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: 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…

Technique Tuesdays: Gel-Plate Printing

Gel-plate printing has taken the mixed-media world by storm. Ready-made silicone plates make it incredibly easy to create monoprints with paint, stencils, stamps, and more. A little practice is all it takes to become a pro at printing on gel plates, which can also be made from scratch. Use the following techniques to add unique touches to your…

Technique Tuesdays: Working With Color

Working with color is what makes our art exciting, what gives it a mood, an energy, and a feeling. We may have our favorite palettes, but when we shake it up a bit and try something new, breakthroughs happen. It’s like seeing the world with new eyes. Exploring color is something artists naturally love to…

Studio Saturdays: Mixed-Media Weaving

One of the hottest trends in the mixed-media world might surprise you—it’s weaving. At the recent Association for Creative Industries show (formerly the Craft & Hobby Association), I saw all types of new small, easy-to-use looms that can be used with a variety of fun and funky materials. If you’ve never tried weaving, or haven’t…

Trend Alert: Mixed-Media Home Decor

If your home and studio need a little sprucing up this spring, pick up the March/April 2017 issue of Cloth Paper Scissors magazine and get inspired. I’m so excited about this issue, because it’s all about creating mixed-media home decor, using the techniques and skills you love to create beautiful items for your home. Think…

Technique Tuesdays: Fabric Art

Fabric art brings appealing qualities to mixed media: texture, dimension, shape, and form. It’s difficult not to touch a piece of textile art, as our hands want to explore all the interesting things our eyes see. Fabric is so accessible that it’s easy to put it front and center, or add it to mixed-media art, whether…