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Continuing Love for Somerset Studios, and a Solution to my Magazine Quandary.

Somerset Apprentice

First of all, my copy of Somerset Apprentice arrived today. Yay! I’ve just started looking through it, and I am already enjoying it. Looks like I might be pre-ordering the Spring 2010 issue as well as the Winter 2010 issue of Art Journaling. I do have one concern though. For any who have ordered through the Stampington & Co. website, is there an unsightly mailing address sticker? I know it’s silly of me, but I feel it would mar the cover!

Magazine Covers

Second, I’ve finally found somewhere to order protective covers for magazines. I am steadily adding to my collection of art related magazines, and I’d like to keep them for a long time, but I’m worried they might not stand up to wear. I thought it would be easy to find a simple plastic cover much like a book jacket, but ooooooh was I wrong. I found the mylar sleeves to store collectors editions in (basically, the magazine is nice and protected, but you have to unseal the sleeve and remove the magazine to read it) as well as the heavy duty covers libraries use, which are either$10.00  apiece, or worse, sold in lots of 100. I was beginning to think I was crazy.

After much searching, I found what I was looking for. A simple dust-jacket like plastic cover by Brodart, and sold at $1.50 apiece. I knew I couldn’t be the only one to think of such an idea. Needless to say, I am ordering a good number, and saving the link for future use.

Other Quick Notes

I have taken an interest in Tattered Angels‘ product Glimmer Mist, and would like to try it out with some stencils. The website has some fun technique videos as well. I checked the Joanns website, and found not only the Glimmer Mist, but some victorian frame and border stencils made for use with Glimmer Mist. Whatmore, I had a coupon for Joanns in my mailbox.  I thought I was golden. Lo and behold, I searched high and I searched low, but there is not a trace of Glimmer Mist, nor anything remotely like it in Joanns. Or Michaels. I even tried a smaller local shop I’ve been meaning to visit (and finally managed to locate in the maze of small shops in Old Town Temecula) but I forgot that they are closed mondays. Looks like I will be paying them a visit tomorrow if I can fit it in. I am almost positive they would carry it.

Also, I have a few pages in the works, and if my creative energy doesn’t fizzle out (as its been annoyingly apt to do lately) I should have some new work to post soon-ish.


Somerset Studios, How I Love Thee!

The 2nd Art Journaling issue has come out, and I didn’t even realize it. I was in Barnes and Noble to purchase a going away gift for a friend, and I happened to wander through magazines to see if any of the art magazines I like had interesting issues out– and to my glee, not only was the Art Journaling issue out, it was sitting right there on the shelf.  So far, it looks great.  I’m really excited to try some of the techniques, and all the artwork is absolutely gorgeous. I am sooooo sad I wasn’t able to get the Winter issue. I’ve been trying to find it on ebay, but no luck. Anyone have a copy they no longer want? I know its available digitally, but I want a physical copy. I like flipping through pages.

As a side note, I also picked up the current issue of Somerset Studio, and I’ve ordered the Somerset Apprentice magazine as well. I have lots of eye candy to attend to.

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Another Addition to my (Frighteningly Long) Wish List…

I’m not sure if its a symptom of all artists, all humanity, or just me, but I am always finding myself wanting something more (often, many somethings.) Right now, my current object of longing is Stampington & Company’s new Art Journaling Magazine. I’ve browsed one of their other publications, the Somerset Studios magazine, and enjoyed several of the articles, so when I saw this, I was thrilled. The examples look beautiful, and I’m really curious to see what sorts of articles and techniques are in there. Really, the price isn’t bad at all either. However, I have exactly $0.98 in my bank account right now. Its not in my budget. Perhaps when I have a budget again though. I imagine I will give in eventually. My will power really isn’t as strong as it should be.