I subscribed to this magazine last year because I wanted to read an article about Michael deMeng, and i was expecting at least one kinda sorta cutting edgy story about mixed media in each issue. But what a disappointment it has been, and I'm not going to renew my sub.
$8 for one magazine. Poor writing. Big photos (maybe a mixed blessing, cause the magazines are pretty light in the writing department).
But the main reason i'm not resubscribing? can you say BORING?
boring articles on how to use color markers, how to bubble write (yeah, like jr high school) -- it all comes down to meh.
Does anyone agree? disagree? I'm sorry, but CPS inspired nothing but indifference in me, if that's at all possible.
I've never bought this magazine and wasn't tempted to subscribe to the online version, either. But now and again, they send out a free tutorial via a newsletter .This doesn't happen very often. There isn't much in them to read but sometimes a technique can be very explorable . I've noticed that most of the tutorials have used very colourful projects and I, think that this is what most probably catches your eye rather than the technique itself.
I cancelled the newsletters because I got bombarded with subscription offers.
I'm looking for a decent magazine, too. I have 6 issues of Somerset Studio (most are 2nd hand), which are sometimes good if you're looking for inspiration but I wasn't very impressed with them, either.
Here's a link to a website that offers free downloads of their issues. I, don't know if this is what you are looking for but at least there's much more to read:
As long as people discover or re-discover this kind of scrapbooking and mixed media arts and crafts (NOT that there's anything wrong with that) and keep buying the Martha Stewart tools and stencils and stamps and embossing powder and papers and trinkets, the advertisers will continue to support magazines like this. That's what drives the magazines -- people buying the stuff that's advertised in them. So it's the advertisers who then dictate (not literally) what is in the magazine. A company that makes color markers and advertises heavily in the magazine may see more than a few articles about calligraphy.
There aren't many magazines that take it a step further, however -- to advanced amateur and professional artists who'd like to see a trade magazine -- not a collector's magazine, of which there are plenty. Collectors magazines focus on the industry of high art -- which museums are buying what - profiles of high dollar artists, how much this and that went at Sotheby's. I guess I'm thinking out loud here, but a magazine in which the big acrylic and watercolor paint and tool manufacturers and canvas makers would advertise. Well now i'm off to see if such an animal exists.
I agree Diana, and while I have seen magazines that do focus for the fine art market they tend to be sort of dull...wildlife art or specifically geared toward one media, watercolor for example...not that my experience is exhaustive by ANY means. Let us know if you find anything you like.
Occasionally I can see where some of these crafty type magazines have techniques that can be geared back to more the fine artist but most of these techniques are using craft type items...although I still use crayons so I digress..
They would love both you and Gary, Greg!