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Scott Gibbons
My name is Scott Gibbons and I make handmade happy little monsters. They come with various different personalities and colors and can also include super cool capes and hair along with the new popular pouches on their backs to hold cell phones and/or ipod's. It all started in the Winter of 2006....

The monsters were created as colorful and fun presents for my friends and loved ones. Soon thereafter, due Hampton Photo, Art and Framingto the great love and feeback for them, I decided to expand into producing them for the public. I have had just the best and rewarding times on my sewing machine in my studio, dubbed the "Monster Dungeon" hard at work fusing felt, fabric, buttons and thread together to create these little monsters. And I'm really proud of the fact that I can use these materials to bring to life my many creations as I try to make every single one different from the rest. There might be use of the same colors at times, but not in the same combinations as to insure them to be fresh and exciting. At first my little guys were sold via word of mouth...and then I entered them in to art shows and fairs alike. 2006 culminated into a great year for the Bubbie Monsters as I called them. The name Bubbies comes due to the funny play on words of the local population of East Hampton where I grew up and Springs, N.Y. As colorful as the many personalities there are out here on the East End, so too can be said for my monsters.

 As 2007 came to be, the monsters have become a mainstay in the local community. They were sold at all of the Bonac Tonic Artist Collection's art shows, Fairs including the annual Fisherman's Fair in Springs, N.Y., and have also been sold through 2 stores, Smith in Southampton, N.Y. and Gone Local which is located in East Hampton, N.Y. I also make framed mixed media art in the same vein. And the Bubbie Monsters are an excellent offshoot for my ever growing sewing abilities. These are my contributions to the Bonac Tonic Art Collective, which I am a member of, as well as my larger, more intricate framed art pieces that have been shown in galleries.

Canvas Printing

Printing on canvas is incredibly versatile and a great way to create a ready-to-hang image or artwork. Every canvas that we print  is protected with a UV coated acrylic finish to guard the print from dust, moisture and fading. Do you want your canvas stretched on bars or non-stretched? Framed or unframed? Customize the work to make it truly your own.

Art Prints – How are they made?

Photography by Laurie Barone-Shafer
Nowadays just about anyone can take a good quality photographs with a digital camera. Or take a few hundred pictures and the chances are few will be good, and even one or two outstanding.

Here are a few tips, tricks and techniques on how to make art print poster ready photographs and print ready digital files. Don’t get overwhelmed, there is a lot of information here, but a lot of it is just intuitive. Well, a bit of patience will always help.

First thing – Photo Size

If you taking a digital photo of you family or friend the largest size you would print is usually 5 by 7 inches, maybe 8 by 10 at the most. Even small size digital photographs (2MB or less) are ‘good enough’ to create a decent print. But if you want to create prints that are 16 by 20, 20 by 24 inches or larger you need more pixels (in pixels 20 by 24 inches photo is actually about 40 times larger than 3 by 4 inches photo assuming they have the same resolution).

Learning to Paint Watercolors

Watercolor is an easy, fun medium for creating art.  Color theory, composition and design can be explored freely with watercolor paint, paper, and brushes.  Several techniques may be used with watercolors for varying effects including painting wet on wet, wet on dry, layering washes, and more.

Watercolor paper comes in cold press, hot press, and rough.  Rough paper has the most texture, and its hills and valleys can result in interesting effects when paint is added.  Hot press is the smoothest and has the finest texture.  Cold press has a moderate amount of texture and is the paper most commonly chosen by watercolor artists.

Watercolor paper comes in several weights ranging from 90 lb. to 300 lb. based on the pounds per ream of paper.  Most artists prefer to use at least 140 lb. paper.  Papers vary somewhat between manufacturers, so sampling different papers is advisable.  Paper can be purchased in pads, in blocks or in large sheets.  The large sheets are usually the most economical and can be torn into whatever size is desired.

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