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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!

The Keys to Color for Watercolor Painting

As part of my never-ending, insatiable desire to learn all about art and creating, I was thrilled to view Danielle Donaldson’s new video, The Art of Creative Watercolor: Color Schemes. I enjoyed seeing her perspective and watercolor techniques, such as color selection, blending, shading, definition, and adding small details. No matter your experience level, Danielle…

How to Turn an Art Journal Page into a Pillow

There are lots of ways to incorporate your artwork into your home decor, but here’s an idea you may not have thought of before: turn one of your art journal pages into a pillow! Kim Dellow shows you how in this project from our May/June 2017 issue of Cloth Paper Scissors magazine. Go through your…

Make Oracle Card Journals with Cathy Nichols

I have always been drawn to water, specifically the ocean. So, when I started planning this post for this Art Lesson, which deals with archetypes and their meaning, I decided to see if there were creatures of the sea that had any ties to creativity. In this quest, I discovered that whales are associated with compassion,…

Drawing Composition Techniques You Need Today

My favorite part of the art process has to be the “ah-ha” moment, when ideas suddenly coalesce, techniques make sense, and you experience that breakthrough. I had that creative epiphany the other day while trying Barbara Roth’s drawing composition techniques from her article “Mixed-Media Drawing Buffet” in the March/April 2018 issue of Cloth Paper Scissors…

Backstage Pass: The Art of Letterpress

The thick, cushy paper, deep tactile impression, and crisp design of a letterpress print demands to be touched, held, and stroked. No wonder letterpress printing, despite the higher cost, is in high demand for invitations and stationery. Even die-hard tech enthusiasts are embracing this tactile art form. Cara Underwood, founder of Underwood Letterpress in San…

Dog vs. Cat handmade toy debate

Dog vs. Cat – A Handmade Toy Debate

A debate as old as time: fancy feline or darling doggy? It’s about as polarizing a debate as any. When it comes to our four-legged family members we sit firmly in our opinions, but what if we introduce something handmade to the equation. Does that change the scenario? Enter the Zoo Crew toy animal debate.…

Tutorial: Stitch a Tiny Textured Landscape

Want to create a mixed-media landscape? In this tutorial from our March/April 2014 issue of Cloth Paper Scissors, artist Colleen Ansbaugh shows you how to combine stitching, fibers, and embellishments to create colorful textured landscapes! These tiny landscapes are only about 3″ x 4″ each, so they’re perfect for experimenting and trying out new techniques. Felted & Stitched Landscapes by…

Watercolor Techniques from Danielle Donaldson: Your New Bliss

If watercolor isn’t part of your mixed-media playbook, now is the time to add it. Danielle Donaldson has a new kit that includes a book and videos all about watercolor techniques, and they are exactly what you need to shake up your routine and discover what you’ve been missing. Color, composition, storytelling—it’s all here, and…

Make a Deck of Art Cards

Spring is a great time for a studio recharge, and one of my favorite tasks is creating a deck of art cards. This is one of those projects that you can take in a million different directions, and I’ll give you some fun ideas for different types of decks. Today we’ll make a deck of…

6 Creative Studio Organization Tips

There’s no better time than spring to clear out the cobwebs, paper scraps, and stray threads from your studio and get things organized! Studio organization is essential for stress-free creativity; there’s nothing worse than spending a half-hour searching for that perfect rusty key for an assemblage. For imaginative storage ideas, we always look to the…