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Studio Saturday: Mail Art Like You’ve Never Seen

Before you embark on your summer travel plans, I have one request: Don’t send commercial postcards. I have a much better idea—send mail art on a postcard. This type of mail art doesn’t require a lot of time, the techniques are crazy fun, and the results are awesome. It’s called etegami, and Diana Trout explains it well…

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Let Art Lessons Make You a Better Artist

Imagine mixed-media project tutorials from top artists that feature page after page of large, clear photos, great instructions, lots of extra inspiration, and a companion video. Guess what—they exist! Cloth Paper Scissors Art Lessons are a monthly digital download that let you do a deep dive into a fantastic project while learning tons of techniques;…

Technique Tuesdays: Shibori Flag with Graham Keegan

Wondering what mixed-media masterpiece you should create today? Enter today’s Technique Tuesdays post to the rescue! In this article from our July/August 2016 issue of Cloth Paper Scissors, learn easy shibori and hand-dyeing techniques from textile artist Graham Keegan as he shows you how to create a stunning flag using indigo dye. Come on, let’s get…

The Best Travel Art Tips for Summer

If you’ve seen the July/August 2017 issue of Cloth Paper Scissors, you may have noticed this on the cover: “23 Tips for Creating While You Travel.” Yes, we’ve loaded this travel and adventure-themed issue with a lot of techniques, projects, and ideas for creating art on the road, and we aim to deliver on our…

Studio Saturday: Travel Journal Pages

The July/August 2017 issue of Cloth Paper Scissors magazine is here, and I could not be more excited. The theme is travel and adventure, and the magazine is packed with ideas for travel journals and travel journal pages, paintings based on maps, watercolor postcards, studios on the go—I want to show it to everyone I meet.…

Altered Book Page Story Card by Cathy Nichols

Art that tells a story is compelling, interesting, and engaging. This guest post from Cathy Nichols, author of Storytelling Art Studio, shows an easy and fun way to create a small artwork that relates your unique story. ~ Jeannine One of my favorite ways to use storytelling in art is to create an altered book…

Technique Tuesdays: Expressive Painting with Annie O’Brien Gonzales

Welcome back to Technique Tuesdays! This week we’re sharing a lesson in expressive painting from mixed-media artist and professional painter Annie O’Brien Gonzales. Originally featured in our March/April 2017 issue of Cloth Paper Scissors, this tutorial will show you how to create a gorgeous floral painting using acrylic paint. Expressive acrylic painting allows for endless mixed-media techniques, but Annie recommends trying out a…

Hand Drawn Decorated Monograms

In the June Lettering Lesson, Alexandra Snowdon shows how she creates decorated monograms. Alexandra had some great tips for making the monogram even more personal, many of which I incorporated in my piece. Her extra art includes some of her more whimsical creations that are just perfect for gift giving . . . I loved…

Studio Saturdays: Testing New Art Supplies

I’ve been neglecting my art journal lately, so I figured it was time to get back to it. What better excuse than wanting to play with some new art supplies? In the Collage section of the May/June 2017 issue of Cloth Paper Scissors magazine, I reveal the fun new mixed-media materials I discovered at the…