Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Link Love: August


So many links. So little time. Once a month I am going to share links to articles, artists, websites, social media feeds, artwork, events, books, etc. that I have come across and connected with. Click on through and prepare to be inspired.

The Story of a Thing

Do you ever work for free? Or for product? 

Art Brushes 101

Agnes Martin
On how to be an artist

There's no right way
How art careers happen

Must see movie - now on Netflix

Must-see, hilarious, head-there-now Instagram Feed
The before and after series is genius
259K followers cannot be wrong 

How many of these do you have?

(photo credit - when listed - found in original link)

Sunday, August 19, 2018

How It's Done

I love creating and designing products for the art/craft community. It is always a fun, creative challenge to come up with new ideas and to then turn these ideas into reality. Designing has become a passion of mine and a process that I am fortunate to be able to repeat many times each year.

It is important to me to always be developing as a designer and to never produce a product simply for the sake of making sales. I always want my releases to be inspiring, unique and new. It is with that in mind that I created my newest sets of stamps with PaperArtsy

My earlier releases with the company were primarily designed directly from elements within my mixed media artwork. My two newest sets are instead developed from my photography. Each stamp started with an image taken on my travels which I then digitally altered to bring you a more useable design. The trick here is finding images that are both unique, interesting and with a good amount of contrast. Thought it would be interesting to take you behind the scenes and to share a few before, during and afters.


Digitally Altered Image




Digitally Altered Image




Digitally Altered Image


These stamps are available to purchase in my online shop

Already beginning to think about what I can do that is creative and different for my next release...

Friday, August 17, 2018

Abstraction Reaction

Had a chance to make my annual trip to Westbrook, Connecticut to teach at PaperCraft Clubhouse this past weekend. Believe you me when I say a good time was had by all. Not sure if if we laughed or painted more. Maybe it was a tie. 

On Saturday, I taught Abstraction Reaction and the results were stunning. See for yourself...


Wednesday, August 15, 2018

StencilGirl + Emerald Creek = Magic

What do you get when you take 14 helpings of StencilGirl and mix that with 14 helpings of Emerald Creek? Well the answer is magic of course. And one major blog hop and giveaway.

Emerald Creek and StencilGirl are truly a match made in heaven. Both are small, family-owned and run companies. Each has taken a traditional craft product (embossing powder/stencils) and applied their own very special spin. 

So come celebrate this pairing by seeing the amazing artwork created by 14 talented artists.  Oh...and did I mention there is a giveaway (scroll down for info)?

(sold. thank you)

My contribution to the hop was created using one of my all-time favorite stencils, Creative Halo designed by Pam Carriker. She has 4 stencils in her Halo series and by total synchronicity, my mini circle stencils fit inside the halos, given you many more creative options.

Working on a painted sheet of watercolor paper, I used a sponge to press adhesive from an embossing pad through both the halo portion of Pam's stencil and my Crossed stencil. 

My stencil was then embossed with Rocky Road Baked Texture and the squares in the halo were embossed with Deep Sea Baked Texture, Patina Oxide Baked Texture, Rocky Road Baked Texture and Hammered Metal Embossing Powder.

Collage and much mark making were then added to the surface. The word Possibility, from my new Impression Obsession Journal Jargon 5 stamp set was the finishing touch.


One lucky winner will receive $50 in Gift Certificates to Emerald Creek and StencilGirl Products!
Enter to win by leaving a comment below.
Then be sure to visit the other blogs in the hope and comment to win.
The more blogs you comment on, the more chances you have to WIN!
One winner will be chosen at random from all blog comments!
(One comment per blog please.)

You have until Tuesday, August 21st at 11:59pm Central Time to leave your comments. 
Winner will be announced on
StencilGirl Products Facebook page and Emerald Creek's Facebook page on Wednesday, August 22.

Blog Hop Order:

August 15
Seth Apter (you are here)

August 16

August 17