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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • One of the great advantages of working with a bunch of artsy people is that every day is a chance to do a little show and tell — and get feedback. Thus, when I was having trouble getting a collage just right, I headed straight for Cloth Paper Scissors Editor Jenn Mason's desk one Monday morning
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  • I contend that anyone who has even a passing interest in fabric has a little softie deep inside them, waiting for the right opportunity to come out. For me, it came in the form of the Fancy Scrap Crows Kelli Nina Perkins made for Cloth Paper Scissors back in 2007. I had never had the slightest interest
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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • I was sitting at the dining room table the other night mapping out our summer plans on the calendar, actually color coding them to keep track of the comings and goings of four people separately and collectively (e.g. if it's pink, it must be Meredith's camp week).
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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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  • 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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  • Last week a package arrived from artist Lynn Krawczyk: inside held the Thermofax screens I'd ordered from her, as well as some screen printing ink. I squealed with delight as I pulled out the paper padding that cushioned the paint tubes.
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  • Kelli Nina Perkins is a multitalented artist. Whether she's making something utilitarian like a bookmark or one of her fun whimsical pieces, like her scrappy crows, Kelli's artwork will catch your eye. It's colorful and bold...and fun. Kelli
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  • It's spring, time for nesting. Coincidentally, our staff has just moved into a new office space. We have a bit more elbow room here and, being a creative bunch, we all immediately began feathering our little corner of the nest right along with the robins outside out windows.
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  • Last week while my husband and I were making dinner I suddenly had the urge to print on fabric. Like, right then and there. Why, you might ask? (My husband certainly asked.)
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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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  • If you love mark making and surface design like we do here at Cloth Paper Scissors®, you'll love what these printmaking artists have to offer you in our downloadable eBook, 4 Free Printmaking Projects: Block Printing, Monoprinting, and Other Printmaking Techniques .
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  • Jenn Mason Cloth Paper Scissors Editor Day 4 of Encaustic Week Today, I’m offering tips and great places to find more information and inspiration on encaustic painting. Tips from our pros: From Crystal Neubauer Use an oven thermometer – even if the pallet
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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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  • I just recently started using those $1 DVD rental machines and I am hooked. I haven't been so caught up on my movie watching in a long time. I was particularly charmed by "How to Train Your Dragon," in which the protagonist is a sensitive type who draws--a problem for his strapping Viking
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  • You don't have to be a star, baby, to be in our show. In other words, you don't have to be a household name to submit an article idea for publication or a concept for one of our video productions. We're looking for fresh, current ideas and new twists on old ones, whether you're an established
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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • With a dozen days left (and counting) until Christmas, I’m pulling out all my mixed-media tricks to help me spread the holiday joy. This week my newsletter comes to you in two parts and I invite you to play along with me. Both projects will involve
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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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  • I've been adjusting to my new Boston/Boulder shuffle as I adjust to a two-home, 1/2 time living situation, and was very eager to see my Stow peeps this past week. Imagine my glee when I entered the office and I wasn't only greeted by smiling colleagues
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  • More than 500 fabulous entries were receive and winnowed down to 25 finalists in 5 different categories. Then, thanks to our special guest judges, Sue Pelletier, Robert Maloney, and Merrill Comeau, who had the unenviable task of choosing one winner in
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  • 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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  • It’s fall, which means that it’s back-to-school time. What a better way to start the school year than with a collection of Cloth Paper Scissor’s Workshops! If you’re in a rut from the summer days and are looking for a little structure
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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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  •     Calling all lovers of found objects! I love to embrace the found object. My little girls know this so well they are always bringing me things on their walk home from school. What I haven’t focused on lately, in my art, is using found objects
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  • Meet Ann Wood and her whimiscal creatures. Learn easy faux silkscreaning and try our paper and plaster pumpkins. Experiment with Steampunk style earrings and play with texture and layers. Create a painted fedora with the Crafty Chica and celebrate the Day of the Dead with Michael deMeng. Take a look
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  • The Artisan Search 2011 continues… Looking to find new and exciting art and artists, Cloth Paper Scissors has challenged artists to send us their best art in one of five categories: Mixed-media Stitch , Art Journal and Book Making , Printmaking
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  • Why make your own stamps, stencils, and silkscreens? Inquiring minds want to know! Of course we all love to learn new techniques and processes, but are there concrete reasons to invest the time in learning how to make your own tools? I think the answer
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  • You may have been reading Cloth Paper Scissors for four months or four years. You know your way around rusted metal, ledger sheets, and image transfers with your eyes closed. You drink encaustic wax and eat peanut butter and gel medium sandwiches for
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  • Learn how to make mixed-media pendants with musling. Read about Susan Lenart Kazmer's love of found objects and jewlery. Discover new ideas for Guerrilla Art. Travel to Paris with the Oiseaux sisters. Get the basics on metal embossing. See the results of our "Pendant Swap" Reader Challenge
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  • Guess what today is? Today is the day that Lucy Talbot gave birth to a bouncing baby girl—39 (REAL) years ago—Thanks Mum! Yup, it’s my birthday. And you can probably tell that I’m not too shy about it. (I’m even giving YOU the opportunity to get an Un
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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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  • Last week I posted a list of all the things I learned from the March/April Cloth Paper Scissors, and I issued a challenge. Many of you stepped up from the challenge and I hope you enjoyed the game! We have a WINNER! The winner of this contest is Kristine
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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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  • As we say good bye to the March/April issue and hello to May/June, I thought I’d take a moment to tell you about what I learned from cover to cover… In no particular order: 1. You can use binder clips to hold layers together when silk screening
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  • I'm so excited to finally announce that registration is open ! I know you've all been waiting patiently to see what we had in store for our first-ever CREATE with Cloth Paper Scissors art retreat. The website has all the information you need to
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  • In honor of Earth day, I thought I'd share a recent earth-friendly project that I whipped up one day in my studio in an effort to reduce, reuse, and recycle. You may remember my warm weather studio play date where I made these papers with Smooch Spritz
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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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  • I have enjoyed playing with the papers and fabrics we created last week during out Gelatin Monoprinting time with the Quilting Arts and Cloth Paper Scissors crew. Here are a few of my papers: I used a roller stamp on the blue page, a toy with a circular
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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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  • We work hard at Cloth Paper Scissors, and we play hard, too. This past Tuesday, here in Stow, we all got together to have some fun with gelatin monoprinting. Our own Jenn Mason set us up with gelatin, paints, brayers, papers, and lots of tools for mark
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  • We are so happy to introduce to you our new Cloth Paper Scissors community! It's been a long time coming, and we're happy that our sister publication to Quilting Arts has its own home now. Now that it is February 1 st and we're one month into
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  • Art Doll Evolution - survival of the cutest; Using a frisket to reveal what's behind the painting; Electic Wall Hangings; Results from our "Charm and Be Charmed" reader Swap; First-ever Cloth Paper Scissors Calendar contest Judges' Choice; Using prompts to spark design; A Halloween
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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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