Friday, November 26, 2010
Monday, November 15, 2010
Friday, November 12, 2010
… can be found in our Ephemera kits ~ now with updated descriptions. We wanted to let you know WHY these pieces have come together.Still at the same great value and it INCLUDES postage to anywhere in the world - you've gotta love that!The complete instructions to make the cute purple canvas are on the Mixed media art website. With the holiday season approaching, we will be removing these kits for sale from Dec 9th, so we can make sure you receive your kits before Christmas and there won't be any disappointment while we are on vacation over the holiday period! Hope you find some time to create today!
Michelle and the Mixed Media Arts team
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Mixed Media Art Journals give you permission to create and reflect by combining the timeless art of writing down your thoughts with the fun and messiness of the mixed media art genre.
From my research and travels of the internet there seems to be three different approaches:
1. Prepare a layout, then write
2. Write then decorate
3. Write then incorporate into the layout
Friday, November 5, 2010
Christine Adolph has an amazing range of products and after attending a recent quilting festival, commented on her blog that it was:
filled with mixed media and surface design classes. This shows that this trend is viable... Seeing the popularity of this art form through publications such as Cloth Paper Scissors and Somerset Studio shows that mixed media is here to stay!
And that can only mean good things for product development and supporting new talent across a range of mixed media styles. The two gorgeous mixed media collages created by Christine can be seen on her blog.Happy creating,
Mixed Media Art team
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
Kristen Robinson has made a video, showing us this advanced mixed media art technique, on how to add texture to resin:
Adding texture to ICE Resin® is one of my favorite ways to alter the glass like surface. A wee bee of divots strategically placed as well as a dollop of paint and viola a new look is created.
The video shows each step needed to complete this technique!Happy creating,
Mixed Media Art team
Friday, October 22, 2010
Sunday, October 17, 2010
are turning our attention to the gift-giving season and presenting a simple technique for creating your own book - keep it and turn it into a lovely art journal, or give it to a friend; the choice is yours....BUT you must be on our mailing list to receive this fantastic technique sheet, so join up now: Mailing list at Mixed Media Art
Friday, October 15, 2010
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Sunday, October 3, 2010
The Mixed Media Arts team are excited to announce we have ephemera kits for sale on Etsy! Each kit contains a heap of items, including 7 different text sheets, fibres and an array of embellishments - all perfect for creating a huge array of mixed media art or adding to your mixed-media collection. Come and have a look!
Friday, October 1, 2010
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
As September is drawing to a close, I wanted to remind you of the fun we have had at Mixed Media Arts this month.
Wendy Whipple shared her Altered Book Art Journal with us, showing her colourful layouts. Creating stencils from photos was our topic for Mixed Media Art Technique sheet 06 - I had such fun putting this layout together. I hope you have had a chance to play with stencils you have cut from photos. And we looked at tips and tricks for making LOTS of ATCs if you are heading off to a craft show or class. It is great to have small pieces of art to swap. It allows us to share our contact details and our work, both in one go. I am also working on a piece of sample art to show what I can do with the ephemera kits we have for sale over at Etsy. If you haven't checked out the Mixed Media Art Etsy shop yet, come and have a look. This is the first lot of ephemera kits, which we had fun putting together and we will have more out soon, so you can stock up on ephemera before the pre-Christmas rush starts. Our aim is to provide kits at reasonable prices to make them as accessible to everyone as possible - and the price includes postage too! Happy Creating everyone! Michelle and the Mixed Media Arts Team
Saturday, September 25, 2010
As it turns out, creative geniuses have a good number of ideas floating through their head at any given time. But so do you. The difference between an average thinker and a creative genius, is that the genius knows when to pursue an idea and when to drop it (after recording it in a notebook for reference, of course).
An intetesting read - how many of you keep a notebook or sketchbook handy? Sounds like it may be the key to creativity...
Thursday, September 23, 2010
Sunday, September 19, 2010
Mixed-Media artist Teesha Moore has announced the Artfest Annex Open House
I... wanted to invite anyone from the greater seattle area to Pioneer Square next Sunday, Sept. 26th from 1:00-4:00 for an open house of our new Artfest Annex. This new venture will include classes and monthly meetings (topics include lomography, sewing, journaling, first thursdays, etc.). We want to introduce you to all the stuff we have planned. So, come on over and say hi if you're in the area. It's located at 89 Yesler #201.
