Assemblage

This artistic process of creating three-dimensional designs starts with a foundation in the various techniques for putting together found objects. Learn how expert mixed-media artists interpret assemblage in their mixed-media art.

 


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  • Recently I was making several small collaged artist trading cards (ATCs) to give as gifts. As usual, I was under a time crunch. So I said to myself, what is the most efficient way to make a collage in multiples?
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  • Here is why I have such a hard time getting rid of anything in my stash. It seems as though the very minute I decide I don't really need something because I rarely use it, a mixed-media art technique comes along to prove me wrong. Cases in point: fusible web and ephemera.
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  • When I spied these adorable Chirpy Birdhouse Pendants on the cover of Handcrafted Jewelry magazine (a special issue from the editors of Beadwork), I immediately sidled up to him, directions in hand.
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  • Traveling in the winter is risky business, as I can attest by my experience last week with a non-stop, three-hour flight to Chicago that entailed landings in Nashville and St. Louis before reaching my intended destination in Springfield, Illinois — where I wasn't supposed to be until the next
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  •   I am packing my bags, loading an extra copy of my Powerpoint presentation, and looking for my sunglasses, all in preparation for my trip to Anaheim to attend CHA (the Craft and Hobby Association Show). This Saturday I will be helping to judge the
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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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  • Last week I talked about ways to improve your art composition. Today I thought I'd build on one of the tips, layering, by talking about ways to literally build up the layers on your collage for a dimensional design.
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  • When I look at a mixed-media composition that's well put together, I think, "Of course. Of course you would put the focal point there and the bit of contrast there and the handwritten text there . That only makes sense."
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  • When Vivika Hansen DeNegre joined the Quilting Arts Magazine staff as editor earlier this month, I was thrilled. I admire a lot of fabric and mixed-media artists, but Vivika makes the kind of art that I aspire to create myself.
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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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  • Until a couple of years ago I had almost no yellow fabric in my stash. What I did have had either been given to me or was leftover from one of my kids' projects.
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  • With Christmas days away, meaning school vacations and lots of activities, what a great time to do some traveling . . . and some journaling. Plan ahead so you allow time for journaling . . . and have a strategy for saving and storing momentos and bits
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  • I love Thanksgiving, and not just because there is pumpkin pie. There is the meal itself, which I enjoy whether I am preparing it or bringing a dish (usually pumpkin pie) to someone else's house
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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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  • I'm probably in the minority here, but I generally find snowmen more scary than endearing. Maybe it's their exaggerated features (soulless coal eyes, crooked grin). Or maybe it's the way they inevitably slump into a sad puddle.
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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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  • We all collect stuff, don't we? Little pieces of this and that found through junking, scavenging, or just keeping our eyes open to the possibility of the rare texture and unusual shape of the found object.
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  • I have a very old chair that I have been thinking about painting. Structurally, it's in good condition, but it needs a little sprucing up. I decided to look at magazines to get some ideas . . . and got totally side tracked. I did see some great ideas
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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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  • This 148-page issue marks the debut of a dazzling new department, “Studio Styles.” Our mission is to celebrate good design in any price range, offer suggestions on how to personalize your studio, and encourage you to live creatively with what you love. In search of design advice we went straight
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  • Meet Ivan Lovatt. Make your own Steampunk dolls. Carve a reduction print. Make your own custom paper. Print a cyanotype journal from an vintage photo. Build a deconstructed assemblage. Enjoy the results of our "Wild Wire" Reader Challenge. Take a Look At: Water-soluble Art Supplies. Get ready
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  • A few weeks ago my husband and I paused in the middle of knocking out a wall in our kitchen to discuss our wedding anniversary (which is today). As we pondered how to celebrate, Nick asked, "Is there a 'traditional gift' for 22 years?"
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  • Often when I'm knee deep in an artistic process and I realize I'm out of (or can't find) a tool or supply I need right now-black paint, gel medium, my Cropadile — I stop a moment and think: What would Debbi and Cheryl do?
