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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!

Nancy Reyner's Perfect Paintings Collection will take your artwork from good to great, and you’ll love the process.

Create Perfect Paintings and Become a Better Artist

You’re humming along in your mixed-media practice, when suddenly—boom!—you hit a wall. The artwork you used to love suddenly looks like it’s had the life sucked out of it. And you don’t know why. You feel like giving up. Don’t. We have what you need, and trust me—you need this in your life. Nancy Reyner’s…

Make Waves with Leather and Metal By Melissa Cable

Technique Tuesday: Make Waves with this Leather and Metal Bracelet

Leather has been popping up in mixed-media jewelry everywhere, from wrap bracelets to custom jewelry. This leather bracelet was inspired by a particular product, a stretch jewelry cord called Fashion Stretch from Beadsmith®. Combine this wondrous chord with supple leather and voila, a wave effect you will absolutely love. This technique might not be one…

A Story Circle is a wonderful way to tell a story, whether that rendering is abstract or realistic.

Personal Mandalas Watercolor Kit

I’m so excited to tell you about a new mixed-media art bundle that’s going to change your life. Okay, that’s a bit of an exaggeration, but the Personal Mandalas Watercolor Kit is special, and let me tell you why. The centerpiece of this kit is the new book Creating Personal Mandalas: Story Circle Techniques in…

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A NEW PURPOSE FOR STUDIO SCRAPS

Collage Stories: Inspired by Vintage Catalog Cards by Jane LaFazio Years ago, when I was working as a teaching artist in a nearby elementary school, the library was clearing out books. Rather than grabbing the books, I took all the book registration cards. I love the consistent size and vintage look, and I knew I…

Studio Saturdays: Tea Bag Art

Suddenly, I’m seeing tea bag art everywhere. My interest was piqued with Irene Rafael’s fantastic article in the March/April 2017 issue of Cloth Paper Scissors magazine on painting portraits on tea bags. Yes. Portraits. On tea bags. If you haven’t seen it, go grab the issue now. Or download it. Irene’s miniature paintings on little…

Book plus Art

BOOK + ART by Dorothy Simpson Krause: A Glimpse Inside

Book + Art: Handcrafting Artists’ Books by Dorothy Simpson Krause is a fantastic introduction to book art, a blend of design, function, and communication that offers artists a unique way to express themselves. Learn how to make books by hand, discover the best tools and materials, and get ideas for compelling content. No matter what…

Jump Start by Julie Fei-Fan Balzer

Jumpstart: Design Stamp Wear

For the “Jumpstart” column in January/February 2017 Cloth Paper Scissors, we asked Julie Fei-Fan Balzer to show us how to create wearable artwork using foam stamps. Here’s Julie: DESIGN, STAMP, WEAR by Julie Fei-Fan Balzer I take great pleasure in making art that I can wear. Perhaps it’s the show-off inside of me, but I love…

April Lettering Lesson: Lettering with a Painting Pen

Have you ever been intrigued by a new mixed-media tool, but you just can’t bring yourself to try it on your own? That’s one reason I love taking classes—they’re the perfect place to test out new supplies and techniques. The same is true for Cloth Paper Scissors Lettering Lessons, especially the new April lesson on…

Studio Saturdays: Layered Fabric

Fabric has always been an essential element in my mixed-media work, and when I discover a new technique that includes it, I’m over the moon. Betz White’s layered fabric pillow in the March/April 2017 issue of Cloth Paper Scissors magazine has so much depth and detail that I had to make a date with my…

Technique Tuesday: Handmade Studio Decor

If your creative space is a corner of a room, a refurbished basement, or a funky loft, it deserves a little sprucing up. Spring is the perfect time to put supplies in order and clear some space for more mixed-media projects. Why not create a few custom handmade studio decor pieces that will help you stretch…