Mixed-media Art Ideas, Techniques & Projects to Download for Free

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    3D Mixed-Media Sculpture

    Take your mixed media to the next level! The world of 3D sculpture is just waiting to be explored. This collection has a good range of ideas to get you inspired including, a fibery tree, paper mache design, paper clay sculptures, and even a wire and clay technique. Discover all this and more fun in this free eBook.

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    Art Dolls and Stuffies

    Mixed media art dolls seem to be popping up everywhere. This free eBook offers a collection of stuffies, softies, and art dolls that will not only peak your interest, but will also stir your imagination and creativity. You'll learn exciting new trends in doll making, from creating fancy blackbirds using felt and fibers, to designing steampunk dolls with old watch parts, trinkets, and found objects.

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    Assemblage Art Ideas

    Do you have a collection of bric-a-brac just waiting to be assembled into something wonderful? Assemblage art is a way of taking items that may seem meaningless to others, and combining them into a unique and personal story using mixed-media art. Your stash of baubles, beads, and vintage ephemera takes on a whole new meaning when used with tin containers, cigar boxes, and wood scraps.

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    DIY Clothing

    What does your style say about you? Does it tell people about the art you create? Do you want it to? If so, then step this way. Mixed media art can create more than just pieces for your wall: your body is the perfect place to hang your best work. This tutorial will teach you to upcycle clothing, make fabric accessories, and more.


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    From paper and paint, to fabric, stitching, and found objects, you can create a collage with just about anything. The possibilities are endless! In this free eBook you will get tips on a variety of techniques for designing fun and interesting mixed media collages using fabric, paint, stitchery, found objects, handmade paper, and more.

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    Digital Art

    Creating 'pixel perfect' digital mixed-media photography can be easier than you think! We've come a long way since the days of having to wait to see our photos developed from a roll of film. The technology for producing and altering photos is now available in our own homes. Making photo collages and digital art is more accessible and easier than ever before for mixed media artists.

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    Easy Gift Ideas

    These 6 free gift ideas are sure to inspire you. Gather your fabric scraps, art journaling pens, embellishments, papers, and trims to get started on these popular and easy homemade gift items right away. From fabric cards to mixed-media rings, to gift jars, there's something for everybody in this delightful collection of easy gift ideas.

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    Embossing is a great way to add texture and dimension to mixed-media art. This free eBook from Cloth Paper Scissors is dedicated entirely to answering all of your questions about how to emboss. From what embossing tools to keep handy and how to use a heat gun, to tips on how to emboss metal, fiber and paper, you'll find all the information you need to get started.

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    Also known as hot wax painting, encaustic painting uses heated beeswax, colors, and heated tools to produce mixed-media paintings, collages, book structures, and much more. So if you are ready to expand your encaustic art toolbox and explore the possibilities of using encaustic art, then download this free eBook to get started on one of the four fascinating encaustic techniques.

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    Fabric Art

    Ready for your next fabulous fabric art adventure? This free eBook shares four fun and exciting fabric art projects to introduce you to just a few of the possibilities that fabric and stitch have to offer. You'll discover that fiber art projects offer endless opportunities to play with different materials, patterns, appliqué designs, and stitchery techniques.

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    Fabric Painting

    Fabric painting is a fun and incredibly accessible form of art for any artist. Start by learning how to develop and build layers in art, then it's all about painting canvas using watercolors then creating an easy colorful tote using the fabric. Next, explore combining delicate papers to make layers, then photo, paint and stitch collage designs. This is one art tutorial you don't want to be without.

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    Felting Techniques

    You'll find that felting is one of the quickest and easiest ways to add texture and dimension to your work. And although felting has been around for thousands of years, today's mixed-media artists are experiencing a resurgence of felting techniques. Whether you are using wet felting or needle felting, hand felting or machine felting, the step-by-step projects contained in this eBook will help you expand your felting skills while sparking your creativity.

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    Image Transfers

    It's easy to do your own image transfers when you have proven tips and tricks from four experienced artists on 20 different photo transfer techniques. Our mixed-media artists help you decode a variety of tried-and-true image transfer techniques. Grab your photos, fabric, paper, and imagination, and head to the studio to start exploring these photo transfer techniques!

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    Mixed-Media Jewelry

    What better way to express yourself than wearing your own handmade jewelry? This free eBook will help you show off your artistic flair and personal expression through wearable mixed-media art. Whether you prefer steampunk, found objects, mini collage, or a crafty chic approach to your wearable creations, this collection of designs is sure to be just the beginning.

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    Are you an artist who has an overflowing stash of found objects, bits and pieces, and scraps that you've been saving for using in future creations? From a way to upcycle garments to whimsical recycled art ideas, this eBook has a little bit of everything to get your imagination going. Download all four upcycled ideas and tutorials to get started today!

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    Mixed-Media Art Techniques

    Discover the endless possibilities that come with mixed-media art. This eBook is full of amazing mixed-media techniques that are sure to inspire the contemporary artist in you. Whether you are a veteran at mixed-media art, or simply want to learn new collage backgrounds and art ideas, this free collection of mixed-media tutorials is one you'll turn to again and again.

