What exactly is Mixed Media?
Mixed media is a VERY broad term in visual arts that means an artwork that has been created with more than one medium (material). Mixed media art has been my passion since I first began playing with paint and my creativity ten years ago. I do create exclusively acrylic artworks, but I must admit, I am most free and blissed out when I am playing with mixed media. The very best way I can describe mixed media to you is that it is making art WITHOUT all of the uppity, snooty, fine art rules. Mixed media as an art practice means playing, experimenting and getting lost in your creativity. You can follow me along on my mixed media art adventures; watching how I work, learning the tools I use and hearing my suggestions for the limited “rules” I give myself when I create in a mixed media format, but ultimately the journey is personal and it will be different for everyone.
Mixed media is color, and texture, and depth, and touching the artwork, and thinking outside the box, and oh so many, many things.
Mixed Media is EXCITING
Mixed media is exciting! It means never doing the same thing twice, never really knowing what you will end up with, growing as a creator and having fun. Mixed media is now being explored by scrapbook artists, it has become its very own “genre” of journaling, it can be incorporated into sculpture, collage, fabric arts and yes, fine art. Because there are no “rules”, the possibilities are endless! Type “mixed media” in to your browsers search engine and be prepared to be amazed.
- Take a canvas; apply some paper to it, glue it down with some gel medium and wash some color over it and …BAMM…you have created a mixed media artwork.
- Grab an old apron, glue some gems to it…BAMM…you now have a mixed media apron!
- Add some gold leaf to a print or a photo…BAMM…mixed media!
- Have some watercolor paper on hand? Get a stencil, spread some texture paste or gel medium on it, add some stamps on the page….BAMM…MIXED MEDIA! Now do some sketching on top of it all and sand some of it back, and drip some wet paint on it…..whoa, yeah baby, mixed media on fire 🙂
Mixed Media is a Playground
Mixed media is a playground. It is my therapy. It is a place for me to pour out my soul and let the stress of life float away. Mixed media is for EVERYONE. If you have not already joined in the fun, make sure to check out the FREE Adventures in Creativity Workshop series on my YouTube Channel. Click here for the links to join in on the adventures.