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Mixed Media Art

Giving Mixed Media Paintings as Gifts: Good Idea or Bad Idea?

For me, art and gift giving have always gone together. I remember giving handmade gifts for birthdays and holidays from when I was a little kid, all the way up until recently. When you're an artist, giving away your art as gifts almost seems a no-brainer. It's low cost, it's meaningful, and most of the… Continue reading Giving Mixed Media Paintings as Gifts: Good Idea or Bad Idea?

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Creativity

Artists Who Inspired Me When I Was Learning Mixed Media Art

I would describe myself as a mostly self-taught artist. I throw that "mostly" in there because, of course, I had to turn to people more experienced than myself so I could learn the things I didn't know. This included people IRL (in real life) and (in the past several years) people who offer art inspiration… Continue reading Artists Who Inspired Me When I Was Learning Mixed Media Art

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Mixed Media Art

Using Halloween Art Supplies to Make an Abstract Mixed Media Painting

It's no secret that I love skulls. At Christmas, I have a tabletop tree that is decorated only in skull-themed items. I have skull coffee spoons. Yes, I am that person. So you can imagine my excitement when I rounded a corner at Michaels a few weeks back and there was an end display rack… Continue reading Using Halloween Art Supplies to Make an Abstract Mixed Media Painting

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Mixed Media Techniques & Tips

Working with Paper in Mixed Media Art

Paper is one of the most versatile and easy mixed media art supplies you can use. If you've ever cut magazines up to make a collage, you are ready to experiment with paper in your mixed media art pieces. Surprisingly, (however) it's not as simple as cutting up some paper and gluing it to a… Continue reading Working with Paper in Mixed Media Art

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Mixed Media Art

How I Developed My Current Mixed Media Art Style

Developing my art style was one of the most frustrating processes I have gone through as an artist. Yes, really. Back in 2016, when I started really taking my art seriously, I was in several online classes and started following artists on Instagram and YouTube. One thing that really bothered me was seeing each artist's… Continue reading How I Developed My Current Mixed Media Art Style

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Mixed Media Techniques & Tips

All About Layers in Mixed Media Art

Layers of different materials and supplies are what makes mixed media art different from other styles of art. You may not layer like an onion or parfait, but you get the idea! One thing I didn't realize when I first started doing mixed media art was that you can't slap just any old thing onto… Continue reading All About Layers in Mixed Media Art

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Mixed Media Techniques & Tips

Mixed Media Art Hack: Alternatives to Drawing

An Art Hack for When You Feel Uncomfortable Drawing Question: Are there any alternatives to drawing certain items for mixed media artists? Answer: Yes! Confession time: I absolutely suck at drawing flowers. It's almost embarrassing how bad I am at it. Especially considering I can make other things I draw or paint look almost photorealistic.… Continue reading Mixed Media Art Hack: Alternatives to Drawing

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Mixed Media Art

Is Mixed Media Art REAL Art?

Do we make real art? And . . . should we care?? Before the world became so connected (Hey, Internet) it often seemed like there was one approved path for doing certain things. Sure, some people straggled off the path and were later hailed as geniuses or trailblazers, but those people were more often than… Continue reading Is Mixed Media Art REAL Art?