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  • * Artwork by Monica Martin Thank you to everyone who took part in this fun Wired Mixed-Media Assemblage reader challenge. Congratulations to the artists who were chosen as finalists . We would like those listed below to send their Wired Mixed-Media Assemblage
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  • There are times when we create art because we have a specific message to convey; we want to share a memory, a dream, a fantasy, or a belief. And then there are the times that we create because something calls to us, and we’re not satisfied until
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  • When teaching my classes at Art Retreats I try to plan the projects so that the students can go home and recreate the same project in their own kitchen. There is no need for the expense and fuss of elaborate tools and a big fancy studio. Many students
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  • You might know Australian artist Kass Hall for her books on how to Zentangle®, but did you know that she’s in the states, and teaching? Catch her class at CREATE in Dallas for a five-day retreat this month. I’ve invited Kass to share a
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  • In workshops and exhibitions, I get many questions about how I add so much depth and dimension to my work. My appetite for three dimensions comes out in my collage work as much as it does in my books. Isn't a richly encrusted surface deeply appealing
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  • “Watercolor is a force for good in the universe, bringing color and fun wherever it swirls,” says artist and author Jane Davenport. “But it sometimes has a mind of its own, and that is exactly what makes it so enticing to wrangle.”
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  • It should be no surprise that the individuals throughout our company read the magazines and books that fellow teams publish. But it's always lovely to share our enthusiasm for sister magazines and websites, as we did recently. Samantha Wranosky is
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  • Over the years I’ve been asked several times, if I were stranded on a deserted island and could only bring a few art supplies, what would I bring? Seriously, just a few items? Could I not bring a box of tools? Admittedly my love for painting supplies
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  • Today’s guest editor is Kent Youngstrom, artist and instructor at CREATE Mixed-Media Retreats . You may have read his recent contribution on seizing the day (click here if you missed it) ; his newest message is about taking a good hard look at traditions
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  • Art-making is pretty safe compared to other hobbies. Mixed-media jewelry, however, has some risk involved. That’s why an overview of safety tips is one of the first things that Barbara Lewis, author of Mastering Torch-Fired Enamel Jewelry . “Working
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  • There’s a saying I’m sure you’ve heard—it’s something like, “There are two things you can’t escape: death and taxes.” And while not all societies practice enforcement of taxes, death is something that we
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  • Today’s guest editor is Jeannine Stein, Senior Editor of Studios magazine . The following is Jeannine’s letter, introducing the Fall issue of Studios , which is available now. Her letter alone is a great read; get even more inspiration for
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  • The fall issue of Studios is packed with inspiration. Enter the colorful world of cover girl Alisa Burke, and learn about the juggling act that is her life. See how a variety of artists merge their art and life into one space, and how they've built a creative community in our story on live/work lofts
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  • It’s been many years since I’ve read Virginia Woolf’s A Room of One’s Own , but the title alone claimed a permanent place in my psyche. I believe that it’s important to have your own bonafide space, especially if you share
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  • Here at Cloth Paper Scissors , we give quite a bit of advice on how to incorporate your photos into your mixed-media art, including collage projects, digital manipulation, and other techniques. But what about taking the actual photos? Or, as Susan Tuttle
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  • Epiphanies can come in the strangest of places. My latest one occurred when I was sitting in a dental chair, getting a check-up. My dentist gets a kick out of my random adventures, and always asks what I’m up to at the moment. On this morning, he
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  • I recently helped a very dear friend with some painting. As you can see, I make a bit of a mess when I paint. The reason I am sharing this with you is because it got me thinking . . . Considering I am a bit of a perfectionist, why is it that I make such
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  • I recently went to an art supply store to pick up a few basics for some art projects I’m noodling around with. I’ve learned some new drawing techniques and I wanted to get started practicing things like shading. While browsing the aisles
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  • For eons, we’ve accepted that humans have five senses: sight, touch, taste, hearing, and smell. But when I was listening to the radio recently, I heard that scientists believe there are additional senses, including the sense of time (They can just
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  • Dear readers, every day you inspire me. I love seeing your art, reading your comments, and connecting with you online. As a way of saying "thank you" for being a part of the Cloth Paper Scissors community, I'd like to give away a bag of
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  • Here at Cloth Paper Scissors , we celebrate the many ways that you create mixed-media art. We love that our readers come from such different backgrounds: art journaling, jewelry making, sewing, and more. There are as many types of artists as there are
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  • The Cloth Paper Scissors team works very hard on the instructions we share with you, our readers, in our magazines and products. But, sometimes it just isn't the same as watching someone do it. We decided to ask two artists from Paper Art 2014 to
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  • Today’s guest blogger is Jen Cushman, who writes a mixed-media jewelry column for Cloth Paper Scissors magazine called “The Mixed Media Metalsmith,” and teaches at CREATE . In today’s post, she shares a step-by-step demonstration
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  • If you’ve visited a botanical garden, a conservatory, or even an expansive garden at a friend’s home, you know that nature provides so many types of flowers that we could never get bored admiring them. The color combinations and geometrical
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  • Celebrate D ía de los Meurtos with Cloth Paper Scissors . Make a tin nicho , create a festive art doll, fashion a decorative Day of the Dead necklace, discover cool collage drawings, and so much more! And don’t miss the exciting results of our Mixed-Media Skull challenge.
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  • To celebrate the release of Paper Art magazine we decided to give away one of the cool products we featured in this issue. The winner of the Epiphany Crafts Punch set was msmxdmedia ! I asked you what was your favorite paper project. msmxdmedia said:
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  • While new ideas come to fruition every day, those of us in the art world know that brand new art products don’t hit the shelves as often. That’s why it’s so exciting to see that where there’s a need, there’s often a create
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  • I recently discovered mixed-media artist Kent Youngstrom, who has turned his life unexpectedly into one that’s completely devoted to making art and inspiring others in creativity and the business of art. A painter with a background in graphic and
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  • In honor of Paper Art magazine hitting newsstands, I thought I would do a little giveaway! Seen in the Supplies section of Paper Art magazine in this clever Epiphany Crafts punch with the matching epoxy bezels and charm settings . This tool makes it easy
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  • Trends come in waves and technological advances have made paper choices abundant (to say the least) and accessible to almost everyone. But there’s just something about going back to the beginning and using a substrate similar to what our ancestors
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  • “Digital art” can have several connotations, some of which make people cringe. When I first became familiar with the term, I would envision images of colorful fractals that were computer-generated, with little human or artistic intervention
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  • I saw something I'd never seen before when browsing the newest issue Paper Art (formerly I {Heart} Paper ) . Until I saw the book shown below, I had never thought of using a book that's bound for the recycling bin in this way. And then I looked
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  • Sometimes what happens behind the scenes is not at all what we expect. The photos we publish in Cloth Paper Scissors always look perfectly placed but the amount of behind-the-scenes effort that placement takes would amaze you. That is why I decided to
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  • They say that you can tell a lot about a person by her handwriting. Clear, neat writing indicates orderliness; a messy script signifies a love of long walks on the beach. Actually, I made that one up. But you know what I mean—it seems as though
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  • This issue of Paper Art magazine, the follow-up to 2013's I {Heart} Paper , will feed your inner paper fanatic with 18 easy, enjoyable paper projects . Turn a book into a 3-D work of art, create paper anemones that look better than the real thing, and repurpose book pages into a gorgeous year-round
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  • Circus life can conjure up a variety of meanings for people, depending on their experiences with this cultural phenomenon. I used to sarcastically say that something was a circus, meaning that it was chaotic, until I Iearned that circuses are actually
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  • It’s hard to imagine life before gesso, especially since it has so many uses for mixed-media artists, in particular. In the newest Art Lesson from Jane Davenport, she lists some of the most popular ways to take advantage of this medium: • Primer
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  • Learning specific techniques is high on the list of ways to improve your art, but instruction doesn't need to be your exclusive avenue. Jenn Mason, co-host of Mixed-Media Workshop TV , lets you in on a little secret in this special blog post. She
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  • Have you ever dreamed of quitting your day job to pursue your dreams? We hear about people doing this all the time. I find it nothing less than inspiring when people are actually able to do it, especially in the case of Mary Beth Shaw, also known as “Stencil
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  • Until today, I thought metal embossing had somewhat limited uses. But Lisa Patterson has shown me the light! Her delightful mixed-media art includes this technique often because she prefers fast and easy results. I can’t blame her for that! The
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  • Have you ever incorporated a landscape within your art journal pages ? Quinn McDonald, author of Raw Art Journaling and Inner Hero Art Journal , invites you to do so. Her creative prompts will inspire you to find ways to create dreamlike views as well
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  • Whenever I see or hear "handmade books," I am intrigued. It isn't just that I love to make books myself, but I also love to see what others have created. This is probably why the " Books R Us " episode of The Mixed-Media Workshop
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  • Julie Fei-Fan Balzer is a beloved mixed-media artist who has a talent for creating vibrant art, and for teaching her techniques. Many of you are quite familiar with her unique style and expert instruction, both evident in her book, Carve Stamp Play .
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  • The due date for our Black, White, an Read All Over ornament challenge is fast approaching. You are invited to create a two-dimensional ornament with book pages. The ornaments should include only shades of black and white (and the color red, if desired
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  • To shake things up a little, today’s newsletter focuses on the monoprinting techniques you see here in Prom Dress II by Fawn Mackey. Fawn is featured in Quilting Arts ( February/March 2008 — subscribe here ), where she gives a step-by-step
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  • I recently asked this question on the Cloth Paper Scissors Facebook page , and to be honest, the responses weren’t what I expected. I expected patriotic answers, because my initial thought was that it means a lack of censorship. Artistic freedom
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  • Objects that lack meaning are sometimes nothing more than dust collectors. But when they carry symbols and represent memories, people, or feelings, their value is priceless. When it comes to making three-dimensional art that is special in this way, Karen
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  • I'm a believer of failing hard — so much so, that when I realize it has been a while since I've made a mistake, I start to wonder if I'm going soft, if I haven't experimented enough with this life and my creative outlets. It's
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  • Heather Stemas is an artist who knows how to harness the power of UV rays to create fabric art that's sun-kissed.
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  • It doesn't take long to realize that mixed-media artist and Art Journaling Live instructor Dina Wakley likes to have fun, especially when she's teaching and sharing art journal ideas . Her secret? "I have a good sense of humor and try not
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  • No one can deny that there's something extra special about receiving a handmade paper card. It shows that someone was not only thinking about you on a special occasion, but also that they took the time to consider what colors and styles to share with
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  • It's nice to be able to go to an art supply store and buy rubber stamps for your mixed-media art projects, but you also like to make things yourself, right? Try making your own art stamps! In this free eBook from Cloth Paper Scissors , a Guide to
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  • Sometimes it’s just not enough to express ourselves via one art medium, so I thought I’d mix it up today by focusing on art to wear: mixed-media jewelry. Accessories are such a personal thing — our jewelry helps to define us by showing what we like, and who we are. Fortunately, in Step
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  • In Art Journal Art Journey , Nicole Rae encourages readers to let go of the burden of thinking about the details too much, and to simply write lists as a way to get our juices flowing.
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  • We're all well acquainted with creating textured art, and with using stencils in art. But have you ever combined the two?
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  • Dare yourself to explore over 14 projects, stories of experimentation, and sparks of inspiration in this issue of PAGES magazine. Learn how to bind your books with a long-stitch variation with Krista Takacs, or master the historical Dos-à-Dos binding with Indira Govindan. Discover how to make
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  • Today's art inspiration comes from The Artist's Magazine , in which artist Elizabeth St. Hilaire Nelson is featured for her mixed-media techniques that result in the colorful collage work you'll see here.
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  • Our team recently launched Mixed Media Workshop TV—a series that brings art lessons to you, wherever you choose to learn. As you'll see from Paige Martin's behind-the-scenes report, the fun of creating just flows from the team.
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  • It's so easy to come up with excuses to avoid something. We're tired, we have housework to do, or the worst — we've found a comfy spot on the couch in front of the TV. But why do we even avoid doing things we love? I guess because it's part of our nature, but Gina Rossi Armfield
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  • "You are all amazing sparks of divine love with the unlimited potential to shine bright in this world. You have a style and a presence that is truly unique to you." -Tracy Verdugo. Wow! Take a moment and read that quote again; let it sink in and then take a breath. I'm writing this blog
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  • Head off to summer art camp with the July/August Cloth Paper Scissors ! Take advantage of the longer, warmer days and challenge yourself to try something new. Do some sun printing. Make an epoxy clay bracelet. Create a mood board. Learn a simple drawing technique. Paint a flower garden, collage some
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  • Today's guest is mixed-media artist Gina Lee Kim, who has an article on mark-making with pens and watercolors in the current issue of Cloth Paper Scissors (May/June). She shares with us her story of how she was called to art after losing her mother, and how the circle of life has carried on as she
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  • Kids, hide your toys. Traci Bautista is about to give moms and dads a reason to go digging for your wooden blocks.
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  • Grief is a powerful catalyst for creativity. I sometimes wonder if that's why we have the ability to make beautiful things: without art as an outlet for things like grief, where would we be? I used to write poetry, for example, during the tumultuous
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  • In the Summer 2014 issue, we are all about traveling studios and making art while traveling. Meet four creative artists who have transformed trailers into their on-the-go art spaces, including cover artist Leoma Lovegrove. Learn how an old milk processing plant and an old school house became wonderful
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  • Have you ever heard of a 30-day challenge, when you do something every day in order to reach a goal?
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  • With more than 180 entries to our Mixed-Media Skull Challenge, we had our work cut out for us! Thank you to everyone who took part in this fun challenge. We were very happy to see so many wonderful pieces of art. Congratulations to the artists who were
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  • Like many other things, paper maps are slowly becoming obsolete, as GPS guides us through new cities and countries. I haven't used a paper map in several years, and so now more than ever they have a sentimental quality. Even if it's a map of somewhere I haven't been, it symbolizes adventure
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  • The long-awaited new issue of Acrylic Artist is here! Enjoy this excerpt from the feature article, "Pieces of Parts" by Lauren B. Kirchner, focusing on the art of South African artist Marike Kleynscheldt. When I saw Green Depth of Field (below), I couldn't stop staring at it. Perhaps you'll
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  • Claudia Moody-Jones is a member of the Cloth Paper Scissors community. Her work recently came to my attention on our website, and I think you'll see why. Claudia uses alcohol markers (in addition to other media) to draw captivating designs on her origami art. I was lucky to be able to chat with Claudia
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  • What a stagnant world it would be if we didn't share our skills. Teaching each other what we know pushes our civilization forward, in all areas, including art. One of my favorite sayings is, learn the rules, and then break them.
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  • The Cloth Paper Scissors team is so excited to finally share with you the very first season of the Cloth Paper Scissors TV show: The Mixed-Media Workshop ! #mmwtv Okay, but, what is it about? The Mixed-Media Workshop is a brand new show airing every week
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  • While looking through the newest issue of Studios (Summer 2014), I couldn’t help but notice one thing that several of the articles have in common—at least three of the featured artists credit their mothers for their creativity. While I wasn't looking for that link, it is fitting, since
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  • I'm big on intentions. Whenever a new project comes up at work, at home, or in the studio, I ask myself and others involved: What's the goal? It might not be related to numbers in any way (secret: I'm a closet math nerd), and it might be just to get an hour to myself, but knowing why I'm
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  • Día de los Muertos, also known as the Day of the Dead, is a Mexican holiday that has gained more attention throughout the 50 states in recent years. I'm drawn to both the cultural significance of the holiday and the celebratory way that the holiday remembers those who have passed on before
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  • I'm happy to share with you Exploring Encaustics: 4 Free Encaustic Art and Painting Techniques , a free, downloadable eBook in which our team has pulled together four articles by some of our favorite encaustics experts.
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  • I asked a few of our contributing artists about making marks in their artwork , and they were happy to oblige. The questions: What's your favorite mark-making tool? How often do you make your own tools for printing /mark making? Do you have any tools
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  • Often, when people think of Earth Day, they consider ways to actively make a difference. But you already know that we should all be reducing, reusing, and recycling. So instead of focusing on ways to make your art more earth-friendly, I'd like to honor this special day by celebrating artwork that
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  • The May/June issue is our Printmaking issue. Create a resist with chickpea paste. Stencil with gesso. Design colorful patterns. Work with abstract figures. Check out our Carved Stamp Swap results; take A Look At . . . Stamp-carving tools; and much more!
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  • I have told you about the small bindery I worked at, but I haven't told you much about the company that our tiny bindery merged with : Acme Book Binding . When I went back recently to do an interview for an article, these lovely binders were kind
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  • There are two sides to creating art: doing it for ourselves and doing it for others. Many of us begin our creative lives by making things for ourselves. It happens without us even realizing it or putting a name to it, and comes in countless forms. I think it's part of what makes us human. Outsiders
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  • Holidays are what I live for. They’re a great reason to gather family members that I may not see in between these special days.
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  • "My love for art has always squirmed its way into every niche of my life, but it wasn't until after a couple of busy decades raising my eight children that I began to devote time to it," says Kayann Ausherman. "In art, I find a way to combine many of my loves. I love the creative process
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  • Jane "Danger" Davenport explains how she earned her middle name in this exclusive article.
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  • Recently, Alternative Art Surfaces made its way around the conference table and found itself in my hands. After reviewing it for a few minutes, I made eye contact with its editor, Kristy Conlin, and silently mouthed the words, “Can I keep it?”
