Tuesday, July 17, 2018

5 Principles of Collage

I love collage. It is accessible, enjoyable and just plain fun. I look at collage as taking bits and pieces that do not belong together and using them to create a cohesive whole. By that definition, it is almost like putting together a jigsaw puzzle. I say almost because the pieces are not typically created to fit together, and in that lies the challenge. I often tell participants in my workshops that it is easy to make a collage. But it isn't easy to create a good one.

In my video workshop Seth Apter's Top 10 Collage Principles, I outline 10 approaches to collage to help guide artists to a more satisfying result. These are ideas to consider ion you are a beginner, a seasoned pro who is struggling with completing an individual piece, or if you find yourself in a dreaded artist block.

As Artist of the Month for July at Cloth Paper Scissors, I have written a guest post here on the CPS blog outlining 5 of the 10 principles and sharing an extra tip for each. Check out the post to read about Overlapping, Outlining, Repeating, Contrasting, and Guiding. 

And until the end if July, you can save 30% off this video workshop as well as all my other media products at Interweave.

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Artist of the Month for July

Thrilled to be the artist of the month for July at Cloth Paper Scissors

I will be sharing blog posts and downloadable art images throughout the month to celebrate.

And...for the entire month, you can take 30% off my products in the Interweave shop. These include my workshop downloads, my webinar, the download of my book The Mixed Media Artist, and more.

Thanks to Cloth Paper Scissors...and to all of you for your support.

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Workshop Update

I am currently in Australia, on a teaching and traveling adventure. But I just might be coming to a neighborhood closer to you very soon. Check out my 2018 schedule below. Several workshops have only a few seats left. You can always see my entire schedule and details on each class on my workshop page.


The Ink Pad
New York City

Mixed Media Revolution - workshop full
August 3

PaperCraft Clubhouse
Westbrook, Connecticut

Abstraction Reaction - registration open
August 11

Get Baked! - registration open
four seats left
August 12

Clipper Street Scrapbook Company
 Langley, British Columbia, Canada

Mixed Media Revolution - registration open
five seats left

August 17

Get Baked! - workshop full: waitlist only
August 18

52 Card Pickup - registration open
five seats left
August 19


Burritt's Rapids Community Hall
Burritt's Rapids, Ontario, Canada

Beautiful Creatures
five seats left
A flip-book and box making collaborative 
workshop with Holly Dean
email shap97@gmail.com for info & to register
September 3 -7

Shake Rag Alley
Mineral Point, Wisconsin

Table of Contents - workshop full 
September 21-23


Art is You - Talk Story
Stamford, Connecticut

Block Party - registration open
October 4

A Work of Heart
San Jose, California

Get Baked! - registration open
October 7

Joker's Wild - registration open
October 8

Art is You - Talk Story
Ogden, Utah

a collaborative master class 
with Sharon Payne Bolton
October 10-14

Pratt Institute
New York City

Mixed Media Surface Design
October 27


Artistic Artifacts
Alexandria, Virginia

Radiant Rust - registration open
November  16

Get Baked! - registration open
November  17

Cutting Room Floor - registration open
November 18

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Aussie Book of Moments

Excited to have begun what has become my annual adventure in Australia. I will be traveling during that time, teaching workshops and having a ton of creative fun. First stop this year was at Studio Artes in Hornsby, a suburb of Sydney, in a workshop sponsored by Sallianne McClelland.

Two days of mixed media making, book binding, and a lot of laughs.

So many familiar faces from prior visits and wonderful new artists attended as well. And of course Sallianne...the photo bomber in the back.

I was gobsmacked by the level of creativity, as can be seen in these details from the books and pages made by this talented crew.


Sunday, June 24, 2018

The Must List

Sending big thanks out to Canada's Creative Scrapbooker magazine who has included my Baked Texture embossing powders from Emerald Creek on their Must List in their Summer 2018 issue.

This gorgeous piece of art, made using Baked Texture, from Gwen Lafleur was featured as well.