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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 Saturdays: Storytelling With Art

Storytelling with art is one of the most satisfying aspects of creating. Mixed-media artists reveal their narratives so many different ways–through collage, abstracts, portraits, assemblage, and textile art. I love telling stories through my artwork, and today I’m going to tell you about a great mixed-media storytelling project that you can be part of, starting…

Art by Terri Branstrom

Mixed-Media Weaving Reader Challenge Finalists

Announcing the finalists for our Mixed-Media Weaving reader challenge. Congratulations to the following artists: Terri Branstrom • Munith, MI Susan Auburn • Richmond, VA Aisling Hassett • County Tipperary, Ireland Marcia McCormack • Lake Forest, CA Linda Wagner • Lakewood, WA Michel A. Puckett • Columbus, OH Amanda Kuykendall • Spartanburg, SC Diane C. Evans…

Technique Tuesdays: Ink Techniques

Think ink, and so many different types come to mind: acrylic, India, stamping, printing, spray, and walnut. All are perfect for mixed media, since ink techniques encompass a range of looks and styles that work for art journaling, collage, lettering, and printing. Add lettering with a dip, fountain, or artist’s pen and calligraphy ink; stamp images…

Studio Saturdays: Doodle Art

The words “doodle” and “art” most definitely belong side-by-side–just check out the fantastic doodle art of Joanne Sharpe. She combines fanciful artwork, unique lettering, and vibrant color in such an incredible way that you can’t take your eyes away from her work. She has a new book, Doodle Art and Lettering With Joanne Sharpe, and it…

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Acrylic Painting: Captivating Color that Inspires

As a mixed-media artist, no doubt acrylic painting is a considerable part of your technique arsenal. Whether you use it to add ribbons of vivid shades to art journal pages, soft background washes to collage, or fanciful neon details to hand-painted letters, it’s your go-to color medium. Have you ever thought of what acrylic paint…

Nancy Reyner's Perfect Paintings Collection will take your artwork from good to great, and you’ll love the process.

Create Perfect Paintings and Become a Better Artist

You’re humming along in your mixed-media practice, when suddenly—boom!—you hit a wall. The artwork you used to love suddenly looks like it’s had the life sucked out of it. And you don’t know why. You feel like giving up. Don’t. We have what you need, and trust me—you need this in your life. Nancy Reyner’s…

Make Waves with Leather and Metal By Melissa Cable

Technique Tuesday: Make Waves with this Leather and Metal Bracelet

Leather has been popping up in mixed-media jewelry everywhere, from wrap bracelets to custom jewelry. This leather bracelet was inspired by a particular product, a stretch jewelry cord called Fashion Stretch from Beadsmith®. Combine this wondrous chord with supple leather and voila, a wave effect you will absolutely love. This technique might not be one…

A Story Circle is a wonderful way to tell a story, whether that rendering is abstract or realistic.

Personal Mandalas Watercolor Kit

I’m so excited to tell you about a new mixed-media art bundle that’s going to change your life. Okay, that’s a bit of an exaggeration, but the Personal Mandalas Watercolor Kit is special, and let me tell you why. The centerpiece of this kit is the new book Creating Personal Mandalas: Story Circle Techniques in…

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A NEW PURPOSE FOR STUDIO SCRAPS

Collage Stories: Inspired by Vintage Catalog Cards by Jane LaFazio Years ago, when I was working as a teaching artist in a nearby elementary school, the library was clearing out books. Rather than grabbing the books, I took all the book registration cards. I love the consistent size and vintage look, and I knew I…

Studio Saturdays: Tea Bag Art

Suddenly, I’m seeing tea bag art everywhere. My interest was piqued with Irene Rafael’s fantastic article in the March/April 2017 issue of Cloth Paper Scissors magazine on painting portraits on tea bags. Yes. Portraits. On tea bags. If you haven’t seen it, go grab the issue now. Or download it. Irene’s miniature paintings on little…