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.

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…

A Cool Way to Create Animal Doodles

Have you ever tried your hand at doodling on scratch-art paper? In this fun tutorial from our fall 2016 issue of Zen Doodle Workshop magazine, artist and illustrator Dena Ann Adams shows you how to use scratch-art paper to create whimsical animal doodles. She also has a great way to make a quick-and-easy background with watercolor and crayons. Happy doodling! Scratch-Art…

Nature Print Greeting Card Tutorial

Autumn’s beautiful foliage can provide such wonderful art inspiration this time of year. In this project from our September/October 2013 issue of Cloth Paper Scissors magazine, artist and printmaker Sharon Gross demonstrates how to make nature print greeting cards using fallen leaves. These cards are fun, easy to create, and each one is totally unique.…

Tutorial: Make a Paper-Cut Menu Tent

Planning a party or special gathering? Take your table decor up a notch with a paper-cut menu tent that’s both practical and fashionable. In the step-by-step tutorial below, artist Paige E. Martin shows you how to add extra dimension to a menu tent with easy paper cutouts and collaged papers. Whether you’re creating for a birthday…

How to Create a Mixed-Media Landscape

Doodling. Coloring. Pattern-making. Fabric. We’re about to show you how to combine all of these elements to create one incredible mixed-media landscape! This project from artists Peri-Laine Nilan and Valerie McRae first appeared in our fall 2016 issue of Zen Doodle Workshop magazine. Their piece showcases the vibrant colors of fall in a beautiful autumn…

How to Make Paper Cloth Flowers Like a Pro

Fall is just around the corner, and that means it’s prime time to infuse some autumn-themed projects into your mixed-media art. If you’re not sure where to begin, look no further than fall’s beautiful blooms for inspiration. In this tutorial from our September/October 2015 issue, artist Diana Trout shows you how to use muslin and…