Monday, August 04, 2008

Artful Blogging Magazine Is Eye Candy that Inspires and Deights

Somerset magazines are a guilty pleasure that inspire and delight. My favorite is Doll Art. It portrays what my dentist called “big girl dolls.” She noted that her ability to perform tight work in small places could make this a good hobby for her.

Somerset Studio: The Art of Paper and Mixed Media is a colorful phantasmagoria for a gal who worked in newspaper, loves books and fancy paper stocks. I remember when a trip to Office Depot was like a trip to a toy store. One never knew exactly what color paper stock and textures might be available. I still remember with delight a very pale green linen texture typing paper and envelopes that I purchased in the 1980s. This was before Home Depot became a standardized purchasing monolith with the same product in all stores all the time.

My most recent purchase is Artful Blogging. I am looking forward to exploring the picturesque blogs depicted in its full-color, art-book quality pages. I even have a vague fantasy of publishing my own artful blog with a specific theme.

Somerset publications have been a guilty pleasure but probably also should be an unaffordable one, now that I only have minimal part-time work. Somerset Studio: The Art and Paper and Mixed Media, January 2008, cost $7.99. The price of $14.99 for the August 2008 Artful Blogging puts this publication out of my reach (even though I indulged anyway). Art Doll is holding steady at $9.99 for the upcoming October 2008 issue.

The paper quality, photos, and quality of the reproduction is excellent in all the Somerset publications I’ve seen. In fact, the quality is as deliciously tempting as a perfectly made chocolate ice cream sundae with whipped cream and a cherry on top. The page layouts facilitate lingering appreciation for the crafty art depicted: there’s none of the big-little type, tilted layouts, and crazy cuts that characterize the apparent cutting edge in layout and design. If you love visual delights, these magazines are well worth pooling resources with friends to purchase and share.


Fete et Fleur said...

These publications are a sweet temptation. I know how you feel. :~)

Thanks so much for visiting me!


Sylvia K said...

I would love to have the Artful Blogging magazine although I can't afford it either, I'm going to look for it.