From your first art projects to the latest masterpiece, X-ACTO® is one tool an artist never outgrows. For generations, the creative community has entrusted us with their work, cut after cut and creation after creation. X-ACTO takes that trust seriously, delivering the precision and versatility your work demands. Here you’ll find even more to empower your work and help you bring your next inspiration to life.

Experimenting with Egg Tempera Paint

n the spirit of the season, you and your family may be coloring eggs, but have you ever tried painting with them? Egg tempera paint is said to have dated back to prehistoric times.

Monster-A-Day: Art projects for kids (of all ages!)

The Monster-A-Day project is a great exercise for any artist! It stretches your creative muscle by challenging you to create a new monster every day for a month. Download and print the borders and get your monster portfolio started!

Cake Decorating Like a Pro

Cake decorating is a true art form. The medium is quite different than what a painter or a paper artist would use, but the principles are the same.

Paper Globes

Paper is one of the most versatile mediums available. With just a few cuts and folds you can take paper from 2D to 3D. Paper globes can be made with printed or hand decorated paper.

Fruit Carving Project

In art, anything can be a canvas. For over 700 years the people of Thailand have been sculpting fruits and vegetables into masterpieces. The art form is called "Kae-sa-lak" and is the official art of Thailand.

History of Paper Cutting

Paper cutting is an art with a long history. Its first origins date back to the 4th century after the invention of the paper by the Chinese. Some of their earliest uses for papercutting were for religious decorations or stencils used for patterns in embroidery. For a long time, this art form was popular among high-society women, but it soon spread to other classes. Paper cutting practices ranged from the skilled craftsman to its evolution into the folk art world. People displayed paper cut desig

Paper Cutting and Collage Meet the Digital World

Paper cut illustration has a really long history, but many paper artists nowadays enhance their hand cut creations with the aid of the computer. You can create intricate cuts with your X-ACTO knife and the layering of different papers, but many artists take it to another level without making it feel electronic.

Modern Mosaic Art

Mosaic art has been around since the time of Homer and the Odyssey. The art form was used to enhance flooring and walls. Early mosaics where designs made using inlaid pebbles. Throughout history mosaics have evolved as materials become available. Brightly colored stone, glass, ceramic tiles, and gold pieces were later used to create scenes for churches and other buildings.

Paper Weaving with Flair

Paper weaving is a tried and true art technique for any age. As children, we learned this simple art form by weaving together many straight strips of paper, in and out, under and over.

Color Forecast

The forecast is in… It calls for spring days with Dusk Blue skies, emerging Tender Shoots sprouting up around with an occasional reflection of a Grayed Jade cloud in the sky.

Inspiring a Young Artist –With Kids Art Ideas

Most children enjoy coloring and craft projects. But what if your child seems to show a deeper interest in art? Helping to nurture an artistic talent at an early age will prepare them for future pursuits.

The Art of Quilling

Paper—something every artist has in common. We’ve all used it. It’s where many great pieces of art start. Beyond its everyday uses, paper is actually one of the most versatile tools any artist will touch.

The Melted Crayon Trend

There was definitely an art trend with a throwback to an old school art medium in 2012. Melting crayons on canvas made many appearances on various Pinterest boards and creative blogs.

Etched Glass Designs

Have you ever wondered how to make your own etched glass creations? You can create beautiful glass etched designs with just a few handy tools.

The Art of Wood Block Printing

Wood block printing is an age old art form. It's just like using a regular stamp, but with the design carved out of wood. You can create some really intricate designs and beautiful art pieces with carved wood blocks.

Overcoming Artist's Block

Have you ever been stuck on what to put on a canvas, or create next? Don't worry, you aren't losing your artistic ability, just a minor hiccup in your momentum.

Festival Art Finds

While summer is winding down, the festival season is just hitting its stride. Around the country, in big cities and in small picturesque towns, the final weekends of summer are being celebrated with local fairs and festivals.

Painter's Tape Masterpieces

Create a colorful modern masterpiece using a simple painter's tool that is usually used to keep paint out of an area — painter's tape!

Add Texture to your Art Project with Tissue Paper

Watercolor painting is usually a very flat art form and you can not achieve the same textural properties as you can with oils or acrylics.

A New Way to Hang – A Picture Frame Alternative

Do you have a pile of artwork waiting to be framed? It's easy to get in a framing rut, thinking every piece of art needs a frame and mat to be hung on the wall.

Create Art with Contrast

Contrast is the value difference between the colors in your art piece. And the value is how bright or dark your colors are next to each other.

Art Inspiration

As artists, we are used to the ebb and flow of creativity. Some days we are inspired by everything we see. Inspiration for future projects are around every corner. The next day may be harder, with a stark white canvas sitting in front of us, and no ideas.

