All posts by Jeannine Stein

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Zentangle® – There’s No Wrong Way to Do It!

There’s so much to discover in Zentangle® and doodling, and so many wonderful techniques that you can incorporate into your art journal pages, fabric art, collages, and more. Kass Hall gets you started with this tutorial from her book The Zentangle® Untangled Workbook. Best of all, practicing is fun! Grab a pen, some paper, and…

Studio Saturdays: Experimenting with Art Supplies

Top mixed-media artists always recommend road testing new art supplies as a great way to feel comfortable with them. Yet how often do we really do that? Guilty as charged. When I’m working on a project I tend to reach for what’s most familiar, thinking if I experiment with something it will take too much…

Technique Tuesdays: Gel-Plate Printing

Gel-plate printing has taken the mixed-media world by storm. Ready-made silicone plates make it incredibly easy to create monoprints with paint, stencils, stamps, and more. A little practice is all it takes to become a pro at printing on gel plates, which can also be made from scratch. Use the following techniques to add unique touches to your…

working with color

Technique Tuesdays: Working With Color

Working with color is what makes our art exciting, what gives it a mood, an energy, and a feeling. We may have our favorite palettes, but when we shake it up a bit and try something new, breakthroughs happen. It’s like seeing the world with new eyes. Exploring color is something artists naturally love to…

Studio Saturdays: Mixed-Media Weaving

One of the hottest trends in the mixed-media world might surprise you—it’s weaving. At the recent Association for Creative Industries show (formerly the Craft & Hobby Association), I saw all types of new small, easy-to-use looms that can be used with a variety of fun and funky materials. If you’ve never tried weaving, or haven’t…

Trend Alert: Mixed-Media Home Decor

If your home and studio need a little sprucing up this spring, pick up the March/April 2017 issue of Cloth Paper Scissors magazine and get inspired. I’m so excited about this issue, because it’s all about creating mixed-media home decor, using the techniques and skills you love to create beautiful items for your home. Think…

Technique Tuesdays: Fabric Art

Fabric art brings appealing qualities to mixed media: texture, dimension, shape, and form. It’s difficult not to touch a piece of textile art, as our hands want to explore all the interesting things our eyes see. Fabric is so accessible that it’s easy to put it front and center, or add it to mixed-media art, whether…

visual texture

Studio Saturdays: Creating Visual Texture

One thing that keeps me enamored with mixed-media art is texture. I love all the roughness, bumps, patina, and grit that give artwork depth. Visual texture has the same effect—there’s nothing I like more than lingering over a piece, taking in the layers of color, pattern, and shape. Texture is so much a part of mixed…

Valentine’s Day Project: Tangle-Inspired Valentine

I am an unapologetic sappy romantic, and I love Valentine’s Day. I’ll use any excuse to let my friends and family know how much they mean to me, and I especially like to show them by giving handmade gifts. This year I made a tangle-inspired Valentine with paper clay, using a tangle design from my sketchbook. I…

Art books for the holidays

Art Books for the Holidays: Can’t-Miss Gifts

There may be no better gift for an artist than art books that feature the latest and greatest techniques. Since artists thrive on getting inspired by new ideas, a book lets the recipient know that you don’t just believe in their talent, you also support their creative pursuits—and that says a lot. Trust me. With that in…