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  • Stencils are a gift from above for some of us, and Mary Beth Shaw knows not only the value of their use, but also how to teach it to others.
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  • How well do you know your paintbrushes? Part of any artist’s supply cabinet, the paintbrush is a tool that helps you express who you are, who you want to be, or maybe just helps you paint a picture of a flower. In addition to other mixed media supplies, it’s a staple. Which one you use and
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  • Art journaling speaks to us for many reasons; one of which is the freedom to incorporate not only images and drawings, but also words that can be symbolic or straightforward.
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  • While the original uses for henna are ancient, today it’s seeing a surge in relatively mainstream popularity.
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  • After working on Jane Daveport's Art Lessons this year, I have become obsessed with altered book art. I can only admit that here because I have a sneaking suspicion many of you share my obsession. Working in a book she altered specifically for these
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  • Get inspired with an art studio featured in the Spring issue of Studios. Hint: the space is a 19th-century former wagon house.
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  • Intentional Printing by Lynn Krawczyk takes printing to the next level. Lynn says, "Intentional printing is a practice, a way of working that connects you to your artwork through not only skill, but emotion as well." Loaded with tips, techniques
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  • Life is never perfect. We have days that are amazing and filled with happy news and laughter, but we also have moments of doubt, fear of the unknown, and anxiety over gas prices and who’s going to win the next syndicated television talent show . Are you with me?
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  • A message from Cherie Haas, the new Online Editor of ClothPaperScissors, about abandoning art.
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  • If you've been wondering what all the excitement is about or want ideas for how to make stencils and how to use them, you'll love our new eBook, Stencil Art Making: 3 Free Stenciling Tutorials + How to Make Stencils .
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  • SPRING HAS SPRUNG! The piles of snow are slowly disappearing here in Massachusetts, and I for one am truly ready for some warm weather . . . And what symbolizes spring more than just about anything?Flowers. Artist Jennifer Swift showed us how to make
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  • In a couple of weeks, it will be 10 years since I was hired to be a midwife to a new magazine with a cool name: Cloth Paper Scissors .
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  • Architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe famously said, "Less is more." Well, he might know about chairs and buildings, but Mies van der Rohe was no mixed-media artist.
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  • We were very pleased with the colorful and creative entries we received for our Put A Stamp On It Reader Challenge, and would like the following finalists to send their art to us by April 11, 2014 for print consideration. Sue S. Williams • Saratoga
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  • I'm always on the hunt for sales on pre-stretched and primed canvases. I like square canvases with a 1-1/2"-wide sides, and they're hard to come by at my local art supply stores. Unless I buy them online, I'm at the mercy of what's available.
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  • You know the people who have cubbies, drawers, and labels for every category of art supply? The ones who make sure every paint bottle, pencil, and cutting tool is put in its proper place before they leave the studio for the day?
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  • Recently a commenter on this blog asked, "What do you do with your art journal pages? Are they just art for the sake of making art?"
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  • Because I blog, host online seminars, and spend a lot of time on social media, people I encounter during live social interactions often ask me for advice regarding their art business .
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  • National Craft Month is the perfect time to give and receive new craft tools, materials, and organization supplies to use in your craft room or art studio.
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  • Artist Colleen Ansbaugh created small felted landscapes for the March/April 2014 issue of Cloth Paper Scissors . In that article she mentioned that thin threads should be avoided in the design to avoid being disappointed with the end result. I asked Colleen
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  • How do you enliven an old pair of jeans? Try a little air brushing and stitch
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  • I've wanted to keep an art journal for years, but could never find the time because:
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  • When I was a little girl, my aunts started a gold charm bracelet for me. For several years, on each birthday and Christmas, a tiny package arrived with a new charm. I still have it-wore it on my wedding day as my something blue, because some of the charms have blue stones.
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  • In this free eBook, Making Art to Wear: 4 Free Mixed-Media Designs for Wearable Art Clothing and More , you'll find four wearable art ideas you can adapt to suit your style--or that of your favorite artist.
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  • In the March/April issue of Cloth Paper Scissors, artist Colleen Ansbaugh shows readers how to create a colorfully embellished felted landscape. Working on a small scale like this offers opportunity to try new technique without a huge investment in time
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  • One thing that I grew accustomed to while working at the bindery was how easily I could create professional-quality lettering in my work . I was lucky enough to have kind coworkers who were willing to not only set type for me, but also show me how the
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  • If you've ever looked for a way of altering photos by adding color without ruining the photo or obliterating the details, this digital photo art technique is for you.
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  • Experimentation is the key to artistic discovery. Asking "What if?" and embracing happy accidents can teach you so much about art techniques and, more importantly, how you can develop your own style with those techniques.
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  • In Part II of Jodi Ohl's popular web seminar on How to Get Started Teaching Online Classes, she will review the nuts and bolts of how to create online video workshops, including filming, editing, and special effects. This live web seminar will debut on February 27, 2014, at 1 p.m. ET.
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  • What do you look for in an art teacher? What I look for is someone who can teach a technique but who also encourages his or her students to bring their own ideas and talents to the interpretation. If that person has a winning personality and combines mixed media with stitch, so much the better.
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  • The March/April issue is our Go Green/Recycle Issue. See how artists recycle in their studios . . . and in their art. Make art with upcycled plastic bottles, tin cans, wooden objects, and more. Create a stitched landscape, or set yourself free with paint. Learn all about paintbrushes, love your letters
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  • Mark your calendar and join the fun! Cloth Paper Scissors invites you to be a part of our Dia de los Meurtos celebration by creating a mixed-media skull (calaveras). This challenge will be announced in the March/April issue of Cloth Paper Scissors , on
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  • When I was a child, someone gave me a stack of origami papers and a booklet of origami instructions. Being the spatially challenged person that I am, I quickly lost patience with origami folding. Instructions at that time were 2-D only, no video, and I had a hard time following the directions with dotted
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  • I have a new addiction: art stencils . I've been playing with a variety of stencils in my art journal and watching stenciling tutorials, and I've learned a few tricks and tips I want to share.
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  • Happy Valentine's Day! I'm pleased to tell you my older daughter loved the accordion-fold book I made and sent to her at college (and the Harry Potter stamps, too).
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  • On this snowy day in Massachusetts, I decided to have some fun with some printing supplies. I gathered some paints, my Gelli plate and brayer, and set out to make some prints. I started with red and white . . . Once I got started, the "What ifs"
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  • My first experience with acrylic paint on fabric was back in the ‘80s when everyone was making those Jackson Pollack-meets-Valley Girl sweatshirts with puff paint
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  • My older daughter is a total book nerd. She loves to read books, write in them ("journals" always make her birthday and Christmas lists), and recently has been learning the bookmaking process at school.
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  • For years, my artist husband has worked in graphite. Black-and-white all over...and over, and over. I admire his work, but I'm a color kind of gal. So I was pleased when he recently turned to pastels
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  • If you're looking to change things up in your studio, or maybe just looking for some new storage ideas, take a look. Our Facebook friends definitely had some great ideas! Norma Riehm uses an antique gun case made by her dad and refinished by her husband
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  • In my last post From The Bindery, I described a DIY hack for making your own book cloth from your favorite fabric using HeatnBond. (If you didn't see it, check it out and try for yourself!) Lucky for us, HeatnBond decided they liked the project and
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  • Whether you have just started to create with encaustic medium or you have some experience, adding paint to incised lines is a perfect next step.
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  • I'm willing to bet that you could agree with at least one of the following statements: I have too much stuff. I can't afford all the art materials I'd like. I want to make art in a way that has less impact on the environment
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  • For the Spring 2014 issue of STUDIOS , we're talking all about repurposing! We'll show you amazing repurposed studios in a former wagon house, sausage factory, garage, farmhouse, and more. We'll also introduce you to Elisa Cavani, an Italian designer who transforms abandoned objects into
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  • When I hear " assemblage art " I tend to think of wood, hardware, wire, and rusty found objects. But there is a soft side to assemblage to explore, using fabric.
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  • Check out the information below to WIN a free package of HeatnBond iron-on adhesive for this DIY book cloth project ! Since we talked about cutting corners in our last post, I thought this would be a good opportunity to talk about two book cloths and
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  • Can you create a cute, functional art or craft studio for less than $100? You bet you can. Take, for example, Rebecca Wisor.
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  • Even after nearly 10 years' worth of projects, I still have some old favorites. One is Belinda Spiwak's "Puffy Hearts" tutorial.
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  • In this free eBook , Mixed-Media Jewelry: 5 Free Found Object, Steampunk, and Resin Jewelry Ideas , you’ll learn how to make resin jewelry, how to make molds to duplicate found objects in resin, and how to make Steampunk jewelry to complement your style.
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  • After working in professional binderies, I love to think about how we did things at the binderies compared to what I do at home with my hands and a few small tools. Even though they are two different worlds, I incorporated many tricks that I learned while
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  • Is it possible to have too many mixed-media collage techniques in your bag of tricks? I don't think so. Especially when it comes to backgrounds for collage.
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  • Paper feathers are easy and fun to make, but what can you do with them? One to three of them twisted together make unusual paper decorations for parties (such as attached to napkin rings) or toppers for gifts.
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  • My husband and I have a thing for silly movies. Our first official date was to see the Mel Brooks sci-fi send-up "Spaceballs." About a year later we laughed along with "Who Framed Roger Rabbit," where we picked up one of our couple catch-phrases.
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  • February is right around the corner and with that comes thoughts of valentines . . . and hearts! With that in mind, I chose a onsie for my new granddaughter and decided to give her a little "love." It's so simple: two small machine-appliquéd
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  • My recent post about being afraid to make art lest I do it wrong elicited a strong response. Many readers commented on the blog and on Facebook, saying they felt the same way. Some agreed that art journaling for the sake of simply playing around and expressing themselves often releases their fear.
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  • The idea of telling a story through art with a book as the vehicle appeals to so many artists. Whether you create new handmade books or turn worn volumes into altered books , the process and the results can be gratifying.
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  • Lately I've been looking at art and my goals for making art and have come to the following conclusions:
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  • Do you like changing it up in your journal? Not only with what you write, but possibly HOW you write it? Joanne Sharpe has a new column, starting with the January/February issue of Cloth Paper Scissors . Not only will you learn to love your letters, you'll
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  • This is what I love about artists: Somewhere, someone was having a ham and cheese on rye with a dill pickle, looked down at their lunch and thought, "Hey, I bet this translucent paper littered with seeds and smelling of garlic would make a great art supply."
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  • Happy New Year! While I was on vacation, enjoying my family and the holiday festivities, we selected the winners of our Great Holiday Giveaway 2013 prizes. Congratulations to our Great Holiday Giveaway winners! C & T Publications - Ruth Ann M - Waynesville
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  • It's official: The Cloth Paper Scissors TV winning name is The Mixed-Media Workshop suggested by community member barbara1947. So, who are the two bubbly co-hosts we mentioned in our poll? Why, the lovely Julie Fei-Fan Balzer and our very own Jenn
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  • On Facebook, recently, one of my friends posed this prompt: If you go back and give your 20-year-old self two words of advice based on what you know now, what would those words be?
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  • Do you have all the time you need for art? I'm guessing the answer is no. We are all so busy with family obligations, our "real" jobs, and all the day-to-day activities required for getting along in this world, that it can be hard to make the things we truly want to do a priority.
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  • Due to the busyness of the holiday season, we are happy to announce an extension for the deadline for entries to our Carved Stamp Swap . Originally due January 8th, we have extended the due date to January 15th ! We invite readers to carve a small (3"
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  • You know how life can sometimes speed by and at other times crawl along at a snail's pace? Well, drawing is that way too.
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  • Every year, I like to look back at what I've learned (and written about) while experimenting with art techniques and supplies. Here are 13 collage art lessons I've learned (and I hope you have, too).
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  • How do you use your days off? I always like to set aside a few hours for doing the things I don't usually have time for, like catching up on mixed-media art techniques I've wanted to explore.
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  • I am going to admit something to you, something that I have chosen to keep a secret for many years: I am a last-minute gift buyer. For years I've wondered if it was genetic, or if I would ever revel in the joy of relaxing before the holidays, instead
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  • Start off the New Year with our Home Sweet Home issue . . . and some new columns! Check out "The Informed Artist" and "Letter Love." Create some sweet houses. Make a Painted Paper Collage or a Junk Drawer Heart necklace. See our Mixed-Media Stitched Square reader challenge results
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  • Washi, washi everywhere! You see it on Pinterest , in magazines, and everywhere supplies for creative paper crafts are sold.
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  • Whether you're creating a background, working in your journal, or creating a card, a stamped image is always a fun addition to any piece. You can buy a stamp with just about any image, but what about that simple doodle or symbol that you seem to go
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  • After wrangling some glitches in our survey software, we have found your top 10 CPS TV titles! Click the button below to cast your vote for CPS TV and help us make history with mixed media on television! Vote for your favorite title December 18 through
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  • My husband has six siblings, all with families, and they have finally decided it is time to stop exchanging gifts among the adults.
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  • I'll never forget the first time I saw a piece of art by mixed-media artist Beryl Taylor back in 2004. It was a gilded and encrusted portrait of a griffin made primarily out of small pieces of fabric paper
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  • With our Christmas tree not yet bought, I was thinking about what kind of tree we should get . . . and when . . . as I cleaned up some papers from a recent play time. With lots of small pieces of colorful papers, maps, and book pages strewn about, one
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  • Sure, I love every new art supply that comes down the pike. But I'm also a big fan of making the most of what you have around the house/studio.
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  • The Cloth Paper Scissors team is thrilled to announce that we are in the final planning stages for a new mixed-media television show to be launched this spring on CraftDaily.com! While we're busy planning exciting and inspiring episodes for you, we
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  • One of the beautiful benefits of encaustic art is how the layers of wax can entrap collage elements. And one of the ways you can add layers to an encaustic collage is with transfers.
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  • Last year, I saw a project on Pinterest that showed how to upcycle a toilet paper tube as a container. The open sides of the tube easily fold in to contain whatever's inside, and you can decorate the outside of the roll any number of ways.
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  • We had so many thoughtful responses about your favorite handmade gift, I absolutely loved reading about them! Unfortunately, I only have two of Shayna's journals to give away.
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  • There is something about conjuring up a cozy cottage or tall townhouse out of imagination and mixed-media art supplies that just appeals, apparently. The response to my post about handmade mixed-media art houses has been phenomenal--I guess you're about as obsessed as I am!
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  • We recently had a fun hour of creative adventure in the Cloth Paper Scissors office, and this little house was the result of my fun.
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  • Thanks to my mom and uncle who were both camera hounds, I have many, many old family photos. In the past I've scanned or copied them to create cards, garlands, ornaments, and so on for family members.
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  • Congratulations to marianne@69, the winner of our Tim Holtz Adirondack Alcohol Inks giveaway! To claim your prize, email your mailing address to me at mjibson@interweave.com. To everyone else, thanks for participating! Another giveaway is just around
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  • This holiday season, make sure there is a gift perfect for you! Check out these fabulous offers from our partners and click on the link at the bottom to ENTER our Great Holiday Giveaway! Each winner will receive a present ($25 minimum retail value ) from
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  • I love stencils, and when I saw these two from Crafter's Workshop I decided, in the spirit of the holiday season, to give a couple away. "Aspen Trees" looked so wintery, I just had to include that one. And Julie Fei-Fan Balzer's "Mini
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  • As promised, I'm doing another free product giveaway! This time around, the prize is a collection of Tim Holtz Adirondack products: an alcohol ink applicator, alcohol blending solution, 3 containers of alcohol inks, and gloss finish paper. For a chance
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  • Do you love handmade books? Have you ever tried to henna tattoo yourself or your friend? In this issue of PAGES magazine Shayna Butler gives you the low-down on how to make journals inspired by the beauty of henna tattoos. Not only was Shayna nice enough
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  • Congratulations to GuinR, the winner of our Shiva Artist's Paintstiks giveaway! To claim your prize, email your mailing address to me at mjibson@interweave.com. To everyone else, thanks for participating! And don't forget to check back on Tuesday
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  • If you read this blog regularly, you know that I consider gesso something of a miracle medium . Most of my collage projects involve gesso somewhere along the process to prime a substrate, create texture, or add a bright white accent.
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  • I recently had to gather papers for an article and, when I went through my personal stash, I realized that there had to be a better way to store them than what I'd been doing. It had been a while since I had really gone searching, so I didn't
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  • Looking to add a little sparkle to your hand lettering styles ? Here are two easy ways to make your lettering shine--just in time for creating holiday cards, gift cards, or even a display sign.
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  • Pages is packed with art journaling and bookbinding projects to get your creative gears turning. Henna tattoo your journals, bind a star book , use washi tape for mini art journals, and even create a paper cut book that feels like peering into a cell. Between the exceptional bookbinding instructions
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  • As I was looking through the drawers in my office today, I discovered some cool products left over from our Color Story features. And because I'm so generous, I've decided to share the wealth and give these products away! In fact, I have so many
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  • I've often thought of painting a bold design on a feature wall in my home. Lately I've been intrigued by the big-stencil wall treatment trend. But my need for variety stops me: what if I don't like it six months from now?
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  • This morning on my way to work the driver ahead of me sprayed windshield washer onto my car. Yes, you read that right: even though it was two car-lengths ahead of me, when the driver spritzed his windshield the spray launched over his car so far that it sprayed m y windshield
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  • The return to standard time has made it clear to me why most major winter celebrations--Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanza, Solstice, and so on--feature light in some form.
