Art Journaling

Join in one of the hottest trends in mixed media: art journaling. This creative process pulls together a variety of materials to create mixed-media art. Learn how to create a record of events and creativity, and explore a variety of journaling techniques to create travel, visual, and personal journals.

 


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  • Celebrate the launch of Art Journaling EXPOSED with us this weekend by following the blogs of its contributors and featured artists!  These remarkable women will be giving you a closer look at the eMag—the projects, articles, and videos—and offering
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  • It’s FRIDAY again! Don’t you just love how we get a Friday at the end of every week? We are working like crazy on our next issue of Pages and Collage in Color. Speaking of color, who doesn’t LOVE that deep red color of a beet? I mean, even the leaves
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  • I was inspired by all the ways you are passing on your passion for art with others, young and old, friends and strangers. So, without further ado, here are the winners!
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  • As a person who has filled many a blank book with a flood of handwritten angst, I often forget that an art journal need not have any writing at all.
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  • Remember when doodling was seen as a slacker activity? Now it's a brainstorming method, a meditation practice, and a gateway technique to art journaling .
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  • When it comes to drawing on paper, art made with fabric (such as a quilt), or any other medium where I have to assess the light source and take time to draw (or piece fabric) in a way that shows shading, I'm fairly useless.
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  • Did you download the updated version of our free eBook on Art Journal Techniques that debuted on February 17?
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  • Art journaling is a way to express yourself through writing and art at the same time. This creative process pulls together a variety of materials to create mixed-media art.
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  • I was catching up on my "Project Runway All-stars" episodes the other night when I realized I really missed Tim Gunn.Tim's "Make it work!" catch-phrase may be overused by now, but the message is an important one for artists of any kind. It's one thing to be creative with an
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  • How is it that with a limited selection of shapes and lines in this world for mark making, we are able to come up with so many different ways to put them together and make art?
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  • In our premier issue of Cloth Paper Scissors Pages , a variety of artists provided a plethora of ideas for everything from making books to designing covers, finding inspiration, and binding your own books. We are gearing up for the second issue of Pages
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  • Image transfer techniques can be used in just about any form of fabric and mixed-media art to create artistic visual imagery. All you need are the right tools and the know-how.
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  • Journals are used in a variety of ways, for a lot of different reasons, by people in many walks of life. Whether your journal is a place you keep your inner-most thoughts or a place to sketch out ideas, work out troubles . . . or even just keep lists
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  • As we opened presents Christmas morning, the members of our family noticed something odd about daughter Olivia's packages: almost every one was 1" - 2" thick, rectangular, and could be held in one hand. In other words, she got a lot of books.
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  • Everyone in my immediate family is creative in one form or another. But Meredith, 15, seems to have inherited and developed a breadth of artistic gifts, including sewing and home décor, writing, culinary arts (her chocolate dipped and drizzled strawberries are already famous at her high school
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  • I'm not much for New Year's resolutions, but I do like to take stock this time of year. Who am I? Where am I going? Am I on the right path? What do I want to do more of in the coming months, and what should I let go of to make room for that?
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  • Sooooo, have you written down all your New Year’s goals? Did you say you wanted to make more art? Try a new technique? Enter a reader challenge? Submit an article proposal? Make and give away some guerilla art? Rock the mixed-media art world? Today I
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  • I have a friend who does beautiful watercolor painting work, mostly of wildlife. Ruth frames her paintings, sells them, and makes cards from them. But lately she's been wanting to do more with them, so she asked my advice.
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  • So, you have a new toy and a million apps to consider, where do you start? Good news, you can start with a few of your favorite things…(beware, I’m going to channel Julie Andrews here) Found paper ledgers and bright colored layers, Artist interviews and
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  • Brrr… here in New England, every day is a weather surprise. Until the cold really sets in, we could have sweater days or gloves, hat, scarves days. Today is at least a scarf day. I’m looking forward to our holiday shut down (Dec. 23 –
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  • An art journal can be anything you want it to be. So, why not make it a place for experimentation?
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  • When Steve Jobs, one of the most creative thinkers of our time, died, I was most moved by this quote from a commencement speech he gave after being diagnosed with cancer
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  • When I was learning the life cycle of a butterfly at a tender age, I found it fascinating to watch phase one, as the fuzzy (and rather creepy) caterpillar munching away on leaves.
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  • You hear a lot about making time for art, and we all endeavor to do that. But are we taking the right approach? At first thought, you may think this means setting aside the whole day for art, or maybe completing a whole "project" in a day. But
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  • Cloth Paper Scissors PAGES is a special publication created especially for art journalers and book artists looking for new techniques and inspiring ideas. This 148-page first special issue features projects and galleries in general bookmaking, book covers, book binding, inside page decoration, and art
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  • Mix paint with fabric, thread, and ephemera and what do you get? Mixed-media quilted paintings, or "quaintings" as artist Cynthia Frenette likes to call them.
