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"Given there are more than 100 artists included in The Pulse of Mixed Media, there is a wide variety of art to enjoy, with detailed captions that give readers further insight into the artists' work, inspiration, and thoughts. Take a look and be inspired." -- Barbara Delaney, Cloth Paper Scissors

"This book is great - really good. There is a ton of great and original artwork shown. I've learned that people love getting to the heart of the artist. This book does it, and I'm certain that no one other than Seth could have delivered it in such a wonderful way." -- Christen Olivarez, Editor, Somerset Studio

"Apter obtains an array of answers to in-depth questions that delve deep into the psyche of each of his subjects. Coupled with beautiful color photographs of their work...Apter's psychology-based questioning leads to a comprehension of the artistic process rarely shared before now." -- Lee E. Cart, Shelf Awareness

"The Pulse of Mixed Media is one of the most interesting and engaging books I've encountered in a long while. Seth Apter dives deep into the waters of mixed media to ask intriguing questions to 100 artists who are passionate about making mixed media art. Bravo...for authoring a truly delightful book. " -- Jenny Doh, crescendoh.com 


"A new book 
is in town and it's one of the best books on the relationship of the artist and his/her work I've put my hands on in a good long while." -- Stephanie Lee, author of Plaster Studio

About the Author

Seth Apter is a mixed-media artist, author and instructor in New York City. His artwork has been exhibited widely in the United States and Canada and published in numerous websites, independent zines, books and magazines such as Cloth Paper Scissors, Artful Blogging, Somerset Studio, and CPS Studios. He is very active in the creative community, and the voice behind The Altered Page, a visual journal of his own artwork, photography and collaborative projects, as well as a showcase for artists he admires and his creative experiences in NYC. His first book, The Pulse of Mixed Media: Secrets and Passions of 100 Artists Revealed, was released by North Light Books in March 2012. He can also be found on two mixed media workshop DVDs, released in June 2012 by North Light Media and is currently working on his second book, due to be released in December 2013.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: North Light Books (March 31, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 144031070X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1440310706
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.5 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #414,258 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Seth Apter is a mixed media artist, instructor, author and designer from New York City. His artwork has been exhibited in multiple exhibitions and can be found in numerous books, independent zines, and national magazines. He is the voice behind The Pulse, a series of international, collaborative projects that are the basis for his books "The Pulse of Mixed Media: Secrets and Passions of 100 Artists Revealed" and "The Mixed-Media Artist: Art Tips, Tricks, Secrets and Dreams From Over 40 Amazing Artists", both released by North Light Books. Seth is the artist behind two workshop DVDs: Easy Mixed Media Surface Techniques and Easy Mixed Media Techniques for the Art Journal, also from North Light. His live workshops have been held throughout the United States, Mexico and Australia. He is a member of CHA, a blogger for Spellbinders Paper Arts, and a stencil designer for StencilGirl Products.

To learn more about Seth, visit his blog at www.thealteredpage.blogspot.com and his website at www.sethapter.com

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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By S. Fishburn VINE VOICE on March 13, 2012
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Seth Apter's blog-gone-book will be the subject of art talk viral and actual for months to come. Maybe it's inevitable that an artist with a Ph.D in psychology would always want/try to peel the proverbial onion when it comes to his art cohorts and peers, but Seth always takes it a step further and digs ever deeper with questions seeking answers cathartic and confessional. He pushes the limits in such a gently gracious manner - no it's NOT cleverly diabolical! And artists respond. Obstacles, emotions, choices. Secrets, fears, desires, anger. The depths are plumbed. The book serves up 133 artists (and their diverse and wonder-full art) on a gorgeously graphic platter of layout and design. Dozens of questions are answered in more and less detail in the first two sections of the book by 31 featured artists, and the additional (100+) artists are highlighted in the final third section, with responses to still more questions presented statistically by percentage. Danny Gregory, Angela Cartwright, Michelle Ward, Robert Maloney, and Julie Prichard are a few of the fantastic artists Seth has brought together in another deliciously crafted North Light Books publication.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By art monster on March 22, 2012
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This is the most refreshing book about art and artists I have seen published in quite some time. Not only does Mr. Apter present beautiful images for us to look at, he also, as a PHD in psychology, presents the world of art through the artists every thought. We travel through the creative process, in it's most intimate details. Art therapy presented in a pure and easy to read way. Kudos to Seth Apter, for opening up the mind of the artist!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By S. Lee on March 22, 2012
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Heads up, guys. A new book is in town and it's one of the best books on the relationship of the artist and his/her work I've put my hands on in a good long while.

