What does mixed media mean to you?
Mixed media is such a big word for an artist. It encompasses so many aspects of creating in my mind. A page in my journal filled with paint, sketching, doodled marks, journaling and collage pieces is what first comes to mind. If I give it more thought I see canvases filled with the same and more. I like to add fabric to a lot of my work and this certainly would fit the category of mixed media. Anything re-purposed or recycled seems to find a way into my mixed media projects too. I guess if it has more than one medium it qualifies as mixed media in my book.
How long have you been a mixed media artist?
Without even realizing the definition of the word back then, i would have to say years now. It is a relatively new term for me, and yet i have been creating things in this fashion for a long time.
How has art impacted or enhanced your life?
I know everyone is saying it and I certainly did not coin the phrase, but art to me is healing. It has saved me in so many ways. I am an obsessive compulsive personality. Without art I am afraid of the damage I might do around me. I say this with a laugh, but seriously I would be organizing and straightening things to no end. In art I have found a way to keep my mind busy and de-stressed. It allows me a freedom I do not get when I am functioning in other areas of my life. Creating something beautiful is emotional on so many levels. I know for me, art has the power to elevate my mood as well as calm my mind. Plus it just makes my heart happy.
What are a few of the mixed media supplies you find yourself turning to the most?
Craft paints are my go to staple. I also love the new neon colors of golden paint as well as the neon paint pens that are floating around out there. I could not live without a pencil or a fine permanent black marker. Oh and a white pen. I could be happy with these few things.
Tell us about your creative process.
I work best on the fly. Don’t give me a list and say make it happen. I can do that, but it isn’t where my creative juices flow the strongest. I like to flip through my art journals for inspiration. I like to look at old or used things in a new light. I like to let color inspire the project. All of these things I use as a springboard to be creative. If I get a great idea and I’m not in the studio I text myself a note or write it in my planner. The next step for me would be to sketch it out in my mind and make a rough draft on paper. I like to work as if it were the finished project. It seems to make me work harder and think more creatively. Nine times out of ten that project will be tweaked before it is all said and done, but it is amazing how close to the initial idea the finished product remains.
What makes your mixed-media art unique?
I am not sure. I would have to think that it is the way the finished page or project looks so much like its predecessors. Certainly, as with all things, my art morphs and grows along the way, but I feel like everything i do looks related. Color schemes are a big thing for me. I tend to reach for the same twelve colors over and over. The same goes for shapes. I use a handful in all my work, rarely branching out to others.
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