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Mini Book Madness: Registration Open

REGISTRATION NOW CLOSED

(updated May 31)

Wednesday May 27 1:30pm EDT: Sold Out

Saturday May 30 8:00pm EDT: Sold Out

Tuesday June 2 3:00pm EDT: Sold Out

UPDATE: All three classes have filled. Email me at shap97@gmail.com if you would like to be notified when registration reopens for the recorded sessions

 

Mini Book Madness: FB Live Online Class

An online class being held via Facebook Live

Wednesday May 27 1:30pm EDT

Saturday May 30 8:00pm EDT

Join me for a one-session, two-hour online class where we create a one-of-kind mini artist book. Measuring 2.5 x 2.5 inches when closed, we will build this book from scratch using basic materials and a no-sew binding. After learning the basic technique, you will be able to use it to easily create books of any size.

Once our books are bound and our covers are covered, we will move to the inside where I will demonstrate my approach to abstract collage. Given that the class is only two-hours, you will not have time to finish collaging all the pages in your book. But you will absolutely have time to complete the book structure, learn the collage techniques and start working on the pages.

This class was designed to focus on basic supplies that you are likely to already have in your studio. Please note that I only include specific brands or individual item names to help clarify the supply. There is a great deal of flexibility built in, so feel free to substitute as desired. Anything goes and I want your book to reflect the artist that you are!

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The Supply List (The list looks long only because I wanted to be detailed):

-Book covers: In advance of the class cut your choice of material for your covers into two 2.5 inch squares. You can use any sturdy material such as book board, chip board, the back of a pad or journal, a book cover from a hardback book, etc. Please note that I will only reference this size during the class and you will be on your own to determine sizing for other parts of this project should you chose to use a different size cover. 

-Cardstock: Two or three sheets of standard cardstock (or 90lb watercolor paper). Please note you should choose a color(s) that you like as this paper will (potentially) not be fully covered in your final project. 

-Adhesive: I will be using a glue stick for collage and PVA (traditional book binders glue) for the binding…but you can substitute any liquid adhesive (such as matte medium or other white glue) .

-Scissors and/or craft knife & craft mat.

-Ruler

-Pen or pencil: used to mark measurements so any fine point will do.

-Thin, lightweight paper that will be used to cover your covers. Make sure that you have a piece that measures about 8x8 inches or two pieces that are at least 6x6 each. You can use scrapbook paper, printer paper that you have decorated, book pages, vintage ledger paper, ephemera, etc. Please note that while we will add our own touches to this paper, you will be ahead of the game if you have paper already decorated to your liking to use for your cover.

-I will be using the following items to collage and decorate the pages (and optionally to add to the cover). Choose your favorite selection from all the following items:

-Stamps: Background and mark making stamps are good.

-Washi tape: Choose your favorite designs.

-Ink pads: Make sure you have some dye ink pads (such as Distress) but I will use both dye and permanent (such as StazOn or Archival).

-Mark Makers: Your favorite journal pens, pencils, paint pens, markers, crayons, etc. You really only need a few.

-Collage Paper: Anything goes. Scrapbook paper, painted paper, vintage book pages, ephemera, Gelli plate prints, paper scraps, etc. Remember that you don’t need much because we are working small.

-Collage Elements – I will use stickers and rub-ons but these are optional. 

Please note: You will need to have the listed supplies ready at the start of the Live workshop if you want to follow along. If you have questions, I prefer you comment inside the FB group rather than messaging/emailing me directly. If you are wondering about something, no doubt others will be too. I promise I will answer.

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The Skinny:

  • The class will be taking place in a private Facebook Group that only includes paid attendees. 
  • You need to have a Facebook account to be able to participate.
  • Registration opens Sunday May 17 at noon EDT.
  • Registration closes 48 hours before the scheduled class.
  • Registration will reopen after the Live class ends so that the class will be available to anybody who would like to watch the recording. 
  • Whether you watch it Live or not, the group will remain open so that you can go back and watch the video as often as you like.
  • There will be no refunds.

For Registration: Registration is taking place through my online shop on my website. You will need an account to complete the process and will have the opportunity to set this up at a few points along the process.

  • Go to sethapter.com and click on the link to ‘Shop’ directly under the banner on the home page.
  • Click on the ‘Mini Book Madness’ category.
  • Choose your preferred class date and select ‘Add to Cart’. 
  • When ready, click on ‘Checkout’. 
  • In the ‘Order Comments’ section, please add your Facebook name so you can be invited to the private Facebook Group
  • Click ‘continue’ and you will automatically be taken to PayPal to complete your order.
  • Once you complete your purchase, you will receive an email with instructions on how to access your PDF (which is stored in the Files section of your account page). You will need to click on the appropriate link in the email and you will be directed to the PDF if you already have an account on my site or directed to set up an account if you are new to my site.
  • You can choose to download (and print if you like) the PDF which includes all of the information you are reading now.

For Payment: Attendance at the workshop costs $20USD. Payment is accepted through my shop (as outlined above) via PayPal only. Your PayPal receipt is considered confirmation that you registered.

