Wednesday, 25 May 2022

NEW PaperArtsy Products: Seth Apter {May 2022}


A note from Leandra:
We are loving all the mini size stamps this year, they are such a dinky, easy to use size, offer affordability at a lower price point than a full set, and lots of fun for sure! Seth has brought a nice mix of shape, font and texture in this series of 8 stamps. And did you see the paint??! Delicious colours that are going to offer both oomph and neutral options! nd of course, we worked hard to offer you colours totally different to anything else in his (or the core) range to date! 
 
Don't forget Seth will be over in PaperArtsy People shortly after this post publishes. It's super  nice to hear direct from the designer about their new release, we hope you can catch Seth either LIVE or via replay.
 
Remember, all these stamps and paints are available EXCLUSIVELY from our approved stockists for the next 3-4 months, you will find a link from the tab at the PA Blog home page, or from our IG bio, and a list at the foot of this post. 
 
Hi everyone, Seth Apter back with you with my newest releases. And this time I come bearing both stamps and paint!

I often say I love new release days and the thrill of sending out my products into the world and into your creative hands never diminishes. It is always, always, always so exciting to see what you all come up with.

For this release, 8 Eclectica Minis and 4 new Paints. Almost hard for me to believe but I now have 32 mini stamps, 32 paint colors, and 30 stamp sets with PaperArtsy.

My new stamps were inspired by a phrase I like to use when I demo and teach: make it your own. I feel that we as creative individuals have enough imagination to be able to take any commercial product and use them in a way that makes them completely your own. Each of the mini stamps were designed with this in mind and were created to give you many options in the way you use them.

As for the paints...my inspiration was more practical and was the question what colors are missing in my range that would also pair well with many of the other colors in the palette? Hoping you like the new additions and will continue to read this post to see the product images, artwork created using the stamps and paints, and ideas behind each stamp.
  

Price: Mini Stamp  RRP €4.68 +VAT    Size: credit card size (approx)
All stamps are individually trimmed onto cling foam with a laminated storage/index sheet.
  
Seth Apter  Eclectica³ Mini 65 (EM65)
 
Art for me is about personal expression and every time I create a piece of art I feel like I am telling my own story. So what better way to do that then to announce it in a stamp!
 

The design of this stamp includes its own background - text with a script font in a distressed style. The words have been spaced far enough apart so that they can be used individually or paired off as well.
 


Seth Apter Eclectica³ Mini 66 (EM66)
 
I love using text in my artwork, both for the meaning as well as the beauty of the letters themselves. Words for me can sometimes be a supporting design element but often they are front and center as the focal point.
 

Each of these words can be stamped on its own, matched with another word or two, or as a set. The phrase was created to reflect my thoughts and feelings about what is important to me after these past few years of challenge and upheaval.



Seth Apter Eclectica³ Mini 67 (EM67)
   
I love a stamp design that can be used in multiple ways. EM67 was created with that idea in mind, knowing that the distressed rectangle could be used as is, as a border, in segments, or in all three ways in the same piece.
 

In designing this stamp, I chose to leave open space within the lines of the rectangle. This gives the option to enable you to let the background show through, color within the lines, or - when placed horizontally, use it as a journaling block for writing. Again, options enable you to make a stamp fully your own.



Seth Apter Eclectica³ Mini 68 (EM68)
  
I love a line. The perfect element for so many things. And you know what I love even more than a line? Many lines. Introducing the many lines of EM68.
 

In this artwork, I used the entire stamp as a focal point for the piece. The lines were used like the lines from a notebook and the script text was added afterwards. But the options with this stamp are limitless based on how it is used. It can used as a mark maker for the background, to create a border around the edges, or to make a crosshatch design when overlapped horizontally and vertically.
 

 
Seth Apter Eclectica³  Mini 69 (EM69)
   

One of my favorite types of stamp designs can be loosely described as mark makers, with small details that can be added into the background for dimension, interest and visual texture.
 

EM69 will allow you to add marks to your background or, when stamped in colors contrasting to the base layers, even a focal point to draw the eye to your artwork. You can decide whether you want to to have these marks stand out or blend in.
 


Seth Apter Eclectica³  Mini 70 (EM70)
   

I love to swatch colors for many reasons - the process, the look of the outcome, and as a reference tool. Some time back, as part of my PaperArtsy ESA20 stamp set, I designed a large stamp with wonky, scratchy rectangles as an alternative to the more traditional swatching tools. I decided it was time to create a smaller version and that lead to EM70. 
 

