All posts by Jeannine Stein

Drawing Composition Techniques You Need Today

My favorite part of the art process has to be the “ah-ha” moment, when ideas suddenly coalesce, techniques make sense, and you experience that breakthrough. I had that creative epiphany the other day while trying Barbara Roth’s drawing composition techniques from her article “Mixed-Media Drawing Buffet” in the March/April 2018 issue of Cloth Paper Scissors…

Watercolor Techniques from Danielle Donaldson: Your New Bliss

If watercolor isn’t part of your mixed-media playbook, now is the time to add it. Danielle Donaldson has a new kit that includes a book and videos all about watercolor techniques, and they are exactly what you need to shake up your routine and discover what you’ve been missing. Color, composition, storytelling—it’s all here, and…

Make a Deck of Art Cards

Spring is a great time for a studio recharge, and one of my favorite tasks is creating a deck of art cards. This is one of those projects that you can take in a million different directions, and I’ll give you some fun ideas for different types of decks. Today we’ll make a deck of…

6 Creative Studio Organization Tips

There’s no better time than spring to clear out the cobwebs, paper scraps, and stray threads from your studio and get things organized! Studio organization is essential for stress-free creativity; there’s nothing worse than spending a half-hour searching for that perfect rusty key for an assemblage. For imaginative storage ideas, we always look to the…

Hand Painted Papers: Stash Building

The other day I was looking for some hand painted papers for a collage project, and was dismayed that my stash was down to next to nothing. Every once in a while it’s a good idea to create a collection of decorated papers; they’re an essential part of your mixed-media art supplies. Nothing comes close…

Free April Downloads, Plus a Spring Art Project!

Happy Spring, everyone! Let’s celebrate the season with some free downloads and a spring art project. We have a fantastic collection of images for you from the archives that are perfect for all your mixed-media artwork, and you can start using them today. But wait, there’s more! Today’s blog also includes a fun tutorial for…

The Perfect Mother’s Day Art Project

There is no better way to honor the mothers in your life than with a gift of art. This Mother’s Day art project works a few different ways: You can make a beautiful work of art for your favorite mother, make the project with your favorite mother, or give a special creative mother in your…

Daily Hand Lettering Tips

Studio Saturday is on a short break. Please enjoy this blog post, portions of which were previously published on our sister site, ArtistsNetwork.com! ~ Jeannine I am a reformed hand letterer. My ill-fated attempts at calligraphy made me fear and dread hand lettering to the point of being terrified at having to address an envelope.…

5 Quick (and Surprising) Techniques for Textured Art

Texture is such a key component in mixed-media art; it’s often what gives a piece its wow factor. Creating textured art isn’t always a laborious process, as the 2017 Art Lessons: Texture Adventures prove. You can achieve visual and physical texture in a few quick steps, and incorporate the techniques in every type of project,…