Tag: Art Lessons

Bring Your Travel Journal Pages to Life

In Suzanne McNeill’s Art Lesson, Sketchbook Stories, she shares more creative techniques for capturing travel adventures in sketchbooks and journals. Accordion inserts, windows, day-by-day planner pages, see-through tunnel pages, and much more bring her adventures to life. So many great ways to document your travels, I couldn’t resist trying out a few of her techniques…

A New Twist on Collage Backgrounds

When it comes to mixed-media art, I’m a wee bit obsessed with layers. Paint and texture layers, collage backgrounds, 3-D cut paper effects—they all make me happy. When I started reading the new Art Lesson Volume 16: Field Notes by Dena Ann Adams, I knew I had to explore Dena’s collage background technique that kicks…

Make Oracle Card Journals with Cathy Nichols

I have always been drawn to water, specifically the ocean. So, when I started planning this post for this Art Lesson, which deals with archetypes and their meaning, I decided to see if there were creatures of the sea that had any ties to creativity. In this quest, I discovered that whales are associated with compassion,…

5 Quick (and Surprising) Techniques for Textured Art

Texture is such a key component in mixed-media art; it’s often what gives a piece its wow factor. Creating textured art isn’t always a laborious process, as the 2017 Art Lessons: Texture Adventures prove. You can achieve visual and physical texture in a few quick steps, and incorporate the techniques in every type of project,…

Telling Stories with Art

My love of storytelling is the primary reason I became a writer and editor. But when I discovered mixed media, I found that I also love telling stories with art. When it came to choosing a theme for the 2018 Art Lessons, storytelling with mixed media was the clear frontrunner, and Cathy Nichols the idea…

5 Art Lessons that Made Me a Believer

Our Art Lessons are awesome, and I say that as a completely objective spectator. Insert winky emoji. Seriously, these digital downloads that are packed with step-by-step photos are a great way to get up close and personal with incredible techniques and projects that will up your mixed-media game. Lessons with companion videos let you see…

Create a Fairy Tale Collage with Cathy Nichols

Cathy Nichols is known for her colorful artwork, and especially for the way she weaves stories into her art. In her January 2018 Art Lesson, Cathy shares how she uses selected words on a book page as a jumping-off point to create her colorful narrative collages. I loved the idea of starting with a book…

Expressive Surface Design with Deborah Boschert

Deborah Boschert’s fabric collages are full of color and texture. In the December Art Lesson, Deborah shares some of her favorite surface design techniques for creating the unique fabrics she uses in her collages. She also shows how free-motion stitching adds even more design interest and texture. Given this lesson involves two of my favorite things,…

A Fabric Collage with Texture

We have an exciting new Art Lesson out, and this one’s a little different—it interprets our theme of Texture Adventures with fabric collage. Deborah Boschert is the artist who wrote Tiny Textured Treasures, and it will get you thinking about texture in a whole new way. Deborah’s well known for her beautiful textile collages, and…

Spray Paint: Your New Bestie

You’ve likely crossed paths with spray paint at some point in your life, but I’m guessing the two of you never really formed a lasting creative relationship. That’s sums up my history with the medium as well, but artist Nathalie Kalbach recently got us back together via her Art Lesson, and I’m happy to report…