Creating Mixed Media Art
Mixed media art encompasses many arts and crafts. This includes collage, encaustic, art journaling, altered objects, steampunk, artist trading cards and greeting cards. Canvas art that combines paint, ink, and collage would be considered mixed media art. And also any type of “found” objects would also fall into this category. Often I find myself collecting a bit too much junk so frequently I have to force myself to de-clutter or I run out of living space. Other media includes papers, newspaper, magazines, old music sheets, books, photos, glues, paints, gels, inks, crayons, and the list can go on and on.
When creating mixed media art, it is crucial to carefully choose the layers of media. Allow enough drying time between the layers to ensure the final work will be structurally reliable to avoid breakage and bending. A sturdy foundation is equally important. Many great effects can be achieved by using “found objects” (aka junk) in conjunction with traditional art media. There is no right way or wrong way, mixed media is self-expression using whatever media is at hand and going with the flow. A variation of scrapbooking is also possible using mixed media to create unique photo albums.
The Sky is the Limit
The sky is the limit with mixed media art and you don’t need drawing skills or a fine arts degree. This self-expressive art form opens up a world of creativity for everyone that likes to create. You will also find unlimited online resources from youtube videos to tutorials for instructions on just about anything you wish to create.
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