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Free July Downloads: Seth Apter’s Collage Elements

We have something truly special for you today—free downloadable collage elements from our Artist of the Month, Seth Apter! Seth has provided some incredible collage elements for you to use in your artwork, and these images are perfect for art journal pages, collage, cards, tags, and books. All you have to do is download them,…

On-the-Road Art Experiments: The Good and the Bad

Creating art while traveling is adventurous and exciting. But it’s also something you should carefully plan and prepare for, so you don’t get stuck with a supply disaster miles away from home. Here, artists Susan Andrews and Carolyn Fellman share their good and bad experiences with taking art on the road. Their expert tips will…

Jane Davenport’s Altered Book Art Journal

When I embarked on creating a year of Art Lessons for Cloth Paper Scissors, I decided to make a special journey of it. I created all of the tutorials in one altered book art journal for the Supply Stash Series. I love creating in books! Having one spot that spans a multitude of moods and…

Total Abstraction: Paint Your Own Abstract Masterpiece

“Summertime is all about the sunshine and the outdoors. It’s our chance to put away the dark palette of winter and pull out some light and bright colors. After viewing an exhibition of Richard Diebenkorn’s Ocean Park series, I was enchanted with his cool and fun palette of colors. In this project I borrow both…

Found-Paper Dresses: Turn Papers into Frocks

“A small project like these dresses is a great way to use up some of my smaller scraps of paper. I look for inspiring papers everywhere, and have found great patterns on the insides of envelopes! Think about the composition of the piece, and how the different patterns and colors on the found papers work…

Juice Box Printing: Monotypes from Recycled Materials

“Years ago, when I was unable to go to my studio because I was recovering from surgery, I realized that the inner material of a juice box could be a good surface for printing. This printing process is quick, simple to learn and to make, sustainable, and the finished print can be an unforgettable gift…

How to Build a Painting

“When I become a hunter-gatherer and seek out unusual materials for my artwork, I discover new sources of inspiration. This project can make cleaning out the garage or storage closet fun and exciting. I love using up leftover products from other projects. I find that they spark my imagination, and I feel more freedom to…

Fanciful Creatures in Paper Clay

“I love seeing the unique personalities of my little beasties develop throughout the creative process. Paper clay allows the one-of-a-kind, handmade quality I desire to show through. It is an easily sculpted material, and so versatile because so many surface textures and decorations can be used. I never tire of experimenting and trying out new…

Game On: Make a Found-Object Necklace

“As a jewelry designer, I see trends come and go. One trend that seems to have staying power is the long tassel necklace, which I absolutely love. With this particular project, I challenged myself to incorporate various found objects without them looking as such. I visited my local thrift store and poked around closets in…

The Hand-Stitched Diary

“A diary offers us a place to express our feelings without judgment or worry. But feelings don’t always have to be expressed in words. I began keeping a diary that incorporated hand stitching and textiles about three years ago. As a lover of hand stitching, I find the connection between needle and thread and the…