Mixed-Media Graffiti Box Project

May 15th, 2014

Mixed-Media Graffiti Box Project

Are you a collector of little bits and pieces of beautiful things? Unique buttons, shinny pieces of paper, sea glass, porcelain beads, the list can go on and on. While quite different, all these little things come together to bring mixed-media projects to life by adding splashes of color and bold touches of texture. However,  as wonderful as these treasures are — they need a home or else they’ll be all over the place! Why not make their storage container just as special as they are?

We love boxes in all sizes and especially in unique shapes. They’re great for storing and organizing things and if embellished they can be given away as gifts or used to package gifts in. With a little TLC almost any box can be turned into a stunning treasure chest that’s worthy of holding  your most cherished finds. That’s why we had to share this mixed-media graffiti box project, which features an interesting design and a hexagon box.

Materials for the Mixed-Media Graffiti Box Project:

Mixed-Media Graffiti Box Project

Mixed-Media Graffiti Box Project Tutorial:

  1. Start by painting the medium-sized hexagon box with white gesso and then allow it to dry.
  2. Once dry, stencil the tile stencil design onto each panel of the hexagon box and the lid using blue acrylic paint and a foam brush and then allow it to dry.
  3. Using Black StazOn Ink, stamp the Create with Abandon design onto the box in various places.
  4. On the edge of the lid, use Graffiti washi tape, and adhere it around the edges.
  5. Place the lid on the box and wrap black scrapper’s floss around the box a few times. Thread it through a Prima Marketing button, and secure with a knot.

Once you’re done with your mixed-media graffiti box, you can fill it with gifts, treats, art supplies, or even your own collection of artsy treasures!

Want More Mixed-Media Inspiration?

Visit The Studio to explore even more unique and creative mixed-media projects.

 





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Are you a collector of little bits and pieces of beautiful things? Unique buttons, shinny pieces of paper, sea glass, porcelain beads, the list can go on and on. While quite different, all these little things come together to bring mixed-media projects to life by adding splashes of color and bold touches of texture. However,  […]

Quote the Image: Caption Contest With a Twist!

May 12th, 2014

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~Sabine Herrmann from Where Women Create Summer 2014



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~Tara Morris from Artful Blogging Summer 2014

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~Jillian Lukiwski from Artful Blogging Summer 2014

Every now and then you’ll come across an image that immediately strikes you full of inspiration. You may suddenly want to draw, paint, or even compose a poem or song — and all because there’s something magical, wonderful, and simply stirring about that particular photograph. Sometimes, we’re not just inspired, we’re reminded of something else that we hold to be equally as moving. For example a favorite quote, the lines of a song, or a portion of a beloved poem.

While I was flipping through the pages of the summer 2014 issue of Artful Blogging, I saw Jillian’s picture and what came to my mind, almost immediately, was the couplet of my all-time favorite sonnet:

Then happy I, that love and am beloved
Where I may not remove nor be removed.

~William Shakespeare, Sonnet 25

There’s something effortless, charming, and just plain beautiful and romantic about Jillian’s photograph that resonated with me in the same way that my favorite love poem does. This got me thinking, if this is how I feel about this image — I wonder how others feel about it too?

 

Quote the Image Caption Contest Giveaway*

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The three featured images on this post by Sabine Herrmann, Jillian Lukiwski, and Tara Morris are extraordinary! They capture romantic, happy, and carefree moments in time.

Select one of the three featured images, and find a quote, snippet of a song, or even a line from a poem that really resonates with it in the comment section below. How to enter:

  1. Click the “Pin-It” button for your favorite photograph
  2. Comment on the blog post below with the most fitting quote caption you can think of

The person with the most “fitting” caption will receive a magazine of their choice (a value of $14.99 or less)!

*Contest is open to US residents only, and expires May 31st, 2014.



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~Sabine Herrmann from Where Women Create Summer 2014 ~Tara Morris from Artful Blogging Summer 2014 ~Jillian Lukiwski from Artful Blogging Summer 2014 Every now and then you’ll come across an image that immediately strikes you full of inspiration. You may suddenly want to draw, paint, or even compose a poem or song — and all […]

Editor Spotlight: The Art of Alteration by Cynthia Levens

May 8th, 2014

Altered Couture Summer 2014

~Photograph by Johanna Love

With summer just around the corner, this is a time when people often find themselves reflecting on the types of changes they want to make in their lives, both physical as well as mental. Managing Editor of Altered Couture, Cynthia Levens has an interesting perspective when it comes to making adjustments and she’s kind enough to share it with us here at Somerset Place.

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Dear Friends,

While many things in our lives are beautiful as is, there are others that could use a few adjustments. And even though some are completely out of our control, there are a handful of things we have the power to change. It’s incredible what can be accomplished with a few quick fixes, an addition or removal, or some sort of modification.