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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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  • Times are tough for a lot of people right now, and lately, the world seems more unpredictable than ever. But rather than abandon artistic pursuits, it seems to me that creative people are more passionate than ever about their art. Even if it's not a livelihood, it's a lifeline; the thing that
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  • I love to use fabric and stitch in my mixed-media art, but I don't have the time (or desire) to create big quilts or complicated clothing. Easy sewing projects that include elements like raw-edge appliqué, painted surface design, heat transfer images, some hand stitchery, found objects-and
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  • One of the great advantages of working with a bunch of artsy people is that every day is a chance to do a little show and tell — and get feedback. Thus, when I was having trouble getting a collage just right, I headed straight for Cloth Paper Scissors Editor Jenn Mason's desk one Monday morning
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  • I contend that anyone who has even a passing interest in fabric has a little softie deep inside them, waiting for the right opportunity to come out. For me, it came in the form of the Fancy Scrap Crows Kelli Nina Perkins made for Cloth Paper Scissors back in 2007. I had never had the slightest interest
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  • I couldn't possibly tell you which Cloth Paper Scissors issue is my second favorite of all time. I find something creative, meaningful, and enlightening in each and every one. But my favorite ? That's easy: Issue 18, May/June 2008. Aka the one with the tea party cover. Why? A combination of things
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  • What's involved in making collage art? Paper, paint, fabric, stitch, found objects, ephemera — just about anything you can think of.
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  • I h ave several books on surface design techniques using dyes. But the most comprehensive one on my shelf is the aptly named Surface Designer's Handbook: Dyeing, Printing, Painting, and Creative Resists on Fabric by Holly Brackmann.
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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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  • 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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  • I had just dropped my daughter off at her riding lesson Saturday when I saw a sign that said "Barn Sale." Somehow, my car spontaneously turned in the direction the sign was pointing, down the lane to the rustic red barn and the treasures within.
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  • A while back we asked readers some questions about Studios magazine to get an idea of where we were on the right track and where we might make adjustments. One of the questions we asked was whose studios you most wanted to see. Many of the answers weren't that surprising: the names of some of the
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  • Winter Studios will show you real-life art and craft studios that function beautifully in tight spaces and give you tips on how to maximize your available space as well. Enjoy the beautifully photographed and inspiring studios of 28 quilt and mixed-media artists including: Catherine Thursby, Janice Avellana
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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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  • You’ve saved your money, made your plane reservations, found a roommate to share hotel expenses with (if you save on your room, you can afford more workshops!—right?) and the time has finally come to attend your first (or second, or third, or…) art retreat
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  • Jenn Mason Cloth Paper Scissors Editor Well, that was fun! A whole week of encaustic art , encaustic painting, and encaustic medium! I think we could really cover encaustics for an entire month because there is so much to learn. Speaking of things to
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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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  • My friends, I must reveal something to you. When I was 16 I used to sit home on Saturday afternoons waiting for my favorite show to begin: "Erica" on PBS. This show featured Britain's queen of needlework, Erica Wilson, demonstrating crewel and needlepoint stitches.
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  • Join the Mixed-Media Meet Up! with Cloth Paper Scissors Editor Jenn Mason. Who: Mixed-media Junkies (and enthusiasts) What: Cloth Paper Scissors Mixed-Media Meet Up! When: Saturday, January 29th, 2:30pm Where: On the floor of the CHA Winter Show Booth
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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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  • Marci Rae McDade is the editor of Fiberarts. Welcome to the new Fiberarts Focus blog! In print for over thirty-five years, Fiberarts is the world's leading textile arts publication, covering the best and most interesting work in basketry, knitting
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  • It's a new year and it's time to spread your creative wings and try some new materials, products, and techniques. Have you used any spunbonded textiles in your artwork lately? What are they, you ask... We recently got a sneak peek at Wendy Cotterill’s
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  • Forget about spring cleaning. One of the best times to get organized is when you’re setting your goals, and there’s no better time to do that then the beginning of the new year.   New use for an old trunk by Victoria Grobels.   While flipping
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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 you combine business with pleasure, sometimes it's hard to tell which is which. That was the case a couple of weeks ago when I flew out to Colorado a few days before a business conference at our Loveland offices, in order to visit with family