While these are useful for swatching colors, these can also be used as frames, borders, design details in the background, and even journaling blocks. The ALL THE COLORS stamp was released in my PaperArtsy ESA24 set. 
 


Seth Apter Eclectica³ Mini 71 (EM71)
   
Slightly industrial, a little bit tribal, and just a touch vintage, EM71 was created so that it can be used as is, in segments, or in a repeating pattern to create long lines or squares/frames. 
 

Using portions of this stamp in all different directions and off the edge, enables you to make marks differently than other people using the same stamp. And do not forget that this can also simply be the start of a completely new design if you extend the lines of the stamp in unique ways.
 


Seth Apter Eclectica³ Mini 72 (EM72)
   
Inspired by the zig and the zag of a spring, EM72 is a design that can be used as a strong visual focal point, a background element or a border frame. 
 

Placed end to end, you can create a zig-zag line of any length and placed side by side, you can create what looks to be a grate. 



Project: Sewing With Stamps


We often get caught up using products over and over again in the traditional ways. For example, we stamp with an inkpad. Or when we are feeling a bit wild, we break outage embossing powder. But there are so many ways to use a stamp. How about, for example, as a guide for some hand stitching?


In the image above you can see that my new stamp EM72 was stamped horizontally using black ink twice. In the lower impression, I used the design of the stamp as a template for a hand stitched design. This adds layers and design interest and enables you to make your own creative choices in terms of the actually stitching pattern, color of the ink and the thread, etc. 


In the completed artwork above, I used the lines from stamp EM68 as my stitching guide. I used black ink and red thread. I also used some of the random splats and marks in the stamp design to guide me in adding some extra stitching details. As I say...make it your own!



Price: RRP €4.58 +VAT    Size: 50 ml (7 fl.oz)


We have 4 new paints from Seth to share with you today. 2 opaque, and 2 translucent

Powder Pink is an off white with a hint of pink. We all know how useful off whites are to knock back, blend and so on, but it is also nice to have them in warm and cool shades, and this pink base is certainly unique among all the fresco range. Semi opaque means it is buildable to opaque with 2 coats, but the lesser opacity can be handy in that it knocks back without complete obliteration. 

Toffee Apple everyone wants a red, and wow are they the hardest paint for us to develop and have differentiated from other reds. Translucent, this one is GORGEOUS - a rich red with a pink undertone and very different to any other reds we have in our line.

Purple Majesty is in a similar zone to Tracy Scott's Purple Wine (Semi-Opaque) and Electric Violet (Full Opaque), and the differentiation, you will be interested to know, is that Purple Majesty is a translucent - super fun as that extra transparency allows you to add interest with buildable layers or for colouring without obliteration.

Finally Stardust is an intense opaque grey with a greeny-blue base that is going to mix amazing well with Purple Majesty, but also colours in the greens or blues such as Blue Lagoon

You can see how colour mixing from one end of the spectrum to the other allows you to create a wide range of shades and colours.


All four colors work well individually, blended together, or mixed with other shades. Here are two examples using a blend of all four shades. You can see that the quantity you use of each color will completely change the outcome.



Blending even just two of the colors together can lead to beautifully complex surfaces as well. For example, Purple Majesty and Stardust...


And Toffee Apple and Powder Pink ...


Fresco Finish Chalk Acrylic Paints are a matte finish paint, with opacity varying from translucent, semi-opaque or opaque (see the hand-painted chevron on each bottle).

These paints are low VOC, UV resistant, clean up in water and suitable for indoor and outdoor use, as well as perfect for all manner of surfaces: fabric, wood, card, paper, chipboard, leather and more.

They do not require an undercoat, these are chalk based, therefore every option is like a coloured gesso; the opacity determines the level of coverage. Thin with any PaperArtsy glaze to increase the translucency to your preference.

Here is a reminder of the full range of Seth's paint, 32 colours from MAY 2022.


    


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4 comments:

Helen said...

oh Seth I am drooling over those paint colours and the minis are just fabulous too... can see I'll be shopping soon!

Stampers Grove said...

These stamps are so versatile and quite a collection indeed. 32 fresco paints now - wow!

butterfly said...

These are fabulous... Obviously I'm drawn to the Wander Wonder etc words, but they are all so versatile.
Alison x

Karen said...

Wonderful new colours! Can't wait to incorporate those into some projects. And the minis are fabulous! Such great poteyand versatility there.