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March: First Friday Online Open Studio

Welcome to my online studio. I want to invite you to join me (virtually) on the First Friday of every month in 2019 when I highlight new artwork and recent favorites that are available for purchase. Have a look around, let me know if you have any questions, and click the link on the title of any artwork that you want to buy or simply learn more about.

OBSERVATIONS (sold. thank you)

JOURNEY (sold. thank you)

HISTORICAL

ORIGINAL

Mixed Media Layers: online workshop

I am beyond excited to introduce you to my very first online workshop: Mixed Media Layers. After teaching in person for so many years, I have finally taken the plunge and can now bring my creative ideas to you. In your studio. In your home. In your pajamas. No matter where you live, what time you like to create, or how many times you want to watch - Mixed Media Layers is waiting for you.

This workshop consists of 6 video segments and takes you through the creation of one project using my signature, mixed media techniques. I share my secrets for creating dymanic, layered surfaces.

I demonstrate technqiues for creating texture, offer tips on developing dimensional backgrounds, share my methods for adding the smallest of details to bring the largest effects, reveal the way in which I chose and use a focal image, offer strategies to to add the perfect finishing touches and focus on my belief that you are always only one layer away from magic. I share my favorite tools - and how to use them. Along the way I also highlight ways to create without thinking so you control the inner critic and let your inner artist fly free.

In total you will instantly get 115 minutes of instruction along with VERY detailed PDFs listing the supplies used as well as documenting and illustrating every step along the way. My class is part of a group of courses on StencilGirl Studio - run by Mary Beth Shaw. But please know that stencils are just one small part of the supplies/techniques shown. As you watch and create - and anytime after - you can connect with me via email or message with your comments, questions, and thoughts. The cost of this workshop is $49.00 - pretty much the same price as a cappucino in New York City.

But there is more. Everybody who purchases this course within the month of February will be entered into a random drawing to win the original artwork created in the workshop.

Have a quick look at this intro video to get a taste of what is in store. And them head over to StencilGirl Studio, sign up for an account, and start making layers. 

February: First Friday Online Open Studio

Welcome to my online studio. I want to invite you to join me (virtually) on the First Friday of every month in 2019 when I highlight new artwork and recent favorites that are available for purchase. Have a look around, let me know if you have any questions, and click the link on the title of any artwork that you want to buy or simply learn more about.

 

MAGICAL THINKING (sold. thank you)


 

ENLIGHTENMENT (sold. thank you)

RECOLLECTION

DREAMT

DISCOVERY (sold. thank you)

New Release:PaperArtsy Stamp Minis

So very excited to share with you my newest product release from PaperArtsy. My collection with them includes paint, rubber stamps, and wood chip embellisments but this time I have focused on stamps only. And for the very first time, I have designed minis, credit card sized stamps that are perfect addition for your stamp stash.

Mini 33

Mini 34

Mini 35

Mini 36

Mini 37

Mini 38

Mini 39

Mini 40

My new release with PaperArtsy also includes 2 stamp sets and an upcoming blog post will highlight those.

» Tagged: PaperArtsy, Stamps

Throwback Thursday: Magical Moments

I always find myself in a moment of reflection at this time of year. As we transition from 2018 to 2019, I feel fortunate to be as contented with this past year as I am excited abouty the upcoming one. Many changes have occurred for me in 2018, both personally and professionally. As is always the case, there have been experiences to remember...and those that I would rather forget. But as a whole, I continue to be energized, mesmerized, and captivated by this adventure we call life. I have many plans for 2019, some that I have already spoken about, some to be revealed soon and some that even I do not know about yet.

Art remains my anchor, my beacon, and a stabilizing force for me. I feel so very fortunate and am endlessly grateful to all of you out there who have become such an important part of my life. Thanks for your visits to all of my sites, your comments, and your emails. Thanks to those of you who have purchased my artwork and taken my classes. Thank you for using all my various products in your own artwork and projects. Thanks from the bottom of my heart for your endless support, inspiration, energy and generosity. I would not be the artist I am today without you all!

There is magic to be found in the lives we are living and I look forward to sharing many more magical moments with you all in 2019.

 

**Throwback Thursday borrows my favorite posts (sometimes edited) from my previous blog The Altered Page. Magical Moments was first published 1/1/14.

New Release: IO Stamps

If it is January, it means it is once again time for the craft industry to unveil their new products. And that means you will be seeing a series of blog posts from me in the coming weeks with my new offerings. 

Today I am excited to share my newest release from Impression Obsession: two brand new stamp sets. Hot off the presses, they are deeply etched, red rubber cling stamps made in the USA.

MISLABELED

With just the right amount of quirk, Mislabeled includes 6 label stamps, all with text surrounded by borders. I mean, there must have been times when you thought you needed a stamp that said Yellow Egg for your journal. Am I right??

 

WRITER'S BLOCK

Maybe the only time you might actually want Writer's Block, this set includes three square stamps filled edge to edge with grungy marks and words to inspire: vision, believe and story.

