Mixed Media Art is one of our favorite visual art forms; it’s unique, fun, and never the same. Think of a collage of photos, but with many different art materials.Beads, cloth, wood, buttons, different metals, andcrafting materials, you name it, and you can find a way to use it in yourDIY masterpiece. You’ve probably seen a few differentmixed media pieces in your favorite stores that have been mass-produced, but you can do it all by yourself and make it your own,DIY style! We’ve got a few ideas up our sleeves for beginners and non-beginners alike. Let’s get creative!
If you’re using more than one form of art material or art medium within one piece then you’re employingmixed media in your artwork andcrafting project! But it can also be more than just mixing watercolors, colored pencils or evenbeads into the mix. Think even more outside the box! Use the physical colored pencils as pieces you can actually glue onto your canvas, with beads, and othercrafting materials or whatever you plan to create yourDIY creation on!
Cut them (safely) into different sizes or keep them all uniform, dependent on what you decide to create! Think of something as simple as a butterfly outline, and use different shades and sizes of colored pencils,beads, and your othercrafting materials to create the outline or even the inside of the wings on the butterfly. The firstDIY step is always to create the outline of the thing you plan to create so you have the shape and right size down in order to fill in yourmixed media art piece.
Most of us creative jewelry and craft people have a bead stash, with those leftover odd beads, charms, and irresistible special bead finds just waiting for a new project. Have leftoverfabric hanging around that you’re not sure what to do with? Or even old clothes, books, school papers? Withmixed media, you can take those pieces of scrap or something you thought you would just throw away and creatively upcycle them into aDIY crafting masterpiece.
Juliette Belmonte, a well-knownMixed Media artist does just that, as she writes “I incorporate found objects, fabrics, gold leaf, and organic elements into my current paintings. I like the physical layers they help to create and feel those layers act as metaphors for times past.” Her main focus is portraits, especially of those representing the Victorian and Edwardian Eras. (This picture shows one of her amazing mixed media portraits.)
Whether you have fabric,beads, or other items that may be of importance to you, but you hadn’t yet found a way to use or place them,mixed media is the perfectDIY art form to express yourself and your uniqueness, while also creating a beautiful work of art fromcrafting.
We have a few recommendations from our own collection, that would work well with many styles ofmixed media art creations. OurSteampunk collection at Solid Oak, Inc. includes a huge variety of parts, from gears to pendants andbeads, that can add texture and style to your creation. Looking for a classic, antique-looking paper? We have printed Art Sheets, that fall right into that realm. They’re carefully assembled collections of artwork in different themes, sized for ourIndi-Pendants - but they can also be used in other ways - especially mixed media art. Available collections are as follows: Nature, Travel & Places, Block Letters, and Script Letters.
If you have photos of your beautifulmixed media creations, especially ones with our products, make sure to tag and follow us @solidoakinc and use #solidoakinc, and we might even share it!