Trending: In Love with Lace

July 28th, 2015
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~Artwork by Nancy Romans, Carolyn Soto, Elaine Howell, Diane Utley-Aguilar, Kimberly Elowe, and Lanni Lantto



What’s this summer’s biggest trend? Hint, everyone from your mom to your great-grandmother has worn it, but none of them have worn it like this. That’s right, lace is the next big trend in summer fashion. There are many different types of lace — crochet, bobbin, cutwork (even macramé can trace its roots back to knotted lace) — and lacy accents are popping up on everything from vests and tops to pants and culottes. Lace is also part of a new dynamic duo with sheer or other lightweight fabrics, taking it outside grandma’s parlor and into the breezy style of warm summer days. Read the rest of this entry »



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What’s this summer’s biggest trend? Hint, everyone from your mom to your great-grandmother has worn it, but none of them have worn it like this. That’s right, lace is the next big trend in summer fashion. There are many different types of lace — crochet, bobbin, cutwork (even macramé can trace its roots back to […]

Get Published: August Calls and Challenges

July 24th, 2015

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Our Stampington publications want your submissions. If you are an artist or writer looking to have your work featured in one of our magazines, here are the latest calls and challenges that our magazines are looking for. We encourage you to submit your work again even if you have tried before. The following magazines have upcoming deadlines on August 15th, so this is your chance to see your name in print and get published! Read the rest of this entry »



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Our Stampington publications want your submissions. If you are an artist or writer looking to have your work featured in one of our magazines, here are the latest calls and challenges that our magazines are looking for. We encourage you to submit your work again even if you have tried before. The following magazines have […]

6 Bezel Projects — Necklaces, and Bookmarks, and Bracelets, Oh My!

July 21st, 2015

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Bezels are one of the most versatile pieces in jewelry making. You can decorate them with anything — patterned paper, photos, and text, or even chalkboard paint and glitter! These projects all use bezels in a unique way. From necklaces to journal wraps to bracelets, they can be used to display your personal style like a mini art canvas for your accessories and wearable art projects. Read the rest of this entry »



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Bezels are one of the most versatile pieces in jewelry making. You can decorate them with anything — patterned paper, photos, and text, or even chalkboard paint and glitter! These projects all use bezels in a unique way. From necklaces to journal wraps to bracelets, they can be used to display your personal style like […]

Metal Stamping Project Inspiration

July 17th, 2015

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Metal stamping projects are the hottest trend in jewelry making right now. Hammering the tags and blanks can be a great way to add a personal touch. Nothing is more satisfying than seeing letters and shapes appear in the metal after a good, solid thud of the hammer. Here is a collection of metal stamping projects that can inspire your own experiments with the technique. Make gift tags, necklaces, keychains, or boot belts with this technique and try the jewelry making method that everyone is talking about. Read the rest of this entry »



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Metal stamping projects are the hottest trend in jewelry making right now. Hammering the tags and blanks can be a great way to add a personal touch. Nothing is more satisfying than seeing letters and shapes appear in the metal after a good, solid thud of the hammer. Here is a collection of metal stamping […]

We Asked the Artists: What’s the Best Feedback You’ve Ever Received?

July 14th, 2015

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For all creative types, feedback can be an important formative experience. Most of us remember the best compliments we’ve received for our artistic efforts. My favorite compliment came from my mother and wasn’t even said directly to me. We were at a family reunion when I overheard her telling my aunt what amazing work I had been doing lately. It was a special moment that convinced me to continue creating. However, sometimes harsh criticism can be just as productive. One of my mixed-media pieces got a complete makeover when a friend told me it was “just alright.” Whether it was positive or negative, we asked the artists:

What is the best feedback you have ever received? Has constructive criticism helped you develop personally or improved your artwork? Do you listen to the comments of others? Read the rest of this entry »



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For all creative types, feedback can be an important formative experience. Most of us remember the best compliments we’ve received for our artistic efforts. My favorite compliment came from my mother and wasn’t even said directly to me. We were at a family reunion when I overheard her telling my aunt what amazing work I […]