"I love rusty things, glitter glue, old books to cut up, yarn and cheap cameras. I’m smiling when my hands are dirty with paint or when I’ve altered a camera or something to use as a printing tool. It means I’m doing what I love—making art and doing things with my hands. Lucky for me, I do what I love for a living."
For this self-proclaimed love child of MacGyver, making her own books, printing and stamping tools, art journaling, knitting, spinning and dyeing have been a long time passion of hers. Along the way, she's written three books. Her first book, "Print & Stamp Lab," is on alternative printmaking techniques and tool development. Her second book, "The Art Journal Workshop," is an in-depth and hands-on approach to visual journaling. Her third book, "Print It!," is a kid's book on creating projects with handmade printing and stamping tools. Her artwork and knitted and crocheted designs have also been featured in many books and magazines.
Through her one-woman business Bonkers Handmade Originals, she sells her creations such as hand-dyed spinning fibers and yarns, original rubber stamps, handmade books, and original artwork. She also designs knit and crochet wear, and is a knitting, spinning and crochet technical editor. She has been teaching workshops across the US since the early 90s and has branched out into online workshops.
All Lessons by Traci Bunkers: Mixed-media & Fiber Artist
9 minFREECrafts lessonFree5 CQ
Mixed media artist Traci Bunkers demonstrates how to use henna tattoo stencils and acrylic paints to create borders and backgrounds in an art journal.
5 minCrafts lesson3 CQ
Continuing with her lesson on using henna stencils to decorate art journals, artist Traci Bunkers shows how to use a Copic airbrush to apply the patterns.
5 minCrafts lesson3 CQ
In this lesson, mixed media artist Traci Bunkers demonstrates how to use household items as printing blocks to create patterns on fabric or paper.
3 minFREECrafts lessonFree2 CQ
Looking for a sweet and simple printmaking method? In this lesson, learn how to create cute prints using acrylic paint and a novelty ice cube tray.
4 minCrafts lesson3 CQ
Interested in art journaling or paper arts? Learn how to create a subtly tinted page background by mixing multicolored soft pastels with gesso medium.