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Studio Saturdays: Paper Art

I love making art with paper for one simple reason: Incredible things can come from a plain sheet of copy paper, and that shows the true potential and power of the art, the artist, and the material. If you haven’t seen what’s being done with paper these days, take a spin through Pinterest or Instagram…

Dina Wakley scribbly face

Technique Tuesdays: 10 Awesome Art Journaling Tips

Art journaling is one of the most enjoyable and rewarding aspects of mixed-media art. In a journal you can play, try new techniques and materials, draw and do lettering, collage to your heart’s content—and you can keep everything private, or show it off to the world. Whether you’re a beginner or have been journaling for…

Studio Saturdays: Exploring Patterning

I see patterns everywhere: the symmetry of leaves on a branch, the scroll of a wrought iron fence, the fractal design of romanesco. I use these designs as inspiration for focal pieces, backgrounds, and special elements in fabric printing, art journaling, hand-carved stamps, and more. Noticing patterns trains you to be a good observer of…

Paper art ideas | Helen Hiebert, ClothPaperScissors.com

Illuminated Paper Art by Helen Hiebert

“I have a particular fondness for the relationship between paper and light,” says Helen Hiebert, “something that began on a trip to Japan over 25 years ago when I saw the traditional shoji screens in the Inn where I stayed in Kyoto.”

Studio Saturdays: Making Mandalas

Mandalas have been around for millennia, and it’s easy to see why this motif, which signifies the cosmos and wholeness, has universal appeal for artists. Mandalas can be imbued with layers of meaning, interpreted in endless colors, shapes, and patterns, and rendered in any medium. Creating a mandala can be an intense spiritual experience or…

The Artist’s Life: Just Show Up

After spending a season away from the studio I wake each morning dreaming of eagerly returning to the place where my creativity is fostered and my visions are nurtured into something solid. I anticipate the hours I will spend there, thinking of the materials and tools, and the room that is available to me. It…