Even though the clocks turned back this weekend, it certainly does not look like Spring yet outside. But at least I had something colourful to look forward to – receiving my Spring copy of Somerset Studio magazine! I’ve been faithfully subscribing to this magazine for the past two years. I used to always try to find a copy in Michael’s Arts & Crafts store, but they were often already sold out by the time I went to my local store. It’s a toss-up between which is my favourite art magazine – Cloth Paper Scissors versus Somerset Studio – they both feature great mixed media artists and give insightful tips & tricks. But, perhaps it is because Somerset Studio is still only available in hardcopy, it forces me to anticipate its delivery to my mailbox.
At the back of each issue of Somerset Studio lists their current calls and challenges – they usually focused on a particular colour, season or theme. I had always wanted to try to submit something to their challenges, but it seems a bit daunting. Compared to the Cloth Paper Scissors’ call for submissions, Somerset Studio required you to actually mail in your actual artwork to the magazine editor, rather than an email with some digital images attached to it. However, having had one successful submission to Cloth Paper Scissors under my belt, I had gained some confidence in my encaustic mosaics’ broader visual appeal.
The theme I decided to create a submission for was called ‘Le Cirque’ – the circus days from yesteryear. I had collected a number of vintage circus images, so I thought this theme would be a perfect fit for one of my encaustic mosaics. I selected a number with suitable colour schemes (blues, purples and creams) and created my encaustic painted Terraskin with some added ‘bling’ with silver leaf and metallic glitter.
The deadline to receive the actual artwork was mid-November and the circus-themed issue was to be published in the bimonthly Spring issue (March/April). I packed up my completed piece and crossed my fingers that CanadaPost would be kind to the parcel as it winged its way across the country to California. It actually didn’t take that long to find out my piece was one of the lucky ones – I received an email about a month later telling me that my piece had been selected for the issue. So it was with some building excitement that I waited to receiving my copy of Somerset Studio this month. And surprise, surprise – I received two copies! There was a bonus ‘artist complimentary copy’ as well as my usual subscription – I had forgotten that published artists received a free copy of the magazine. And about a week later, I received my artwork back safe and sound too – now I can show both the real thing and the magazine page side-by-side to friends and family.
Somerset Studio is only one of many magazines published by Stampington & Company. Now I’m eager to see what other magazines (and other challenges) I can apply to – always fun to try something new!