Art Journaling and Lettering

Art journaling is a wonderful way to practice your favorite mixed-media art techniques and express your visions! Discover journaling tips for beginners, learn advice for making a travel journal, and find inspiration for aspects such as color, composition, and content. You’ll never run out of art journal ideas when you let Cloth Paper Scissors guide you.

Art Journaling Tools That Work

Art journaling inspiration is everywhere. But what if inspiration alone isn’t getting you from idea to the page? That’s where great art journaling tools come in, and we happen to have just the book that will turn your seed of an idea into a full-fledged, artful art journaling page that you’ll love: Amplified Art by Kass…

Keeping An Inspiration Sketchbook

We’re thrilled to let you know that Annie O’Brien Gonzales has a new book out: The Joy of Acrylic Painting: Expressive Painting Techniques for Beginners. This book is packed with information and inspiration, including the essentials of expressive painting, the materials you need to get started, tips and techniques for adding mixed media, and tons of…

A Colorful Art Journal Background Technique

A funny thing happened on my way to creating an art journal background—I lost my fear of the blank page. I have mixed-media artist Nathalie Kalbach to thank for that; she has such phenomenal ideas for adding color, texture, and pattern to paper and canvas in her set of four Acrylic Painting Workshop videos that…

Creating Contrasting Lettering with Kari McKnight Holbrook

Mixed-media artist Kari McKnight Holbrook is a lettering maven.  Not only will you be inspired by the beautiful lettered art in her November Lettering Lesson, you’ll learn a whole lot, too. This lesson will show you how to combine contrasting styles of lettering, and get you started playing with letters in lots of different ways.…

Tutorial: Mixed-Media Recipe Journal

Food and cooking have inspired artists for centuries, so it’s only fitting that we brought art and food together in the pages of Cloth Paper Scissors! For the November/December 2017 issue we asked four artists to translate their favorite original recipes into mixed media, and also include the stories behind them. We were treated to…

Lettering with Style: Tips from Joanne Sharpe

Joanne Sharpe is back with another book! Doodle Art and Lettering with Joanne Sharpe is filled with fun, colorful doodle and lettering techniques all in Joanne’s popular, playful style. Inside, you’ll discover the basics of drawing and doodling; nine new alphabets; dozens of drawing, painting, and mixed-media techniques; and more than 100 prompts for doodling and…

Create a Hand-Lettered Sign for Fall

In the Cloth Paper Scissors October Lettering Lesson Jen Wagner, author of Happy Hand Lettering, shares how she created a hand-lettered sign for fall, using a chalk pen. I love playing with hand lettering, so I couldn’t let this opportunity to try something new pass me by. Bonus: Jen provides a 12-page Lettering Guide in…

Become a Confident Artist with Lettering & Art Lessons

Don’t you love getting lost in a mixed-media project, so much that you lose track of time in that zone of happiness? That’s what happens when you dive into our Art Lessons and Lettering Lessons, monthly downloads that offer a deep exploration into a mixed-media technique or hand lettering style. Whether you’re a beginner, intermediate, or advanced…

Art Journaling Live: What You Need Now!

My art journal is my refuge, my safe zone, and my playground. But I can easily get into a rut, using the same colors, techniques, and tools. When I need to shake things up, I turn to my art journaling heroes, who never fail to fill my head with fun new ideas that are just…

Tutorial: Turn Your Hand Lettering Into Art

True story: If it weren’t for Joanne Sharpe, I probably would never have attempted hand lettering. My pathetic attempts at calligraphy convinced me that lettering wasn’t my thing, but the day I discovered Joanne’s techniques I realized that my own handwriting wasn’t just good enough for hand lettering—it was perfect. Yes, perfect. That’s not bragging,…