May 27, 2013

Art & Soul (Mixed Media)

No fancy supplies needed to jump into mixing your media.  This piece is created on a wood block! 

Art & Soul

Alphabet stamps are wonderful for creating your own expressions in a variety of fonts.   


For the "artful/soulful" message of this piece contained in a hand-drawn frame, I used a combination of Robust Alphabet (lowercase) and Kate Brushstroke (uppercase).  The Robust Alphabet has fabulous chunky letters that can be fussy cut and accented with additional design features.  These pieces were stamped with Paisley Outline.

Side View
The wood block was covered with book text.  Here, around the side, you can see the text peeking through the paint and the stamped Brick Wall pattern.

Top View

This flower stamp (Sunburst) is amazing for mixed media.  I love the stunning presence of the size and it is large enough to wrap around the edge of the piece without diminishing the impact of the image.

Corner View
What I find so freeing about mixed media is that anything goes.  The more you mix it up the better.  Here I have gone full tilt with stamping dots (Pointille), flicking paint, adding book text and doodling a border.

Here is a peek at the "not-so-fancy" wood block I started with.  
Just dive in and have fun experimenting with Gesso, Modeling Paste, Acrylics, Matte Gels all kinds of coloring mediums.  

The most unexpected paths often lead to the best places.


Penny Black Stamps: Sunburst 4236K, Robust Alphabet (lowercase) 30-002Kate Brushstroke Alphabet (uppercase) 20-001Paisley Outline 40-048, Brick Wall 40-137, Pointille 3860J
Image Crafts/Tsukineko: Onyx Black VersaFine, Clear Embossing Powder
Other: Wood Block, Book Text, Gesso, Mod Podge, Matte Gel, Acrylics, Variety of coloring mediums