Hot Trend: Layering Tips from Somerset Apprentice Artists

August 16th, 2012

Just like you can layer a tank top underneath a flowing blouse to give your outfit a pop of color, you can layer different materials on top of one another to achieve a blend of hues and textures. From Kraft tissue paper to ink sprays, stencils to gel sticks, there is a variety of tools and media you can use to build an amazing focal point in your mixed-media projects.

Somerset Apprentice is your go-to source for learning about the building blocks of creating art. This publication is ideal for artists of all skill levels; beginners will appreciate easy-to-follow instructions and seasoned artists will enjoy expanding their artistic repertoire with new, innovative techniques.  Each issue boasts detailed snapshots, step-by-step instructions, and tips from professional artists to help guide you in creating one-of-a-kind pieces. Here are a few fun tips from some of our talented artists featured in our current Spring ’12 issue.

 

Good Credit

Layer paint onto the pages and roughly blend with a paintbrush. Use an old credit card to scrape over areas and to move the paint around.

Linda Fazzary

 

Back, Back, Back it Up

To create the background, cut vintage book pages and scanned letters into squares and adhere to the board with matte gel.

Michelle DeFillipo

 

You Tell the Story

Select a phrase or sentence from your vintage book pages that suggests the story, theme, or message behind your composition, and apply with matte medium.

Ivette Newport

 

Just My Type

Using a typewriter, type a title onto a scrap of muslin. Adhere the title over the lower front of the photograph with a light coat of soft gel medium.

Rebecca Sower

 

Observe and Combine

The beauty of abstract art is that you can do whatever appeals to you. I challenge you to look around your workspace and observe what you have laying around and see what kind of things you can combine to make your own piece of art.

Ruth Rae

 

Find Your Medium

I love that [the acrylic paint] dried quickly and is made from plastic and is so durable that you can layer it, sand it, and start over repeatedly! Sometimes I go back into paintings from years ago to freshen them up a bit or completely rework them.

Mati Rose McDonough

Find these artists’ projects and more inside of the Spring ’12 issue of Somerset Apprentice, and get to work on learning a new skill or two! Send us a photo showing off your new trade at blog@stampington.com.

 

Top photo: Priscilla Jones, Autumn ’12 (available September 1st)

Bottom photo: Hanne Matthiesen, Spring ’11

 



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Just like you can layer a tank top underneath a flowing blouse to give your outfit a pop of color, you can layer different materials on top of one another to achieve a blend of hues and textures. From Kraft tissue paper to ink sprays, stencils to gel sticks, there is a variety of tools […]

A Stampington-Style Contest

August 13th, 2012

We’re inviting you to be a stylist for a day and give us your best shot (pun totally intended) at snapping a styled photo of your favorite August Stampington magazine. We highlight our current titles in our Post Script e-letter that is sent to more than 38,000 readers and fans. Are you signed up? If not, join the fun, and start receiving free handmade ideas, exclusive sales, and digital downloads in your inbox twice a month.

Your mission: take a picture of any August issue (Artful Blogging, Altered Couture, Art Doll Quarterly, Somerset Home, GreenCraft Magazine, Where Women Create) in an inspiring setting. Here are just a few ideas of how you might style your magazine:

Surrounded by art supplies

In your inspirational retreat

Propped up against a colorful wall

On a coffee table

Wrapped up in a bow

In your favorite coffee shop

While you have creative freedom to style your photo as you wish, we ask you to note the following guidelines.

  • The magazine should be the focal point of the photo; the title should be clearly readable
  • Please exclude people in the foreground of your shots
  • Photograph the magazine face-on (No shots of the spine or back, please.)

Send your photo (at least 580 pixels wide) to blog@stampington.com by 8/20/12. We will choose our favorite snapshots to include in next week’s Post Script for our crafting community to see, and one grand prize winner will receive an issue of their choice. Best of luck! We can’t wait to see what you snap up!

Photo by Vanessa Spencer

 



Sarah Artwork SubmissionsContests and Giveaways ,

We’re inviting you to be a stylist for a day and give us your best shot (pun totally intended) at snapping a styled photo of your favorite August Stampington magazine. We highlight our current titles in our Post Script e-letter that is sent to more than 38,000 readers and fans. Are you signed up? If […]

Style Your Photographs with a Vintage Spool Tutorial

August 9th, 2012

Place your cherished photographs in the spotlight with this simple décor project that features an unlikely use for wooden spools. With a quick wash of paint and romantic decorative tape, you’ll be able to showcase a favorite family photo for your grandmother’s birthday; she’ll beam at the clever use of this classic sewing accessory. Kick it up a notch with personalized handwritten names for an unforgettable baby shower favor, or how about creating place card holders for a backyard wedding? Impress your recipients with this unique spin on a classic tool from our Shoppe Manager, Vanessa.