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  • Do you have friends and family members who bring you found objects to use in your art? I have an army of friends who are always bringing me cool things or even leaving them on my doorstep. I love receiving these little gifts, especially when I know I
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  •     Wreath by Mary Jane 10   Have you ever created art for a charity? Why? What charity? I saw this beautiful piece by community member Mary Jane 10 . She created it for the upcoming ALS Wreath Fundraiser/Auction. Which got me wondering
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  • The best think about having your art published in an art calendar is that everyone gets to appreciate your work for an entire month (or longer if you’re like me and forget to flip it over!) While you’re busy appreciating all the wonderful art in the Cloth
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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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  • Enjoy the beautifully photographed and inspiring studios of 30 quilt and mixed-media artists including: Deidre Adams, Pamela Allen, Seth Apter, Julie Fei-Fan Balzer, Gene Black, Tristan Blakeman, Annie Cesarz, Dayna J. Collins, Judith Content, Nancy Eha, Kaffe Fassett, Mary Hettmansperger, Teresa Kogut
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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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  • This Just In Whether it’s a product, a tool, or a storage item, we have all used our things in imaginative ways to help make our art spaces or our art our own. A child’s lunchbox repurposed to corral ribbons, a vintage hutch storing paints
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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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  • The summer calendar is filling up fast! And one not-to-be-missed event is the International Quilt Festival in Long Beach, California, July 23-25 (Preview Night July 22). Yes, it is a quilt show, but mixed-media artists would be totally remiss to overlook
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  • I just found out today that you can preorder the 2011 Cloth Paper Scissors Calendar that was created by 13 fabulous mixed-media artists who entered our Calendar Call for art last fall, which got me thinking about our Challenges. I wish I could send each
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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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  • Over and over again we hear from our loyal readers how they don’t want us to ever stop printing a paper version of our magazine. Well, we don’t want to stop that either. We hear you—we know you like to take your magazine to the doctor’s office, soccer
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  • Mixing Metal Into Your Art Every time I sit down in my studio to create art, I stop and think. What do I want to make today? What ideas have been floating around my head and want to be explored today? Sometimes I know exactly where I’m going, even
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  • Just got back from a day trip to the gigundo flea market that is Brimfield (Massachusetts) and I have goodies to share. Well, OK, pictures of goodies. I was on a mission to find quirky storage and organization containers and furniture as well as displays
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  •   If you’ve never experienced the thrill of an antique show like the one held three times a year in Brimfield, Massachusetts, you have live. As I work diligently on the July/August issue of Cloth Paper Scissors , I know that the show has started
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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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  • I'm so excited to finally announce that registration is open ! I know you've all been waiting patiently to see what we had in store for our first-ever CREATE with Cloth Paper Scissors art retreat. The website has all the information you need to
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  • Textural Inspiration At this time of year, Nature puts on a glorious, colorful, textural display to help push us out of our winter doldrums and I am constantly drawn to it: the buds of various sizes, shapes, and colors on the trees; the plants bursting
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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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  • Hi everyone, In this episode of In the Studio with Cate, we address an email from Betty Anderson, who writes: I have tons of clippings/old mags/postcards/etc/etc/etc I'd love to see an article on organizing the small pieces of paper that are to integral to our art but a pain in the BUTT to store
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  • Designing Fabric; Sketches on fabric; Mixed-Media approach to quilting; dyeing technique; Sub Urban Art - selective Rusting; Edges; Monoprinting with texture plates; Journal quilts; Spontaneous explorations in color; Re-create your sketchbook images on cloth; Edges; Goddess at the last minute with Robbi
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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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  • Combining copper with collage and painterly elements; Cheap & Chic; A rippin' approach to collage; mixed-media collage; whimsical sculptures; tell a story with fabric and ephemera; rusticating relics; Studios Sneak Peak; first ever cloth paper scissors calendar contest; opportunity quiltlets;
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  • Mixed-media collages; A mini quilt collage; The importance of clouds; Combining paper & quilted surfaces; Easy, colorful fabric books; Creating with digital prints on Lutradur and lace paper; Delicious cupcake assemblages; Recycled fabric treasures; A creative exercise in machine needle felting;
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  • Mixed-media fabric collage; Use photographs to create original fabric paintings; Vintage Spoon Books; create colorful keepsakes; fiberart for a cause; collage & paint some comfy chairs; The anti-boredom solution for kids; constructing your dream house; Mixed-media "Tea Party" Challenge;
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