We Asked the Artists: What Motivates You?

May 23rd, 2015

Motivation is a complicated thing. When we are trying to create, sometimes it feels like the muse is trying to break down the door to help us, but other times the muse might not appear at all. Before we throw in the towel and quit, let’s hear from our fellow artists about how they are motivated to work and what they struggle with. We asked the artists:

What motivates you? When you find yourself in an artistic rut, what inspires you to get going again?

Zarate We Asked the Artists Motivation

~Artwork by Renee Zarate

“I am generally motivated by something I see in print or online.  If I’m in a rut I will answer a challenge of some sort either online or in a magazine.  There are challenge calls that go out daily online; these can lead to all sorts of new ideas.”

Renee Zarate has been featured in Art Journaling, The Stampers’ Sampler, Somerset Studio, Take Ten, Somerset Studio Gallery, and HandCrafted.

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Motivation is a complicated thing. When we are trying to create, sometimes it feels like the muse is trying to break down the door to help us, but other times the muse might not appear at all. Before we throw in the towel and quit, let’s hear from our fellow artists about how they are […]

Seeing Flowers by Guest Artist Renee Stien: a Mixed-Media Canvas

May 19th, 2015

Today, we’d like to give a warm Somerset Place welcome to mixed-media artist Renee Stien, who has graciously stopped by to share this step-by-step tutorial on how to make your own bouquet of flowers on canvas. We especially like how customizable this project is and love Renee’s suggestion for artists to improvise!


Seeing Flowers Guest Artist Renee Stien



Henri Matisse said, “There are always flowers for those who want to see them.”

Maybe I’m reading way too much into these words, but to me this is a great reminder that a positive attitude is a choice available to each of us. It is not always the choice we make, but it is always an option.

In a more literal sense it is true; there are always flowers around us. Maybe the flowers are on the wallpaper, on a tissue box or on a package of cheese in your refrigerator; you may have to search a bit, but the flowers are there.

As a reminder to choose a positive attitude I made my own bouquet of flowers so I can see them whenever I need to.

If you would like to make your own bouquet but do not have exactly the same things, you can easily improvise with something you have on hand. Read the rest of this entry »


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Today, we’d like to give a warm Somerset Place welcome to mixed-media artist Renee Stien, who has graciously stopped by to share this step-by-step tutorial on how to make your own bouquet of flowers on canvas. We especially like how customizable this project is and love Renee’s suggestion for artists to improvise! Henri Matisse said, […]

Get Published: June Calls & Challenges

May 15th, 2015

If you’re an artist, Stampington wants to see your work. To better your chances of being published in one of our magazines, here is the list of June calls & challenges. This is what we are looking to publish in upcoming issues and our editors can’t wait to see what you have created.

Getting published in one of our magazines can be a great way to gain exposure for your artwork, your blog, and you as an artist. We encourage you to submit consistently and often, even if you aren’t accepted the first time. Continue to submit and you’ll better your chances of making it into the publication.

For a complete list of what our magazines are looking for, please visit our calls and challenges page. Visit our submission guidelines for details about formatting and labeling your artwork.

 

June Calls & Challenges:

 

 

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Altered Couture June Calls & Challenges

~Artwork by Marybeth Lewanski

We invite you to submit your own altered and embellished clothing items to be considered for publication in Altered Couture. Items published in the past include skirts, dresses, pants, tops, jackets, vests, shoes, and accessories.Please submit a “before” photo along with your altered creation, if available. Photos and illustrations showing your process are also strongly encouraged. We also encourage you to submit to our challenges below.
Deadline: June 15

Anything Athletic
That’s right — anything athletic! We want to see what you can upcycle with themes of fitness, health, sports, and fun in mind. You can upcycle old sports uniforms, alter everyday clothes into workout clothes, make everyday clothes with an athletic theme or as a tribute to your favorite athlete, or even make sporting accessories like bags or sweatbands. Get your sewing machines going and break a sweat!
Deadline: June 15

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If you’re an artist, Stampington wants to see your work. To better your chances of being published in one of our magazines, here is the list of June calls & challenges. This is what we are looking to publish in upcoming issues and our editors can’t wait to see what you have created. Getting published […]

Start a Summer Book Club with Artistic Flair

May 12th, 2015

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Thinking about starting a summer book club? Here are some ideas to bring artistic finesse to your book club and even a few suggestions for books to read.

