Shine Wood Panel Tutorial

So very excited to be on the blog today sharing artwork created using a number of items from my Seth Apter Collection with Spellbinders. The individual items in the line were designed to work within many different styles and today’€™s project highlights my mixed media approach.

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Spellbinders Supplies:

S4-622 Splatter Proof

S3-233 Robo Ring

SBS-017 French Text

SBS-032 Turnarounds Set 1

PL-001 Platinum Die Cutting and Embossing Machine

Preferred Partner Products:

IMAGINE CRAFTS: StazOn Midi Ink Pads
(Midnight Blue, Spiced Chai, Jet Black, Blue Hawaii); InkBlushers craft sponges

SAKURA: Pigma Micron Marker

FABER-CASTELL: PITT artist pen big brush
(Dark Naples); PITT artist pen (White)

Other:

Watercolor paper, acrylic paint, scissors, gel pen (white and gold), wax pastel crayons, adhesive, rub on letters, ruler, craft knife, cutting matt

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I used hand painted watercolor paper both for my background and for the die cuts but this project will work just as well with patterned paper. I cut one of the painted papers into a 6 inch square and glued it to the surface of a 6 x 6 x .75 inch cradled wood panel. I painted the
sides of the panel using black gesso and added a subtle €œframe€ to the piece by adding several colors of ink to the edges of the panel using a craft sponge. I used my French Text rubber stamp to add extra dimension to the surface.

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I chose a variety of painted papers to cut using my Splatter Proof and Robo Rings die sets. I planned to mix and match the different sets on the artwork and to set aside some of the die cuts for another project. I used one of the stamps from the Turnarounds 1 stamp set to add some extra design to one of the circular die cuts.

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Now that I had all the ingredients for my piece, I played with the composition of the die cuts until I was happy with the placement. At that point, I glued everything down. As you can see, a number of the die cuts were further cut by hand into smaller pieces, allowing me to
individualize them to the artwork itself.

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I added the word Shine to the piece using rub on letters and then used a number of different mark making tools to add my own artistic touch. I outlined the die cuts and rub ons using white, gold and black gel pens and markers. I then added some marks on select areas of the
surface, focusing most on the inner edges of the panel.

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There are many ways to use these same dies and stamps to create a very different look and I cannot wait to see what you all make with the collection.

Seth

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Seth Apter

Seth Apter is a mixed media artist, instructor, author and designer from New York City. His artwork has been displayed in multiple exhibitions and can be found in numerous books and national magazines. He is the voice behind The Pulse, a series of international, collaborative projects that are the basis of his two books, The Pulse of Mixed Media and The Mixed-Media Artist. He has also produced two workshop DVDs: Easy Mixed Media Surface Techniques and Easy Mixed Media Techniques for the Art Journal.

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