Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Make it Your Own: 15

I always find it exciting when I come across artwork online that incorporates my product lines. Seeing how different people use these items in such creative ways is always inspiring. I love the wide variety of styles and unique choices. Click each link below for more details on each and click here to see other posts in this series.

(Spellbinders Maze Embossing Folder)

And see Erica's project on video at 10:15

(PaperArtsy Wood Chips Set 1,  Paint Set 1Paint Set 2; Spellbinders Robo Bar Die Set)

(Maura and Sheila)

Sunday, March 19, 2017

The Sunday Papers: 8

Welcome to The Sunday Papers. Grab a cuppa, get comfy and turn the virtual pages. Didn't get last week's paper delivery? See every edition here.


Lynne Hoppe



  HELVETIA BY NIGHT 360° from Christian Mülhauser on Vimeo.





Saturday, March 18, 2017

April Showers

It will be pouring in April - raining art the whole month. Maybe you can join me at one of the following events...

Art is You Santa Rosa

I am returning to be part of Art is You mixed media retreat in Santa Rosa, California -- the last time the event will be held at this venue. Running from April 4-9, AIY features over 80 workshops from than 30 amazing artists. Plus a huge vending event with art, supplies and flea market treasures. Not to mention a series of talks, events, and other collaborative experiences.

I am teaching a new, 3-day workshop called Table of Contents

and a special, collaborative workshop with Kecia Deveney called Animal Magnetism


I am excited to be returning to ArtExpo New York as an exhibitor from April 21-24.

Join me - and over 400 other exhibitors - on Pier 92 in booth S616 as I share and sell my latest collection of art.

If you are interested in attending, please email me at shap97@gmail.com and I can provide you with complimentary entry to the event.


Back on my home turf, I return to The Ink Pad in NYC on the evening of April 28 to teach Photo Op.

There are only 2 seats left at the time of this posting.


Three pieces of my artwork continue to be exhibited at Nails in the Wall Gallery in Metuchan, New Jersey through the entire month of April (and continuing until May 31)


If you cannot see me in person, see me on TV. 

The last episode of the first season of Make it Artsy, the new PBS program hosted by Julie Fei-Fan Balzar, is now live on their website. You can also watch my segment, on innovative embossing techinques, on YouTube. 


And a sneak peek at May...

-I am headed back to Artistic Artifacts in Alexandria, Virginia to teach 3 workshops May 5-7: Wrapper's Delight, Book of Moments and 50 Ways to Leave Your Layer. Registration is open. 

-I am returning to The Ink Pad on May 12, unveiling a brand new workshop. Save the date and stay tuned.

-Visiting Kept Creations in Whitman, Massachusetts from May 20-21 to teach 52 Card Pick Up and Cutting Room Floor.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

The Hot Scoop

Hi peeps. There is a new blog series in town called The Hot Scoop.

In periodic postings, I will be sharing The Hot Scoop in the world of mixed media art and craft. Upcoming events, workshops, book releases and signings, giveaways, online collaborations, store openings, workshops and retreats, product releases, gallery exhibitions, announcements, opportunities, breaking news and more. 

How am I going to do this? In part I will be sourcing it myself but -- even more importantly -- I am reaching out to to all of you to share with me the scoop on all of the above, so I can share it all in one place on my blog. Are you releasing a book? Email me. Hosting a retreat? Email me. Having a giveaway? Email me. Releasing a new product? Email me. 

You get the drift. shap97@gmail.com

The frequency of posting will depend on the amount of info I receive. And it likely that not everything sent to me will be posted. I am usually all-inclusive but I do not want to present a long, laundry list. This will be a curated, limited list that I will try to balance across categories. So let me apologize in advance if your scoop isn't included.

Okay. Watching my inbox. Email away..............

Monday, March 13, 2017

Shop Mom and Pop

Say it ain't so....

Over and over again, I hear about the closing of brick and mortar, mom and pop shops. You would think that 8 million locals plus millions of visitors would keep the independent stores open in NYC but this is not the case.

Last year, NYC and its artists lost both NY Art Central (111 years old) and Lee's Art Shop (65 years old).

2014 was a bad year for the independents as well with the loss of Pearl Paint (81 years old and my personal favorite), Sam Flax (95 years old), and the Antiques Garage flea market (a relative baby at 23 years old).

And truthfully I am still mourning the loss of the original Chelsea outdoor flea in 2005.

More sad news. Tinsel Trading Company (which already had moved a number of years ago from its massive location in Chelsea into a small space on Lexington Avenue on the Upper East Side) has lost their lease and will be closing soon. They are seeking a new location - fingers crossed.

In such a short time, we have lost so many creative New York institutions that had survived and thrived for so many years.  While rising rents and "progress" are certainly at least partly to blame, the fate of these stores was no doubt also impacted by the influx of big box shops and, of course, the availability of art supplies on the Internet.

At the same time, due in part to the changing face of the craft industry, a gazillion (accurate count) small, independent craft shops have closed across the United States. The stores that remain open face serious competition from, yet again, the big box shops and the Internet.

Sense a pattern?

I am writing this post now as a reminder to myself -- and to my readers -- of the importance of supporting the independents. The local stores. Neighborhood joints. Even if it means paying just a little more or traveling just a bit further. So go shop mom and pop. We can do this people. One store at a time!

Sunday, March 12, 2017

The Sunday Papers: 7

Welcome to The Sunday Papers. Grab a cuppa, get comfy and turn the virtual pages. Didn't get last week's paper delivery? See every edition here.




Thieme Termaat




Robert Rauschenberg - Tate Modern - London
Through April 2, 2017