Have you ever admired another artist’s work and felt so lucky when they shared their techniques? That’s how I feel every time Seth Apter releases a video—it’s like he’s letting us into his secret technique vault. Good news: We have a brand new exclusive Mixed Media Techniques with Seth Apter kit that includes two new Seth Apter Creative Workshop videos: 10 Techniques for Mixed-Media Artists, and 10 Techniques for Painting Layers in Mixed Media, a set of stamps designed by Seth, and an exclusive grouping of chalk-finish paints.
You’re going to be so happy when you discover how Seth gets those amazing layered effects in his work by using paint and other media to create the look of patina, rust, and weathered walls—and the techniques are really fun. His methods are more organic than they are structured, allowing you to explore creative possibilities and put your own spin on things. The kit includes the two new videos, plus a set of PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Chalk Acrylic paint in five colors selected by Seth: Mud Splat, Mahogany, Terracotta, Smoked Paprika, plus Green Patina (not pictured here). You’ll also get a set of PaperArtsy stamps designed by Seth, which can be used in so many ways.
After watching 10 Techniques for Painting Layers in Mixed Media I was dying to try what I had just learned, and decided to start with a fun monoprinting technique using just paint and paper. When trying something new I like to work on more than one piece at a time, and this seemed like a good opportunity. I dry brushed a coat of Mud Splat onto one piece of canvas-textured paper, and Terracotta onto another. You’ll quickly fall in love with these paints the minute you start using them. Not only are the colors rich and saturated, but they dry to a beautiful matte finish.
As recommended in the video, you don’t need to cover the entire sheet with the first layer of paint—leaving some white space is good. For the monoprinting technique I brushed a contrasting color onto a scrap of the canvas paper and quickly pressed it onto the painted paper—I used Smoked Paprika over Mud Splat, and Mahogany over Terracotta.
The effect was incredibly cool—the paint from the scrap paper left a trace of sketchy color, and already I could see the dimensional effect of the layering.
I kept going, adding more layers to each, until I was happy with the look. The papers came out so radically different, too—you’ll never get the same patterns twice, which is amazing. This monoprinting technique is such a fantastic idea to use with leftover paint, which I always feel so bad about wasting. No more—now that excess paint has a purpose!
Also, don’t toss the sheets you used to monoprint—those can definitely be used for other projects. I even did some monoprinting on these, too, and I’m sure they’ll be incorporated in art journal pages, collages, tags, and more.
For the Terracotta sheet, I stamped one of the images from the Seth Apter stamp set twice with Mud Splat, applying the paint directly on the stamp with a cosmetic sponge (Don’t forget to clean the stamp immediately after using paint!). The medallion stamp was inked up with gray stamping ink, stamped on vintage ledger paper twice, and cut out. The detail in the stamp is amazing—it looks dimensional. I stamped the same image with dark red ink onto the canvas paper, tying the composition together. I also punched a few circles in one corner with a hole punch for an accent. Here’s a detail; you’ll notice the different looks the stamps offer with both paint and ink, which is a huge bonus.
The cut-out medallion images were glued to the back of a vintage photo. A portion of the large stamp in the Seth Apter set was stamped on a piece of torn painted scrap paper and also adhered to the photo. This entire piece was glued to the monoprinted paper.
I love how this piece turned out, and I’m eager to discover more techniques in both Seth Apter Creative Workshop videos, and see what else those stamps and paints can do. If you’re like me and always on the hunt for great new mixed-media ideas, this Mixed Media Techniques with Seth Apter kit is a done deal. Pssst: With the holidays coming up, the kit makes a great gift, too. Happy creating!