Mixed Media

Creating Mandalas for Personal Insights

The act of making mandala art is not only relaxing, it has the wonderful side effect of self-discovery. I had the joy of working on Cassia Cogger‘s band new book Creating Personal Mandalas and I finally got around to trying out two exercises in the book that have intrigued me. Another opportunity I’d been...

Quick Draw | Q&A with Sean Caulfield

Printmaker, draftsman, and mixed media artist Sean Caulfield is our New and Notable artist for the winter 2017 issue of Drawing. Caulfield’s work cannot be confined to one category, as he combines traditional drawing and printmaking practices with elements of sculpture, installation and digital art. Caulfield incorporates natural and anatomical forms in compositions that are intriguing, ambiguous and sometimes unsettling, and...

Watercolor Wonder: White Stitched Circles

A Guest Post by Cassia Cogger Deep dives into mixed media give an artist freedom to experiment with materials; to combine mediums one might not automatically consider related; to wonder what would happen if . . . ? Embroidery thread stitched over paper or canvas excites many, seems to be a growing trend in...

Technique Tuesdays: Acrylic Mediums

Acrylic medium techniques are indispensible tools for mixed media, but let’s face it—these materials are not the most glamorous. But don’t count them out—gesso, gel medium, crackle paste, interference medium, and others can take artwork to new heights, adding depth, texture, shimmer, and eye-catching layers. Leave it to our artists to come up with techniques...

Studio Saturdays: Vintage Art Materials

I’ve never met an antique mall I didn’t like. No matter how dusty and musty it may be, I’ll happily paw through piles of old linens, boxes of buttons, and stacks of books to find vintage art materials. These treasures invariably wind up in my art journal pages, handmade books, cards, tags, collages, assemblages,...

Technique Tuesdays: Working with Vintage Materials

Vintage materials add unique touches to mixed-media art, telling a story and providing texture, dimension, color, and patina. Whether it’s bumpy rust on an antique hinge, a hand-written ledger entry, or a threadbare piece of an old quilt, these items have a story that artists love to share. A few expert tips and techniques...

Studio Saturdays: Mixed-Media Vision Board

How are you doing with your New Year’s resolutions so far? I’ve been trying to keep up with my goals, but somehow life gets in the way. Just in time, mixed-media artist Rae Missigman has created a vision board that’s perfect for staying inspired, no matter what you want to achieve. Her project is...

Ideas for Using Transfer Paper on Multiple Surfaces

Until this week, I’d never have guessed transfer paper would open up so many possibilities for creative play. In her book, Hello Happiness, Kim Geiser shares several techniques for taking an illustration on paper and transferring it onto a variety of surfaces including fabric and art canvas. Because Hello Happiness is all about spreading...

Studio Saturdays: Creativation 2017 Report

The mixed-media world’s latest and greatest products were unveiled at the recent Creativation 2017 show Phoenix, AZ, and I’m happy to report that there’s a lot of great stuff headed your way. I thought I would take this Studio Saturday to let you know what will be landing in your studio very soon. At...