Collage

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.Collage art by Sue Pelletier
Collage is a form of art in which various materials are arranged to form an artistic image. There are many ways to make a collage, including mixing fabric, paper, photographs, ephemera, and found objects, as well as adding stitch, collaging with wax, or creating collage art digitally.

Many people are drawn to collage because of the variety of textures you can achieve. Collage can be likened to jazz dance: free-wheeling and go-with-the-flow, whereas painting and drawing are more structured, like ballet. Yes, there are always design principles to follow, but collage gives you a lot of freedom to interpret those principles. 

Perhaps the best thing about collage is that you do not need a lot of fancy tools and materials to get started. This demonstration featuring Jule Fei-Fan Balzer, from her Cloth Paper Scissors WorkshopTM video Collage Fast & Furious, shows you just how easy it is to get started.

Julie Fei-Fan Balzer making a
collage background.



How to Make a Collage: 5 Options

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.Fabric collage by
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When did you first learn how to make a collage? Was it in elementary school where you cut pictures out of magazines to concoct a self-portrait? Was it an Earth Day exercise to see how you could repurpose trash into a piece of art? Or maybe a watercolor class where you added dimension with papers or fibers?

I think my first collage was probably one of those magazine-cutting assignments. I wasn't really aware that there were many different approaches to making a collage other than cutting and gluing paper until I was in college, at least. Imagine my surprise and delight to find out there are so many ways to make a collage, including mixing fabric, paper, and stitch or collaging with wax.

Just look at some of the ways you can use different kinds of art supplies and found items to create collage art.

Longtime watercolorist Wanda Edwards turned to collage when she wanted to add more depth and texture to her artwork. Now she "paints" with little pieces of torn paper.

I love this tip she offers while demonstrating her Torn Paper Collage technique in the Collage in Color interactive eMag: "Watch how you tear your papers. When you tear some papers it leaves a white edge. Tearing these papers in the opposite direction will reduce this. When tearing a piece for a curved area, I tear in the arc of the curve. I plan the placement of text and design around my tearing as well." This always happens to me, and now I know how to fix it.

Sue Pelletier builds up her mixed-media collages with up to 15 layers of papers and supplies you can find at the hardware store, like plaster and tile-backing tape, plus vintage textiles and paint.

Encaustic collage is quickly becoming one of my favorite techniques, thanks to the patient and methodical (and fun!) instruction of artist Amy Stoner. There's something about the warm glow of the wax that pulls a collage together and takes it to another level. There's also an element of serendipity in this technique that I find fascinating; it's like you and the wax are partners in a creative dance.

Fabric collage is my favorite way of using all those scraps of lovely fabrics I can't seem to resist and combining them with my limited (but enjoyable) machine and hand-sewing skills. Few can bring together screen prints, fabrics, and stitch like Lynn Krawczyk. The way she combine's her engineer's eye for composition with her right brain's eye for color inspires me to play with fabric and printing in new ways.

If you really want to flout the rules (but use up a lot of your stash in a beautiful way), try found object collage. I find this a very rich and varied way of conveying your art piece's story. Using found objects in collage really makes you think way outside the box. A terrific creative exercise. Erin Partridge's methods for mixed-media found object collages are truly inspirational and have me thinking in new ways.

If your collage repertoire has been limited so far, I encourage you to try at least one of these other methods. Each technique you learn will build on the next, expanding your skills while whittling down that stash of papers, fabrics, and found objects you plan to use "someday."

Source: Cloth Paper Scissors Today by Cate Prato, Interweave, 2011

How to Make a Collage, Step by Step

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.Collage by Cindy Wunsch

My creative process starts with a trip down memory lane. I shuffle through my collections of old cards and letters, scraps of fabric from well-loved clothes, my grandmother's precious linens, ticket stubs, old scrapbook pages, and other personal treasures. I gather enough to cover most of a canvas (depending on size) and I begin.

The Collage Background

Before I start the collage process, I often write my personal intentions for the piece onto the canvas, using whatever writing implement happens to be nearby. Then the collage begins. I glue on the various pieces that I have chosen for my painting, mixing my sweet memorabilia with things like cardboard letters, my favorite fabrics, and pages from vintage church hymnals and children's books.

Add a Drawing

The next step is drawing the design on the collaged canvas. I use black oil pastel for this step because it sticks to almost anything that might be in a collage. I choose a design that works for me, and then let serendipity happen. I do not avoid drawing on top of certain elements of my collage, and believe that whatever is meant to show itself when the painting is complete will be seen; whatever gets covered gets covered.

Color blocking

Choose a starting color palette from your acrylic paintings and decide which color is going where. Use a paintbrush to add the color to your canvas in bold color blocks. This is a fun way to get color on the canvas and give you a starting point. These colors will change many times, so try not to get too married to the first layer. You will start to color in you subject at this stage, too.

Defining Color

I wait until the canvas is completely dry before I start this layer. I choose another set of colors to change or enhance what I have done on my first color blocking stage. You can continue to work over and over in this phase of the development of your painting, but try not to over work your colors. Now is also the time to add details to your subject matter: wings, eyes, etc.

More Texture

The next layers involve adding additional texture using fabric and paper in a more planned and purposeful way to enhance your piece  and add more interest. Take time to finish your composition in the way that you originally envisioned it.

Embellishment

This is the time to bring in some special touches. I like to use copper leafing for a little sparkle.  When applied with the art paste, the copper breaks apart to create a nice effect. I also add things like spray paint through a stencil and/or bubble wrap dotted prints as an implied horizon line, or just because it adds more depth to the painting. Sometimes, I add a cool passage torn from an old book for yet another subtle message.

Words and Poetry

My final step is hand stamping some original poetry. I encourage people to find their voice and reach inward to gather their own words based on their own personal experiences.

Source: Collage in Color eMag, By Cindy Wunsch, Interweave, 2011

50 Papers & Ephemera for Collage

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.Collage by June Pfaff Daley

Once you start seeing paper and ephemera as fodder for collage, you'll see "trash" in a whole new way. Here are 50 examples you can use, and you can probably think of more.

1. Book pages
2. Candy wrappers
3. Catalog and magazine pages
4. Cocoon strippings
5. Coffee filters (used and unused)
6. Confetti
7. Decorative papers
8. Directions
9. Doilies
10. Envelopes
11. Foreign language papers
12. Fortunes
13. Gift wrap
14. Grid paper
15. Grocery bags
16. Handmade paper
17. Kraft paper
18. Labels
19. Lace paper
20. Ledger pages
21. Lotka paper
22. Manila tags
23. Maps
24. Mulberry paper
25. Napkins
26. Newspaper
27. Old drawings and paintings
28. Old notes and letters
29. Origami papers
30. Pamphlets
31. Pattern tissue
32. Photocopies
33. Player-piano paper
34. Rag paper
35. Receipts
36. Recipes
37. Rice paper
38. Sandpaper
39. Scrapbook papers
40. Sheet music
41. Shopping lists
42. Stamps
43. Stickers
44. Teabag paper
45. Tickets
46. Tissue paper
47. Transfers
48. Vellum
49. Vintage photos
50. Wallpaper

Source: The Cloth Paper Scissors Book by Barbara Delaney, Interweave, 2011

Resources

Featured product: Collage, collage, collage in style! This fabulous interactive resource offers an array of techniques and tips from leading artists around the world. Explore Torn-Paper Paintings with Wanda Edwards, Watercolor Monotypes for Collage with Helen Shafer Garcia, have an Art Party with Mandy Russell, and so much more! Join Cloth Paper Scissors Editor and artist Jenn Mason to learn about our fantastic, new eMag, Collage in Color. If you have a PC, click here to learn more. If you have a MAC, click here to learn more.

