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?

Handmade Holiday: The Best Gifts to Give

It’s never too early to start thinking about handmade holiday gifts! Making something by hand for your loved ones is the ultimate way to say you care. So leave yourself enough time to plan and create without pressure—and by all means, consult these fantastic books and videos. They have everything you need to get started…

Kitchen Table Printing: Get Creative with Monoprints!

My fondness for using recycled materials in art knows no bounds. So when we were planning the Fall 2018 issue of Cloth Paper Scissors, one article had to be included: kitchen table printing using juice boxes, from artist Roseane Viegas. Circumstances led Roseane to develop this technique, which is so brilliant that I had to…

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…

Use Molding Paste to Tell Stories with Texture

Suzanne McNeill has a knack for using all kinds of materials and techniques in creative ways to tell stories with her art. In this Art Lesson (Volume 19) she shows how to incorporate molding paste, several kinds actually, in all kinds of great art pieces. Suzanne demonstrates how to feature simple things in a piece of…

How to Make Easy Pet Portraits

If you’re a pet owner, your art portfolio likely includes a piece or two inspired by your pet. But have you honored your special companion with an official pet portrait? In this easy tutorial from artist Jane LaFazio, learn how to use a photograph of your pet to create an original fabric painting. This article…

Experiments with Cyanotype Prints

I can finally cross an item off of my summer bucket list: experimenting with cyanotype prints. It didn’t take long for me to fall head over heels in love with this process, and now my head is spinning with all kinds of ideas. This is what gets us out of bed in the morning, isn’t…

Trend Alert: Add Marbling to Your Art Repertoire

Marbling is a fast-growing trend in mixed media, and a new generation of paints makes it easy to decorate almost any surface with beautiful swirled color. Marbling involves floating paint on the surface of a water bath to create multicolored designs, and then placing items into the paint to embellish them. Marabu’s Easy Marble paints…

Free August Downloads: Cyanotype Images

We’ve got something to help you beat the end-of-summer doldrums—free downloads! This month we have something really fun and different to work with: cyanotype images. These beautiful indigo blue images are created with a special photo process that uses sunlight to develop pictures, and the results are unique. Lucky for you, we’ve taken all the…

How to Make a Mixed-Media Messenger Bag

Looking for the perfect bag to carry on all your travels near and far? This messenger bag decorated by Tracie Lyn Huskamp is just the ticket. To make it, you’ll take a store-bought messenger bag and put your own special spin on it using a variety of mixed-media art techniques. Tracie will even show you how…

New Kit Alert: Unlock Your Art Journaling Potential

Big news, artists—we have a new kit that includes a just-released book you’re going to absolutely love, and I can’t wait to tell you about it. The Creative Art Journaling Kit  includes a copy of Jeanne Oliver’s book The Painted Art Journal, plus a large Dylusions Creative Journal, and a DVD of Top 10 Art…