Materials
Wooden Spools (or alternatively, our White Painted Spools)
Fabric Tape Sets – Greeny
Acrylic Paint – White
Wire
Old photographs

Instructions
Give spools a coat of paint and let dry. Wrap a piece of decorative tape around the center. Take approximately 5″ of black wire and shape two circles close enough to each other to create a small space to insert a photograph. Wrap the middle portion of the wire around your pinky or a thin pencil to create desired coiling. Double up the bottom portion of wire, making it thick enough to push inside of the spool to secure it.

Want another reason to pick up these wooden spools? Vanessa created a tic-tac-toe game board using spools as the game pieces. This project is also a winner, doubling as a fun pastime and a fantastic piece of home décor. Checkmate! For more creative living ideas, pick up a copy of Somerset Life.

Feel the need to express your love of spools through poetry? Compose a poem (see mine below) in the comment section for a chance to win a 5-pack of spools to get you started on this project.*

“Ode to Spools”

Darling wooden spools
All standing in a line
I’ll paint and then distress you
Then wrap you up in twine!

Project and photos by Vanessa Spencer

*This contest is open to residents of the U.S. and expires at midnight on 8/20/2012. Update: Congratulations, Ella! You are the winner of our poetry contest. We will be in touch with you in regards to your prize. Thank you to all who participated!



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Place your cherished photographs in the spotlight with this simple décor project that features an unlikely use for wooden spools. With a quick wash of paint and romantic decorative tape, you’ll be able to showcase a favorite family photo for your grandmother’s birthday; she’ll beam at the clever use of this classic sewing accessory. Kick […]

New August Issues Have Arrived + Win Your Favorite!

August 6th, 2012

Bring your most creative ideas to life with this remarkable selection of brand-new August issues from Stampington & Company. These titles showcase the best in contemporary mixed-media art, from wearable menswear-inspired altered art to a curation of blog-worthy stories told through emotional words and images. You’ll get whisked away to studio spaces of intelligent, creative women and take a tour of the American Greetings headquarters! If these preview spreads have you oohing and ahhing (like we did when we first laid eyes on these beauties), take advantage of our FREE SHIPPING discount that we are offering exclusively to our blog readers.

Use Promo Code: BLOG0812*

Geared towards women who take pride in the creative details that adorn their studios, Where Women Create delights and inspires artistic types all over the world. This issue showcases the multitude of ways you can hang jewelry pieces, organize frequently used tools, and display works-in-progress. Bold chevron patterns adorn an umbrella outside the studio of the Riley Blake Designs studio, and mint green furniture serves as focal points in illustrator Amy Colburn’s creative retreat. Go behind-the-scenes of the American Greetings Ohio-based headquarters, and see how this creative team nurtures its employees in a relaxed and artistic environment.

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Come home to a shabby-chic retreat or a vibrant, colorful getaway with this issue of Somerset Home. We’ll show you how to bring Pinterest to life with pretty pinboards adorned with muslin and lace, and how to customize accessory hangers to display handmade bows, barrettes, and headbands. Sharon Cochran gives us a heaping serving of coffee couture with her burlap handbags and pillows, and Jennifer Swift uses coffee bags to create unique dining décor. From innovative washi wall journaling to everyday storage solutions for the messy (I mean, “artistically organized”) crafter, the projects nested in this issue will quickly make your house a creative home.

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From posed engagement photo shoots to candid family snapshots, moments in time are frozen and wistfully remembered via brilliantly designed blogs across the internet. This issue of Artful Blogging features personal stories from talented artists including Samantha Kira Harding, Jennifer Blair, and Elizabeth Morrow, among others. Mixed-media artist Anna-Maria Wolniak displays her passion for color, type, and cherished moments through her beautifully composed scrapbook layouts showcased on her blog. Through pristine photography and captivating accounts of personal struggles and triumphs, this extraordinary issue will prompt you to explore the artistic blogging community.

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After falling in love with the striking green hues on the cover of this month’s GreenCraft Magazine, venture inside to see the repurposed wonders that our readers have submitted. The key to your heart might just be found in a typewriter; artist Jill Kerns extracts vintage type keys to refashion into jewelry accents. Turn coffee carriers into planters, zippers into pillows, and table linens into a vintage-inspired dress. Menswear gets a wearable re-do into women’s clothing, complete with pleats and a floral accent. This magazine will appeal to crafters of all ages and skill levels with a flair for innovative thought and a passion for upcycled art.

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This issue of Altered Couture is filled with flirty fashions to get you in gear for fall. Personal anecdotes and a full list of tools and materials accompany these nifty, thrifty wearable art projects. From biker chick jackets to tiered lace skirts, the project variety is sure to appeal to all crafty fashionistas. We’ve fallen in love with mixed-media artist Pat Berryhill’s sheer, breezy top that cinches in the back and makes our hearts flutter. Whether you’re looking for a menswear transformation tutorial that’s “all business,” or just want to glam up your old rags, you’ll be well on your way to becoming an altered couture aficionado in no time.

