Tuesday, August 4, 2015

My Own Mixed Media Line

It is with great excitement and gratitude that I share with you a big announcement - something that I have kept under wraps for a very long time. In January 2016, I will be be bringing you my very own line of mixed media products through Spellbinders


I have had a passion for mixed media from the very beginning of my creative journey. Over the years, I have used many different products and supplies from a countless number of companies and designers. Those of you who have followed my blog and/or taken my workshops know that I have always emphasized the importance of taking a commercial product and making it your own. What better way to do that then to be the one who is actually designing!

I cannot yet share much about this collection except for the fact that I cannot wait to get it into your hands. Given that 2016 is still 5 months away, you may be wondering why I am making this announcement now. Well...I want to be able to share some details and sneak peeks with you along the way- and maybe a few surprises as well. So if you want to be among the first to see what I have in store, sign up for updates here.

Monday, August 3, 2015

Big News


Stay tuned...........

Sunday, August 2, 2015

The Week Links: 61

Join me every Sunday when I share some of my favorite links I discovered in the previous week.
All previous links can be found here.

And here is Week 61...


Marion Bockelmann celebrates book nerds in this Postage People series.

Alphabet City: The A to Z guide to Jean-Michel Basquiat.

Lee John Phillips is drawing 100,000+ items from his grandfather's tool shed.

Embroidered houses and homes from Stephanie Clark.

Street artists in Mexico cover an entire neighborhood with color.

Loving the Vegan Mosquito from Roxanne Coble and James Siciliano.

Ever hear of North Brother Island in NYC? Me neither. It is the perfect example of beautiful decay.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Top 10 Trends in Mixed Media


Twice a year, the Craft and Hobby Association (CHA) publishes an in-depth report describing the trends within the craft industry. This publication is a snapshot of the products, supplies and techniques that are hot at the present time and likely to emerge in the upcoming months. It makes for a fascinating read for all crafters, artists, manufacturers and retailers interested in better understanding the "State of the Union" of our community.


The report covers the following areas: general crafts, children's crafts, home decor, jewelry arts, mixed media, needle arts, paper craft, and wearable arts. As a designer member of CHA and part of the Trends Committee, I was responsible for the section on mixed media. I have summarized 10 mixed media trends for mid-year 2015 below. Click here to read the full report.

TOP 10 TRENDS IN MIXED MEDIA
SUMMER 2015

--Art Journaling: with a shift toward more authentic, raw journaling and less emphasis on pretty pages

--Bible Journaling: faith-based journaling directly into bibles is on the rise

--Text and Lettering: a hot trend from 2014 continues in many forms

--Paint Mediums: more and more companies are diving into the paint business and paint pens are a hot product in 2015

--Fine Art: crosses into mixed media via the popularity of encaustic and cold wax techniques, portraiture and watercolors

--Stencils: continues to ride a wave of popularity with text, geometric shapes, nature, portraiture and and background designs trending as themes

--Fabric and Fiber: crossing into mixed media in many forms

--Surface Design: renewed interest is evident on fabric and paper, both digitally and handmade

--Sketching: a continued resurgence in sketching and drawing is evident

--Coloring books for adults are hot, hot, hot


Seeing your own trends? Add you thoughts to this post in the comments section...

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Spotlight: Kecia Deveney

Back in the day, when I first started my blog, I often highlighted other artists in Spotlight posts. My friend Bridgette Guerzon Mills was the first. Other artists that I spotlighted included Judy Wilkenfeld,  CW Slade, Barbara Kleinhans, and John Copeland

It is fascinating for me to read through my Spotlight posts now, as they were written about 8 years ago. Happily I can say that I find the work of these artists every bit as compelling today as I did way back when.

In thinking about these posts, I have decided to occasionally write new spotlight posts, bringing you the work of other artists - some that may be new to you and some that are likely to be familiar faces. 

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Today...the spotlight is on Kecia Deveney.

Looking through my emails, it seems that I first connected with Kecia online in early 2009. We met for the first time in a workshop in 2009 and then again in 2010 when I took a class from Leslie Marsh that was held at Kecia's magical studio and home (check out this short video of her kool kitchen). Since then our paths have crossed many times, most recently when we both taught in Australia as part of Art is You in 2014. Some of you might remember that we shared a crazy 52 hour trip from NYC to Sydney. How did we survive? By collaborative journaling in the airport of course...


Kecia brings a special energy to all that she does and her work brings a smile to my face. Whether two-dimensional or three-dimensional, all bright colors or limited monotones, laced with humor or on the edge of darkness, her work is always filled with life. She works across an endless number of mediums and she is equally talented in them all. I am the lucky owner of a number of her pieces, my absolute favorite being this guy who hangs out with me in my studio...


Just a small sample of her work follows













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To learn more about Kecia, stop by her blog or website. And tell her Seth sent ya!

Sunday, July 26, 2015

The Week Links: 60

Join me every Sunday when I share some of my favorite links I discovered in the previous week.
All previous links can be found here.

And here is Week 60...


Heather Day considers the process of accidental painting.

Meet Fiona Dempster: the Type Detective.

Caterina Giglio asks: What is art?

Christine at Scrap Time shares her experience at the CHA Summer 2015 Paper Arts show.

What do you think? Did Starbucks rip off this artist?

This book (Natural Processes in Textile Art) from Alice Fox looks special.

25+ bloggers have dug up Buried Treasure and reposted their favorite post ever in my annual online collaboration.