Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Take my Pulse Giveaway

Five years ago today my first book, The Pulse of Mixed Media, was released by North Light Books. It is a thrill that I will always remember.


This book is a testament to the power of the Internet. After hosting a large, online collaborative project called The Pulse for 3+ years, I received an email from Tonia Jenny, an acquisitions editor at North Light, asking if I would consider turning the project into a book. Oh that would be a yes. 



The Pulse of Mixed Media is not a traditional how-to book. Rather, it focuses on the creativity that is the hallmark of every artist. 31 spotlight artists and 103 additional contributors answer questions about their art process, goals, fears, experiences, etc. The spotlight artists share self portraits and artwork based on prompts. Results from a larger survey of the online art community are also included. The level of intimate sharing that occurred in this book still blows me away.





So much has transpired since the book was released in terms of my life in art, but this book is definitely a highlight. I connected with a wonderful group of artists who are represented in this book. I experienced the thrill of an old fashioned book tour that took me from New York to Colorado to Vancouver Canada and many spots in between. 


I spent time on Amazon, checking the ever-changing ranking and was over the moon when I got my first 5-star review and just bit under when my first 1-star review came through. And I got to see my book in Barnes and Noble for the first time. Think I look happy?


The video below includes excerpts from a panel discussion sponsored by the Ink Pad and held in March 2012 in NYC. Contributing artists Karen Cole, Jill Zaheer, Roxanne Evans Stout, Julie Prichard, Michelle Ward and Danny Gregory made up the panel.


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GIVEAWAY

To celebrate my 5-year anniversary, I am giving away 5 signs copies of the book. Simply leave a comment to this blog post and make sure I have a way of contacting you. Internationals are eligible of course. Comments close end of day Sunday March 5. 

If you cannot wait till then, you can purchase a signed copy here.

122 comments:

Helen said...

Congratulations, 5 years on! I'd love the chance to win a copy of your book.

Christine Collins said...

Hi Seth,

Wow, the book looks amazing, and the artwork by the Artists in the video is absolutely stunning. Congratulations on the success of your book, I had no idea that you had one published.
Chris xx

Cheryl Goddard said...

Many congratulations Seth - so good to see you've gone from strength to strength in those 5 years. Would love to win a copy of your first book, especially a signed copy.

Nikki Acton said...

Thanks for sharing that.... Great to hear how it all started. Love your ongoing collaborative approach and, of course, I would love a signed copy.

Maja Rijkers said...

Congrats with your 5-years anniversary! The book looks fabulous on the outside! It really makes me curious!!! So i would love to win a signed copy. Thanks for the chance!
Maja.

Cindy said...

Had read the book from the library, and would love a copy.
Thank you for the giveaway!
Cindy cndycab@yahoo.com

piapaints.wordpress.com said...

I'd love a copy - well done for turning your passion into something so useful not just for yourself but so many other people.

Shelby Pizzarro said...

Congrats...and well deserved! For me it's all about the story. It's great to hear more of yours! Here's to many more inspiring years to come.

Linda said...

Congratulations, and the book looks as relevant today as it was 5 years ago. I'd love a copy!

irene walker said...

Looks like a fabulous read and lots of opportunities to play along

Tricia Duffus said...

Happy 5th birthday!! This would be a fab birthday prezzie...not that I'm hinting...no!!

Jane said...

Hello Seth. I love mixed media art and ha e been studying photographs of your work. Since I live in Kansas City and will not be able to attend your mashup in NYC, a copy of your book would be the next best thing! I may have to plan another trip to NYC just so I can take one of your classes :) You can contact me at HarlequinArtsKC@gmail.com. Thanks!

Mary Markell said...

What a wonderful concept...to see all these artist's in one book is exciting! Mary Lyon Markell on Facebook.

Jan Hill said...

Wow, congratulations on 5 years! I would love to win a copy ofthe book. It looks so inspirational. Thanks for the opportunity. X

toni said...

Congratulations Seth! I was just browsing your book on Amazon yesterday! You are very generous in the way you promote the work of fellow artists and crafts people and now that generosity of spirit is extended to us, in giving away not one but five copies of your book !!! You are a star Seth! Thank you. Keep on keepin' on ! X

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Joanna said...

Many congratulations to you Seth! I'd love to win a signed copy of this book - it's on my Amazon wishlist :)

Monique Van dijk said...

Congrats!! Would love to win your book.

My email addy: mdijk67@live.nl

Jenny Marples said...