Stacking the Deck

Ready to gamble with some creativity? Create your own deck of playing cards. Playing cards offer the challenge of both pattern design as well as portraits.

Mixed Media Tips

Create layers of artwork and dimension with paper and mixed media techniques.

Setting the Tone with Texture in Art

Paper comes in so many patterns and colors, but sometimes simply the texture of a paper can be exactly what you need to set a certain tone in your next art piece.

Get Your Chevron Art On!

One of the paper craft pattern trends of the year is the chevron. The chevron is basically a series of V’s in a row, but the pattern can either be bold or somewhat subtle depending on the color and level of contrast.

How Conscious is Your Color?

It's hard to find a color that doesn't possess its own beauty. The trick is making color combinations that enhance the beauty of the colors around them. But how do you choose your color combos?

Your Art – Through Rose Colored Glasses (Or Any Colored Glass, For That Matter)

What to do with all those awesome photographs you've taken over the years? Or the hundreds of sketches piled precariously on top of the filing cabinet?

Cut it out! Create a Photo Collage with your X-ACTO knife.

Want to make a photograph stand out? Then try cutting it out! All you need is your X-ACTO knife and a little creative inspiration to make the most of a great snapshot.

Tips on Painting Snowy Landscapes

Painting snow can be trickier than you think. Even though snow is, in essence, white, when you closely observe it, you will notice a multitude of colors.

A New Medium for Fall –Pumpkin Carving

It’s fall! It’s the season when you test your artistic chops out on that orange gourd—the pumpkin. For most, Halloween is all about the costumes and the candy. But for artists it’s the time to switch up your skill set and expand your creativity.

Inspiration is Falling With this Leaf Art Project

The leaves are falling and nature has temporarily changed its palette. The warm reds and oranges of the leaves scintillate against the muted tones of the branches. It’s a time for dramatic lighting, and long shadows.

Artistic Holiday Decorations Project

The holidays are the time to show off your artistic skills with handmade decorations. Skip the typical store-bought accoutrements, instead adorn your mantle with your own handcrafted creations.

The Art of Intricate Paper Cutting

Cutting thin lines in a paper is one of the most challenging aspects of an intricate papercutting design. If you are just learning to master this skill, a quick tip is to begin with thicker paper. It will hold the shape better and withstand a cut design more easily.

Icy January – Ice Sculpting

Every January, special events take place in many different cities around the world. Chainsaws and carving tools are sharpened in preparation for spectacular feats. January is prime season for ice sculpting.

“I use X-ACTO knives to hand carve intricate egg shell art.” Malea C., Indiana

From wood to egg shells, the right tool is crucial whatever you’re carving. A strong, sharp blade lets you create delicate and intricate patterns even on the most fragile surfaces. When your tools work for you, you can set your imagination free. You can make pieces you are proud to put on your mantle. Pieces so stunning, the Easter Bunny won’t want to hide them.

The New Classic

The SharpX Classic Electric Pencil Sharpener offers the best of old and new sharpening features. It has the classic durability of X-ACTO hardened steel blades combined with energy efficient power adapters and SafeStart® Technology. It’s sure to be an instant classic for any studio or office.

What You’ve Been Waiting for…

The X-ACTO Retract-A-BladeTM knife has X-ACTO precision without the cumbersome cover. The fully retractable #1 blade makes this knife safe and easy to take anywhere. For added control, the handle has a comfort grip and anti-roll feature. It’s everything you love about X-ACTO and more.

Heavy Metal

The X-ACTO 12” Metal Base Rotary Paper Cutter is a heavy-duty tool to get the job done. The rotary action allows you to make multiple cuts on different axes. This cutter’s sturdy metal base and aluminum rail provide precision and accuracy every cut you make. This is the versatile tool to have around for any size job.

Modern Art with a Few Simple Shapes

You can create a beautiful pattern and modern piece of art with colored paper cut into simple shapes. Use your X-ACTO knife and straight-edged ruler to cut uniform geometric shapes and arrange onto a larger piece of paper to make a one-of-a-kind modern masterpiece.

The Art of Sharpening

Add beauty and form to your workspace with the X-ACTO Spira electric pencil sharpener. Its attractive design sports some slick built-in features including a “trap door." Just push a button—the base pops open to easily empty the contents of the oversized shaving receptacle. The X-ACTO helical steel cutter sharpens every pencil to a smooth, sharp point. It’s art in motion.

Squeeze it Out

Get the last bit of paint out of your tubes and save money. You can buy a special tool that squeezes out the last of your paint from the tube, OR you can use tools you most likely already have in your art box. By holding your paint tube on a flat hard surface and using the edge of a palette knife or straight-edged ruler, you can push the last bit of the paint out by starting from the bottom and slowly working your way up to the top until all the paint is gone.

