All posts by Natalie Nettles

Inside the Mind of Assemblage Artist Jen Hardwick

We’ve all marveled at pieces of spectacular artwork and wished to know more about how they were created. In this column from our January/February 2015 issue of Cloth Paper Scissors magazine, mixed-media assemblage artist Jen Hardwick gives us a glimpse into her inspirations and artistic process. We hope her story inspires you in your own assemblage…

Paper Hearts: A Step-by-Step Tutorial

We love incorporating heart designs into our art—not only on Valentine’s Day, but any day of the year. This 3-D paper hearts project designed by Jenn Mason was featured on the cover of our special issue, Paper Art. It’s a beautiful piece of art you can give to a loved one or display in a…

Valentine Cards: Fall in Love with Foiling

Want to add some shimmer to your mixed-media Valentine cards? Try foiling! In this article from our January/February 2016 issue of Cloth Paper Scissors magazine, artist Diana Trout shares easy ways to add foil to handmade cards. You can also use these techniques in other mixed-media paper art projects: journal pages, collage—the possibilities are endless. Foiled Again…

The Winding Road to Creating Art Full Time

Until age 33, I often said I didn’t have an artistic bone in my body. In my family, I was viewed as the unartistic one and was told that I should be a counselor or teacher, but not an artist. My unexpected path to becoming an artist began as a way to relieve stress from…

A Q&A with Artist Sabine Pick

Calligraphy and collage artist Sabine Pick’s lettering tells stories in curves, lines, and smudges. Simple words and phrases, full of movement and texture, exude emotion. Pick’s letters marry calligraphy and art, raising lettering to new heights. We hope you enjoy her story and her “perfectly imperfect” art. Meet Sabine Pick My first hand-lettering attempt was:…

How to Make a Paper Feather Wreath

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and that means it’s the perfect time to incorporate hearts into your mixed-media artwork. This lovely heart-shaped paper feather wreath was designed by artist Julie Fei-Fan Balzer and featured on the cover of our special issue, I {Heart} Paper. Follow Julie’s tutorial below to create your own! Feather…

A Dozen Daring Mixed-Media Techniques

We try to pack as many fantastic mixed-media techniques and tips into each issue of Cloth Paper Scissors as we can, giving you the best creative buffet to choose from. We thought these dozen techniques from the January/February 2018 issue were so special they deserved some extra attention. The best thing is, you can start incorporating…

How to Be a More Confident Artist

As a lifelong abstract painter, textile designer, graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, author, and creativity enabler, I have many ideas about helping you be a more confident artist. First, I’d tell you to take a class. Pick your passion—beading, painting, pottery, figure drawing. I always encourage people to sign up today for a…

How to Make Inspirational Word Beads

Want to fashion a piece of jewelry out of metal? Kate Richbourg’s beginner-friendly tutorial for creating inspirational word beads is a great place to start. These beads are the perfect spot to stamp your Word of the Year or artful resolutions, and wearing the beads is bound to help you keep those intentions in mind…

Get Hooked on Handmade Books

Growing up in India, I remember my father making simple three-hole pamphlet-bound books for us to practice vocabulary exercises. Back then I did not know anything about handmade books beyond that simple utilitarian object. It was after I came to the U.S. a few years later that I was exposed to the amazing world of…