Skip to main content

Feature Artist - Martha Walker

Jean here, with a few words.  I am so pleased to feature not only a fantastic artist, but a friend and neighbor.  Martha and I met through a mutual friend who has also appeared on this blog, Ingrid Vient. We are also mutual friends with Carolyn Addie, another Featured artist from our Blog.  I am blessed to be surrounded by so many talented and inspiring people. It brings joy to see their varied creations and enjoy their friendship.  And with that..........Meet Martha.....

Martha Walker 
owner of Wagons West Designs.
I always enjoyed drawing in grade school, but the thought of becoming an artist as a vocation first popped into my head on a trip to New Orleans in the Fall of my 4th grade year. Around the courtyard of the St. Louis cathedral were artists with their paintings hanging on the wrought iron fence surround. That looked like fun! I proclaimed my newfound goal of becoming an artist to my parents, who took that to heart, and for my next birthday they gave to me an easel, oil paints and a canvas pad. They also found a woman who taught oil painting to students in her basement, and I began going to her home once a week after school to learn all about mixing oil paints and painting on canvas.
In middle school and high school I took every art class that was offered. At the same time that I was working at improving my drawing and painting skills, I was also intrigued with sewing and embroidery. My mother signed me up for a dressmaking class when I was 12, and I was off and running after that, making most of my own clothes, from dresses to bathing suits, tailored jackets to lingerie.

When I began college I was so excited to major in fine art. But after a few years, I began to have misgivings about my major. It was the late 70's, and the economy was very depressed. I was really worried that I wouldn't be able to make a living as an artist, and regretfully changed my major to business, and changed art to a minor.  But the dream of making a living as an artist always lingered, and in 2007 I launched my business, Wagons West Designs, with the publication of Vintage Christmas, a pattern book for projects such as quilts, punch needle, wool appliqué and Christmas ornaments.

My "Glitter Bird Clips" are one of the ornament projects included in Vintage Christmas, made with fabric, paint and mica slivers. Also from Vintage Christmas is the "Santa in cone", made with paper clay, gesso and paint, fabric and yarn.
Since Vintage Christmas, I have written two more books: Be Merry: Quilts and Projects for Your Holiday Home, published by Kansas City Star Books, and Annie's Scrapbag.  My work has been featured in magazines such as Quiltmaker, Primitive Quilts and Projects Magazine, Quiltmania, Simply Vintage, Quilt Country, Magic Patch, and Quilter's Newsletter Magazine.

The last two years I have had the great pleasure to work with Studio e Fabrics and Henry Glass Fabrics in designing two fabric lines: Elementary for Studio e Fabrics, which was released in 2013, and Sentimental Stitches for Henry Glass & Co., which was released this year, and is scheduled to be delivered to quilt shops this month! Designing a fabric line involves two things I love best - drawing and quiltmaking!

You may find some supplies for making similar projects here.....
paper mache cones


  1. Lovely to meet you Martha!
    Your Santa in a cone and Bird on a clip are so sweet- thanks for sharing here today! ")

  2. Such lovely work! Such a pleasure to meet you! Thanks for sharing your work with us!

  3. Thanks for sharing Martha and so nice to meet you! The Santa in a cone is my favorite!

  4. Martha, you are so very talented, and I enjoyed reading all about your creative journey. Thank you for sharing your beautiful works with us, and I, too, am so happy to meet you!

  5. So glad to show you off! What a joy to see your work!

  6. Thank you for sharing your lovely art with us!

  7. I enjoyed meeting you and I like both the bird and the cone♥

  8. Looking forward to your creations, Martha!


Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

 Handy Tip for Artists, Recyclers and Neat Freaks! I have a follow-up to the Citra-Sol method for creating fabulous background pages and collages.   I bought a big bag of navel oranges and realized I had the ingredients to make my own solvent!   Simply take a clean glass jar, peel the rind from the oranges and place all the rind/peels, without the pulp (tangerines, oranges, navels) into the jar.   Pour enough vinegar over the peels to cover them.    Allow the jar to sit for a week or two and VOILA!     You have made your own solvent for literally pennies.    You will notice the liquid getting a bit thicker than the plain vinegar and it does not smell bad!!! I now have a  HUGE jar on the window sill!       Be careful and only use this after testing on a safe spot.

DINA WAKLEY Featured Artist

We are SO Proud to present Dina Wakley with her ART and February Tip   (oops, she says she is totally disorganized, so there is HOPE for all of us!) Dina Wakley is a mixed-media artist and teacher. She loves everything about art: creating it, thinking about it, looking at it, and teaching it. Dina is passionate about teaching art. She teaches both in-person and online workshops.  She is a docent at the Phoenix Art Museum, where she gives tours to school groups and gets kids excited about art. As a Ranger Signature Designer, Dina designs a line of mixed-media art supplies that includes acrylic paints, mediums, brushes, rubber stamps, stencils, and more. Look for the Dina Wakley Media Line by Ranger at a store near you.  Dina's books Art Journal Freedom and Art Journal Courage are available now. Also look for three new North Light DVDs starring Dina, available this month: "Art Journal Mark Making and Throwing Ink," Art Journal Color Courage," and &q

Rolling with my Gel Press

I love experimenting with different ways to create texture and interest on my Gel Press and for many years now I have turned to fun foam to help do this when monoprinting.  I love to team the fun foam with my dies to create my own stamps and texture plates.  I used this techniques for my prints in January that I shared here on the blog. There are lots of dies that have detail, meaning lots of scrap pieces which you can randomly stick onto cardboard giving you a stamp as well as using the actually die cut shape as a stamp.  Another idea is using them attached to a toilet roll to create a brayer like roller was shared at my local scrapbook store and on a video by Birgit Koopsen last year.  I love playing with this method. The toilet roll is slipped over a paint roller handle. Here you can see some of my texture creations that I have on hand for my play today. One texture I love is created using a piece of burlap ribbon, which I have stuck onto a toilet roll. My first layer ab