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.

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…

How to Develop as an Artist

Annie O’Brien Gonzales is the Cloth Paper Scissors Artist of the Month for March! Annie takes over the Studio Saturday spot to give guidance on how to develop as an artist, and to offer a technique for creating an underpainting. Don’t miss our giveaway of Annie’s new book, The Joy of Acrylic Painting on the Cloth…

Painting Techniques that Make You Trust Your Gut

I’m guessing there is no shortage of acrylic paint in your workspace. Mine either. Since I frequently use paint in my mixed-media art I’m always looking for new painting techniques and ideas, just to make sure things don’t get stagnant. Feeling like I needed to shake up my routine, I opted for a project in…

Handmade Watercolor: A Backstage Pass with Jennifer Pfeiffer

For watercolor artist—and watercolor creator—Jennifer Pfeiffer, art has always been about color: rich reds, dazzling blues, and sun-kissed yellows. She loves not only using color, but also creating color. Now she gets her color fix by making and selling handmade watercolors. Pfeiffer’s color infatuation began when she was a glass blower, watching dry pigments bloom into…

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.…

Spray Paint: Your New Bestie

You’ve likely crossed paths with spray paint at some point in your life, but I’m guessing the two of you never really formed a lasting creative relationship. That’s sums up my history with the medium as well, but artist Nathalie Kalbach recently got us back together via her Art Lesson, and I’m happy to report…