Reader Challenge

Cloth Paper Scissors Reader Challenges

HAND-CUT STENCILS

Stencils can add dimension and texture to any piece of art. Use paint, molding past, ink, or even stitch to render the image and make a stenciled design the center of attention. We invite you to make a hand-cut stencil, using your own inspiration and design. Imagine the possibilities.

Rules:

1.     Create a hand-cut, 4″ x 4″ stencil using an your own original design. You can cut your stencil from Mylar®, cardstock, or any other sturdy material you prefer.

2.     Once your stencil is cut, use it in a piece of art. Please use a 6″ x 6″ flat substrate for your artwork and make sure we can see the stencil design in the completed work.

3.     Please incorporate mixed-media in your artwork. Use paint, ink, stitch, pastels, molding paste, stitching, pencils, and more to create your stenciled art. Again, please be sure the stenciled image is evident in the completed piece.

4.     Your stencil and artwork must fit in a small, padded envelope and weigh 12 ounces or less. The stencil does not have to be clean.

note: One submission per person.

 

5.     Be sure your stencil is your own creation. We will not accept copyrighted images.

6.     To be considered for this challenge, cut and paste a low-res image of your stencil and your artwork into the body of an email by January 8, 2016, and send it to cps.challenges@interweave.com, with the words “Hand-Cut Stencils” in the subject line. Please include your name, shipping address, phone number, and a brief explanation of your artwork in your email.

7.     Finalists will be posted at bit.ly/ReaderChallengeBlog on January 15, 2016.

Artists will not be notified directly.

 

8.     Finalist artwork must arrive in our offices by February 12, 2016. At that time a flat return shipping and handling fee of $8 U.S., $10 Canada, and $20 for all other international entries will be due.

 

9.     Please put your name on your artwork and, for safety, be sure to place your entry in a plastic bag before packing it for shipping. All artwork will be returned the week of June 6, 2016.

 

Shipping address:

Cloth Paper Scissors

Attn: Hand-Cut Stencils

490 Boston Post Road, Suite 15

Sudbury, MA  01776

We will feature some of the finalist artwork in the May/June 2016 issue of Cloth Paper Scissors and/or on our website.

noteworthy

  • All funds must be in U.S. dollars and made payable to F & W Media.
  • If you have any questions, contact Barb Delaney at Barbara.Delaney@fwcommunity.com.
  • By submitting your reader challenge entry, you are authorizing F+W to publish your project in upcoming publications and promotional materials, on our websites, and in our other e-media, as well as to possibly display it at shows.
  • F+W will not be held responsible for loss or damage due to circumstances beyond our control.

 

 

 

Mixed-Media Selfie                                 

 

The trend in taking selfies shows no sign of slowing down. People are planning them, taking them, posting them, and sharing them everywhere. We’re inviting our readers to express their artistic self in a mixed-media selfie.

 

Your selfie can be of you alone, or include friends and/or pets.

Transfers, collage, stitch, and altered digital images are a few suggestions for materials and techniques, but we welcome all mixed media. Dig into your stash, add your spin, and send us your best “shot.”

 

Rules:

 

1.     Create a 5″ x 7″ mixed-media selfie. Include just yourself, or you plus friends, pets, and/or interesting settings.

2.     Though there are no exclusions on materials, your selfie must include a variety of techniques and materials to be considered for publication. Use fabric, paint, transfers, stencils, stamps, ephemera, and more.  

3.     Your selfie must fit in a small, padded envelope and weigh 12 ounces or less.

 

note: One submission per person.

 

4.     Be sure your selfie is free of images that are protected by copyright, unless you have the expressed written permission from the person or institution that holds the copyright and you provide that written permission with your submission.

5.     To be considered for this challenge, cut and paste a low-res image of your selfie into the body of an email by November 6, 2015, and send it to cps.challenges@interweave.com, with the words “Mixed-Media Selfie” in the subject line. Please include your name, shipping address, phone number, and a brief explanation of your artwork in your email.

