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Collage Art Techniques with Nita Leland

From the time I was young, I loved taking scissors and paper and cutting out shapes; everything from snowflakes at Christmas time (which I still do), to cutting and pasting rudimentary collages. The kind of creativity that comes from paper, scissors and paste is fun and can be so freeing. I wasn’t alone. My...

Hope (pastel) by Libby January

Fast, Flexible, Forgiving Pastels | Libby January

Many artists yearn to express themselves in a freer, less representational way. One such artist is Libby January. The former primary school teacher, whose lifelong love of art took her back to college as a mature student, faced a long struggle to find an approach that satisfied her creative needs. “I did a lot...

PREPARING THE REVERSE APPLIQUÉ AND THE APPLIQUÉ

Stencil Girl: Mixed Media Art Techniques

Mixed Media Made Magnificent! We bet you haven’t had a chance to check out these really cool videos from the Stencil Girl herself, Mary Beth Shaw. But we also know that once you do, you’re going to be so excited by all the possibilities that using stencils can afford you, whether you work in...

Making Art a Practice

Making Art a Practice

Cat Bennett's new book isn't really about actual pipes, even if the title is Making Art a Practice: 30 Ways to Paint a Pipe (How to be the Artist You Are). Instead, the title is a reference to Magritte's famous "Ceci n'est pas une pipe" painting, where a pipe is used as a vehicle...

At the 2008 Santa Fe International Folk Art Market © a Polished Eye. All rights reserved.

International Folk Art Market | Santa Fe

Perched on top of Museum Hill in Santa Fe, NM is a yearly festival called The International Folk Art Market. It's brilliant with color and ripe with international artists excited to show you their craft, all impressive and masterful. This year was my second attending, but it was no less exciting. The art...