Summer is a great time to catch up on your reading, crafting, and relaxing. This summer, I’m hoping to finally make it to the end of “Les Miserables” by Victor Hugo.  I’m on page 374 of 798. It’s going to take perseverance, but I’m ready to have this book checked off my reading list. Unfortunately, I couldn’t convince anyone to take on the challenge of reading an almost 800 page book, so I am going it alone. Next time, I’d like a partner.

So for my next book, I was thinking that a book club would be a wonderful summer activity when the heat of the mid-afternoon sends us all indoors and we look for the solace of a good book. Read the rest of this entry »


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Thinking about starting a summer book club? Here are some ideas to bring artistic finesse to your book club and even a few suggestions for books to read. Summer is a great time to catch up on your reading, crafting, and relaxing. This summer, I’m hoping to finally make it to the end of “Les […]

6 Sure-Fire Ways to Make Your Mother Feel Special on Mother’s Day

May 8th, 2015

Let’s face it — we owe our mothers everything. They gave us life, they gave us support and love, they gave us punishments (that we deserved).  How my mother survived raising me, I’ll never know.  I was the kind of kid that never had skin on her knees and had the bad habit of telling my mom about all my bad ideas after I’d already done them.  But my mother  lived to tell the tale and I give her all the credit for my success.

That being said, I’ve failed at Mother’s Day quite a few times. When I tried to make her a pancake breakfast as a child, I nearly burned the house down. A couple years ago, I made her a bracelet that she had an allergic reaction to and spent her Mother’s Day rubbing allergy medication onto her wrist. Last year, I went on with my normal routine and didn’t realize until I asked a friend out to lunch that it was Mother’s Day. She asked why I wasn’t spending the day with my mom, and I said “Why would I?” Needless to say, this year I aim to do better. Read the rest of this entry »


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Let’s face it — we owe our mothers everything. They gave us life, they gave us support and love, they gave us punishments (that we deserved).  How my mother survived raising me, I’ll never know.  I was the kind of kid that never had skin on her knees and had the bad habit of telling […]

Free Article Download: Crafting with Chanel

May 5th, 2015

Crafting with Chanel Free Article Download perfume canvases



Some shapes are iconic. You would recognize them a mile away —The Red Cross,  Apple, Google, Coca Cola, Pixar. A simple extendable office lamp or bottles with red lettering are immediately identified because they are a part of our everyday lives.

The Chanel perfume bottle is one of those icons. It stands for elegance, simplicity, and grace.  In the 1920s, Chanel wanted the design to be simple and a sharp contrast to the elaborate bottles of other popular perfumes. The bottle has been the same since 1924.

It is this bottle that Becky Shander experimented with for her mixed-media canvases. The canvases finished appearance is shabby chic, soft, and understated. Becky Shander shares her secrets for creating these perfume bottles in this article from Somerset Studio Summer 2012. A template provided the basic shape of the bottles, and the texture was accomplished with watercolor paper, wax paper, and rows of stitches. Get the full tutorial by clicking on the page below for your free article download. Read the rest of this entry »


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Some shapes are iconic. You would recognize them a mile away —The Red Cross,  Apple, Google, Coca Cola, Pixar. A simple extendable office lamp or bottles with red lettering are immediately identified because they are a part of our everyday lives. The Chanel perfume bottle is one of those icons. It stands for elegance, simplicity, […]

Glimpse Inside May Issues and You Could Win a Free Magazine!

