Mixed-Media Painting Techniques

Learn how to make the most of your art with techniques for using acrylic paint, watercolor, encaustic, masks, and more with instruction from leading mixed-media artists.

Spray Paint: Your New Bestie

You’ve likely crossed paths with spray paint at some point in your life, but I’m guessing the two of you never really formed a lasting creative relationship. That’s sums up my history with the medium as well, but artist Nathalie Kalbach recently got us back together via her Art Lesson, and I’m happy to report…

Creating Layers for Mixed Media with Seth Apter

I’m thrilled to let you know that Seth Apter has two brand new Creative Workshop videos: 10 Techniques for Mixed Media Artists, and 10 Techniques for Painting Layers. If you’ve seen Seth’s incredible artwork, you know that he’s an expert at creating layers for mixed media with tons of depth and texture. Wonder no longer…

Escape the Creative Rut with Staci Swider

We’ve all had our share of artistic ruts, and it’s always nice to have a helping hand to pull us out. To the rescue today is Staci Swider, who loves sharing her amazing mixed-media painting skills through her book, videos, and downloadable projects. In this guest blog, Staci offers great advice on how to get…

Recharge Your Creativity with Art Inspiration

As long as I’ve done mixed-media art, I’m always pleasantly surprised by how working on a piece both calms and refreshes me. Another way I ease into that tranquil zone is by looking at collections of amazing mixed-media art. For that, I turn to beautiful books that I know offer great art inspiration, allowing me…

Watercolor and More with Gina Lee Kim

Editor’s Note: This is going to be a fun week on the Cloth Paper Scissors blog. Why? Because it’s Gina Lee Kim Week! Gina is a talented watercolorist and mixed-media artist, and we have several things in store for you featuring her work. Today, we’re kicking off with a few of her techniques for watercolor…

5 Tips for Artists with Jean Haines

If watercolor is part of your mixed-media repertoire—or you’d like it to be—I would love to introduce you to Jean Haines. This UK-based artist and author has tons of fantastic watercolor techniques to share with you, including warm-up exercises, color mixing, creating with mindfulness, plus tips for painting gorgeous flowers, animals, and more. In this…

Watercolor Wonder: Taking Your Art on the Road

Clothes? Check. Makeup bag? Check. Art supplies? Check. I may not always remember my toothbrush, but I never leave home without an art project. Almost every trip I have taken in the last 20 years has included a paint palette, a cluster of brushes, and watercolor paper in my bag. For the first decade of…

Using Cold Wax in Mixed-Media Art

Crystal Neubauer’s August Art Lesson, Cold Wax Play, inspired me to try working with cold wax. Like encaustic medium, cold wax is made up of beeswax and resin, but unlike encaustic it also has solvent as part of the mix, giving it a paste-like consistency. It was time to play. I chose 300-lb. watercolor paper…

Fun with Watercolor: Resist Effects

Watercolor has always intrigued me, and much more so since being introduced to Gina Lee Kim’s colorful work. Her artwork is approachable and the colors are always bright and inviting. Gina’s Fun with Watercolor series of videos has it all. I decided to check out Fun with Watercolor: Resist Effects, and I’m glad I did.…

Mixed-Media Watercolor: Believe the Hype!

I’m not one for jumping on a trend just because it’s popular, but the mixed-media watercolor trend lives up to the hype. The effects are incredible. No matter where you are in your watercolor practice, from never-touched-it to do-it-every-day, there’s an artist I’d like you to meet: Danielle Donaldson. Let me tell you why you…