In Seth's first (amazing) book, "The Pulse of Mixed Media: Secrets and Passions of 100 Artists Revealed" he has curated a beautifully diverse group of artist not only in the mediums they work in, but also in age, gender, life experiences, and aesthetics. The book is full of juicy artwork and equally as thirst-quenching q&a's by the artists. The questions Seth asked the artists are extremely relevant especially today with the added complication that a public persona through the internet can be as an artist. I especially love pages 122-123. The question Seth presents there is "Is creativity built-in, learned, or both?" The answers are all so perfectly penned. (I was going to share a favorite but they are all amazing for different reasons.)

The questions Seth presents to the contributing artists are so centering in that they slide right in to the heart of what it means to be an artist and the aspects of life and identity that we have the experience of juggling more in the forefront than our non-artist counterparts. I love that so many perspectives are shared and yet there is the commonality of authenticity in each and every answer. If you are looking for a non-how-to book and more of a thoughtful conversation between artists about what it's like on the inside of the artist mind, this is a fantastic choice. New and seasoned artists alike will benefit from asking themselves the same questions Seth presents in the books therefore resulting in a more authentic expression.

Well done, man!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Carmen on September 4, 2012
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I'll start off by saying that I'm aware of the authors blog but haven't visited it properly (yet!) it's more through word of mouth on other blogs that I know of it... and so don't know anything about the author. I do know of some of the artists featured within the book, either from seeing them showcased in other art/craft books or from already being a visitor to their own blogs/web pages. I must admit - the vast majority are new to me.

This is unlike any art or craft book I've read before. There is some really lovely art in this book - the various spotlight artists have created self portraits and there are some art pieces created in answer to some of the questions set... but the main focus of the book, for me at least, is on the text. The responses to those questions are very honest, unflinching, a real peek into each artists mind set, personality, dreams... The blurb is not wrong in saying that the questions are provocative - some answers made me smile in recognition of those same feelings within myself, some were so sad in what the artist was revealing. Some were funny, others wistful, nostalgic, positive, negative... some of the answers really rubbed me up the wrong way. What you have to remember is this is personal opinion and in some cases brutally honest. It's an interesting peek into the way artists think and feel. The way they feel towards art - both theirs and others. Even the way they feel about other artists... or people they feel shouldn't be calling themselves artists at all! (Ah - that age old argument!)

A really interesting book - one that I either found myself nodding along with or snorting in annoyance.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Robert Stockton on March 22, 2012
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This is an amazing and completely original book! Seth Apter, New York City mixed media artist and psychologist (of famed mixed media blog The Altered Page), has brought together his considerable expertise in each of these fields to create "The Pulse of Mixed Media: Secrets and Passions of 100 Artist Revealed." This is NOT a 'how-to' book explaining or demonstrating mixed media arts techniques. There are many, many of that genre to be found in bookstores, already! This book is an adventure that challenges the reader, artist or not, to delve deep into the psyche of the creative mind, and discover what makes it 'tick.' Thirty-one 'spotlight' artists are introduced in the book's early pages, and artwork created by these artists (both self portraits, and other pieces), is featured in the first two sections of the book: "The Artistic Ingredient," and "Passion In Action." The third section of the book: "Secrets Revealed," includes artwork by 103 additional artists created around a series of specific themes (such as: "Can you share a secret?"; "What expresses the innermost you?"; "What is your biggest fear?"), suggested to the artists by the author. Throughout all three sections, artist-written responses to a far-reaching variety of questions about their art, and about the creative process illuminate these areas, and extend understanding for the reader, of the creative mind at work (and at play!). In the final analysis, Seth Apter's "The Pulse of Mixed Media," is an inspired meditation on art and artists that becomes far more than the sum of it's individual parts. The vision behind this book, and it's realization, is simply a continuation of that which it's author has been doing for years on The Altered Page: creating community among, and connection between, mixed media artists the world over. Buy this book, now! Revelation and inspiration await!
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