Mixed Media Exploration and Influences
For the collage piece above, I worked in my Canson Mixed Media Sketchbook. The pages seem to hold up well enough for light applications of wet mediums like watercolor.
To prep my sketchbook paper, I coated the front of my pages with Golden's Matte Medium and let it dry.
I had read about using a tack iron to heat fuse the papers down. The tack irons I found online didn't have great reviews, so I decided to try my little Clover heat tool. It worked just fine. This is what I did.
- I tore scraps of papers I had hand painted with acrylic paint, stuck them to my sketchbook pages, covered the page with a sheet of parchment over the paper, and fused them down with my heat tool.
- Next I rolled acrylic paint over the top of some areas.
- I made a glaze with paint and Golden's Satin Glazing Compound and smeared it all over the whole thing. I then added the blue glazing around the outside of some of the paper shapes.
- Finally, I used wax pastels to add a few highlights.
Working in a different medium you are unfamiliar with has many benefits.
- You are under no pressure to succeed as there are no expectations when you are just playing.
- Being unattached to the outcome is incredibly freeing.
- Trying out unfamiliar supplies and techniques gives you a totally different perspective. And you can give yourself permission to make nothing more than a huge mess.
Laura Lein Svencner is one of my favorite mixed media artists, and I found several of her short videos on YouTube that were very helpful for a beginner like me.
You can see her beautiful artwork and selection of online classes here: