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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!

Keeping An Inspiration Sketchbook

We’re thrilled to let you know that Annie O’Brien Gonzales has a new book out: The Joy of Acrylic Painting: Expressive Painting Techniques for Beginners. This book is packed with information and inspiration, including the essentials of expressive painting, the materials you need to get started, tips and techniques for adding mixed media, and tons of…

How to Make a Handmade Book Cover

Looking for a great gift to make this holiday season? Try Mandy Russell’s felted Bubble Book. This book cover is easy to create and fun to give. Here’s Mandy’s tutorial, as featured in our November/December 2016 issue of Cloth Paper Scissors magazine! Bubble Books by Mandy Russell I am enamored with these little felted books; they are one…

A Colorful Art Journal Background Technique

A funny thing happened on my way to creating an art journal background—I lost my fear of the blank page. I have mixed-media artist Nathalie Kalbach to thank for that; she has such phenomenal ideas for adding color, texture, and pattern to paper and canvas in her set of four Acrylic Painting Workshop videos that…

Tutorial: Paper Clay Holiday Tags

Studio Saturday is on a short break. Please enjoy this previously published blog post from our sister site, Artist’s Network! ~ Jeannine I used to think paper clay was something that only 8-year-olds played with because “real” clay required serious supplies, like glazes and a kiln. Guilty as charged. What turned my head around was…

5 Cloth Paper Scissors Issues You Need Right Now

I’m often asked if I have a favorite issue of Cloth Paper Scissors, and I always reply honestly that it’s impossible to choose—each one features such distinctive, captivating mixed-media artwork and projects that I couldn’t possibly say which is my favorite. However…if you happen to be missing a few issues from your mixed-media magazine library…

Make a Rustic Wire Star Tree Topper

Want to deck your halls with some mixed-media artwork this holiday season? We have just the ticket. In this tutorial from our November/December 2014 issue of Cloth Paper Scissors magazine, mixed-media metalsmith Jen Cushman shows you how to make a rustic wire star. Use your star as a tree topper, or leave the tail off…

Creating Contrasting Lettering with Kari McKnight Holbrook

Mixed-media artist Kari McKnight Holbrook is a lettering maven.  Not only will you be inspired by the beautiful lettered art in her November Lettering Lesson, you’ll learn a whole lot, too. This lesson will show you how to combine contrasting styles of lettering, and get you started playing with letters in lots of different ways.…

Tutorial: Mixed-Media Recipe Journal

Food and cooking have inspired artists for centuries, so it’s only fitting that we brought art and food together in the pages of Cloth Paper Scissors! For the November/December 2017 issue we asked four artists to translate their favorite original recipes into mixed media, and also include the stories behind them. We were treated to…

A Beginner’s Guide to Quilling Jewelry

A revolution has been happening in paper quilling. Designs made from rolled paper strips are becoming more sophisticated, inspiring people to try this beautiful form of paper art. At the forefront of this movement is Ann Martin, author of The Art of Quilling Paper Jewelry: Techniques & Projects for Metallic Earrings & Pendants from Interweave. Ann…

Holiday Art: Make It Shine Challenge Results

Make it Shine, we said, and you did, using all kinds of sparkly materials. Holographic paper, sequins, Glimmer Mist™, metallic papers, ribbons, threads, foil, and more bring holiday shine and spirit to this art from our Make it Shine Reader Challenge (also featured in the November/December 2017 issue of Cloth Paper Scissors). We hope these…