 


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  • When Pam Carriker asked me to contribute to her first mixed-media art techniques book, Art at the Speed of Life , she had a specific topic for me to address: "Art ADD."
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  • When I first attempted to make mixed-media art , I was always fixated on the focal point. I started with an image and then build around it.
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  • If all had gone according to plan, I would have been taking a class with one of my mixed-media idols, Jane LaFazio, at the CREATE retreat in California this week. But my plans went astray and I wasn't able to make the trip.
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  • In the wonderful book Crafty Birds: Bird Art & Crafts for Mixed-Media Artists , author Kristy Conlin and contributors offer ideas and projects for collage, jewelry, and mixed-media art.
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  • I like to bake, and I know from experience when I can make substitutions for ingredients and when substituting is a recipe for disaster. Most of the time, anyway. (There was an unfortunate incident with an apple cake and bourbon, once.)
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  • Several years ago I came upon a few sections of bedsprings at a yard sale. I've disassembled some of the sections and used the parts in various ways. But I've always wanted to use the springs as nests.
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  • Found objects are everywhere-from flea markets and thrift shops to the beach and the city street. With new technology, you can make molds of your most precious found objects and replicate them for use in your mixed-media assemblage and other found object art.
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  • Today, I have a handmade feather tutorial from mixed-media collage and assemblage artist Jenny Cochran Lee. Jenny decorates her 3-D mixed-media collage assemblages with these easy-to-make embellishments.
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  • Every time I walk into a store that sells paper goods like handmade cards and art papers, I long to own a paper store. The idea of being surrounded by the colors, patterns, and textures of printed and handmade paper all day simply moves me.
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  • We're celebrating Put a Bird on It month with 12 hours of free projects, techniques, and eBooks featuring our feathered friends today.
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  • I love buttons. I don't know why, but they have always appealed to me, called to me . . . and become somewhat of an obsession. I collect them from a variety of venues: yard sales, flea markets, and fabric stores, etc. . . . just because. I don't
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  • It's May 1! Where I live, that means birds are singing, nesting, and flying. Where I work, though, birds are everywhere, all year round. That's because birds are a popular theme in art, and a lot of fiber and mixed-media artists seem to like to "put a bird on it."
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  • In Mixed Media + Painting Techniques: 4 Free Paper and Fabric Painting Ideas , we bring you mixed media painting techniques you can use in a wide variety of art projects.
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  • Every time I reach for a piece of scrapbook paper to create handmade cards or paper collages , a devil and an angel pop up on my shoulders.
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  • Now, this is not a space for news or politics, but it is a space to talk about art. Art heals and soothes. Art is therapeutic. Art is meditative. So that is why I'm in my studio making collage art .
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  • Recently I have been upcycling burlap coffee bean bags into café curtains for my kitchen. (Get it? Café curtains?)
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  • When you're faced with a blank canvas and want to create a background or you have a collage or painting that needs a focal point, reach for a stencil.
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  • Today’s photo comes from one of those gift moments in life. This is one of those times where you’re just walking down the street, minding your own business and something special appears. I took this shot in Portland, ME. A town I highly recommend you
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  • A blog is an excellent tool for sharing your artwork, building a community, growing your art business , and strengthening your brand. However, a poorly done blog can be worse than no blog at all, says artist and cyber-savvy blogger Julie Fei-Fan Balzer.
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  • Earlier this week, I wrote about how to turn your doodles into personal imagery you can use again and again in your art. That got me thinking about another way you can reuse a drawing, doodle, or an entire collage or painting: image transfers .
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  • Explore new techniques and inspiring projects in general bookmaking, book covers, binding, inside pages, and art journaling.
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  • Doodling is hot these days. Whole books are written on the subject. Doodling as mark making can be an end in itself, or, as I wrote about in a post last year, doodling can be a springboard to ideas in art journaling.
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  • The winner of the first week's GOLDEN Giveaway is . . . Ilysa G. of Branford, Florida! Ilysa, we will contact you about sending you your prize.
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  • Several events have happened lately that have made me stop and ask myself where I'm going in my life, among them a birthday and the realization that my children are getting more independent.
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  • Taking a new look While walking in New York City recently, I realized the dichotomy of the dirt and filth of the streets, buildings, bridges, and sidewalks against the beauty of the city when taken as bigger chunks. This is a photo I shot while walking
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  • Or should I say collage fabric? Do you love collage and love fabric but haven't dared to experiment and combine those two loves? Or maybe you have — but in the truest sense of the word: cutting and tearing fabrics to include in a collage. You'll
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  • File this under "Who knew?" Or maybe "What will they think of next?" I have been hearing about PanPastel Colors® for a while, usually in reference to mixed-media painting .
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  • My kids revel in April Fool's Day. They spend hours conjuring up devilishly creative ways to "get" their parents. (The best was a fake letter from Olivia's college of choice rescinding her acceptance. Or maybe that was the worst.) We've always told them they can do anything, as
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  • I’m currently listening to a great book called Lean In: Women, work, and the will to lead by Sheryl Sandberg and I am reminded of the quote, “What would you do if you couldn’t fail?” While this is a powerful question for someone in the world of business
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  • I've been making gelatin monoprints for a couple of years now, and I have a stack of printed papers to show for it.
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  • After 23 years of marriage, I have finally figured out how to make it easy for my husband to get me what I want for my birthday. He's not too comfortable in the lingerie department and he can't keep track of which books I've already read. Although we have identical taste in home furnishings
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  • One of the aesthetic pleasures of working with encaustic medium is the smooth, rich surface that seems to make the artwork glow. But that doesn't mean encaustic art has to be flat.
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  • I'm intrigued by the postage stamp-sized antique cemetery down the road from the barn. Not only are the headstones are beautifully chiseled with letters and images, but the entire cemetery is enclosed with an ornate wrought iron fence. From an artist's perspective, this little plot is a feast
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  • The vestiges of last week's snowstorm still linger in crusted mounds all over our yard. But I can ignore them because of the unmistakable spring sound of birdsong that has been filling the air the last few mornings.
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  • My only formal training in printmaking came many, many , years ago in a high school art class. We made intaglio prints, silkscreen prints, and woodcuts. I absolutely loved the class and still have some of my prints (they're all of houses, a favorite theme of mine to this day).
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  • A little pop of color isn't just beneficial to your wardrobe or home. It can create interest in your collage art as well. The contrast of a bright or complementary color — or even of using black or white against a neutral or analogous palette can make a piece of artwork pop. Here are just a
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  • One of the best classes I've ever taken was my one-day soy wax fabric art session with Jeannie Palmer Moore last summer.
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  • To me a sketchbook is where you practice, try out ideas for your next painting or background texture, and make written or drawn notes to yourself. Here are three important reasons why collage and mixed-media artists should keep a sketchbook.
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  • Recently I asked our Facebook friends for their favorite low- or no-cost art supplies for mixed media . In mere minutes our resourceful followers provided a long list of ideas — some familiar and some new to me.
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  • Collage is probably my favorite artform. I like paper collage, fabric collage, and mixed-media collage . I think it's my favorite because collage art gives me the chance to use pretty much every supply in my studio. Plus, I just love cutting and gluing.
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  • I hope by now you’ve heard about our new magazine for paper lovers because o ur submission deadline is closing in quickly! Want the inside scoop of the type of projects we’re looking for? Here are some ideas! Silhouettes (people and or pets!) Books from
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  • This month I’m celebrating my #oneword “give”. I’m so glad to have you along for the journey. To read more about my #oneword adventure for 2013 click here . Check out the links at the bottom of this post to read more about other “giving” situations! Today
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  • If you read this blog regularly, you know I looooove gelatin printing , especially with my Gelli Arts TM printing plate. But I have to say, I've been in a bit of a rut. I've used some basic masks. I've made marks with a few tools. But I am looking to go further and make my monoprints more
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  • Do you find it's easier or harder to create abstract art? In theory, I always think it's going to be easier: there's no particular shape or features to represent, no perspective to achieve. But in practice, I find it more difficult. There's no picture in my mind of what I'm trying
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  • This month I’m celebrating my #oneword “give”. I’m so glad to have you along for the journey. To read more about my #oneword adventure for 2013 click here . Check out the links at the bottom of this post to read more about other “giving” situations! Today
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  • I consider myself an omnivart (I term I am pretty sure I coined), a person who likes to participate in nearly all art media. Some might call it art ADD, but it's not so much that different genres and techniques don't hold my attention, it's just that there are so many that I enjoy or would
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  • Join Cloth Paper Scissors editor Jenn Mason on Valentine's Day for our very first free Make-Along Webinar, February 14, 2013, at 1 p.m EASTERN TIME.
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  • Do you want a quick way to get over blank-canvas-itis and jumpstart your collage art ? Of course you do! But I'm feeling generous, so I'm going to give you three tips for how to make a collage background you don't have to stress over.
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  • You know the expression, "You can't tell a book by its cover." I think this is especially true of handmade books , because when you open them up, you never know what will (sometimes literally) unfold.
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  • Today’s Photo Friday is really more of an image than a photo. I am always in search of ledgers. What makes someone’s receipt so appealing 100 years after it’s written? I’m sure the customer who made these purchases wasn’t all excited about getting a copy
