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.

Grow a Garden Collage with Chris Cozen

“An ingenious mind is never too old to learn.” ~ Mary Granville Delany I love reading about artists and their lives. Upon the recommendation of a good friend who is also an artist, I picked up The Paper Garden by Molly Peacock, and spent a few wonderful hours discovering an artist most of us have…

How to Make a Whimsical Collaged Bird

Some mixed-media projects just make you feel happy. On the cover of the May/June 2018 issue of Cloth Paper Scissors, you’ll see an inset photo of a wonderful collaged bird, created by UK artist and author Clare Youngs. Being a fan of her work for a long time, I was over the moon when she agreed…

A New Twist on Collage Backgrounds

When it comes to mixed-media art, I’m a wee bit obsessed with layers. Paint and texture layers, collage backgrounds, 3-D cut paper effects—they all make me happy. When I started reading the new Art Lesson Volume 16: Field Notes by Dena Ann Adams, I knew I had to explore Dena’s collage background technique that kicks…

Tutorial: Make a Spring Collage

It’s finally spring in New England, and after an extremely long winter, seeing buds on the trees and the forsythia blooming seems like a miracle. I love celebrating the seasons and nature in my artwork, and this year I have even more incentive: the Roxanne Evans Stout Springtime Collage Collection. This exclusive bundle includes two…

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…