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Mixed media faces

Studio Saturdays: Making Faces

Faces show up often in my sketchbooks and art journal pages, but I’m not talking serious portraits—these are silly character faces I draw and paint to amuse myself. Recently I decided to show these creatures more respect by creating a little handmade book just for them, with accordion pages and a folded cover (the instructions for…

Studio Saturdays: Perfectly Imperfect Hand Lettering

I am the greatest admirer of calligraphy. I would gladly pay just to watch someone create words in Spencerian script or Copperplate, because it’s truly poetry in motion. But I must confess, I am a calligraphy workshop dropout. My practice pages looked like Rorschach tests, and I was always the worst one in class. It…

Artwork by Cindy Fort

Announcing the finalists of the Nature Collage Reader Challenge

We are happy to announce the finalists in our Nature Collage Reader Challenge. We appreciate all the artists who sent in entries! Congratulations to the following artists: LeAnne Roberts • Bend, OR Diane C. Evans • Marietta, GA Kristin Peterson • Luverne, MN Rebecca DeGroodt • Raleigh, NC Beth Atkinson • “From the Mountains to the Ocean” Pamela Vosseller • Florence, OR Judy Arbuckle • Grayland,…

A Flea Market Primer for Artists

As a reader of Cloth Paper Scissors magazine I’m sure you’ve noticed that many of our contributors incorporate vintage ephemera and embellishments in their mixed-media artwork. Old ledger papers, maps, rusty hardware, antique buttons and lace—it all winds up in their art in the most amazing ways. Etsy, eBay, and other online sites are great places…

"Not All Black and White" by Crystal Neubauer

The Artist’s Life: In the Gap

A woman I know recently shared that her young daughter had been lamenting over not knowing what she was gifted at. The well-meaning mom said she wasn’t sure either. They desperately went from soccer to dance to gymnastics, believing that in order for the girl to thrive in any activity, they had to find the…