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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!

Painting Techniques that Make You Trust Your Gut

I’m guessing there is no shortage of acrylic paint in your workspace. Mine either. Since I frequently use paint in my mixed-media art I’m always looking for new painting techniques and ideas, just to make sure things don’t get stagnant. Feeling like I needed to shake up my routine, I opted for a project in…

Inside the Mind of Assemblage Artist Jen Hardwick

We’ve all marveled at pieces of spectacular artwork and wished to know more about how they were created. In this column from our January/February 2015 issue of Cloth Paper Scissors magazine, mixed-media assemblage artist Jen Hardwick gives us a glimpse into her inspirations and artistic process. We hope her story inspires you in your own assemblage…

Discover Mixed-Media Abstract Art in our March/April Issue!

Are you a trend follower? I’m a little obsessed when it comes to keeping up with trends in mixed-media art, and I consider it one of the most fun aspects of my job. I see trends as more than just mindless fads; there’s usually something interesting behind a shift toward one thing or another. For…

5 Ways to Get Out of Your Creative Comfort Zone

Living in your comfort zone is nice, isn’t it? Feels great. But after a while, that cozy place can get a little stifling. Something inside you says you need to see what else is out there, even if finding your way around can be challenging. There are great rewards to be had if you break…

Free Valentine’s Day Downloads from Rae Missigman

Valentine’s Day is all about love, and in that spirit we’ve got some free Valentine-themed downloads created just for you by mixed-media artist Rae Missigman. We are enamored with Rae’s vibrant, layered style, and these images are perfect for this special day, and beyond. Included in the collection are a heart, a pair of wings,…

Paper Hearts: A Step-by-Step Tutorial

We love incorporating heart designs into our art—not only on Valentine’s Day, but any day of the year. This 3-D paper hearts project designed by Jenn Mason was featured on the cover of our special issue, Paper Art. It’s a beautiful piece of art you can give to a loved one or display in a…

Exploring Color: Unlocking the Secrets

Color is such a significant part of mixed-media art that I sometimes take it for granted. But while making a collage recently my attitude toward color changed, thanks to two different color resources—a book and video—that played a major role. Both helped me create a piece in which exploring color played a huge part, taking…

4 Ideas for Starting an Art Journal Page

Studio Saturday is on a short break. Please enjoy this blog post, portions of which were previously published on our sister site,  ArtistsNetwork! ~ Jeannine We can all agree that when it comes to art journaling, we loathe the blank page, yes? Starting an art journal page with a few ideas ready to go is…

Watercolor Lettering that Brings Your Words to Life

Show me a cool hand lettering technique that’s easy, looks amazing, and has lots of applications, and I’m all over it. Currently, I’m all over Danielle Donaldson’s amazing watercolor lettering technique that she shows in her video Watercolor Words, part of our Whimsical Watercolor Digital Collection. This beautiful, loose, dreamy, artful method of painting words is…

Valentine Cards: Fall in Love with Foiling

Want to add some shimmer to your mixed-media Valentine cards? Try foiling! In this article from our January/February 2016 issue of Cloth Paper Scissors magazine, artist Diana Trout shares easy ways to add foil to handmade cards. You can also use these techniques in other mixed-media paper art projects: journal pages, collage—the possibilities are endless. Foiled Again…