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  • I have this photo of my younger daughter that I absolutely love. Her older sister took it a couple of years ago while they were playing around one day, dancing and taking pictures of each other.
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  • When I was a kid, I often stayed overnight at my grandparents' house on Saturday nights while my parents went out for the evening. My grandmother always made my favorite foods, I played gin rummy with my grandfather, and we all watched "The Lawrence Welk Show" together.
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  • Okay folks, here’s your chance. We are officially working on a brand new eMag for Art Journaling called Art Journaling EXPOSED! This is not the same thing as our print publication PAGES (Coming out in November!) which is the creative guide for art
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  • You know that recently released movie with Sarah Jessica Parker called "I Don't Know How She Does It"? Every time an ad for that film comes on I think of Pam Carriker.
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  • A few months ago I wrote about how to make better photo transfers on fabric, metal, and so on. I asked for feedback on your favorite kinds of transfers and tips, and many of you responded that you enjoy making packing tape transfers.
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  • The 19 th century artist, textile designer, and writer William Morris is often quoted as saying, "Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful." Words to live by, indeed, and isn't it wonderful when you can have both qualities in one object, and
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  • Entries arrived from all over the globe, as far away as Australia, and as close as Massachusetts. One of the side benefits of holding the Artisan Search is that while choosing the top 5 Artisans, we also discover great new talent! We will be bringing
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  • Drumroll please! I am happy to announce the following 25 finalists for our Artisan Search 2012! The judging was difficult, but we’re excited to see the the art in person. Below is a list of the finalist names and their username so that you can see their
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  • A while back I mentioned how I hesitated to write while art journaling because I hate my handwriting. But, given that I always have something to say, I was looking for ways to form letters in alternative and artsy ways. A lot of readers chimed in to say that they, too, hate their handwriting and could
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  • Wow, uh, can anyone tell me where summer went? I think it might have washed out to sea with Hurricane/Tropical Storm Irene… But I double checked and it’s gone. No more summer. We are now officially in the middle of my favorite season, “Back
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  • Whenever I go to an art show or craft fair, I like to wear something artsy. Not so I'll stand out — so I'll fit in. It seems everyone there wears their art, — or someone else's — on their sleeve, their ears, their feet, or around their necks. I love looking at all those
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  • Starting a project is one thing. Finishing is another. Remember those travel art journal pages I laid the groundwork for back in June before my vacation? Well, vacation's been over for a month and I only have one page complete. But I had fun with it and I'm learning a lot, so I thought I'd
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  • Wow, we have so much coming up for you this fall! I’m very excited. I’m also very busy, as is the rest of the staff here. We have people going all over for retreats and tv taping, we have a billion magazines and special pubs… Wait,
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  • It has been a very fruitful summer at my house: we have enjoyed a bumper crop of family togetherness featuring heavenly vistas; friendly animal encounters; and diversions of the antique, artistic, and culinary kind. But as much as I've enjoyed this summer, I'm looking forward to fall. I prefer
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  • Handmade books are more popular than ever, as artists create small, personal books using fabric, recyclables, found objects, photos, and collage and mixed-media techniques. From page construction to book binding, we've assembled some of our favorite techniques and ideas on book arts in this free
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  • I’m sure by now, many of you have already taken your summer vacations, and stay-cations, trips to the beach, pool, shore, etc. (Except of course for our Aussie friends who are shoveling snow.)  I’m wondering how you choose to plan your vacations
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  • A few weeks ago I wrote about getting ready for a trip by prepping my art journal pages with backgrounds and assembling an on-the-go kit. Well, all that still stands. But after experimenting with art journaling techniques lately and encouraged by art journaling and mixed-media layering Workshop TM videos
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  • It's summer: Have you started your traveling art journal yet? If you haven't, I have a fun and easy exercise to help you begin, and you don't even need a studio. I call it the "everything at your fingertips" art journaling background launcher.
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  • What perfect weather for sitting outside and sketching...doodling...journaling. This doesn't mean you'll want to create every time you're able to just sit, but I am here to encourage you to be prepared for the moment(s) when your Muse encourages
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  • I have a thing about my handwriting. I trace it back to my grade- school nemesis, Barbara D. Barbara D. was one of those girls who always seemed to come out on top. She had such a stellar reputation, even at age 8, that when she did do something wrong, the adults always gave her the benefit of the doubt
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  • Our Fabulous Fabric Issue! Meet Nathalie Miebach. Make fused-plastic fabric. Journal on unbound canvas. Created a wearable art cuff. Try mixing paint and digital collage. Bind a book made out of test tubes. Enjoy the results of our "Fabric Swatch" Reader Challenge. Take a look at adding color
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  • Summer is approaching, and you know what that means: Road trip! We are planning an 800-mile trek to Michigan, and I plan to pass the time by keeping a traveling art journal (when I'm not driving, of course). Even though we are taking the car (and by "car" I mean "minivan") I don't
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  • As I write this, the Cloth Paper Scissors team has the July/August issue just about sewn up. "Sewn up" is the appropriate term, too, as the theme of the issue is fabric. But of course, this being Cloth Paper Scissors , we're not just talking about sewing. Or even just fabric.