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  • What is mixed media? At its essence, mixed-media art is about using more than one medium in a piece of art. Beyond that requirement, mixed-media art techniques are boundless. To give you an idea of the range, we've assembled five different mixed-media artists with five different approaches in Exploring
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  • Up until recently, my husband and I have had completely different approaches to cooking. I find a recipe I like and follow it. He looks up a bunch of recipes for a particular dish or main ingredient and puts his own spin on it.
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  • Buttons are a weakness of mine. I buy vintage buttons by the card and by the jar. I have hordes of them. I like to play with them, sort them, and of course use them in art.
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  • My children are past the Valentine party stage (insert eye-roll here), but I'm not. I'm thinking of throwing a little Valentine art party for my friends. A mixed-media make-and-take, some grown-up punch, and a light dessert sounds perfect to me.
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  • I just learned a quick and easy mixed-media art technique to use in a variety of art projects, and I couldn't wait to share it with you.
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  • Happy New Year my makers of collage , my writers of art journals , my fans of assemblage ! It’s so great to be back with you in the new year. We have so much exciting new stuff to share with you this year—please pull down on your safety harness and keep
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  • It's a new year, and perhaps one of your resolutions is to be more earth-friendly or to use what you have rather than acquiring new stuff. Well, I have the perfect role models for you. Susan Andrews and Carolyn Fellman (known collectively as the Oiseaux Sisters), have to be two of the most inventive
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  • Making collage art seems simple. After all, schoolchildren do it all the time. But, making an original, well-designed piece of collage art takes more than a session of cutting and pasting pictures from an old magazine (though that is a lot of fun and very relaxing).
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  • Bleck! Slushy, cold, icy piles of snow. It’s inevitable this time of year—unless you’re in warmer climates, of course. The thought of the chill of the icy sludge seeping down the insides of the boots is enough to make me want to hustle to a warm fireside
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  • It's probably safe to say that the digital scanner vastly increased the possibilities for using and reusing your artwork. Scanning a two-dimensional piece so you can print it out over and over again as digital art — and even manipulate it in the computer first — allows you to use it in
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  • Honestly, this year I really did start early on my holiday crafting. But here it is Christmas Eve, and I still have a couple of last-minute presents to create. If you're in the same boat, don't despair! I have few collage projects you can use for 11 th hour gift-making.
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  • This week I think it will be especially important for me to use art making as a way to express my feelings of sorrow for the victims of the Newtown, CT shooting. As a mom, as volunteer at our local elementary school, as a human, I need to find a way to
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  • For the most part, cootie catchers provide giggles for adolescent girls. But it turns out the basic cootie catcher construct can be the basis for paper art silhouette ornaments. These ornaments (which can also be used as gift toppers and card embellishments) turn kids' amusement into sophisticated
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  • This technique for making inside pages for handmade books brings back the fun and excitement of making photocopies. The technique is quite simple, writes Kathryn Antyr in PAGES magazine: "Collect objects, photocopy them, and paint the copy with watered-down acrylics."
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  • Here is a quick and easy fabric art bracelet to stitch for anyone, any time. This bracelet, made with suede cloth and trim, can be whipped up in less than an hour, so it makes a great last-minute gift.
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  • Don’t we all dream about discovering an old bundled stack of letters like this? Whether we just want to read them, or use them in an art journal or a new collage series—the find would be monumental. At least that’s how I felt when I found this stack and
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  • The countdown is on! If you're like me, you're still working on that gift list. To help me with that, I decided to go through the 2012 issues of Cloth Paper Scissors for some inspiration. I found a lot of great ideas and thought I'd share
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  • While I was working on a new cover project in my studio, I ended up with a bunch of paper hearts that were leftovers from the project. Not being one to pass up an opportunity to use up my scraps, I worked up this quick little ornament that could also
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  • In case you didn't notice, today is December 12, 2012, aka 12.12.12. Therefore, I feel obliged to offer you a dozen of something. How about 12 tips for collage art ?
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  • If you lack an art studio and consequently play with wet media in the kitchen or dining room, you are in luck. You have easy access to culinary you can use in your artwork. Here are three mark-making ideas that will spice up your watercolor painting. All use supplies from the kitchen.
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  • I don’t skate . . . anymore. My ankles don’t like it when I do. Also, my knees complain. But that doesn’t make me want these ice skates any less. I found these lovely skates at an antique market and immediately fell in love with them. The slightly higher
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  • About a year ago I mentioned that my husband, Nick, had become interested in assemblage art . Although Nick is an accomplished draughtsman, he also likes to tinker. He's Mr. Fixit around our house (and other people's), and likes nothing more than to fiddle with things to make them fit together
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  • Lately I've been going through family photos, making piles of snaps by holiday, season, birthday, and so on. My idea is to put holiday and seasonal groups of photos in a collage frame to rotate throughout the year. For the birthday photos, I want to make handmade books for each of my girls so they
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  • Star light star bright, first star I see tonight . . . This Friday’s photo is of a stenciled starburst I made with a Crafter’s Workshop- Julie Balzer Burst Stencil and some gesso. You can either try using this image as a base for a collage , add it to
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  • Just when I think I'm starting to catch up on all the mixed-media fabric art projects I want to make, I get the new issue of Cloth Paper Scissors magazine, and I discover yet another project I just have to do.
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  • If you can't get enough Black Friday savings but you've stood in enough Black Friday lines, then you need to check out the Cloth Paper Scissors Shop ! Throughout the entire weekend, we're offering an additional 15% off already marked down
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  • After literally tripping over my stash of fabrics, papers, and found objects recently, I am on a mission to downsize. And so I'm looking for ways to use and re-use items I already have, upcycling them into art or useful objects.
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  • When you're trying to make mixed-media art but you're short on time, what's the best step you can take? Over the years, I've heard many artists say the answer is to prepare backgrounds in advance.
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  • This is when the gift-making season goes into high gear, so I thought I would round up some of my favorite easy gifts to make from around the Cloth Paper Scissors community. There's sure to be something here that you would like to make for your friends — or yourself!
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  • Check out this little fungi! This image was captured at a county fair in the fungus collection. I got lots of other photos of mushrooms of all different shapes and sizes but this ‘thing’ really intrigued me. It was about one foot around and I really wanted
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  • I spent last Sunday sorting through my paper and fabric stash, taking inventory of what I have. I'm trying to get my studio set up for holiday crafting, as I plan to make many fabric art and mixed-media gifts for my family. (Shhh. Don't tell.)
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  • In the November/December issue of Cloth Paper Scissors , Susan Lenart Kazmer taught readers how to make wonderful, sparkly leaves using wire, paper, and resin, which she then fashioned into a small, decorative lamp shade (left). Readers were also treated
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  • When I tell people my husband is a painter, they usually ask if he's an artist or a house painter. And I usually tell them, "Both." Because while he does paint houses, he does it with the care and precision of a fine artist. One of the things he is very particular about is caring for his
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  • Is it time for a change? We just got our first bit of snow here as a storm blew through a week after super storm Sandy paid a visit. The other seasons seem to change so gradually but there is no denying that winter is approaching when you’re shoveling
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  • One of the things I love about interviewing artists is the chance to get inside their heads, ask all kinds of questions about how and why they work the way they do, and give them the opportunity to open up and share that information with the world. My fellow online editor Courtney Jordan did just that
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  • When you want to apply a drawing or painting to fabric and you don't have the resources to print your own fabric, what do you do? Use an image transfer technique .
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  • They say it's better to give than to receive — but I say it's better to give and receive handmade gifts. If you agree, you'll find the inspiration and instructions you need for artful gift-making ideas in our new free eBook from Cloth Paper Scissors Today , 6 Quick and Easy Gifts to
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  • How do you sign your art? With a Sharpie® and your signature? With a little cartouche-like monogram? Maybe you have a stylized signature you use just for artwork (as opposed to writing checks.) There are many ways to sign your artwork creatively, from printmaking techniques to lettering to stamping
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  • How do you start on a canvas? Do you work from white or do you like to cover the background with black gesso or bright bits of color? Do you like to collage images on the background first? Getting started can be so difficult. Especially if you like working
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  • The November/December is all about felting. Learn to felt with paper or how to dye felt for some unique results. Educate yourself with A Look at . . . Felting Tools. And check out the results of our Felted Wonders Reader Challenge. Make some fun paper and resin leaves, and create some quick gifts with
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  • So many of you commented on the encaustic blog posts last week, saying you were excited to try encaustic art or delve into it more. For myself, I was curious to try using natural elements and Pearl Ex powders from Jacquard.
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  • Roann Mathias is a mixed-media artist who takes paper art to a whole new level. A designer, she specializes in calligraphy which she uses to adorn handmade cards and books, and stationery. To create her handmade paper crafts and card making embellishments, Roann employs acrylics, watercolors, and paper
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  • Like most of you, I great up surrounded by magazines. My mother subscribed to pretty much all the "home" magazines of her time, and as soon as one arrived, she would sit down and turn the glossy pages looking for a new way to accessorize the living room or turn ground beef into a hearty meal
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  • Welcome to Day 4 of Encaustic Week! Today, with the help Michelle Belto's book Wax and Paper Workshop: Techniques for Combining Encaustic Paint and Handmade Paper , I'll show you how to add a transfer to your encaustic art .
