Tag: Collage

Tutorial: Mixed-Media Recipe Journal

Food and cooking have inspired artists for centuries, so it’s only fitting that we brought art and food together in the pages of Cloth Paper Scissors! For the November/December 2017 issue we asked four artists to translate their favorite original recipes into mixed media, and also include the stories behind them. We were treated to…

Small Art and Big Results

Creating small art pieces is rewarding for so many reasons: you get instant gratification, it’s easy and enjoyable to work in a series, you tend not to overthink a piece, and there are tons of ways to use and display these charming artworks. I was inspired to go small after discovering Single Fare 4, a…

Studio Saturday: Encaustic Art and the Best Day Ever

My first impression of encaustic art was that it was incredibly beautiful, but I wasn’t sure I wanted to start working with wax. Was it really that amazing? The short answer is an emphatic yes, as my colleague and I discovered on a recent field trip to the studio of artist Nancy Tobey, who showed…

Studio Saturday: Acrylic Paint Techniques That Will Blow Your Mind

Think you’ve seen everything there is to see about acrylic paint? Have you looked in your trash lately? Because there’s probably something there that will shake up your mixed-media art and give you a new reason to love acrylic paint. I’m talking about skins. Paint skins. On your canvas. Now. Let’s go. Thank artist Staci Swider for…

Studio Saturday: Nature Art

I’m hanging onto these last weeks of summer with every ounce of strength, as fall is almost here. Hikes, walks, beach trips—these are all fodder and inspiration for my artwork, so I’m making the most of every minute spent outside. Recently I decided to see how many ways I could incorporate nature art into one…

Studio Saturday: Succeed with Art Warm-Ups

Thank you for joining me for another weekend in the studio! I have to admit—this week I’ve been feeling a little short on energy, and in need of a creative boost. When that happens, I have a tried-and-true series of art warm-ups that are easy, enjoyable, and they don’t even have to be done in…

Studio Saturday: Travel Art Inspiration

Traveling may be one of the most fun ways to get creatively inspired. But you don’t have to go far to find travel art inspiration—I went to my local art museum and saw an Henri Matisse exhibit that filled my head with tons of ideas. A few days later I created a collage, and I can’t…

Studio Saturdays: A New Take on Photo Transfers

An image transfer is an image transfer is an image transfer, right? Nope. Not only are no two image transfers the same, but artists are always coming up with new ways to render transferred images and turn them into art. Case in point: the May 2017 Art Lesson, Layering with Photo Transfers. The techniques are…

Studio Saturdays: Tea Bag Art

Suddenly, I’m seeing tea bag art everywhere. My interest was piqued with Irene Rafael’s fantastic article in the March/April 2017 issue of Cloth Paper Scissors magazine on painting portraits on tea bags. Yes. Portraits. On tea bags. If you haven’t seen it, go grab the issue now. Or download it. Irene’s miniature paintings on little…

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…