MOYO is the world's first magazine dedicated to surface pattern design and is brought to you by the founders of The Art and Business of Surface Pattern Design. I especially enjoyed the interview with Amy Butler.
Kick up your creativity and take some time to browse this great magazine's pages.
Here are Two Resources for Mixed-Media Art Photographers from Nitsa:
1. Unconventioanl & Creative Photography (I am not an Artist - Creative Photography)
Ideas and inspiration for photographers who are interested in more than just pressing the shutter button. All methods and techniques shared in this book are simple and EASY to do, are available for everyone and do not require any special gifts, skills or extraordinary talents.
Via the Piddix newsletter, I found out about the free, online magazine MOYO which is dedicated to surface pattern design. This magazine is brought to you from the Do What You Love site.
MOYO is packed with Interviews, Design Briefs, Colour Challenges, Art Reviews, Student Showcases, Design Tips, Inspiration, Trends and More. The publishers say that it is the world’s first online magazine dedicated to surface pattern design.
This free resource will be published quarterly, and you can download the inaugural issue here. If you ever wanted to learn more about surface pattern design, this is magazine to read. Check it out!
In their POSTSCRIPT newsletter, Stampington & Company announced the offer of a FREE Digital Edition of Handcrafted Inspirations - Volume 2.
Here's the complete description from Stampington & Company.
"Download this special digital edition, and get almost 300 pages worth of free inspiration, including our absolute favorite articles from some of the most popular Stampington & Company titles to date.
More than 175 project ideas
Mixed-media artwork and tips from the pros
Home decorating and storage solutions
Free Tempting Template pattern
Exclusive discount codes
A chance to win one of ten gift certificate prizes
Click here to explore this one-of-a-kind compilation—not available anywhere else. After enjoying the free project ideas and informative articles, share it with all of your crafty friends and family members!"
I just finished reading it. And the digital magazine is a treasure chest full of inspiration and creative ideas. Make sure you check it out. In fact, I'm going back to read the magazine again.
Art Trader Magazine - Issue #19 - Summer 2012 - is currently available for FREE download. There are some great How To articles in this issue on topics such as: Marker Blending, Acrylic Glazing - and How to Take Your Art from BLAH to Bold.
There are also interviews with mail artists Kathy Stanion and Crystal Meaux - and much much more. You can always count on learning something new in every issue of Art Trader. Check it out. If you're new to the magazine, check out their back issues too.
Have you seen the latest issue of the online magazine, My Little Jedi? If not, you must check it out.
The magazine is "all about amazing party styling, sweet dessert tables, delicious recipes & inspirational diy projects to help you celebrate this holiday season in style!" This high-quality publication offers over-the-top eye candy for all lovers of cute and sweet.
I actually came across the issue by accident - And I'm so happy that I found it. I guarantee that you will find new ideas for your own holiday parties this season.
This year Ez, from Creature Comforts, has again created an awesome Holiday Gift Guide for your enjoyment. You might remember her lovely 2010 issue of Gifted Magazine. Well, the 2011 guide offers even more lush products for those important people whom you gift each year.
Ez promises us "hundreds of gift ideas for everyone on your list and over 125 of them are under $30." I don't personally know EZ but I like to share high quality products - and her magazine is certainly one of them. Make yourself a cup of cocoa and enjoy!
Magazine highlights include: great gift ideas, delicious recipes, craft projects and decorating tips to help make your Holiday one to remember. You can read the magazine online for free - or download it on Kindle for only 99 cents.
I am continually amazed by the high caliber of these types of online magazines. And Splendidly Homemade continues the tradition. During your next coffee break, take a few minutes to check this issue out.
Please share other online magazines/zines with me. I just love checking them out.
There is also a fantastic tutorial by Shayna Butler on how to make these nifty Embellished Paper Bead Mandrels. I love both the design and colors of these Mandrels. Read Shayna's article, in Art Trader, to get the full scoop on how to make them
ArtTrader Mag, Issue 15, is now available for free downloading and reading. Some of the articles include: Ten Minute ATCs: Smilie Faces; Sources of Inspiration: The Colors of Degas; interview with Amy Turner - and much more. But wait, there's more news.......
ArtTrader is overhauling their Web site. The launch date is July 18, 2011. Find out more details about the launch here. I have no connection to this wonderful site. I'm just a satisfied reader.
Recently, I've been very busy working with both mixed-media art and assemblage works of art. Because of that, I got behind on reading the Art Trader magazines.
In case you didn't read it, Issue 13 (Winter 2011) of ArtTrader Mag is available for FREE downloading and reading. Featured articles include: Art Fuel - What's Yours?; The Extraordinary Matt Hughes - and a Walk-Through with Colored Pencils & Markers.
In fact, if you didn't read Issue 12 (Autumn 2010), make sure you do because this is the COLLAGE issue. (A favorite topic of mine. But I think you already know that.) Articles include: Collage Design; Integrating Collage Elements - and Collage Terminology.
Add some flavor to your next cup of coffee with these two issues. You're bound to learn something new or exciting. (Scroll down the page's site for Issue 12.)
