Technique Tuesdays: Nature in Mixed-Media Art

Artists find inspiration in a variety of things: music, food, memories, and in their surroundings. But nature is unquestionably one of the more popular sources of inspiration for many artists. Whether it’s using found bits in artwork, being inspired by what is seen in nature, or using natural elements to create media to make...

Technique Tuesdays: 10 Mixed-Media Metal Techniques

Adding metal to a mixed-media project can instantly elevate it. There’s something about the weight, the color, and the patina of metal that invites a second look. While learning metal techniques may seem a bit intimidating, the opposite is true: Metal is extremely easy to manipulate, color, and texture, and doesn’t require an arsenal of...

Studio Saturdays: Mixed-Media Technique Roundup

If you’re a regular visitor to ArtistsNetwork.com, you probably know that on Saturdays I share a quick step-by-step mixed-media technique and project with you. The series is called Studio Saturdays, and it began earlier this year as a fun way to help you kick off your weekend, sort of an incentive to flex those creative...

Technique Tuesdays: 10 Tips for Mixed-Media Jewelry

Everyone likes to have new bling, and making your own doesn’t have to be a huge undertaking. Creating mixed-media jewelry can be as simple or as complex as you want to make it. Beads, wire, found objects, a variety of metals, and even paper can be manipulated and changed to create one-of-a-kind pieces. There are...

Technique Tuesdays: Mixed-Media Stitch

Stitching adds something special to mixed-media art. Whether done by hand or machine, it can be used for mark making, to create patterns and designs, and to add texture and a pop of color. Even if you’ve never picked up needle and thread or operated sewing machine, it’s not difficult to learn. A simple...