All posts by Natalie Nettles

How to Make Mixed-Media Christmas Crackers

Hosting a holiday dinner this year? We have a project you must try out: mixed-media Christmas crackers. These creative holders pop when you open them to reveal fun surprises inside. Follow this tutorial from Dea Fischer (originally featured in our November/December 2016 issue of Cloth Paper Scissors magazine) to create your own Christmas crackers. They’ll add handmade…

Painted Paper: A Creative Gift Wrap Idea

Looking for a creative way to wrap a special gift this holiday season? Cover it in something unique, like this patterned hand-printed paper created by artist Elizabeth St. Hilaire. And be sure to save your scraps; Elizabeth shares a bonus holiday card tutorial! This article originally appeared in our November/December 2016 issue of Cloth Paper Scissors magazine.…

Making Art From a Place of Love

We’ve had a number of mixed-media artists pen fantastic essays about inspiration and creativity in our Cloth Paper Scissors magazine column Releasing the Creative Spirit. In this latest installment (also featured in our November/December 2017 issue), artist Carrie Schmitt shares how she embraces her creative spirit to create art from a place of love. Enjoy! Releasing the…

Get Festive with Kinetic Art Gift Tags

‘Tis the season for holiday gift giving, and these festive kinetic art gift tags are perfect to tie on to larger packages or give as standalone presents. Designed by artist Dena Ann Adams and featured in the November/December 2015 issue of Cloth Paper Scissors magazine, the tags are easy to make using scratchboard and an assortment…

Studio Spotlight: Jen Cushman

Editor’s Note: Studio Saturday is taking a short break and will return next week. Please enjoy this glimpse inside Jen Cushman’s art studio! This Studio Spotlight is also featured in the November/December 2017 issue of Cloth Paper Scissors. Every artist who sets up a studio should take a page from Jen Cushman’s playbook. This mixed-media artist who…

Gifting Art from the Heart with Jodi Ohl

Want to give a gift of your time or talent this holiday season? In her latest Creative Connections column (also included in the November/December 2017 issue of Cloth Paper Scissors magazine), mixed-media artist Jodi Ohl shares some wonderful ideas for gifting meaningful art from the heart. We hope these ideas inspire you in your own…