Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Substrates and Journals

Substrates and Journals for Mixed Media

Journals for Mixed Media include a Visual Journal
After years of improvising with different substrate, art suppliers have started manufacturing journals, papers and substrates especially made for mixed media. These product are perfect for this genre of art making. Check them out online or in your favorite art shop - and enjoy creating.

Monday, July 28, 2014

GAC - adhesives

GAC has everything you need for mixed media.
 The proper art supply can make a tremendous difference in the outcome of an art project. My upcoming book Mixed Media Handbook with North Light (Fall 2014) will help direct you in the basic selection of substrates, adhesives, mediums and embellish.

Collage Resources
Put together some collage resources and be inspired! Don't limit yourself - there are no rules.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Vignettes - Vintage Bottle and Art

Vintage Bottle combined with art and props to create a mixed media vignette. 

Friday, July 25, 2014

Vignettes of Mixed Media

Vintage Bottle

Vintage Bottle with paper covered wood dowels.

Vintage Bottle with bingo card label
Combine your art objects to create a mixed media vignette. I took some vintage bottles and poured acrylic paint in them, swirled the paint around until it covered most of the bottle, let it dry and embellished the front of the bottle with things like bingo cards, old metal hinges, painted papers, fabric scraps and wire.

I then placed the bottles in front of a piece of art. You can add textural items like the paper covered wood dowels or shredded paper. Anything that presence an interest to you will grab the attention of others. Use the labels to convey information - such as the bingo card with the number 24 circled (the date).

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

mixed media resources
On days that you are feeling need to create but are lost for direction, try the following:

Set your smart phone alarm - three to five minutes.

Spend that time gathering mixed media resources, buttons, incomplete art or sketches, interesting images and anything else that grabs your attention.

Once the alarm goes off, stop.

Arrange the items you have gather and take several photos of them. Review the photos, see what is working together - do certain items or images compliment each other? Is there a common thread emerging? Shapes, color, lines or concept?

Let this exercise prompt your imagination and enjoy!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Handwriting in mixed media

Detail from Nancy Telford Art
This is a detail from a commission piece. The full composition of the art is a wedding photo. The background was created with a combination of acrylic paint, pastels (the handwriting) and matte medium. Once the piece was completed, I sealed it with matte varnish. 

Try a background with acrylic paint and matte medium, sand it down to distress it a bit. Once you are satisfied, use a graphite pencil and handwrite a phrase or words. To embellish further, use a white pastel pencil and write more over the other words. Remember to work in a direction that does not drag your hand over the area that you have worked on. If you are left-handed work left to right and right to left if you are right handed. 

Friday, July 18, 2014

Sweet Sorrow

Sweet Sorrow - Vintage postcard, cutout image on hard board. This piece was painted with acrylic paints and matte medium (see the blue and green on the paper plate). I embellished further with sandpaper and graphite pencil. This is a good example of how a minimum of materials combined can create mixed media.

Grab two to three collage resources, some paint and go!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Gathering From Your Garden

Copies of pressed flowers and slide frames. 
Slide Art Mounted on Vintage Book Pages
Summertime is a splendid time to gather organic resources for your mixed media art. I like to use this season to collect flowers.

I have a couple of flower presses and fill them quickly. Of course I sometimes revert to the standard of placing them in between pages of books (which is always a lovely find when I later flip through the book).

If you have read my first book Collage Playground F + W Media, North Light Books (2010) you might remember how I store collage resources (like pressed flowers). A three ring binder, page protectors, a sharpie and labels - easy enough.

The purple flowers are phlox, pressed and printed on mixed media paper. The red flowers are pressed and printed on vellum - aren't they vivid?

Slides are numerous and easy to find. To use them as frames, slide a craft knife between the front and back of the plastic frame, twist a bit and pop open. Place your art in and pop back together. If you are interested in learning more about slide art - my next book Mixed Media Handbook F + W Media, North Light Books (Fall 2014) will also showcase some ideas.  In the meantime, gather some flowers and begin pressing!

Slide art, mounted on plat. 
Pressed flowers printed on vellum with slide frames.