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    Paper Crafts & Book Art Tutorials

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    Art Journal Techniques

    Whether you want to create on the go, take a trip into visual journaling, or simply record memories and events, art journaling is a great way for artists to express individuality and creativity. Whatever form your art journaling takes, we know you'll have fun discovering the techniques presented in this free eBook.

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    Handmade Books

    Handmade books are becoming more and more popular. They make wonderful gifts and are fun to trade and share with other mixed media artists. If you can dream it up, it can be turned into handcrafted book pages. You'll learn basic book making skills along with tips, tricks, and techniques for art journaling, background creation, collage assembly, creative stitching, and more.

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    Paper Art

    If you love the versatility of working with paper, you'll be inspired by the "Graffiti Paper Quilts" street art pattern by Catherine Nicholls or the "Step into a Story" paper mache technique by Gail Walker. Get ready to explore paper mache (papier-mâché), stitching on paper, paper graffiti art, and a few other exciting handmade paper crafts in this FREE eBook.

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    Studio Organization

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    US Mixed-Media Art Copyright Law

    Cloth Paper Scissors and the staff at Interweave have released a free eBook Know Your Rights: Copyright 101 for Mixed Media Artists to help raise awareness of the issues surrounding copyright and give credit to the talented writers, designers, artists, photographers, and innovators who work with us to share their products and ideas with our readers. This guide to the basics of copyright is for anyone and everyone: designers and makers, crafters, retailers, library staff, educators, and more.

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    Art Business

    Have you ever thought about turning your creative outlet for crafting into a money-making art business? The reality is that anyone who has a passion can start a small art business today; but often times the trick is to sustain the business while still being able to enjoy the creative side. Learn all about starting and promoting your own business, get tips on Etsy and blogging, and discover if an open studios event is for you, all with this free eBook.

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    Art Studio Organization

    Art studios are truly where magic happens! The tips and ideas presented in this eBook will show you how getting your beads, bobbins, and bric-a-brac organized doesn't have to be a monumental task. With advice from the experts at Cloth Paper Scissors, you can make a functional and attractive studio anywhere. This free guide to organization and art studio ideas is all about getting your work space, tools, supplies, storage and inspiration working with you.

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    Mixed Media Supplies

    Oh, the joy of new art & craft supplies. Who doesn't love to take in the colors and scents at the art supply stores? But so many new materials are on the market today, a trip to the art supply store for art journaling supplies or an online search for mixed-media collage supplies can be overwhelming. In this eBook we give you the inside scoop on some of the most versatile mixed-media art supplies and show you how to use them.

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    DIY Picture Framing: How to Hang Pictures and Make Your Own Frames

    Did you know a paper bag is one of the most effective tools in hanging your artwork? You'll learn how to use them and much more when you download this ebook that teaches not only DIY framing, but also how to hang a picture on a wall perfectly.

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    Printing, Stenciling & Mark Making

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    Mark Making

    Make your mark on your art! Lettering and mark making are two of the many ways to embellish your mixed media projects. With this collection of free tutorials from Cloth Paper Scissors, you'll discover 4 creative mark making ideas that will have you doodling, drawing, and marking in no time. From the supplies and materials you need, to prompts and techniques, you'll be inspired from the moment you pick up this free art tutorial.

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    Printmaking Techniques

    Printmaking can serve as a focal piece of art, or it can become a decorative background to enhance another piece of art. Using your own creative expression, you can explore the printmaking techniques presented in this eBook from block printing, rolling stamps, random mark marking, brayers, and using string to create and enhance beautiful one-of-a-kind masterpieces.

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    Relief and Block Printing

    Carving blocks for printing is one of the oldest methods of printing, and it's quickly becoming one of the hottest modern printmaking techniques. This free eBook will help you learn how to create a relief print using all sorts of materials. From printmaking in 3-D to stamp printing using a reduction method, and even carving stamps from photos, this collection has a little bit of everything to get you inspired.

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    Stamping Techniques

    Expressing your creativity is easier than ever before with the help of handmade art stamps. When you make your own stamps, you add an element of your personality that cannot be replicated with commercial kits. With this free eBook from Cloth Paper Scissors you'll learn all about art stamps, foam stamps, roller stamps, stamp carving, and get useful tips for stamping on fabric, paper, and other mixed-media surfaces.

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    Monoprinting and Screen Printing

    In this free eBook we'll show you five techniques using monoprinting or screen printing to create prints. We begin by embracing the blues of cyanotype printing (also known as sun printing), then we'll invite a little bit of nature in with a demonstration of leaf and flower prints. Dive into the world of printmaking, without ever needing a press.

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    You'll be surprised at the variety there is to be found in the art of stenciling. This tutorial contains three free workshops to demonstrate how to make and use stencils for art. But you can use them for more than just artwork: you'll be well on your way to creating custom clothing, gifts and more with these tips.

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