What does mixed media mean to you?
Mixed media is the use of different types of art supplies when creating a work of art. It allows me to be playful and incorporate the wonder I see in life. The process feels very intuitive.
How long have you been a mixed media artist?
I have been a mixed media artist for two years.
How has art impacted or enhanced your life?
As a Marriage & Family Therapist that does crisis counseling, art has provided an amazing outlet for me to explore and learn about myself. It, also, has provided new tools for me to use in my career and personal life to inspire and encourage others.
What are a few of the mixed media supplies you find yourself turning to the most?
I am addicted to paper. I am drawn to all types, patterns, and colors of paper to create my art. Acrylic paint, gel pens, pens that are not water soluble to outline and doodle with, and rubber stamps are other favorite supplies.
Who are some of your favorite mixed media artists?
Kathy Olson, an art therapist that I worked with at Hospice, was one of the first to introduce me to mixed media. She continues to give out in her life, and doesn’t have links for me to share. I came across Kelly Rae Roberts through her book, Taking Flight, began to follow her blog and Facebook page, bought her art, and took one of her first workshops called Flying Lessons. I met Jenelle Van de Mortel at a photography workshop taught by Cynthia Schaffer, noticed she had an art journal that captivated me. Jenelle and I became friends, thanks to social media and her invitation to participate in a group called W.H.O.A. (Women Helping One Another). Jenelle has inspired me to create my own mixed media art, and been the butt kicker that I’ve needed to accomplish things. I have to include Junelle Jacobsen in my response to this question, because she has been a beautiful example of photographer, mixed media artist, and writer, and I’ve learned a lot from her. Christy Tomlinson and Junelle began teaching online classes together, and I’ve learned quite a bit from Christy as well. One of my newest inspirational mixed media artists to enter my life is Jessica Brogan who began the inspiration deck swap. I have participated in four of her swaps so far and have met artists from all over the world. There are too many people to name that have inspired me to grow as a mixed media artist. Thank you, Cindy Jones Lantier, for this opportunity to push myself to be a part of Mixed Media May, and I look forward to knowing you better!
Tell us about your creative process.
Thanks to my online classes, I have developed a creative process. Otherwise, I can get stuck in procrastination. Breaking through perfectionism has helped me, also, to just begin. Since I have come up with a niche in my mixed media, I start by sketching what will be the main focus of my piece. Next, I spread gesso on my canvas before gluing down various papers for texture. To adhere the papers, I use Decou-Page by DecoArt. At this point, I will add more paint to cover the sides and parts of the front of the canvas. I use my sketches as patterns and will cut out shapes from decorative papers to cover the patterns before gluing them onto the canvas. Usually I will add more paint to integrate the cut outs into the piece before doodling and outlining. The final step is to put a protective finish on the canvas using more Decou-Page. If my artwork seems conducive to any 3-D objects, then I will add those.
What makes your mixed-media art unique?
I’ve practiced to come up with unique faces for the cowgirls that are my niche. Combining my love for encouraging women in particular, I came up with brave cowgirls to use in my art. These girls are still evolving. I did a whole deck of cards of cowgirls with flesh vs. white in their eyes. Fifty two people received those in an inspiration swap. Mortification is a part of the creative process, isn’t it??
Where can we find you?