Tuesday, 25 January 2011

Mixed Media Malarky

According to a reliable source, well; Wikipedia, ‘Mixed media, in visual art, refers to an artwork in the making of which more than one medium has been employed.’
And that just about sums it up.
But what that statement doesn’t convey is the sheer excitement and pleasure in working with often miss-matched materials, materials that are not manufactured to work together but can, with a forgiving breeze, often out perform all other mediums in the creative invention genre.
Mixed media refers to a work of art that combines a mixture of traditionally distinct mediums, paints, collage materials, photography, drawing and inks.
A work such as ‘Royal Visit’ combines paint, ink, flags and collage and can justifiably be called a ‘mixed media’ work., as can ‘Cadgwith’ with it’s addition of part of the beach.
When you are creating your own mixed media work it is important to choose the mediums carefully and allow enough drying time between the layers to ensure the final work won’t fall apart after a week.
If different media are used, particularly heavy media such as stone it is also important to choose a sturdy base upon which the different layers are built up, I often use heavy duty card or MDF.
Oh, and one last word of advice before you start sticking everything to hand together…use strong glue!


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