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Get Started with Mixed Media Art Techniques

Hello folks! Unlike the previous two “get started” articles, this one doesn’t follow a course like structure. And that’s because it would be impossible!

After all Mixed media art can be produced by combining every art medium, and well not only that!

For those unfamiliar with the term let’s see how is defined in wikipedia:

Mixed media, in visual art, refers to an artwork in the making of which more than one medium has been employed.

Ok,  that doesn’t sound actually very enlightening. It continues:

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There is an important distinction between “mixed-media” artworks and “multimedia art”. Mixed media tends to refer to a work of visual art that combines various traditionally distinctvisual art media. For example, a work on canvas that combines paint, ink, and collage could properly be called a “mixed media” work – but not a work of “multimedia art.” The term multimedia art implies a broader scope than mixed media, combining visual art with non-visual elements (such as recorded sound, for example) or with elements of the other arts (such as literature, drama, dance, motion graphics, music, or interactivity).

When creating a painted or photographed work using mixed media it is important to choose the layers carefully and allow enough drying time between the layers to ensure the final work will have integrity. If many different media are used it is equally important to choose a sturdy foundation upon which the different layers are imposed.

A phrase sometimes used in relationship to mixed media is, “Fat over lean.” In other words: “don’t start with oil paints. Plan to make them the final layer.”

Many effects can be achieved by using mixed media. Found objects can be used in conjunction with traditional artist media, such as paints and graphite, to express a meaning in the everyday life. In this manner, many different elements of art become more flexible than with traditional artist media.

So how can we actually get started with Mixed Media? Well glad you asked.

Just experiment and have fun! One of the secrets of creativity, is to always experiment and try out new things. By exploring new media, you open yourself to new creative avenues and possibilities.

And in order to help you get started i assembled a selection of 8 fun projects you might want to try, or just use as inspiration for your own experiments. (**updated on 6/9/13**)

Let’s enjoy them!

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7 comments
suruha
suruha

Hi, Spyros! I did it! LOL I used a scratched texture with a mask . I found an image similar to the tree branches, and, using it, masked out that part of the scratches texture. It turned out pretty cool. I was planning to post a tut on my blog about it. I'll do that and send you a link. Thanks for your support! Su

suruha
suruha

Hi, there! I just watched the "Scratch Artwork" video and found it a great tut! Now, I'm trying to translate it into digital. LOL Digital is my current medium, so, finding as many new techniques is my thing. I appreciate the videos! I'm off to watch the rest! Thank you! Su

Elenor Martin
Elenor Martin

that's very helpful! thank you for sharing - I know it must have been a lot of work! best wishes to you elenor

Spyros Thalassinos
Spyros Thalassinos

Hi Su! Glad you find the article useful! Feel free to share with us your results :)