All posts by Tamara Schmiege

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Casting Call by Mandy Russell

Mandy Russell discovered a product called ComposiMold, a meltable, reusable mold-making material, and shares what she learned in our May/June 2017 issue of Cloth Paper Scissors. Always on the lookout for new ways to add real texture and dimension to her journal pages, she devised a way to make fast, skin-like molds, allowing her to…

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The Whatevers

Vicki Chrisman, Nathalie Kalbach, and Catherine Scanlon founded a storytelling project in 2012. Fascinated with vintage photos of people, they decided to create stories for the people in the photos. They called these characters the Whatevers, and picked one photo per month to use in their artwork. They shared their art and stories on their…

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Mixed-Media Flowers Reader Challenge Results

We invited readers to create mixed-media flowers, and the variety we received amazed us. Welcoming spring in a wonderfully creative way, our readers used everything from metal and fabric to knitting, encaustic, and more. There were even flowers made of mushrooms, lichen, and seeds. Sadly, there were far too many to include in the May/June…

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Artist Profile: Chris Cozen

Chris Cozen was our “Artist Profile” in the May/June 2017 issue of Cloth Paper Scissors. Chris is all about color, and enjoys sharing her creative ideas and techniques with others—teaching, and in books and videos. Her vibrant canvases and positive attitude are uplifting and inspirational. We were thrilled to share her story and her art.…

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A Creative Way to Use Tin Foil

In the May/June 2017 issue of Cloth Paper Scissors, Lisa Thorpe shared a creative way to use tin foil. Yes, the same wrap you use in your kitchen. When Lisa doesn’t have the metallic element she wants for a piece of art, she makes it. Items that work best for this technique have interesting texture,…

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Grafix® Double Tack Mounting Film

In our “A Look At” column the May/June 2017 issue of Cloth Paper Scissors, Darlene Olivia McElroy shared a variety of techniques for using Grafix® Double Tack Mounting Film to add texture to your artwork. Here are a few more options for you to try. To begin, die cut a shape from the Double Tack…

Color Is the Language of Mother Nature

The Bible for Every Artist Who Loves All the Colors of the Color Wheel Color is what you make it. It can be sensitive, explosive, dreamlike, atmospheric, somber, or cheerful. It can make you feel all of those things too! As artistic observers, we drink in the landscape and Mother Nature herself through color. We…

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How to Inspire Creativity and Change the World

Desire to Inspire: Using Creative Passion to Transform the World Christine Mason Miller Your heart will burst open reading the pages of this beautiful ebook by Christine Mason Miller. Filled with inspiration from her colleagues, mentors, and friends, the pages inspire creativity in new and profound ways! If your soul is yearning for motivation, if…