Posts by Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met and Manager of My Modern Met Store. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.

April 18, 2021

10+ All-Inclusive Latch and Rug Hook Kits That’ll Have You Creating Retro-Inspired Designs

There are plenty of crafts that seem to have had their heyday in the 1970s. Macramé is a great example. But if you think there are crafts that are destined for your grandma's house, you'll want to have another look at them. Techniques and activities that seem like they’re well in the past have had a revival over the last few years as modern crafters have rediscovered their charm.

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April 14, 2021

Artist Shatters Glass to Create Striking Portrait of History-Making VP Kamala Harris

Artist Simon Berger creates striking portraits by shattering glass. Sitting atop a fresh pane and brandishing a hammer, he makes strategic taps onto the surface to produce spider web-like motifs and render a three-dimensional form. The human face, for instance, is a perfect example of how this works. Anything in highlight—such as the forehead—is done by him striking the same part of the glass time and again.

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March 18, 2021

22 Springtime Crafts That Will Make You Feel Creatively Renewed This Season

Now that we have made it through the doldrums of winter, there's new energy to the air. The sun shines for longer and you can retire your winter gloves! With the advent of the spring season, it's the perfect time to take your renewed spirit and channel it into craft ideas and fun DIY projects. If you’re nervous about starting something new, have no fear.

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March 14, 2021

Learn About How Linseed Oil Can Improve the Qualities You Already Love About Oil Paint

Oil paints have been the chosen material of artists for centuries, and it’s easy to see why. The luscious pigments and beautiful sheen that they produce give any subject an air of regality. But did you know that there’s a way to increase these qualities in your paint? Linseed oil is a painting medium that can be added to alter the pigment ever-so-slightly to behave in a different way.

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