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In today’s post I will be reviewing; The Pulse of Mixed Media by Seth Apter.

The Pulse of Mixed Media by Seth Apter

The Pulse of Mixed Media by Seth Apter

  • Title: The Pulse of Mixed Media
  • Author: Seth Apter
  • Publisher: North Light Books
  • ISBN: 13:978-1-4403-1070-6

My Reason for Buying

I discovered Seth Apter after taking an online class with Julie Prichard and visited his site. Seth is not only an amazing artist in his own right but also very empowering and encouraging to new artists too. I’ve taken part in several of his online collaboration projects and when he put a call out for people to take part in a survey for his new book, I jumped at the chance and submitted my answers to the questions he pose. I couldn’t wait to see what he book would become and was overjoyed to discover that something I submitted was to be included in the book. Now the book has been released in the UK and I’ve read it, here are my thoughts.

I tell you this as often a review is based on how well the book lived up to the expectations of its reader, for their purpose ;)

Contents

  • Taking the Pulse
  • Spotlight Artists
  • Section One: The Artistic Ingredient
  • Section Two: Passion in Action
  • Section Three: Secrets Revealed
  • Over 100 Artists

Pros/Cons

Pros

This book is unlike any other art book I’ve seen and I love it. Often we create alone, not everyone is a member of an art club or community and this book is full of the thoughts, hopes, dreams and insecurities of REAL everyday artists. I love that there are famous names that I recognize from the mixed media online world and from Stampington fame, but also people I haven’t heard of.

There are links to websites or blogs of artists involved, so if you discover someone you would like to know more about you can visit their sites.

Each section has a series of questions and responses from the artists, either in writing or in artworks or both. I have to admit that I don’t understand assemblage art. I wouldn’t dis it, but I had no idea at the meanings and messages that people have behind that style of art. It was fascinating to learn more about different styles of art.

It was wonderful to hear the journeys that the artists have been on, that others have insecurities about their creations and to get to hear about the thoughts behind so many projects was amazing. Often books just give a photo a title and the artist’s name. You don’t get to hear the back story to what motivated them to create the piece or what they feel about it. You do in Seth’s book.

This isn’t a ‘how to’ book, but it has a wealth of inspiration, both from the art works included, and from the questions or prompts that Seth gave the artists.

Cons

I haven’t got any.

Value for Money

Excellent.

Would I buy it Again?

Totally, I have been inspired and encouraged by what I read in the book.

Summing up

This book is like Seth’s whole philosophy  enquiring, encouraging, engaging and empowering. I cannot think of a better gift to give an artist who likes this style of art or who wants to learn more about it.

Is this book for you? If you can say yes to any of the following questions then this book is for you

  • If you create alone and wonder if you are an artist
  • If you are curious about the world of mixed media and want to know more about it and the people who create it.
  • If you enjoy Seth Apter’s blog and the artists you find there.
  • In Seth’s words ‘If you want to know what makes a mixed media artist tic’

Then this book is for you.

The Pulse of Mixed Media by Seth Apter (Back Cover)

The Pulse of Mixed Media by Seth Apter (Back Cover)

Am I biased because I’m in the book? No, I bought my copy, just like I hope you will too.  I am biased however, because I love Seth’s work and his encouraging, empowering philosophy. He is an incredible artist but he hasn’t used that in a negative ‘I’m better than you’ way, he’s used it to encourage others to follow and artistic life. It might not be the easiest path, but it is very rewarding.

Seth I wish you had been my art teacher at school, I wouldn’t have wasted 20 years trying to unlearn the negative self talk and self-doubt the teacher I did have, gave me. I have finally moved past most of that and can now embrace art, enjoy the process and experiment to discover the results with different mediums. Sure it doesn’t always work out, but now that’s ok, I’m learning about the materials as long as I have learnt something when things don’t turn out as I expected then its a journey. Thank you for showing me that art isn’t just one style (as I was taught), that it can be so many different things to different people and every one is just as valid as the next. I might not like every art style I see, nor want to experiment with a certain style, but I am open to discovering new styles and the art world is so much bigger than I imagined. I have Seth Apter, Suzi Blu and Julie Prichard to thank for that, and to them I am forever grateful.

This is an amazing book, you need it.

Links

Do check out Seth Apter’s blog, its amazing. Every time I visit I want to get materials out and get painting, it always inspires me to create.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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Internet issues  earlier, sorry for the late posting. First a thank you to Seth Apter, where a link to my work was published on his blog yesterday. I took part in his art colaboration The Pulse, this latest section of which is called; Technique & Tool and is about what techniques and tools you cannot live without. Head over to seth’s Blog to find out more.

Also today I’d like to share a download and a couple of  video tutorials to help you create your own handmade Holiday Gift tags. They are quick and simple to make, if you have crafting CDs with images you would love to get more use from, dig out your favorites and try these out.

  • Quick & Easy Tags Part 1. VIDEO. In this film I’ll show you how to make a selection of gift tags. Follow the link for written details of the project.

Decorate the front of the tags using your favorite designs of papers & stamps. You could also use printed toppers from a craft CD. Here are my finished tags, decorated with images from Joanna Sheen’s Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady CD.

My Finished Christmas tags for 2010

Hand made, elegant and not that time-consuming ;)

  • Quick & Easy Tags Part 2. VIDEO. In this film I’ll show you how to decorate the plain tags created in part 1. Follow the link for written details of items used, from my original post. 

    Decorating your tags for gifts

    Decorating your tags

  • Gift Tag BackersThese are Christmas themed backers to print. The co-ordinate with the Quick n Easy Tag video.

 I created a printable sheet for the back of the tags, which you fill in. It looks pretty good so I thought you might like to use it too.

Elegant Tag Backers to Download
Elegant Tag Backers to Download

Christmas Gift Tag Backers 2010 There are nine tag backers to an A4 page.

BTW: Your tag backers won’t have my copyright logo on the tags themselves ;)

All you do is click on the link and it will open a new window, the backer opens up a PDF which you can print immediately or save to your computer for later. The greeting on this backer is green, as my tags were green, if you ask me REAL nicely I might make you a set with the greeting in red.

These backers co-ordinate with the gift tags created in the film; Quick and Easy Tags Part 1.

Hope you find these useful, and I’d love to see what you make with them. The downloads are for your personal use only and not for re-sale.

Links

An early heads up, check out the free download of Craft Artist software over on Daisy Trail. I adore Craft Artist and will be sharing projects made with it, very soon. Download it now, for some great crafting fun for the long winter evenings. Don’t forget to add some of the wonderful digikits to play with too ;)

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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