Mixed-Media Techniques

There’s a mixed-media art technique that’s right for you. Browse these free articles and learn how to make assemblage art, use stencils, create an art journal . . . we cover everything mixed-media! What will you make today?

Studio Saturdays: Doodle Art

The words “doodle” and “art” most definitely belong side-by-side–just check out the fantastic doodle art of Joanne Sharpe. She combines fanciful artwork, unique lettering, and vibrant color in such an incredible way that you can’t take your eyes away from her work. She has a new book, Doodle Art and Lettering With Joanne Sharpe, and it…

Make Waves with Leather and Metal By Melissa Cable

Technique Tuesday: Make Waves with this Leather and Metal Bracelet

Leather has been popping up in mixed-media jewelry everywhere, from wrap bracelets to custom jewelry. This leather bracelet was inspired by a particular product, a stretch jewelry cord called Fashion Stretch from Beadsmith®. Combine this wondrous chord with supple leather and voila, a wave effect you will absolutely love. This technique might not be one…

Studio Saturdays: Tea Bag Art

Suddenly, I’m seeing tea bag art everywhere. My interest was piqued with Irene Rafael’s fantastic article in the March/April 2017 issue of Cloth Paper Scissors magazine on painting portraits on tea bags. Yes. Portraits. On tea bags. If you haven’t seen it, go grab the issue now. Or download it. Irene’s miniature paintings on little…

April Lettering Lesson: Lettering with a Painting Pen

Have you ever been intrigued by a new mixed-media tool, but you just can’t bring yourself to try it on your own? That’s one reason I love taking classes—they’re the perfect place to test out new supplies and techniques. The same is true for Cloth Paper Scissors Lettering Lessons, especially the new April lesson on…

Studio Saturdays: Layered Fabric

Fabric has always been an essential element in my mixed-media work, and when I discover a new technique that includes it, I’m over the moon. Betz White’s layered fabric pillow in the March/April 2017 issue of Cloth Paper Scissors magazine has so much depth and detail that I had to make a date with my…

Studio Saturdays: Venetian Plaster Art

I was going to start this Studio Saturday post by telling you how wonderful the March Art Lesson is. I’m still going to do that, but I’ll sum it up in three words: Venetian plaster art. Wait, make it five: mixed-media Venetian plaster art. I’m sure Venetian plaster and I would never have entered into…

The Elements of Handmade Books

What others throw away, artists see as creative gold. In The Elemental Journal: Composing Artful Expressions From Items Cast Aside, author Tammy Kushnir takes old clothes, twigs, cardboard boxes, and more, and turns them into stunning handmade books that hold thoughts, secrets, desires, and dreams. In this excerpt, learn how to turn plain acrylic sheets into…

Studio Saturdays: Curved Lettering

I love to hand letter, but if you’ve read my previous blog posts about the subject, you know that I sometimes struggle with it. That’s why I’m not just the editor of Lettering Lessons, I’m also a customer. And the Number One Fan. When a new Lettering Lesson comes across my desk, I can’t wait…

Learn how to draw your own tangles and make designs like these.

Zentangle® – There’s No Wrong Way to Do It!

There’s so much to discover in Zentangle® and doodling, and so many wonderful techniques that you can incorporate into your art journal pages, fabric art, collages, and more. Kass Hall gets you started with this tutorial from her book The Zentangle® Untangled Workbook. Best of all, practicing is fun! Grab a pen, some paper, and…

Technique Tuesdays: Art inspired by flowers

According to the calendar, spring has arrived. Although there’s still snow on the ground here in Massachusetts, we’re anticipating warmer days and craving all that spring brings with it. We thought we’d share some art inspired by flowers, along with tips and ideas from our favorite mixed-media artists on how to create a variety of beautiful…