Wednesday, December 31, 2008

A great way to end the year!


Many, many months ago, I wrote about the Tea Party Challenge being sponsored by Cloth Paper Scissors magazine and their call for tea-themed artwork. With more than a bit of trepidation, I made a small wall hanging and e-mailed my photos of it to the editors. When I received a "Dear Artist" e-mail from them in July, I was overjoyed to find out my work was being considered for publication!

I had to mail them my wallhanging, wondering all the while if A) my little Mod Podged and hot glued creation would survive the postal trip and B) if it would then make the cut for publication. I later got the piece back in the mail with a nice thank-you note and word that the Tea Party Challenge entries would be appearing in two issues of the magazine, November/December and January/February. When mine wasn't in November/December, I just thought oh well, even if I'm not in the next issue, at least I had a good time making the thing!

I've been watching the Cloth Paper Scissors website and saw the new cover was up, but it said the new magazine wouldn't hit newsstands until next week. Then yesterday, I was in Hastings where my friend Joanie, who knows more about magazines than anyone else in Newnan, and who knew I'd been waiting for it, told me the new Cloth Paper Scissors had arrived! She very thoughtfully stopped what she was doing to go pull the not-yet-on-the-racks issue for me, and this sweet friend was by my side as I flipped through the magazine and discovered my own artwork inside! How exciting is THAT! I enjoyed seeing the tea-themed artwork in the last issue, and I enjoyed it even more this issue, although I'm surely biased. There's a whimsical teapot made from a cigar box, an Australian artist's beautiful green-hued collage, a "heavenly" piece featuring some angelic tea drinkers, a "Tea for the World" piece that used old maps and keys and reminds me of the folk art I so love, a gorgeous "Pink Teacup" painting, a tea packaging collage that is just beautiful and so *perfect* in its execution, and my personal favorite, Florida artist Lisa Mallette's lovely canvases which incorporate text from book pages into her designs of a teapot, slice of cake and cup of tea. What a nice way to end the year in tea!

13 comments:

Frivolitea said...

Angela, I am so happy for you! Congratulations! You are right, that is a lovely way to end 2008.
Happy, Happy, New Year!

Rosemary said...

How exciting! Congratulations! I love your little piece of tea-themed art. Thanks for sharing.
Nancy

Denise ~ Charleston, South Carolina. said...

Congratulations, Angela! I *L*O*V*E* your artwork! Be prepared for loads of people wanting to order one! (I'll be the first!!)

Southern Touch Catering said...

Angela, I'm so proud & excited for you! That piece is so great and Denise is correct about orders. Put my name in behind hers! I've never bought that magazine before, but am going to this time.
GREAT job!
Teresa

Steph said...

Oh, CONGRATULATIONS! I'm so very excited and proud for you!

Angela McRae said...

Thanks so much for your kind comments! And I wish you all a safe and enjoyable New Year's Eve!

parTea lady said...

Wow, Angela. Having your artwork chosen for this publication is quite an accomplishment. But I knew you'd make the cut when you first mentioned the Tea Party Challenge last summer. Your Time For Tea wall hanging is great. I love how you incorporated the spoon, watchface, metal letters, etc. Let me know when you start selling on Etsy.

Carol said...

Artist Angela:
That is a wonderful piece of art! I absolutely LOVE it! Congrats on making it into the magazine. You are now a "published artist!" Warm Wishes for a Happy and Healthy New Year with many more continued artistic endeavors!

Linda J. said...

Congratulations! What a beautiful piece of artwork! This is exciting news!

Meredith Leigh Knight said...

Congrats! How cool is that?

Marilyn said...

Congratulations! How exciting is that. Your piece was great. Now I must venture out to find the magazine.

Caitlyn Van Orden said...

I went to Barnes and Noble last night and saw it. Congrats!!

^..^Corgidogmama said...

Charming, charming! I love your tea-art, and your little blog too!