All posts by Natalie Nettles

Studio Spotlight: Ali Manning

Ali Manning’s studio is all about the big picture—and well-planned details. The big picture is where her workspace is located: Western Avenue Studios in Lowell, Massachusetts, a five-acre artist complex that includes three brick mill buildings converted into work and live/work lofts. The details are what this book artist brings to her space that make…

Playful Hand Lettering with Joanne Sharpe

Since I wrote my first book, The Art of Whimsical Lettering, readers and hand letterers have been looking for complete alphabet samplers. What better way to showcase 55 lettering styles than to combine them in one book! My new book, Artful Alphabets: 55 Inspiring Hand Lettering Techniques and Ideas, offers fun, creative possibilities for making words…

Paper Flowers: Make a Blooming Rosebud Topiary

Paper flowers are such fun to create, and there are so many different types and variations you can make! In this tutorial from our I {Heart} Paper special issue, designer Tracy Houser shows you how to create a beautiful blooming paper rosebud topiary. This elegant work of paper art makes the perfect centerpiece for a…

A Study in Patterns with Gina Lee Kim

Every artist has their own approach to starting a new art journal. Gina Lee Kim has a somewhat unconventional method; she likes to start at the back of the book, with a few pages dedicated to pattern studies. In this article from our May/June 2014 issue of Cloth Paper Scissors magazine, Gina shares her process…

How to Create Doodled Clay Jewelry

Want to combine your love of doodling and jewelry making? Kari McKnight Holbrook has a fun way to do that! Follow her tutorial for creating doodled polymer clay jewelry; this project also appears in our summer 2015 issue of Zen Doodle Workshop. Doodled Clay Jewelry by Kari McKnight Holbrook I’m an artist who really enjoys getting…

Embracing Imperfection in Your Artwork

An artist’s journal is a place where secrets are spilled, mistakes can be made, new techniques are explored, and beauty is revealed. In my own creative journey I have found that my journal is one of the most powerful tools in my growth as an artist. There was a time when a new journal with…

Create Colorful Zen Pop Art with Jodi Ohl

Want to take your doodle art up a notch? Turn it into colorful pop art by incorporating spray inks, PanPastels, and shimmery pigments! Artist Jodi Ohl shows you how in this technique tutorial from our spring 2016 issue of Zen Doodle magazine. Zen Pop Art by Jodi Ohl When I’m doodling I find my happy place…

Make Inspiration Blocks with Danielle Donaldson

This adapted excerpt from Danielle Donaldson’s new book The Art of Creative Watercolor: Inspiration & Techniques for Imaginative Drawing and Painting shows how to make Inspiration Blocks, a collection of paper and fabric scraps sewn together that serves as a catalyst for mixed-media art. These blocks are easy to make, and can be added to…

The Keys to Color for Watercolor Painting

As part of my never-ending, insatiable desire to learn all about art and creating, I was thrilled to view Danielle Donaldson’s new video, The Art of Creative Watercolor: Color Schemes. I enjoyed seeing her perspective and watercolor techniques, such as color selection, blending, shading, definition, and adding small details. No matter your experience level, Danielle…

How to Turn an Art Journal Page into a Pillow

There are lots of ways to incorporate your artwork into your home decor, but here’s an idea you may not have thought of before: turn one of your art journal pages into a pillow! Kim Dellow shows you how in this project from our May/June 2017 issue of Cloth Paper Scissors magazine. Go through your…