Mixed-Media Painting Techniques

Learn how to make the most of your art with techniques for using acrylic paint, watercolor, encaustic, masks, and more with instruction from leading mixed-media artists.

Use Acrylic Paint Skins to Make Abstract Flowers

What do you do with leftover acrylic paint skins? If your answer is “toss them,” get ready, because this post is about to change that! In the September/October 2017 issue of Cloth Paper Scissors, artist Staci Swider shared a superb idea for transforming leftover dried acrylic paint skins into vibrant abstract flower collages. Follow Staci’s…

5 Astonishing Art Techniques from Rae Missigman

Rae Missigman is our Artist of the Month for September, and we’re so happy to spotlight this artist and her unique art techniques. Rae brings so much vibrancy and excitement to mixed-media art, and her work has inspired countless artists—and me! As we celebrate Rae this month, we rounded up some of her most eye-opening…

Wave Your Flag, Mixed-Media Style

Mixed-media artists rarely follow a formulaic approach to making art. Give us a tutorial, and we’ll add our own special touches until the finished piece is uniquely ours. That’s what Sue Pelletier did when she attended a paint bar with friends. Instead of painting the Statue of Liberty with the class, she painted a flag; then…

The Keys to Color for Watercolor Painting

As part of my never-ending, insatiable desire to learn all about art and creating, I was thrilled to view Danielle Donaldson’s new video, The Art of Creative Watercolor: Color Schemes. I enjoyed seeing her perspective and watercolor techniques, such as color selection, blending, shading, definition, and adding small details. No matter your experience level, Danielle…

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…

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…

5 Painting Techniques You Need from Annie O’Brien Gonzales

Annie O’Brien Gonzales doesn’t just love to paint—she enjoys sharing her knowledge and advice with anyone who has the same passion. We’re thrilled to feature Annie as our Artist of the Month for March, and show you her great techniques, projects, and ideas for mixed-media painting. Annie believes that anyone can paint, and she encourages…