee: $20 or $90 for all four. Email:

Doug Jones Left handed Calligraphy

Doug Jones Left handed Calligraphy


Learn to transform your photographs into works of art with different software programs , techniques, and methods. Enhance your original photos to achieve unique and artistic effects. Sun 5/26 from noon to 3:30 pm.  Fee: $50 Email:

Blending modes

Blending modes

THE ART OF THE CLOTH DOLL with Deborah Tanaka

Learn to cut, sew and assemble selected doll bodies and embellish them with flair creating a one-of-a-kind 3-dimensional soft figure for exhibit or play. Using fabrics, trim, buttons, flowers, thread, wool and felt, you will express yourself through the 3-D soft figure. Students 12 years and older.  Sun 6/2 or 6/16 or 6/23 or 6/30: from 11:30 am to 5:30 pm.Fee: $60 + $25 materials fee. $25 due upon registration; registration required 2 weeks in advance of workshop Email:

Deb Tanaka doll workshop

Deb Tanaka doll workshop


Series of four classes. Yuvak will show you how to paint watercolor with the combination of free flowing transparent and more controlled opaque watercolor methods. Beyond teaching the techniques, he will inspire you to learn more and excel. Students 13 years or older. Fri 6/7 & 6/14 & 6/21 & 62/8: from noon to 4 pm. Fee: $140 for four classes.  Email:

Yuvak Tuladhar Two Girls

Yuvak Tuladhar Two Girls


Learn to make personalized jewelry with your own images, designs, or artwork. We will explore techniques to create unique earrings, necklaces, bracelets and pins from paper, fabric, and lutradur that you print on your inkjet printer. Sat 6/8 from noon to 3:30 pm.  Fee: $40 plus materials. Email:

Fabric cuff bracelet

Fabric cuff bracelet

PAINTING WITH KIDS with Grace Taormina

Paint a flower or butterfly on a 12″x12″ canvas using acrylic paints. Lean how to use different types of paint brushes and try a variety of paint techniques. Bring an apron or old t-shirt to protect your clothing. All materials provided. Ages 7 to 17. Wed 6/12 or Thurs 6/13 from 1:00 to 3:00 pm. Fee: $35.  Email:


Create beautifully detailed pendants using art stamps and polymer clay. We will experiment with a variety of materials such as mica powders and paints to enhance the detailing of your pendants. Use these pendants to make jewelry or to enhance other mixed media projects. All materials provided. Wed 6/12 from 3:30 to 5:30 pm. Fee: $50. Email:

ALTERED ART BOOKS with Grace Taormina

Alter an old board book with an array of mixed media techniques to create a one of a kind art book. Learn how to age, crackle, colorize, texturize, stamp and stencil papers. All materials provided. Thurs 6/13 from 3:30 to 5:30 pm. Fee: $40.  Email:


Learn to sell your artwork and designs on Ipod cases, jewelry, skateboards, home decor, postage stamps, and hundreds of other products! In this hands-on workshop, Heidi will guide you through the steps to open your own store on Zazzle, upload a set of your images, and create at least five different products. Expert tips to design your products, write descriptions, maximize your profits, and use free social media tools to market your store. Sat 6/29 from noon to 3:00 pm. Fee: $45. Email:

Zazzle, honeybee design necktie

Zazzle, honeybee design necktie


Learn to create unique art with this exciting new product that combines the best qualities of fabric and paper. Lutradur looks, feels and folds like translucent paper and doesn’t tear or fray. It’s the perfect medium for a wide variety of mixed media art, crafting, and sewing. Sun 7/7 from noon to 3:00 pm.  Fee: $40 plus materials.  Email:

Interested in teaching? We’re always adding new instructors, just email me at


Photo Art : Altered Imagery Workshop

Learn a wide variety of techniques and programs to transform your photographs into unique art that you’re proud of, that you can print and frame — for yourself, for gifts, or to sell.

