I love the creative community of artist and crafters. Every day I “meet” someone online or in real life and we connect just because we create. A few months ago I was contacted by Michelle Brown of MixedMediaArt.net and she graciously asked for an interview for her website. (You can see that here.)
In the process of the interview, she let me know that she had written a book,Creating Layers in Mixed Media Art: A keep within reach reference for the “What do I need next?” moments (affiliate link) and offered to send me a copy to review!
On Amazon.com it’s described,
Part of creating mixed media art, whether it’s bringing together a mixed media painting, a collage or making a background, is about creating layers. Sometimes these layers flow; other times we need to stop and think, to find alternatives that stretch our artistic ventures. Here we will explore a range of methods and techniques that can help in creating layers in your mixed media art. When you are up to your elbows in paint and glue and don’t know which way to turn, we have summarised all of the methods and techniques into a “What’s Next?!?” table. Look at the materials and tools you have on hand and see which techniques can be used.
I anxiously dug in!
The first thing I noticed was that the layout was a bit unusual- there are panels that run horizontally that have a text to read and a illustrative photo.
As you can see, sometimes the photos take up more space than the text. But that’s ok. Like most craftsy folk, I’m a visual learner and the photos are what I’m drawn to anyway. And on that point, the photos are clear, well-lit, and nicely composed.
There are also very helpful sections about materials and products. If you are new to mixed-media, there is some very helpful information for you!
So of course, I had to jump in!
Per Michelle’s suggestion, I laid down some color. Then I added another layer with paint and bubble wrap.
I continued to add layers with collage, more paint, and stencilling.
My last layers really “pushed” it for me- I added some Whipped Spackle embossing paste through a home-made stencil.
See the brown birds jumping off the page a bit?
So… this is a solid beginner’s book, and a nice refresher for a more experienced artist. Either way, you’ve got good information on products and some fun ways to try new techniques. And it got me to push myself a bit, which is the best thing of all!
Now, would you like to win a little Mixed Media kit of your own? I’m giving away Michelle’s book AND some goodies to get you started. I’ll include a set of Gelatos by Design Memory Craft AND a pot of Whipped Spackle!
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