Oh this is going to be a happy post. I can just tell :)
While I was on the Michaels Cruise last month, I had to the chance to take some classes that really opened my eyes to some new forms of crafting. One of these classes was from Kathy Kromer of Michaels who is a an amazing artist and taught us about Mixed Media Art.
Mixed media tends to refer to a work of visual art that combines various traditionally distinct visual art media. For example, a work on canvas that combines paint, ink, and collage could properly be called a "mixed media" work
So basically...a piece of art that incorporates lots of "stuff". Paint, ink, scrapbook paper, ribbon, buttons, basically ANYTHING :) Oh and glitter never hurt anything either!
Here are a few pieces that I found on Pinetrest. I love how they used scrapbook paper to help capture the mood of their art.
These two were painted by Christy Tomlinson, a popular mixed media artist in the craft industry. I would love to sit in her studio and paint with her for a day :)
So in our class, Kathy gave us very little guidance...something that is usually hard for me!
We sat down and saw a canvas, brushes, paint, Liquidex Gel Medium...
An awesome stack...Retro Collage, which was perfect for this project...
And 2 photos of Kathy's Aunt Martha.
Aunt Martha was quite the woman...lol. We heard all about her and she was pretty darn funny. We used one of the photos on our canvas and the other we cut up and used parts of her dress, collar, glasses for templates. Aunt Martha loved to give advice...
And this is what she said to me! "Be Where Your Feet Are" Make sure your head is not wondering in a moment with your family. Make sure your head is connected to work during my work hours. BE where my feet are. This is always my struggle...but I'm always getting better at it.
When I sat down with my supplies I thought, "What in the world am I doing." And then I just went at it! It was so fun to do something new with our paper. It was so fun to feel like an artist! I mean...like a "paint and brushes" kinda artist :) Cause paper crafters are artists 100%!
It has been fun to try something new with our papers. It has inspired me to create more with our papers and paints and sparkly goodies :) I love that about our love of crafting. It is always evolving and growing! Our creativity is always surprising us.
I hope this was a happy post for you too :) Have a great day!