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This release is in addition to my recent, December release of three other sets: Links, Journal Jargon 6 and Hieroglyphics.

All the stamp sets are available for purchase and shipping now. Check them out - along with all my prior stamp releases - in my online shop.

Voyage

12 ARTISTS - 12 BOOKS - 12 MONTHS

Over the years, I have been involved with many, many, many artist collaborations. I always find working with other artists to be inspiring and invigorating. And the collaborative process changes the way in which I create. A new year brings a new collaboration and in 2019 I am embarking on a project with 11 other artists. Each of us is creating a handmade book and then we will all work on a spread in each book over the course of a year. Every participating artist is choosing their own theme and mine is VOYAGE.

I worked on the inside cover and a few pages inside to provide some inspiration and direction for the artists to find.

All the participating artists will be posting pics on social media using the hashtag #artx12. As I receive and work in each book along the way, I will continue to post images as well. Who knows? Maybe you will even be inspired to start your own collaboration.

January: First Friday Online Open Studio

Welcome to my online studio. I want to invite you to join me (virtually) on the First Friday of every month in 2019 when I highlight new artwork and recent favorites that are available for purchase. Have a look around, let me know if you have any questions, and click the link on the title of any artwork that you want to buy or simply learn more about.

 

GRAPHICA SERIES

BREAKING WAVES (sold - thank you)

MORNING LIGHT  (sold - thank you)

ROMA

SPARKS

 

TANGLED UP IN BLUE SERIES

IN THE DISTANCE

A PLACE FOR EVERYTHING

RUNNING WATER

CLOUDY MORNINGS

ECLIPSED

New Release: StencilClub Mashup

I am genuinely excited to introduce you to my newest stencil release from StencilGirl Products. Why so excited? Because these 3 stencils are mashups that Mary Beth Shaw and I created together. They are exclusive to StencilGirl StencilClub but more on that later.

Mary Beth and I decided to create this mashup in such a fun way. We each chose our favorite elements from stencils that the other artist created. Those elements were then digitally altered and updated so that they are distinct from the original design. Once they were cut, the real fun began. Here are some journal pages that I made using all 3 stencils.

There are 3 stencils in this release: one large at 9"x12", one small at 6"x6" and a mini at 4"x4". These stencils are for the January release in StencilClub.

As a member of the club, you receive 3 exclusive, artist-designed stencils each month. Along with that comes a video from the designing artist demonstrating a technique using the stencils, a PDF of instructions, membership in a private Facebook group, access to all past, exclusive StencilClub stencils, and a 20%-off, one-time-use coupon for all of the stencils on StencilGirl. The cost of membership is $25 monthly and you can see details and/or sign up here.

2019: New Year...New Blog

Goodbye to 2018 and welcome to 2019. And welcome to my new blog. My online life started on August 10, 2007 when I uploaded my first post to The Altered Page. Back in the day, long-form blogs were the way to go. People had the patience to read, many supportive comments were left and responded to, and a community was born. Some of my strongest artist friendships began in those early years and continue to thrive today.

But, as we all know, social media continued to develop and micro-blogging sites began to become popular. Facebook, Twitter and Instagram - to name a few - started to change the face of the online community and make social exchanges more user-friendly and speedier. Why read 5 paragraphs and click through to leave a comment when now you could simply see a picture and click thumbs-up?

I have come to embrace the quick forms of social media in my life as an artist as they allow me to connect with my community while not taking all my time away from actually creating. Seems like many other people agree as more and more long form blogs have been neglected and closed. But at the same time, I continue to love the depth and breadth that my blog was designed to encouarge. And truthfully, I have always found that I came to truly know people via blogs in a way that has never been equaled by FB or IG.

So what's a guy to do? Why not keep both?

The decision to move my ongoing posts to my website rather than continue on my original Blogger platform hasn't been easy to make but comes down to one simple concept: control. With so many constant changes to the algorithms of many social media platforms, it seems like years of work in developing a community can come crashing down in an instant. For example, it took me many years and much effort to create a Facebook Business Page with 14,000+ followers. But it seems like it only took Facebook one minute to change the algorithm so that only a fraction of a fraction of my followers now see any of my posts. Not going to chance that on my blog. Combining it on my website gives me and only me the choices.

If you would like to folow my blog and receive posts in your inbox, click here. While I may lose a good number of followers in the transition, you know what? I am ready to be Seth Apter online rather than The Altered Page. Truthfully, cannot even remember how I came up with that name except for remembering that all my first choices were already taken! 

I begin this new year and this new blog on the same path as back in August 2007. Taken word-for-word from my very first post is the following --just as true now as it was then:

Right now, I have 3 goals in mind for this blog. First, to share my art and receive feedback in return. Second, to share artists, websites, stores, books, ideas, and creations that I have found. And third, to share great art finds from the museums, galleries, and steets of New York. Thanks for coming along for the ride.

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