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  • Once I discovered paper cutting, I started collecting any and every tool or knife I could get my hands on. It wasn't until I had tried a wide variety that I found my preferred knife, and which knives just didn't work with my style. Some of them
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  • In the Winter 2014 issue of Studios magazine, our focus is on making the most of limited spaces! We'll introduce you to four table options that will fit in a creative space of any size and fit your organizational and storage needs. We'll also show you amazing studio setups for bedrooms, a shed
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  • My house is full of houses, and never more than during the holidays. From the vintage paper village houses lit up on the tree to the ceramic Dickens village my husband and I started collecting the day after we were married.
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  • What goes on in the mind of the mixed-media artist? Seth Apter wants to know.
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  • In our office right now we are fairly bursting with babies. Two staff members just welcomed their first grandchildren and two more staffers are expecting. Needless to say, handmade gifts for baby are on my mind.
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  • A graphic design professor in college once told our class that, if necessary, you could rule the world with just two fonts: Times Roman and Helvetica. Over the (many) years since then, technology has changed the availability and use of fonts, but I bet most artists day in and day out just use a handful
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  • The other day I was flattening an empty pasta box for the recycling bin when I thought, "Gee, that little oval window must be good for something."
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  • An artist I interviewed several years ago told me, "Once you start studying patterns, you see them everywhere." Boy, was she right. I'm forever taking photos of brick walls, wrought iron fences, floor tiles, and so on to record interesting patterns I see
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  • Learning about art supplies and techniques is like knowing a variety of languages-you can go farther and converse more eloquently. So it pays to know the fine art and mixed-media supplies available to you, how they can be used, and how they interact.
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  • You know I have this thing (and I know many of you do, too), where I have to try every technique and product that comes down the pike. Encaustic, water-soluble pencils, batik, and more--I've got the supplies for all of it.
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  • The November/December issue of Cloth Paper Scissors is our SEW Winter issue, featuring lots of ways to add texture and style to your mixed-media art with stitch. Whether you're working on fabric or paper or another substrate, there IS a way to add
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  • We've been touring art schools with our daughter Meredith, a high school junior. So far, we've been to a large well-known college and a tiny obscure one. One thing that has struck me is that the level of creativity and the quality of the facilities seems about the same.
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  • Cloth Paper Scissors' November/December issue is Sew Winter! Transfer a favorite image and use it to stitch a colorful needle case. Make wire doll dresses. Do some free-motion stitching to dress up a shirt. Upcycle wooden blocks. Take A Look At . . . Stitches. Incorporate embroidery into your mixed
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  • Whenever I'm stuck for a design element, I choose a circle. Circles are friendly, organic, and easy to make. You can make them perfect or wonky, dress them up and dress them down.
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  • In our updated eBook How to Make a Collage: 4 Free Mixed-Media Collage Techniques , you'll discover four different approaches to collage from expert mixed-media artists.
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  • Join us Thursday, October 24, 2013, when social media-savvy artist Jennifer Priest shows you how to go social with your art in The Business of Art: Social Marketing for Mixed Media Artists .
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  • You may look at the bits and pieces of fabric scattered in bins and boxes in your creative space and wonder what to do with them . . . why you've hung on to them for so long . . . or maybe why you saved them in the first place. Below you'll see
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  • Decorating for Halloween can go many different ways. You can take the scary route, the natural route, the Gothic route, and so on. I prefer the folk arty route: cute, vintage, artsy.
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  • My social media feeds are full of artwork. Mostly, it's finished artwork. But a few of my art friends post works in progress. I think they are very brave to make their fledgling ideas vulnerable to public scrutiny, however friendly.
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  • Last week, we held a free web seminar with three mixed-media jewelry artists from the ICE Resin design team, Mixed-Media Jewelry with the Stars . The live event was extremely popular; if you missed it, the recording is on the Cloth Paper Scissors community under Free Resources/Online Seminars.
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  • We all remember the little paper fans we made to cool off on hot summer days when we were kids . . . Fast forward many years, and make that same fan, but put it to use in a new way: book making. The pages in this book (left), made by Alice Harrison for
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  • As our younger daughter explores college art programs, we have run into a little snag. Most of the schools we've visited so far require freshman and sophomores to take foundation courses before delving into their preferred concentration.
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  • Have you tried Inktense® blocks or pencils ? These little miracles of pigment can be used dry for rich, intense color or washed out with a little water to create a vivid translucent effect. Once dry, the color is permanent and can be worked over with other media.
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  • My daughter is a big fan of Steampunk style , so when I saw an invitation for a Steampunk event at a nearby museum, I signed us up.
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  • Cloth Paper Scissors sponsored a Mixed-Media Jewelry Swap, one of our Reader Challenges, and we were thrilled to have more than 125 readers participate. We received pins, bracelets, earrings, cuffs, and lots of necklaces in a variety of styles. It was
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  • When you have an antique home like I do, decorating for Halloween is just about mandatory. The fact that mine is painted gray, black, and white--and that the house number is 31--pretty much seals the deal.
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  • Custom rubber stamps are fun and easy to make. There are many ways to make your own stamp--rubber and otherwise--but in my opinion, rubber stamp carving gives you the most opportunity to create a detailed custom stamp.
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  • When I was growing up, spies were everywhere. From the British James Bond and "The Avengers," to the intellectual "Mission: Impossible," to the silly "Get Smart," it was clear that spies were the coolest thing around, and some of them were women!
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  • Cloth Paper Scissors magazine was in utero , so to speak, when I was hired as an editor and writer. When the first glossy issue arrived in the office in 2004, the process seemed very much like bringing a baby into the world (except with less pain and more sleep). As one of the midwives who attended,
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  • In the Fall 2013 issue of Studios, we challenged our readers to upload photos of their creative spaces for the chance to win some pretty cool prizes. Over the space of a month, photos poured in from all over the world, and members of the Studios community
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  • Monoprinting is one of favorite ways to get paint and pattern on a substrate. With just a small investment in materials, you can create endless unique backgrounds, designs, and color combinations.
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  • Earlier this week I asked our Facebook friends what college-level art school they would attend if they could go anywhere. Some people named well-known schools. Some were more focused on the location (such as any art school in Hawaii).
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  • In the Summer 2013 issue of PAGES , Laura Ryan created impressive journal pages by dyeing the paper. I've talked about this before, but, given that fall is upon us in the Northeast, this process came to mind again. Laura doesn't use the "usual"
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  • Let's play a little word game, shall we? I say: Stamping and printmaking. You say: ?
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  • The Mixed-Media Stitched Squares of the following artists have been chosen as finalists and will be considered for publication. Congratulations! Please send your stitched squares to our Sudbury office by October 16th, 2013 . At this time, the flat shipping
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  • Do you draw? I don't mean a doodle or rough sketch, though those have their place. I mean draw a representative picture of something.
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  • Lately, I've been meditating on the meditative properties of art making. This has been on my mind because while I've often tried to meditate the traditional way (yogic pose, mantra in mind, etc.), I rarely find--or make--the time to do it.
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  • The Cloth Paper Scissors team is SO excited about Art Journaling Live ! And we know you will be, too. This all-inclusive art-journaling event takes place on Saturday, October 26th , from 8:00am - 5:00pm at the Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte
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  • If you were to ask several different people how/what they journal, you would probably get a variety of answers. To self-confessed journal junkie Kelley Spurgeon ( Pages , 2013 ), journaling is a way to document her daily life. Her words fill the pages
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  • I'm sure this has happened to many of us: You add the finishing touch to a collage --a word, quote, or piece of text--then stand back and realize: a. You've spelled a word wrong. b. The letter spacing is off.
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  • I'm going on a trip and I'm packing . . .Remember that camp/school game? Where everyone sits in a circle and names an item they're taking on a trip, starting with the first letter of their name (or the sequential letter of the alphabet)?
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  • Thinking back over the projects I've enjoyed most so far this year, one of my favorites has to be Jenny Cochran Lee's technique for creating textured art papers to use in collage, mixed media, and creative paper crafts .
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  • Louise O'Hara is an artist whose work is the very definition of mixed-media. Paint; papers, found and created; lace; fabrics; hand and machine stitching, stamping, and more bring Louise's pieces to life. In "A Conversation With . . . Louise
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  • I was browsing Facebook last night when I spotted a post by mixed-media artist Jane LaFazio "I love my magazines but they are taking over my studio. Suggestions?"
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  • Our last CREATE Mixed-media Retreat of the year just wrapped in Chicago, and I'm not sure the dust has settled yet. By dust, I'm talking figuratively about the excitement of so many artists coming together and learning new techniques and also the literal dust created in Sue Pelletier's classes
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  • In our latest eBook, Using Mixed-Media Supplies: Free Guide to Alcohol Ink, Gel Medium and Other Supplies for Mixed-Media Art , expert artists show you how to get great results with some of the most popular materials.
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  • We have two challenges going on right now: Mixed-Media Stitched Square and the Faces of Mixed Media . If you haven't challenged yourself this summer, now is the time. Mixed-Media Stitched Square Readers were invited to create a 6 " x 6 "
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  • Do you know of any upcoming Open Studio events or other similar art happenings occurring in the United States between December 2013 and December 2014? If so, we'd love to hear about them! Simply click here to share your event with us. All you have
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  • A dear friend of mine from my newspaper days has her first book, a memoir coming out in September, and I can't wait to help her celebrate. Because the book is about raising and training a service dog, we're making arrangements for a reading at my local gourmet pet food shop and other friends
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  • Do you have a creative space that you're just itching to spruce up? Is there a room you could convert into your dream studio if you only had the right furniture? If the answer to either of those questions is "Yes," then we have just what
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  • Way back in the ‘80s I interviewed a woman who decorated sweatshirts with this cool new product called puff paint. Her painted fabric embellishments crossed Jackson Pollock-like technique with Hello Kitty colors. The sweatshirts sold like umbrellas at an outdoor graduation during a downpour, especially
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  • If you've ever been to an art retreat, you know how nourishing it can be. There you are, with a bunch of other artists at different levels, learning from the instructor, each other, and yourself.
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  • Looking to add some pizzazz and creativity to your lettering? Join artist Kari McKnight-Holbrook for an illustrative web seminar, Delectable Doodles and Beyond , on Thursday, August 29, at 4:00p.m. EST.
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  • It's Thursday! As promised, I have chosen the lucky winner of How to Make 100 Paper Flowers. I chose a number and the comment that corresponded to that number belonged to Julsa49 . I need Julsa49 to contact me (bdelaney@interweave.com) so I can send
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  • The September/October 2013 issue is our texture issue. Learn about Rub-ons. Make nature prints. Experiment with acrylic glazes and heat. Turn your die-cutting machine into a printing press. Create colorful mosaics, wearable encaustic shrines, and Spirit Boxes. Meet mixed-media artist Louise O'Hara
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  • It never fails: I finish painting a page for my handmade journal , stand back to admire it, and as it starts to dry I watch helplessly as the edges start to curl. Curses!
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  • How do I love encaustic art? Let me count the ways: 1. I love it on wood. 2. I love it on paper. 3. I love it with fabric. And now I've found yet another way: with metal bezels in jewelry. Yes, you can wear encaustic art!
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  • In the premier issue of I {Heart} Paper , flowers abound. Jenny Jafek-Jones hydrangeas will make you drool, Tracy Houser's topiary will send you running for your papers to get started, and Sarinda Jones' flower ornament will having you folding
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  • I was reorganizing my art supplies last weekend (yes, again) and I realized something: by far, my most populated supply category is that of found object. It seems like every superfluous, unwanted, or "interesting" piece of vegetable, mineral, or plastic sets off upcycling ideas in my head and
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  • Several years ago I interviewed an artist who had trained and earned a certificate in creative embroidery. Her coursework had trained her to see patterns, "And once you start to notice patterns, you see them everywhere," she said.
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  • Wow, I'm impressed with all the enthusiasm you showed for creating paper art! There were a lot of comments to choose from for our i-top and paper punch giveaway. I asked Assistant Editor Paige Martin to choose a number, and the lucky winner is anoriginalpj
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  • You've heard of the little black dress? You know, the garment that you can dress up or dress down to suit the occasion? Well, let me introduce you to the versatile white cube--the perfect solution to your art studio organization dilemmas.
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  • Do you make your own mixed-media art tools? Or do you prefer to purchase stamps, stencils, screen designs, background papers, and so on created by others? If you're like me (and I think most beginner- to intermediate-level artists), the answer is probably, "Yes." In other words, you make
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  • Don't miss this exciting issue of the all-new Studios magazine! Our new studio features are even bigger and better, with fun photos and helpful captions. We've also added a new photo story feature, a color story, a before and after feature, and more! So if you're a creative type or just aspire
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  • What comes to mind when you hear "paper art"? Take a look at these beautiful pieces. In the July/August issue of Cloth Paper Scissors, artist Susan Black paints, sketches, and collages to create wonderful Botanical Collages. Inspired by flowers
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  • When you want to create a festive atmosphere, you can't go wrong with paper. Paper is readily available and you can cut, fold, punch, color, or twist it into just about any shape. From paper flowers to folded sculpture, creative paper crafts are accessible and economical.
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  • There are so many beautiful stencils coming onto the market these days, and I want to get my hands on every one of them and play. But often I find that the best stencils are the simplest ones: lines, dots, swirls, and basic outlines. And those you can easily make yourself by upcycling items you have
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  • Like many women of my generation, I am a huge fan of the "Little House" books by Laura Ingalls Wilder. I read them over and over again as a child, imagining myself as the plucky heroine, Laura, who would grow up to be a writer. (And who was something of a feminist in her time, refusing to use
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  • Several years ago, I started a personal blog.I wanted a venue for talking about all the things I like to talk about--vintage linens and stuff, my house, my kids, my opinions--and besides, everyone was doing it. I quickly discovered that while I had a lot to say (no doubts there), it took up a lot of
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  • Pages, Volume 3, is full of the fun and inspiring bookmaking and journaling ideas you have some to expect and appreciate. You'll find an amazing selection of unique materials for making books and journals, including copper pipe, driftwood, and beverage coaster, as well as a variety of techniques
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  • Embroidery is hot these days. Some artists and crafters are rescuing the embroidered motifs from vintage pillow cases and tablecloth corners, re-purposing them in new fabric art projects. Others are designing their own embroidery patterns, and I'm not talking about daisies and bonnets. More like
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  • Last week I was trying like mad to meet a deadline and had spread out my mixed-media collage supplies on the dining room table. Rubber stamps, stamp pads, acrylic paints, found objects, fibers, watercolor paper, ephemera, gel medium, colored pencils, and markers--you name it, it was there.
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  • Think of all the colorful and inspiring images you come in contact with every day, especially in the warmer months as we spend more time outdoors. Individual flowers, beautiful gardens, seashells, beach and seascapes are just a few of the things that
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  • Do you like your art? Does it make you happy? Would you buy it if you didn't know it was yours or pick it up and take it home if it was left out for free?
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  • Take your mixed-media art into the third dimension with this new eBook from Cloth Paper Scissors Today : Three-Dimensional Art Sculpture: Free Mixed-Media Sculpture and Paper-Mache .
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  • Looking for an easy art project for a multi-generational get-together? Try this: A few years ago, my cousins on my dad's side and I got together to give our mutual aunt (our fathers' sister) a crafting party as a birthday celebration
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  • Recently, I've been telling people my goal in life is to find everything I own. Case in point: while I was looking for something else in my studio last week I ran across something I forgot I had: a package of Lutradur sheets
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  • Last Christmas I asked my husband for some good-quality, basic paintbrushes. I figured that would be an easy shopping trip for him as enjoys going to the art supply store and you could characterize "paintbrushes" as a tool. (He loves to buy tools, even if they are for me.)
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  • When I was a little girl, I couldn't wait for my mom's monthly McCall's magazine to arrive. The moment she brought it in from the mailbox we flipped to the page of Betsy McCall paper dolls. Pretty Betsy--with her headbands and plaid dresses--was my fashion idol.
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  • The July/August issue is full of summer fun and mixed-media inspiration! Head to the shore with our felted seashell cards and seascape ornaments. Revel in color with botanical collage. Create a colorful, mixed-media flag. Try your hand at encaustic images. And learn some new ways to take your art supplies
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  • Here's a quick and easy idea for an art studio floor covering: Paint a rug.
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  • Infuse extra personality into your paper collage artwork ! Join fan-favorite artist and instructor Jenny Cochran Lee as she shows you how to turn scraps of paper into whimsical characters for collage during her LIVE webinar July 11, 2013 at 11 AM Eastern Time.
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  • Fire and fiber don't usually go together, but mixed-media artist Mary Hettmansperger pairs them often, with stunning results.
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  • What's the fastest way to add dimension and interest to paper collage art ? Layers! I love adding paint, stamping, glaze, and tissue papers to create backgrounds for collage.
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  • Heart Paper is a feast for the eyes and a menu for creative adventures. Indulge in Cloth Paper Scissors ’ newest publication, bursting with gorgeous paper art that will inspire artists of all types—from the sophisticated scrapbooker looking to branch out in mixed-media , to collage artists
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  • Last weekend we attended a family wedding. A bunch of us from one branch of the clan took advantage of the photo booth at the reception. We stuffed eight people, age 13 to 61, wearing silly glasses and fake beards in there to make fools of themselves in the name of family camaraderie and true love. We
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  • What is block printing? Block printing is a form of relief printing where the ink or paint is applied to a raised surface and then rolled or stamped onto a substrate, similar to rubberstamping. Common forms of block printing are woodcut printing, linoleum printing, and lithography.
