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.

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…

Tutorial: Make These Paper Flower Anemones

When we went to the Creativation 2018 show earlier this year, paper flowers were one of the big trends we saw on display. Big paper flowers were blooming practically everywhere we looked! In this tutorial from our Paper Art special issue, Jenny Jafek-Jones shows you how to create pretty paper flower anemones. These easy paper flowers are…

Results From Our Paper-Cut Art Reader Challenge

Our Paper-Cut Art reader challenge generated an intriguing variety of colorful art. Monoprints, paint, text, collage, markers, and more, along with a variety of papers help highlight the intricate cutting. We hope you enjoy this selection and that you are inspired to give paper cutting a try. Patricia Marques • Southbury, CT “This project was…

Paper Hearts: A Step-by-Step Tutorial

We love incorporating heart designs into our art—not only on Valentine’s Day, but any day of the year. This 3-D paper hearts project designed by Jenn Mason was featured on the cover of our special issue, Paper Art. It’s a beautiful piece of art you can give to a loved one or display in a…

Valentine Cards: Fall in Love with Foiling

Want to add some shimmer to your mixed-media Valentine cards? Try foiling! In this article from our January/February 2016 issue of Cloth Paper Scissors magazine, artist Diana Trout shares easy ways to add foil to handmade cards. You can also use these techniques in other mixed-media paper art projects: journal pages, collage—the possibilities are endless. Foiled Again…

How to Make a Paper Feather Wreath

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and that means it’s the perfect time to incorporate hearts into your mixed-media artwork. This lovely heart-shaped paper feather wreath was designed by artist Julie Fei-Fan Balzer and featured on the cover of our special issue, I {Heart} Paper. Follow Julie’s tutorial below to create your own! Feather…

How to Make Zendoodle Fabric Beads with Kristal Wick

Do you wish you could do more with your Zendoodles? Kristal Wick has a great idea—make them into fabric beads! Kristal is our guest blogger today, and she shares her top five tips for creating beautiful Zendoodle fabric beads. Kristal also has a fantastic downloadable course available from Interweave: Fabulous Zendoodle Fabric Beads, where you’ll…