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Energize Your Artwork with Natural Texture

When I’m taking a walk in the woods or strolling on the beach, I’m aware of the colors of nature, but also the look and feel of natural texture: glossy leaves, velvety moss, rugged boulders, and spiky grasses. Nathalie Kalbach is a fan of texture too, and she interprets it in the coolest, most unique…

Day of the Dead Necklace Tutorial

Día de Los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is a day that celebrates deceased friends and family members through prayers, remembrances, and shrines decorated in their honor. Our September/October 2014 issue of Cloth Paper Scissors magazine featured a number of projects inspired by the festive holiday, including this textured metal sugar skull necklace designed by artist…

Tutorial: Turn Your Hand Lettering Into Art

True story: If it weren’t for Joanne Sharpe, I probably would never have attempted hand lettering. My pathetic attempts at calligraphy convinced me that lettering wasn’t my thing, but the day I discovered Joanne’s techniques I realized that my own handwriting wasn’t just good enough for hand lettering—it was perfect. Yes, perfect. That’s not bragging,…

Studio Saturday: Stitching Art Journal Pages

If you’ve never tried stitching art journal pages before, today is the day! Stitching is a wonderfully creative technique for art journals, and in the hands of one artist that technique is taken to a whole new level. When I first saw Brooke Albrecht’s stitched journal pages I fell in love with her unique folk…

A Flea Market Adventure, Mixed-Media Style

Cloth Paper Scissors went on the road recently to attend the Brimfield Antique Flea Market, an outdoor market so enormous that it’s impossible to cover the entire thing in one day, much less two. The goal was to find props for upcoming photo shoots for the magazine and to see what other treasures could be…

Escape the Creative Rut with Staci Swider

We’ve all had our share of artistic ruts, and it’s always nice to have a helping hand to pull us out. To the rescue today is Staci Swider, who loves sharing her amazing mixed-media painting skills through her book, videos, and downloadable projects. In this guest blog, Staci offers great advice on how to get…

How to Make Paper Cloth Flowers Like a Pro

Fall is just around the corner, and that means it’s prime time to infuse some autumn-themed projects into your mixed-media art. If you’re not sure where to begin, look no further than fall’s beautiful blooms for inspiration. In this tutorial from our September/October 2015 issue, artist Diana Trout shows you how to use muslin and…

Fall in Love with Artful Paper Clay

Sometimes you come across an art supply, use it, fall madly in love with it, and wonder, where have you been all my life? That’s my story with paper clay. I didn’t pay much attention—until I read the book Artful Paper Clay: Techniques for Adding Dimension to Your Art by Rogene Mañas. What I discovered changed…

Studio Saturday: Shrink Plastic Jewelry for Grown-Ups

I say shrink plastic, you say…been there, done that? I’ll bet you haven’t seen shrink plastic turned into this: fun, whimsical, and sophisticated beads that will completely change your mind about what shrink plastic can be. This isn’t kid stuff—it’s shrink plastic for grown-ups. When I was at the Craft and Hobby Association trade show…

Art Studio Glimpse: Gina Lee Kim

Welcome to our third installment for Gina Lee Kim week! Gina is a talented watercolorist and mixed-media artist, and today she takes us on a tour of her studio, which features fun storage ideas, beautiful color, and lots of room to create! ~ Jeannine An art studio, for me, is not just an area for art-making,…