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  • "So, what are you going to do with it?" I hear these words all the time. I hear them when I bring home some fabulous yarn or to-die-for fabric. I hear them when I spread my found object loot from a day of yard-saling on the dining room table. And I hear it when I create a sketch or practice
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  • There's nothing so full of potential as a pristine white canvas. And nothing quite so intimidating. There are so many possibilities it can freeze you right in your tracks. That's why art journaling aficionados often recommend filling the blank page with paint, paper collage, or even scribbles
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  • Meet Lisa Klakulak. Make colorful magic with your markers. Journal in 3-D. Create your own letters. Paint portraits inspired by the masters. Make a mixed-media found object assemblage. Enjoy the results of our "Stenciled Garden" Reader Challenge.Take a Look At: cutting tools. Get ready for
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  • My husband draws beautifully. He's drawings are so realistic, they are almost photographic. I really admire his talent, but if I were to pursue drawing as an art form, his work would not be my model. Not only do I not have the patience, I like a more free-flowing style.
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  • I love new art project ideas. As I cruise art blogs and follow my friends' Facebook links and tweets, I get all excited about some pretty, shiny, clever, or easy (preferably all four) project at least three times a day.
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  • When I was a girl, every summer my parents and packed up the car, threw me in the back with some snacks, a pillow, and a few magazines, and we hit the road east, driving 12 hours from Michigan to Massachusetts. There, just a block from the Atlantic, my grandmother, uncle, and two maiden aunts were there
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  • In anticipation of my birthday, my younger daughter asked me the other day, "What would be the best present you could ever get?" I answered without hesitationL "A trip to Greece, Turkey, and Italy."
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  • I just recently started using those $1 DVD rental machines and I am hooked. I haven't been so caught up on my movie watching in a long time. I was particularly charmed by "How to Train Your Dragon," in which the protagonist is a sensitive type who draws--a problem for his strapping Viking
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  • You don't have to be a star, baby, to be in our show. In other words, you don't have to be a household name to submit an article idea for publication or a concept for one of our video productions. We're looking for fresh, current ideas and new twists on old ones, whether you're an established
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  • An art journal is a record of our lives and our creativity. It can be a personal journal that is meant for our own eyes, a travel journal that celebrates a real or imagined journey, or a collection of visual journaling "snapshots" that help us explore techniques and grow as an artist.
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  • I'm pleased, and honored, to say that I have been with Cloth Paper Scissors since its very first issue. But the learning curve when I began was steep. As a collector of vintage fabrics and a lover of all things paper, I wasn't completely unfamiliar with the realm of collage and mixed media. And
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  • Giddy. Giddy, I tell you. That's how I felt when I arrived at our first CREATE retreat last year and the stars came out. There I was, standing at my Studios booth in the store and display area, and one by one, artists I felt I knew--but I had never met--wandered in.
