Friday, December 15, 2017

#ARTifacts: November 2017

Artifacts (plural noun): objects made by a human being, typically an item of cultural or historical interest.

ARTifacts (plural noun): a collaborative project for 2017 documenting adventures in art.

Every year I have so many "art memories" from my travels, my teaching, my adventures in NYC, and my studio work. I have decided that 2017 will be the year of ARTifacts where I document my adventures in art for the entire year in a physical book. 

Always wanting to be inclusive, I turned my project into a no-rules collaboration. Participants were asked to find or make some sort of artist book, planner, scrapbook, 3-ring-binder, folder, or other container to document their creative experiences, whether they be in art, craft, or anything else.  As you can see below, each and every participant put their own creative twist on this project. 


Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Emerald Creek + StencilGirl Hop and Giveaway

Every so often the stars collide and fireworks ensue. Today is one of those days. Two of my absolute favorite companies - StencilGirl Products and Emerald Creek Craft Supplies are combining forces to bring you a stellar blog hop and giveaway.  Twelve artists are participating and the event starts today (12/13) and runs through 12/15. Be sure to scroll down to the bottom of this post to see how you can enter the two giveaways and to find the links to all the participating artists.


Two of my favorite products to use are stencils and embossing powder. And I absolutely love using them together. My method...easy. 

Simply position the stencil on your surface, press a craft sponge into the surface of an embossing pad, and pounce the sponge through the opening in your stencil. Remove the stencil, tap off any excess powder and heat with a heat gun. Final the magic happen.

For this piece, I started with an 8x8 inch cradled wood panel and added layer after layer after layer of gesso, paint, collage and ink.

And of course, stencils and embossing powders. For the background, I used an embossing pad, a background stamp (Splattered from Impression Obsession), and two of my favorite flavors of embossing powder from Emerald Creek:

The main focal feature of this piece is a series of words.

To add the text detail, I once again used Emerald Creek Charred Gold Embossing Powder through a series of words (Discovery, Explore, Destiny) from two of my StencilGirl stencils: 

The piece was finished off using collage material, hand made marks, and some of my stamp sets from Impression Obsession (RPMs, Planetarium, Pathways).

If you are completely new to using embossing powders, check out my video tutorial from an episode of Make it Artsy. You may discover a new technique even if you are an embossing pro.



Be sure to visit all the participating artists 

December 13
Seth Apter (you are here)

December 14

December 15


Giveaway #1

I will be giving Discovery, the artwork in this post, to one lucky person. Simply leave a comment on this post by Tuesday, 12/19 at 11:59PM Central Time to be eligible. Make sure I have a way to reach you if the random number table picks your name. And yes...of course Internationals are eligible too.

Giveaway #2

One lucky winner will receive a $25 Gift Certificate to StencilGirl Products 
AND a $25 Gift Certificate to Emerald Creek! 
Enter to win by leaving a comment below.
Then be sure to visit the other blogs in the hop and comment to win.
The more blogs you comment on, the more chances you have to WIN!
One winner will be chosen at random from all blog comments!
(One comment per blog please.)
You have until Tuesday, December 19th at 11:59PM Central Time to leave your comments.
Winner will be announced on
StencilGirl's Facebook page on Wednesday, December 20th.

Have fun and good luck!

Saturday, December 9, 2017

It's Back...

Last month I partnered with both North Light Media and PaperArtsy to create a limited-edition Mixed-Media Technique Kit available exclusively at Artists Network.

The kit sold out but a limited number of new sets are again available for purchase. You can see how the kit inspired Jeannine Stein, Editor of Cloth Paper Scissors, here on the Cloth Paper Scissors blog.

The Mixed-Media Techniques Kit with Seth Apter includes my two newest DVDs, with over 4 hours of instruction: 10 Techniques for Mixed-Media Artists and 10 Techniques for Painting Layers in Mixed Media.

This kit also includes a mix -- exclusive to this collection - of 5 of my own paint colors from PaperArtsy that when used together create a surface of rust and patina. These paints are smooth chalk acrylics that quickly dry to a matt finish.

You also get a bonus downloadable video that where I demonstrate my techniques for making rust.

Also included in the kit is a set of 4 PaperArtsy stamps from my newest release. These cling stamps are made from deeply etched, red rubber, are highly detailed, and were designed by me based on elements found within my artwork.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Mail Call - new stamp set

Thrilled to have just released 2 new stamp sets with Impression Obsession

One of the sets is called Post Office. I designed this set of 5 mail art stamps after completing a year-long art collaboration with 3 other artists in 2017. In addition to our art, we decorated and embellished our envelopes as well. Finding a need for some grungy, mixed-media-style postal stamps, I designed this set.

One of the exiting things about designing your own products is the chance to create artwork using them when they first arrive from production. And what better thing to create with these stamps then some mail art.

All IO stamps are deeply-etched, cling-backed red rubber. Both of my new sets will be available soon at many online outlets and art/craft shops but can be ordered now the Impression Obsession website, or directly from my online shop

Monday, December 4, 2017

New IO Stamp Release

December is one of my most favorite months of the year for many reasons, not the least of which is the start of new release season for the art and craft industries. I love seeing all the new products, discovering the trends that are coming, and sharing my own new collections with all of you.

Among many new lines, I will be releasing new stamp sets with Impression Obsession in two batches - one in January at Creativation, the annual trade show for AFCI (the Association for Creative Industries) and one right now!

First up is Post Office, a stamp set that celebrates mail art, an activity which is once again trending.

These 5 stamps are perfect to add to your envelopes, postcards, packages, or even your bills. They are sure to bring a smile to the receiver's face and maybe even be appreciated by your postal workers. They also would be great to add to your journals or mixed media artwork. 

My second set, Sticks & Stones, is a grouping of mini borders.

This set has seven (!) stamps and are mini borders, all approximately three inches in length. They also lend themselves to background stamping and mark making on your mixed media projects. These are the newest addition to my border series, which include the following:

All IO stamps are deeply-etched, cling-backed red rubber. The individual stamps are pre-cut so you can open the package and stamp to your heart's content. These sets will soon be available at many of your favorite online outlets and art/craft shops but can be ordered now the Impression Obsession website, or directly from my online shop