6.     Finalists will be posted at bit.ly/ReaderChallengeBlog on November 13, 2015.

      Artists will not be notified directly.

 

7.     Finalist artwork must arrive in our offices by December 11, 2015. At that time a flat return shipping and handling fee of $10 U.S., $12 Canada, and $20 for all other international entries will be due.

 

8.     Please put your name on your artwork and, for safety, be sure to place your entry in a plastic bag before packing it for shipping. All artwork will be returned the week of February 8, 2016.

 

Shipping address:

Cloth Paper Scissors

Attn: Mixed-Media Selfie

490 Boston Post Road, Suite 15

Sudbury, MA  01776

 

We will feature some of the finalist artwork in the March/April 2016 issue of Cloth Paper Scissors and/or on our website.

 

noteworthy

• All funds must be in U.S. dollars and made payable to F & W Media.

• If you have any questions, contact Barb Delaney at Barbara.Delaney@fwcommunity.com.

• By submitting your reader challenge entry, you are authorizing F+W to publish your project in upcoming publications and promotional materials, on our websites, and in our other e-media, as well as to possibly display it at shows.

• F+W will not be held responsible for loss or damage due to circumstances beyond our control.   

 

 

Mixed-Media Custom Planner

 

Let’s start the New Year right with a custom personal planner. We invite you to create a mixed-media planner for 2016, and we want to see it allcreate a cover that tells us a little something about your style, and then add pages that will inspire you throughout the year.

 

Rules:

 

1.     Create a 6″ x 8″ book for your planner. It can have a stitched binding or you can use ribbons, rings, or another favorite binding method.

note: Alternatively, you can use a blank sketchbook to create your planner, but commercial planners are not allowed.

 

2.     Though there are no exclusions on materials, your planner must include a variety of techniques and materials to be considered for publication. Use fabric, paint, found objects, transfers, stencils, stamps, ephemera, and more—show us what you’ve got!      

 

3.     Your mixed-media planner must fit in a small box or padded envelope and weigh 12 ounces or less.

 

note: One submission per person.

 

4.     Your planner must be free of images that are protected by copyright, unless you have the expressed written permission from the person or institution that holds the copyright and you provide that written permission with your submission.

 

5.     To be considered for this challenge, cut and paste low-res images of the cover of your planner and 2 inside pages from your planner into the body of an email by and send it to cps.challenges@interweave.com by September 4, 2015. Make sure to put the words “Mixed-Media Planner” in the subject line. Please include your name, shipping address, phone number, and a brief explanation of your artwork in your email.

6.     Finalists will be posted at bit.ly/ReaderChallengeBlog on September 11, 2015.

      Artists will not be notified directly.

 

7.     Finalist artwork must arrive in our offices by October 9, 2015. At that time a flat return shipping and handling fee of $10 U.S., $12 Canada, and $20 for all other international entries will be due.

 

8.     Please put your name on your artwork and, for safety, be sure to place your entry in a plastic bag before packing it for shipping. All artwork will be returned the week of
January 8, 2016.

 

Shipping address:

Cloth Paper Scissors

Attn: Mixed-Media Planner

490 Boston Post Road, Suite 15

Sudbury, MA  01776

 

We will feature some of the finalist artwork in the January /February 2016 issue of Cloth Paper Scissors and/or on our website.

 

noteworthy

• All funds must be in U.S. dollars and made payable to F & W Media.

• If you have any questions, contact Barb Delaney at Barbara.Delaney@fwcommunity.com.

• By submitting your reader challenge entry, you are authorizing F+W to publish your project in upcoming publications and promotional materials, on our websites, and in our other e-media, as well as to possibly display it at shows.

• F+W will not be held responsible for loss or damage due to circumstances beyond our control.   

 

Mixed-Media Mini Garland Reader Challenge

 

Be a part of our Mixed-Media Mini Garland reader challenge. We are looking for some fun, colorful, unique mini garlands to inspire readers to embellish whatever holidays they celebrate. Dig into your stash and make a mixed-media garland you’d be proud to hang . . . or to give.

