For the past few weeks I’ve been going about my day and this thought has been gently poking me – “Let’s get some mixed media done, let’s get some mixed media done!” (Mixed media is a form of art where you can use a range of different mediums like crayon, water-color, ink, clay, gesso, decoupage, acrylics etc all at the same time. Now that’s a treat!)
I ignored the thought. Mixed media! (insert OMG expression here) I don’t have time! I DON’T HAVE TIME! I don’t have time right now, silly thought. Too much to do already.” (Mixed media projects usually take a long time.)
But the thought just wouldn’t leave me alone. No matter what I did, it gently kept nudging me every single time I tried to focus on something else….. The gesso and the decoupage on my shelves were literally calling out to me. Well not literally, but you know what I mean.
Alas! My persistent and not-so-subtle thoughts won (and boy, am I glad)!
I was beyond excited once I got started and the creative part of my brain went a million miles an hour. My sleep vanished and my mind was dominated with the vision for this piece.
Hope you enjoy seeing the progress of this cute beauty (or beast, if you’re not a fan!). I have a lot of images that will give you a great insight into how this piece took shape.
Here’s all the participants (most of them) of this masterpiece.
Every great piece begins with a blank slate.
Let’s deco it up now!
Now time for some gesso action…
Mixed media just like clay, is very forgiving as you can see from the images here. You can easily cover up with gesso or something else if you don’t like the way your piece is shaping up.
Mixed media can get super messy real quick, so make sure your work area is well protected.
Adding in some clay for dimension.
The other awesome part about mixed media is that the end product is always a surprise. Since there are so many elements involved it’s hard to predict the exact outcome.
Owl always love you! (batting eyelashes) Will you?
Here were a few of my KEY TAKEAWAYS when I was done:
1) It took me only 1/5th the amount of time that I was hoping it would take (thank God for heat guns!).
2) Since I was on a tight schedule I worked a lot more efficiently (law of deadlines – funny how that works out).
3) I also noticed interestingly enough, how we use the ‘I don’t have time’ excuse a lot to procrastinate, just like I did when I was getting started.
Now I would love to hear from you – What art/craft project was it, that you just couldn’t get off your mind and you eventually just gave in and made it? And what excuse was your brain trying to conjure up to not let you do it?
Owl wait for your comments below! (batting eyelashes)
Until next time,