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The autumn issue of Art Doll Quarterly features meticulously made figures crafted with love, care, and unusual materials. Join Sharon Woodward as she uses her background in illustration, graphic design, and ceramic sculpting to create a unique line of shelf-sitter dolls. See how Rex Sanford creates a dandelion-inspired doll with sparkling rhinestones and glazed tiles. Karly Perez’s article, “Silently Whispered Tales of Happiness & Woe,” explores the difference between dolls created for play, and dolls created for companionship. Embrace the impending bewitching season with this issue, filled with frightening yet adorable faces like The Field Herb Witch, Wicked Winifred, and Wednesday Adams.

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Want to win one of these issues? Click on any spread, check out the table of contents, and let us know which feature you’re looking forward to reading! One person will be selected at random to receive their choice of magazine. Winner will be chosen and announced August 13th.

[This giveaway has ended.]

*Free shipping offer applies to U.S. purchases of the following August 2012 issues only: Altered Couture, Art Doll Quarterly, Artful Blogging, GreenCraft Magazine, Somerset Home, and Where Women Create. Discount code does not apply to items purchased from The Shoppe at Somerset and expires 8/31/12. Contest is open to U.S. residents and ends 8/12/12 at 11:59pm.

Update: Congratulations, Maria Matter, you are our winner! We will be in contact with you in regards to your prize.

 



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Bring your most creative ideas to life with this remarkable selection of brand-new August issues from Stampington & Company. These titles showcase the best in contemporary mixed-media art, from wearable menswear-inspired altered art to a curation of blog-worthy stories told through emotional words and images. You’ll get whisked away to studio spaces of intelligent, creative […]

Stampington Goes to Renegade Craft Fair 2012!

August 2nd, 2012

The Renegade Craft Fair was in town last weekend, and I had been crossing the days off my calendar in anticipation. Located at the Los Angeles State Historic Park, this was the 4th annual Renegade in LA. The Renegade Craft Fairs showcase the best in handmade goods from artisans who specialize in indie crafts, and they are always free to attend. This was my 3rd time attending a Renegade show in the past two years, and with each show brings new friends and new discoveries in the crafting world.

Renegade does a consistently amazing job of recruiting vendors with unparalleled talents in sewing, jewelry making, painting, screen printing, illustration, and book binding. The artists are more than happy to chat with you about their crafting endeavors. It’s a treat for me to hear the experiences and education that led them to their current artistic hobby, and, in many cases, jobs.  For some, creating is a full-time job; artists make and distribute handmade goods in Etsy shops, physical store locations, and craft shows across the country. With attractions like live music, demonstrations and workshops, and a variety of fun food truck cuisine, Renegade Craft Fairs appeal to attendees of all ages, interests, and talents.

I had the pleasure of meeting Jenny Smith of Teddy Bear Republic (above). Jenny is an extremely talented seamstress, giving each of her softie creations a distinct personality with every stitch. She’s also a published Stampington artist! You can find her adorable, furry friends in the newest issue of Stuffed.  She shared a booth with friend and fellow creative, Mary, the artist behind Mary Lundquist Illustration. Her hand drawn illustrations are printed on mini notebooks, greeting cards, and tote bags (below). I am officially in love with the bespectacled owl–his glasses are bicycle wheels!

I was thrilled to find Pam Garrison’s booth, decked out in color-coordinating paintings and handmade garlands made with colorful carnival tickets. Pam is an extraordinary painter, art journaler, and hand-lettering pro.  Here she is with her lovely assistant, Kate, in front of Pam’s beautifully painted booth backdrop (above). Her hand-lettered note cards, journals, and prints were artful eye-candy, easily recognizable in Pam’s signature colorful style. Pam has been featured in Art Journaling, Somerset Life, and Somerset Studio. Hop over to her blog to check out her handmade items for yourself.

The vintage-inspired garments in the Sew L.A. booth were absolutely stunning. I admired the handmade dresses and blouses and chatted with Christine Haynes (above), pattern designer, sewing teacher, and author of “Chic & Simple Sewing” (Potter Craft, 2009). Visit her website to check out her retro pattern designs and sign up for one of her classes.

Here are more crafty items that caught my attention: top: sunny Mason jar lids and spools of twine from We Love Citrus; left: succulent terrariums from Handmade by Ella; right: repurposed lamps from Flea Market Rx.

I walked away from Renegade with a couple of awesome items (see opening photo): a screen printed shirt with an image of a bicycle from Urban Octopus, cute Kraft envelopes with a string and button closure from Paper Pastries, mini potpourri-filled mason jars from Pure Palette Scents, and screen printed towels from Sara Selepouchin of Girls Can Tell.

When you have a spare moment, I encourage you to check out their online stores. If you attended any of the Renegade Craft Fairs, leave a comment and let me know your thoughts!

To keep your finger on the pulse of the crafting world, visit our events page here. Happy crafting!

 

–Elysa Hill, Marketing Communications Manager

 

 



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The Renegade Craft Fair was in town last weekend, and I had been crossing the days off my calendar in anticipation. Located at the Los Angeles State Historic Park, this was the 4th annual Renegade in LA. The Renegade Craft Fairs showcase the best in handmade goods from artisans who specialize in indie crafts, and […]