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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!

Announcing the Mixed-Media Recipes Reader Challenge Finalists

We are pleased to announce the finalists for our Mixed-Media Recipes reader challenge. Thank you to all who participated in the challenge, and congratulations to the finalists: Amanda Kuykendall • Mooresville, NC Glenna Lundberg • Abbotsford, BC, Canada Indira Govindan • Summit, NJ Roseanne Fox • El Cerrito, CA Carolyn M. Newton • Ellenwood, GA…

Studio Spotlight: Debi Adams

One of our regular articles in Cloth Paper Scissors magazine is Studio Spotlight: a fun feature that gives you a glimpse inside the art studios of some of today’s top mixed-media artists. The following spotlight, also featured in our January/February 2018 issue, highlights the studio of Arizona artist Debi Adams. We hope you enjoy this look…

Creative Resolutions for the New Year

In thinking about my 2018 creative resolutions, I realized that so much of what I do as an artist is visual. What I select to paint, how I mix a color, and how I place elements within a composition all begin with my ability to see. Every day I am aware that my sight is…

Tutorial: Make an Awesome Bingo Planner

A new year calls for a new planner, and this tutorial from Erin Zamrzla will show you how to create your own — mixed-media style, of course! Originally featured in our winter 2015 edition of Pages magazine, the cover of this custom weekly planner is made from vintage bingo card designs. The unique exposed binding is…

Create a Fairy Tale Collage with Cathy Nichols

Cathy Nichols is known for her colorful artwork, and especially for the way she weaves stories into her art. In her January 2018 Art Lesson, Cathy shares how she uses selected words on a book page as a jumping-off point to create her colorful narrative collages. I loved the idea of starting with a book…

Drawing Exercises Every Artist Needs!

We’re starting 2018 with an issue of Cloth Paper Scissors that asks you to challenge yourself. Now, I know that’s not always easy—that’s why it’s called a challenge. But I think if you try some of these projects, you’ll see aspects of your mixed-media art practice change for the better. One of the projects features…

How Artists Document Their Creativity

When contributors’ artwork arrives in our offices we can’t wait to open the boxes and see the treasures inside. Two artists who have projects in our January/February 2018 issue of Cloth Paper Scissors surprised us by including something else in their packages: beautiful postcards and greeting cards featuring fantastic photos of their artwork and tools.…

Top Drawing Techniques You Can’t Live Without

As an avid art journaler and someone who devours new creative processes, I found great value in the video Top 10 Doodle, Drawing and Mark Making Techniques. This compilation video reintroduced me to forgotten drawing techniques, like pen and ink cross hatching, and showed me new ideas to add to my creative tool belt. The…

How to Make a Vision Board That Inspires You

Where do you go when you’re looking for creative motivation? Mixed-media artist Rae Missigman turns to her vision board: a colorful collection of ideas that serves as an artistic prompt and reminds her to create every day. In this tutorial from our January/February 2017 issue of Cloth Paper Scissors magazine, Rae shares a series of techniques you…

The Evolution of Art Journals

Instead of a choosing a word for 2018, I am adopting a phrase: What’s old is new again. This phrase has been echoing through my head for a couple of months, to the point where it was begging to be explored. The phrase applies to several aspects of my life, but with art, it is…