Mixed Media

Jodi Ohl Art 28

Painting Techniques for Textured Abstract Art

While there are many, many mediums you can purchase to use to create texture in your artwork, you can also create texture in a different way– heat. In Jodi Ohl’s new book, Abstracts in Acrylic and Ink, she demonstrates heating a specific type of acrylic paint with a heat gun to create bubbles between...

Technique Tuesdays: Mixed-Media Faces Made Easy

Creating mixed-media faces is fun and inspiring, and portraits add so much to art journal pages, collages–even stitched projects. But rendering a face can be daunting–how to make features look realistic? What’s the best way to play with proportion and positioning? These 10 artist’s tips and techniques are designed to help you get started...

Technique Tuesdays: Background Techniques

Facing the blank page—we’ve all done it, but we haven’t always enjoyed it. What helps artists break through all that white space is learning background techniques to spark ideas, develop a palette, and discover the beginnings of an image or two to build on. These 10 easy mixed-media background techniques from top artists are designed...

Studio Saturdays: Mixed-Media Planner, Part 3

Welcome to the third and final installment of our Create Along series on making a unique mixed-media planner from scratch. You’ll love using this planner all year as a diary/datebook and an art journal. The idea was inspired by Dawn DeVries Sokol’s article “Creative Days Ahead” in the January/February 2017 issue of Cloth Paper Scissors magazine, and this is...

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Liquid Pencil and Graphite in Your Mixed Media Art

I have always been fascinated with writing tools– pens of all types, markers, and crayons– but pencils were never that exciting. Always the same shade of gray. Going to the office supply store for new writing implements was always my favorite part of back to school shopping because I could pick out new pens...

Photography

Technique Tuesdays: Alternative art substrates

Mixed-media artists are known for their creative use of materials and tools. And just as they seek to find the best paintbrush or the most reliable pens for their work, they also take time to experiment with alternative art substrates. What they create on can be as inspiring or exhilarating as what they create,...

Mixed-media planner

Studio Saturdays: Mixed-Media Planner, Part 2

Hello, and welcome to Part 2 of our Create Along on how to make a mixed-media planner. I hope you had fun making your covers, and that you enjoyed the shortcut of working with a repurposed book. In today’s installment, we’ll finish the covers and then bind the book with a very easy stitch...

Handmade books

Technique Tuesdays: Special Touches for Handmade Books

Making handmade books is such a creatively satisfying experience. What makes them truly unique are the extras—distinctive folds that become pockets, a touch of metal on a spine, or decorated pages that reveal an artist’s life. These 10 techniques for special touches for handmade books will make your next project stand out and reflect your style and...