For Facebook Group Membership: After you register, I will send you an invitation to the Facebook Group associated with your class time only. The Facebook groups will open Wednesday May 20 and invitations to join the group will be sent out at that time. Please allow a few days to pass before you are concerned if you haven’t gotten your invite.  Once you are in the group, feel free to chat with me and the other participants. During and after the class you are welcome to ask questions and share pictures of your work.

Hope you are as excited for this adventure as I am!

 

COVID-19 and the Art Community: Survey Results + Video

Our community has been greatly impacted by the pandemic. Kristin Reese Williams and I decided to create a survey to take the pulse of the community to help uncover the impact of COVID-19 on our creative lives and provide information to direct efforts going forward in terms of in-person and online classes, art commerce, and community connection. The survey was live between May 4 and May 6, 2020 and included 19 questions, all but one of which needed to be answered to complete the survey. The optional question asked for additional comments. It was 100% anonymous and International in scope. More than 1,600 people responded.

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In the following video, Kristin and I discuss the results from each question and summarize the findings.

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A summary of the results for download and review is available here.

Welcome Back

Welcome Back! For two years, from 2016 to 2018, I was a designer with Spellbinders and released four collections of dies, stamps, and other paper art supplies.

I have held onto a limited number of my favorite designs and am "re-releasing" them now.

Many of these items are no longer available, although some independent craft shops may have a few still floating around. Have a look see here.

Mini Me

This is what I mean by mini book....

Community Survey: Where do we go from here?

Our community has been greatly impacted by the pandemic. Kristin Williams (owner of Ephemera Paducah in Kentucky)  and I have decided to create a survey to take the pulse of the community to help uncover the impact of COVID-19 on our creative lives and provide information to direct efforts going forward in terms of in-person and online classes, art events, exhibitions, supply shopping, and community focus. There are 19 questions, all but one of which need to be answered to complete the survey. It is 100% anonymous. The results will be initially shared online via a Facebook Live presentation and later via posting so that everybody can have access to and benefit from this information. Please share and help spread the word. You can take the survey here. Thank you! 

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New Release: Izink Pigment Inks

Thrilled to share with you my newest release: Izink Pigment Inks. This is the third collection from my new collaboration with Aladine, an innovative craft and art supply company based in Lyon, France.

Izink Pigment ink is a highly pigmented, permanent ink developed and made in France in a range of 20 colors. It is a quick dry ink that works on multiple surfaces including paper, canvas, glass, wood, metal, ceramic, and more. Relative to most liquid pigment inks, it has a relatively opaque finish but does become semi-translucent when mixed/spritzed with water and spread out. This current release is a full reformulation of the pigment inks previously released by Aladine, with a thicker consistency, matte finish (except for the metallics) and new range of colors.

It comes in an 11.5ml/.39 fluid ounce glass container with a brush integrated into the cap. But don't hesitate to pour it directly from the bottle onto you surface, use with a dip pen, or fill up a refillable marker or dauber bottle with ink as is or mixed with water.

These inks are available and shipping now from my online shop. They can be purchased individually, as a full set of 20, or in the following themed sets of 4:

 

OCEAN

THUNDERCOULD, STRATOSPHERE, ULTRAMARINE, CELESTIAL

 

BLOSSOM

RASBERRY BERET, ROAST CHESTNUT, COTTON CANDY, LYCHEE

 

GALAXY

AFTER DARK, AVALANCHE, BURNT ORANGE, PURPLE HAZE

 

LEAF

ATLANTIS, OLIVE DRAB, MIMOSA, WET MEADOW

 

METAL

IMPROPER COPPER, TITANIUM, ROYAL GOLD, OPAL FROST

New Release: PaperArtsy Stamps

I am excited to share with you my newest release of stamps from PaperArtsy. My last 3 releases consisted of a collection of mini stamps but for this release I am back to sets. And with these 3 new sets, I now am the proud owner of 15 different sets with the company. All of these stamps were inspired by the sites I see living in New York City. These have an urban, gritty edge to them. They are available now and shipping from my online shop.

ESA 13

ESA14

ESA 15

Sunset Sunrise

2019 -> 2020

As the sun sets on 2019 and rises on 2020, I want to take a moment to thank you all for being so freakin supportive of my adventures in art. I literaally could not be doing what I get to do without all of you and I am forever grateful. Seriously, you are the best peeps I could ever ask for. Wishing each and every one of you a happy, healthy and creative 2020.

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New Release: PaperArtsy Stamps + Paint

Two epic events happen every year at this time: the holidays are celebrated and the craft world releases new products. No quite sure which is more ground shaking. Starting now and continuing for the next month, I will be sharing my own contributions to the new release party. Today I am happy to share with you my new releases from PaperArtsy, all of which are available and shipping now from my online shop. You can also see more details on the new release post on the PaperArtsy blog.

STAMPS

First up are 8 new mini, credit-card size red rubber cling stamps. 

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I now have a total of 24 mini stamp designs, including...

Set 1

Set 2

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PAINT

Four new additions to my color collection.  

All 4 colors are opaque Fresco Finish Chalk Acrylic paints. They are available now in my shop as a set I call Softs.

And in case you haven't heard, I saved these 4 colors from an early retirement and have adopted them as part of my 24 color collection.

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