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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!

Tea Bag Art: Texture Techniques with Crystal Neubauer

Texture invites viewers to take a closer look at a piece of art. Once I saw Crystal Neubauer’s texture techniques, I knew I had to try them. In the July Art Lesson, Crystal uses everyday materials (coffee and tea bags) to stain, stamp, stitch, and stack to add both visual and physical texture and create…

Studio Saturday: How to Transform an Art Journal Page

I think I should create a book just for my regrettable art journal pages. You know the ones—you start out with such good intentions, and then it goes horribly, miserably, wrong. If you’re wondering how to transform an art journal page you don’t like, I have a solution that is enjoyable, rewarding, and really works. The…

The ‘Art’ of Storytelling with Cathy Nichols

Artists tell stories—it’s what we do. But sometimes we need fresh inspiration and a new way of looking at things to keep our stories dynamic and compelling. So I’m excited to tell you about a brand new kit called Storytelling Art Collection that’s all about helping you reveal your unique stories through your artwork while adding some…

Taking Art Outdoors

Taking art outdoors requires some guts and a little planning, but few things are more exciting and rewarding. Whether you’re art journaling in an outdoor café, painting en plein air, hosting a hand-lettering demo, or just doodling in a notebook in the park, being outside or with other people adds elements of inspiration and surprise…

Happy Hand Lettering

Artist and author Jen Wagner designed Happy Hand Lettering to help readers learn the basics of hand lettering and incorporate lettering into different areas of their lives. Her lettering adventure started with a challenge she gave herself to learn a new art skill. After several months of practice and learning, she accomplished her goal. In Happy Hand…

Studio Saturday: Paper Cutting

Paper cutting has fascinated me for years, but I’ll let you in on a little secret—I’ve been too intimidated to try anything but rudimentary designs. Some of the cut paper art I’ve seen is so intricate that I can’t quite believe a human being made it. I thought it would take countless hours of practice…

Hand Lettering with Masking Fluid and Watercolor

Hand lettering is more popular than ever, and lettering enthusiasts are always looking for ways to add to their repertoire. In the July Lettering Lesson, Alexandra Snowdon uses masking fluid to create crisp white letters within watercolor shapes. I loved the look, and decided to give it a try. I chose two simple shapes for…

Creative Vintage Photos: A Fun Image Transfer Tutorial

I love vintage photos and the questions they spark. Who are these people, and what are these things in the picture? Where was the photo taken? What was happening in the minutes leading up to or following the shutter click? I also love painting imaginary landscapes that border on abstraction, and I recently began to…

Gelli Plate Printing with Joan Bess

If you haven’t discovered the unbridled joy of monoprinting with a gel plate, you have not lived, my friends. That’s why I’m so happy to bring you this fantastic guest blog from Joan Bess, the author of Gelli Plate Printing: Mixed-Media Monoprinting Without a Press, and the inventor of the Gelli Arts® Gel Printing Plate.…

Studio Saturday: Travel Art Inspiration

Traveling may be one of the most fun ways to get creatively inspired. But you don’t have to go far to find travel art inspiration—I went to my local art museum and saw an Henri Matisse exhibit that filled my head with tons of ideas. A few days later I created a collage, and I can’t…