Paper Art and Zen Doodle

Paper is one of the most versatile mediums available to mixed media artists, allowing for nearly any technique, material, or design to be used in handmade paper crafts, including paper flowers, handmade cards, and more.

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Improve Your Ink Skills During Inktober!

Tomorrow is October 1st, the kickoff to Inktober, a month when artists challenge themselves to create an ink drawing every day. Are you in? I hope so—I look forward to this event every year. I always encourage artists to take part in Inktober if they can, since it’s a great opportunity to take your creativity…

Recycled Art Idea: Make Shrines from Cardboard

There is something thrilling about taking items meant for the recycling bin and turning them into a work of art. Recently our recycling company changed its policies, and we can no longer recycle cardboard that is not corrugated. While this was initially frustrating, I soon saw it as an opportunity. Cardboard is perfect for building…

Paper Dresses to Die For

Like many girls, I grew up with vague fantasies of being a clothing designer. With Barbie as my muse, I sewed some pretty fierce couture creations. At least that’s what I thought at the time. Fast-forward to now, and I’m channeling my love of fashion into mixed-media found paper dresses that are even more fun…

Paper Flowers: Make a Blooming Rosebud Topiary

Paper flowers are such fun to create, and there are so many different types and variations you can make! In this tutorial from our I {Heart} Paper special issue, designer Tracy Houser shows you how to create a beautiful blooming paper rosebud topiary. This elegant work of paper art makes the perfect centerpiece for a…

Printable Ephemera Pockets and More for May!

I’m so excited about this month’s printable ephemera downloads, in a geeked-out, paper and ephemera fangirl way. We’ve taken some incredible vintage ephemera and photos and turned them into two pockets, a mini file folder, and a tag. A little cutting, folding, and gluing, and you have some great new embellishments to incorporate into your…

Create Colorful Zen Pop Art with Jodi Ohl

Want to take your doodle art up a notch? Turn it into colorful pop art by incorporating spray inks, PanPastels, and shimmery pigments! Artist Jodi Ohl shows you how in this technique tutorial from our spring 2016 issue of Zen Doodle magazine. Zen Pop Art by Jodi Ohl When I’m doodling I find my happy place…

Create Doodles on T-Shirts with a Bleach Pen

Need some new pieces for your wardrobe? Here’s an idea: add doodles to a t-shirt! Kim Ballor shows you how in this tutorial from our spring 2016 issue of Zen Doodle Workshop. Try this technique on a new shirt, or use it to upgrade an older top. Wearable Doodles by Kim Ballor Back in the…

Paper Flowers 101: How to Make Hydrangeas

Spring is in the air, and flowers are blooming everywhere—including in our artwork. There are plenty of fun ways to incorporate floral designs in mixed-media art. You can paint flowers, you can stitch flowers…you can even use clever paper art techniques to create beautiful 3-D paper flowers. In this tutorial from our I {Heart} Paper special…

How to Make Fun Paper Flower Frames

Looking for a handmade gift to create? You can never go wrong with a photo frame! These paper flower frames designed by Beth Watson first appeared in our I {Heart} Paper special issue. Follow Beth’s tutorial below to make a frame, insert a special photograph, and—voila!—you have the perfect artful and heartfelt gift for Mother’s Day, a…

How to Make Mixed-Media Infinity Cards

I recently rediscovered the charm of little paper flexagons, known in the cardmaking world as never-ending or infinity cards. I find it fascinating to unfold each page, revealing the card maker’s vision beneath, until I magically end up back where I started. Infinity cards also make an ideal mixed-media substrate. I use them to make…