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CHA Mega Show 2016 | Seth Apter The Altered Page for Spellbinders

Reported by Maria del Pinto

Seth Apter Spellbinders Die Line

Today, I’m bringing you a peek at the hot new Spellbinders mixed media product line from Seth Apter that was shown at the CHA Mega Show 2016 last month, as well as a look at some of his projects he had on display that were made using tools from his new line.

Seth Apter is well-known not only for his art, but also for his beautiful altered pieces. Some of you may be familiar with him from his frequent appearances in the pages of “Cloth, Paper, Scissors” magazine. His blog, The Altered Page, is the origin of the name for his product line.

This is Seth’s first line of mixed media products and tools with Spellbinders. The release includes dies, stamps, embossing folders, and a book kit. Elements from the new line of products are designed to work together, with many of the stamps and dies complementing each other.

Seth Apter Spellbinders Stamp Set

Some of the different dies in Seth’s line are sized to be mixed and matched (a great excuse for me to purchase all three sets that I have my eye on). There is also a book kit that includes a 3-ring binder, tabbed pages, and a steel rule die, which allows the users to cut out their own pages.

The Seth Apter 3 Ring Binder KIt from Spellbinders - Photo by Seth Apter
The Seth Apter 3 Ring Binder KIt from Spellbinders – Photo by Seth Apter

As you can see, the book kit provides a wonderful base to express your own creativity. Seth also has a “Change a Page” die line that can be used to make some fun pages and covers to help create your notebook. If you are following my date book and journal series, you know I love field notebooks, so this goes to the top of my own must have list.

The Seth Apter Change a Page kit from Spellbinders (photo by Seth Apter).
The Seth Apter Change a Page kit from Spellbinders (photo by Seth Apter).

You can see more about the book kit at the Spellbinders website or on Seth Apter’s The Altered Page site. This new product line can be used to create a vast variety of mixed media projects. Seth’s display at the CHA 2016 Mega Show featured over 16 different projects that were made using various dies from his new mixed media line which you can see in the video.

Seth Apter Splatter Proof Die from Spellbinders

I emailed Seth to get a little more information about this great line and here is what he told me:

I am hoping to bridge the divide between people that call themselves mixed media artists and people who call themselves crafters. I would love for traditional crafters to be more comfortable with stepping out of their comfort zone and using some abstract design in a mixed media format. And I would love some mixed media artists, who often are hesitant to use dies and embossing folders, to be more open to these kinds of products more typically associated with crafters.

The products are all designed to work together, with many of the stamps and dies complimenting each other. And many of the different dies in the different sets are sized to be mixed and matched.

Seth Apter Found Piece
Seth Apter artwork made using  a combination of his new dies.
Seth Apter Display Piece using a variety of his new tools from the his new SpellBinders Line.
Seth Apter Display Piece using a variety of his new tools from the his new SpellBinders Line.

The new Seth Apter The Altered Page Spellbinders products line will be available to order in February 2016 online and in stores near you. If you want to know more about Seth Apter and his artwork and grunge pieces, you can find him at his blog at: http://thealteredpage.blogspot.com

NOTE: Many thanks to Seth for his cooperation in providing photos and information for this post. 

Book Review | Mixed-Media Paint Box – Edited by Tonia Davenport

Reported by Maria del Pinto

Mixed Media Paint Box cover

Mixed-Media Paint Box: Weekly Projects for a Year of Creative Exploration” is a collection of mixed media projects which were submitted by different artists to introduce the reader of a variety of techniques.  I came across this book while cruising the isles of my local bookstore and was so excited to locate such a great find. This book, published in 2010 by North Light Books, was published in the early rise of mixed media and features names such as Claudine Hellmuth and Kelly Rae Roberts that are now much more well known.

I love that this book is set up as a weekly journey. I have two jobs and go to school full-time, so I do not have a lot of free time to dedicate to taking craft classes. However, I can find bits of time, once a week, for creative self-expression through a simple project. Sometimes this means I am working on a project in the middle of the night but I haven’t found too many art stores that offer classes around that type of crazy schedule! For me, this book is like taking a weekly class that is tailored to my complicated schedule. I just love it!

The book has great step-by-step photos of the projects. The techniques themselves are varied and are introduced in a way that makes it easy for the reader to follow. Also, each week introduces the reader to some new media, as well using materials that the reader is already familiar with (and has on hand). There are projects using traditional materials like watercolors while at the same time, offering some application technique ideas.

