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Cloth Paper Scissors Reader Challenge

We invite you to create a mixed-media wreath with lots of flair. It can be a holiday wreath, an everyday wreath, or something for another occasion. Just be sure to mix your media and techniques, and listen to your muse.


1. Create a 6″ – 18″ wreath using a variety of mixed-media techniques and materials, including but not limited to papers, fibers, found objects, beads/buttons, and paint. You can make the wreath yourself, or use a purchased wreath as your base. Use the holidays or anything else as inspiration.

2. Your wreath must weigh 1 pound or less and arrive in a box sturdy enough for its return trip to you.
Note: One submission per person.

3. Your wreath must be free of images or text that are protected by copyright, unless you have the expressed written permission from the person or institution that holds the copyright and you provide that written permission with your submission.

4. To be considered for this challenge, cut and paste a low-res image of your collage into the body of an email by July 1, 2016, and send it to, with the words “Miniature Wreath” in the subject line. Please include your name, shipping address, phone number, and a brief explanation of your artwork in your email.

5. Finalists will be posted at on July 8, 2016.
Artists will not be notified directly.

6. Finalists’ artwork must arrive in our offices by August 12, 2106. At that time a flat return shipping and handling fee of $15 U.S., $20 Canada, and $25 for all other international entries will be due.

7. Please put your name on your artwork and, for safety, be sure to place your entry in a plastic bag before packing it for shipping. All artwork will be returned by mid-November.

Shipping address:
Cloth Paper Scissors/F+W Media
Attn: Miniature Wreath
490 Boston Post Road, Suite 15
Sudbury, MA 01776

We will feature some of the finalists’ artwork in the November/December 2016 issue of CLOTH PAPER SCISSORS and/or on our website.

• All funds must be in U.S. dollars and made payable to F+W Media.
• If you have any questions, contact Barb Delaney at
• By submitting your reader challenge entry, you are authorizing F+W to publish your project in upcoming publications and promotional materials, on our websites, and in our other e-media, as well as to possibly display it at shows.
• F+W will not be held responsible for loss or damage due to circumstances beyond our control.

Previous Cloth Paper Scissors Mixed-Media Art Challenges

These challenges are officially closed, but are still available for your inspiration (so you can feel free to bend the rules for your own project!). Make your art, then share it with us in the Member Gallery!


Artists often look to nature for inspiration for their work, whether it’s a park in the midst of an urban jungle or a desert landscape. Inspired by this influence, we decided to invite you, our readers, to create a mixed-media collage using items from nature.

Create an 8″ x 10″ collage using items from nature: grasses, sticks, acorns, stones, feather, shells, leaves, and more. Use a variety of art media to enhance your collage, including but not limited to paints, stitching, markers, papers, and pens.


Stencils can add dimension and texture to any piece of art. Use paint, molding past, ink, or even stitch to render the image and make a stenciled design the center of attention. We invite you to make a hand-cut stencil, using your own inspiration and design. Imagine the possibilities.

1. Create a hand-cut, 4″ x 4″ stencil using an your own original design. You can cut your stencil from Mylar®, cardstock, or any other sturdy material you prefer.

2. Once your stencil is cut, use it in a piece of art. Please use a 6″ x 6″ flat substrate for your artwork and make sure we can see the stencil design in the completed work.

3. Incorporate mixed-media in your artwork. Use paint, ink, stitch, pastels, molding paste, stitching, pencils, and more to create your stenciled art. Again, please be sure the stenciled image is evident in the completed piece.


The trend in taking selfies shows no sign of slowing down. People are planning them, taking them, posting them, and sharing them everywhere. We’re inviting our readers to express their artistic self in a mixed-media selfie.

Your selfie can be of you alone, or include friends and/or pets.

Transfers, collage, stitch, and altered digital images are a few suggestions for materials and techniques, but we welcome all mixed media. Dig into your stash, add your spin, and send us your best “shot.”

1. Create a 5″ x 7″ mixed-media selfie. Include just yourself, or you plus friends, pets, and/or interesting settings.

2. Though there are no exclusions on materials, your selfie must include a variety of techniques and materials to be considered for publication. Use fabric, paint, transfers, stencils, stamps, ephemera, and more.


Let’s start the New Year right with a custom personal planner. We invite you to create a mixed-media planner for 2016, and we want to see it all—create a cover that tells us a little something about your style, and then add pages that will inspire you throughout the year.

1. Create a 6″ x 8″ book for your planner. It can have a stitched binding or you can use ribbons, rings, or another favorite binding method.

Note: Alternatively, you can use a blank sketchbook to create your planner, but commercial planners are not allowed.

2. Though there are no exclusions on materials, your planner must include a variety of techniques and materials to be considered for publication. Use fabric, paint, found objects, transfers, stencils, stamps, ephemera, and more—show us what you’ve got!


Be a part of our Mixed-Media Mini Garland reader challenge. We are looking for some fun, colorful, unique mini garlands to inspire readers to embellish whatever holidays they celebrate. Dig into your stash and make a mixed-media garland you’d be proud to hang . . . or to give.

1. Create a mini garland that’s at least 24″ and no more than 30″.

2. Though there are no exclusions on materials, your garland must include a variety of techniques and materials to be considered for publication. Use paper, fabric, fibers, paint, found objects—show us what you’ve got.


Gone are the days when you’d get in trouble for doodling. That technique now has a whole new respect. Whether you call your artwork tangles or doodles, we’d like to see you feature it in some jewelry. Encase your designs in resin; etch them in metal; doodle on pendants, bracelets, and earrings in paint or ink. Show us what you’ve got.

The Challenge: Create a piece of jewelry with doodling as the focal point. Make a pin, a pendant, earrings, a bracelet . . . your choice. There are no exclusions on materials, but your jewelry must be wearable.


We invite you to create a mixed-media map of something in your life: your home, your neighborhood, your favorite hiking trail, where you came from (literally or figuratively), your goals . . . just about anything can be mapped!

Use any media in your art arsenal, including tangles, stencils, stitch, collage, paint, stamps, and more-and don’t forget embellishments.

The Challenge: Create a mixed-media map using paper or fabric as a base. Your entry must be two-dimensional.


We all have ideas for clothing or styles we’d love to see on the runway. Now’s your chance! Express your fashion sense . . . in miniature. Create mixed-media clothes¾ fancy, casual, or whimsical, for any age group. Have fun with your materials and supplies, and show us your runway-worthy best.

1. Create a miniature mixed-media wearable using paper as a base. Your entry can be flat or 3-D. Think every-day attire, bridal, garden party, vests, cocktail party, business wear, ball gowns, and more.

2. There are no exclusions on materials, and your piece does not have to be assembled with stitch, but your miniature wearable must include some hand and/or machine stitching.

3. Though we always welcome the use of recycled papers, your mixed-media piece must be free of any obvious text or images that are protected by copyright, unless you have the expressed written permission from the person or institution that holds the copyright and you provide that written permission with your submission.


Artists have transformed retired books into journals, turned them into altered books, and used their many pages to make textural collages. We invite you now to take a book and create a sculpture, using your mixed-media tools, techniques, and supplies. We encourage you to use books destined for the recycle bin. Make it whimsical, utilitarian, or just plain fun; just make it in time for our challenge deadline. Check out Paper Art magazine and the summer issue of Pages for inspiration.

The Challenge: Create a mixed-media sculpture with a book and your favorite supplies. There are no exclusions on materials.