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  • I have loved the look of encaustic collage art for many years, but it wasn't until I watched Amy Stoner demonstrate how to create one that I was moved to make one of my own . She made it look so easy!
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  • The September/October 2012 issue of Cloth Paper Scissors included this wonderful article called Artists Give Back in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month. The article featured 32 pieces of inspiring art donated by contributing artists from Cloth Paper
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  • Once you do witness the magic of encaustic, you will not only want to use clear encaustic medium, you'll want to start playing with wax and colors, or encaustic paint.
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  • What is encaustic? Encaustic comes from the Greek word enkaustikos, meaning "to burn." Encaustic art involves using melted beeswax or encaustic medium with or without pigment with other media and materials.
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  • In this free eBook, Upcycled Art: 4 Free Tutorials on Upcycling Ideas and Creating Recycled Art , we offer you recycled art projects that help you winnow down your collection of found objects — and make room for new ones!
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  • I think I've been in love with fabric art ever since I was a teenager. That was back in the '70s, when fiber art was having its hippie heyday, with macramé belts and hanging plant holders, batik skirts, and tie-dye all the rage.
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  • I am in a pumpkin funk. Don’t worry, I’m not sure it’s contagious, but I think it is going to get a lot worse before it gets better. Oh, did I forget to mention that I like being in a pumpkin daze? Yes, I’m totally blissfully happy. It all started with
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  • Babies. Puppies. Disney princesses. What do they have in common? Big eyes, a large forehead, and features scrunched up cutely in the middle of the face. It's what's called a pleasing face, according to artist Julie Fei-Fan Balzer. One that makes you want to look at it. One that makes you smile
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  • Often, when I try to explain what I do, some people question me as to what constitutes " mixed-media art ." When I tell them it means a work of art that uses more than one visual medium, I either get a blank stare or a look that implies I think they are dense. As if to say, "Of course
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  • I was thrilled to get a sneak peek of the November/December 2012 issue of Cloth Paper Scissors where Nikki Smith writes about how to print your own custom tissue papers using the computer and digital art .
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  • Every time I see a phone book, I think of mixed-media artist Katie Kendrick. Why? Because Katie was the first artist I know of to use phone book pages as mixed-media art supplies.
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  • If you follow this blog, then you know I have an abundance of denim pockets culled from my husband's jeans, and I'm always looking for fabric art projects to make with them. One of my favorite denim recycling projects was this Patched Pocket Panel that combines art with storage.
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  • I've been making gelatin monoprints off and on for about a year now, and I've collected quite a stack of prints waiting to become part of a piece of art. Some monprints can stand alone. But as I'm learning and experimenting, most of my printmaking endeavors yield a lot of prints-in-waiting
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  • A couple of weeks ago we celebrated my husband's birthday with a party. I asked the guests — his siblings and closest friends — to bring photos and ephemera from days gone by that we could all enjoy.
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  • My house is a collage of bold colors. Also, I like complements, and I'm not afraid to use them. Why, just this past weekend I painted my back door eggplant, accented with sunflower yellow. It pops against the blue-gray shingles and makes me happy just to look at it.
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  • When I first came to work at what was then Quilting Arts, I heard a lot about WonderUnder®. I honestly thought it was some kind of bra for about a week. Turns out (for those of you as clueless as I was), it's a brand of fusible web that holds two textiles together, instead of stitching, for quilting
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  • Now that pretty much everyone is walking around with a camera in their purse or back pocket, have you found yourself taking more or less photos? I have a few things that I try to ALWAYS take photos of: 1. Self takes. Yes I’m one of those people holding
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  • I really thought this was going to the summer of encaustic art. I imagined myself out on the porch with my electric fry pan, wood boards, encaustic medium, papers, and fabric, whiling away the day creating encaustic collage.
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  • With any luck, I'll be able to persuade my husband that some of his wool sweaters are too worn even for working around the house. Then I can turn them into felt for fabric art .
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  • People often ask me, "How do you get in the magazine?" Although I'm no longer in a position to make give input on submissions, I can talk generally about the process. The answer is that you need talent, but you also need to present something fresh. And a lot depends on timing.
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  • Yes, I realize this is more of a jar full of a posy, but I couldn’t resist the line from the old childhood rhyme for the title of this post.
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  • A lot of artists don't think they need an artist statement unless they have an art business or plan to show their art. But an artist statement can help you focus on the art you truly want to make and what you want to get out of making it. Once you know that, you can turn to the question of whether
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  • How many artists does it take to change a lightbulb? You voted , and the answer is overwhelmingly that of marylizzy, who wrote:
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  • Can I let you in on a not-so-secret secret? Art journaling does not come naturally to me. I grew up writing in journals and, truth be told, I have only recently acquiesced to using the word "journal" as a verb.
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  • Words and fabric collage are two of my favorite things. So I get excited when I see a way of putting them together in the same project. I discovered this relatively easy method for how to make a collage of words and fabric in the new book Vibrant Quilt Collage by Bethan Ash.
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  • To me, collage is the most accessible means of exploring mixed-media art. Start with ephemera and glue for paper collage and add paint; choose fabric and add stitch for fabric collage; "glue" with wax for encaustic collage; or play on the computer or tablet to create digital collage.
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  • In our new free eBook Embossing for Mixed Media: How to Emboss Using Fiber, Paper, and Embossing Powders, Plus Techniques for Metal Embossing , you'll learn all the embossing basics, from embossing tools to how to use a heat gun.
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  • As you may know, I spent a few days at the CREATE Mixed-Media Retreat in New Jersey last month. Most of my focus was on interacting with members of our mixed-media and fiber art community
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  • I’m very excited to be planning a week-long getaway to the lovely city of Montreal in August. Did I mention that my only traveling companion would be my wonderful husband? That’s right, kiddos are tucked away at summer camp, deadlines are met, out-of
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  • I am a sucker for big commercial letters. I have to stop and look at everyone I see when I’m at an antique fair or flea market. My goal is to eventually spell out EAT on my kitchen wall, but I’ve yet to commit. I see it as a giant mixed-media installation
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  • Our family has two significant birthdays coming up in the next few weeks, and the pressure is on for me to show off my creative paper art skills with clever invitations.
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  • We are thrilled to announce that because of the passionate response from fans of our desktop eMags, we will be reversing our decision to publish our eMags exclusively on the iPad and will be releasing them once again for the desktop PC and MAC viewing experiences.
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  • What's the first recognizable thing we draw as children? Often it's a stick figure. As grown-up artists, too, we like to include people in our mixed-media art : loved ones, interesting strangers, imaginary characters — even ourselves.
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  • Are you anywhere near the beach today? Looking for something to sketch in your art journal ? Or for a theme for a new collage? Take a look at these five-pointed beauties—aren’t they glorious in their salmony-summer hues? I actually shot this picture at
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  • How do you make a collage ? What materials do you use? I'm often asked that question, usually right after I tell people what I do. People who don't do art or who aren't familiar with the kinds of art we create here are genuinely curious. So I feel kind of bad when I answer them. Because the
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  • Welcome to our Assemblage issue . . . and it’s Pink ! Not only is this issue packed with fantastic examples of assemblage made from lightbulbs, found objects, and even store-bought vintage-esque items, we’re also supporting, remembering, and celebrating National *** Cancer Awareness month
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  • While reorganizing some supply bins in my studio last weekend, I came across some old friends: Tim Holtz Distress TM inks, stamp pads, and embossing powders.
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  • When I first saw Roz Leibowitz's artwork, I thought I was looking at collage on lace. Only closer inspection showed that what I perceived as crochet and cutwork was actually hand drawings.
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  • Recently I did a little research and discovered that of all the blog posts we've written here at Cloth Paper Scissors Today , many of the most popular ones focus on fabric art .
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  • What types of projects have you come across in your journey online that you just love? For me, the best kinds of free projects are the ones that pop-up at the same time a big task is winding down. I love it when they come into my life as time becomes
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  • Inhale. Ok, use your imagination and then inhale. Can you just imagine what this lovely million-petaled rose smells like in person? Well, I can tell you it’s divine. I can also tell you that it embarrasses 11 and 12-year-old girls to no end when their
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  • In our new free eBook, Art Studio Organization: Ideas and Projects for Storage, Design, and Decorating Your Art Studios , you'll find craft organization ideas, art studio storage ideas, and art studio design tips from designers and the editors of Studios magazine.
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  • "What iffing" is how collagraph (also spelled collograph) printmaking got started. According to Val Holmes in her book Print with Collage & Stitch: Techniques for Mixed-Media Printmaking , collagraphy techniques can be seen in prints from the late 19 th century, when Pierre Roche, a student
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  • Art Journalers and Artists LOOK UP! I’ve had the opportunity to live in a lot of different places (Michigan, Colorado, Texas, and Massachusetts), but each place was a little different. In Colorado I got to look at the sun setting over the mountains
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  • A lot of people find summer to be a relaxing and carefree time. Not me. I find the lack of structure — with no school and people around me going on vacation — disrupts my creative flow. Sometimes it's just too hot to think of an idea for a collage — let alone a sewing or screen
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  • Get ready for summer creating! You’ll find ideas for prepping your journals and bringing your art supplies on vacation, a selective-color photo tutorial, new ways to use alcohol inks, stamp and stencil synergy, and lots more.
