Tag: Art Journaling

Drawing Composition Techniques You Need Today

My favorite part of the art process has to be the “ah-ha” moment, when ideas suddenly coalesce, techniques make sense, and you experience that breakthrough. I had that creative epiphany the other day while trying Barbara Roth’s drawing composition techniques from her article “Mixed-Media Drawing Buffet” in the March/April 2018 issue of Cloth Paper Scissors…

Make a Deck of Art Cards

Spring is a great time for a studio recharge, and one of my favorite tasks is creating a deck of art cards. This is one of those projects that you can take in a million different directions, and I’ll give you some fun ideas for different types of decks. Today we’ll make a deck of…

Hand Painted Papers: Stash Building

The other day I was looking for some hand painted papers for a collage project, and was dismayed that my stash was down to next to nothing. Every once in a while it’s a good idea to create a collection of decorated papers; they’re an essential part of your mixed-media art supplies. Nothing comes close…

Daily Hand Lettering Tips

Studio Saturday is on a short break. Please enjoy this blog post, portions of which were previously published on our sister site, ArtistsNetwork.com! ~ Jeannine I am a reformed hand letterer. My ill-fated attempts at calligraphy made me fear and dread hand lettering to the point of being terrified at having to address an envelope.…

Diving Into Mixed-Media Abstracts

My fear of the blank page is trumped by my fear of the hot mess stage of artwork. In fact, not wanting to deal with that stage at all is sometimes what prevents me from trying a new technique, especially one that incorporates painting. But I decided to face that fear after reading Jodi Ohl’s…

7 Tips for Mindful Art Journaling

Mindful art journaling goes beyond the creative act of putting paint, pen, or collage to paper. This increasingly popular practice involves being aware of and expressing your mood, thoughts, and surroundings, as you create artwork in a safe place—a journal. Artists have long used art journals as a refuge, a place where they can express…

4 Ideas for Starting an Art Journal Page

Studio Saturday is on a short break. Please enjoy this blog post, portions of which were previously published on our sister site,  ArtistsNetwork! ~ Jeannine We can all agree that when it comes to art journaling, we loathe the blank page, yes? Starting an art journal page with a few ideas ready to go is…

What’s Your Word of the Year?

Choosing a word of the year is something artists love to do; it signals an intention and provides focus for the year ahead. In the January/February 2018 issue of Cloth Paper Scissors magazine, we asked our readers to send us their word of the year interpreted in mixed media, and the results were phenomenal. Words…

Art Journaling Tools That Work

Art journaling inspiration is everywhere. But what if inspiration alone isn’t getting you from idea to the page? That’s where great art journaling tools come in, and we happen to have just the book that will turn your seed of an idea into a full-fledged, artful art journaling page that you’ll love: Amplified Art by Kass…

A Colorful Art Journal Background Technique

A funny thing happened on my way to creating an art journal background—I lost my fear of the blank page. I have mixed-media artist Nathalie Kalbach to thank for that; she has such phenomenal ideas for adding color, texture, and pattern to paper and canvas in her set of four Acrylic Painting Workshop videos that…