What a milestone! To see an online vision/journey turned into something even more tangible clearly was such a thrill back then and one which, years on, resonates. Huge congratulations Seth.

Bernice Hopper said...

Wow! Congratulations. What a great giveaway.

Marit said...

Djeee Seth, has it been so long already? Congrats on this anniversaty-day! I do have the second book and would LOVE to put this one next to it on my book shelve. Enjoy the proud feeling you must feel now and celebrate (you deserve it!) Big hug from Holland!

Marit said...

(oops... those foreign languages don't always go right... it's "anniversary" of course ;) )

Jane said...

That's an amazing story, much like your art, which I am enamored with. Loved meeting you and taking your class at Creativation.

Karen said...

Lovely to read the story behind the book. Congratulations on 5 years of the book. Thank you for a chance to win the book.

gisele said...

Has it seriously only been 5 years?? What I love about this (other than the fabulous thought provoking artwork) is the community building aspect. Bravo.

(gisele.hardock@gmail.com)

Karen said...

Seth - I have been an invisible and silent admirer of your work for some time. I love the personal approach, and the passion, you bring to every thing you present. While I am new to hands-on creating, and not even remotely close to the caliber you bring to the bench, I am studying, observing and planning! A signed copy of your book would give me daily inspiration, and encourage me to "just do it". Thanks for the consideration!

Katharine Fletcher said...

Congratulations, Seth!
It is a significant accomplishment not only to envision, compile, and research a book concept... but then proceed into that amazing, challenging, uplifting and yes, humbling phase of writing/re-writing/editing/updating the manuscript. And then? Arranging the art/images. WOWEE! As a fellow author, I congratulate you. It's such an amazing process -- and then, just when the book is out and the treasure is in your hands? The marketing and promotion starts! This is such a gratifying phase I think, to see one's vision not only take form, but be held, admired, cherished and sold to artist-dreamers such as your own true self.
Again, I congratulate you ... and I wonder this: when is another book being published?
Sincere best wishes to you.

Katharine Fletcher said...

BTW, Seth, I will send you my snail mail address as a FB private message to you.

Genene Kimber Zinger said...

Wow, it's funny the path life takes us on, congrats on 5 years!

Anonymous said...

Hey Seth, that's two reasons you've given me to smile today lol. Maybe in The next year or two we'll be enjoying your Artifacts book. Congratulations on your 5th anniversary.
Sax Mute Bunny :-)

Anonymous said...

Cannot believe its been that long already. Time flies when you are having fun. It is a great book. I still reread it quite a lot. Hopefully you will decide to write another...perhaps on your assemblages? Anyhow, congratulations. pq

Pam Sorenson said...

Pam Sorenson,

I am so impressed with all of your work. For someone who wasn't blessed with a lot of artistic talent, you rank at the top with your creativity. Congrats on your first book. Time goes by so fast. I am always looking forward to your next creation.

Jeff and Jana said...

Congratulations, Seth! I'm sure 5 years has gone in a blink of an eye. May the anniversary of this accomplishment be sweet and inspire your next 5 years!

Cheers,
Jana Freeman

big mamabird said...

Congrats Seth! What a brilliant concept!

Claire Coren said...

Congratulations !

A Pink said...

Huge Congratulations! Seth Loved reading about your first publication. Your commitment to researching and finding other artists and your generosity in sharing their work is so heart warming to see and a great credit to the beautiful spirited person you are.
Wishing you many happy days as you continue your creative journey. I, for one will be looking with complete admiration .
Thank you for sharing
xx

whyducks said...

Wow how exciting congratulations. Jumping up and down and waving at you, in case I win. I will stand on the table and wave it would help. ;)
Love
Kathy Gledsdale
P.s contact me through FB.

fabio marce said...

We can't wait to see your art from live actions
Fabio

K of JK Designs said...

Congrats on this 5 year bookversary. I would love a chance to add this to my library. Thanks Seth!

crescent rodgers: rezlost@yahoo.com said...

Congratulaions on 5 years of publshing! I look forward to reading your blog every weekend (I have to limit myself) so please keep posting!! Thank you for giving us a chance to win a copy of your book.

karens crafty corner said...

Wow! Congratulations Seth & thank you for the opportunity to win such a great prize! If I don't win I think this will be added to my birthday wish list ;) diggydumptruck@aol.com

Pavla said...

Congratulations on your book!

Cathy Potosky said...