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  • Being able to see the negative space in a drawing or around an object can be very useful in all aspects of art. This skill helps you give flat art such as paper collage art more dimension.
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  • My husband wears jeans every day for work, and he goes through them at an alarming rate. Several years ago I started saving the pockets for future upcycling into fabric art . Now I have a stack of pockets waiting in search of a project.
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  • Sometimes you just gotta love Mother Nature. These purple globes of happiness called to me on a walk through the Boston Public Gardens with my family last weekend—my lucky birthday outing. Actually they called to the entire family. My tween girls said
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  • Welcome to The Encaustic Studio weekend blog celebration blast! Ten fantastic bloggers from all around the country will be joining the party and sharing their thoughts on the new book, The Encaustic Studio by Daniella Woolf , hosting book giveaways and writing about their work in encaustic .
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  • My first foray into printmaking techniques without a printing press began with the drawings of the teapot and spoon you see here. I sent them off to mixed-media fiber artist Lynn Krawczyk who first turned them into high-contrast images in Photoshop and then made them into Thermofax screens.
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  • Today I'm going to give you permission to play with paper dolls. Come on, you know you want to. And really, you don't need permission. You're an artist! If anyone questions you, tell them you're working on some amazing paper art sculptures, and leave it at that.
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  • I love the "stranded on a deserted island" game. You know, the one where you have to decide which two books ( Pride and Prejudice, The Complete Works of Shakespeare ) or records (James Taylor's greatest hits and Steely Dan "Aja") or friends (not going there) you would choose to
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  • Like a lot of people, I have this thing about my handwriting. I hate it. Which means anytime I'm creating handmade cards or a paper collage where I want to add writing, I dread it. I feel like the moment I add that "personal touch," I've ruined everything that came before I put pen
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  • It’s almost a shame that I can only share this photo with you for inspiration. Personally, I can imagine rolling these balls in paint and then over some fabric, or even rolling them over a gelatin printing plate to “pull off” some texture. But alas, I
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  • Over the long Memorial Day weekend I spent a lot of time on my porch. I drank peach iced tea while dyeing fabric, screen printing fabric, and sorting through a bag of fancy fibers I might use to embroider the fabric later. My fabric art activities, combined with the number of flags flapping in the warm
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  • Most artists I've met, well-known or obscure, are pretty nice folks. But when you deal with someone whose name is pretty much recognized by everyone who works in collage , mixed-media, paper art, and stamping, you might expect him or her to be distant or hard to access. You know, "Have your
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  • After finishing my stacked teacup collage a couple of weeks ago, I couldn't help wondering what the design might look like done in fabric or fibers instead of paper. I considered making a fabric collage, but then decided on machine needle felting
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  • My husband and I have been going through our closets and basement boxes to determine what is useful, what is trash, and what is "junque." The useful stuff we'll keep, give, or sell; the trash we'll toss (or recycle) and the junque we want to upcycle into recycled art projects .
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  • This morning I started with blank paper, some printing inks, and a Gelli Arts gelatin printing plate, and within an hour I had some pretty cool monoprints I could use for backgrounds in collage. "Green Tea" by Cate Prato using monoprinting techniques
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  • To me, there are few art activities more relaxing than paper collage . I just love dipping my sponge brush into decoupage medium, swiping the backs of the pieces of paper, and gluing them down on the page-one by one by one. There's a mindless rhythm to the task that's very meditative.
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  • A lot of artwork has come through these doors over the years, and I can't count the number of times I've said, "Oh, I wish I could buy that." But I can count the number of times I have purchased a work of contributor art: once. It's a piece of mixed-media fabric and paper art by
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  • If it's Tuesday it must be tea time, and this week I'm showing a mixed-media collage of teacups. My tea room. I inherited (my cousins might say "commandeered") a set of mis-matched teacups from my maternal grandmother. Apparently in
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  • I have a bit of a love-hate relationship going on with my digital-imaging software. I love it when it works and I hate it when it doesn't. And don't tell me that the problems I have editing photos or making layered collage art on the computer are "user error." No way.
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  • Repetition in mixed-media or collage can be a strong design element. Perhaps that’s why I’m drawn to repetition in real life. While walking the Brimfield Antique Show this week, I took a number of photos that focused on repetition. You’ll be seeing more
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  • I like variety, and I'll bet if you're a member of the Cloth Paper Scissors community, you do, too. Mixed-media folks get bored with mark making using just one medium-—we like 'em all! Still, as much as I like to experiment, I tend to fall back on some of the same techniques and motifs
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  • When creating your own handmade books , there are many options for covers. One of my favorites is to recycle the covers from an old book. I know many people — even artists — balk at cutting up a book. To them, books are sacred. But as a person who haunts yard sales, flea markets, old book
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  • Have you ever spent the day walking around looking for great texture inspiration for a collage ? Have you started to dabble in digital collage yet? This photo was taken at ABC Carpet and Home in NYC. I was in the city with a bunch of artist friends and
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  • When you're an artist you want to announce it to the world. So why not make art to wear? In this free eBook Making Art to Wear: 5 Free Mixed-Media Designs for Wearable Art and Steampunk Jewelry , we'll show you how to make mixed-media jewelry and art to wear on your head, wrist, neck, and ears
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  • Over and over again, I hear experienced artists talk about how beneficial it is to work in a series. Whether it's collage, mixed-media art, fabric art , painting — it doesn't matter. Working in a series helps you learn more about the medium
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  • Do you love to work in a travel art journal , but don’t get enough time to (or money) to travel? Today’s photo was shot a few years ago on a lucky family trip to Venice, Italy. At the time I was traveling with two smallish children (kindergarten and first
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  • What do you get when you pair artists with iconic footwear? You get shoes that are mixed-media works of art. Last month, the Cloth Paper Scissors team rounded up a bunch of artists for an excursion to the Converse® shoe store in Boston. This particular store is one of just a handful in the country
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  • I love blog hops. Today I’m sharing a fairly long collage tutorial as my part of a bigger blog hop with Julie Fei-Fan Balzer and Crafter’s workshop Stencils. (You can find stencils like this in our store , too!) I really love how flexible stencils can
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  • Aside from Art Appreciation 101 in college and my brief childhood stint at Cranbrook , I've had no formal art training. In fact, much of what I've learned about fiber art and mixed media art techniques has come from editing Cloth Paper Scissors and Quilting Arts magazines over the past several
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  • I've written before about the benefits of working among artsy people who can give you feedback and advice on your art. I especially rely on Jenn Mason for critiques on my collage projects .
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  • The exchange led me to wonder if they even make carbon paper anymore. It turns out they do. You can still find carbon paper at your local stationery store (or online), and it's a great method for mark making in encaustic art .
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  • Here’s a different kind of photo for you! This is a photo of a piece of fabric that I was adding my spin to for an ongoing surface exploration project. This piece of fabric will go on to become discharged, painted, dyed, or possibly stained—but I got
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  • When I ran across this quote recently, I first thought about all the mixed-media and collage artists I know who are constantly sharing their work, their tips, and their enthusiasm with other artists via social media, blogs, and workshops. We are legion!
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  • Now that I have a set of watercolor paints , I've been playing and experimenting with them. I like the idea of watercolor as an underpainting, so I've been exploring mixed media painting techniques for backgrounds.
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  • I couldn’t resist the stark white of these brave early blossoms against the dark moon-less sky. What does this inspire? Feel like sketching flowers? Maybe pressing them or nature printing with them. Don’t forget that you can upload your photo-friday inspired
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  • So, you’re hesitant, yes? What the heck is this eMag thing? Perhaps you saw the original post about our Collage in Color eMag here, but you weren’t convinced yet. Perhaps you were hoping for a new iPad . . . your birthday is right around the corner, right
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  • I have a bit of a split personality when it comes to my fabric art and my stash. When I'm in my studio, surrounded by heaps and bins of fabric scraps, I think, "Wow. I've got so much fabric. I'll never use it all." But when I'm out in the world — or, heaven forbid, a fabric
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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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  • Lately I've been I've been praying more for peace of mind than peace and quiet, channeling my thoughts into small pieces of fabric art known as prayer flags.
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  • In an event, I'm sure I don't need to tell you that we have never, ever, not even once , used the pasta-making machine. Not even for making jewelry out of polymer clay. The machine still sits on a shelf in the kitchen, in it's dusty box, mocking us daily. But I think I may have found a way
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  • Hi friends, it’s Friday and it’s GORGEOUS here in Massachusetts. We’re a little afraid that we might get snow in August with the weather being so unseasonably warm right now, but you know what? I’ll take it. I’m feeling so moved by the weather that I
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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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  • You can collage on pretty much anything that's stabile; paper, stretched canvas, canvas boards, and wood are just the beginning. Here are five substrates on which you can make a collage that will give your collage art depth and texture.
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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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  • Mixed-media and collage artists have a lot of passion. And we're so lucky, because we're passionate about so many types of art and techniques — usually at the same time! To celebrate National Craft Month, Cloth Paper Scissors Today and Interweave's
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  • Perhaps no one has made more beautiful use of dryer sheets than Natalya Aikens, who wrote about her digital art printing and painting process for Cloth Paper Scissors magazine.
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  • I don't usually do this, but I am about to gush over a new technique book. The Encaustic Studio: A Wax Workshop in Mixed-Media Art by Daniella Woolf is simply the best, most comprehensive, and most inspiring book on encaustic art techniques I have ever seen-and a video comes with it, too boot.
