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One Layer Away: FB Live Online Class

ONE LAYER AWAY

Wednesday July 22 2:30pm EDT or Saturday July 25 8:00pm EDT

Registration opens Tuesday July 14 at Noon EDT

Join me for a one-session, two-hour online class all about the layers. I will guide you through the process of creating mixed media backgrounds with depth, dimension and detail. In this workshop we will be building up a surface, layer by layer, with supplies and techniques both traditional and innovative. This class is designed to help you embrace an approach to creativity that is all about freedom, working without a plan and letting the layers be your guide. We will discuss strategies to help you start a piece, make choices along the way, and know when you are done. Topics such as composition, color selection, and mark making will be touched on. All in a fun-filled, jam-packed, whirlwind 120 minutes during which you will always be only one layer away from magic.

 

The supply list can be found at the end of this description.

 

The Skinny:

  • You need to have a Facebook account to participate as the class takes place in a private Facebook Group for paid attendees only.
  • Consider the group your community, where you can ask questions, post pictures of your project and comment on the work of others.
  • The group will remain open beyond the date of the class so that you can go back and watch the video whenever and as often as you like.
  • Cost of the workshop is $25USD and registration is available at http://www.sethapter.com/categories. Payment is accepted via PayPal only. Your PayPal receipt is considered confirmation that you registered. 
  • There are no refunds and no switching class dates once registered.
  • Once you complete your purchase, you will receive an email with instructions on how to access a downloadable and printable PDF which includes the same info that you are reading now, including the supply list.
  • To watch the video live, come to the private Facebook group at start time and you will see the video playing. After the Live, the recorded video will be pinned to the top and can always be found by clicking on the Announcement link.

 

Registration:

  • Registration opens Tuesday July 14 at Noon EDT.
  • Registration closes 48 hours before the scheduled class or when 250 slots have been filled – whichever comes first.
  • Registration will reopen after the Live class ends so that the class will be available to new participants as a recording.

 

IMPORTANT

Once registered, you need to request an invitation to become a member of the Facebook group in which the class is held. Search Facebook for either One Layer Away July 22 or One Layer Away July 25 and request to join. In order for me to recognize you so that I can approve you for the group, you must include your FB name in the "Order Comments" section that you will see at the bottom of the checkout page as you continue through the registration process. 

 

The Supply List: 

This class was designed to focus primarily on basic supplies that most of you are likely to already have but if you are missing something, feel free to substitute. You will need to have the listed supplies ready at the start of the Live workshop if you want to follow along. 

-At least 3 sheets of heavyweight watercolor paper (140lb/300g) in your choice of size. I will be demoing on an 8x8 inch square.

-Fluid acrylic paint in your favorite colors 

-Ink pads (dye ink – such as Ranger Distress - and permanent – such as StazOn)

-Paint brushes (Please note that the layers I create are best achieved using inexpensive chip brushes in both ½ and 1inch sizes. Google “chip brushes” if this is unclear.)

-Palette knife

-Water container

-Craft mat or paint palette

-Glue stick 

-Heat tool

-Unmounted background/mark making stamps

-Washi tape

-Mark Makers (I will be using Signo Uniball white gel pens, Marabu Art Crayons and Stabilo All pencils in assorted colors – but anything you have will work)

-I will be using textured wallpaper but you can substitute any embossed or textured paper or material. 

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

 

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.

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!

 

Make it Artsy

MAKE IT ARTSY

Thrilled to be a guest on 3 segments of the current season of the PBS television show Make it Artsy. Epiosode 11 from Season 6 is now live on their website and is available for viewing through December 13.

My segment focuses on 3 non-traditional approaches to heat embossing, including innovative and unique ways to add texture, borders and deep stamping effects.

Make it Artsy...again!

Excited to again be a guest on Make it Artsy, the PBS television show hosted by Julie Fe-Fan Balzar that focuses on sharing proejcts and techniques in all areas of art and craft. The show only airs in select markets but each episode is uploaded to the Make it Artsy's website for one week. The current episiode, Season 6 Epsiode 11, will be available through September 13.

My segment on this episode focuses on 3 easy techniques for using embossing powder in non-traditional ways. 

First up is demonstrating how to use texture spray as an adhesive to create grungy, textural effects. For this video, I used Imagine Crafts GooseBumps Texture Spray - although their line of irRESISTible Texture Sprays also work. For the second quick tip, I showed how to use a rubber stamp with Vintage Beeswax Baked Texture embossing powder from Emerald Creek to create a deeply recessed textural design. Finally I showed how embossing a dimensional frame for your art is the perfect final touch for your work.

You can watch my segment on my YouTube channel. The entire episode is available on the Make it Artsy website through September 13. Click here to download a PDF outlining the full instructions and a supply list.

Make it Artsy

Thrilled to be a guest on the premiere episode of the sixth season of Make it Artsy. This television show airs on PBS in select markets in the United States but is also available for viewing episode-by-episode online.

Make it Artsy is hosted by Julie Fei-Fan Balzer and highlights a variety of guest artists and crafters who demonstrate a wide range of creative techniques and projects - from mixed media to metalsmithing, using tools from saws to sewing machines and materials from paper to wood.

I had previously been a guest in the first season and was happy to have been invited back to showcase more creative fun. Season six is built around the concept of time. My segment focuses on saving time by using my Vintage Besswax Baked Texture embossing powder from Emerald Creek to create a fast and easy faux encuastic effect. I shared other tips and tricks for heat embossing as well.

You can watch my segment on my YouTube channel or head to the Make it Artsy website where the entire episoide is available until July 5. And stay tuned. I just might be back again in episodes eight and eleven.

Embossing Video Tutorials

Every January I attend Creativation, the annual trade show for the craft industry sponsored by the Association for Creative Industries (AFCI). At the show earlier this year, I unveiled my newest collection of Baked Texture and Baked Velvet embossing powders with Emerald Creek. Although you have to be a member to attend, there are many videos taken of company booths, product releases and art demos - making the show a bit accessible to everybody. Christine from Scrap Time seems to cover the entire show very well. She takes so many videos that she is still sharing new ones on her site. And in the last few weeks, she has shared a few of me - which I am now sharing with you!

 

In this first video, I am making a mixed media piece using heat embossing both to create the background and with stamps to create focal points. I also offer some tips in this video on how to best use the translucent colors in the Baked Velvet Mediterranean and Sahara kits.

 

 

In the second video, the demo is all about using embossing powder with stencils. Since I am always all about the layers, this video focuses on layering EPs to create a more dimensional effect.

 

 

All my embossing powders are available in my online shop. And additional video tutorials can be found on my YouTube channel - with more coming soon,

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