What does mixed media mean to you?
Mixed Media means endless possibilities. It means constantly learning. Creatively thinking by taking techniques you see used one way, and using them in a completely new way, with your own special twist. Mixed Media means seeing the value in mundane, everyday things. Being a mixed media artist means that you are a boundary breaker who doesn’t let sometimes crippling fear stand in your way. It’s always improving, always moving forward, and finding your own unique voice.
How long have you been a mixed media artist?
I’ve been a scrapbooker for 14 years, which in a way is mixed media art. Painting canvases and experimenting with different elements and techniques has been my focus for the last two years.
How has art impacted or enhanced your life?
In several ways, but perhaps the biggest way is how creating, sharing, and marketing my art has led me to overcome a lot of my fears and given me confidence that my voice, my talents matter.
What are a few of the mixed media supplies you find yourself turning to the most?
Paper- my favorite thing ever. Strips, patterned paper, rice paper, mulberry paper, cardstock, vellum- I love it all! More recently I’ve found myself working more and more with encaustic wax- such an amazing medium. My essential tool list would include things like gel medium, spray bottles, my quilling slotted tool, paper trimmer and lots of patience.
Who are some of your favorite mixed media artists?
- Amy Eisenfeld Genser- http://amygenser.com/
- Carol Nelson- http://carolnelsonfineart.blogspot.com/
- Anna Dabrowska- http://tworzysko.blogspot.co.uk/
Tell us about your creative process.
My creative process is kind of all over the place. Sometimes I begin a piece with a clear idea in mind, sometimes I just start slapping paint everywhere. My best work happens when I am able to convey a specific idea through my art. Adding symbolism and depth is very enjoyable and I try to do it as much as I can, though I do also find it necessary to just start sometimes, and see what comes out. I tend to feel like I’m doing things either the right way or the wrong way- coming at my art from different starting places helps me to overcome that feeling.
What makes your mixed-media art unique?
I’m not sure if this is a question I can answer- I think it’s more for the people who view/appreciate my art. I think perhaps part of it is my constant experimentation. I don’t always know or understand how two mediums will work when combined, but it’s fun to try new things and leads to more inspiration and breakthroughs (and dead ends and failures, too). I do think my choice of elements and the way I use them is unique- I haven’t seen anyone use quilling strips in quite the same way, or make paintings 3D in quite the same way either, but it’s a big world.
Where can we find you?