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  • Just when I thought I had reached a détente with my family regarding my over-dependence on my smart phone, I started getting into Instagram.
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  • Now that summer is officially here, I'm ready to do some summertime art. Sketching and painting outside, dyeing fabric, experimenting with the messy mixed-media techniques I don't like to work with inside during the winter, and so on.
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  • Join talented artist and Cloth Paper Scissors Workshop Instructor Kristen Robinson for a LIVE webinar June 28, 2013 at 2 PM Eastern Time! Create timeless mixed-media jewelry from your personal treasures and follow along as Kristen creates her own never
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  • This week's prize package from GOLDEN Artist Colors is a mixed-media artist's dream come true. It includes Quinacridone/Nickel Azo Gold--perfect for "aging" your artwork--plus a Principal OPEN Set, Intro Fluid Set, Plus an assortment
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  • Art journaling is so popular right now, and there as many ways to keep a creative journal as there are artists.
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  • On Father's Day, our collage-age daughter presented her dad with a card she made herself. The handmade nature of the card, and especially the sentiments inside, made it more precious and valuable than any purchased gift could be.
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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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  • You've all been pretty excited about the June's Golden Giveaway Sweepstakes, but now it's time to hold on to your easel, because the "stakes" just got bigger and better.
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  • Beach season has begun in my neck of the woods, and you know what that means . . . seashells!
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  • You may be well-prepared for having your kids home all summer, but it always sneaks up on me. I know it's probably just denial, but every year it seems like one minute everyone has a schedule and a place to be, and the next minute I'm scrambling for ways to keep the girls occupied between camp
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  • We really enjoy DOODLE DUEL and love that so many of you enjoyed it, too! We promised some prizes and we have two lucky winners. Mary Vens from Mt. Pleasant, Michigan , will receive product from Dyan Reaveley/Ranger, and Ruggieri Tiziana from Italy will
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  • The idea of drawing a face intimidates many artists. If you want to create a true-to-life portrait of someone and you don't have much formal training, I can see how you would feel that way. But if you're drawing or painting a face to please yourself, for example in your art journal , then that
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  • We're holding another sweepstakes, giving away prize packages each week in June. This week, the package includes two sets of GOLDEN OPEN Acrylics Introductory Modern Set.
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  • "Where do you find inspiration?" That's a question I always asked artists when I regularly interviewed them for magazine profiles. I asked because I was curious and because readers also seemed to want to know.
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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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  • Knowing how popular GOLDEN art products are with mixed-media artists, we're holding another sweepstakes, giving away prize packages each week in June.
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  • First of all, I have to say that I am really glad we saved this Pin the Bird onto Pinterest contest for the end of the month, because looking at the variety of bird art on all the pin boards has been inspiring--a fitting end to this month of celebrating Put a Bird On 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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  • Remember ths fans you made from construction paper when you were a kid? In the new issue of PAGES, Gina Lee Kim presents a whole new use for that humble, folded paper: book binding! Often creating art on loose pages, Gina was at a loss as to how to bind
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  • My older daughter, Olivia, recently returned from a semester abroad in Central America. Among her most precious souvenirs were an armload of custom journals and an appreciation for luxuries we take for granted in the US--like long, hot showers.
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  • So, it's official: our eldest has moved out of the house to her own apartment. Now, in this day and age, I won't be surprised if she moves back after college. But in the meantime, her sister and I are turning her room into an art studio .
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  • As I hope you already know, we recently launched Craft Daily , a fun and educational website where you'll find more than 100 hours of full-length craft video workshops and tutorials from world-class instructors on beading, crochet, jewelry, knitting, mixed media, quilting, sewing, spinning, and weaving
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  • From today through May 30, 2013, we want you to pin the bird on the pin board. In other words, create a Put a Bird On It board on Pinterest and pin as many pieces of art where the artist Put a Bird on It as you can find.
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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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  • With spring fully upon us and summer just around the corner, it's the perfect time to get outdoors and find inspiration . . .and some fun supplies for art making. In one of my blog posts in the fall, I shared some pieces I made after printing with
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  • Hi! The winner of the bird-themed artwork by Jenn Mason is . . . LoraG@4 ! Please send us your street address so we can send Jenn's artwork to you. So, we are 3/4 of the way through Put a Bird on It month and we still have some special surprises planned
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  • Chad Alice Hagen is a full-time artist, well known for her work with felt and bookmaking . Chad has worked with hand-felted wool for more than 35 years and is the author of three books about felt making.
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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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  • When my husband and I want to amuse our children, we tell them about life in the "Dark Ages" of technology, when phones were tethered to the wall and video was non-existent.
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  • There have been a lot of comings and goings in my family lately. I was out in Colorado, my husband traveled to Arizona, and most exciting of all, our daughter returned from a semester abroad in Costa Rica. We all brought back gifts and mementos from our journeys, but I am most anxious to see Olivia's
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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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  • Don’t miss the Summer 2013 issue of Studios! Featuring the work spaces of more than 20 painters,quilters, printmakers, potters, jewelry makers, and sewists, this collection is sure to inspire.
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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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  • When it comes to Mother's Day gifts, I have always most enjoyed the handmade, heartfelt ones: poems, drawings, pinch pots, and the like. Even as my girls have grown into adulthood, I've made it clear I prefer something from the heart over something from the mall. (My birthday is a different story
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  • Treat your mom (yourself, or a friend) this Mother's Day! Fill out her crafting WISH LIST with up to $50 worth of product from the Cloth Paper Scissors Shop .
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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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  • We'd love to know how you like to watch videos so that we can make you some more amazing video content like the ones we've captured in our Art Journaling Exposed eMag in the photo below. We've put together a quick survey that will help us
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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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  • I recently completed a flurry of art projects. After congratulating myself on my productivity, I turned around to look look at my home studio , and wondered, "Who made this huge mess?
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  • Our month of Golden Giveaways comes to a close today. We had fun giving away these fantastic prizes. The Week 4 winner is: Candy P. of Bella Vista, AZ. Congratulations to Candy and all our winners!
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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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  • I have randomly chosen two lucky winners of the Faux Lampwork Headpins by Shayna Butler. Lucky readers " iamvics2 " and " HazelMcElhenny " are the winners! Please contact me with your mailing information and I will get your colorful
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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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  • Now, for Week 4 of the GOLDEN Giveaway! I never heard the word "micaceous" until last week when I wrote about the prize package Golden is giving away, including micaceous iron oxide. Then I heard it last night on Project Runway ! Must be the hot thing, and it's part of this week's giveaway
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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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  • In the May/June issue of Cloth Paper Scissors , Shayna Butler shows readers how to create Faux Lampwork Headpins. Using Sculpey ® oven-bake clay, wire, acrylic paints, and some ingenuity, Shayna creates beautifully colorful and unique beads. Once
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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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  • I know, I know: we're outside the lines artists, and proud of it, too. But in some instances, like art journaling , writing between the lines can help you move outside your comfort zone.
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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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  • Now, for Week 3 of the GOLDEN Giveaway! To recap: Recently, GOLDEN Artist Colors has introduced some exciting new products, including six grounds you can apply to your substrates to make them suitable for drawing with most dry media, including crayon, pencil, pastel, charcoal, and chalk, as well as wet
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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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  • Over the years, I--like many of you--have come to rely on GOLDEN artist products for fluid acrylics and mediums to give my art color, depth, and dimension.
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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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  • In this new free eBook, Printmaking Techniques: 5 Free Articles Exploring How to Screen Print, Monoprint, and More , you'll find inspiration and tutorials for making your art your own.
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  • The Cloth Paper Scissors team (Jenn Mason, Tina Hussey, and me), along with designer Larissa Davis, decended on photographer Sharon White's photography studio last Thursday. Armed with bins and bins of art, crates and boxes full of props, flowers
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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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  • Today I’m writing this blog from our PAGES vol. 3 photo shoot. We have tables filled with fun props to choose from. Each of us brought goodies from our studios in boxes, bags, tackle boxes, and backpacks. Interestingly, we ended up with a lot of books
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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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  • Silhouettes, animals, fairy tale scenes. Photos, landscapes, flowers, and planets. These are just a few of the themes presented in our Tunnel Book Challenge . The entries were colorful and inspiring . . . and enjoyable to look at. Congratulations to the
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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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  • I’m feeling super saturated today! I can feel spring right around the corner. I can buy three bunches of brilliant daffodils at the supermarket for just $6. And I am looking forward to wearing my fun green-feathered fascinator on St. Paddy’s day. No,
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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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  • The warm weather is coming! Time to take your art journals outside and on vacation. In our new free webinar, Travel Journals: Finding plein air locations and inspiration on the go, painting and travel journal expert Jacqueline Newbold will discuss how to choose locations for painting en plein air , what
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  • Silhouettes, animals, fairy tale scenes. Photos, landscapes, flowers, and planets. These are just a few of the themes presented in our Tunnel Book Challenge . The entries were colorful and inspiring . . . and enjoyable to look at. Congratulations to the
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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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  • Being blocked when you’re wanting to be creative is a real downer. It’s like your pencils and pens are ignoring your passionate pleas. How do you get through it? One of my favorite ways is by accepting a challenge. Just agreeing to accept a challenge
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  • The snow continued to pile up outside my house most of the day, beckoning to me. But alas . . . there was work to be done. That doesn't mean the snow didn't inspire me to try something later. Remembering an experiment we did with Vivika DeNegre
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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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  • If you want your art journal pages to have a cohesive look, I have three tricks to share with you today, courtesy of Kari McKnight Holbrook.
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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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  • As an adult I had the chance to live in the Dallas, TX area for a few years, where snow was a novelty. Having grown up in an area where snow is what happens between Thanksgiving and summer, I always found it odd to see the mixed joy and fear when snow
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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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  • Do your letters tend to have swirls and tails and flourish? Is the dot on the letter i ever replaced with a heart or flower? Do you like to play around with the height or width of your letters? Are you anxious to give your letters personality? Do your
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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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  • The other day I was taking in some eye candy on Pinterest and saw some beautiful mixed-media jewelry made from bent silver spoon handles. Some had beads attached and some had words stamped onto them.
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  • When I was in fourth grade, our state (Michigan) was the main theme of our social studies class for the year. I distinctly remember that the big project that would sum up all we had learned was a handmade book that we could interpret artistically.
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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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  • In this eBook, The Business of Art: 4 Free Articles on Starting and Promoting Your Art Business , we've collected the wisdom of four artists who have been successful in the art business realm. These savvy artists offer blogging tips and advice on how to use Etsy, how to price your art, and how to
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  • You may remember how my daughter and I are planning to share our creative space ? Well, Meredith's got our home studio all figured out. For one of her classes, she had to sketch her ideal workspace, and she made the drawing you see here.
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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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  • 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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  • 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! Sometimes
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  • Happy Valentine's Day! I am lucky to be able to work with all of the talented contributing artists for Cloth Paper Scissors . Not only do I get to see their art, up close and personal, and learn new techniques, I also pick up some great little tricks
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  • Paint has always been part of the mixed-media repertoire, but right now, painting is hot, hot, hot. Everyone seems to be painting, learning about painting, or has painting on their creative agenda.
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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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  • Get a taste of a CREATE mixed-media retreat with the March/April issue, featuring CREATE instructors and a variety of techniques. Learn to bind books, paint fabric, make a journal in a day, create amazing collages, sketch and stitch, make jewelry, and much more.
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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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  • Doodling comes naturally to most people. Especially if you're in a boring class or meeting. Most especially if you're a teenager in love. So, how has doodling gone from perceived slacker activity to art form?
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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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  • 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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  • Here's something I love about artists: when there's a cause worth supporting, they give. Often, they give their art--which takes so much more energy and spirit than writing a check or pressing a Paypal button--which in turn raises money and also awareness of the cause. And then there are the
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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! Sure
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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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  • You may remember that back in January I decided to choose one word each month to help guide my actions and intent. January’s word was Social. I think I did a good job being more social, including working on social media, hanging out with Jane Davenport
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  • Making art for art's sake is a wonderful and enjoyable thing. We all know that. Making art to support a cause is a whole other story, but one, we have learned, our contributors and readers are happy to be a part of. Recently, Jane Davies had a post
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  • Today I'm sharing a little project from Kristen Robinson for making sweet bag for your jewelry or to hold a special little gift. Kristen makes these bags out of wool felt or linen; you can use purchased felt or make it even more personal by upcycling a wool sweater into felt or upcycling your fabric
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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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  • Groundhog’s day is just around the corner (like tomorrow!), but I have no photos of groundhogs in my stash. What’s a girl to do? Improvise! I am NOT a big fan of the movie “Groundhog’s Day”. I find it frustrating. But I can see why the premise is appealing
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  • Did you know you can turn a piece of metal into a component for wearable art ? All it takes to make jewelry from found objects are some common mixed-media art supplies, some metal found objects or pre-made blanks, and a few basic techniques.
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  • Reader challenges are always a fun activity . . . for our readers and for us! Readers get to stretch their creative wings and we get to see lots and lots of wonderful art. I don't know if you, our readers, are aware or not, but we have discovered
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  • Here's a twist I wasn't expecting: As I set about turning my older (college age) daughter's room into a sewing and craft studio , my younger daughter has informed me she not only wants to share it, she wants to have a say in how we arrange it.
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  • If thoughts of Spring have you longing for fresh color combinations and new thoughts on organizing your creative space, the latest edition of Studios magazine, with an inside look at over 20 studios, is the place to start! Inside this inspiration-packed edition, you will. . .
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  • A while back I wrote about Julie Fei-Fan Balzer's techniques for successfully making custom rubber stamps had me eager to try rubber stamp carving myself. I asked for your advice, and you gave it!
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  • I’m so excited to share this photo from the Clover booth at CHA last week. These beautiful Kanzashi flowers were all made using their cool new templates.  I can’t wait to see what mixed-media artists can do with these flowers. Today I’m hoping my
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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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  • Are you tired of giving the same style valentine every year? Do you need some inspiration? Look at these lovelies, taken from the May/June 2007 issue of Cloth Paper Scissors . In her "Lost and Found" article, Jennifer Valentine (yes, that's
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  • When I need a quick fabric fix, I turn to felt . Felt crafts are like comfort food for me. Working with felt is easy and satisfying, because it comes in a huge array of colors, has enough heft to stand on its own, and the cut edges don’t fray.
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  • What's a quick and easy way to add texture and interest to your art journals, collages, paintings, and mixed-media art? Try mark making in gesso.
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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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  • Listen in as our talented art journal panel, Jacqueline Newbold, Dawn Sokol, and Pam Carriker, discuss their favorite ways to work art journaling into their everyday lives.
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  • First of all, thank you very much for your patience and understanding in our delay in publishing the finalists for our Make Mine Mini Reader Challenge . With close to 300 enties, we had a difficult time narrowing it down . . . more than difficult. If
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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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  • Mixed-media artists are known for their adventureous approach to art making. One look at any Materials list in an issue of Cloth Paper Scissors will immediately show the vast array of items and products that can be found in a mixed-media art space. From
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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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  • We just finished off a great Demonar at CHA and I wanted to say thanks and leave some follow-up information for any of the participants that attended. Thanks to the following contributors who donated product. Grafix - grafixarts.com The Crafter’s Workshop
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  • Dear Readers, Due to the large number of entries, we will not be announcing the finalists until Thursday, January 17th. Thank you for understanding. Have a nice weekend. Barb Delaney This MINI entry artwork is by Anita Davies.
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  • Here’s an interesting thought. While it’s in the hi 30s here in Massachusetts, it’s currently in the mid 80s in Sydney, Australia. Because we have readers all over the globe, I like to pretend (on the coldest of cold days especially) that just outside
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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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  • You may or may not have heard about the movement to pick one word as a guiding word for the new year. Ali Edwards has been leading scrapbookers through this adventure since 2006 on her blog . The movement has gotten bigger and everywhere I look I see
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  • It's time (again) to raid the recycle bins and see what inspires! While paging through back issues of Cloth Paper Scissors, I came upon some fun jewelry made from recycled items: beer caps and metal tins. Cool idea! In the November/December 2011 issue
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  • There's a great scene at the beginning of the movie "James and the Giant Peach." (Actually, there are a lot of wonderful scenes, but this one is key to the story.) James and his parents are on the beach looking at cloud formations and when James doesn't perceive something his parents
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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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  • Beginning a new year often means rethinking the spaces we occupy. Whether it's your home, office, or your studio, the new year frequently inspires change. Or maybe it's the cold weather and staying indoors that makes us want to spice things up
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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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  • Well, friends, we celebrated 12-12-12, we survived the Mayan apocalypse, and we're on the verge of a New Year. (Depending on where you are when you read this, the New Year may have already arrived.)
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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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  • These Art Supply Doodles are from the budding artists at Westfield High School in Westfield, New Jersey. Teacher Annora Happe-Conway sent these doodles from her art class and we wanted to share them with you. We are always happy when teachers tell us
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  • As you read this, I'm on vacation. With any luck, Santa will have brought me a new sewing machine or needle-felting machine , and I'll be playing with it. (Santa, are you watching as I type?)
