Friday, June 24, 2016

Overcoming Creative Obstacles


In the May/June issue of Cloth Paper Scissors, my column The Creative Pulse is all about dealing with creative obstacles. I describe in detail the following five approaches to pushing through when life gets in the way:

1. Be creative in order to be creative. In other words, take out your supplies and start.

2. Instead of focusing on the effort that art can sometimes become, think of the playfulness that underlies it.

3. Take a break from social media and spend time with your art. Seeking out inspiration online is only helpful if it doesn't make us feel less than.

4. Focus on the process. Think of your creations as works in progress so they don't disappoint.

5. Break out your journal (or start one) but keep it for your eyes only.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Wish Upon a Star

I absolutely love this journal spread created by Yana Smakula using by Robo Star dies from Spellbinders. 



She created a video showing her process from start to finish.



You can read more about the journal and products used here.

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Using the same set of star dies, along with many other, Linda Lucas created a sensational mixed media journal as her contribution to a blog hop.





See how she created it here - and clock on the links in her post to the other artists participating in the hop too.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Book of Dreams

I am constantly seeing cool notebooks in every design imaginable and if I were to buy every one that caught my eye, I would probably fill my home. Most of the ones I do buy sit on a shelf untouched. These days, when I actually need a notebook, I buy a simple and inexpensive one and create my own cover. They are more fun and more likely to actually be used.

Book of Dreams is one example


Bella Crafts Quarterly, a free eMagazine, is featuring a step-by-step tutorial showing how I made this book cover. Check out the issue, and have a look at all their past issues as well, on their website.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

The Week Links: 106

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

And here is Week 106...


1. Always excited when I come across a piece on any member of the endlessly talented Larsen family. Check out Atelier St. George on Remodelista.



2. All. By. Hand. Fascinating process by Pernille Snedker Hansen's who marbles every slat by hand.



3. Mesmerized by this moss book from Bridgette Guerzon Mills.


4. Found a site dedicated to rust painting. Thanks to Donna Joy for the tip.



5. Lucia Litman matches food to Pantone colors - first seen on Creative Boom.



6. These are miniatures! The incredible work of Nix + Berger as seen on Trendland.



7. Roxanne Coble takes us behind the scenes at the filming of the new PBS show Make it Artsy, premiering September 29.



Friday, June 17, 2016

Summer School

Pack you bags and come to camp. Art camp. The following is an update to my workshop schedule for  summer 2016...

JUNE

Kept Creations - Whitman, Massachusetts
Brick by Brick - June 25

Kept Creations - Whitman, Massachusetts
Dimensional Stenciling - June 26
Workshop Full

JULY

Art is You Australian Mixed Media Roadshow
Perth - July 13-17
Sydney - July 20-24
Noosa - July 27-31

AUGUST

Belmar Arts Center - Belmar, New Jersey
Photo Op - August 5

Belmar Arts Center - Belmar, New Jersey
Brick by Brick - August 6

The Queen's Ink - Savage, Maryland
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Mystery Class - August 12

The Queen's Ink - Savage, Maryland
50 Ways to Leave Your Layer - August 13

The Queen's Ink - Savage, Maryland
A Book of Moments - August 14

Papercraft Clubhouse - Westbrook, Connecticut
Mixed Media Mashup - August 20

Papercraft Clubhouse - Westbrook, Connecticut
Collage Camp - August 21

Read about all my 2016 workshops and some special ones for 2017 on my workshop page.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

4 New Video Workshops

I am thrilled to announce that my 4 new workshop videos from North Light Media are now available as either immediate downloads or DVDs.


Card Play: Mixed-Media Techniques for Small Works of Art
based on my 52 Card Pickup live workshop

Interweave online shop: immediate download or DVD
my online shop: DVD

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Seth Apter's Top 10 Collage Principles
based on my Collage Camp live workshop

Interweave online shop: immediate download or DVD
my online shop: DVD

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 Photo Play: Techniques for Altering Photos with Paint and Ink
based on my Photo Op live workshop

Interweave online shop: immediate download or DVD
my online shop: DVD

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The Altered Book: 10 Mixed-Media Techniques 
based on my For Your Eyes Only live workshop

Interweave online shop: immediate download or DVD
my online shop: DVD

Happy viewing!

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

The Pulse 2016: Week 4

Welcome to the 6th edition of The Pulse - a survey in words and pictures of the online artist community. The Pulse is a collaborative project that aims to introduce you to new artists, help you get to know familiar faces even more, further your own artistic expression, and allow you access into the creative hearts and minds of a very talented crew of individuals. Stay tuned for a new post every Wednesday and see all previous posts in the series here.

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What is the one technique or tool that you cannot live without?

I don't know where I'd be without my beeswax. I keep it in an electric skillet and just heat it on a very low temperature to melt the wax. I work on a small scale so it is juts the right size to dip my drawings on Japanese paper in the wax... total visual and tactile transformation.

As a long term rubber stamper my absolute must have products are stamps. They are so versatile, creating any type of mood or image is possible and the types of techniques that can be done with them are almost endless. Stamps never wear out or break and don't (usually) disintegrate over time. Stamps are also a technique with a large variety of applications - mixed media, scrapbooking, off-the-page, art journaling, book making and greeting cards can all be enhanced by stamping techniques.

Judi Kauffman
My all-time favorite and most often used tool is the Scor-It Board. Originally designed (and hand-built one at a time) by Tim Hammonds, who worked in the printing industry, it was eventually manufactured by Zutter Innovative Products and is, sadly, no longer in production. The lines that are scored produced a "hinged" score - a raised ridge that is the inside of the fold. The lines can be used for decorative embossing and debossing too. 


The one tool I cannot do without is my computer. It not only provides inspiration, as I can look at art from around the globe, but is a tool I use frequently to improve my art practice, via online workshops and tutorials. Photo-editing programs enable me to alter my photos to give me a starting point for paintings. A frequent painting theme is aeriel views. I take images from Google Earth and alter them in Photoshop until I find a representation of the subject that appeals to me.

The technique I can not do without is dry-brushing.

My absolute favorite thing to use is an old debit/credit/gift card. It is so easy and quick to spread paint around with it. It's great if you want a thin smear of paint or a thick layer, and it doubles as a mark maker to give you texture. I like how with a card I can lay down numerous thin layers in my journal and it doesn't require a lot of paint. And it dries fairly quickly so I can just keep adding.