Heat Blend Excitement at Crayon Expo


Tana Mueller, designsbytana.com, has designed one of the most popular “Hot” techniques in the industry today.  Participants at Tana’s certification workshop enjoyed 2 days of high energy, coloring FUN.  We had a lot to smile about, whether perusing all the information provided in our class materials

Smiling faces at Crayon Expo

Armadillo art by Tana





0r browsing the amazing art show on display.


Practice 1 BearTana and her talented, hard-working team taught over 40 students how to color with Crayola crayons and permanently blend them into the fabric fibers with an iron, a cotton swab and a Dremel tool.  Our first “practice” piece was a Teddy Bear.






My favorite “practice” piece is the ribbon cross. Everyone designed their own ribbon. P2 Semper Fi

My project honours my brother, Michael Schmidt, a highly decorated Marine who is now guarding heaven’s gates.


In case you think “only artists or experienced crafters can do this”, keep in mind that I made my first complete project in class less than 4 days ago.  Here is my first “Solo” project. Being an avid rubber stamper, I couldn’t wait to combine stamping with coloring on fabric. The image is a Stampendous “Filly” stamp, colored with Crayola crayons using Tana’s hot blend technique.

#3 Black Horse, Stampendous Filly stamp, Hot Blend Crayon



I left Tana’s class excited, exhausted, and exhilarated. I can’t  wait to apply this new skill to my Zentangle quilting. I  thoroughly enjoyed this learning experience and my brain is still building new neurons as I begin creating my own art samples in preparation for sharing this great technique with others in classes at Kinsey Quilts and Sewing World of Weatherford.