If you hear of other free, online magazines, please let me know. I love both paper and online mags - and I enjoy spreading the word on them.
I recently heard about another online holiday zine.
EZ, creator of Creature Comforts, has put together a beautiful seasonal magazine and gift guide, entitled Gifted. The guide includes artist interviews, wonderful projects, freebies and gift-giving ideas. Be sure to include the magazine in your next coffee break.
Amy Powers, host of Inspired Co. has just released the latest issue of her online magazine, Inspired Ideas. This Christmas magazine is a whopping 172 pages of creative projects, yummy colors, inspiring words and images from well-known artists. The illustrator Mary Engelbreit is even in the magazine!
Amy's goal is for each reader to be inspired to make at least one project from the magazine. She wants her readers to say not just, "Oh what a cute idea." but "Oh! I must make that!" Right Now!" I believe Amy has exceeded her goal.
Make a cup of coffee, cocoa or tea, and enjoy some Inspired Ideas today.
Corrina is the creator of the top selling Etsy shop, Piddix. The full version of the article is a free 13-page pdf with photos, links and valuable advice. In the past, I've purchased collage sheets from Corrina and they are top quality and just beautiful.
She very generously offers free images in her e-mail newsletter and helpful advice for Indie sellers on her blog
In case you haven't heard, Our Sweet Marie Zine is now available for download. Cassandra, host of My Artful Adventures, has put together a publication that includes 71 pages of lovely Marie art and ideas.
I'm proud to be a member of the Marie Antoinette Mail Art Group. The artists, in this group, are super talented and their art is awesome. You can see their beautiful art in this zine.
I don't know how Cassandra finds the time but she is also planning an Art Retreat. Of course, it will be Marie-inspired. TheMarie's DansedesFleurs Art Event and Ball will take place February 25th - 27th, 2011 in sunny Florida. Remember to save the date and visit her site for more information.
Excuse me now while I make myself a cafe mocha and spend some quality time with the new zine.
I just received my copy of the 2009-2010 Dick Blick Studio Catalog.I call it a Toy Book for Adults because I love studying the pagesand reading about new products. I also enjoy looking at all the different colors of watercolor paints from various manufacturers.
I found out that Dick Blick now offers their own line of professional-quality watercolors. According to their site, the "54 colors are formulated using rich, premium pigments sourced from around the world." I am definitely going to order some of these paints. The price is good too.
I'm not a spokesperson for Dick Blick. I'm just a satisfied customer. Whenever I place an order, it's always correct - even if I order individual watercolor pencils. This amazes me.
The September issue of Vogue is out on newsstands now, bursting full with 584 pages. What does Vogue have to do with mixed-media art?
Well, Art is known to follow Fashion. You may just come up with some fresh ideas, for your next project, by flipping through the magazine's pages. Then, there's the innovative photography, and advertisements, that are sure to get your creative juices going.
You'll also find tempting typography for those of you who like to snip out all sizes and shapes of the alphabet for your Art Journals. There's even an article on Georgia O'Keeffe's upcoming exhibition at the Whitney Museum in New York.
Finally, in this economy, you get 584 pages of fashion, beauty and fun for only $4.99 (US). You have to get a copy!
The magazine includes these articles: Artistic Journeys: Creating Art for Healing; How to Make Matboard Pencil Holders; Walk-through Art: Markers and Colored Pencils and How to Use Wax to Create ATCs with Texture. But there's so much more to read - You have to check it out!
The Creative Cottage Shopper is an 8-page, professionally
printed publication. There are over 30 different coupons
from your favorite Cottage Style vendors! Many of the coupons are for
up to 40% off your purchases. The Shopper is folded and stapled - and shipped to you in the mail.
Not only does the Creative Cottage
Shopper include coupons and savings but there are tutorials and tips from
well-known Cottage Style artists! So many surprises and goodies!So
if you're a fan of Cottage Style, Chippy, Shabby, FrouFrou creations,
antiques and supplies...you're going to want to collect the CreativeCottage Shopper! Starting with this Spring issue!
The cost is $4.00 - and you can order it here or here. I'm looking forward to receiving my copy.
Quite a few people have told me that they couldn't find the premier issue of Art Journaling at the usual book and craft stores. Well, I just received an exciting update from Jenny Doh, Editor-in-Chief & Director of Publishing at Stampington & Company. Here's what she says:
"Great news! As you have
probably heard, the premier issue of Art Journaling, which featured your
artwork, has officially sold out. The demand for this issue has continued to
increase, and we have received a flood of comments from interested readers that
would love to own their own copy of this outstanding issue. As a result, we
have decided to release a special digital edition of Art Journaling so
that we can share your artwork with even more journaling enthusiasts."
When I received my premier copy of Art Journaling, I knew this issue was going to be a keeper.The eye candy and artist insights have me referring back to this magazine again and again. I can't wait for the digital edition.
I just discovered an inspiring magazine created by designer and editor, Yasmine Surovec. "Parasol is a free, downloadable pdf magazine dedicated to featuring
established and emerging designers and artists, as well as segments on
creative lifestyles and small business owners."
So grab a cup of vanilla latte, start reading and fill your well with some creative juice.