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Here you’ll find sneak peeks into the newest goings-on, including hot-off-the-press books and DVDs from your favorite authors, exclusive webinars, behind-the-scenes happenings, and, of course, mixed-media art techniques from the pros!

A Story Circle is a wonderful way to tell a story, whether that rendering is abstract or realistic.

Personal Mandalas Watercolor Kit

I’m so excited to tell you about a new mixed-media art bundle that’s going to change your life. Okay, that’s a bit of an exaggeration, but the Personal Mandalas Watercolor Kit is special, and let me tell you why. The centerpiece of this kit is the new book Creating Personal Mandalas: Story Circle Techniques in…

Studio Saturdays: Tea Bag Art

Suddenly, I’m seeing tea bag art everywhere. My interest was piqued with Irene Rafael’s fantastic article in the March/April 2017 issue of Cloth Paper Scissors magazine on painting portraits on tea bags. Yes. Portraits. On tea bags. If you haven’t seen it, go grab the issue now. Or download it. Irene’s miniature paintings on little…

Book plus Art

BOOK + ART by Dorothy Simpson Krause: A Glimpse Inside

Book + Art: Handcrafting Artists’ Books by Dorothy Simpson Krause is a fantastic introduction to book art, a blend of design, function, and communication that offers artists a unique way to express themselves. Learn how to make books by hand, discover the best tools and materials, and get ideas for compelling content. No matter what…

Jump Start by Julie Fei-Fan Balzer

Jumpstart: Design Stamp Wear

For the “Jumpstart” column in January/February 2017 Cloth Paper Scissors, we asked Julie Fei-Fan Balzer to show us how to create wearable artwork using foam stamps. Here’s Julie: DESIGN, STAMP, WEAR by Julie Fei-Fan Balzer I take great pleasure in making art that I can wear. Perhaps it’s the show-off inside of me, but I love…

April Lettering Lesson: Lettering with a Painting Pen

Have you ever been intrigued by a new mixed-media tool, but you just can’t bring yourself to try it on your own? That’s one reason I love taking classes—they’re the perfect place to test out new supplies and techniques. The same is true for Cloth Paper Scissors Lettering Lessons, especially the new April lesson on…

Studio Saturdays: Layered Fabric

Fabric has always been an essential element in my mixed-media work, and when I discover a new technique that includes it, I’m over the moon. Betz White’s layered fabric pillow in the March/April 2017 issue of Cloth Paper Scissors magazine has so much depth and detail that I had to make a date with my…

Technique Tuesday: Handmade Studio Decor

If your creative space is a corner of a room, a refurbished basement, or a funky loft, it deserves a little sprucing up. Spring is the perfect time to put supplies in order and clear some space for more mixed-media projects. Why not create a few custom handmade studio decor pieces that will help you stretch…

Venetian plaster art

Studio Saturdays: Venetian Plaster Art

I was going to start this Studio Saturday post by telling you how wonderful the March Art Lesson is. I’m still going to do that, but I’ll sum it up in three words: Venetian plaster art. Wait, make it five: mixed-media Venetian plaster art. I’m sure Venetian plaster and I would never have entered into…

The Elements of Handmade Books

What others throw away, artists see as creative gold. In The Elemental Journal: Composing Artful Expressions From Items Cast Aside, author Tammy Kushnir takes old clothes, twigs, cardboard boxes, and more, and turns them into stunning handmade books that hold thoughts, secrets, desires, and dreams. In this excerpt, learn how to turn plain acrylic sheets into…

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…