Paper Art and Zen Doodle

Paper is one of the most versatile mediums available to mixed media artists, allowing for nearly any technique, material, or design to be used in handmade paper crafts, including paper flowers, handmade cards, and more.

Paper Flowers: Make a Blooming Rosebud Topiary

Paper flowers are such fun to create, and there are so many different types and variations you can make! In this tutorial from our I {Heart} Paper special issue, designer Tracy Houser shows you how to create a beautiful blooming paper rosebud topiary. This elegant work of paper art makes the perfect centerpiece for a…

Printable Ephemera Pockets and More for May!

I’m so excited about this month’s printable ephemera downloads, in a geeked-out, paper and ephemera fangirl way. We’ve taken some incredible vintage ephemera and photos and turned them into two pockets, a mini file folder, and a tag. A little cutting, folding, and gluing, and you have some great new embellishments to incorporate into your…

Create Colorful Zen Pop Art with Jodi Ohl

Want to take your doodle art up a notch? Turn it into colorful pop art by incorporating spray inks, PanPastels, and shimmery pigments! Artist Jodi Ohl shows you how in this technique tutorial from our spring 2016 issue of Zen Doodle magazine. Zen Pop Art by Jodi Ohl When I’m doodling I find my happy place…

Create Doodles on T-Shirts with a Bleach Pen

Need some new pieces for your wardrobe? Here’s an idea: add doodles to a t-shirt! Kim Ballor shows you how in this tutorial from our spring 2016 issue of Zen Doodle Workshop. Try this technique on a new shirt, or use it to upgrade an older top. Wearable Doodles by Kim Ballor Back in the…

Paper Flowers 101: How to Make Hydrangeas

Spring is in the air, and flowers are blooming everywhere—including in our artwork. There are plenty of fun ways to incorporate floral designs in mixed-media art. You can paint flowers, you can stitch flowers…you can even use clever paper art techniques to create beautiful 3-D paper flowers. In this tutorial from our I {Heart} Paper special…

How to Make Fun Paper Flower Frames

Looking for a handmade gift to create? You can never go wrong with a photo frame! These paper flower frames designed by Beth Watson first appeared in our I {Heart} Paper special issue. Follow Beth’s tutorial below to make a frame, insert a special photograph, and—voila!—you have the perfect artful and heartfelt gift for Mother’s Day, a…

How to Make Mixed-Media Infinity Cards

I recently rediscovered the charm of little paper flexagons, known in the cardmaking world as never-ending or infinity cards. I find it fascinating to unfold each page, revealing the card maker’s vision beneath, until I magically end up back where I started. Infinity cards also make an ideal mixed-media substrate. I use them to make…

Tutorial: Make These Paper Flower Anemones

When we went to the Creativation 2018 show earlier this year, paper flowers were one of the big trends we saw on display. Big paper flowers were blooming practically everywhere we looked! In this tutorial from our Paper Art special issue, Jenny Jafek-Jones shows you how to create pretty paper flower anemones. These easy paper flowers are…

Results From Our Paper-Cut Art Reader Challenge

Our Paper-Cut Art reader challenge generated an intriguing variety of colorful art. Monoprints, paint, text, collage, markers, and more, along with a variety of papers help highlight the intricate cutting. We hope you enjoy this selection and that you are inspired to give paper cutting a try. Patricia Marques • Southbury, CT “This project was…

Paper Hearts: A Step-by-Step Tutorial

We love incorporating heart designs into our art—not only on Valentine’s Day, but any day of the year. This 3-D paper hearts project designed by Jenn Mason was featured on the cover of our special issue, Paper Art. It’s a beautiful piece of art you can give to a loved one or display in a…