 

Rules:

1.     Create a mini garland that’s at least 24″ and no more than 30″.

2.     Though there are no exclusions on materials, your garland must include a variety of techniques and materials to be considered for publication. Use paper, fabric, fibers, paint, found objects—show us what you’ve got.  

3.     Your garland must fit in a small box or padded envelope and weigh 12 ounces or less.

 

note: One submission per person.

 

4.     Your garland must be free of images that are protected by copyright, unless you have the expressed written permission from the person or institution that holds the copyright and you provide that written permission with your submission.

 

5.     To be considered for this challenge, cut and paste 2 low-res images of your garland (one full image, one detail shot) into the body of an email by July 3, 2015, and send it to cps.challenges@interweave.com, with the words “Mixed-Media Mini Garland” in the subject line. Please include your name, shipping address, phone number, and a brief explanation of your artwork.

6.     Finalists will be posted at bit.ly/ReaderChallengeBlog on July 10, 2015.

Artists will not be notified directly.

 

7.     Finalist artwork must arrive in our offices by August 7, 2015. At that time a flat return shipping and handling fee of $8 U.S., $10 Canada, and $15 for all other international entries will be due.

 

8.     Please put your name on your artwork and, for safety, be sure to place your entry in a plastic bag before packing it for shipping. All artwork will be returned the week of
November 9, 2015.

 

Shipping address:

Cloth Paper Scissors

Attn: Mixed-Media Mini Garland

490 Boston Post Road, Suite 15

Sudbury, MA  01776

 

We will feature some of the finalist artwork in the November/December 2015 issue of Cloth Paper Scissors and/or on our website.

 

noteworthy

• All funds must be in U.S. dollars and made payable to F & W Media.

• If you have any questions, contact Barb Delaney at Barbara.Delaney@fwcommunity.com.

• By submitting your reader challenge entry, you are authorizing F+W to publish your project in upcoming publications and promotional materials, on our websites, and in our other e-media, as well as to possibly display it at shows.

• F+W will not be held responsible for loss or damage due to circumstances beyond our control.   

Join our Doodle Jewelry Challenge!

Gone are the days when you’d get in trouble for doodling. That technique now has a whole new respect. Whether you call your artwork tangles or doodles, we’d like to see you feature it in some jewelry. Encase your designs in resin; etch them in metal; doodle on pendants, bracelets, and earrings in paint or ink.  Show us what you’ve got.

 

Rules:

1.     Create a piece of jewelry with doodling as the focal point. Make a pin, a pendant, earrings, a bracelet . . . your choice.  There are no exclusions on materials, but your jewelry must be wearable.

2.     Your jewelry must weigh less than 1 pound, and should travel safely in a padded envelope or a small box.     

note: One submission per person.

3.     Your jewelry must be free of images that are protected by copyright, unless you have the expressed written permission from the person or institution that holds the copyright and you provide that written permission with your submission.

4.     To be considered for this challenge, cut and paste 2 low-res images of your jewelry (one full image, one detail shot) into the body of an email by May 8, 2015, and send it to cps.challenges@interweave.com, with the words “Zentangle Jewelry” in the subject line. Please include your name, shipping address, email address, phone number, and a brief explanation of your artwork.

5.     Finalists will be posted at bit.ly/ReaderChallengeBlog on May 15, 2015.

Artists will not be notified directly.

6.     Finalist artwork must arrive in our offices by June 12, 2015. At that time a flat return shipping and handling fee of $8 U.S., $10 Canada, and $15 for all other international entries will be due.

7.     Please put your name on your artwork and, for safety, be sure to place your entry in a plastic bag before packing it for shipping. All artwork will be returned the week of
September 14, 2015.