Freedom To Free Form

Feel the freedom of the X-ACTO hand-held Free-Form Cutting Tool. This lightweight rotary tool allows you to easily go from one cutting surface to the next. Its compact size makes it easy to carry with you for on-site cutting.

Muffin Tin Art Palette

An old muffin tin can make a great painter’s palette when working with acrylic paints. The wells of the muffin tin make it an easy way to mix and store colors in for longer use. Use household plastic wrap over the top of paints in a muffin tin to save your mixed colors for later use.

Check Your Tone

Before you put the last touches on your latest masterpiece, check your tones. An easy and quick way to do this is to take a b/w photo of your painting, and look for tonal quality only. The black and white image should show off any areas that might need a little adjustment in your tones.Try this trick before finalizing your next painting to give it that last bit of depth to your overall piece.

To the Guillotine

When you use the Guillotine you only cut once! The X-ACTO 12”  Heavy Duty Guillotine Wood Paper Cutter cuts smoothly through multiple sheets of paper or film. It has an X-ACTO hardened steel blade featuring our Perpetual Edge self-sharpening system, making the last cut as clean as the first. And its textured grip handle gives you extended comfort and control. 

He·lix: a smooth 3-dimenisional curve.

That helix is found in the hardened helical cutter that gives this pencil sharpener its maximum precision. The 1900 Helix Electric Sharpener has a high efficiency motor and a sleek profile. Its contemporary look and X-ACTO quality makes it the perfect sharpener for your home or studio. 

Social Marketing Advantages for Artists

You may be a pro with the paintbrush, but what about your social media skills. The fact is, the use of social media can in fact help your art career. First of all, it is an ideal networking tool to connect you to a creative like-minded community, as well as open up opportunities that you would normally not be aware of. Social media can build branding and credibility when used effectively. It can be a great channel to market yourself and your masterpieces. Social media can help drive traffic to your website and/or shop. Be sure to keep on top of the current social media trends. With a little research, consistency, and time, social media can be another creative arsenal in your toolkit.

Turn That Painting Upside Down

Are you in need of a new perspective on your latest painting project? Try turning it upside down. By doing this simple exercise, it forces you to see your composition in a new and fresh way. It will let you focus on the the way the objects work together, rather than on the objects themselves. It can also allow you to create interesting brushstrokes from a different angle. It may also point out trouble areas you may have overlooked before. It is always a good practice to get a new viewpoint when completing your next masterpiece, and turning it upside down might be just the key.

No More Cuts

Don’t ruin another drawing table! X-ACTO’s Self Healing Mats are a unique accessory, featuring a special surface material, which allows them to absorb cuts from a sharp knife. No more sliced up work surfaces! These self-healing mats magically retain their original smooth surface. Choose from 4 different sizes to protect your space.

The Art of Kirigami

Kirigami is the combination of origami (or paper folding) and the fine art of paper cutting. One of the most common and most recognized forms of kirigami is paper snowflakes. All ages can create their own unique snowflake design by simply folding a circle into 6 sections and cutting shapes and designs from that. Just like real snowflakes, it is almost impossible to cut the exact snowflake shape twice. Designs can range from the very simple to the complex. Try using your XACTO knife on your next snowflake design to get some really beautifully intricate snowflake designs, and you will certainly be a master at the art of kirigami.

Sharp Innovation

The X-ACTO PivotcutTM Innovative Paper Cutter is a versatile trimmer for photos, thin plastics, and more.  It allows you to cut accurate angles from 0 to 45 degrees. Its super safe design features a hidden blade and see-through rail that is illuminated for superior control. This is a one-of-a-kind tool that brings innovation to every cut.

Creative Conduit

Whatever your current medium—paper or fallen leaves—X-ACTO has the knife for your work of art. Our #3 Precision Knife, with its secure twist on lid, is the multi-use knife to keep in your art box. The metal pen style handle makes for comfort and control and allows the creativity to flow right through to your work. 

See Through Your Art

A self-healing cutting mat is a must-have tool for any paper crafter or artist. But a translucent or transparent cutting mat can be a must-have tool when planning out your designs. If you are creating different layers in your art, place bottom layers under a translucent cutting mat and cut the next layer on paper on top of the mat. You can make it extra transparent by placing it over a light box which will allow you to use a drawing or template without having to transfer onto your paper. The benefits of a translucent cutting mat are crystal clear!

The Gripster™

It’s calm, cool, and comfortable—the GripsterTM soft grip knife. This sharp tool is built with a carbon steel blade for precision cutting and trimming. The soft grip handle reduces tension in your hand, allowing you to work more relaxed. With three colors to choose from: blue, read, or black, it’s always in style.