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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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  • If you didn’t see my blog on 12-12-12 to make this little ornament in 12 minutes, take a look here . This morning I received a lovely letter from a reader that I just had to share with you all (with his permission!) Hello Jenn. I just wanted to say "Thanks"
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  • Last week I highlighted some last-minute gifts. This week it's all about wrapping. In the 2011-2012 issue of Cloth Paper Scissors Gifts , we featured a number of ways to wrap gifts. Some of the wraps were projects and were actually gifts in themselves
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  • To kick off the new year, we've put together our very first Bucket List issue.Some of the best mixed-media artists around are ready to show you how to get started, get further, and try something new.
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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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  • Be part of our next Art Journaling EXPOSED eMag by being part of our Quotable Art Journal Project! Send us a loose, finished 7" x 5" (Landscape format) art journal page featuring a quote like this one from Artist Erin Butson. Please credit the
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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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  • Re-organizing your art studio at this time of year —a mong the hustle and bustle of the holidays, the cerebral fog of too many cocktails or sugarplum sweets, and the craziness of trying to get a slew of handmade projects created for gifts and décor — may seem like a silly idea. Wouldn't
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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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  • For years, now, I have collected vintage linens with the plan that I would enjoy some as is, and upcycle others into useful and decorative projects. I've made a few things, but mostly, I have just accumulated a lot of pretty linens. I've finally
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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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  • Tonia Jenny   Ricë Freeman-Zachery Join Tonia Jenny (longtime acquisitions editor for North Light Books), Ricë Freeman-Zachery (artist/editor/writer/blogger extraordinaire), and I for some insight into our favorite books, trends, art supplies, projects
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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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  • For the first time since I can remember — maybe ever — I have actually started my holiday art projects early, and have actually finished some of my handmade arts and crafts projects . Beverage gift bags by Barbara Delaney. I am still working
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  • Decorative papers always catch my eye. I've been known to drop serious amounts of cash in those fancy paper product and art stores. But when I get them home, I always hate to use them — they're too precious. So when it comes to mixed-media art , I find it's easier and much less expensive
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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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  • Thanksgiving may be over this year, but we can still talk about stuffing birds, can't we? I'm talking about softies (aka stuffies or art dolls).
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  • I have always found items made with resin intriguing. I love the floating effect that resin creates and the fact that you can "float" just about anything in it. Enter Heidi Boyd. In the January/February 2013 issue of Cloth Paper Scissors Heidi
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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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  • Last week, I wrote about how I was trying to use up supplies like fabric strips, turning them into table runners. I had planned to make six table runners, one each for my husband's siblings. I like easy gifts to make like table linens, and I was proud that I was on my way to finishing my Christmas
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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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  • What colors do you usually paint with? Do you create with the same colors you wear? Is your home decorated in the same color as you wear and paint with? What if you introduced more colors? What would happen if you worked with 5 colors instead of 3, or
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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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  • We always like to get feedback from our Cloth Paper Scissors readers and we are often amazed at how often teachers tell us they use Cloth Paper Scissors in their classrooms. Further, it's exciting how many young students are inspired to put their
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  • Using an art journaling exercise by Lisa Bebi in Art at the Speed of Life: Motivation and Inspiration for Making Mixed-Media Art for Every Day , I printed out several copies of the edited image and basically colored over it.
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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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  • I couldn't bear the idea of touching yarn in the summer, but I know knitters who knit all year long, regardless of the heat or humidity. So it goes with people who like to felt . I'm sure avid felters make felt crafts all year round.
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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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  • Some say the road to Hell is paved with good intentions. In my art studio , good intentions lead to Christmas, at least in years past. But last year, I decided to get more organized, so that I don't end up finishing handmade gifts in the car on the way to my sister-in-law's house. Ha-ha. (No
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  • You make me feel like sketchin’, gonna sketch the night away. You make me feel like sketchin’. I feel like sketchin’—ooh, sketchin’—ooh. Sketch the night away . . . Goodness! My apologies. I got a little carried away there. I’m not sure what this cabbage
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  • Explore tree houses, wet studios, multi-use craft spaces, and more in Studios Winter 2012! This issue reaffirms that people are just as imaginative in finding work spaces as they are in creating art. In this exciting issue, you will...
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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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  • I had so many inquiries about the napkin rings I showed in an earlier post , I thought I'd share the process with you. They are the perfect hostess gift . . . or make some for yourself! Plan ahead though. I had wanted to use a specific piece of fabric
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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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  • In my book Mixed-Media Self-Portraits , one of the themes I tried to emphasize was that not only are there endless ways to create a self-portrait, there are endless ways to create your self-portrait. Especially when you have all the tools and supplies that mixed-media art has to offer.
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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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  • Have you ever opened a copy of Cloth Paper Scissors magazine and wished you could see your own artwork and techniques featured inside? Well, wishing won’t make it so, but there are steps you can take to improve your chances. And I'm going to
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  • What do you do with graphic papers besides recycle them? Turn them into a travel journal ! In fact, you don't even have to wait until you get home. Begin your handmade journal on the road using a map or brochure and fill it with found items from your trip.
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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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  • The Felted Wonders Reader Challenge was the first sponsored Cloth Paper Scissors challenge, and the winner was promised a Simplicity ® Deluxe Felting Machine. Talk about incentive! We were very pleased to receive more than 100 creative and colorful
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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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  • Well, that was fun, wasn't it? I hope you learned a lot from our week of encaustic endeavors. I know I did. The Interweave/Jacquard Encaustic Prize package for blog comment winners. I'll have a final wrap-up on Wednesday, but here's the news
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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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  • So, perhaps I’m cheating just a little bit with this photo. I ran it through a colored pencil filter to encourage you to try a little drawing today, or this week. Sometimes, it’s difficult to draw from life if you don’t exercise your drawing muscles on
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  • When the idea to do this Encaustic Week was announced, I immediately knew what I wanted to talk about. Assemblage! As editor of Cloth Paper Scissors magazine, I get a really good look at a lot of new techniques that I want to try. I’m always wishing
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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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  • Recently a coworker and I were talking about fiber art tools. (Yes, we do that.) I had just tried out a new gadget and likened it to using a hand mixer rather than a heavy-duty stand mixer. Both have their uses, but if you want high-end performance, the more powerful tool will get you where you need
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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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  • Felt is one of the most versatile art and craft fabrics. You can glue it or stitch it, and because it doesn't fray you don't have to worry about turning in any edges. I keep pieces of craft felt and wool felt in my stash. I have also tried my hand at felting techniques , like wet felting, hand
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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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  • Whether you make journal pages to create art, to experiment, or a little of both, it's fun to make image transfer techniques part of the mix. Image transfers can give your journal pages depth and interest whether you use them in layered backgrounds or as focal points.
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  • Have you been just reading along and checking out the photos from my Photo Friday blog all this time and not actually made anything? What?!?! Are you chicken? Sorry, I couldn’t resist. Plus, I had the perfect picture! I used to really have a thing for
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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 have readily admitted in this blog that I am a "doodler" from way back. Over time, I have discovered that a lot of my doodles are words . . . Recently, after editing an article by Lisa Engelbrecht for our January/February 2013 issue, I was
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  • This year, the only place I plan to go for Halloween is to the door to hand out candy. But if I had a party to attend, I'd make myself a piece of mixed-media jewelry like this Gypsy Gelatin Necklace created by Jenn Mason to complement my shawl and hoop earrings. This fun piece of wearable art combines
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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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  • I am always amazed and inspired by the artwork that comes into our offices. How could you not be? It's always beautiful and often even more so "in person" than it looked in the submission. I consider myself lucky to be able to handle the
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  •   Yesterday I had the awesome opportunity to spend an hour talking art with our fabulous Adventures in Arting columnist (and incredibly talented artist), Julie Fei-Fan Balzer along with her always gracious mum Eileen Hsu-Balzer. We didn’t just get
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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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  • This week I finally got to sit down with a sister Interweave special publication called Quilting Art Gifts 2012. Gift issues are my favorite special publications because the projects are quick, easy, and purposeful. While I consider myself a professional
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  • Masks and silhouettes are not just for novels and masquerade parties. They can be used as art journaling techniques to add dimension and drama to your visual journaling.
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  • October is National Breast Cancer Awareness month, and we invite you to use any of these cover designs for your own social sites. I'm also pleased to let you know that over the next five days (through 11:59 PM MST on 10/5/12), 30% of all Cloth Paper Scissors Shop proceeds go to benefit the National
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  • Today, a week into fall, I’m happily daydreaming about our hot summer-sun memories. Picnics on the beach, and road-side ice cream stands come to mind. On the way into work yesterday they mentioned that the night before was the last Red Sox home game of
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  • When I returned from CREATE New Jersey a few weeks back, I wrote about what I'd learned about mixed-media art . One of the lessons was to use what you have.
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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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  • We invited our readers to create a mixed-media silhouette-inspired piece of art, and received almost 100 entries. Silhouettes inspired by pets, children, landscapes, and more were collected and enjoyed here in Sudbury. It wasn't easy to winnow the
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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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  • I really love birch trees. I love them in person, I love them in photos, I love paintings of them, like this one titled “Yield” painted by Staci Swider. (By the way, this painting is available in our Artists Give Back Etsy Store here !) The other day
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  • In our new free eBook, Lettering and Mark Making in Art: 4 Free Hand Lettering Techniques for Mixed Media Applications , three artists show you how to create lettering styles with mark-making techniques and tools.
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  • Every year at back-to-school time I think, this is the year I will get everyone in my home organized. Every year but this year. This year, I didn't even try. The remaining child at home will be 16 in a few days and my husband and I have been married almost 23 years. If I haven't been able to
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  • Still thinking fall colors and leaves . . . I loved the leaf print I made last week so I decided to create some fabric art . I trimmed the canvas and added a border. I want to do some free-motion stitching in the border fabric . . . maybe add some potpourri
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  • We invited our readers to create a mixed-media silhouette-inspired piece of art, and received almost 100 entries. Silhouettes inspired by pets, children, landscapes, and more were collected and enjoyed here in Sudbury. It wasn't easy to winnow the
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  • I love to bring flowers to a hostess, and I love to give handmade arts and crafts as gifts. So I was pretty excited when I saw the tutorial for making these fabric flowers in the 2012-2013 issue of Quilting Arts Gifts . The issue is full of holiday crafts, but many of the gift-making ideas are appropriate
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  • Not quite sure why I haven’t been to the farmer’s market all summer. For some reason I got busy. But, the occasional cold days of late summer always signal an internal reminder that I need to migrate to the bushels of squash, eggplant, multiple variety
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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 love this time of year and can't imagine living anywhere that didn't have the wonderful colors of fall. I have a lot of fond memories about fall with my kids and they often reminisce about collecting leaves and making little projects with them
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  • We have a running joke around here. Assistant Editor Barbara Delaney, a former early education teacher, often looks at a process used by a contributing artist (like marble painting with shaving cream or weaving with torn papers) and says, "We did that in pre-school!"
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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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  • Egads, where did summer go? Seriously, it was just here a minute ago. Now I’m packing backpacks and searching for lunch money. There was a time in my life that didn’t revolve around a school calendar. This was some time after I graduated from college
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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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  • Thanks so much to all of you who have helped us to raise funds for the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc.® at our Etsy Artists Give Back store ! We are already half way through our first shipment of Pretty in Pink Peerless Watercolor paints,
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  • What could be more special than opening a gift? How about opening a gift that is wrapped in paper made especially for you for your special occasion? I love personalizing gifts so when I read Nikki Smith's technique for creating special tissue paper
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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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  • Ever since I made a murder of fancy felt crow softies from Kelli Nina Perkins's pattern several years ago, I've been looking for other easy art doll patterns to make using my fabric scraps.
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  • I just spent a wonderful 4 ½ days in Lisle, Illinois, at CREATE. This time I was in the store and I have to say it gave me a different perspective than I got taking classes as I did at the California CREATE. Though I loved taking classes, in the
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  • The Cloth Paper Scissors' Artists Give Back fundraiser to support the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc., is in full swing. The original art and Peerless Watercolor sets are selling quickly on our Etsy shop and many of you have downloaded our
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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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  • Today is the day! Our Pink fundraiser, Artists Give Back, has begun, and you can be a part of it. You may have already read the details of this colorful effort to raise money for the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc., on Jenn Mason's blog or
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  • My teen goes back to school in two days, so I have been practicing my school year mantra: "Have you done your homework?" She just rolls her eyes. But, homework is important. It's where you take what you supposedly learned and put it into practice. And the more you practice, the better you
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  • Nature sure can be beautiful. Don’t laugh at me. I know I’m not speaking great wisdoms here. But really, when left to it’s own devices, nature does a bang-up job. Take my tween daughter. I always thought I’d allow her to wear a little make-up when she
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  • It's fun and easy to make your own unique designs by embossing metal . All you need are some simple instructions and the right tools.
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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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  • Our September/October issue of CLOTH PAPER SCISSORS which features our “We Made This” article is already arriving at reader’s homes. The article is filled with art donated by our 2012 contributing artists and CREATE Art Retreat Instructors (and there are even more pieces on line) to
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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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  • I love synergy. Today synergy popped into my inbox. An email from The Sketchbook Project appeared, reminding me to sign up for The Sketchbook Project 2013 and also telling me about this Friday’s # CraftParty, a global celebration of meeting and
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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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  • A few years back I picked up a vintage metal shelving/cabinet at a yard sale. I love the glass doors and the fact that I can post notes to myself on it with magnets. Hubby dutifully hung it on my art studio wall and it stored fabrics and supplies for a couple of years.
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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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  • What exactly is the difference between the disgust I get when I pull a fork out of the dishwasher that still has food on it, and the enjoyable “dirty” patina on these forks? I love these tined beauties set against the pink background. They are all engraved
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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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  • One painting that captivated me was James McNeill Whistler's "Arrangement in Black and Brown: The Fur Jacket." As I was studying the use of tonal color and the mesmerizing face of the woman in the portrait, I noticed a subtle symbol on the left-hand side of the painting near the bottom
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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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  •   I’m not sure why, when the Olympics are on TV, I all of a sudden be come a serious “sports” viewer and my patriotic lever goes up one billion percent. But I do, and it does. I find myself wearing red and white and blue on accident. Seriously, my
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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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  • At the end of Monday's blog post , and on our Cloth Paper Scissors Facebook page , I asked, "How many artistsdoes it take to change a lightbulb?" Your answers gave me a lot of laughs, so now I'm going to give something back.
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  • When I made this painted fabric and blogged about it, I fully intended to make something right away. That didn't happen. But then the other day I had a lightbulb moment. Carrying a large purse is often a blessing — it holds a sweater, an umbrella
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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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  • When it comes to found objects, aka 'junque,' my husband no longer even pauses when I tell him to save something he is about to cast out. He knows if I say "Save that!" I have assemblage art on my mind. (He's even started to make his own assemblages.)
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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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  • Don't miss the adventure offered in Studios , Fall 2012! Travel around the world with articles that feature silkscreening in Bali, designing in Rome, and creating with encaustic on Orcas Island!
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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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  • Do you doodle? Then we want to hear from you! BUT, we're not looking for just any doodle. We want you, our readers, to doodle your art supplies! Doodle one tool or supply . . . or do a bunch. Just make sure your doodle fits on a 4" x 6"
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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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  • A few years ago, my husband and I got the idea to paint the risers of our back stairs. We took leftover paint from every room on the first floor and alternated the colors. We thought it was a fun and creative addition to the house. We were pretty proud of ourselves. But then I saw Melanie Royals's
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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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  • Thank you to everyone who entered our Felted Wonders Reader Challenge . Our readers have done it again, amazing us with more than 100 entries and surprising us with a great variety of felted pieces of art. We would like the following artists to send their
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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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  • Today’s Photo Friday pic comes from the shores of Newport, RI. The air there smells briny and while at first glance the rocks look dull and gray, upon closer inspection the rainbow appears as the different elements and minerals shine in the wet sun. I
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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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  • I'm so excited because on July 17 I'm headed to New Jersey for the first CREATE Mixed-Media Retreat on the East Coast .
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  • When I first started using rubber stamps , I was drawn to the ones with a picture or words. Stamps that were an end unto themselves. Then one day I ordered a stamp from an artist and she threw in a couple of extras, including one with donut-shaped dots.
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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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  • You probably know how to make a book using an accordion fold . But do you know how to bind a book using an accordion-fold technique? I saw Nikki Smith use the technique to create handmade books with colorful envelopes as the pages. A narrow version of the accordion fold makes the spine to which the pages
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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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  • This summer is a busy time for my family. Now that school is out, everyone is going in a different direction. One kiddo goes to horseback riding camp while another heads to try her hand as summer theater and rock climbing. You’ll find me at CHA Summer
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  • We just logged 1,800 miles and more than 30 hours of driving for a family vacation. We shared some good times with our extended family, and I wouldn't have missed a minute of it. (OK, I could have done without that last 6 hours in the car with the air conditioning failing in 95-degree heat.) But
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  • We all probably know by now that repetition is terribly pleasing to the eye. I am always drawn to artwork that utilizes repetition, and today I discovered that Mother Nature knows a little something about repetition, too. Check out this lovely fern leaf
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  • Buying stamps is easy . . . I quickly learned that carving your own stamps takes some practice. As I mentioned in an earlier post, I was lucky to take a couple of classes at CREATE in Irvine, California. The first was with Helen Shafer Garcia and involved
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  • I tend to think of mixed-media art as that which employs more than one medium in a piece. But after spending some time observing mixed-media artist Marshall Arisman, my eyes have been opened to an alternative interpretation. Marshall uses a variety of media and techniques (such as papier-mâché
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  • I am so pleased to announce the winners of two of our latest giveaways, The Encaustic Studio blog hop giveaway and the #PinTeaTuesday challenge. The winners of The Encaustic Studio prizes are: Lucky winner #1 is iamspringb, who will receive The Enkaustikos
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  • Recently we vacationed in Michigan where a lot of my family lives. I have many teenage nieces, and I was trying to think of a gift I could make for them that would be quick and easy to make, preferably with supplies I already had in my studio. And then it hit me: I could needle felt cuffs.
