Make art and make history with our new eMag!

3 Jun 2011

Have you seen the latest and greatest electronic magazines or eMags? Interweave/Cloth Paper Scissors anxiously awaited the release of the first iPad over a year ago. We couldn’t wait to see what the capabilities were going to be for the new digital media!

While we see no end to the paper version of the magazine for the foreseeable future, we did recognize that we could offer you more in a magazine if we could add sound, video, pop-ups, slide-shows, etc. As you might have noticed, we already started adding video alerts in Cloth Paper Scissors when we have an article that we think would benefit from a little video.

We’ve been patiently (or not so patiently) waiting our turn to publish our own eMag for you to slide, click, scrub, and scroll through. We watched some of our personal favorites launch theirs, like Martha Stewart, Wired, and the New Yorker. (Click thru those links…especially the New Yorker, it’s a hilarious overview.) We’ve already been offering Cloth Paper Scissors as a digital subscription, which is great because you can click through the hyperlinks and go right from the TOC to the article you’re looking for, etc., but an eMag offers you so much more interactivity.

So, how can you be a part of our very first eMag? Well, you just have to “get your color on” and make some art to share with us. Our new eMag, Collage in Color, which debuts this September, is all about our love of collage, and we have some pretty fantastic articles in the works for this issue! Seriously, I wake up every morning excited to get to work and share the collage love with you all! Backgrounds, texture, fabric collage, ooh wee. I love my job.

We want to include some of you in our first “Color in Theory” article. Do you remember your complementary colors? Merriam Webster says that Complementary (adj) is: relating to or constituting one of a pair of contrasting colors that produce a neutral color when combined in suitable proportions.

I like to say…just look across the street. Take a color wheel and pick a color. Now, look across the “street” from that color and you will find its complementary. The basics are red and green, yellow and purple, and blue and orange. I love complementary colors. They save the day for me—all the time. When a collage isn’t “working” for me and I can’t figure out why, it’s usually because I need to call up the complementary colors in the piece to make the focal point pop.HC Studio Art 001small

This piece on the right plays with the magenta and acid green selection. Red and green can be difficult complementary colors to work with if you’re not working on a Christmas themed piece of art. But, if you just tweak the colors a bit, rotate that color wheel a smidge, you can have a pleasing piece of art.

Do you have a fantastic example of complementary colors at work in one of your art pieces? Or do you enjoy the challenge of creating something just for this eMag?

Great! We can’t wait to see what you have to share with us. We’ll be picking the best representations of complementary colors in a slide-show within the article. You can make Collage in Color history!

Photos should be low res, collage art, and smaller than 20” x 20”. Artwork must also be free of copyrighted images. Send your photos to with “Color Challenge” in the subject line. All entries must be received by email by June 8th. All accepted entries will be contacted by email and posted here on or before June 10th (the art must be received at our offices by June 17th). Times a tickin’!

Have fun creating!




UPDATE: Thanks to Karen Isaacson and Becky Anzelone who entered the challenge--their artwork will be featured in our new Collage in Color emag. Thanks to everyone who participated! Look for a new challenge for CPS Gifts--coming soon!

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Fran@48 wrote
on 3 Jun 2011 9:06 AM

Is this open to your international readers to enter? If so there isn't enough time between you announcing acceptance and the deadline for receipt of posted art at your office. Or am I misunderstanding something? (wouldn't be the first time!)

Jenn Mason wrote
on 3 Jun 2011 9:12 AM

Hi Fran

Great Question! We are under a tight deadline so we made sure to note that the art has to be able to get in the office by the 17th. International readers are welcome to enter. If their art is selected, we can try to work with them to get a good photo. Because of the nature of the eMag, we need very large sized-photos so that the readers can zoom in. It's best if we can shoot in house, but not absolutely necessary if we can get a good shot from the artist.

So, to sum up, EVERYONE IS WELCOME :)

- Jenn Mason, editor

Fran@48 wrote
on 3 Jun 2011 9:22 AM

Jenn, thanks so much for the quick response! I'm glad to read your answer, my little heart sank after getting all excited about having a go at this and now I can after all! :)

SharonNewby wrote
on 4 Jun 2011 1:15 AM

Ok..... getting my art on!!!  Love the emag!!

CSNYfan wrote
on 4 Jun 2011 6:51 AM

Wow, what a great opportunity to the community!  My mind is swimming with ideas - I love complementary colors.  

on 16 Aug 2012 12:33 PM

So, you’re hesitant, yes? What the heck is this eMag thing? Perhaps you saw the original post about our