What an amazing accomplishment! And what a great way to celebrate the 5 year anniversary of your first book! Congratulations on all the successes you've had since in your career and all the ones still to come! :)

Sue said...

Congratulations on your anniversary, it must be amazing to see yourself in print xx

Jacqui Blondel said...

Congratulations Seth, you are such a talented, inspirational and humble man. I can only imagine how proud you must feel, but you are so deserving of the accolades you receive. To win a copy would certainly be nice, but either way, I just want to express my thanks and congrats to you

Jane Emily Horsfield said...

Gosh, I love your work and a copy of this book would be most welcome. I am currently sofa surfing with a leg injury. This would cheer me up no end.

Teresa Rush said...

Congrats on the 5 years!

Teresa Morgan said...

This looks like a wonderfully inspiring book, and another way in which you celebrate the art of others. I would love to be a lucky winner of a copy, fingers crossed xx (you can contact me through my blog link)

mark gould said...

Looks and sounds like an amazing project. Time for a volume 22

joy said...

Congratulations on 5 years. Fantastic story.
I would love a copy of your book.

Karin Husty Art said...

Congratulations Seth!

Beth Richardson said...

So grateful to have found you and access to your work and ideas. You and your book, links, art are very inspirational. Congrats on your 5th anniversary of this book being released.

Coral Lee said...

Just being published in a magazine is so exciting. I cant even fathom a whole book! Im sure many of us dream of it. So wonderful to see it become a reality for you. You are such a connector snd community builder - so of course your book would be the same. Congratulations on 5 years. I was first introduced to you by Michelle Ward so seeing her be a part of the panel is awesome.

Tanya said...

Congrats to you! Thanks for the chance to win an awesome prize! I would love it!

Tanya
Phenis2031(at)yahoo(dot)com

Deborah Crecelius said...

Since my state-wide library doesn't have this book :( ... I'm entering for the giveaway. I follow you on Instagram and love your art.

Rachele Dennis said...

Looks amazing, I've not come across this book before.

Karin said...

Congratulations on 5th year anniversary of your book. It's looks so inspiring. I loved the Pulse video. Thank you for a chance to win.

Fliss said...

Wow Seth! What an amazing giveaway and I haven't seen this book before either so it would be fantastic to win it.
Thanks so much for the chance too.
Fliss x

Jo Murray said...

You've certainly achieved much in the intervening years Seth, but the book really gave you a shove. It would be an honour to win a copy. I could take it to my art group for 'show and tell'.

Deb Riddell ~ Paxton Valley Folk Art said...

Congratulations Seth, what a fabulous collaboration of amazingly talented artists. Thank you so much for the opportunity to win a copy of this inspiring book! Deb xo

Mandy Chou said...

Congratulations to the great achievement!
It's a great pleasure to read your blog post, not to mention if I can hold the book then read it closer. Thank you so much ! (This is Mandy Chou from Taiwan)

Angela Radford said...

Oh Seth, you lovely man how kind are you. I would just love to win this. Happy crafting for ever, Angela xXx

Catherine Lenoci said...

Congratulations, Seth! You have certainly had many wonderful accomplishments! Thanks for the chance to win a signed copy of your book!

Inger Meyer said...

What a great job you are doing, connecting artists and spreading creativity! And most important, I have realised I am not alone, checking out all the links in your Sunday papers.I would love to win your book!
Greetings from Sweden! Inger

Lee Ann Emery said...

Congratulations on 5 years! Thank you for the opportunity to win your book!

donna joy said...

Can't believe it's been 5 yrs! So glad you started your blog and keep so many connected~

Gerrie Johnnic said...

The best shot is you at B&N! Love that smile. Happy dancing for you!!

Leslie Lineberry said...

Thank you for the 'gift' you have given all of us by sharing your many mixed media talents. Your giveaway is a wonderful celebration of the 'pulse' you have added to the art world!

Lorraine said...

Wow - I'd love to win a copy of this book, especially a signed copy!! So enjoyed our workshop at the NEC Stiches last month. Xxx

Gilda Pontbriand said...

Congratulations! I would love to get a copy of your wonderful book to keep on the amazing journey of Mixed Media. xxoxx

Lin said...

Wow 5 years!! Congratulations seth.. Would love a signed copy of your book... Here's to the next 5 x

Sherri Sinclair said...

Seth congratulations! That is a huge accomplishment and hard to believe only 5 years ago:).

Meg Weaves said...

