Tag: Mixed Media Art Techniques

How to Make a Color Journal

I started keeping a color journal a few years ago to record favorite colors and palettes. Little did I know how profoundly it would influence and inform my artwork, and change the way I perceive color and the world around me. No matter what type of mixed-media art you love, color is a powerful key…

Who’s Up for an Art Supply Challenge?

I had one of those days recently when I walked into my studio and thought, I need to shake things up with an art supply challenge. The same materials were showing up in my artwork again and again, and I was neglecting some that I was too tired/busy/lazy to haul out and work with. No…

8 Great Mixed-Media Summer Projects

Now that the warm weather is here I’ve drawn up a list of mixed-media summer projects that I can’t wait to get started on. Throughout winter and early spring all I could think about was being outside and using the environment as inspiration, or for raw materials. I’d love to share some ideas with you,…

Sewing Paper is Your New Favorite Technique

Any excuse I can find for adding stitching to a mixed-media project, you know I’m all over it. When I saw Danielle Donaldson’s method of sewing paper to create Inspiration Blocks, I was really all over it. Her technique, featured in the May/June 2018 issue of Cloth Paper Scissors magazine, is such an eye-opener that…

Who Wants to Start an Art Journal?

I’d like to give a special shout out today to all the fantastic art journal newbies out there. This blog post is for everyone of course, but especially for those of you who have hesitated opening up an art journal and just starting. Today we’re going to create an art journal spread, and you are…

3 Mixed-Media Art Videos (and What I Learned From Them!)

What’s your favorite way to learn a new mixed-media art technique? I love taking classes, but lately my schedule has been so nutty that signing up for a workshop seems like an impossible luxury. I’m so glad there’s such a great array of art videos, which have some distinct advantages over in-person classes: I can…

Trending Now: Make Paper Flowers!

Big, bold, beautiful blooms are a huge trend right now, and not just in mixed-media art. You’ll also spot them in fashion, accessories, fabric, home décor, and tableware. Even if you’re not a trend follower it’s difficult to ignore the vibrant color combinations and captivating shapes that flowers offer. Bring that appeal into your studio…

10 Art Journaling Supplies You Need in Your Life

A common misconception about art journaling is that you need a ton of supplies to get started. You don’t—you can use whatever you have on hand. But trying new art journaling supplies is a reason for getting up in the morning, so I thought I’d tell you about a few special materials that will add…

Travel Journaling: The 10 Best Tips

Hard to believe, but summer is right around the corner, which means it’s almost travel season, which means great opportunities for travel journaling. If you’re going to be on the road, we’ve got lots of ideas for creating great journal pages, easy ways to make your own journals, supply recommendations, and ideas for where to…

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…