What does mixed media mean to you?
Mixed media means no rules for me. I call myself a mixed media artist because I find it hard to categorize myself into any one group (which usually has some kind of rule). I love paint, collage, spray inks, watercolors, pastels, monoprinting, rubber stamping, stenciling, fabrics, and more. Mixed media is the only category that encompasses them all.
How long have you been a mixed media artist?
That is a tough question because it evolved so gradually over time as I fell in love with one supply or technique after another. If you hold my feet to the fire to give it a number, I’ll say 5 years.
How has art impacted or enhanced your life?
Making art is happiness for me. The sensations of paint squishing around. The excited surprises when I layer patterns on the Gelli plate. The thrill of building up layers to create something unexpected. Pure happiness.
All that play serves a very important purpose for me because every time I play in the studio I learn something new about myself. It’s meditative for me. Getting lost in color and play allows me to quiet the noise and chatter that usually runs around in my head. Creating that space, that place of calm, for me has let me look deeply inside and get to know and accept myself.
What are a few of the mixed media supplies you find yourself turning to the most?
Stencils, a Gelli plate, Catalyst blades, heavy bodied paints, spray inks, and high flow paints are my current go-to items but ask me next week and it might be a totally different list.
Who are some of your favorite mixed media artists?
- Corrine Gilman: http://www.sparkledaysstudio.com/
- Kirsten Reed: http://keystrokesandkaleidoscopes.blogspot.com/
- Tammy Garcia: http://daisyyellowart.com/
- Karen Issacson: http://iamrushmore.blogspot.com/
Tell us about your creative process.
Oops. That pretty much sums it up. I make lots and lots of Oopses. I used to call these mistakes, which carried with it the harsh judgement of failure. Every mistake fueled my inner critic which squashed a great deal of my creativity. Once I started calling those mistakes O.O.P.S., Outstanding Opportunities Presenting Suddenly, my inner critic just couldn’t find a way to use that to berate me. Without a loud and obnoxious inner critic, I can follow my creative impulses to see where they take me.
What makes your mixed-media art unique?
There is a part of me in every piece of art I make. My art, like me, is full of imperfections. It is those imperfections that make it unique.
Where can we find you?
My stencils are available at: http://www.stencilgirlproducts.com/category-s/1861.htm