What does mixed media mean to you?
Mixed media is experimenting. It allows the freedom to make mistakes. I can cover up the mistake which helps to add more depth and texture.
How long have you been a mixed media artist?
I started art journaling in 2008. Some friends and I would get together once a week and sit around the kitchen table eating cheap cookies and drinking coffee while making art. At the time, none of us really knew that what we were creating was considered art journaling and mixed media. It was only after some online searches and a trip to Barnes and Noble that we figured out there was a name for the type of art we were creating.
How has art impacted or enhanced your life?
I use writing and art as a form of self-care and therapy. My journals are a safe place, almost a sanctuary, where I can pour my thoughts out without worry of judgment. It can be difficult and almost painful to look back at my old journals. At the same time, it is very rewarding to see how much I have grown.
What are a few of the mixed media supplies you find yourself turning to the most?
The supplies I use in nearly every art journal page are acrylic paint, alphabet stamps, stencils, baby wipes, ultra-fine point sharpies, and a white out pen.
Who are some of your favorite mixed media artists?
Traci Bunkers is a huge inspiration to me. I became passionate about art journaling after I discovered her work. I find myself studying and almost picking apart Traci’s work looking at the layers, texture, color fonts etc. Her work amazes me!
Tell us about your creative process.
I create best later at night, any time after 9pm. For whatever reason that’s when my creative juices really start flowing. I have a few basic things that I need in order to put my mind into creative zone. I need pajamas, live concert DVD’s and my two rabbits. Once I those things I am pretty much good to go!
What makes your mixed-media art unique?
I am a self-taught artist and I create by my own rules, or lack thereof! To me, there is no question of if I’m doing something the “right way” because I only know what I have taught myself. It’s really quite freeing.