Professional Quality

Whether you’re a professional stencil designer or cutting one for the first time, this is the tool for the job. The 1/4 inch diameter aluminum handle of the X-ACTO No. 4 Stencil Knife gives you the perfect control to unleash your artistic freedom. While the incredibly sharp custom blades make cutting a breeze.  If you weren’t a professional before, you soon will be.

Disposable Paint Palettes from Household Items

A quick option for disposable paint palettes is most likely right in your kitchen! This option is perfect for acrylic painting. Try using household aluminum foil wrapped on a tray or plate next time you paint. When you are ready for cleanup, simply discard the used foil and voilá! This saves time on cleanup and cuts down on washing paint in the sink. Another great resource is to use an old magazine cover. The glossy layer on the pages won't absorb the paint, and when you are done with painting for the day you can let it dry, turn it over and use the other side.

Picking the Perfect Mat

You've finished your latest masterpiece, and now it is time for framing. Using a mat around an art piece both protects the glass from touching the art, but also enhances your art by giving your eyes the needed breathing room between art and frame without cutting off your art. It can help accentuate and draw your eye to the focal point of your piece. But what color should you choose? Try squinting your eyes in front of your piece and note what the prominent color is. That color would be a good option to start with. White is the most common mat color used, and if you are framing a number of pieces together it can be a great way to unify them. Using a crisp white mat can add height and width to your pieces while still letting your focus on each separate piece. Don't skimp on size. A large mat can instantly give a small art piece more presence. And remember, acid-free mats are the best choice for preserving and showcasing your art forever.

Hold It

There's nothing more frustrating than having to hunt for tools when you need them. The X-ACTO knife holder is the perfect solution. It conveniently stores any X-ACTO knife on a flat or inclined surface like a drawing board. It also has a storage compartment to hold blades and other small essentials. So when creativity hits, your tools are ready and waiting.

Get a Grip with the Grid Method

The grid method is a tried and true, low-tech way to reproduce an image that you want to paint or draw onto another surface. It is a great way to enlarge a small photo onto a larger canvas without the use of transfer paper. The concept of the grid method is to break your image into small even sections using a grid, and then drawing an equal ratio grid onto your canvas or paper. When sketching your image onto your canvas, focus on one square at a time, until the whole image is reproduced. Before painting, either erase your grid lines, or simply paint right over them.

Atomic Inspiration

When you are inspired to create, make sure to reach for the best in the industry. The Z-Series blade is the sharpest, most durable blade ever! This golden blade has an atomically sharpened cutting edge. For a seriously sharp cut every time. Now that's inspiring.

Simple Silhouettes

Make a statement with silhouettes in your next art project.  By using your X-ACTO knife and a piece of solid dark paper, you can make of a silhouette shape in seconds! Simply place your picture of choice on top of the paper you want to create the silhouette from. Tape the two pieces together with the image on top and dark paper on the bottom. Carefully cut around your picture with a sharp X-ACTO knife on a self-healing mat. What you will be left with is the silhouette ready to use in your next masterpiece!

It Shoots, it Scores!

Your X-ACTO knife has more uses than just cutting. When you need to score your paper and not cut all the way through, simply use the back side of the blade, and gently drag over paper with a metal ruler as your guide.

When Cutting is an Artform

When you can’t mess around with precision, reach for the X-ACTO X2000 Precision knife. It's perfect for adding the last detail on a project you've been working on for a very long time. This is the knife you use when don’t want to make a mistake. The knife built with a carbon steel blade for a reliable cut every time. It's the knife you trust when it matters most.

Fall Color Trends

Get inspired by the Fall color palette in fashion when creating your next work of art. This season the more traditional Fall colors of reds and oranges aren't the only ones in season. The oranges are fiery, and the neutrals are vibrant in fashion this season. With colors like a rich honey-gold paired with a vibrant yet warm orange or ultramarine green, this color palette certainly adds some spice to a more traditional Fall color selection. Even a bright pink or vibrant green chartreuse complements a smoky, almost black, dark brown or slate gray. Take a hint from fashion this season and try these colors in your next art piece.

Paper Pumpkin Patch

Get creative and go 3D with paper and "harvest" your own paper pumpkins. Use your X-ACTO knife and ruler to cut strips of colored paper and secure them at the top and bottom with brads. Fan the strips out to create a cool paper pumpkin. Add some cut paper leaves and create the perfect paper pumpkin patch!

Dress It Up with a Simple Homemade Stamp

Cut a simple shape, like a heart or a star, out of a rubber eraser with your sharp X-ACTO knife to make an instant stamp. You can dress up any gift tag or present with it in a flash.

Modern Sugary Spring Hues

Spring-influenced pastels are turned up to give a modern twist on a sugary sweet standard. Take that pale turquoise and increase the intensity of its hue to be minty fresh. Light orange cranked up to a tangy tangerine hue. And for a nice neutral accent, look out for a warm driftwood gray.