Author Archives: Jeannine Stein

Studio Saturdays: Metal Embossing

No doubt you use metal in your mixed-media art—we all love a rusty key in a collage—but have you worked that metal? Today’s Studio Saturday is all about metal embossing, which is easier than it looks, a lot of fun, and guarantees great results. An embossed metal piece can stand on...

Technique Tuesdays: Recycled Art

An artist’s imagination spins into high gear when working with recycled and repurposed items. In the hands of a mixed-media artist, rusty gears, an old book, or plastic mesh have the potential to become much more than what they were intended for. The exciting ideas below for creating recycled art can...

Studio Saturdays: Stamp Carving

I have so many rubber stamps that I could stack them together with mortar and build a good-size house. Way before I discovered mixed-media art I was stamping cards and envelopes, and using stamps to decorate paper for book covers, and add designs to fabric. But stamp carving booted me into a...

Technique Tuesdays: 10 Mixed-Media Metal Techniques

Adding metal to a mixed-media project can instantly elevate it. There’s something about the weight, the color, and the patina of metal that invites a second look. While learning metal techniques may seem a bit intimidating, the opposite is true: Metal is extremely easy to manipulate, color, and texture, and doesn’t require...

Studio Saturdays: Mixed-Media Technique Roundup

If you’re a regular visitor to ArtistsNetwork.com, you probably know that on Saturdays I share a quick step-by-step mixed-media technique and project with you. The series is called Studio Saturdays, and it began earlier this year as a fun way to help you kick off your weekend, sort of an incentive to...

Technique Tuesdays: 10 Tips for Stamping

Stamps are pretty straightforward art supplies: apply some ink or paint, press onto a substrate, and you have an image. But the way mixed-media artists create and use stamps is anything but basic, and these 10 tips for stamping prove that. Stamps can be used to created embossed images, designs can be...

Technique Tuesdays: 10 Tips for Stenciling

Stenciling is a key technique in a mixed-media arsenal because they’re so incredibly versatile. Artists never have to settle for a cookie cutter look, thanks to the huge array of gorgeous designs and mediums that can be used with them, including acrylic paint, watercolor, pencils, resists, bleach, and inks. These 10 tips for stenciling...

Studio Saturdays: Layering Stencils

I love layering stencils to create mixed-media art—there’s something about the look that always makes me linger over it. When I first saw art journal pages that featured layered stencils, I wondered what alchemy happened to create such beautiful complexity. Luckily there’s no magic, just a lot of fun and play with...

Studio Saturdays: Paper Clay Holiday Tags

I used to think paper clay was something that only 8-year-olds played with because “real” clay required serious supplies, like glazes and a kiln. Guilty as charged. What turned my head around was seeing what the clay could become in the hands of skilled artists like Rogene Manas and Darlene Olivia McElroy....

Technique Tuesdays: Watercolor for Mixed Media

Mixed-media artists are quickly discovering the creative rewards of adding watercolor to their art journal pages, collages, monoprints, and more. Watercolor’s versatility allows it to shine on a variety of surfaces, and it can be combined with other mediums and materials. Best of all, watercolor isn’t limited to pans or tubes—you can...

Studio Saturdays: Art Challenges

Taking part in art challenges is a big—really big—trend in the art world, including mixed media. Artists challenge themselves to complete a creative endeavor each day for a month, several months, or a year, such as draw, paint, make a collage, or do an art journal page. Have you been tempted...