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Road Test: Marabu Easy Marble

“Paper marbling has always fascinated me, and I love finding old books with boldly marbled end papers. Marbled papers are great stash builders for collage and bookbinding. I’ve experimented with different marbling techniques over the years. Marabu’s Easy Marble got my attention because it provides opaque, bright coverage on many surfaces. Since the color is…

Steampunk Corset: Fashioning a Dress with Paper

“Dress forms come in all shapes and sizes, and can be adorned with cloth, paper, and myriad other fantastic materials. I enjoy embellishing forms using paper, vintage book spines, burlap and other textiles. My passion, though, is for the process of manipulating old papers so they look vintage. Essentially, I am a dressmaker without bolts…

From Simple to Simply Divine: Turn Cardboard into Artful Shrines

“I have always loved things that have the ability to be transformed from something simple into a piece of artwork. I find these items lend themselves to the awakening of so many creative ideas. In this age of recycling challenges, I find it quite appealing to create these lovely shrines from discarded cardboard and packing…

5 Fabric Scrap Projects to Shrink Your Stash

I’ve confessed before about my overflowing paper stash, but I haven’t been as candid about my fabric hoarding. Let’s just say that collection is quite healthy, too, with a scrap pile that’s getting out of control. Determined to whittle it down, I came up with a few quick fabric scrap projects that have made a…

Top 5 Tips for Mixed-Media Polymer Clay Jewelry

I love a good tip! I collect good jewelry-making tips like some folks collect stamps and coins. I post them on a cork board above my desk; I keep a list on my laptop. A good tip can save you time, money, and something else just as precious—frustration! So when we released our newest polymer…

How To Make a Mixed-Media Self-Portrait

Artists use many ways to tell their stories through art, but few ways are as personal as creating a self-portrait. In this tutorial from Melissa Averinos, discover how you can make a mixed-media self-portrait using a unique approach that combines fabric, paint, paper, and more. This article first appeared in our March/April 2015 issue of Cloth…

Bring Your Travel Journal Pages to Life

In Suzanne McNeill’s Art Lesson, Sketchbook Stories, she shares more creative techniques for capturing travel adventures in sketchbooks and journals. Accordion inserts, windows, day-by-day planner pages, see-through tunnel pages, and much more bring her adventures to life. So many great ways to document your travels, I couldn’t resist trying out a few of her techniques…

Who’s Up for an Art Supply Challenge?

I had one of those days recently when I walked into my studio and thought, I need to shake things up with an art supply challenge. The same materials were showing up in my artwork again and again, and I was neglecting some that I was too tired/busy/lazy to haul out and work with. No…

Seth Apter’s 5 Principles of Collage

Seth Apter is the Cloth Paper Scissors Artist of the Month for July, and he’s here today to share some of his top tips for making a collage. Be sure to also check back later this month for our exclusive free July downloads, featuring artwork designed by Seth! I love collage. It is accessible, enjoyable, and just…