The contributors have done a great job at keeping the projects and interactions simple and easy to manage.  It allows for the reader to quickly grasp a technique and yet provides a good starting point for more in-depth future projects. There are also some templates and tips in the book.

The materials used in “Mixed-Media Paint Box” are easily purchased online or at your local art supply store.

Mat Acrylic Medium Collage Technique

One of my favorite techniques in the book is the “Special Occasion Collage” by Corey Moortgat. It is super easy to follow.  It combines collage with painting.  The project also introduces the reader to the use of glazes, gel pins and other materials.  I made the above bead using the technique that I learned from this project.

by Maria DelPinto for Craft Critique

The crackled owl above is made using the techniques I learned in the “Crackled Background” project by Alama De La Melena Cox. The project in the book uses fabric, canvas, and paints to create a cool piece of wall art.  The reader learns how to combine the acrylic paint and crackle medium to create different textures. Then the project introduces using metallic fabrics, glitter, and adhesive to collage on top of the crackled surface. The final results are pretty fun and I recommend checking out page 48 in the book to see it!

by Maria DelPinto for Craft Critique

I personally found some great ideas in the book that I could use to create jewelry pieces, like the watercolor washed bead above. This book really incorporates a great amount of ideas that will offer the reader a broad introduction into a variety of techniques. It also provides a great starting point to apply the techniques introduced to other creative projects. For those who are interested in trying their hand at digital painting, Susan Tuttle has a digital painting project in the book on page 52. She also includes some basic Photoshop Elements techniques to help you with the project.

If you are interested in a time intensive project, then the “Paper Pendant’ project by Stephanie Lee on page 118 is not to be missed. It has a lot of steps to it but the final piece is well worth the effort. Plus, she teaches some great techniques through her fabulous step-by-step photos.

Pros:

  • Easy to follow instructions and techniques.
  • Easy to locate materials.
  • Great variety of techniques.
  • Includes nice introduction on each contributor, along with web and/or blog links so that you can learn more about them.

Cons:

  • No index is available to quickly refer to a particular technique. You will have to refer to the “Table of Contents” to find anything.
  • No product list is available at the end of the book.  You will have to do an online search to find the materials or get more information on a particular product.
  • You may find yourself spending more time playing the with techniques you learn in this book and less time doing your daily chores or homework.

Mixed-Media Paint Box: Weekly Projects for a Year of Creative Exploration is  published by North Light Books and is available in paperback and on Kindle Unlimited from Amazon.com.

CHA Mega Show 2015 | Fabric Elements by Fabric Editions

Reported by Maria del Pinto

CHA Show Hot Product for 2015  | Fabric Editions Launches Fabric Elements with Mixed Media Artist, Rebekah Meier

At the CHA Mega Show 2015 Hot Products event, Fabric Editions launched Fabric Elements mixed media and fiber art kits with mixed media artist Rebekah Meier. (Fabric Elements was later announced as the winner of the Fabric & Needlecrafts category of the 2015 CHA Hot Products awards.)

Meier is well-known for her ability to create beautiful mixed media collages and fiber art pieces.

CHA Show Hot Product for 2015  | Fabric Editions Launches Fabric Elements with Mixed Media Artist, Rebekah Meier
Rebekah Meier

The new line features elements from Meier’s various Fabric Collage techniques. The product line includes embellishments, stencils, tags, printed tissue paper, and lace trim.

Fabric Editions Launches Fabric Elements with Mixed Media Artist, Rebekah Meier

There are also 12 different fat quarters to choose from.

Fabric Editions Launches Fabric Elements with Mixed Media Artist, Rebekah Meier

The Fabric Elements collection includes three kits that are very reasonably priced at $16.99 each.

Fabric Elements Kits by Rebekah Meiers

Meiers’ darling projects really show the potential of her new product line:

BurlapCollage_Canvas
image courtesy of Fabric Editions.
Fabric Elements Kits by Rebekah Meiers (photo provided by fabric editions)
image courtesy of Fabric Editions.

Fans of Rebekah Meier’s techniques  and mixed media will be able to enjoy this product line and the various choices available to them at craft stores soon. Meier is also due to release a technique book that can be used with the various elements of the product line.

We would love to hear your thoughts on this new line, just leave us a comment below!