What does mixed media mean to you?
Mixed media is a lot of fun because you get to use a lot of different mediums and in a way where there are no rules, you can use a variety of substrates from canvas to paper to cardboard or wood and you can start how you want – with paint or collage or crayons.
How long have you been a mixed media artist?
I started creating mixed media girls in 2009.
How has art impacted or enhanced your life?
It is now one of the main focuses in my life, when I’m creating I am focused solely on my art and not on other aspects of my life. It’s become a passion and an addiction and I like to get my fix every few days if not every day.
What are a few of the mixed media supplies you find yourself turning to the most?
Gelli prints, gel medium, acrylic paints, watercolour crayons and pencils, scissors and craft paper trimmer.
Who are some of your favorite mixed media artists?
- Tamara Laporte
- Pam Carriker
- Kelly Rae Roberts
- and local Perth artists/teacher/friend/mentor Neil Elliott
- and Rachel Gillam
Tell us about your creative process.
With my mixed media girls I create on watercolour paper, the face first with watercolour crayons and pencils and graphite pencils. The background should be created next especially if I’m using the gelli plate or even collage and acrylic paints. Then I’ll dress the girls with gelli prints which requires making a pattern by tracing around the body/hair/hat. I use a gel medium to glue on the gelli prints and will use acrylic pen or paints to outline the shapes.
When I create a gelli print collage I’ll sort through my gelli prints to see which colours, patterns and textures go together and make an interesting painting. Then I will cut or tear them out to the required shapes. I don’t decide on an exact layout but let the prints catch my eye and then blur them on.
What makes your mixed-media art unique?
By creating my own gelli prints and using them then my mixed media art is unique.