Wednesday, January 18, 2017

New IO Stamps: Singles

Every January, timed to coincide with Creativation - the annual trade show of the Craft & Hobby Association (CHA) - new products are released from art and craft companies. It is both thrilling and humbling for me to be part of this tidal wave of creativity. This year, I have releases with 4 companies and today I want to share some of my new stamps with Impression Obsession.

My newest release includes a variety of different types of stamps and in this post, I am sharing my new individual stamps. Yesterday I showcased my newest stamp sets.

EXTRA TIME
3.75 x 5.5 inches
numbers, letters, words, grungy images. use it whole or in select segments.

LIVE BOLD
3.75 x 5.5 inches
numbers, letters, words, grungy images. use it whole or in select segments.

CROSSWORD
3.75 inch square
not your grandma's crossword. distressed and degraded.

COVER-A-CARD STAMPS
5.75 inch square

CRACKLE

FOREST SNOW

SCREEN

 UNIVERSE

All of my stamps with Impression Obsession are manufactured in the United States and made from high quality, deeply-etched red rubber. They can be purchased directly from my online shop from the Impression Obsession website, and from other online and brick and mortar venues as well. All orders will ship later in January.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

New IO Stamps: Sets

Every January, timed to coincide with Creativation - the annual trade show of the Craft & Hobby Association (CHA) - new products are released from art and craft companies. It is both thrilling and humbling for me to be part of this tidal wave of creativity. This year, I have releases with 4 companies and today I want to share some of my new stamps with Impression Obsession.

My newest release includes a variety of different types of stamps and in this post, I am sharing my  new stamp sets. Tomorrow I will reveal my individual stamps.


Excited to be releasing my first sets of borders, each of which contain 4 stamps...

Border Lines


Spot Lights


I am also releasing 1 set of stamps perfect for art journaling, mixed media, and anything with a bit of a grungy look.

Rotators




These new sets are in addition to my two recent December releases...

Pathways

Mark Makers

All of my stamps with Impression Obsession are manufactured in the United States and made from high quality, deeply-etched red rubber. They can be purchased in sets from my online shop or both in sets and individually (wood mounted or cling) directly from the Impression Obsession website, along with additional online and brick and mortar venues. All orders will ship later in January.

Monday, January 16, 2017

#ARTifacts: Exhibit One

Artifacts (plural noun): objects made by a human being, typically an item of cultural or historical interest.

ARTifacts (plural noun): a collaborative project for 2017 documenting adventures in art.


Two weeks ago I posted info about a new, year long collaborative project that I am calling #ARTifacts. Here is the (edited) brief I presented:

Every year I have so many "art memories" from my travels, my teaching, my adventures in NYC, and my studio work. I have decided that 2017 will be the year of ARTifacts where I document my adventures in art for the entire year in a physical book.

I would love to have you join me. This would be a no rules collaboration. Just find or make some sort of artist book, planner, scrapbook, 3-ring-binder, folder, or other container to document your creative experiences, whether they be in art, craft, or anything else. Then get to documenting in any way to style that works for you.

I had a good number of people express interest in joining. And an equal number of people asking what exactly the project is. I was purposely vague because I wanted it to be a reflection of you. For me, I am looking at this project as an artful way of keeping track of my daily life as an artist. A dossier or scrapbook of sorts that is filled with words and images that document the creative part of my life.

Since a picture speaks a thousand words, here are some shots of my pages from the first two weeks of 2017. This should give you a good idea of the direction I am taking.



No rules though. If you decide to join, create your book in any form and any style. Anything goes.

My plan is to have participants share their work on their own social media sites and to send pictures of their book and pages to me periodically so that I can share them on mine. At the end of 2017, I would then host an online exhibition of the work that we all created.

If you are in, please send an email so I can keep track of the players and send out updates to everyone. And send me pictures of your #ARTifacts anytime! 

Sunday, January 15, 2017

First Look: new paint colors

Hi all. The excitement continues as Creativation, the trade show for the Craft & Hobby Association, is less than one week away. It is there that the new art and craft products for the season will be revealed.

Today I have a sneak peek of my new set of paints coming from PaperArtsy...


They have been designed to work and mix well with my initial set of paints...


These paints are Fresco Finish Chalk Acrylics, with a fast-drying, matte finish. They are perfect for mixed media and journaling, as any and every pen/marker you choose to use will make marks on it - without destroying your pen. The paints in the line vary in opacity and are labeled as opaque, semi-opaque, or translucent.

I love this piece from Nikki Acton, who has demonstrated that by mixing a variety of paints from the first and new sets...you can make rust and patina. And we cannot live without rust and patina!


You can see and read more right now about my new paints on this post on the PaperArtsy blog. And stay tuned...the paints will be available for purchase later this week from my online shop

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Spellbinders Sneak Peek

It's that time of year again. You know...the time when art and craft companies release their new products timed with Creativation -- the annual trade show held by the Craft & Hobby Association. This year, I have new collections with four different companies: StencilGirl Products, PaperArtsy, Spellbinders and Impression Obsession.

Today I would like to share an early look at some of my new collection of dies from Spellbinders.


Read more about my new line on the Spellbinders site, where you can sign up for daily giveaways during their Countdown to Creativation preview days.


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Broken Maze

Drip Dry

Steering Wheel

Ray of Light

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Dimensional Dimension


The month of January is always exciting to me as I unveil my newest products - the designs I have been sitting on for months, eager to share.

In the next few weeks, I will be showing you all my new collections from Impression Obsession, Spellbinders, PaperArtsy and StencilGirl Products. But for today, this post is a bit of a look back.

Spellbinders recently posted a list of their Top 10 tutorials for 2016. I was thrilled to see that my guest blog post on ways to create dimension and texture with die cuts was included on the list.



Saturday, January 7, 2017

Time to (Card and Photo) Play

I am excited to share that 2 of the Top Ten products from 2016 in the Cloth Paper Scissors/North Light Media shop were my workshop videos. These are fun workshops, available as immediate downloads or actual DVDs. Each one has a "student" taking the workshop, making it much more real, interactive and interesting.

Based on my 52 Card Pickup live workshop, Card Play: Mixed-Media Techniques for Small Works of Art is 96 minutes of creative fun.

Have a peek below...



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Based on my Photo Op/Cutting Room Floor live workshops, Photo Play: Techniques for Altering Photos with Paint and Ink, this video is filled with 91 minutes of artful techniques.

Here is a preview...


More information can be found in the North Light Shop, where both workshops can be ordered (along with the other Top 10 products) as DVDs or immediate downloads at a special price.