Blue girl rose kaleidescope

Blue girl rose kaleidoscope

If you’re ready to take the next steps with your photos, to stretch your creativity and artistic imagination, I’ve got just the workshop for you. We’ll explore how to enhance your original photos to achieve unique and artistic effects using Adobe Photoshop Elements. Elements is a very powerful, but affordable, image processing program.  The techniques that I teach can also be accomplished with other programs, and we’ll discuss them as well, including GIMP, a free image processing program.

Blending modes

Blending modes

Space is limited, and we’ll work on your images at the workshop, so pre-registration is required. For more information or to pre-register, email me at If you can’t make the workshop, email me for other options, including private classes, books, and ebooks.  And here’s a list of my other art and craft workshops.

Sunday May 26th from noon to 3:30 pm at The Village Shops and Galleries, 10330 San Pablo Ave, El Cerrito (between Eureka and Stockton, free on-street parking). The cost is $50.

Barn owl pocket watch collage

Barn owl pocket watch collage


Inkjet Heat Transfer workshop

Explore a creative and fun way to put your photos, artwork, and designs onto a variety of surfaces using heat transfers and an inkjet printer. At this hands-on workshop we’ll  use several different products to transfer your images onto fabric, wood, tile, and more. You’ll complete at least one transfer at the workshop, and a handout is included so you’ll be all set to make original gifts and artwork on your own.

Collage box

Hummingbird and Watch Collage Box: Transfer Artist Paper

The workshop will be held on Sunday April 28, from noon to 3 pm at The Village Shops and Galleries, 10330 San Pablo Ave., El Cerrito (between Stockton and Eureka). Free parking and wheelchair accessible. $40 plus a materials fee.

Swallowtail butterfly tile

Swallowtail butterfly tile

This is a versatile, clean, and inexpensive way to place your photos and images onto things that you can’t fit through your printer. I’ll show you tips and tricks to get great results from transfers, and introduce you to the best-quality products, including Transfer Artist Paper (TAP), which I used to make the collage box in the photograph at the top of this post.

Another heat transfer product I like is made by Lazertran, a company that makes the waterslide decals I use in many of my art pieces.  The top of this box is a Lazertran heat transfer.

Lisianthus box heat transfer

Lisianthus Box: Lazaertran transfer

Want to learn more? Here are some of my blog posts about using heat transfers:

Photos on wooden boxes, part 1

Photos on metal, part 1

Photos on tiles, part 1

Photos on tiles, part 2

Pre-registration is required for the workshop because I’m limiting the size, so please email me at  For the complete list of my workshops and other events, go to the workshop page on my website.

If you’re not in the Bay Area, you can learn the techniques at my online workshop at CraftArtEdu, Decorating Wood With Image Transfers.

Learn to Make Soap!

Have you ever wanted to make your own all-natural ingredient soap? If so, here’s your opportunity to learn from a soap making expert! George McRae, who has been making soap for more than 10 years, is teaching an introductory workshop to show you the “how to’s” of cold process soap making.  Cold process is the fundamental way to make soap, in the time-honored “wood ashes and fat” method of our ancestors. Today, it’s quite a bit more refined, and George will combine his clear explanations of what soap is, the process of making it, and safety information, along with a step-by-step demonstration of the entire process.

Cat soap

At the end of the workshop you’ll have the knowledge to go home and make soap tailored to your skin type and aesthetic desires. George will also provide a detailed handout for you to follow, including a list of useful resources such as books, websites, and stores. AND you’ll have at least one bar of the soap that we’ll make at the workshop!

If you would like to be more “hands on” bring a pair of rubber gloves and an old shirt or smock you won’t mind getting stained.  We’ll have some sets of safety goggles and gloves.

Saturday April 20th 10:00 am to 2 pm at The Village Shops and Galleries, 10330 San Pablo Ave., El Cerrito (between Stockton and Eureka), free street parking, wheelchair accessible.  $30

Rose soap

Class size is limited, and pre-registration is required. Email George at for more information and to pre-register. Beginner-level workshop for adults.