Welcome!

Welcome to Tenukihandcrafts, the artistic home of L. Anne Thompson, where you’ll find an exploration of Anne’s creative journey across several mediums.

This site’s glorious purpose

I believe everyone is an artist; they just have to find their medium. It’s perfectly fine to explore different arts and crafts to find the one that speaks to you and your creative muse.

I believe in sharing techniques so each person can explore and find their own creative voice.

Blog posts chronicle my creative works; art tutorials deep dive various creative topics and then the usual links to creative resources and my online shops.

Creating is a difficult muse to entice. Complex creative works require a lot of thinking, planning, trial and error. As much as I love my current creative photography phase, I need less taxing creative outlets to feed the fire. The art journal and coloring communities are also lovely people. Some days, you just need someone, somewhere to like your work and provide some happy feedback.

“Zen Flowers With Bees”

Artist Bio*

“fly away” grunge-style self-portrait

A life-long creative, Anne started with crayons on walls. She received her first 35 mm SLR in the early 1980s. Anne graduated from Central Washington University with a BA in theater (design and stage management) with a minor in Art History. In order to have a steady income and health insurance, Anne pursued a career as an administrative professional that continues to this day.

Creatively curious, Anne has explored many arts and crafts over the years: fiber arts, beadwork, paper craft, glue books, art journals, mixed media courses and photography. She has studied with Jane Davenport, Tamara Laporte, Teesha Moore, Tangie Baxter, Sebastian Michaels, and Denise Love, to name a few.

The name Tenukihandcrafts was coined by Anne’s husband during her Crafting Phase for her Etsy shop that carried over as the name of this site. Tenuki is a term from the game of go which means to take the initiative.

Photography remained in the background until Anne found Sebastian Michael’s Photoshop Artistry course that brought her back to her first love: photography.

Anne’s work features her collection of ball joined dolls as models with themes of nature, isolation and sci-fi overtones. Her style shifts from time to time but the imagery is always complex, giving the viewer plenty to discover. She is currently working on a cyberpunk, film noir-inspired graphic novel, “The Takashima Extraction.”

*I’m not a fan of Speaking of Oneself in the Third Person, but it is a standard bio style that I use for shows and my other online accounts.

“Palmerized Night”

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“Delighted to do business with Tenuki Handcrafts – always top quality and easy transactions. Thanks Anne.”

Anonymous

“Thank you so much! Just received my Chagall- inspired mermaid print, and it is even more beautiful in person! Love the bright colors. Super fast shipping and very securely- packaged. 😀”

superswimmerstar

“Beautiful print. Easy to work with.”

Renee

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L. Anne Thompson
Tenukihandcrafts
Seattle, WA
USA