Friday, December 21, 2012

Is Seth Apter Santa Claus?

Did you know Santa Claus has many names? Today (at least at my house) his name is Seth Apter. Seth is a mixed media artist and has a fabulous blog titled The Altered Page.  His package arrived today.

As I told you yesterday, I won this book as part of a Giveaway on Seth's blog. He is a a key player in the mixed media art community and he finds creative ways to inform, delight, and surprise us. One of my surprises was winning this book. I had this book on my "To Get" list. The authors are Susan Tuttle and Christy Hydeck. I opened to a random page and the title was "Woodburning and Watercolors." Eek! I'm in. If I would've been in a bookstore and saw these two pages I would've bought the book just for that. If you need help transforming photos into art this is the book for you. I can't wait to get into it. Thanks for the win Seth!

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What else was in the box? The art piece I purchased from Seth Apter. I knew I'd have to buy his art one day, so I made it a Christmas present to myself. (I'm focusing on staying out of the big stores and buying locally, and/or from artists.) The wrap itself was a visual treat. I will use the paper and string in art. How? I'll embed the string and some other fibers into the paper. Here's a quick tutorial on how to do that:

1.Lay the tissue paper on plastic sheet. Dilute polymer medium with water. Paint this onto the paper. Use gentle strokes. 

2.Immediately lay the string and fibers (or plant stuff) in a desired pattern on the paper. Use more diluted medium to glue the items down.

3. Place another piece of tissue on top of this while it is all still wet. Then add more diluted polymer medium. Then just let this all dry. Once it is completely dry  you can peel the fiber piece off the plastic sheet.

4. You can use the piece as it is or you can cut it into pieces.

Note: Sometimes I add a thin layer of diluted paint in areas (add water and glazing medium to Golden fluid acrylics) in step 3.

So, I unwrap the tissue with anticipation and voila! This is a piece that I kept turning around, flipping it over, etc. to try and figure out how he achieved these layers.

I can't wait to take it to the framers. He suggested a floating frame and I think this is what I'll go with. I'll post a photo of the framed piece when I get it done. It is amzing to have this at my house...I truly can feel his energy. I'm going to hang this above the table where I work on watercolors. Thank you Seth. It's brilliant. Visit his FB page or blog to stay tuned to the mixed media world, and to see where he is teaching. (That's next on my list....)



Bevie said...

Thanks for sharing...I do like Seth Apter's work...Blessings in the New Year!!!

Darlene K Campbell said...

Hi, Wishing the best of the new year too Bev. Thanks for visiting.