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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!

Inktober: A Community Gallery

October is also Inktober, a month-long event where artists challenge themselves to create an ink drawing a day for 31 days and share their work using the hashtag #Inktober. We asked members of our Cloth Paper Scissors community to show us what they were working on, and we received some amazing artwork! First up is…

Create a Hand-Lettered Sign for Fall

In the Cloth Paper Scissors October Lettering Lesson Jen Wagner, author of Happy Hand Lettering, shares how she created a hand-lettered sign for fall, using a chalk pen. I love playing with hand lettering, so I couldn’t let this opportunity to try something new pass me by. Bonus: Jen provides a 12-page Lettering Guide in…

Tutorial: Make a Paper-Cut Menu Tent

Planning a party or special gathering? Take your table decor up a notch with a paper-cut menu tent that’s both practical and fashionable. In the step-by-step tutorial below, artist Paige E. Martin shows you how to add extra dimension to a menu tent with easy paper cutouts and collaged papers. Whether you’re creating for a birthday…

Digital Magazine Collections and Zombies

To go digital or not to go digital—that’s the question readers of Cloth Paper Scissors at some point ask themselves. I know that most of you hang onto the print edition of the magazine, and I’m the same way. Even before I became part of the Cloth Paper Scissors family, I kept every single back…

Studio Saturday: Encaustic Art and the Best Day Ever

My first impression of encaustic art was that it was incredibly beautiful, but I wasn’t sure I wanted to start working with wax. Was it really that amazing? The short answer is an emphatic yes, as my colleague and I discovered on a recent field trip to the studio of artist Nancy Tobey, who showed…

New Seth Apter Kit in the House!

Have you ever admired another artist’s work and felt so lucky when they shared their techniques? That’s how I feel every time Seth Apter releases a video—it’s like he’s letting us into his secret technique vault. Good news: We have a brand new exclusive Mixed Media Techniques with Seth Apter kit that includes two new…

11 Spooky Mixed-Media Halloween Ideas

Looking for fun mixed-media Halloween projects to create? You’ve come to the right place! When we asked readers to make fall holiday-themed works of mixed-media art for a “Skeletons in Your Closet” challenge to feature in our September/October 2009 issue of Cloth Paper Scissors magazine, we didn’t know what to expect. Crispy leaves and plump pumpkins?…

Become a Confident Artist with Lettering & Art Lessons

Don’t you love getting lost in a mixed-media project, so much that you lose track of time in that zone of happiness? That’s what happens when you dive into our Art Lessons and Lettering Lessons, monthly downloads that offer a deep exploration into a mixed-media technique or hand lettering style. Whether you’re a beginner, intermediate, or advanced…

Studio Saturday: Selling at Art and Craft Fairs

I’m going to skip the I-can’t-believe-it’s-October-already exasperation and go straight to the reality that the holidays are almost here. If you’re thinking about selling at art and craft fairs, yay! Selling your artwork can be extremely rewarding, and I’ve learned a ton from setting up shop at holiday markets. Today I’d love to share some…

The Inktober Challenge is Here!

We’re into the first few days of the Inktober drawing challenge—have you joined yet? This month artists are challenging themselves to create an ink drawing each day, and we’re excited to see what people are creating. Art challenges are a great way to build up a daily creative habit and improve your skills, and this…