Happy Fifth, Seth, and oh, I can so use a shot in my creative arm! (Trying out Art Therapy this year.) Meg

Lmnolt@mail.com said...

Thank you for all you do for artists. I'd love a copy father book.

Sylvie Roussel Gaucherand said...

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sam21ski said...

Wow 5 years, doesn't time fly by! Happy 5th anniversary and I'd love to help you celebrate by taking a signed copy of your book off your hands!!!

Cheers Sam - sam21@ntlworld.com

Squiddy said...

Happy Anniversary for a great book already on my shelves... I've been wondering if I can spare the suitcase weight to bring both books over to Lismore for autographing! So go pick someone else to win :)

Miss Iowa said...

One thing I've always appreciated about you is that you bring artists together. I don't recall ever having looked at your book but 5 years ago I don't think I was far enough along in my own art journey to "get it," if you know what I mean. A signed copy would be a wonderful spring gift! Thanks so much.

Elizabeth Jane said...

Happy 5th anniversary! I would love to have a signed copy of your book!
wysmom at msn.com

Audrey Mislan said...

Congratulatons!!!. Thanks for all the inspiration you have provided and continue to provide to mixed-media artists.

Anonymous said...

What a fabulous milestone! I would love a copy. Tina (tmabbott63@msn.com)

Elaine Taylor said...

What a great story, love how this book came to be! Would love a chance to win this.
Congratulations on the anniversary x

Nadine Wong said...

How exciting it must be to have a 5th anniversary of your first published book. It's filled with artists I respect and love. Thank you for the opportunity to win a copy.

Bev. Wilson said...
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Bev. Wilson said...

Congratulations Seth, on your 5 year anniversary and your wonderful book ! North Light produces great books with of course - great authors!!

How kind of you to include internationals in the 'giveaway' ! - as a Canadian I usually don't count in things like this - yay!

wilsonbev54@gmail.com

bev.

Lynne Gilbert said...

Many congratulations Seth and thank you for the chance to win a copy of your book. It looks so inspiring. Email: locketlynne@hotmail.com

Alison said...

I'd love a chance to win your book Seth! Huge congratulations!
Alison x
craftytrog@hotmail.co.uk

Caz said...

Congratulations Seth. Always a source of inspiration and a wonderful teacher - your workshop helped me define my style and where I want my artwork to go in the future.

Winning a signed copy of your book would be the cherry on top of the cake!! xxx

Unknown said...

Thank you for all of the talent & inspiration you so generously share just about every single day. You have opened my eyes to countless new techniques & artists. I can imagine spending many hours pouring over your book, so it would certainly be a treat to win a copy.

betsy@jerrypaulson.com

Peg Robinson said...

Congrats Seth!!! I always love your work and reading all of your publications. I can't wait to meet you in person this fall. You inspire so many. kudos.

Kathy Plourde said...

What a beautiful story of your creative explosion. Congratulations on your sweet success and hard work. Kathy Plourde

Mary Thoma said...

I love this book. I was searching for inspiration when I found this wonderful collaboration of artists and insights plus fetching photographs of the various artist's works. Thank you Seth for all your work to bring mixed media from the shadows to center stage. I was delighted when my work was shown to another artist by a family member the comment was, "Oh, she's a mixed media artist." The fact that my aim was to have my work recognized as mixed media made me feel I had hit a home run with 3 on base essentially a grand slam for mixed media and my intentional alignment as an artist.

Cecile Graven said...

Hi Seth, congrats :)
Bought your book a few years ago, but I would like to win a signed one.

Hazel Agnew said...

Congratulations Seth! Your smile speaks volumes!

Kim Collister said...

The first is always the sweetest! It would be such
An honor to receive a copy of your book, you are such an
Inspiration. Congratulations Seth, It's always great to share in another
Artist success!!! Kim
Shopimgirl@gmail.com





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Frances said...

Hi Seth: would absolutely love to receive your book. Took your three courses here in Ottawa last year, and am still using some of your techniques.

Lucinda said...

Love your blogs and Periscopes! Thank you!

Darcy UK said...

Congratulations Seth, collaboration and community are a huge part of what we do. Asaide from that I adore books about art lol so I would love to win a copy.

Theresa said...

adding my congrats to your 5 year anniversary. I am late to the party in finding your blog and products but so very glad that I have. thanks as always for sharing.

Theresa said...

adding my congrats to your 5 year anniversary. I am late to the party in finding your blog and products but so very glad that I have. thanks as always for sharing.

Kay Wallace said...

