Featured Guest Artist:
I had the privilege of spending a fabulous day, in Boise, Idaho this past month.
A very relaxing day filled with: art, sharing and spending quality time with a few new friends. While I was spending the day, getting to know Carolyn, Judy, Barb, Merine and Lynn Stevens, Lynn shared with me some of the most amazing photos of hand-painted wall murals I had ever seen. Of course the photos didn’t provide the breath taking visual that seeing these murals in person would have provided, but still they had a profound effect on the viewer. Lynn is an extremely gifted muralist, who also enjoys a variety of different mediums and it’s not just blank walls she uses for her canvas.

“My life has been dedicated to art in one form or another. When I have mastered one media, I like to challenge myself by learning another, wanting to expand my knowledge in each art form. I truly love what I do and believe I use art as a means of leaving a legacy behind. It makes me feel that what I have done with my life, matters. If I can bring beauty into someone’s life, it gives me a great deal of satisfaction.”

Lynn is also a very talented carver. She used a Moose antler for this carving:

And a branch for this:

There are other carvings in her studio as well:

“Much of my art has depicted northwest wildlife. I appreciate the detail in the beauty that surrounds us all, the fabulous scenery with inspiring crystal clear lakes that are so plentiful to the northwestern states. I try to recreate what I see in vivid detail, hopefully to bring beauty into someone’s life. I use these visually stimulating, natural scenes in my murals as well as my paintings. I try to tell a story through my art and murals are a good way for me to visually express these stories.”

“I began my art career as a graphic artist. I have worked in the fine arts for over 20 years, selling original and limited edition prints, wood sculptures, Moose antler carvings, wood burned & painted gourds and pine needle basketry. My artwork led to my designs being selected for the “Idaho State Archery Stamps of 1992 & 1993”, the commission of over a dozen “Idaho Historical Byway Signs” and a commissioned artist mural depicting three Idaho Indian tribes in their natural habitat at the “Idaho Museum”.”

“I have also been enjoying the art of rubber stamping for about 8 years now and my stamped cards have been published in a variety of stamping magazines, but most recently, I made the cover of “Stamper’s Sampler”. My artwork has also appeared in “Wildlife Art News” & “Altered Arts”. I am currently on 2 design teams, “Artistic Outpost” and “I Brake for Stamps”. I designed a line of wildlife stamps for “Abbydoodles” a few years ago and I teach mixed media art as well as rubber stamping.”

Lynn also enjoys the various forms & techniques that mixed media art, affords today’s artists. She creates beautiful shrines, altered books, assemblages and altered jewelry. Lynn will be hosting our October workshop!! Her silver spoon jewelry is the focus for the workshop and sign-ups are already underway in the database in our yahoo group. (Link is in the sidebar~ Come join us!) You can visit Lynn and view her latest creations via her BLOG.
Book Reviews: I chose 2 books this month that compliment each other. They both are books about using images in your art, plus our latest publication all about jewelry: “Jewelry Beyond Time”.

“Printmaking & Mixed Media-Simple techniques & projects for paper & fabric”
by: Dorit Elisha Published by: Interweave Press LLC 2009

“This book is all about printmaking which is the process of transferring an image from a matrix to a substrate with the possibility of identical repetition.”
This statement was made at the very beginning of the book and it clearly describes the books contents. The book shares 2 categories of print making, relief printing & stenciling, plus the tools and paints that are available today. There are some wonderful tips and great advice for storing your prints, choosing a substrate and plenty of techniques to explore. Various screen printing methods are discussed, mono printing, carved relief printing and more, that fit into these 2 categories of printing. There are also 9 mixed media projects with step by step directions in the back of this book to give you inspiration. A wonderful reference book.

“Image Transfer Workshop -mixed media techniques for successful transfers”
by: Darlene Olivia McElroy & Sandra Duran Wilson Published by: North Light Books 2009

This is a fabulous book which touches on every image transferring method available, with plenty of good advice on glues, mediums, heat transfer materials, solvents and everything in between. This book also has loads of great tips, tricks and trouble-shooting. Each method is clearly defined & precise instructions are given. I really like the trouble-shooting aspect because who hasn’t run into a problem or two with a transfer? This book will help you determine what went wrong and offers ways to correct any problems you might be having. The techniques include: contact paper, gesso, caulking, gel skin, digital grounds, transparencies, fusible webs, fabric crayons, iron-on and even liquid polymer skins! Besides all the wonderful methods of transferring images, this book gives you the limitations of each method, materials that are best suited, substrates that can and should be used and whether or not they are of archival quality. I have to say, this is one terrific reference book!

Yahoo Group: We have some exciting new things happening on our group during the Holiday months and would like to invite you to join us. (Link is in the sidebar)
This month: Toni Curtis will be hosting our "Metal Pendant" workshop on Sept. 18th. We also have a fun, new Designer Paper Technique for you to play around with, a digital "Just for Fun" challenge in altering photos. I will be hosting our Halloween ATC and Charm Swaps this month as well as continuing our digital lessons. (This month it is "Easy Kalidoscopes").

During the month of October-Lynn Stevens our "Guest Artist" this month, will be hosting her "Silver Spoon Pendant" (see photo in her interview) workshop on
Oct. 16th.

Note: None of these workshops are featured projects in our new book "Jewelry Beyond Time". They are workshops exclusively for our group only, so if you would like to participate, join us and sign up for these workshops via the database).

Carolyn will be sharing another fabulous Designer Paper Technique and we will be doing some fun projects, like Halloween & Christmas Shrines, Harvest Postcard, Christmas Cards, Christmas Ornaments and continuing our digital "Just for Fun" photo alterations. We will not be hosting workshops during the months of Nov. and Dec. but will be sharing links to some great project tutorials! We will be continuing to host a variety of holiday swaps!

This monthly zine is brought to you by: Cynthia Powell & Sherre Hulbert, who is currently working on the first edit on our next publication, due out early Fall 09 called: "Exploring the Latest Trends in Mixed Media Art-Vol. II-Recycled, Reinspired, Reinvented".