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Feb102014

Mixed Media Art

I attended my first art class EVER yesterday, and it was fantastic! Sweet Jackie Lauger of Fat Jak Originals hosted a workshop at Relux Vintage (my new favorite shop in downtown Geneva!), and I cannot tell you how much I loved it. What I CAN tell you is that if you have an opportunity to take one of her classes, do it!  If you are not local, find an art class in your area, step out of your comfort zone, and just go!  

Yesterday's class was focused on mixed media art.  I have made a number of pieces that qualify as mixed media art, and I have shared some of them with you, but the techniques and tricks I learned yesterday will take my art to an entirely new level, and I am excited about that!

Here is the piece I made yesterday.

 

I will give you this caveat regarding this class/piece: This class was focused on empowering and encouraging women through art and community, and being intentional about looking after our own wants and needs.  And I created this piece for myself. It is personal and I am not finished with it, but I wanted to share some of it with you.

Just look at this texture!

There are about 8-10 layers on the piece at this point! Those teal "circles" are joint compound that I spread on over a dot stencil and the are awesome!  

I love how the colors are blending and fading on this corner.

 And the red design on this edge was made by using a dollar store DOILY as a stencil! Crazy!

This piece is currently in my office, and I am peeking at it while I type. I like it.

And, because it's been awhile, here are a couple of my most favorite mixed media pieces.

Here is a piece a started working on a few weeks ago.  Again, it's not finished, but now that I have some new tricks to try, I am ready to work on it again. 

I am not very good at drawing, so it took awhile for me to get this little gal right. Jackie showed us a number of pieces that she has made, and she confessed that she is not good at drawing people, so she challenges herself by practicing them as often as she can.  Genius, right?  If you're not good at something and want to become better, practice.  Sometimes you need someone to remind you of that.  So, I have already picked up a sketch book and some pencils, and I am going to start practicing.  I'll keep you posted!

Have you tried mixed media art? Mixed media, loosely interpreted, is just a bunch of different materials (paper, fabric, buttons, paints, plasters, etc.) put together to make an art piece. My favorite thing about mixed media art is that, when I make it, my materials are 100% recycled.  I even recycle my canvases.  

Here are some super cheesy photos of me showing my son's nursery artwork (he is almost 8 now, and this canvas has just been sitting in a box for years!) being turned into a mixed media piece.

before

 after

See? Easy peasy!  Take an unwanted art piece, use recycled materials to transform it, and BAM! New, FREE art!

I pray you are all staying warm--it is quite cold here with wind chills reaching 20-30 below zero. BRRR!

Have a blessed day and enjoy the Son!

 

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