Shipping address:

Cloth Paper Scissors

Attn: Doodle Jewelry

490 Boston Post Road, Suite 15

Sudbury, MA  01776

We will feature some of the finalist artwork in the September/October 2015 issue of Cloth Paper Scissors and/or on our website.

noteworthy

    • All funds must be in U.S. dollars and made payable to Interweave.
    • If you have any questions, contact Barbara Delaney at bdelaney@interweave.com.
    • By submitting your reader challenge entry, you are authorizing F+W to publish your project in upcoming publications and promotional materials, on our websites, and in our other e-media, as well as to possibly display it at shows.
    • F+W will not be held responsible for loss or damage due to circumstances beyond our control.

 

Mixed-Media Maps

We invite you to create a mixed-media map of something in your life: your home, your neighborhood, your favorite hiking trail, where you came from (literally or figuratively), your goals . . . just about anything can be mapped!

Use any media in your art arsenal, including tangles, stencils, stitch, collage, paint, stamps, and more-and don’t forget embellishments.

Rules:

1.     Create a mixed-media map using paper or fabric as a base. Your entry must be two-dimensional.

2.     There are no exclusions on materials, but your map must be mixed media.

3.     Your entry must be 8″ x 8″, no larger, and weigh less than 1 pound. Your artwork must fit in a flat-rate box or envelope for shipping.

      note: One submission per person.

4.     Your mixed-media map must be free of any obvious text or images that are protected by copyright, unless you have the expressed written permission from the person or institution that holds the copyright and you provide that written permission with your submission.

5.     To be considered for this challenge, cut and paste 2 low-res images of your map (one full image, one detail shot) into the body of an email by March 6, 2015 and send it to cps.challenges@interweave.com, with the words “Mixed-Media Map” in the subject line. Please include your name, shipping address, email address, phone number, and a brief explanation of your artwork.

note: We encourage you to upload a photo of your map on the clothpaperscissors.com community, but this is not required to take part in the challenge.

6.     Finalists will be posted at bit.ly/ReaderChallengeBlog on March 13, 2015.

Artists will not be notified directly.

7.     Finalist artwork must arrive in our offices by April 3, 2015. At that time a flat return shipping and handling fee of $8   U.S., $10 Canada, and $15 for all other international entries will be due.

8.     Please put your name on your artwork and, for safety, be sure to place your entry in a plastic bag before packing it for shipping. All artwork will be returned the week of  August 10, 2015.

Shipping address:

Cloth Paper Scissors

Attn: Mixed-Media Map

490 Boston Post Road, Suite 15

Sudbury, MA  01776

Miniature Mixed-Media Wearable Challenge  [COMPLETED]

 

 

 

We all have ideas for clothing or styles we’d love to see on the runway. Now’s your chance! Express your fashion sense . . . in miniature. Create mixed-media clothes¾ fancy, casual, or whimsical, for any age group. Have fun with your materials and supplies, and show us your runway-worthy best.

Rules:

1.     Create a miniature mixed-media wearable using paper as a base. Your entry can be flat or 3-D. Think every-day attire, bridal, garden party, vests, cocktail party, business wear, ball gowns, and more.

2.     There are no exclusions on materials, and your piece does not have to be assembled with stitch, but your miniature wearable must include some hand and/or machine stitching.

3.     Your entry must be 8″-10″, no larger, and weigh less than 1 pound. It must fit in a flat-rate box or envelope for shipping.

note: One submission per person.

4.     Though we always welcome the use of recycled papers, your mixed-media piece must be free of any obvious text or images that are protected by copyright, unless you have the expressed written permission from the person or institution that holds the copyright and you provide that written permission with your submission.

5.     To be considered for this challenge, cut and paste 2 low-res images of your miniature wearable (one full image, one detail shot) into the body of an email by January 9, 2015 and send it to cps.challenges@interweave.com, with the words “Miniature Mixed-Media Wearable” in the subject line. Please include your name, shipping address, email address, phone number, and a brief explanation of your artwork.

note: We encourage you to upload a photo of your miniature wearable on the clothpaperscissors.com community, but this is not required to take part in the challenge.