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  • Here's a surefire way to make your art journal lettering look interesting and artful: write between the lines. I'm not talking about the parallel, even lines of notebook paper. I'm suggesting something more curvaceous — without being cursive (or cursing!).
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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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  • What comes to mind when you hear "Create magic"? Maybe a holiday scene, or a certain theme park ? I'm certain you're not thinking the same thing I was thinking of as I thought about this blog. My thoughts were all about the CREATE retreat
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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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  • Whether you call them softies, stuffies, art dolls, or craft dolls, doll making is something that many fabric and mixed-media artists enjoy. In this free downloadable eBook, Making Art Dolls: 4 Free Tutorials for Softies, Stuffies, and Art Doll Making , you’ll find a range of art doll patterns
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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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  • A couple of weekends ago I spent the better part of two days sorting through the stuff in my home studio. By Sunday evening I emerged with a feeling of accomplishment: everything within the room had been sorted and stored in categories and I had two worktables cleared and ready for action.
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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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  • What a great time we had at CREATE! I was lucky enough to take a couple of classes at the Irvine, California, event and I enjoyed them SO much that I am going to share one of them with you today: Crinkly Inkly Book with Helen Shafer Garcia. We started
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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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  • School vacation always seems to sneak up on me. For some reason, regardless of how many end-of-the-year concerts I go to, no matter how many times the seniors speed past my house honking their horns in celebration, when mid-June arrives I am always scrambling around to find easy crafts to make that will
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  • When I think of tea I think of England. And when I think of England, I think of the Queen. And with the celebration of Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee celebration the past four days, I thought I'd create an art journal page in her honor.
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  • Take a visual vacation through 25 studios in the gorgeous summer issue of Studios . Throughout this 148-page special issue, you'll explore the studios of jewelry and fabric designers, a glass artist and cartoonist, quilters, and fiber artists! Plus, gain organization knowledge from the experts!
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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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  • When it comes to drawing or art journaling , you've got to love fruit. Most fruits are pretty easy to draw and they conjure up so many sensations and memories.
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  • Yes, there are a lot more than just M’s in this pile. I loved the jumble of the letters which are recognizable with the darks and lights made by each overlapping letter. I started to consider how I could replicate this with stencils and paints. Could
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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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  • A while back I talked about how to make art stamps the easy way using foam . Honestly, those kinds of stamps could take you a long way. But if you want to achieve even more texture and detail in a custom rubber stamp, learning how to make a stamp using a carving a block is the way to go.
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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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  • Can you be inspired by cups? Here is today’s challenge! Do you find the repetition stimulating or dull? Can you imagine this as a Thermofax screen, or would you just have fun sketching it. With a little photo enhancement, I was able to give this table
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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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  • It's spring. And spring always gets me motivated to clean and purge. But, as I've mentioned before, I have a difficult time throwing things away. Why I save empty tape rolls (large and small), water bottle covers, corks, covers from small jars
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  • Hi Everyone! We just wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for being part of the community here and to let you know about some updates to our Community Rules and Guidelines . The social media landscape has changed a lot since we established our community here. You may have noticed the social sharing
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  • Not that I want to make excuses or anything, but I think it's very hard for a mixed-media artist to have an organized and tidy studio. First, there are so many different categories of tools and supplies to keep track of. Second, by definition, you're apt to use a variety of these tools and supplies
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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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  • What a great mix of art we received! It was difficult to choose our finalists, but we did and would like the following artists to send their Supportive Art to our Sudbury office by June 4th . Pascale Cerdan-McCartt Orinda, CA Carol Oxford Tulsa, OK John
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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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  • One of the best parts of my job is attending our CREATE Mixed-Media Retreats and meeting all the fabulous instructors and artists who are contributors to Cloth Paper Scissors publications. It’s also great fun to watch the students blossom with new and
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  • As I wound up a piece of string from a package I'd received, I thought about my tendency to save everything . . . and then, more importantly, I wondered what I could do with this piece of string. In the past, I made rolling stamps by wrapping string
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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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  • We're back with week 2 of Tea for Tuesday — this time with stamping and an invitation for you to join the party. Swirly pot foam stamp. First, the invitation. We've created a PinTeaTuesday board on the Cloth Paper Scissors Pinterest page
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  • A note from Cate: Today, we have a special guest blogger, Jennifer VanBenschoten, who is the editor for Beading Daily . Jennifer is here to give you ideas for using beads to turn your jeans into wearable art . Beads make fabulous jewelry, as we all know, but there are so many other crafts that you can
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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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  • Like most people I know, I have been trying to lessen the clutter in my home and studio. I admit, one of the categories of supplies that has been relegated to the "out" box is my stash of rubber stamps. Not because I don't like them, but because I find that I prefer to use my own art stamps
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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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  • The preponderance of e-readers and tablets like the iPad have many people declaring that book making — the kind with pages and covers — is dead. Furthermore, "real" books that have already been printed are obsolete. My opinion is this: 1. There are advantages to both print books
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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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  • The Art Journaling Exposed eMag app for your iPad presents an interactive look at creating great pages and journals with color, lettering, and more.
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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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  • My husband and I only argue in two places; one of them is the car. (The other is the kitchen, if you must know.) In the car, we used to argue over map reading. I could keep an entire travel journal just on the bickering and muttering and wrong turns that have occurred over the years. Nick loves maps
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  • Check out our Mixed-media Wearables issue! Read all about our CPS Shoe Party. Make a whimsical pendant or a painted and stitched cuff. Carve stamps from your photos. Meet artist Linda Scharf. Get technical and create a personal banner. Check out our new reader challenge: Felted Wonders.
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  • We had an truly amazing response to our Doodle Duel contest. I hope you cast your vote! Traci Bautista was voted as the Doodle Duel winner and will receive a gift certificate for a custom tech skin from Schtickers.com. As runner-up, Dawn DeVries Sokol
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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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  • Today’s picture is all about obscuring what you see to see something else. This photo was taken from the second floor of my local mall. I loved the sight of these sushi plates crawling around the restaurant on conveyor belts while the diners sat wagon
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  • As my girls have grown, the nature of "art studio time" at our house has changed. When they were little, half the fun (for them) was making a mess and the other half was exploring the visual and tactile sensations of playing with paint, glue, and clay. Now, they're both into drawing, jewelry
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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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  • Back in the '70s when I was learning to sew (badly) and the fiber art traditions were experiencing a renaissance (the first time), I fancied that I would like to make a quilt. Specifically, I wanted to make a crazy quilt. In my naïve view, a crazy quilt would be easier to put together because
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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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  • May is right around the corner. On my personal calendar that means ramping up for my local Open Studios if you haven’t been to an Open Studios event before check out Cate Prato our Online Editor’s helpful post . There is so much to do between helping
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  • Doodle by Dawn DeVries Sokol Doodling Interestingly, people seem to be divided into doodlers and nondoodlers. If you were to look at any of my notebooks from the past or that pad of paper by the phone, you'll see doodling in the margins, tails on
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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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  • Several years ago when the knitting craze took hold, I brushed up my needlework skills in a class at a local fabric and yarn store. Completely taken by the fancy fibers that had come onto the market, I turned out scarf after scarf, and even sold a few. But at a certain point I realized that while I liked
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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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  • I so admire the beautiful watercolor travel journal projects many artists create. But for myself, watercolor scares me. I'm well aware of the reason why. It's the lack of control. I'm always afraid of adding too much water or not enough. Or muddying the colors. Or putting color where I don't
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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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  • Celebrate the launch of Art Journaling EXPOSED with us this weekend by following the blogs of its contributors and featured artists!  These remarkable women will be giving you a closer look at the eMag—the projects, articles, and videos—and offering
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  • In this free eBook from Cloth Paper Scissors , How to Make a Stamp: 4 Free Articles on Carving Art Stamps and Stamping Techniques , four talented artists will show you how to make art stamps, foam stamps, and roller stamps; teach you stamp carving; and give you stamping ideas. You can use these techniques
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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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  • One of the best things about working in an environment where everyone is passionate about creativity is that you can always get feedback and advice on your current projects — even your blogs. So it is that within a couple of weeks or I received two follow-up suggestions from my coworkers who had
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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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  • As a person who has filled many a blank book with a flood of handwritten angst, I often forget that an art journal need not have any writing at all.
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  • 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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  • Remember when doodling was seen as a slacker activity? Now it's a brainstorming method, a meditation practice, and a gateway technique to art journaling .
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  • If you read this blog frequently, you know how much I admire artist Beryl Taylor and her mixed-media fabric art . The magic of Beryl's work is not just in its beauty. What's amazing is how she can create such beautiful works out of relatively mundane materials. It's her attention to detail
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  • In the spirit of Interweave's Pass On Your Passion celebration during National Craft Month, I am announcing an additional prize package for our giveaway. Because the deadline for leaving your comment happens to be on my birthday, March 22, I'm
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  • Twenty seven artists invite you into their studios to share diverse viewpoints, offer sound advice, and dazzle you with inspiration in Studios, Spring 2012.
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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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  • What fun we had looking through all of the entries for our Luggage Tag Reader Challenge . Lots and lots of tags to choose from . . . It was no easy feat. We would like the following artists to send their self portraits to our Sudbury offices by April
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  • My daughters and some friends recently attended a concert featuring Steampunk violinist Emilie Autumn. Of course my girls had to dress up. As it was, they looked the part and had a blast. But in preparation for their next foray into Steampunk style, I'm going to make an art cuff a la Teresa Stanton
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  • Last month our town and the neighboring one held an open art studio tour. The stops included a watercolor artist, a woodworker, a mixed-media jewelry artist, a potter, and many others.
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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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  • Did you download the updated version of our free eBook on Art Journal Techniques that debuted on February 17?
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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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  • Get technical with our "Wee Planet" tutorial. Discover how to Let Go & Be Bold! Assemble "Dream Boxes." Learn about the Prayer Flag Project. Meet Alice Harrison. Make durable layers with delicate papers. Upcycle lightbulbs to create colorful birds. See the results of our Carve
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  • A couple of weeks ago I wrote about how I had decided I had enough paper and other ephemera and I was going to weed out my stash . . . until I discoveredRebekah Meier's fusible paper method.
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  • Did anyone ever say something in your presence that was so funny or thoughtful or even scary that you could immediately "picture" it in your mind? Have you ever thought of getting that "image" down on paper? Marianne Horton did just
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  • I am sorry to tell you that I am the kind of person whose eyes glaze over when faced with numbers. It doesn't matter whether it's an algebraic equation or the measurements for a long list of soup ingredients. I just don't like to do the math.
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  • Art journaling is a way to express yourself through writing and art at the same time. This creative process pulls together a variety of materials to create mixed-media art.
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  • 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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  • Happy Valentine's Day! Valentine's Day obviously brings thoughts of hearts and hearfelt sentiments to mind. And I immediately thought of Jodi Ohl's "Itty Bitty Bits of Inspiration" from the January/February 2009 issue of Cloth Paper
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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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  • In our premier issue of Cloth Paper Scissors Pages , a variety of artists provided a plethora of ideas for everything from making books to designing covers, finding inspiration, and binding your own books. We are gearing up for the second issue of Pages
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  • 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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  • Problem: You want a studio floor that you don't have to worry about ruining, but one that also has some style. And costs next to nothing.
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  • Traveling in the winter is risky business, as I can attest by my experience last week with a non-stop, three-hour flight to Chicago that entailed landings in Nashville and St. Louis before reaching my intended destination in Springfield, Illinois — where I wasn't supposed to be until the next
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  •   I am packing my bags, loading an extra copy of my Powerpoint presentation, and looking for my sunglasses, all in preparation for my trip to Anaheim to attend CHA (the Craft and Hobby Association Show). This Saturday I will be helping to judge the
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  • Image transfer techniques can be used in just about any form of fabric and mixed-media art to create artistic visual imagery. All you need are the right tools and the know-how.
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  • 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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  • Journals are used in a variety of ways, for a lot of different reasons, by people in many walks of life. Whether your journal is a place you keep your inner-most thoughts or a place to sketch out ideas, work out troubles . . . or even just keep lists
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  • Leave it to artists to turn mundane items like laundry products into fabric art materials. Artists look at used dryer sheets and wonder, "Could stitch through this?" They peel lint from the lint screen and think, "Free batting." They splash bleach on their favorite black t-shirt and
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  • As we opened presents Christmas morning, the members of our family noticed something odd about daughter Olivia's packages: almost every one was 1" - 2" thick, rectangular, and could be held in one hand. In other words, she got a lot of books.
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  • Everyone in my immediate family is creative in one form or another. But Meredith, 15, seems to have inherited and developed a breadth of artistic gifts, including sewing and home décor, writing, culinary arts (her chocolate dipped and drizzled strawberries are already famous at her high school
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  • When I hear the term "mark making" I think of using a variety of objects and things with paint and/or ink to make a mark on paper or cloth. This can include stamps, but doesn't have to, and it may or may not involve lettering or writing
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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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  •   Can you name the following classes and instructors? If not, get over to the CREATE Orange County 2012 Art Retreat website and take a stroll through the mixed-media eye candy!     For those of you looking for a roommate, wanting to ask
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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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  • Happy New Year! It's 26 degrees in Sudbury today. Bright and sunny, but much too cold. Craving warmth . . . thinking color . . . Colorful wool roving beckoned . . . and from there thoughts of needlefelting! Simple materials and tools! And there are
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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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  • Here's a newsflash: my art studio needs another overhaul. Six to nine months seems to be as long as I can go without a major clean-up and re-organization.
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  • With Christmas days away, meaning school vacations and lots of activities, what a great time to do some traveling . . . and some journaling. Plan ahead so you allow time for journaling . . . and have a strategy for saving and storing momentos and bits
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  • 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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  • Brrr… here in New England, every day is a weather surprise. Until the cold really sets in, we could have sweater days or gloves, hat, scarves days. Today is at least a scarf day. I’m looking forward to our holiday shut down (Dec. 23 –
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  • An art journal can be anything you want it to be. So, why not make it a place for experimentation?
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  • 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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  • So, m aybe you have made some holiday gifts, or possibly you decided to just do the gift tags this year. But have you given any thought to making your own cards? Time is running short. If you don't have time to make Christmas or Hanukkah cards, how
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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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  • As promised, here are a couple of the gift tags (possible ornaments) I made, inspired by some of the black-and-white ornaments in Cloth Paper Scissors Gifts, Holiday 2011-2012. These tags have three layers of fabric and cardstock on the back for personalizing
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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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  • Maybe you haven't been able to fit gift making into your schedule this year as originally planned, but maybe you can fit in some ornament and/or gift tag making to quench that artistic thirst. Actually, with the right planning and embellishments,
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  • Our basement is pretty much my husband's domain. He has his workshop down there as well as his drawing studio. Essentially, it's his man cave. With the laundry facilities on the first floor, I don't have much call to venture down there, anyway.
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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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  • We received more than 150 little houses for our "Home Sweet Home" reader challenge and there were many, many unique and inspiring houses (I often joke that I should be able to choose one piece of art to keep as I send the challenge art safely
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  • When I think of mark making in art, I immediately think of adding or applying color to paper, fabric, or canvas.
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  • In my Tips on Tuesday blog two weeks ago , I talked about organizing my supplies so that I'd be ready to create some of the projects from Cloth Paper Scissors Gifts . I found having everything together really made a difference and allowed me to jump
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  • I promised I would announce the winners of the Anna Maria Horner needlework goodies giveaway, and as she sent a generous assortment of fabrics and threads for your fabric art , I am going to choose 10 winnners! Just send your address to me at cprato@interweave
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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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  • When I was learning the life cycle of a butterfly at a tender age, I found it fascinating to watch phase one, as the fuzzy (and rather creepy) caterpillar munching away on leaves.
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  • You hear a lot about making time for art, and we all endeavor to do that. But are we taking the right approach? At first thought, you may think this means setting aside the whole day for art, or maybe completing a whole "project" in a day. But
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  • 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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  • When we moved to our new (old) house, one of the things I was most excited about was having the room to put up a "mom tree" for Christmas. You know, the kind of stylized tree that has a theme and the ornaments are placed just so, rather than the higgledy-piggledy the family tree.
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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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  • I'm probably in the minority here, but I generally find snowmen more scary than endearing. Maybe it's their exaggerated features (soulless coal eyes, crooked grin). Or maybe it's the way they inevitably slump into a sad puddle.
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  • Embark on a studio tour that takes you to four countries and invites you to see 24 diverse studios. Anna Maria Horner graces our cover and invites us into her new sewing salon. She also shares her tips on designing workspace and making it function as family space at the same time. Meet the art directors
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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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  • Keep an eye out!. The "Home Sweet Home" houses will be shipping out in the next few days.
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  • If you’re a mixed-media art fanatic like we are, you’re probably wishing you could get away for an art retreat with other like-minded peeps. By now you’ve heard all about our CREATE retreat , and wondered if you could attend. Maybe you even thought about
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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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  • You probably know about the Cloth Paper Scissors and Quilting Arts Reader Challenges. They're a great opportunity to try something new and possibly get published. We've found some amazing talent through these challenges, and the number of artists who participate keeps growing.
