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Introducing Media Mixáge!

Birdsong necklace by Linda LucasSpellbinders™, a leading paper arts company, introduced Media Mixáge earlier this year, a comprehensive and fun line of mixed media products. Artistic Artifacts is thrilled to add these products, from bezels to blanks, cutting dies to texture, metals and ephemera — ideal for crafters and artists of all genres. Media Mixáge makes it fun, easy and achievable to bring color, layers and dimension to all projects of all kinds! (Pictured here is Birdsong necklace by Linda Lucas, a Media Mixáge project from Spellbinders’ Idea Gallery.)

Introduced with the line is the new Spellbinders Artisan X-plorer™ Machine, an elegantly designed, compact roller press — perfect for cutting, embossing and pressing with a multitude of materials, including paper, metals, fabrics, canvas, artboard and more!

Media Mixáge includes products designed by renowned artist, jeweler and metalworker Susan Lenart Kazmer. Her talisman bezels, matching dies (ensuring perfect fit of backing paper, fabric, etc.) are beautiful in combination with her ICE Resin®. With Media Mixáge, your creativity is limitless — Explore Beyond™!

Luminarte Silks, Twinkling H2Os, PanPastels

Twinkling H20s in use on a Luminarte paper arts projectAdd gorgeous color to your projects with these products, newly added to our online shop! Luminarte Silks Acrylic Glaze is an iridescent, semi-transparent paint for use on paper, canvas, wood, and other surfaces, and available in 60 vibrant, shimmering colors. Also by Luminarte, Twinkling H20s, “the Original Shimmering Watercolor,” which were recently the rage in our shop when Laura Hummel used them in a class (see info about her next class below). Used on any absorbent surface, H20s transmit refractive light and color and add depth and dimension, even when used in washes, as seen in this photo, courtesy of Luminarte.

PanPastel® colors are highly pigmented, rich, ultra soft and super-blendable and — unlike other pastels — can be mixed together for a complete painting palette. Block in large areas of color in seconds, for backgrounds, underpainting, and tinting paper. Each PanPastel kit sold by Artistic Artifacts includes seven different shades of PanPastels, one Palette Tray and selected “Sofft Tools,” contemporary applicators developed specifically for use with PanPastel Colors.

Floragraphix Batiks Now Available

Floragraphix Serenity Turquoise batik fabric Jason Yenter is not only the president of In The Beginning Fabrics, a company started by his mother, he’s also a gifted fabric designer who has developed a rabid following over the last few years with his Floragraphix designs. His latest textile creation, the Floragraphix Batik collection, was released last month. We’ve added some of these gorgeous prints, which blend wonderfully with the batiks we already carry. Visit our new products section to view all — pictured here is Floragraphix Serenity Turquoise.

Upcoming Artistic Artifacts Classes


Enjoy the variety of fiber and mixed media workshops offered by Artistic Artifacts, featuring instructors who are themselves talented artists. Review our full list or take a look at these upcoming workshops:

  • Thursday, May 2: Stitch Play with Ruth Chandler — learn 18 basic and advanced hand stitches from a renowned stitch expert, Ruth Chandler, author of the upcoming Modern Hand Stitch: the Basics and Beyond (Summer 2013).
  • Saturday, May 4: Go Green with Laura Hummel — recycle your junk mail and create a one of a kind book with painted, stamped, collaged, inked, and stitched pages.
  • Also on Saturday, May 4: Tsukineko Inks Basics with Cyndi Souder — Learn a variety of ways to use Tsukineko inks and incorporate the techniques in your fiber projects.
  • Saturday, May 4 & Sunday, May 5: Indigo and Shibori Dyeing with Ruth Chandler — create a range of indigo-dyed fabrics while learning shibori techniques that result in gorgeous patterns and texture.
  • Saturday, May 11: Personally Painted Fabrics with Linda CooperAll Supplies Provided! Unleash your art-play side and explore several surface design techniques.
  • Sunday, May 12: Collage Art Quilt with Judy Gula — use hand dyed vintage linens, mixed media techniques, image transfers, and stitching/embellishing with found objects to create a unique piece of fiber art.

Art & Soul Virginia Beach

Image courtesy Art & Soul websiteOur trip to Art & Soul’s first Kansas City event was a lot of fun — we had the opportunity to meet some wonderful new friends and of course connect with treasured old friends. It’s not too late to register for the Virginia Beach (April 24-28) edition of this creative event, which features a wide variety of classes led by internationally known instructors. Even if you aren’t able to attend the retreat, if you are local or traveling through the area, plan to stop by, as our on-site store is open to the public — we hope to see you there!

The Opening Night Party, April 23 at 6:00 pm, will be sponsored by The Bead Goes On of Virginia Beach. Art & Soul Virginia Beach’s Vendor Night will take place on Saturday, April 27 from 6:00-9:00 pm and is open to the public (you do not need to be registered for Art & Soul to attend!) for a fee of $10 at the door. Approximately 45 vendors will be on hand, offering finished artwork, art supplies, vintage findings, fabrics, jewelry, collage items, assemblage — something for everyone! For more information, and to register, visit their website:

Second Chance, April Batik Workshop with Indonesian Artists!

The first session of Batik and the Indonesian Creative Process, a two-day contemporary batik workshop, quickly sold out. There is interest in a second session, which would take place Sunday, April 21 and Monday, April 22, but we do need a few more registrants to meet the instructors’ minimum, with the final decision to be made Monday, April 15. Agus Ismoyo and Nia Fliam will lead an introduction to the creative process of Javanese batik and an explanation of some of the traditional symbols used in the Indonesian batik tradition. Batik techniques, using both the tjanting (hand tool with a small spout) and tjaps (copper stamps), will be taught. You may register online for this rare opportunity or email Judy ASAP if you are interested in studying under two of the world’s finest contemporary batik artists! To learn more about the workshop, please visit the Batik Tambal website »

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