All posts by Natalie Nettles

Use Acrylic Paint Skins to Make Abstract Flowers

What do you do with leftover acrylic paint skins? If your answer is “toss them,” get ready, because this post is about to change that! In the September/October 2017 issue of Cloth Paper Scissors, artist Staci Swider shared a superb idea for transforming leftover dried acrylic paint skins into vibrant abstract flower collages. Follow Staci’s…

Raid the Toy Box for this Recycled Jewelry Project

You’ll have to look closely to spot the upcycled components in this fun piece. I combined common jewelry components with a few non-traditional items, such as rubber washers, checkers, and nail polish for a clever spin on this recycled jewelry project. Materials Hole punch pliers, 2mm Checkers game pieces, 2 Acrylic paint (I used DecoArt®…

Printmaking in 3-D: Make Mini Mixed-Media Houses

Artist Lisa Kessler was experiencing a bout of creative block when a friend offered her some scrap lumber. She immediately envisioned the scraps as little house shapes and imagined using carving block sketches to decorate the surface of the wood! Follow Lisa’s tutorial from the May/June 2010 issue of Cloth Paper Scissors to try out…

Create a Stylish Mixed-Media Collage with Words

Have you been bitten by the collage paper bug yet? Susan Black has, and her bold and unique artwork is sure to inspire you. In this article from our September/October 2012 issue of Cloth Paper Scissors magazine, Susan shows you how to create a stylish mixed-media collage by combining typography with pattern and paper, then…

Handmade Holiday: The Best Gifts to Give

It’s never too early to start thinking about handmade holiday gifts! Making something by hand for your loved ones is the ultimate way to say you care. So leave yourself enough time to plan and create without pressure—and by all means, consult these fantastic books and videos. They have everything you need to get started…

Recycled Art Idea: Make Shrines from Cardboard

There is something thrilling about taking items meant for the recycling bin and turning them into a work of art. Recently our recycling company changed its policies, and we can no longer recycle cardboard that is not corrugated. While this was initially frustrating, I soon saw it as an opportunity. Cardboard is perfect for building…

How to Make Easy Pet Portraits

If you’re a pet owner, your art portfolio likely includes a piece or two inspired by your pet. But have you honored your special companion with an official pet portrait? In this easy tutorial from artist Jane LaFazio, learn how to use a photograph of your pet to create an original fabric painting. This article…

Trend Alert: Add Marbling to Your Art Repertoire

Marbling is a fast-growing trend in mixed media, and a new generation of paints makes it easy to decorate almost any surface with beautiful swirled color. Marbling involves floating paint on the surface of a water bath to create multicolored designs, and then placing items into the paint to embellish them. Marabu’s Easy Marble paints…

How to Make a Mixed-Media Messenger Bag

Looking for the perfect bag to carry on all your travels near and far? This messenger bag decorated by Tracie Lyn Huskamp is just the ticket. To make it, you’ll take a store-bought messenger bag and put your own special spin on it using a variety of mixed-media art techniques. Tracie will even show you how…

Make a Vibrant Botanical Collage

Artist Susan Black makes wonderfully vibrant collages inspired by flowers and floral motifs—and in this article, she’ll show you how to create your own. Susan starts with coffee-stained watercolor paper, then layers simple geometric shapes cut from tissue paper with bits of ephemera, doodle-style drawing, and mark making. Ready to get started? Follow Susan’s instructions for…