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  • Do you ever dream of being able to turn on the TV and have a show that’s just for you? A mixed-media and collage based how-to show with new techniques that you want to run into your studio space and try right away? I do. I love watching HGTV and the Food
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  • Like to be in front of the camera? Are you a regular taper of tutorials? A master of hand shots and tripods? Well then, let me know! ( jmason@interweave.com SUBJECT: Collage in Color Tutorial). We’re looking for one or two more fantastic video tutorials
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  • I am going to come out and say something controversial: It is OK to copy other artists. In fact, I encourage you to do so. Copying other artists is a low-risk way to learn design principles and mixed-media art techniques .
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  • When my husband returned from a trip to Hawaii last month, he brought home coconuts for our daughters, a pair of earrings for me, some Kona coffee, and three odd looking, rusty pieces of metal he found on the ground.
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  • Whether you're working in your journal, creating a large collage, or creating a unique piece of assemblage art, found "papers" are a mainstay for adding texture and color. Looking through Cloth Paper Scissors , I came across a variety of
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  • Many years ago I began collecting examples of vintage embroidery such as tea towels and napkins, little pieces of fabric art from the past. I particularly liked the ones with a tea-theme; I had a notion to cut out the motifs and incorporate them with other vintage fabrics to make tea cozies
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  • Ever since learning about round-robin and similar kinds of collaborative mixed-media art projects, I've wanted to be part of one. But I haven't made the effort to join or organize a round-robin for a couple of reasons.
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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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  • 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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  • When I think of mixed-media fabric art hearts, mixed-media artist Beryl Taylor immediately comes to mind. Beryl can take a bit of silk and a few beads, and, with a stitch here and a wash of paint there, magically transform them into an embellishment you can appliqué onto a fabric paper wall hanging
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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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  •   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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  • One of my favorite memories from childhood was making the annual valentine mail box. When I was a kid, we made boxes for the die-cut (or handmade) cards to go in when we exchanged them at school.
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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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  • 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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  • When I first moved to Boston from the Midwest to go to graduate school, my mom was worried. The big bad city seemed like a very dangerous place to her, a suburban housewife from a small town. So I promised her I wouldn't go anywhere alone after dark.
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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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  • January is the time when most of us like to clear the decks and make a fresh start. After celebrating the holidays or even just being busy during the making/selling season, it's nice to take a hot beverage into the studio and ponder what to do next.
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  • I love rubber stamps. I have a whole collection of them with images that I just adore. But most of them I never use. Why? Because once you've used the image a few times, it gets boring. And it makes your art look the same, piece after piece.
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  • I love chocolate. And I love my family. But when the two get together over the holidays, it's chocolate overload time. Chocolate in the stockings, chocolate decorating the gift packages, chocolate sprinkled among the baked treats.
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • A couple of weeks ago I wrote a post about the house shape in art and how houses are my personal symbol. After that post was published, I recalled one of my favorite sayings, "Home is where your story begins."
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  • Learn how to start your own art group. Meet artist Patti Munro. Make molds with resin and clay. Do some faux encaustic painting. Get 365 Art Prompts for 2012. Discover a new use for recyclables. Add fun and color to your studio with Word Birds and stand-out scissors. Check out the results of our "A
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  • Uh-oh. It's that time again. Time to make last-minute gifts out of supplies I already have in my studio.
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  • A couple of weeks ago my husband and I attended an art show opening featuring two of his graphite on paper works.
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  • Have you heard yet about our freeART show in NYC? Here is the original post about making a 6" x 6" collage, sending it in to us here at Cloth Paper Scissors headquarters, and being part of our NYC show. We are getting an amazing response from
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  • We've recently added a new editorial team for our sister publication, Stitch , to our Sudbury, Mass., offices. Among the getting-to-know-you questions asked between the new and pre-existing staff members is, "What kind of art do you make?" Followed closely by, "Oh, can you teach me
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  • Drawing isn't always the first skill that comes to mind when considering the mixed-media artist's repertoire. Paint, paper, glue, collage, printmaking — that's our bread and butter.
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  • Do you remember the article on Guerrilla Art by Fred Free (July/August 2010)? Well, I’m lucky enough to regularly run into Fred about town and every time I see him I think—I need to be more guerrilla-like. But it’s more fun to be guerrilla-like in a group
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  • Recently someone asked me: what's a collagraph? A collagraph (also spelled collograph) combine two of my favorite forms of art: collage and printmaking. They're also easy to make with tools you most certainly have around the house.
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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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  • Back in the ‘80s I had the pleasure of interviewing Raymond Waites, one of the designers who ushered in the American Country movement.
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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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  • We’re kicking of the new year with a bunch of exciting new thing in each issue of Cloth Paper Scissors in 2012. This includes a fantastic new column by Julie Fei-Fan Balzer, a new Social Corner, and a new column called “Getting Technical” which will focus
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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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  • 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 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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  • Over a year ago I asked readers to help me decide where I should located my studio: in the attic room my husband had painted and organized with shelves for me, but that was overheated in the summer and freezing in the winter, or the "tea room" on the first floor, the would-be parlour that had
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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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  • Paper is one of the most versatile fibers in the mixed-media artist's repertoire. There are so many possibilities for paper art, it's no wonder we save every scrap we get our hands on!
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  • Meet Cindy Wunsch. Create image transfer magic with instant film. Mix encaustic painting techniques with plexiglass. Use paint and resin in layers. Paint a reverse collage. Enjoy the results of our "Home Sweet Home" Reader Challenge. Take "A Look at...Stretching Canvas." Get ready
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  • Next week we will be into November, with the holidays fast approaching! I don't know about you, but every year I plan to make a certain number of gifts for family and friends and end up making a fraction of what I planned. AND I usually make these
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  • With 19 videos, interactive slide shows, and lessons in color theory and collage tools, Collage in Color is the perfect new studio tool. Download this amazing eMag today and add some color to your world.
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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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  • 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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  • Cloth Paper Scissors Gifts is a special issue of Cloth Paper Scissors magazine devoted to the art of mixed-media gift-giving! Check out our 148-page 2011/2012 issue for holiday inspiration. Including a section dedicated to helping you decorate your home during the holiday season with projects like garlands
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  • At a conference last year where bloggers of all artistic persuasions gathered, I was amazed to see the knitters, crocheters, and beaders all whip out their supplies as the presentation began.
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  • Cloth Paper Scissors Gifts is a special issue of Cloth Paper Scissors magazine devoted to the art of mixed-media gift-giving! Check out our 148-page first annual issue for holiday inspiration. With more than 33 seasonal projects, inside this first annual issue, you'll discover a section dedicated
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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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  • I once wrote a poem that used complementary colors as a metaphor a relationship. Something about how if you mix orange and blue together too quickly you get dirt brown, but if you blend them slowly and carefully, you get the sunset on the sea.
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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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  • My friend Ann and I have a running joke. Every year around Halloween or Thanksgiving she calls me and asks, "So, are you gilding pumpkins?" This line refers to our tendencies to go to extremes and "Martha it up" when it comes to holiday decorating. We know it's ridiculous, but
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  • Why is it that kids love splashing in water and stomping in puddles while adults avoid getting wet almost as much as a cat does? Oh sure, the occasional dip in the pool or wade in the ocean is fine. But the minute it starts to rain, we start to grumble about umbrellas and hair frizz and having just washed
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  • I have a confession to make. I have worked for Cloth Paper Scissors and Quilting Arts Magazine for more than seven years and only made my first quilt a month ago.
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  • Get Prompts! Prompts can be the secret to getting started or getting “unblocked” when you want to work on your art. We’ve all been there . . . You finally get the kids to bed, the laundry under control, the bills paid, the dog walked, or all of the above
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  • I want to have a little fun today…why? Because we have a huge, looming deadline, and I need a little break. I thought we’d have fun together. Couldn’t you use a break, too? This will only take a moment…unless you don’t
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  • When did you first learn how to make a collage ? Was it in elementary school where you cut pictures out of magazines to concoct a self-portrait? Was it an Earth Day exercise to see how you could repurpose trash into a piece of art? Or maybe a watercolor class where you added dimension with papers or
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  • Like most households where cooking and baking (and eating) are a priority, we have a lot of cookbooks. There are some we use all the time, some that only contain a couple of go-to recipes. We also have print-outs of recipes I find online or that friends send to me, plus tear-outs from magazines and newspapers
