Mixed Media

Paper clay

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...

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 get stunning watercolor...

Art challenges

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 to take on...

Tips for assemblage

Technique Tuesdays: 10 Tips for Assemblage

Mixed-media artists are notorious collectors: papers, paints and mediums, tools, castoffs, and lots of “bits.” These artists know how to turn those bits into assemblage art—dimensional, cohesive pieces that often incorporate found objects, both man-made and natural, and tell a story. To create something that’s truly greater than the sum of its parts it’s helpful...

Studio Saturdays Create Along: Handmade Holiday Gifts

Welcome back to Part 2 of our Studio Saturdays Create Along! In Part 1 we made handmade giftwrap, using monoprinting techniques from Elizabeth St. Hilaire’s article “Hand-Painted Papers” in the November/December issue of Cloth Paper Scissors. Starting with large maps, layered designs were printed using a Gelli Arts Printing Plate, stencils, combs, and found...

Technique Tuesdays: 10 Tips for Finding Inspiration

You finally find time to head to your workspace, and then that horrible feeling hits—surrounded by a million supplies, nothing motivates you to create. Finding inspiration seems more difficult than crossing the Atlantic in a rowboat. You may feel completely alone, but every single one of us has been there. Getting motivated to create isn’t...

Studio Saturdays: Create Along Handmade Gift Wrap

We’re knee-deep in November, so it’s time to start thinking about holiday projects. I thought it would be fun to do a holiday-themed Studio Saturday Create Along, so today we’re going to make monoprinted papers, as seen in the article “Hand-Painted Papers” by Elizabeth St. Hilaire in the November/December issue of Cloth Paper Scissors (If...

Technique Tuesdays: 10 Tips for Hand Lettering

Hand lettering is more popular than ever, and there is no limit to the styles that can be created or the ways it can be incorporated in artwork. Use it in your journal, letter a special card or gift tag, or add hand lettering to a painting or collage to add something special and...

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Behind the Scenes with Abstract Artist Jodi Ohl

Mixed-media, acrylic and abstract artist Jodi Ohl was recently in the Artist’s Network video studios filming four new instructional videos and I was once again amazed at her wealth of art knowledge, and her willingness to share it. This was the third time Jodi visited our studios to share her painting and mixed-media techniques...

Studio Saturdays: Hand Lettering Every Day

I am a reformed hand letterer. My ill-fated attempts at calligraphy made me to fear and dread hand lettering to the point of being terrified at having to address an envelope. But when I realized that so many artists were bailing on traditional calligraphy and embracing a style that was their own—quirky, funky, and most...