Mixed media is a great way to explore the arts for all artists, both new and experienced alike. Today we go through 10 reasons why you should consider working in mixed media.
Be Creatively Courageous: Why do you choose mixed media for your art? Why don’t you? I want to know! Let’s talk in the comments below.
Yes! I don’t feel like I cheat when I combine media. It’s fun.
Good Linda! No one should feel that way. And it is FUN 🙂
I admit I struggle. As someone new to art, it feels like I am cheating if I can’t achieve my results in the medium of choice, such as doing a painting if I chose acrylics. At other times when I allow myself to play, I give myself permission for anything goes.
I encourage you Kim to look at artists who use your medium of choice or interest. Do they only use one medium? Many artists in history did not. I wonder who/what gave us this notion? I also wonder if it came (for me anyway) from a place of perfectionism… you can ONLY use this AND be good. I’m glad to hear when you play you give yourself permission to explore. I wonder what your work would transform into if you give yourself that freedom in your “official” creations? Thank you for sharing, I’m honored.
Thank you for your encouragement and advice. I think it does stem some from perfectionism. Also from being self-taught and thinking purism is expected and/or desired by the outside world. I am drawn more and more to abstract art and bringing in other media with that, such as graphite, charcoal and inks. Thanks again, Carrie.
Welcome Kim. Thank you for being open and sharing your experience here.
Yay! Glad to hear it Lynn 🙂
Before I was only into stamping until I looked for something on Google. Then a whole new world opened up to me. I saw Mixed Media canvases. I am not good at painting so here was a whole different set of techniques. It also covers a multitude of mistakes. I have now done several smaller canvases and 4 larger ones. Now use those same principles in making cards and other paper crafts as well.
Glennis that is so wonderful! I’m so glad you have gone down this path of discovery and learning. 🙂 Yay mixed media!
Glennis that’s so wonderful! I agree it’s a great way to work around missteps.
I love working with mixed media and consider it my “experimental play”. The down side is that I feel like I am not learning enough of the technical side of painting, for example color theory.
Sharon, you can absolutely use mixed media exploration to learn about color theory! We can learn about any art topic with mixed media. It’s how we use our time and what we choose to develop that will determine the development of our skills. You may have just given me a webinar idea 🙂 Thank you for sharing.
Mixed media totally fits me! I have always played with collage, and after taking a wonderful class by Kelly Rae Roberts, I’ve learned to mix collage with painting and adding mantras or words of encouragement. I find I am usually encouraging myself. Working more and more in acrylics now, and hoping to learn enough to create good abstract art some day. Thanks for this great forum.
Sherry it sounds like mixed media brings you a lot of joy. That makes me happy. It’s what I hope all artists can find, in whatever medium they choose. You are MOST welcome 🙂
So much freedom! So many possibilities!
Amen to both! Thanks Ellen 🙂
This is awesome. Thank you.
I’m so glad to hear it Sibylle you are most welcome <3