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Stewart Gill Metallic Products
On Sale!

Judy Gula’s art journal pageThe paint of choice by many mixed media artists, Stewart Gill paints are created using the finest Italian pigments, and are designed to be used both independently and layered with each other. We’re offering you 15% off these products, but hurry, this offer expires September 8!

Pictured here are two of Artistic Artifacts owner Judy Gula’s art journal pages, featuring Stewart Gill paints, vintage ephemera and a stencil from The Crafters Workshop (TCW) designed by Julie Fei-Fan Balzer, 4 Flowers (TCW327). (For larger views, please click on the photos). Visit Judy’s blog to learn how she created these pages!

Judy Gula’s art journal page Stewart Gill MetaMica opaque paints are super shiny metallic lusters in a variety of beautiful shades. This is a wonderfully resilient metallic paint that stays shiny, even on fabric that goes through washing and heating processes. Mixed media artists can be confident that the shine will persist despite multiple fabric and paint layers.

The Galactica line from Stewart Gill are ultrafine glitter paints in a transparent base formula that dries completely clear — apply in layers to maximize opacity and sparkle. While Galactica can be used on paper or other surfaces, best results are seen on fabrics and, if heat-fixed, the fabric can be washed and dried, so these paints are wonderful to use on art to wear!

Byzantia Gilding Chips are super-shiny chunks of metallic luster that add an amazing, heavy-duty encrusted shine to your projects.


To receive a 15% discount off your choice of Stewart Gill MetaMica paints, Galatica glitter paints and/or Byzantia Gilding Chips, use coupon code Stewart Gill.

New Products: Fabric, Beads, More

Glass beads from BaliWe have a number of new products added to our website, including beautiful commercial batik designs! Select these while you can, as designs are turned over quickly and we often cannot reorder a popular pattern.

Anyone who knows Judy’s work knows she is a huge fan of stitching beads on her art quilts, and we’ve recently added beads that she found during her trip to Indonesia in 2012!

Detail image, vintage ledger paperLovers of vintage ephemera won’t want to miss our packages of ledger paper from the 1840s, available in two sizes: large 11" x 17" as well as a slightly smaller version. These sheets (see detail image here) are a thick high quality paper that has aged wonderfully, full of entries written by fountain pen.

And confession time...we know aren’t always perfect with tagging new products to our online store with the “new” category designation...new products can be added solely to their category, plus we also often reorganize sections of the website. For instance, we recently completed a major reorganization of our Tentakulum section — and yes, that redesign includes new products, such as Shimmer Blend RibbonFloss, a softly braided blend of rayon and metallic fibers!

Bottom line, we encourage you to periodically “poke around” when you have a few free moments. You might be surprised at what you find!

New Art Challenge Open to All!

After our wildly successful Power Suit and Arts & Old Lace art quilt challenges, Artistic Artifacts is holding a new challenge, open to anyone interested. Our Mixed Media Metallics Challenge will accept art quilts, collages, assemblages, jewelry: whatever medium you choose to work in! You must feature metal or metallic finishes in some way, and the required size is 8" x 10", but other than that, there are few constraints, so let your imagination fly. We hope you’ll participate!

Fiber & Mixed Media Classes at Artistic Artifacts

Learn new techniques and stretch your creativity! We have been hard at work organizing and posting a wide variety of classes for the remainder of this year and into next, with more to come, so please check our website frequently. The following are our September classes:

    House of Memories: Recycled-Materials Book by DJ Gaskin
  • Saturday, September 14: House of Memories: Recycled-Materials Book with DJ Gaskin — Using recycled materials, build a house-shaped journal featuring a variety of pockets/envelopes to hold small photos, tickets, notes, and other treasures.
  • Also on Saturday, September 14: StudioTech Basics: Machine Quilting, Feed Dogs Up with Cyndi Souder — Machine quilting without fear or intimidation! Learn basic machine quilting: straight lines, parallel lines, stitching in the ditch and more.
  • Thursday, September 19: Dye Day with Judy Gula — ideal for the person who loves color and the distinctive look of hand-dyed fabric but doesn’t want to worry about preparing multiple dye solutions. Leave with a huge stash of one of a kind fabrics and textiles!
  • Saturday, September 21: Marbling on Fabric & Paper with Linda CooperAll supplies provided! Create multiple colors and designs with this addictive marbling technique and leave with a stash of beautiful and usable prints.
  • Also on Saturday, September 21: Machine Needlefelted Cuff with Judy Gula — Needle felting machines (also known as embellishers) require no threading or sewing; fibers mesh to create new color and texture combinations. This class is a perfect opportunity to try the artform out and go home with at least one completed cuff bracelet.
  • Saturday, September 28: Kinetic Quilts with Linda Cooper — Learn the secrets of making Linda’s unique two-sided, mobile-like art quilts. View her stunning examples in the shop!
  • Also on Saturday, September 28: Upcycled Textile Shirt with Leslie Brier — Using simple sewing skills, suitable even for beginners, in this new class you will piece together your own one of a kind altered art to wear!
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