Collage

With mixed-media collage art, the creative possibilities are endless! From paper and paint, to fabric, stitching, and found objects, you can make creations that have your unique style. Start with these resources for collage ideas and collage designs.

Honoring Your Creative Process

We all want to tell our own stories, and sometimes those stories become clearer when we honor our own creative process. This is something that I strive for. As an artist and an art workshop teacher I find this is so important, both for my students and for myself. My process begins not just when…

Seth Apter’s Embossing Powder Techniques

If there is one word that describes my work, it might be textural layers. Okay, technically that’s two words, but together they capture the essence of my art. This past January, I released my own line of embossing powders for artists with Emerald Creek Craft Supplies called Baked Texture. Designed to go beyond the traditional…

Create a Fairy Tale Collage with Cathy Nichols

Cathy Nichols is known for her colorful artwork, and especially for the way she weaves stories into her art. In her January 2018 Art Lesson, Cathy shares how she uses selected words on a book page as a jumping-off point to create her colorful narrative collages. I loved the idea of starting with a book…

Make a Fabric Collage Book

There’s something about winter that makes me so eager to create fabric collages. Must be the cold weather and long nights that compel me to rummage through my fabric scraps and get into the rhythmic calm of hand stitching. For a recent project I decided to create a fabric collage with something practical in mind—a…

Studio Saturday: Acrylic Paint Techniques That Will Blow Your Mind

Think you’ve seen everything there is to see about acrylic paint? Have you looked in your trash lately? Because there’s probably something there that will shake up your mixed-media art and give you a new reason to love acrylic paint. I’m talking about skins. Paint skins. On your canvas. Now. Let’s go. Thank artist Staci Swider for…

Studio Saturday: Nature Art

I’m hanging onto these last weeks of summer with every ounce of strength, as fall is almost here. Hikes, walks, beach trips—these are all fodder and inspiration for my artwork, so I’m making the most of every minute spent outside. Recently I decided to see how many ways I could incorporate nature art into one…

The ‘Art’ of Storytelling with Cathy Nichols

Artists tell stories—it’s what we do. But sometimes we need fresh inspiration and a new way of looking at things to keep our stories dynamic and compelling. So I’m excited to tell you about a brand new kit called Storytelling Art Collection that’s all about helping you reveal your unique stories through your artwork while adding some…

Studio Saturdays: A New Take on Photo Transfers

An image transfer is an image transfer is an image transfer, right? Nope. Not only are no two image transfers the same, but artists are always coming up with new ways to render transferred images and turn them into art. Case in point: the May 2017 Art Lesson, Layering with Photo Transfers. The techniques are…

Studio Saturdays: Tea Bag Art

Suddenly, I’m seeing tea bag art everywhere. My interest was piqued with Irene Rafael’s fantastic article in the March/April 2017 issue of Cloth Paper Scissors magazine on painting portraits on tea bags. Yes. Portraits. On tea bags. If you haven’t seen it, go grab the issue now. Or download it. Irene’s miniature paintings on little…

Studio Saturdays: Venetian Plaster Art

I was going to start this Studio Saturday post by telling you how wonderful the March Art Lesson is. I’m still going to do that, but I’ll sum it up in three words: Venetian plaster art. Wait, make it five: mixed-media Venetian plaster art. I’m sure Venetian plaster and I would never have entered into…