Congrats, Seth, on such a significant anniversary! I am pleased, yet not surprised, that you have done so well over the years. You have made a significant contribution not only to the world of art, but to so many of us on a very personal level. Thank you for that! kayandruss@yahoo.com

Poetryqn said...
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Poetryqn said...

Happy to be celebrating this wonderful anniversary with you! Your books and videos are the next best thing to taking a class with you, Seth. I think you are such an inspiration and creativity instigator! Wishing you many more years of success! You can reach me here" poetryqn(at)optonline(dot)net.I deleted my first comment since I forgot to include my email!

Gaby Bee said...

Congratulations on your anniversary, Seth! I would love to win a copy.

Gaby xo

Jan J. said...

Congratulations! As an artsy and literary person who writes I can only imagine how thrilling it is to get a book published! I saw it at B&N a few years ago and wanted it so bad but couldn't afford it. I would love to win it!

Jean Bee said...

Wow! I'd live to win thus....I need lots of help getting started in this medium! Congratulations on your anniversary....it's wonderful to do what you love!

BJB said...

I admire your artwork so much and would love a copy of this book. I also love books!

myrepeatingpatterns.wordpress.com said...

The book looks like a wonderful colaboration. Thank you for giving us a chance to win it. Congratulations!

She Uses Her Words said...

Thank you for a chance to win your book Seth! My friend and I are currently right in the middle of taking your online class "52 Card Pickup" and we are having so much fun! Next we are going to take "Altered Pictures.
Karen Schaefer Please use the hotmail address below rather than the Gmail address should I be lucky enough to win.
genzoddy@hotmail.com

Birthing Your Creative Fire said...

Happy 5 year anniversary,Seth! I found your blog when I was going through a health crisis, and the community spirit of the Pulse project was a lifeline for me. I'd been out of touch with my artistic side for many years, and losing my health gave me back my art. Shortly after I started following your blog, you started taking submissions for this book. I got really brave and submitted three art pieces and answered the survey questions for the book. I was thrilled to find out that some of my responses to the questions were put in the book! It was such a wonderful feeling of validation, and I'm happy to say that I now have an almost daily art practice. I've joined some online art communities, and I'm not at all shy about posting my work. So, a great big THANK YOU!

Kathleen Harrington

(I don't need to be entered in the drawing as I already have a copy of the copy)

Jackie P Neal said...

Congratulations on your Pulse 5 year anniversary Seth!!
Who knew, you were going to where you are now?! I did! I knew from the moment I met you in class, that you were going to do wonderful things with your art and teaching and personality!! You have rocked the mixed media world- good for you!
and shoot, I knew I should have gotten your autograph on my art in that class! heehee
Hugs and best wishes, Jackie

Liz-Anna said...

I am revisiting the blogging community for artful insight and inspiration. Your book fits right in. Happy 5th!

Ruth said...

What a great opportunity, congratulations and wow what a journey, so pleased you're in our creeative lives! :)

azviatx said...

OK, I admit I've been agog at the amazing talent I've viewed on your blog, email and various videos. I would truly enjoy reading the book at a leisurely pace. Thanks for good times.

Longaberger Denise Swyers said...

Happy 5th Anniversary and congratulations! Your talent is amazing!! Thanks for the opportunity, it's greatly appreciated!

Dawn said...

Congratulations!! Looks like an awesome read!

Angela Watson said...

This looks like a truly fabulous book! I would get a great deal f inspiration from it. Thanks for the choice to win.

Claire said...

Congrats on your five year book anniversary! You look super happy in the Barnes and noble photo! Would love to win a signed copy - I'll keep my fingers crossed :-) Claire xx

Jean said...

Congratulations and happy anniversary! What a wonderful book! Would love to own a signed copy! Thank you for the opportunity!
mjmarmo@comcast.net

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on your 5 th anniversary. Has it really been only 5 years? Really? It seems sooo much longer. Love your work. Hopefully I have a chance in winning that book, it seems very interesting. Greetings from Holland. cindygroet(at)gmail(dot)com.

marilyn sandau said...

Congratulations on your 5th anniversary, Seth. I love following the places your art has taken you and where you take us.

I would love a signed copy, and then I could pass my unsigned copy on to a friend who would also be inspired by it.

marilyn

Kirsten said...

How can it be five years already?! Congratulations! I love the B&N photo, you look so pleased, as you should have been, it's a great achievement to have a book published. Thank you for the chance to win a signed copy.