Monday, September 26, 2016

StencilGirl & Impression Obsession Giveaway

What is better than a blog hop? A blog hop hosted by TWO of the coolest companies out there.

StencilGirl Products & Impression Obsession 

What is even better than a blog hop with a giveaway? A blog hop with TWO giveaways.

Scroll to the bottom of the post for giveaway details

I was extremely excited to be a part of this bog hop as I am a designer for both companies and have an opportunity to share ways in which my StencilGirl stencils and my Impression Obsession stamps were designed to work together. In fact, all my product lines were designed to coordinate so I decided to include my dies from Spellbinders and my paint from PaperArtsy as well.

Fly By

This piece is all about layering. Starting with a 9x12" sheet of watercolor paper, I slathered on layers of PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Chalk Acrylics. I knew I would eventually be making marks on the painted surface and these paints accept every pen I have ever thrown at them. I randomly stamped the surface with Impression Obsession stamps to add extra design and dimension.

I love text and decided to start this piece by pouncing several colors of paint and ink through my 6x6" You Got This stencil. There is also a newly released 4x4" mini version of this stencil as well. The main color used was Mahogany - one of the four colors in my own limited edition set of PaperArtsy paints.

After this, I got to layering. I started by pouncing Midnight, a second color in my PaperArtsy paint set, through the circle stencil that is part of my large, Urban Outsiders stencil. Forgot to take a picture of this, but here is the stencil used on another background. 

Within and around these stenciled circles, I layered both hand painted paper circles stamped with a number of my circular Impression Obsession stamps and hand painted loops and circles, die cut using an assortment of my circular dies from Spellbinders. I also added die cut stars as well. I used black and white gel pens to add outlines and marks to the layers.

As a finishing touch, I added more marks to the surface and edges of the watercolor paper using gel and paint pens.

Products Used

StencilGirl Products

Impression Obsession




The blog hop takes place from 9/26 to 9/28. StencilGirl Products and Impression Obsession are each giving away two $25 gift certificates. To be eligible to win one of these four prizes, leave a comment on any post in the blog hop. If you visit every participant and comment on each blog, you will have more chances to win! Giveaway closes on 9/30 at 11:59pm Central Time. Winners will be announced 10/2 on StencilGirl's Facebook page.

Visit all the blog hoppers and be sure to leave a comment. Make a note to visit StencilGirl Talk over the course of the next two days to see the links for the other participants. Good luck!

September 26
Seth Apter (you are here)

Sunday, September 25, 2016

The Week Links: 118

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 118...

1. Always amazed by the photography of Susan Tuttle.

2. Instagram Love: Zhi Qi Ni

3. More Instagram love: John Borrero.

4. This is wallpaper. Yes...wallpaper.

5. Roben-Marie Smith shares a 30-minute video tutorial showing you how to make a pocket tri-fold book.

6. Alfie Date, a 109-year-old Australian, knits sweaters for injured penguins.

7. Flashback Link 2009: Waste Not - an exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art from Beijing artist Song Dong in NYC that every "collector" should see.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Make it Your Own: 6

One of my favorite parts of teaching is watching how every participant creates artwork that is truly their own. At the end of every workshop, no two pieces are the same.

This was recently evident in my UK workshop sponsored by PaperArtsy

The class was developed especially for the event but is most similar to my Mixed Media Mashup workshop.  Everybody used the same supplies: PaperArtsy Paints and Stamps, Spellbinders Die Cuts, and StencilGirl Product Stencils. And yet, everybody's artwork was uniquely their own, as you can see below (sorry to those artists who have canvases I did not photograph).