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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!

Hand Drawn Decorated Monograms

In the June Lettering Lesson, Alexandra Snowdon shows how she creates decorated monograms. Alexandra had some great tips for making the monogram even more personal, many of which I incorporated in my piece. Her extra art includes some of her more whimsical creations that are just perfect for gift giving . . . I loved…

Studio Saturdays: Testing New Art Supplies

I’ve been neglecting my art journal lately, so I figured it was time to get back to it. What better excuse than wanting to play with some new art supplies? In the Collage section of the May/June 2017 issue of Cloth Paper Scissors magazine, I reveal the fun new mixed-media materials I discovered at the…

Mixed Media Techniques for Art Journaling includes tips for creating a round-robin journal that you can share with your artist friends.

The Best Way to Try Art Journaling Techniques

As much as I love art journaling, there are times I feel overwhelmed by the amount of techniques and styles out there that I want to try. A spin through Pinterest gets me inspired and dazed at the same time, which is counterproductive to getting anything done in my journal! I’ve found a great solution,…

Technique Tuesdays: Daily Art Challenge with Robyn McClendon

How do you challenge yourself to create more art and improve your craft? Having a consistent daily habit of creativity is certainly helpful, and a growing number of mixed-media artists are participating in daily art challenges to help inspire and grow their artistic skills. In this article from our November/December 2016 issue of Cloth Paper…

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Texture Techniques on Black

Inspired by the lights and sights in New York City at night, mixed-media artist Katie Blaine decided to work on a black textured background to capture that exciting look in her paintings. Most artists have their go-to methods and materials for creating texture, involving everything from layering to applying mediums to carving into the surface,…

Studio Saturdays: Stamp Carving

Studio Saturdays is on a short break. Please enjoy this previously published blog post from our sister site, Artist’s Network! ~ Jeannine I have so many rubber stamps that I could stack them together with mortar and build a good-size house. Way before I discovered mixed-media art I was stamping cards and envelopes, using stamps…

Art Techniques Inspired by Life

Artists love to express their interests and experiences in their artwork. Vacation photos, textures from nature, even a walk around the block in your neighborhood can inspire an artful adventure. Given the right tools, just about any experience can translate into art. Nathalie Kalbach’s Artful Adventures Collection has everything you need to start the fun:…

“Blue Vase” by Carrie Schmitt

The Key to Finding Your Individual Style by Carrie Schmitt

Finding your individual style as an artist isn’t difficult; in fact, it’s as easy as following your intuition. This guest post from artist Carrie Schmitt shows how easy it is to take a risk and discover what talents and passions lie within. Read on for Carrie’s terrific insight, and learn more about her fantastic videos,…

Studio Saturdays: Paper Flowers with Mixed Media

Now that summer is here, flowers are everywhere—even in my studio. Not real ones, but the mixed-media variety, made with vintage papers, watercolor, spray inks, ink blocks, and wire. After seeing the work of the finalists of our mixed-media flower reader challenge in the May/June issue of Cloth Paper Scissors magazine, I was inspired to create these…

Discover Playful Fabric Printing

Fabric printing using custom colors and patterns offers so many possibilities for mixed-media artists. But don’t be daunted by complicated instructions and copious supplies; in the book Playful Fabric Printing: The Complete Guide to Creating Beautiful & Vibrant Cloth Using Low-Tech Tools by Carol Soderlund and Melanie Testa you’ll discover easy ways to prepare and…