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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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  • Found objects — vintage, architectural, industrial, natural, and ephemeral — are all around us, and don't you just love finding unique things? I do! Trouble is, I keep finding them. And hoarding them.
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  • On Father's Day this year, I treated my husband to an outdoor printmaking session. Nick is well-versed in the fine arts, primarily drawing and painting. But printmaking was new to him, and I took a special pleasure in introducing him to a technique where I was more knowledgeable than he. That is
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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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  • The first time I learned about printmaking with gelatin monoprinting, I said, "That's for me!" It's such a low-tech, easy process: just whip up some plain gelatin, grab some paints, a brayer, and paper or fabric, and the fun begins. But, somehow, I never got around to doing it.
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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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  • 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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  • Back in 2004 when I first started working on Cloth Paper Scissors , I thought I was pretty familiar with the paper end of things. I've always loved the fancy paper found in stationery stores, and I even knew there was more than one kind of watercolor paper. But I was in for a big surprise. Not just
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  • Since taking over the bloggership of Cloth Paper Scissors Today six months ago, I've had to challenge myself. Challenge myself to make art with materials or techniques I never thought I would try. And to put my "art" out there for all of you to see. And judge.
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  • I know it's only July, but here at Cloth Paper Scissors we are well into working on our 2011 – 2012 Gifts issue and that got me thinking (obviously) about the holidays. One of the things we always need for the holidays is cards and tags, so
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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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  • 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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  • A few years ago on a family vacation to Maine, my husband and I took our sketchbooks to a beach perched on a craggy cove on the edge of the island. It was a busy spot, with kids scrambling over rocks looking for crabs, rowboats swaying near the shore, and sailboats skimming the water farther out on the
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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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  • A couple of months ago I posted tips on how to photograph your pet , based on advice by fabric artist Faith Cleary who works from photos of animals.
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  • For six years, I had the privilege to interview mixed-media artists and write their profiles for each issue of Cloth Paper Scissors . I usually spent about an hour on the phone with each one — from as near as a few miles down the road to as far away as Australia. It was always so much fun for me
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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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  • 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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  • My teen has just finished 8 th grade, but we're already planning for next fall when she enters high school. While it's fresh in her mind, I want to review how she might improve some of her study skills. We've also been talking about how much more fun high school will be than middle school
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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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  • "I'm so bored." Now there's a lament anyone who's around children is bound to hear over the next several weeks. But let's face it: boredom happens in the studio, too.
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  • In the office our entire staff is scrambling here and there working on multiple projects at once. While most people consider the summer a time for slowing down and vacations (or for going on “holiday”), we are working in the opposite frame
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  • Are you preparing to make your holiday gifts this summer—planning to get them done early? We’re in the holiday frame of mind as we prepare for CPS Gifts 2011-2012 . We have fantastic décor, gift ideas, and a smashing Wrap It Up! section well underway
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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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  • I have always loved printmaking. I still have a framed intaglio print I made in high school, and lately I’ve been experimenting with screen printing and gelatin monoprinting. There are so many different kinds of printmaking techniques that I find myself hopping from one to another, with yet another
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  • A few years ago I was cleaning the bathtub in my favorite, chocolate brown t-shirt. I stood up to clean the mirror and that's when I noticed a dappled pattern across the front of the shirt, caused by the bleach in the cleaner I was using. The first thing that came to mind was, "Cool!"
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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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  • Have you seen the latest and greatest electronic magazines or eMags? Interweave/Cloth Paper Scissors anxiously awaited the release of the first iPad over a year ago. We couldn’t wait to see what the capabilities were going to be for the new digital
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  • Last week I presented two ways to add text to your artwork as described in past issues of Cloth Paper Scissors. As promised, here are a couple more. Adding text to artwork can mean doodling words onto your piece of art or even printing favorite words
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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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  • The digital darkroom has made creating photo collage and digital art easier, less expensive, and more creative than ever. In fact, there are so many techniques you can use to make a digital collage that some guidance from the pros is very welcome. In our free eBook, Cloth Paper Scissors Presents 4 Free
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  • Encaustic art is hot right now (sorry, couldn't resist the pun), with many people (including me), hopping on the beeswax bandwagon. I'm captivated by the encaustic collage process and the results it produces, and I've been experimenting at home with fabric, papers, and found objects. I'm
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  • Consider this scenario: You're on an art-making cruise and the captain announces there's a problem and everyone needs to find a lifeboat fast. Everyone's going to be OK, but because of space, you're allowed to take only one mark-making or background-texture tool or substance with you
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  • Journaling is one of the many things that the gifted artist who contribute to Cloth Paper Scissors have taught us about. Whether you journal daily (which is a wonderful habit to get in to) or keep a journal for the occasional note or sketch, here are
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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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  • The Summer 2011 issue of Cloth Paper Scissors Studios is full of bright, cheerful creative spaces with loads of tips and tricks for making your studio an efficient, inspirational space. In this 148-page magazine, we have a special focus on mothers and daughters creating together. Some share a creative
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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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  • Have you noticed I love my dog? Senghe is such a sweet boy and a real cutie. I love showing off his picture here and was also thrilled to have him included in 101 Patchwork Projects + Quilts . But anyone who knows Senghe also knows that he is a real people person and isn't one to just sit there obediently
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  • Want to see your artwork in a totally different way? Try altering it with a different technique or medium. That's what I did with my husband's art last week. Close readers of this blog may recall I mentioned his photo-quality drawings in my post about drawing with Jane LaFazio.
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  • Guess what? We have a new editor for our popular Studios magazine. Beginning with the Fall 2011 issue, being prepared now, author, mixed-media artist, and teacher Linda Blinn will take over the helm. With my exciting new duties here as your not-so-humble editor of Cloth Paper Scissors Today , it was
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  • L ast week I talked about substituting gluing for sewing, and asked what you thought of it. To reward you for your enthusiasm, today I'm going to give you a project that is fun, useful, easy, and has a contemporary patchwork look that is accomplished with glue.
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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 sewing machine and I are like Carrie and Mr. Big from "Sex and the City," with me playing Carrie. Every time a project seems to humming along and I think we have a chance at a satisfying relationship, something goes wrong.
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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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  • 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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  • When I heard that Lesley Riley's TAP Transfer Artist Paper took the Innovations prize at CHA last month, it didn't surprise me. Image transfers have been popular among mixed-media and collage artists ever since I can remember, and from what I understand, this product makes them easier than ever
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  • I don't know about you, but when I used to hear the term "recycled art" or "art from recyclables," the first thing that came to mind was usually a picture of painted egg cartons. And it was not a pretty picture.
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  •   Jenn Mason Cloth Paper Scissors Editor Hidden Valley by Becky Mason I was having a art discussion with my daughter this weekend as we talked about an upcoming art show that we were both planning on entering. Becky, 11-years-old, wanted to matte
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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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  • Jenn Mason Cloth Paper Scissors Editor Day 3 of Encaustic Week Today I have a special treat for you…some insight from the pros. Whenever I want to learn something new, I get online and start researching. I look for videos, blogs, websites…you know the
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  • Jenn Mason Cloth Paper Scissors Editor Day 2 of Encaustic Week Thanks to everyone on Facebook, Twitter, and the Blog for your questions, ideas, and input! It seems some of you are fans, some of you are wanna-bes, and some of you had to look up the word
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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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  • Meet the talented Sandy Webster. Experiment with Restructured Paper. Learn how to make fashionable paper quilts and how to make necklaces from newspaper. Create a wire and clay sculpture. Walk a mile in hand-crafted mixed-media shoes--or just make your own pair. Mix fabric and stitch with encaustics
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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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  • 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 am an early adopter. I love tech gadgets. I’m on my second iPhone, I had one of the first video iPods and years later I was on the geeky waitlist for the 3G iPad. I read Wired magazine faithfully and I’m online all of the time. Paint however
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  • How do you approach a new (or new-to-you) art medium? Do you wade in slowly, reading up on everything there is to know, researching the tools on the Internet, maybe taking a workshop? Or do you just grab the basic supplies and dive in, learning as you go and buying specialized materials as needed?
