Friday, January 30, 2009
Saturday, January 24, 2009
You should take some time to check it out. They have organized craft swaps AND they have crafty info for your area - go here
Off to another day of crafty classes tomorrow and hanging out on the vendor floor getting cool samples and meeting people! Yeah!!!!
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Wings of Change, Washington DC
The Wings of Change are upon us in the United States of America. As our 44th President is inaugurated artist Amy Steinberg has captured a moment in history. Contemporary and modern this piece includes vintage architectural drawings from the original architect of the capital William Thornton, hand drawn map of DC from 1787 and floral detail from an inside column. Somerset fine velvet rag, double thick mat board with a 7 1/2" x 9 1/2" opening and 16" x 20" out side dimension. Includes light creme' core as accent to the print. Signed by artist
Limited Edition Price: $30.00
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Sunday, January 18, 2009
Here is a quickie guide to different types of glues widely available and tips on the best substrates to use and why some glues are better than others depending on what you are doing. I've tried all of these glues myself, in different environments and tested on a lot of different substrates.
1) Elmers Glue Stick - You should be able to find this anywhere from the grocery store to a craft store. These are great to travel with and they dry clear and are perfect to use for greeting cards or small collages. Once dry this glue holds up well but isn't archival if you are working in fine art. This glue stick is also best used on magazine, newspaper or copy paper weight paper. If you get some curling just take a piece of freezer paper, slick side against the glue side and press under a couple of books. I've tried several generic brands of glue stick and honestly never found one worth using.
2) Mod-Podge - This is a great glue on stretched canvas AND it seals well. However, because it is a wetter glue using it on a paper substrate (even heavy weight papers) you are going to have a hard time getting it to dry completely flat. Again, you should employ the freezer paper trick from number one above. If you want to use mod-podge as a sealant it works great but you really need a heavier substrate than paper so as not to get curling of your piece. I highly recommend wood, canvas or a 1/2" foam core board as your substrate.
3) Yes! Glue Paste - This is a very thick paste and works best using a hog bristle paint brush or palette knife and doesn't work well with a sponge or brush with soft bristles. A great all around glue for any substrate and as you work it the paste will become warm and easier to spread. Very sticky and dries pretty quickly. If you are covering a large area such as a canvas you'll need a scraper/palette knife to manipulate. Once you place your paper on this glue you have to be quick if you need to reposition it.
4) Golden Gel Medium(s) - Most artists I've spoken to prefer the gel mediums to attach everything from paper to buttons and all kinds of objects on to a substrate. There are 10 different gel mediums from Golden but I personally prefer the Heavy Gel Matte. I use this as my "go to" glue for most everything I do. I use it on canvas, wood, stone and most recently I've become a fan of Strathmore Illustration Board. The gel is heavy enough to glue coins, buttons, small bottles and other small objects on to vertical surfaces.
There are many other types of glues and adhesives available for more specialized surfaces and usages such as jewelry, metal arts, altered art and mixed media. I'll cover some more kinds of glazes, resins and industrial adhesives.
Friday, January 16, 2009
I used a random number generator and it picked the number ONE for our first entry. Congratulations Sharon, I'll be in touch to get your addy for shipment.
Tomorrow we have new things....I'm so excited!!
Tuesday, January 06, 2009
A fun way to start the new year is the first EVER give-a-way of original art from Charming Sam.
Paris Map - Description: An original mixed media collage framed in a shadow box wooden frame measuring 6"x6". Using a 19th century map in the shape of the Arc de Triomphe from the Charming Sam "Arc de Triomphe - Collage Sheet ". The painting is a combination of collage, acrylic and gold texture. This is an original and only ONE is available. ACEO / ATC - Art Cards Editions & Originals. Signed by the artist, Amy Steinberg.
How do you win? Visit this piece at http://www.charmingsam.com/travel-art-collage-paris-map.html and on the left side of the screen is a pink box with a Mailing List box to sign up for our newsletter. Anyone who signs up for the Charming Sam newsletter between today and January 15, 2009 at 11:59pm PST is automatically entered in to the contest. Please be sure to put the email address you want to be contacted at. That's it!
Oh and if you want to spend some time looking around the site there are lots of things on SALE!
Cheers - Amy
Saturday, January 03, 2009
And I am grateful for another year with my husband and daughter.
Wishing you the very best in the New Year.
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