This past year I’ve made several “alterations” to my habits that led to changes — changes I’ve always wanted but never really worked for. And by making these alterations and sticking to them, I’ve improved my health, relationships, mood and happiness, and appreciation for, well … everything! I still have a lot of things to work on, but, again, I’m going to continue to repair my snags to ultimately be the best possible version of myself. And I know that while fixing one snag something else may unravel, but that’s all part of the process! With the right set of tools and a positive attitude, I know I can overcome anything, and so can you.

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(Artist credits, from left to right and top to bottom: Shelly West, Shannon Dorsey, Diane Utley-Aguilar, Abby Potash, Jessica Rives, Elena Ulyanova — all articles can be found in Altered Couture Summer 2014)

This is why I love this magazine so much. I’m amazed by this concept and find it so rewarding to see both simple and drastic changes completely transform a garment or accessory. These pages clearly show the results of hard work and a commitment to improvement. Whether an alteration you would like to make takes place on your sewing table or elsewhere in life, and no matter if the change will be grand or small, you can do it if you stick with it. There can be so much beauty and bliss in alteration.

Cheers,

Cynthia Levens

Managing Editor

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Thanks so much for allowing us a quick glimpse into your mind and heart, Cynthia. Alteration, in any form, can be just as difficult as it is rewarding. We want to know: Has there ever been an instance when you felt that a change was necessary — either in an artistic endeavor or in your personal life?

 

Use code BLOG0514 to get $5 off Altered Couture

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~Photograph by Johanna Love With summer just around the corner, this is a time when people often find themselves reflecting on the types of changes they want to make in their lives, both physical as well as mental. Managing Editor of Altered Couture, Cynthia Levens has an interesting perspective when it comes to making adjustments […]

Pearls on Knotted Silk Free Article Download

May 5th, 2014

Shabby Chic Pearl Necklace



“As I was creating this lovely, my mind wandered to another place and time. Who had worn this pearl necklace with the beautiful glass stones, what did she look like, was this one of her favorite pieces? I was so curious, I imagined the life she might have had – nights out, dinner, and dancing.”

~Colleen Pike

The shabby chic pearl necklaces, featured in this free article download, are just in time to help you create a carelessly elegant beach look. They’re the perfect accent pieces for all those fun summer get-togethers that last late into the night. Best of all, this article offers detailed instructions on how to recreate these stunning looks. Shabby Chic Pearl Necklace True to its name, you’ll be the Queen of Everything with Colleen Pike’s gorgeous necklace design. This extravagant shabby chic pearl necklace will dress up any pair of denim shorts and sandals, adding just the right touch of glamour and elegance. Made with a collection of bits and pieces, like bracelet rhinestones, a small decorative buckle, an assortment of chains, and of course a good amount of pearls, everything needed for this design could easily be found in a second-hand store or in a yard sale.

Wrap dress, corkscrew wedges and sunglasses – there’s only one thing missing from this summer ensemble, a shabby chic pearl necklace. Charlotte Self’s Pearl on Knotted Silk manages to be elegant and down-to-earth all at the same time. Made with upcycled silk and faux pearls, this is an inexpensive and interesting project for any jewelry artist.   Click here to download the free article, “Pearls on Knotted Silk,” by Colleen Pike and Charlotte Self that originally appeared in the spring 2012 issue of Jewelry Affaire.          

 

Get these Shabby Chic Pearl Necklace Designs and Many Others

Jewelry Affair Spring 2012The first publication of the magazine’s quarterly release – the spring 2012 issue of Jewelry Affaire features wearable pieces with an industrial edge as well as pieces with heavy fabric influence. This one is an oldie but definitely a goodie, so make sure you check it out to get even more amazing inspiration.  



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“As I was creating this lovely, my mind wandered to another place and time. Who had worn this pearl necklace with the beautiful glass stones, what did she look like, was this one of her favorite pieces? I was so curious, I imagined the life she might have had – nights out, dinner, and dancing.” […]

Glimpse Inside: Refreshing May Issues + Giveaway

May 1st, 2014

Start your summer right within the bright, colorful, and inspirational pages of our May issues! Get the newest fashion trends with Altered Couture and feed your imagination with the stunning character designs from Art Doll Quarterly and Prims. Also, make sure you freshen up with a wide collection of recipes for homemade bath and body products that come straight out of the pages of our newest publication – Willow and Sage.

 

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We want to show our blog subscribers that we appreciate them! That’s why we’re offering a special promo code to receive $5 off any of our May issues. Just make sure you copy and paste the coupon code BLOG0514 when prompted at checkout.

 

 

Willow and Sage

May Issues - Willow and Sage

Willow and Sage magazine is filled with more than 70 unique recipes, uses, and beautiful packaging ideas for homemade bath and body products, paired alongside stunning, Somerset-style photography. In the premiere issue, you’ll get a creative look inside a military family’s farm, where goats’ milk is molded into artisan soap, and discover how to make homemade mascara and foundation that are free of chemicals. Learn how to create beeswax paper for packaging your handmade goods, make teabags to steep in the bathtub, and craft quick and easy spa gifts to give to all your friends.

