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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!

Studio Glimpse: Doreen Kassel

Today we get a look inside the studio of Doreen Kassel, author of the new book Lush Life Creative Coloring: Organic Worlds to Explore, Color and Embellish. Doreen’s book goes beyond most coloring books to include fantastic mixed-media techniques for enhancing the pages, such as using stencils, creating a wash, etching patterns, and more, along…

Studio Saturdays: Tin Foil Art

Who knew that your kitchen was a great source for art supplies? Contributors to Cloth Paper Scissors magazine, apparently, because they keep coming up with incredible artwork using materials from everyone’s favorite room in the house. This week’s Studio Saturday project is tin foil art inspired by Lisa Thorpe’s article in the May/June 2017 issue ,…

Painting with watercolor isn’t as scary as I thought!

Painting with Watercolor

Painting with watercolor is very popular right now among mixed-media artists, and although it can be a bit intimidating, I just love the look. In No Excuses Watercolor, Painting Techniques for Sketching and Journaling author Gina Rossi Armfield, Gina shows how to take control and get the results you want with watercolor paint—even beginners will…

Technique Tuesdays: Paper Lanterns with Helen Hiebert

Looking for a fun new project? Try your hand at making paper lanterns! In this tutorial from our March/April ’17 issue of Cloth Paper Scissors, artist Helen Hiebert walks you step-by-step through the process of making beautiful Japanese-inspired paper lanterns. By finessing the collaged paper, you can turn this project into a true piece of…

magazine holders

Tutorial: Mixed-Media Magazine Holders

We’re having a fantastic Memorial Day sale on some of our favorite back issues of Cloth Paper Scissors magazine, and to make these deals even sweeter, I’ve created some fun tutorials for making decorative mixed-media magazine holders! Using techniques found in some of these magazines, you can have one-of-a-kind holders to store Cloth Paper Scissors.…

Studio Saturdays: Metal Patina

I love feeling like a creative scientist in my studio. Trying new image transfer techniques, making sun prints, experimenting with different dyeing methods—the processes are so satisfying. Creating metal patina ranks high on my alchemy list, and that’s why I love the Jewelry Box column in the May/June 2017 issue of Cloth Paper Scissors—it’s all…

Allison on green paper

Connecting Lettering with Patterns

I love playing with letters. They are so easy to transform with the addition of lines, shapes, and color. Even imperfectly formed letters become artful with a few extra strokes of a pen or brush. Every month I am inspired to add to my lettering repertoire with ideas and techniques for drawing and altering letters…

Adventures in Artist Trading Cards

In my new book, Artful Adventures in Mixed Media, I show different ways that observations and experiences can be turned into works of art. Wherever I go, one of the things I am always on the lookout for is texture. When I was in Chile last year I went to Valparaíso, a city that is…

Studio Saturdays: A New Take on Photo Transfers

An image transfer is an image transfer is an image transfer, right? Nope. Not only are no two image transfers the same, but artists are always coming up with new ways to render transferred images and turn them into art. Case in point: the May 2017 Art Lesson, Layering with Photo Transfers. The techniques are…