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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 stencils and paint....

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Beginner Art Tips | Pastelist Ann Oram Shares Advice

Pastelist Ann Oram, who’s known for her mixed media work featuring florals and landscapes, shares eight beginner art tips to help you on your artistic path. Subscribe to Pastel Journal today!   Always begin by using your eyes. They’re your best tools. From there, your brain can start to interpret what you’re seeing, feeling and sensing. Work on subjects that...

Technique Tuesdays: 10 Tips for Mixed-Media Jewelry

Everyone likes to have new bling, and making your own doesn’t have to be a huge undertaking. Creating mixed-media jewelry can be as simple or as complex as you want to make it. Beads, wire, found objects, a variety of metals, and even paper can be manipulated and changed to create one-of-a-kind pieces. There are...

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Creative Year Kickstart | Pastel Journal Feb 2017 Preview

Start your creative year off right! The February 2017 issue of PASTEL JOURNAL features ways to express yourself—through mixed media, dynamic strokes, texture and sketching. PLUS: Learn six practical ways to make more room for art in your life—and how to make it more meaningful, too. Featured artists include cover artist Jinghan Wu, as well...

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December 2016 Artist of the Month | Pastel Artist Rita Kirkman

Congratulations to pastel artist Rita Kirkman as our December Artist of the Month! Kirkman was a finalist in The Artist’s Magazine‘s Annual Art Competition! Her piece 9 can be seen below. Read more about Kirkman and her process below. New Braunfels, Texas ~ ritakirkman.com     I began drawing portraits of family and friends when I was 11....

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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. Some new products...

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2 Christmas Art Projects in Mixed Media Assemblage

If you need a little push to get in the holiday spirit this year, here are two fun Christmas art projects that feature mixed-media techniques you can use year round! Altered Berry Basket Gift Box Mixed-media artists are known for altering anything they can get their hands on, sometimes quite extravagantly. But if assemblage and altering...