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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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  • When I was a kid, I often stayed overnight at my grandparents' house on Saturday nights while my parents went out for the evening. My grandmother always made my favorite foods, I played gin rummy with my grandfather, and we all watched "The Lawrence Welk Show" together.
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  • Fall is my favorite season, so I was more than a little vexed to have it cut short when 14 inches of snow were dumped on our region October 30.
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  • They say a picture is worth a thousand words. But the right picture can be worth money in your pocket, too. The way you photograph your work to sell your art online (or to promote it for a show, gallery, or publication) can make the difference between success and failure.
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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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  • Talented fiber artist Susan Brubaker Knapp is one of the nicest people I know. But she always gets a little witchy around Halloween, casting a spell with paint, fabric, and stitch to conjure up quilted masterpieces featuring pumpkins and the occasional black cat.
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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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  • You know that recently released movie with Sarah Jessica Parker called "I Don't Know How She Does It"? Every time an ad for that film comes on I think of Pam Carriker.
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  • 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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  • Fabulous fabric designer Anna Maria Horner and I have never been in the same room together, but I have known her for years. We were first introduced about five years ago when mixed-media artist and author Cheryl Prater sent me a link to Anna's blog with the notation: "She's Greek."
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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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  • The 19 th century artist, textile designer, and writer William Morris is often quoted as saying, "Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful." Words to live by, indeed, and isn't it wonderful when you can have both qualities in one object, and
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  • 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 have a theory that handbags come in only two sizes: too big and too small. The small ones can't hold my wallet, phone, sunglasses, reading glasses, keys, coupons, throat lozenges, make-up, etc. And the big ones seem to swallow up the contents so I can't find anything. Ever
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  • Jumping-Gee-Willikers, Batman! The Black-and-White Ornament Challenge made it on the cover of GIFTS! Bam! POW! Do you remember this post ? We challenged you, our readers, to create a black-and-white ornament for our gifts issue . We loved the entries
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  • Our DIY kitchen expansion has so far yielded many treasures. A cache of small toys like Lincoln logs, marbles, and rubber babies; teal and yellow linoleum tiles from the 1959 redo; a tiny, perfectly preserved and complete skeleton of a mouse; and an extra door.
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  • This 148-page issue marks the debut of a dazzling new department, “Studio Styles.” Our mission is to celebrate good design in any price range, offer suggestions on how to personalize your studio, and encourage you to live creatively with what you love. In search of design advice we went straight
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  • 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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  • Blue skies, blue lagoons, blue jeans . . . for me, there's nothing like blue. Four rooms in my home are painted different shades of blue, from a moody "Muscari" to a soothing "Misty Morn." But oh — indigo!
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  • Who are you? Who? Who? Who? Who? (are you picturing CSI?) We are deep in the planning stages of our editorial calendar year for 2012 and we want to make sure that we’re giving you exactly what you’re hoping to see in each issue. If you can take just a
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  • I usually put fruit in my oatmeal, but lately I've been thinking about adding dye. You see, I have been learning about "kitchen resists," pastes made from products right from your pantry shelf, like flour oatmeal, baby cereal, mashed potato flakes, and corn syrup. You use them to block
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  • I've been having so much fun experimenting with printing and stamping fabric, and I have accumulated a lot of pieces with cool designs. Now, what to do with them?
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  • Recently a friend sent me a little card she made that she embellished with a small square of metal. I loved it! I knew Cloth Paper Scissors had had several articles over the years on creating with metal, and I decided to share the beauty of metal with
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  • I’m at the thrift store, now what do I do? I hate driving past farm stands, lemonade stands, and thrift stores. I know what I’m looking for at farm stands (tomatoes, corn, jarred preserves) and lemonade stands (watered-down sugary liquid), but what about
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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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  • Have you heard about Dura-Lar ® by Grafix ® ? I just came across their contest and thought I should share this cool Acetate alternative. I don’t even think I can wrap my mind around all of the things a mixed-media artist could use this for. It doesn’t
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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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  • When I was a kid growing up in Michigan, I was privileged to take classes at Cranbrook Institute of Art. I have two memories of this experiece. One is that the grounds were absolutely enchanting; I particularly recall the long Triton pool that I walked past to get to my class. I felt like I was in a
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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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  • Often when I'm knee deep in an artistic process and I realize I'm out of (or can't find) a tool or supply I need right now-black paint, gel medium, my Cropadile — I stop a moment and think: What would Debbi and Cheryl do?
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  • When we moved into our current home six years ago, we went from having three closets in the entire house to one where the family bath alone had two built-in shelving and drawer units. I was so thrilled to have a linen closet and plenty of shelves to store all the personal care supplies of three females
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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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  • We had a wonderful response to our "A Little Me" Reader Challenge. Wait until you see them all! If you’d like a sneak peek, check out the reader gallery . The following list is in no particular order. We would like the following artists
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  • We had a wonderful response to our "A Little Me" Reader Challenge. Wait until you see them all! If you’d like a sneak peek, check out the reader gallery . The following list is in no particular order. We would like the following artists to send
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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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  • A while back I mentioned how I hesitated to write while art journaling because I hate my handwriting. But, given that I always have something to say, I was looking for ways to form letters in alternative and artsy ways. A lot of readers chimed in to say that they, too, hate their handwriting and could
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  • 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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  • When the winds are howling and the rain is pelting, and the threat of losing your electricity looms large thanks to a hurricane, what kind of art do you make?
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  • Over the course of the years I worked on Cloth Paper Scissors Studios magazine, I've seen hundreds of artist studios. Each one was unique. But as I read the narratives of artists eager to open their studio doors to our readers, certain themes repeated.
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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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  • The easiest way to convert a knitter into a mixed-media artist is to get them to turn into a rogue knitter. When their art mixes yarn and tree, yarn and lamppost, or yarn and fence, your friendly little knitter has crossed to the dark side. (a.k.a. the
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  • When it comes to organizing her art studio, Lynn Krawcyzk has the right idea. She knows it's going to get messy, but she has it arranged in such a way that she can restore order in half an hour.
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  • How many of us are so fearless in our art that we are willing to go beyond what a medium can do to seeing what it might do? To chuck everything we've been taught about the "right way" and put faith in our own way? To be like the archeologist who must disturb or even destroy the setting
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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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  • Times are tough for a lot of people right now, and lately, the world seems more unpredictable than ever. But rather than abandon artistic pursuits, it seems to me that creative people are more passionate than ever about their art. Even if it's not a livelihood, it's a lifeline; the thing that
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  • My mom was tops at last-minute everything: Halloween costumes, science experiments, bake sale cakes, you name it. What made her the queen was that she made an artistic creation out of the limited materials that were available at the time.
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  • At the beginning of the summer I wrote a blog about the books Jeannine Stein makes from recycled materials, and suggested these books would be a great way to save momentos from your summer travels. I am wondering how that project went... I actually have
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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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  • With one daughter headed back to college later this month and another going into high school, I am about to go into to back-to-school organization overdrive. Not for their stuff. For me.
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  • Sharon Tomlinson's triptych from our "Take 3!" Triptych Reader Challenge Jane LaFazio's artwork from our "True Colors" Reader Challenge When challenge art arrives at our offices, it's like Christmas morning. We love to
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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've talked about my husband's drawing skills in this space, but I've neglected to mention that he also paints. The reason is, he paints walls and trim, not canvases. But his painting is relevant to a mixed-media blog because at the end of the day, both his paint job and his clothes are works
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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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  • Have you ever looked at a piece of art and known that it's not quite there, but you're not sure what it's missing? The colors there; the image is just right,...but you know it needs a liitle umph. I am here to tell you that you will be amazed
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  • If the Nielsen TV ratings people ever put a microchip in my family's remote, they would immediately get a bead on our personalities. My husband's favorite channels are all related to history, science, or sci-fi. My younger teen seeks out so-called reality shows about emergencies, disasters, and
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  • I’m sure by now, many of you have already taken your summer vacations, and stay-cations, trips to the beach, pool, shore, etc. (Except of course for our Aussie friends who are shoveling snow.)  I’m wondering how you choose to plan your vacations
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  • 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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  • We had a huge response to our "Home Sweet Home" Reader Challenge. Wait until you see these houses! In the interest of creating a wonderfully creative neighborhood, we havea very long list of finalists. We would like the following artists to
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  • I have a confession to make. In last Friday's blog post I wrote about how, after a flurry of creating, my craft studio was covered in piles of fabric scraps. I then talked about how I would have to tidy everything up when I returned from vacation, noting that I enjoy neatening my fabric stash because
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  • Good morning! We have had several inquiries as to who won the stash of fabric swatches from our reader challenge. Our winners were : Kenora Stevenson of Reno. Nevada, and Louise Small from Toronto, Canada . Because we wanted it to be totally random, we
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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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  • What comes to mind when you hear the word "fabric"? I don't think it's what these two artists have created! I am here to encourage you to check out these "fabrics" and make some special "fabric" of your own. Both
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  • A few weeks ago I wrote about getting ready for a trip by prepping my art journal pages with backgrounds and assembling an on-the-go kit. Well, all that still stands. But after experimenting with art journaling techniques lately and encouraged by art journaling and mixed-media layering Workshop TM videos
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  • Whew! I just finished a flurry of small, screen-printed sewing projects to give as gifts. I literally snipped the last thread and threw them into my suitcase a few minutes before we left for our vacation. Right now, my worktable is one big jumble of scraps and fibers. When I get back, I'll have to
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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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  • Texture on the menu! Are you running out of ideas for creating texture in your artwork? Do your painted backgrounds look flat? Or maybe you're looking to create some unique, textural fabric? Here are three artists who make it look easy. In "Texture
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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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  • I'm pretty sure you can divide most creative people into two groups: the ones who start their projects well in advance of a deadline and the ones who work up to the last minute. You've probably already guessed that I am of the last-minute variety. I have been known to actually start making a
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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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  • Pssst! Over here. I have some inside information for you. Don't tell anyone, but I'm privy to the some of the contents of the Fall issue of Studios, even though it hasn't even gone to press yet. Ooh, you're going to love it. I was able to smuggle out a couple of photos to give you a sneak
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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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  • My older daughter, Olivia, taught me something about being open to learning new things a decade ago when she was in a gifted and talented program at her elementary school. The class had been discussing the Theory of Multiple Intelligence, and Olivia was explaining to me how one of her strongest intelligences
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  • Do you ever get an idea in your head and then can't find the paper/color/design you imagined? I do it all of the time, and it can be quite infuriating. But no more! Not since I learned that I can scan just about anything and then use that scanned
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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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  • We had a blast at CREATE in Costa Mesa, California. If you were not able to get there, you should really try to make it to CREATE in Chicago, August 24-28, 2011 . After leaving Massachusetts and MANY days of gloom and rain, it was nice to be in sunny
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  • Geari ng up for your summer vacation? Do you like to save your vacation memories in special journals? Do you collect memories in words and images, not to mention all of those bits and pieces we seem to gather: tickets, receipts, postcards, notes, etc
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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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  • 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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  • Where do you find inspiration? Personally, I love the fluid lines of Victorian furniture and textile designs. And I'm also strongly attracted to the juicy fruits and flowers motifs and color of the 1930s and '40s.
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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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  • As I write this, the Cloth Paper Scissors team has the July/August issue just about sewn up. "Sewn up" is the appropriate term, too, as the theme of the issue is fabric. But of course, this being Cloth Paper Scissors , we're not just talking about sewing. Or even just fabric.
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  • I have been trying to follow some of my advice lately and ridding my studio of some of the art and craft supplies I no longer use. Make that never used. Country-style ribbon and checkerboard stencils, I'm talking to you. You, too, mauve and Williamsburg blue paints.
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  • Whether you're working on a journal page or a piece of textile art, sometimes you just have to add some text. But that idea is sometimes met with trepidation. For those of you who are not comfortable writing directly onto a piece of art because you
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  • The votes are in! Nearly eighty avid fans entered the 2011 Fiberarts Readers' Choice Studio Contest , sharing images of — and reflections about — their special creative spaces from reclaimed closets to sprawling lofts. We were thrilled
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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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  • Smiling artists are working away in all sorts of amazing mixed-media workshops at CREATE Retreat in Costa Mesa, California, this week. I have the lucky job of going into each classroom and checking things out. We invite you to come by both tonight for
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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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  • A while back we asked readers some questions about Studios magazine to get an idea of where we were on the right track and where we might make adjustments. One of the questions we asked was whose studios you most wanted to see. Many of the answers weren't that surprising: the names of some of the
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  • We had a great mix of artwork to choose from for our "Wild Wire" Reader Challenge ... and can't wait to see the artwork "in person." Please send your artwork to our Sudbury office by June 6th for consideration for publication
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  • A couple of weeks ago I attended a reunion of women journalists who all worked for the same daily newspaper many years ago. My daughter helped me dress for the event, and when it came time for jewelry, she plucked a bead, wire, and found object necklace from the wall and handed it to me. "This picks
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  • Jewelry is a very important part of any wardrobe, and as far as I'm concerned, you can never have enough jewelry. I'm not talking diamonds and sapphires here, I mean solid, everyday, fashionably current pieces. Jewelry that no matter what the
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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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  • Have you heard the story of the first (and only) time my husband took me flying? In the early days of our relationship, Nick sought to impress me with his ability to fly small planes. I, in turn, wanted to show that I was impressed and prove that I trusted him. So I accompanied him to a small local airport
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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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  • Studios , Spring 2011 is 148 pages that features designer and TV makeover show host Ty Pennington's new studio and also focuses on creative storage solutions. The Spring 2011 issue of Studios features an artist on the cover for the first time: designer and TV makeover show host Ty Pennington! Ty
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  • Winter Studios will show you real-life art and craft studios that function beautifully in tight spaces and give you tips on how to maximize your available space as well. Enjoy the beautifully photographed and inspiring studios of 28 quilt and mixed-media artists including: Catherine Thursby, Janice Avellana
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  • 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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  • Tips on Tuesday Every so often I look through the back issues of Cloth Paper Scissors and, in addition to totally enjoying the trip down Memory Lane, I am always amazed at the tips and tricks that are embedded in the articles. I have decided to compile
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  • If you want more texture in your artwork, one of the quickest and most satisfying ways is to incorporate handmade felt. Felting is among the oldest of textile techniques, a product of a magical combination of raw materials and simple manipulation with friction or needles. Wet felting and hand needle
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  • We have had a lot of gray, rainy weather here in Massachusetts lately...so much so that a duck actually took up residence in a puddle outside our office window. This is certainly not the kind of spring weather we longed for during our very snowy winter! So, looking for something to lift my spirits, I
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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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  • After such a hard winter, I (and most everyone else I know who lives north of Mexico), was really looking forward to spring. Now, 21 days into a very rainy April, I just keep repeating to myself: "April showers bring May flowers." At my house
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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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  • Marci's first balanced brocade loom weaving Linger (2007; 26" x 16" ) with detail right. I w as so inspired by the Weaving Innovations theme of the Spring 2011 issue of Fiberarts, I thought it would be fun to share my very first weaving
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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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  • 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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  • Meet Lisa Klakulak. Make colorful magic with your markers. Journal in 3-D. Create your own letters. Paint portraits inspired by the masters. Make a mixed-media found object assemblage. Enjoy the results of our "Stenciled Garden" Reader Challenge.Take a Look At: cutting tools. Get ready for
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  • My husband draws beautifully. He's drawings are so realistic, they are almost photographic. I really admire his talent, but if I were to pursue drawing as an art form, his work would not be my model. Not only do I not have the patience, I like a more free-flowing style.
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  • I'm not a technophobe by any means. But unlike my colleague Jenn Mason, I am not an early adopter. You won't see me camping out in front of the Apple store the night before a new iPad release or being the first on my block with a 3-D TV. I like other people to test the waters first, let the price
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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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  • 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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  • Today is the day! The Stow offices if Interweave are moving to Sudbury. The Quilting Arts and Cloth Paper Scissors crew will be in new digs on Monday. It's exciting and a little sad, too. It's been interesting living among the boxes... Though
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  • When I think of mixed-media fiber artist Jamie Fingal, several images come to mind. 1. Whimsical houses , because they are a favorite quilt motif of hers (and mine). 2. Funky black eyeglass frames , part of her personal signature style.
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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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  • Last year at CREATE 2010 I had the honor of teaching two really fun workshops (right girls?) but this year we had so many wonderful applicants to teach that I decided to give up my teaching slot so that we could accept as many proposals as possible. Instead
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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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  • Have you looked at the supply list for a retreat and just wondered how you were going to all of those materials to retreat location without them falling out, spilling, ripping, or poking holes in your suitcase? Did you wonder how you were going to make
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  • I am so excited to be going to lovely Southern California for the next CREATE with Cloth Paper Scissors Retreat! I thought I’d take some time this week to share some of my thoughts and insights on attending retreats, how to pick your classes, how
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  • Last month at a photo shoot for our upcoming special issue 101 Patchwork Projects + Quilts my dog, Senghe, was asked to appear in some shots featuring pet beds and a place mat. As Senghe's best tricks are sleeping, eating, and being cute, he was perfect for the gig.
