Mixed-Media Techniques

There’s a mixed-media art technique that’s right for you. Browse these free articles and learn how to make assemblage art, use stencils, create an art journal . . . we cover everything mixed-media! What will you make today?

4 Ways to Use Words in Art

Using words in art is a powerful way to creatively communicate, push boundaries, and add meaning to a piece. No wonder words show up everywhere in mixed-media art, filling art journal pages, being imbedded in clay, incorporated in collage, and even stitched as textile art. You don’t have to be an expert letterer to include…

Create Heraldry-Inspired Hand Lettering

Laura Lavender’s Lettering Lesson, Heraldry-Inspired Lettering (Volume 21), will send you back in time for inspiration. Learn about supporters, banners, and decorative elements with regal roots, and build a custom design. Add new styles to your hand-lettering repertoire that will give a historic feel to your art. Then, create an inspiring piece that incorporates your…

Make a Vibrant Botanical Collage

Artist Susan Black makes wonderfully vibrant collages inspired by flowers and floral motifs—and in this article, she’ll show you how to create your own. Susan starts with coffee-stained watercolor paper, then layers simple geometric shapes cut from tissue paper with bits of ephemera, doodle-style drawing, and mark making. Ready to get started? Follow Susan’s instructions for…

Boost Your Wardrobe with Recycled Jewelry

Mixed-media art and recycling, upcycling, and repurposing were made for each other. The Fall 2018 issue of Cloth Paper Scissors magazine features a fantastic recycled jewelry project from Debbie Blair that incorporates altered game pieces and rubber washers, plus tons of great jewelry techniques. Debbie’s piece inspired me to dig through my stash and channel…

Art Journal Technique: New Ways to Use Old Work

Discover exciting and creative ways to explore art journaling in the new book The Painted Art Journal by Jeanne Oliver. In this excerpt, Jeanne shows how to incorporate finished artwork into a fresh art journal spread. Jeanne is also our Artist of the Month for August—check out her exclusive kit below! Oftentimes we come into our…

Doodling + Collage = Fun Art Journal Pages!

Need some new art journaling ideas? We have a fun one to share with you today from mixed-media artist Jenn Olson. Jenn likes to combine doodling and collage to make unique art journal pages filled with layers, depth, and color. Follow Jenn’s tutorial below to try it for yourself! This article first appeared in the Summer 2015…

Make DIY Lettering Pens!

Hand lettering is an adventure with any writing tools: Finding which ones work best, learning how to use them, and finding the ones you like working with is just the beginning. But once you have that down, it’s time to spread your wings, and what better way than to make your own hand-lettering tools. In…

5 Recycled Art Projects You Have to See to Believe

The things artists create from items most people throw away never cease to amaze me. The Fall 2018 issue of Cloth Paper Scissors is all about transforming items and giving them a new life, and we have some incredible artwork and techniques I’m sure you’ll want to try. But I also thought it would be fun…

Paint the Colorful World of Flora and Fauna

Have you taken your art outdoors lately? Whether in a man-made or natural setting, halfway around the globe or in your own backyard, creating en plein air can result in wonderful artwork inspired by the world around you. Artist Jacqueline Newbold is often inspired by nature for her mixed-media watercolor creations. In this article from…