6.     Finalists will be posted at bit.ly/ReaderChallengeBlog on January 16, 2015. Artists will not be notified directly.

7.     Finalist artwork must arrive in our offices by February 6, 2015. At that time a flat return shipping and handling fee of $8 U.S., $10 Canada, and $15 for all other international entries will be due.

8.     Please be sure to put your name on your artwork and, for safety, be sure to place your entry in a plastic bag before packing it for shipping. All artwork will be returned the week of June 7, 2015.

Shipping address:

Interweave/Cloth Paper Scissors

Attn: Miniature Mixed-Media Wearables

490 Boston Post Road, Suite 15

Sudbury, MA  01776

We will feature some of the finalist artwork in the May/June 2015 issue of Cloth Paper Scissors and/or on our website.

noteworthy

• All funds must be in U.S. dollars and made payable to Interweave.

• Contact Barbara Delaney at bdelaney@interweave.com with any questions.

• By submitting your reader challenge entry, you are authorizing F+W to publish your project in upcoming publications and promotional materials, on our websites and in our other e-media, as well as to possibly display it at shows.

• F+W will not be held responsible for loss or damage due to circumstances beyond our control.

 

 

Mixed-Media Book Sculpture Reader Challenge  [COMPLETED]

Artists have transformed retired books into journals, turned them into altered books, and used their many pages to make textural collages. We invite you now to take a book and create a sculpture, using your mixed-media tools, techniques, and supplies. We encourage you to use books destined for the recycle bin. Make it whimsical, utilitarian, or just plain fun; just make it in time for our challenge deadline. Check out Paper Art magazine and the summer issue of Pages for inspiration.

Rules:

1.     Create a mixed-media sculpture with a book and your favorite supplies. There are no exclusions on materials, but your entry must weigh less than 2 pounds.

note: One submission per person.

  1. Your sculpture must be free of any obvious text or images that are protected by copyright, unless you have the expressed written permission from the person or institution that holds the copyright and you provide that written permission with your submission.
  1. To be considered for this challenge, cut and paste 2 low-res images of your artwork (one full image, one detail shot) into the body of an email by November 7, 2014 and send it to cps.challenges@interweave.com, with the words “Mixed-Media Book Sculpture” in the subject line. Please include your name, shipping address, email address, phone number, and a brief explanation of your artwork.

note: We encourage you to upload a photo of your sculpture on the clothpaperscissors.com community, but this is not required to take part in the challenge.

  1. Finalists will be posted at bit.ly/ReaderChallengeBlog on November 14, 2014. Artists will not be notified directly.
  1. Finalist artwork must arrive in our offices by December 5, 2014. At that time a flat return shipping and handling fee of $10 U.S., $20 Canada, and $25 for all other international entries will be due.
  1. Please be sure to put your name on your artwork and, for safety, be sure to place your entry in a plastic bag before packing it for shipping. All artwork will be returned the week of February 5, 2015.

Shipping address:

Interweave/Cloth Paper Scissors

Attn: Mixed-Media Book Sculpture

490 Boston Post Road, Suite 15

Sudbury, MA  01776

We will feature some of the finalist artwork in an upcoming issue of Cloth Paper Scissors and/or on our website.

noteworthy

  • All funds must be in U.S. dollars and made payable to Interweave.
  • If you have any questions, please contact Barbara Delaney at bdelaney@interweave.com. Please be sure to include your first and last names and your contact information in all email correspondence.
  • By submitting your reader challenge entry, you are authorizing F+W to publish your project in upcoming publications and promotional materials, on our websites and in our other e-media, as well as to possibly display it at shows.
  • F+W will not be held responsible for loss or damage due to circumstances beyond our control.    Get wired and show us your assemblage and sculpting skills. Grab some wire and inspirational bits and baubles (scraps of paper, fabric, and wood; or any other materials you have on hand) and create a mixed-media assemblage or sculpture. Wire must be the focus of your piece, but you are free to raid your stash to complete your vision.