Tools & Resources

Get Creative with Double Tack Mounting Film

Looking for a unique way to add texture to your artwork? Try double-sided adhesive. In our “A Look At” column in our May/June 2017 issue of Cloth Paper Scissors, artist Darlene Olivia McElroy demonstrates the effects you can get using Grafix® Double Tack® Mounting Film with foiling, microbeads and more. Check out Darlene’s techniques below and get inspired. A…

How to Develop Your Mixed Media Artistic Intuition

Because so many of you love to look at and/or draw whimsical faces, we’ve offered tips and techniques for creating them in this blog. Today, I thought it would be helpful to focus not only on the end result, but also on the path of inspiration. And who better to provide that inspiration than mixed-media…

Printmaking Techniques: Why You Should Use a Brayer

In the following post about printmaking techniques by Cate Prato, you’ll learn why you should be “all about that brayer.” A rubber brayer like this one is good for inking stamps,” Cate says. “Create custom stamps by spreading modeling paste through a stencil. Then spread paint on the stamp with a brayer.” Art by Carolyn…

What’s the Best Surface for Your Mixed-Media Art?

This is a great time for beginners to take up mixed-media art. Never have there been so many avenues available to learn techniques and explore new art materials. Artists are continually breaking new ground. Thank goodness for resources such as Kimberly Santiago’s Mixed Media Handbook. This book is the perfect guide for beginners, and it’s…

Explore creative spaces in the new eMagazine, Labor of Love

Few things make me happier than looking at the studios and workspaces of creative people. Glimpsing their tools, materials, organization methods, and artwork allows me a rare peek into their imaginative brains to find inspiration. I have a feeling you love seeing creative spaces, too. That's why I'm excited to tell you about something new…

Making it Happen: A Mixed-Media Artist to Admire

When my children were toddlers I wondered how I could possibly continue to work full time, take care of my family, and find time for creative pursuits. There are still days when that mommy guilt creeps into my mind when I’m taking time for myself to be creative. But then I look around at the…