What does mixed-media art mean to you?
To me, Mixed Media means I have the freedom to use whatever material I feel drawn to use. It means that except for eventual technical issues (for example, PanPastels and gel medium are not friends); I can do just what makes me happy.
How long have you been a mixed-media artist?
My journey started in July 2008 but I was then sticking with creative journaling. Mixed Media out of my journal just came naturally I guess, a few months after that. I started with The Petite Dolls, the first class Suzi Blu taught and it opened a new life for me. I’ve come a long way in my style since then, I love browsing through my pictures files or my canvases and see how much it evolved with me.
How has your art impacted or enhanced your life?
I can’t live without making art. But art is not just painting or art journaling, it can be the simple act of cooking a meal for my family, transforming food.
Art is my therapy, since I decided to add a little or a lot of it in my daily life (depending on my family life around it right now), I found my way of thinking shifted. I have more than my unspoken secret words to tell my story.
Thanks to art, I know have a real meaning of expression. And I can keep it all to myself or share it with the World.
What are a few of the mixed-media supplies you find yourself using most?
Acrylic paint, oil pastels (the Senellier are my favorite ones), charcoal pencil. I also love gel medium to create texture (there are plenty of thicknesses of it to play with), stencils too. I am falling in love with using bits of paper as well.
Who are some of your favorite mixed-media artists?
What makes your mixed-media art unique?
I think that my Nixies (the girls I create) each have a story to share, a lesson to teach. Or a simple reminder.
My Nixies have face features that I made a long time to come up with, I tried so many different things before finally falling in love with them all-heartedly. Each one is different but still has this little something that binds them together visually.
Where can we find you?
Here is my blog, Inner Voices: http://inner-voices.net
My Etsy shoppe, Inner Worlds: http://InnerWorlds.etsy.com
My Facebook FanPage: http://www.facebook.com/InnerVoices.net
I love recording my creative process and then share it: http://www.youtube.com/user/NolwennBC
(if you have trouble viewing them, it may help to refresh the page)
About Nolwenn Petitbois: I am a self-taught Mixed Media artist. I came to Mixed Media because I could not decide on only one medium to use for what I create and it makes me feel freer to experience whatever my heart feels called to.
My artwork usually represents powerful whimsical women (my Nixies) who have a strong positive message to deliver to the Universe, to you. I believe in the power of Positive Affirmations and of Gratitude, that both guide me all along in my creative process.
I guess I am an eternal learner, I love to unravel new ways to make my path lighter and stronger. Healing is a huge part of my life, I am now also a Practical Reiki Master and I noticed how it shifted the way I do my paintings and my journaling.