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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!

Tutorial: Recycled Envelope Journal

Studio Saturday is on a short break. Please enjoy this blog post, portions of which were previously published on our sister site, ArtistsNetwork! ~ Jeannine As mixed-media artists, we don’t take a cookie cutter approach to creating art—we always make it our own. In that spirit, I was inspired by Seth Apter’s Inspiration Journal featured…

The Winding Road to Creating Art Full Time

Until age 33, I often said I didn’t have an artistic bone in my body. In my family, I was viewed as the unartistic one and was told that I should be a counselor or teacher, but not an artist. My unexpected path to becoming an artist began as a way to relieve stress from…

A Q&A with Artist Sabine Pick

Calligraphy and collage artist Sabine Pick’s lettering tells stories in curves, lines, and smudges. Simple words and phrases, full of movement and texture, exude emotion. Pick’s letters marry calligraphy and art, raising lettering to new heights. We hope you enjoy her story and her “perfectly imperfect” art. Meet Sabine Pick My first hand-lettering attempt was:…

Ribbon Lettering with Marie Browning

If you like hand lettering as much as I do, you are always looking for new ways to add some style and interest to the letters you create. In the January 2018 Lettering Lesson, Marie Browning adds Ribbon Lettering to the lettering smorgasbord, and offers several options for taking these artful letters even further. You’ll…

How to Make a Paper Feather Wreath

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and that means it’s the perfect time to incorporate hearts into your mixed-media artwork. This lovely heart-shaped paper feather wreath was designed by artist Julie Fei-Fan Balzer and featured on the cover of our special issue, I {Heart} Paper. Follow Julie’s tutorial below to create your own! Feather…

A Dozen Daring Mixed-Media Techniques

We try to pack as many fantastic mixed-media techniques and tips into each issue of Cloth Paper Scissors as we can, giving you the best creative buffet to choose from. We thought these dozen techniques from the January/February 2018 issue were so special they deserved some extra attention. The best thing is, you can start incorporating…

Marketing Your Art, Creatively

Most of us think of handmade cards as ones that incorporate our favorite mixed-media techniques. But have you ever thought about marketing your art through handmade cards? You don’t have to be a professional artist to do this, and you can use your artwork, supplies, and even your favorite collections to get your creative voice…

How to Be a More Confident Artist

As a lifelong abstract painter, textile designer, graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, author, and creativity enabler, I have many ideas about helping you be a more confident artist. First, I’d tell you to take a class. Pick your passion—beading, painting, pottery, figure drawing. I always encourage people to sign up today for a…

5 Art Lessons that Made Me a Believer

Our Art Lessons are awesome, and I say that as a completely objective spectator. Insert winky emoji. Seriously, these digital downloads that are packed with step-by-step photos are a great way to get up close and personal with incredible techniques and projects that will up your mixed-media game. Lessons with companion videos let you see…

How to Make Inspirational Word Beads

Want to fashion a piece of jewelry out of metal? Kate Richbourg’s beginner-friendly tutorial for creating inspirational word beads is a great place to start. These beads are the perfect spot to stamp your Word of the Year or artful resolutions, and wearing the beads is bound to help you keep those intentions in mind…