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  • After getting my first look at the new book Art at the Speed of Life , I knew I needed to get in touch with author Pam Carriker to ask her to share a little project with you. Pam graciously accepted and put together this Character Construction tutorial
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  • Did you know you could find us on Facebook? (ClothpaperscissorsMAG) We’ve been having a lovely discussion over the past year about everything from art prompts to cars, studios to art retreats. In a recent post, I asked our Facebook friends for their art
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  • The January February 2011 issue has been on the newsstandsfor a while now...the first issue of the new year! I love it and hope you do, too. What better way to spend a cold winter's day than with Cloth Paper Scissors ? Check out the "Mini Book"
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  • Happy New Year! Are you ready for a fantastic New Year filled with art making? I sure am. We’ve got great art coming your way in every issue of Cloth Paper Scissors magazine , from January all the way through December. This year will bring art journaling
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  • When my husband, a software developer, packs for a convention, the suitcase is filled with khakis and light blue button down shirts. When I pack for an art retreat, I pack my funkiest jewelry (made by me or other artists), my hippest clothes, and my ever
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  • It seems that just about every artist has something to say about keeping an art journal. The sizes and shapes of the journals vary, the frequency of use differs, and how important the journal is to the artist’s creative life may change over time
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  • UPDATE: Want to submit a proposal but need a little more time? Email create@interweave.com , Put EXTENSION in the subject line, and the tentative titles and class length in the email, and we’ll give you an extension until Jan 7. Do you love to teach
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  • Here we go again, I wanted to share another community member video with you. Joann Loftus uploaded this video to our gallery and it’s a great example of what you can do with a simple slide show of still photos. Why not consider trying this and uploading
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  • After watching the Cloth Paper Scissors DVD Workshops(TM) by Diana Trout ( Playful Paper Backgrounds ) and Dawn Sokol ( Art Journaling: Pages in Stages ), I finally came up with the perfect solution to my less-than-stellar art-journaling track record
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  • I've been adjusting to my new Boston/Boulder shuffle as I adjust to a two-home, 1/2 time living situation, and was very eager to see my Stow peeps this past week. Imagine my glee when I entered the office and I wasn't only greeted by smiling colleagues
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  • More than 500 fabulous entries were receive and winnowed down to 25 finalists in 5 different categories. Then, thanks to our special guest judges, Sue Pelletier, Robert Maloney, and Merrill Comeau, who had the unenviable task of choosing one winner in
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  • We put the call out and you answered! Every issue of Cloth Paper Scissors ® has amazing art submitted by our talented readers. This year we spread our net wider in search of the best mixed-media artists around. One winner will be chosen for each of
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  • Meet Ann Wood and her whimiscal creatures. Learn easy faux silkscreaning and try our paper and plaster pumpkins. Experiment with Steampunk style earrings and play with texture and layers. Create a painted fedora with the Crafty Chica and celebrate the Day of the Dead with Michael deMeng. Take a look
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  • The Artisan Search 2011 continues… Looking to find new and exciting art and artists, Cloth Paper Scissors has challenged artists to send us their best art in one of five categories: Mixed-media Stitch , Art Journal and Book Making , Printmaking
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  • Getting your Summer Journal up to Speed At the end of last month I shared 10 journal prompts for summer and asked you, our diligent and creative readers to send in your best ideas for jump starting a journal. I can’t post all 50+ terrific prompt ideas
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  • Congratulations SUDUKC! You’re the winner of the Summer Art Journaling contest. Please email your mailing address to me at jmason@interweave.com by July 30th to receive your prize!   Thanks to everyone for your fantastic Art Journaling Prompt ideas
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  • Have you been following along with us and Dawn Sokol’s ‘Art Journaling: Pages in stages’ column in Cloth Paper Scissors ? We started the three part series in our May/June issue with painting. In our July/August issue we are covering collage, and coming
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  • You may have been reading Cloth Paper Scissors for four months or four years. You know your way around rusted metal, ledger sheets, and image transfers with your eyes closed. You drink encaustic wax and eat peanut butter and gel medium sandwiches for
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  • Learn how to make mixed-media pendants with musling. Read about Susan Lenart Kazmer's love of found objects and jewlery. Discover new ideas for Guerrilla Art. Travel to Paris with the Oiseaux sisters. Get the basics on metal embossing. See the results of our "Pendant Swap" Reader Challenge
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  • Announcing the 2011 Artisan Search Every issue of Cloth Paper Scissors ® has amazing art submitted by our talented readers. This year we're spreading our net wider in search of the best mixed-media artists around and one of them might just be
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  • Learn to layer texture with Katy Monnot in the Workshop. Read about Robert Maloney's love of texture in the Artist Profile. Discover a beginner's guide to assemblage and try 3-D printmaking. Spend some time exploring text as a collage element with Lisa Occhipinti, and experiment with a Adrienne
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  • Sometimes you have to get a little extreme to really make an impression. Sometimes it takes a hammer. After getting some new tools and supplies into the office, I couldn't wait to try them out. We have brass blanks (pre-cut brass shapes) from Vintaj and Letter Punches, in our store, that play so
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  • Art-on-the-go; mixed-media painted and collaged squares; whimsical images: combine a photo, fabric, paint, stitch, and more; metal collage; watercolor travel journal; artful journaling with found papers; garage-turned-studio space; Life's a Beach challenge results; new columns Muse Flash and Homework;
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  • 10 Tips for Selling Your Art; Market Fresh Veggies from Paper & Cloth; Playful painting - capture memories in 3-D; An orderly layout for collage; Make fun little characters with canvas, paint, and stitch; "Winter Holiday Stuffies" Reader Challenge; Mindful Recylcling; paint a portrait,
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  • "Recycled Circles" - mixed media with paper, cloth, and stitch; Fickle Flowers; Printable cotton Collage; Recycling your world into art; A mini course in Extreme Visual Journalism; Creating Custom Paper for Collage - turn old pages into new papers; Creating with Metal; Transforming your drawing
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