Thursday, January 18, 2018

NEW Stencil Release

So very excited to share with you my newest release with StencilGirl Products. This collection, entitled Roundups, includes 8 new 4x4 inch stencils celebrating the circle. The designs were inspired by the symbolism of a circle and the concept of all things being united and inclusive.

Stained Glass


3 Ring






These stencils are available for shipping now from my online shop or directly from StencilGirl. They will soon be found at many online and brick & mortar shops as well.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Make it Your Own: 24

For the last several years, I have begun to collaborate with a number of companies to develop a collection of products to be used by artists and crafters. It has been important to me to create products that work together, even when they are coming from different companies. That way, when you add to your collection with one of my new releases, you can actually use these new items seamlessly with the old. I recently came across two different works of art, both by Debi Adams, which illustrate this concept perfectly.

Debi's first piece, featured in this post on her blog, is pure mixed media magic and beautifully illustrates how my collections from different companies work together.

Debi included my stencils from StencilGirl Products, my dies from Spellbinders, my stamps from Impression Obsession, and my paint from PaperArtsy.

Truly in love with the color palette and all that grungy surface texture...

And all the little details and marks that are part of Debi's signature style. 


The second piece was just published in the current January/February issue of Cloth Paper Scissors.

In this mixed media masterpiece, Debi uses my dies from Spellbinders, my stamps from Impression Obsession, my stencils from StencilGirl Products and my paints from PaperArtsy.

I swear this frame looks like distressed metal rather than painted paper.

And these paper die cuts look just like metal with the perfect patina.

One of the coolest aspects of this artwork is that it is an interactive pop-up. Debi shares step-by-step how she made this in Cloth Paper Scissors and you can easily use her instructions to make your own unique mixed media pop-up.

BTW, a big congrats to Debi who has her studio featured in the Studio Spotlight section of the same issue of Cloth Paper Scissors.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Heat Embossed Stenciling Video Tutorial

Rocky Road, one of my seven new embossing powders for artists from Emerald Creek, is a textured blend of blacks, taupes, grays, and clear powders. 

When melted, it creates a rough and textured surface with a sheen. The best of both worlds.

This artwork is an example of combining heat embossing with stenciling, using Rocky Road Baked Texture and my Techno Circle stencil from StencilGirl Products.

It is a simple technique that provides a non-traditional way to use both your EPs and your stencils. The look you get is completely different when you use a stencil as a focal image versus when you use it as a background element. Click on the video below to see just how easy the process is. You can get more details on the whole line of Baked Texture here.


Thursday, January 11, 2018

NEW Impression Obsession Stamp Sets

Today I am thrilled to bring you three new stamp sets from Impression Obsession to go along with the two new sets I recently released in December.

All five sets will be featured at Creativation, the annual trade show for AFCI (the Association for Creative Industries) later this month in Phoenix.

My first two sets of new releases are also my first dedicated to the planner trend that is hot, hot, hot. After working last year on my ARTifact project, where I documented every day of my life in art, I decided to design stamps that I would want to use if I were to ever do that again.

Both of these sets were designed with planners/journals/traveler's notebooks in mind. But they would work well in mixed media art, mail art, and scrapbooking too


I am also happy to be releasing my third set of Journal Jargon words. Don't tell sets one and two, but I think this is my favorite.

This set of 18 words, created in a vintage-typewritten font, are perfect for art journaling, mixed media, card making, scrapbooking and more. They are deeply-etched, cling-backed red rubber and all the words are pre-cut so you can open the package and stamp immediately. Here are sets one and two.


And from December, here are Sticks & Stones - my first set of mini border stamps - and Post Office - the start of my collection of mail art stamps.

All of my new sets will be available soon at many online outlets and art/craft shops but are shipping now from my online shop and will soon be uploaded to the Impression Obsession website.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Books Undone

I am honored to be part of the juried exhibition Books Undone: the art of altered books

This show, being held at The Gallery at Penn Collage in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, opens on January 11 and runs through February 28. 58 book works from 27 artists will be on exhibit. There is an opening reception on Thursday, January 18 from 4:30-6:30. I would love for you to stop by at some point during the exhibition but if you are unable to, you can see the full exhibition catalog here.

My artist statement for the show:

For me, books are the most intimate of artwork. As a book is held and pages are turned, the reader and the book become one. There is a symbiosis occurring each and every time. There are secrets that lie waiting inside every pair of closed covers, and a book must be touched - no, demands to be touched - in order for its mystery and story to be revealed. My books reveal fragments of a life. Bits and pieces of meaningful, and some not so meaningful, elements that tell my story. They beckon you inside, waiting for you to turn the pages, open the flaps, find hidden treasures inside pockets, and life the veil obscuring the flotsam and jetsam of my world.

I am thrilled to have three books on exhibit and that the gallery allows visitors to touch and look through the books (with gloves provided).




Also excited (and a bit anxious) to be offering two of these books (Descriptio and Dispatch) for sale. This is an unusual opportunity, as this is the first time since an exhibition in 2011 that I have placed any of my books on sale. Email me at shap97@gmail if you are interested in details.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Chunky Rust

I am a sucker for rust. Yeah...I know in the real world, rust isn't always embraced. But in my mixed world, a rusty surface makes my heart skip a beat.

While there is nothing like the real thing, I have worked hard on methods to create faux rust, artful rust, textured rust.

And now I think I have hit on the perfect recipe.

Add one part Chunky Rust Baked Texture, one of seven of my new flavors of embossing powders from Emerald Creek...

and one part of my Rust and Patina Kit of Chalk Fresco Acrylic paints from PaperArtsy.

Together they make a rough, textured rust-like surface. Without the corrosion.

Stay tuned for video tutorials on how to create this effect, as well as on how to use all 7 Baked Texture flavors to add a new direction to your artwork.