Somerset Studio

May Issues - Somerset Studio

Push your creativity to the limits with an array of never-before-seen features inside the May installment of Somerset Studio. Lisa Bebi shows that coloring books aren’t just for kids, and we explore the wonderful, wire world of Tammy Smith. After soaking up an informative Artist Profile on Heather Murray, stick around to see how to use glassine envelopes to tuck away “sweet nothings,” and discover a new technique for creating faux encaustic artwork. Another eye-catcher you won’t want to miss: the texture-rich, “Sassy Girls” inspired by “The Great Gatsby.”

Altered Couture

May Issues - Altered Couture

Add a splash of color to your wardrobe: This issue of Altered Couture unveils a gorgeous tie-dye dress, along with other interesting dyeing techniques. You’ll also learn how to make hemp jewelry, as well as fashion hair bows and hair ties that are simple to recreate with clothing remnants. Last but not least, find an array of fun and flirty summer clothing – perfect for warmer weather – and unique dresses made from men’s ties.

Art Doll Quarterly

May Issues - Art Doll Quarterly

Swim with the mermaids, learn how to create dolls from tools, marvel over amazing mixed-media beadwork dolls, and immerse yourself in the inspiring creations within Art Doll Quarterly. Our Doll Artist Profile features the work of Elizabeth Frank, who creates finely crafted, carved wood dolls from fallen aspen branches and reclaimed materials. Talented artist Betsy Youngquist, in collaboration with sculptor R. Scott Long, creates dolls whose surfaces are encrusted with beads and found materials in a mosaic process, often incorporating fragments of old porcelain dolls. From crochet to cloth, clay to bead-covered, our talented readers pushed their limits and rewarded us with some spectacular dolls to inspire you.

Artful Blogging

May Issues - Artful Blogging

Dive into this summer issue of Artful Blogging! Each of our bloggers shares a wonderful story, a story that instantly captivates us and allows us to step into their world as we are mesmerized by the photos that fill each and every page. Some of the wonderful and talented bloggers in this issue include design connoisseurs Morgan Georgie and Carrie Kiefer of Ampersand Design Studio, whimsical mixed-media artist Micki Wilde of The Secret Hermit, and city girl Leney Breeden of A Girl Name Leney.

GreenCraft Magazine

May Issues - GreenCraft Magazine

Grab your recycling bin, and get ready for our latest installment of GreenCraft Magazine! This issue features some of our most creative ideas yet. Take a trip back to your earliest green crafting days with a dollhouse made entirely of recycled materials — you will surely be inspired to make one as a gift, or spend an afternoon collaborating with your smallest crafters for a project that is as fun as it is worthwhile. Also look forward to a gorgeous eggshell succulent garden made by the talented Megan Robinson, of Le Robin’s Nest. Other exciting projects to keep an eye out for include ideas for reusing old mailer envelopes, rubber stamps made from recycled materials, and a how-to for turning old alarm clocks into special works of art.

Prims

May Issues - Prims

Immerse yourself in a quieter and simpler kind of life by soaking up primitive creations from days gone by. In our summer issue, we share quirky butterflies with human features, stripes, and flowers by Noelle Falvo, along with a lanky cow from Laura Obiso’s “Barnyard Collection,” and a pair of pull toy elephants by Catherine Richards. You will not want to miss eight sunflowers with sticks for stems, or Karen Brady Hammontree’s adorably lifelike robin and bird friends.

Where Women Create

May Issues - Where Women Create

This summer, Where Women Create takes you up close and personal, inside the studios of Joey Hieberg, the creator of the Dolly Mamas, April Cornell, and The Sacred Sewing Room’s Terry Grahl. In this enriching issue, you’ll also get a snapshot of the artistic space of Karen Roberts from Karen Roberts Photography, and see how Karen Way of Sew Many Ways styles her very own creative space.

 

Your Chance to Win One of Our May Issues!

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We’re giving away brand-new May Issues to three lucky winners! Simply follow these steps to enter for your chance to win:

1) Click on your favorite spread above.

2) Pin or “Like” that particular issue. 

3) If you pinned to Pinterest, share the link in the comments section below. If you “liked” on Facebook, tag us so we can see. 

4) If you don’t have Facebook or Pinterest, please comment below and tell us which issue you find most appealing and why.

 

*Winners are selected at random and will be contacted via email. *$5 off discount applies to purchases of any of the following 2014 May Issues only: Willow and Sage, Art Doll Quarterly, Artful Blogging, GreenCraft Magazine, Prims, Where Women Create, Altered Couture, and Somerset Studio. Discount code can be used only one time per customer, and expires 05/31/14. Contest is open to U.S. residents and ends 05/31/14 at 11:59pm.

 





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Start your summer right within the bright, colorful, and inspirational pages of our May issues! Get the newest fashion trends with Altered Couture and feed your imagination with the stunning character designs from Art Doll Quarterly and Prims. Also, make sure you freshen up with a wide collection of recipes for homemade bath and body […]