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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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  • Happy Valentine's Day! I remember my first Valentine's Day with the man who would become my husband. He made a reservation well in advance at the fanciest restaurant in town. I spent days writing a meaningful love note, while he, unbeknownst to me, shopped for a piece of jewelry. On the big night
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  • Portlandia: Put A Bird On It When I saw saw this clip, I just knew that I had to share it with you all. Over and over again, birds pop up on the collage and mixed-media art submissions that we receive. Occasionally we’ll get a letter to the editor
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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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  •       I’ve been looking forward to sharing this very cool idea for keeping track of your creative mixed-media experiments that I discovered in the 10th Anniversary Issue of Quilting Arts Magazine. I’m always looking for new and inventive
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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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  • What would you do? What would you do if I could give you an extra 24 hours—an extra 24 hours free of dishes, laundry, work, bill paying, childcare, grocery shopping, or cooking? I’d like to say that I’d spend the day eating chocolate (because calories
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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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  • The holiday is just days away, the mall parking lots are packed, and you still have some giving to do? Relax, take a deep breath. We’ll get through this together. First, take inventory. You have a closet, basement corner, guest room, or studio filled
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  • Meet the incredibly colorful Adnan Charara. Experiment with polymer clay book covers. Learn how to mix papermaking with encaustics, and how to make fabric mail art. Create a folder Journal. Take a flip through our reader challenge "mini books." Jump into your own artist collaboration. Look
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  •       I’d like to tell you about my profound love for all things black. As an art school grad, you can guess that I’ve had many a black outfit in my closet. I love the look of black grout on a terracotta tile floor—even though it took me
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  • What do you get when you have the opportunity to witness artists in their natural habitat? The secrets to their art! This is what I discovered today while watching the intro chapters to three of our Cloth Paper Scissors Workshop DVDs. All three artists
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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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  • We finally figured out whose house we are going to for Thanksgiving, and now I need a hostess gift. Sure, I’ll take a bottle of wine, but because we’re going to go into NYC to see the BIG parade for the first time, I will be arriving at the family shindig
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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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  • 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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  • I’m loving this piece called Mr. Rooster. It was recently added to our reader gallery by community member and artist, Nancy Standlee . Did you know you can sort the galleries by “posted by?” This would allow you to look at all the art posted in this particular
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  • Looking for something new to try in your next studio session? Have you looked into encaustic art yet? I have been wanting to use encaustic medium in my art for some time now. After watching Amy Stoner’s new Cloth Paper Scissors Workshop DVD, Encaustic
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  • Have you found the little acrylic embellishments in the jewelry and craft isles of your local craft store? There seem to be more and more each day. Why not wear a little bit of your collage art around your neck. Use soft gel medium to adhere the little
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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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  • 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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  • Meet Ruth Rosner and her wonderful found object women. Learn how to make fabulous fabric boxes and try making a wintery wonderland with quirky wire houses. Experiment with embossing on metal tape and play with stencils and foil. Create a faux leather journal and celebrate the holiday with crepe paper
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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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  • Whenever I get in a rut artistically I look to change things up. I’ll change my color palette, the time of day I work, or even just change up the size. I am a nut for gelatin printing and found myself working at the same size (approximately 6” x 6”) all
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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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  • Sue Pelletier on set. If you love adding texture to your mixed-media collages, then you’ll love today’s newsletter. We asked Sue Pelletier, fresh off the taping of her new Cloth Paper Scissors Workshop™ DVD Textures for Collage: Build
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  • We love hearing from our readers and we are always interested in feedback on specific issues so we can present artists and articles dealing with the materials and techniques our readers are most interested in. Recently, Editor Jenn Mason posted on Facebook
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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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  • I was so excited to share some info on the new eMag, Quilting Arts In Stitches —but I thought it was best to let my co-worker Pippa Eccles (who also happens to be Quilting Arts magazine Assistant Editor) tell you first hand about some of her own
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  • Whoa! Stop the presses…I have just been suitably blown away by Julie Fei-Fan Balzer’s new Cloth Paper Scissors Workshop(TM) dvd called “ Collage Fast & Furious .” I love Julie’s approach to art, and we’re even featuring one of her projects in our
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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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  •   I was recently alerted to a local encaustic conference by Amy Stoner, one of our new DVD artists. In the spirit of an industrious beat reporter, I made the trek up to Beverly, MA for the fourth annual Encaustic Painting Conference and spent some
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  • Hi all! I’m so glad to be here at Cloth Paper Scissors ! As the online editor for Artist Daily , this is my first opportunity to pop in at CPS , but I hope it is the first of many. One of the things I love about the artistic process is that we all
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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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  • We are counting the days here at Cloth Paper Scissors Headquarters. We can’t wait to CREATE with you. August 25th-29th, is right around the corner and we’re pulling out all the stops for our first-ever art retreat, and setting the mixed-media world on
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  • A remarkable thing has happened since I reorganized and moved my studio space (documented in the Summer 2010 issue of Studios ): whenever I need something, I know right where it is.
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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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  • It isn’t always easy to get to the things we really want to do. We all find and make time for all of the “have tos” in our lives, and it is very important that we do the same for our art. Art is such an important part of who you are; it has to be a priority
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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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  • CREATE with the Best August 25th-29th, 2011 Rosemont, Illinois Wow! Have you seen the instructor line up for Create? Did you get a look at the workshop schedule ? You can learn everything from no-stitch ATCs with Belinda Spiwak to monoprinting with Jeanne
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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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  • I'm always on the look out for more inspiration especially when I'm ready to embark on a new series or when I'm immobilized by the possibilities (which happens a lot). I've recently fallen in love with watching Quilting Arts Television for new ideas, tips and tricks to try in my mixed
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  • To help you create better backgrounds for your mixed media art, we’re offering you some of our best art ideas for textured backgrounds in a FREE eBook: 4 Mixed-Media Art Techniques presented by Cloth Paper Scissors ® . In this free, downloadable eBook, you’ll get four different approaches
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  • Did you read about the pendant swap in Cloth Paper Scissors and immediately say to yourself, "Self, we should enter that challenge!" Did you then proceed to forget all about it? Yikes! Today is just about the last day to get your swap here
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  • Rainy days and Mondays all ways get me down...but not next Monday! April 5th is the deadline for our Mixed Media Pendant Swap ( read more here ) and I am so excited to finally be able to go through all of the swap entries and see the marvelous things
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  • You've all heard the crazy reports of editors working on Halloween photo shoots in May and decorating for Christmas in June because of publishing deadlines. Well, we're talking Christmas in February! We're working amongst the tinsel and glitter
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  • Silk screening made easy; Artist Profile: Leo Sewell; Artist to Artist: Erin Zamrzla; Graffiti Paper Quilts; Burned Glue & Paper; Embracing the Blues; "Celebrate Birthdays"; Books with a Repurpose; Mixed Adventures of a Superhero Series; Birdscapes; Add Dimension with Wood; "Mother
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  • Perhaps you've already heard about our " pass it on: mail art affirmations " reader swap, perhaps, like this community, "it's new to you." Hop over to read all the knitty gritty here . In a nut shell, we're inviting readers
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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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  • 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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  • Paper & Plastic; Cheater Quilts; Itty Bitty Bits of inspiration: Sealed with a Stitch; Narrative Collage; Two Beeswax "Books"; "Action is the Art of Doing!"; A Paper Napkin Garden Journal"; Charmed - small bits of art to swap; Treasures Fabric Book; More Results from our
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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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  • Pop-up Fold out Neighborhood Shrine: Dream Houses, Part 1 Making a painted and stitched fabric house; Bringing wood and fabric together; Hand-tinted photos on fabric: the disperse-dye method; create a tasty mixed media book; dyed in the wool; lyrical digital collages; art addressing matters of the heart;
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  • " True Colors" Reader Challenge; home is where the art is; create print-like quality with a hnt of mystery; repurpose overalls into a personalized apron; create an eye-popping still -life; make small mixed-media heart quilts; paint, collage, stitch paper quilts; design papers with rubbing plates
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  • Cloth Paper Scissors brings you a special issue dedicated to creating beautiful and functional spaces for knitting, crocheting, fiber art, collage, mixed-media art, quilting, beading, and jewelry making.
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  • Dozens of tips for making the most of the space you have and green storage solutions.
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  • Extreme Studio Makeover ; Working with a Professional Organizer ; Top 10 Excuses for Spending Time in Your Studio; Super Storage Tips from Readers; Budget Storage Solutions; Paws & Effect, Pets in the studio; and a glimpse inside some of your favorite artists' creative spaces and much more..
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