April 30th, 2015
glimpse inside May Issues discount code Receive $5 off select May titles ($14.99 and above). Copy and paste coupon code BLOG0515 when prompted at checkout. (Discount code can be used only once per customer).

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Willow and Sage Glimpse Inside May



Come and celebrate a full year of Willow and Sage with us! With over 25 different recipes, gorgeous packaging ideas for handcrafted bath and body products, and beautiful Somerset-style photography, we’re certain that you’ll find all the inspiration you need to take up this unique craft. In this issue, we’re offering herbal tips on getting a good night’s sleep and lovely, aromatic concoctions for soaking your sore muscles, plus learn how to create a spa in a jar — just in time for Mother’s Day. We’re also showcasing creative ways to turn your tea stash into soap scrubs, sweet tub teas that even children can make, and even more innovative ways to use essential oils.
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Receive $5 off select May titles ($14.99 and above). Copy and paste coupon code BLOG0515 when prompted at checkout. (Discount code can be used only once per customer). Willow and Sage Come and celebrate a full year of Willow and Sage with us! With over 25 different recipes, gorgeous packaging ideas for handcrafted bath and body products, and […]

75+ Mother’s Day Gift Ideas with Exclusive Savings Inside!

April 29th, 2015

Mother's Day Gift-Giving Guide

Remember when your mom helped you with a history project until three in the morning? Or when she let you ride your bike by yourself, but then followed in her car for two miles to make sure you didn’t get run over? Remember how many PB& J sandwiches she made you? She’s been there through it all. She’s taken care of you and raised you and made you feel special — now it’s your turn to return the favor. Read the rest of this entry »


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Remember when your mom helped you with a history project until three in the morning? Or when she let you ride your bike by yourself, but then followed in her car for two miles to make sure you didn’t get run over? Remember how many PB& J sandwiches she made you? She’s been there through […]

The Editors Reveal a Few of their Favorite Spring Issue Features

April 24th, 2015

by Cynthia Levens

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What comes to mind when you think of spring? As editors at Stampington & Company, we think of all the new incoming artwork to publish in our magazines. Spring is often associated with liveliness, energy, and warmth, which is reflected in the quality of artwork we receive around this time of year. Excitement ensues as we open boxes and boxes of fun artisan items. We wanted to pick just a few of our favorite finds from our spring publications to spotlight and share with you. These works of art stood out and really resonated with us; read on to find out why.

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by Cynthia Levens What comes to mind when you think of spring? As editors at Stampington & Company, we think of all the new incoming artwork to publish in our magazines. Spring is often associated with liveliness, energy, and warmth, which is reflected in the quality of artwork we receive around this time of year. […]

Protect Your Lips for Summer: DIY Lip Balm Recipes

April 21st, 2015

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Do-It-Yourself describes me perfectly. If there’s a way to make it myself — I will. I’ve tried my hand at everything from shower scrubs to laundry detergent, crocheted my own dish scrubbies and even mixed my own dry shampoo. It may be faster to just go to the store, but I’m always in favor of the route that lets me control exactly what goes into my finished project – especially if it’s going to end up on my lips or skin. Making it at home allows you to customize anything to suit your tastes, and that means that your end product is chemical-free or contains your absolute favorite scent. For those people with allergies or sensitivities, they can adapt any recipe to to your specific needs. And don’t forget to take into account the cost.  When I discovered that I could make my own lip balm, instead of spending  $4+ per tube, I was totally on board.

In honor of Willow and Sage’s 1-year anniversary in May,  Somerset Place wanted to offer some ideas for homemade bath and body products to add to your collection. Read the rest of this entry »


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Do-It-Yourself describes me perfectly. If there’s a way to make it myself — I will. I’ve tried my hand at everything from shower scrubs to laundry detergent, crocheted my own dish scrubbies and even mixed my own dry shampoo. It may be faster to just go to the store, but I’m always in favor of […]