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  • I've heard that one characteristic that makes someone a good teacher is the ability to explain a concept in more than one way. In other words, if the student doesn't understand a verbal description, being able to provide a real-life example might help. Or demonstrating the concept in a visual
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Hey folks, don't you all just love a giveaway? And the responses were terrific, too. Looks like there will be a lot of creating going on in your studios AND in your gardens this spring. I'll get to the winners in a moment. . . ...but as you are
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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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  • My kids love it when I tell people, "I married a vampire." Not that my husband is afraid of silver crosses or looks like Robert Pattinson. But he hates the morning light. In our former home I had to install room-darkening shades to keep the sun out of the bedroom. When we moved, he convinced
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  • Popping the Question: Spring cleaning in your studio... Do you do it, and what does that entail? We are all so ready for spring. How do you spruce up for spring? I'm looking for some inspiration to do it, and some ideas to help get it done. Leave
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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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  • Spring is inching its way into our lives here in Massachusetts. The days are longer, the snow is finally melting, and—my turtlenecks have been relegated to the back of the closet. THAT is a big deal. And what does that mean…really? It means it’s time
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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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  • The March/April issue is full of exciting techniques and wonderful, inspiring art. If you haven't seen it, you must. You don't want to miss anything in this fashion-inspired issue . Check out Pattie Donham Wilkinson's "Shoes that Make
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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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  • In anticipation of my birthday, my younger daughter asked me the other day, "What would be the best present you could ever get?" I answered without hesitationL "A trip to Greece, Turkey, and Italy."
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  • 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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  • The Spring 2011 issue of Fiberarts is on its way to subscribers and newsstands now. This issue explores the exciting theme of Weaving Innovations, with a special focus on sculptural objects created with handspun yarn. The brilliant cover image features
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  • Daylight Savings Time cannot come soon enough for me, and fortunately, it's only a week away: Sunday March 13 here in the U.S. To celebrate, the Studios crew is offering three very nice giveaways. The first comes courtesy of our friends at Daylight
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  • Jenn Mason Cloth Paper Scissors Editor Today is the start of something new. And no, I don’t mean that in a big self-reflective way. I have a big idea and, well, it’s going to take me a week to chat about it. In fact, I have a bunch of big ideas and we
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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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  • 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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  • Birds seem to be everywhere these days: on clothing and home accessories, artwork, and all over my yard! My closest neighbors have bird feeders—in their yards and on their decks—and we’re not talking little bird houses. They are into
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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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  • QueenKatherine didn't come forward to claim her Ty's fabric prize, so that means someone else gets a chance. The new winner is.... SOIPAINT! Send me your snail mail address at cprato@interweave.com by Monday, Feb. 21.
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  • Giddy. Giddy, I tell you. That's how I felt when I arrived at our first CREATE retreat last year and the stars came out. There I was, standing at my Studios booth in the store and display area, and one by one, artists I felt I knew--but I had never met--wandered in.
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  • Oh my gosh, what great ideas you all have for Ty's fabric! And, methinks you also have some ideas for Ty, if you get my drift. QueenKatherine, you are the winner! Send your snail mail address to me at cprato@interweave.com and I will send you the
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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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  • Good Friday evening... After much deliberation, we have chosen the 13 pieces of art that will make up our 2012 calendar. And what a great calendar it is going to be! Congratulations to the following artists! Kathleen Day Cynthia Ann Dubbers Dar Hosta
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  • No, we're not giving away Ty Pennington. We're giving away some of his very cool fabrics. But first, a little about Ty. When the TLC reality show "Trading Spaces" first debuted, I was an immediate convert. I loved the concept of neighbors decorating each other's rooms in two days
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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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  • Sara Hansen Assistant Editor, Fiberarts Happy winter! As the new assistant editor for Fiberarts, it’s my pleasure to share highlights from our current and upcoming issues and news from the world of fiber. One of my favorite articles in the Fiberarts
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  • I just returned from the CHA Winter 2011 show (Craft and Hobby Association) where manufacturers come to show off their latest and greatest products in the craft, hobby, and art markets. CHA is always fun—never boring, and I look forward to going all year
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  •         I have a pile of snow in front of my house. I have a BIG pile of snow in front of my house. This photo is not from this year. No, this year the pile is so big you can’t see the green on those carriage house doors. It’s so big
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  •       Did this picture grab your attention? I thought so. A little button usage and a scrap of fabric makes my heart go all a-flutter, too. Remember the blog post I did at the very end of 2010 about Wearing Your Art on Your Sleeve ? We
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  • Join the Mixed-Media Meet Up! with Cloth Paper Scissors Editor Jenn Mason. Who: Mixed-media Junkies (and enthusiasts) What: Cloth Paper Scissors Mixed-Media Meet Up! When: Saturday, January 29th, 2:30pm Where: On the floor of the CHA Winter Show Booth
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  • After getting my first look at the new book Art at the Speed of Life , I knew I needed to get in touch with author Pam Carriker to ask her to share a little project with you. Pam graciously accepted and put together this Character Construction tutorial
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  • Marci Rae McDade is the editor of Fiberarts. Welcome to the new Fiberarts Focus blog! In print for over thirty-five years, Fiberarts is the world's leading textile arts publication, covering the best and most interesting work in basketry, knitting
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  •       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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  • What a great way to end the week! We were amazed with the great art we received for the "On the Street Where You Live" Calendar Challenge. It certainly was difficult to narrow down our entries. This is going to be a great calendar (again)! Congratulations
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  • A big thank you to everyone who sent in an entry for our "Stenciled Garden" challenge. We would like the following artists to send their entries to our office in Stow, Massachusetts, no later than February 14, 2011 . At that time a flat shipping
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  • CPS CALENDAR FINALISTS REVEALED! Wow, we were amazed by the fantastic art we received for the "On the Street Where You Live" Calendar Challenge. It's obvious that the idea of "home" resonates with many of you. It was very hard
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  • Thanks to everyone who sent in an entry for our "Stenciled Garden" challenge. We would like the following artists to send their entries to our office in Stow, Massachusetts, no later than February 14, 2011 . At that time a flat shipping and
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  • It's a new year and it's time to spread your creative wings and try some new materials, products, and techniques. Have you used any spunbonded textiles in your artwork lately? What are they, you ask... We recently got a sneak peek at Wendy Cotterill’s
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  • Mixed-media shadow box by Valori Wells My challenge for you to consider today is this: You say you create mixed-media art, but what media are you mixing? Have you gotten in a rust rut (if it has rust it makes the cut). Are you using the same paints, in
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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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  •       How are those New Year’s resolutions coming along? Were you hopeful to start a new project? Were you insanely hoping tackle one of those a-piece-of-art-a-day adventures? Did you get to the middle of the first week and wonder what
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  • Forget about spring cleaning. One of the best times to get organized is when you’re setting your goals, and there’s no better time to do that then the beginning of the new year.   New use for an old trunk by Victoria Grobels.   While flipping
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  • Happy New Year! Are you ready for a fantastic New Year filled with art making? I sure am. We’ve got great art coming your way in every issue of Cloth Paper Scissors magazine , from January all the way through December. This year will bring art journaling
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  • When my husband, a software developer, packs for a convention, the suitcase is filled with khakis and light blue button down shirts. When I pack for an art retreat, I pack my funkiest jewelry (made by me or other artists), my hippest clothes, and my ever
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  • 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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  • Greetings! We are heading out this afternoon for the holidays (actually, "a long winter's nap" sounds really good right now), and I wanted to take a moment to wish everyone — all of the wonderful artists we get to work with, all of
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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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  • Having worked on Cloth Paper Scissors for a number of years, I find that what I see and learn at work affects some of the things I do at home now. For instance, when I try to declutter, it is a whole new experience. When I attempt (operative word) to
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  •   Susan’s crayons sketched in thread.   You’ve heard of sketching with pencil, pen, and even crayon. But, have you heard of thread sketching? I hadn’t heard of it until Susan Brubaker Knapp’s new Master Machine Stitching DVD came across my desk
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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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  •   Let’s mix paint!   When I go to the local art supply store, I stand in front of the acrylic paint display trying to figure out what colors I already have and what colors I need. Every artist has their favorites. You could very simply start
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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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  • Good afternoon... Well, I only had a half dozen responses to my last post , but I promised a prize... I randomly selected a number and Jeannie EVH is the winner of some art supplies. Email me at bdelaney@interweave.com and once I have your address Jeannie
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  •     finished gift tag ornament   Every year for the holidays I like to put together a super cute, or really cool gift for the neighbors and special friends in our lives. In the past I’ve made Shirley Temple kits, Snowman making kits, and
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  •   “Holiday Joy” by Jenn Mason   Phew! Black Friday—did you survive? Did you partake? Are you in a panic on how many shopping days are left? Are you tired of hearing “Santa Baby” playing over the airwaves in the supermarket, department store
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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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  • Gearing up for "Turkey Day," and I was just wondering about the effect that the holidays have on art making... Do you make more art or less around the holidays? Do you make most or all of your gifts...or none of them? Leave a comment and I'll
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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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  • Congratulations to everyone who took part in the "All Buttoned Up" Reader Challenge . Who would have thought that a little thing like a button coud inspire such creative art? We did! And that's why we were SO looking forward to seeing what
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  • How is your holiday shopping coming? I spent all weekend at the mall getting those gifts for people who just don’t want another piece of art (specifically nieces and nephews who prefer things that light up, bleep, and break when you step on them). Then
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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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  • Do you have a cure for this recyclable? I was peeling the labels off these (and several other) medicine bottles this morning in preparation for tossing them in our recycling bin when I thought, surely there is a good use for them? So I brought them in
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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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  •       Once again, I found mixed-media inspiration amongst artists working with other materials. This past weekend I cuddled up with my pup and a steaming hot mug of hot cider and watched Mary Hettmansperger’s new Cloth Paper Scissors Workshop
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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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  • I've been watching and thoroughly enjoying the new, modern, Sherlock Holmes episodes on PBS "Mystery." I can't quite put my finger on what makes this version so wonderful, aside from great acting and writing, but it could be that Dr
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  • C over calendar by Mary Beth Volpini It is always exciting to see all of the entries for our calendar challenges. It’s amazing to see the variety of materials the artists use, the different interpretations of our theme, the colors… “meeting”
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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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  • So, what did you think? The November/December issue of Cloth Paper Scissors has been on the newsstand for about a week now. I hope you've had a chance to sit with it a while. What did you think of it? There is so much to choose from! You can learn
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  •   Take a moment to watercolor some background papers, add some texture and maybe even little bits of other paper here or there. Cut these papers into postcard size pieces, and spread out all sorts of markers, pens, and pencils for a little quotation
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  • “I Ran Out of Coasters” What would you call it? You’ll never guess what this is! Would you believe that it’s an eco-friendly, wall-mountable electric space heater? This is a piece that I painted for a feature in Cloth Paper Scissors
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  • “Bouncing Bed Springs, Batman!” “Hold your horses Robin, and let’s see what the good people of Gotham City might have in store for these contraptions of evil.” So, what are your ideas? I pulled these from a box spring on the side of the road on garbage
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  • Looking for the latest and greatest news. Check out this blog on Wednesdays for current updates. contest winners chinacapri is the winner of Sue Pelletier's Original artwork. Quiltstoo@2 is the winner of the "little bits" package. Congratulations
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  • In 2011, I want to work with more mixed-media jewelry.  I know, I know, January is the month for writing resolutions and I’m sure I’ll be working on them then as well, but sometimes new projects need a little pre-planning.And, for the same reasons
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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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  • Just days away from Halloween—hopefully you’re not to scared to create while the goblins are roaming! In honor of our eight-legged friends, the spider—mascot of the holiday, try capturing the spirit of their ethereal webs. Use Japanese rice paper, Angelina
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  • Happy Thursday! It is a beautiful day here in Massachusetts. One would hardly guess that November is right around the corner! It's supposed to hit 75 degrees today! I know for some of you that's a "same 'ole" kind of day, but that's
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  • A glass bowl of metal faucet knobs are calling out to you…what do they say? How do you respond? I came across a big tray of these beauties this summer at a flea market. I was choosy, and picked only the ones that were lightweight (some were VERY heavy
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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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  •   Looking for the latest and greatest news. Check out this blog on Wednesdays for current updates. contest winners chinacapri is the winner of Sue Pelletier's Original artwork. Quiltstoo@2 is the winner of the "little bits" package
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  • Did you know that our community members can add videos to our website? You betcha! Once you have a video posted on a video-hosting site, grab the link and go to our reader and community videos page to add your page. Don’t have your own video to post yet
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  • If you give a girl a sewing machine, she’ll want to sew with it. And you’ll be a little bit afraid because a sewing machine can go fast and the needles are sharp. And then you’ll take a deep breath and show her how to thread the machine, raise and lower
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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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  • Ahhh, Thursdays. You’re past hump day and almost to the weekend. What’s a mixed-media lover to do? Find something! Come by my blog every Thursday for a Found Object discussion. Take a look at what I’ve found and leave a comment on how you’d use it. I
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  •   Looking for the latest and greatest news. Check out this blog on Wednesdays for current updates. contest winners chinacapri is the winner of Sue Pelletier's Original artwork. Quiltstoo@2 is the winner of the "little bits" package
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  • Here at Cloth Paper Scissors, we are very excited about our premier issue of Cloth Paper Scissors Gifts, and we know you will be, too. From ornaments to garlands, from bags to special packaging ideas, and more gift ideas than you can shake a stick at
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  •     cloth-mache screamer! by Paula Guhin   Wishing you had a little more time to create this fall? Take a look at some of the sweet and creepy art that is waiting for you in our Galleries. Did you know you could upload your own art to share
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  • I nternational Quilt Festival/Houston, here we come! Save the date: November 4 ­­– 7, 2010 It’s that time again! Quilts Inc. and the publishers of Cloth Paper Scissors ® magazine are proud to bring you Make It University!™ with Cloth Paper Scissors®
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  • What a fun weekend. Half the time I was checking in with and adding to the Virtual Studios Tour . Thank you to everyone who opened their studio or visited them! The rest of the time I was visiting my daughter at college for Family Weekend. While attending
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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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  •   Do you ever have a difficult time coming up with your next project? Do you sometimes have a new product and don’t know just where to go with it? It isn’t always easy to go it alone, but there is lots of inspiration to be had all around you. Whether
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  • Here's a list of the studios on our Virtual Open Studio Tour, October 15-17 . As I get more links in, I'll add them to this post. Keep watching every day as we add the links, then enjoy a desktop tour filled with great artists and studio ideas
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  •         Fear can keep us from growing. If you’re afraid of heights, you’re not likely to learn how to rock climb. If you fear working with resin, you’re not likely to use it in your mixed media. Today, I’m here to help you shed your
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  • Four times a year I am haunted by the same thought: so many great studios, so little magazine space. Even after expanding Cloth Paper Scissors Studios to 148 pages this year, there are never enough pages to show all the great studios out there. However, to paraphrase an old gelatin dessert ad, "There's
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  • I love design boards. Plain and simple. I just don’t have the room for one. I know, sad. This does not stop me from saving little bits and scraps, and mini art-in-progress pieces, though. But where to store them all? This vintage-style receipt holder
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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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  • 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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  • What does an artist fear most? Well, I can’t speak for everyone but for myself it’s the blank page partnered with the lack of idea. (Add on a deadline and I’m FROZEN!) What do I do? I look for a prompt or a creative challenge. It’s
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  •   Design by Lisa Cox.   What do you take as a hostess gift to the first Art Salon of the year? What if the hostess was a mixed-media artist? How about a recycled-jeans wine tote? I was inspired by this adorable tote in the Fall issue of Quilting
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  • You patiently waited while we read through over 400 entries to our Stencil Book Post —and we’re happy to tell you that the winner of Linda Blinn’s Fabulous Stencil Book Kit is… Clothpaperscissors.com community member, Quilnan! Congrats! Quilnan, just
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  • I’m just back from our first CREATE retreat where I had the opportunity to teach my Background Bonanza class to a room packed with wonderfully energetic students. The students were crazily prolific leaving class with 60 to 80 backgrounds a piece! I thought
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  • I love Back-to-school time. For me it signals the coming of winter and the season of giving. I like to enjoy the winter holidays which means being prepared early with gifts (and baking!). By this time of year, I’ve given up on my annuals and I’m letting
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  • Wonderful. Inspiring. Colorful . Unique . Creative. These are just a few of the complimentary words that were heard at the Cloth Paper Scissors offices as we went through the entries to our Mini Book Challenge . It was truly a difficult task to choose
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  • Today’s newsletter is a guest editorial from Jeane Hutchins, editor of PieceWork. If you’ve ever found your work being subtly (or not so subtly) influenced by the magical worlds in your current read, you’ll enjoy hearing about Jeane’s highlights from
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  • Artistically, I’m not in what you’d call a rut. If I had the time to sit in my studio and make art, I would—make art that is. But that doesn’t mean I’m not looking for a new direction. I am constantly battling the fine line between having a recognizable
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  •   Just back from CREATE 2010 and WOW! You women rock my world. You were creative, generous, empathetic, eager, interested, hilarious, and well, I could go on and on. We had a wonderful time from the start of the event (and my frozen gelatin) to the
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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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  • I am beyond thrilled to bring you a guest edit today from my dear friend (and fellow co-author), Linda Blinn. Linda has more energy and ideas than a gaggle of college freshmen and you are definitely in for a treat. When Linda heard that we were hosting
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  •   One of my favorite tools to use in my studio is my funny bone. I am almost always trying to incorporate humor into my art. Mostly I do it for my husband’s benefit. The poor guy has to look at a lot of art and come up with new and interesting comments
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  •     Calling all lovers of