So if you are in the Seatlle area (or can get yourself there) then check it out - and report back!*smiles*
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Tips and Tricks for Better Collage Art Composition
With collage and mixed media artworks there is often a tendency to want to include all the wonderful elements that have been gathered, so learning to recognize which elements are essential to include and which are extraneous is the one of the major keys to creating professional looking compositions whether in collage or other types of artwork.
Monday, September 13, 2010
For those on our mailing list, Mixed Media Art Technique Sheet 06 will be out this week. If you haven't signed up yet, what are you waiting for!?! It's free and you will have inspiration delivered directly to your Inbox.Come and visit Mixed Media Art to sign up...
Friday, September 10, 2010
Artist Trading Card Ideas for Miniature Collectible Artwork
Artist trading cards (ATCs) are small, original pieces of art that are traded from one person to the next. If you would like to start making your own artist trading cards, or you need some inspiration for you next batch, here are some artist trading card ideas to get your creative juices pumping.
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
Mixed Media Art is very excited to announce that Nina Bagley is heading to New Zealand and Australia to teach at the Glenorchy Art Retreat. It will be held over 4 days in July 2011.
Spend four glorious days in beautiful Glenorchy, in the South Island of New Zealand, or in lovely Dwellingup, Perth, Australia, learning a wide variety of different “framing” techniques to create shallow shadowboxes on vintage book covers from such everyday items as dowel rods, box tops, matchboxes, and mica.
For all the details, see the Glenorchy Art Retreat website.Happy creating!
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
Friday, August 27, 2010
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Monday, August 23, 2010
Michelle from the Mixed Media Art team has found the cutest vintage haberdashery store in Melbourne, Australia.L'uccello is located at The Nicholas Building (37 Swanston Street) in Melbourne's CBD. It is open on Thursday & Friday 10 - 6 and Saturday 10 - 4.For more information, see the l'uccello blog.Happy Creating!
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Incorporating image transfers into your mixed media art is a brilliant way to blend images with the background, creating wonderful effects - some expected and some not expected!Cyndi has written an article for us, all about Getting Started with Image Transfers, and has offered us 7 different methods to try. Happy Creating,
Michelle and the Mixed Media Art team
Monday, August 16, 2010
Friday, July 9, 2010
Hello fellow crafters and mixed media artists....
Are you a little lost and looking for that extra boost of inspiration and creativity?
Well, over at Mixed Media Art, we have a special offer for you (but only for this weekend!?!)
Sign up to our newsletter and received your F*R*E*E copy of Artella Mae's Altered Ancestors.
We are actually celebrating 1,000 "likes" at our Facebook Page, where we share going's on at MMA and add links to other inspirational crafting websites.
Sign up for F*R*E*E ebook
Check out our Facebook page
Whichever you choose, I hope it leads to that inspiration you are looking for!
Michelle and the Mixed Media Art team
Thursday, June 10, 2010
Saturday, May 29, 2010
The Mixed Media Arts team regularly compiles technique sheets on a variety of mixed media techniques. These are also come with a freebie, which is often a background sheet or image made using the technique. You can print it out and use it as a starting point for your own mixed media art creation.
To have these technique sheets delivered conveniently to your Inbox, come and join our mailing list.
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
There are times when we feel like we just can't create - whether it is that we don't have enough time, don't have the skills that we want or that we don't have the paints or paper or latest gadgets. Over at Mixed Media Arts we are doing our best to dispel those "I can't do it" myths of creativity.
Thursday, April 29, 2010
Michelle from Craft Business Online (not to be confused with our Michelle at Mixed Media Arts) has put together a 4-week "online craft business" video training and implementation program. The program outlines how to do your research, creating the website, getting traffic to your website and "everything else you need to know" over four modules.
The above link outlines all you need to know. The price for the 4-week course is $247 (USD) and they are also offering a payment plan. There are lots of bonuses included, so check out the site for full details.
Michelle herself started out with the Creative Quilting and Quilting Weekly websites, which she still runs, so she knows a thing or two about selling crafts online. She is also a mother of 5 children!!! And she's really nice ~ I met her earlier this year.
I hope this is food for thought for those of you who have toyed with the idea of expanding your crafting and creating activities.
Michelle and the Mixed Media Art team
Sunday, April 25, 2010
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Saturday, April 10, 2010
Monday, March 22, 2010
Sunday, March 14, 2010
Thursday, March 11, 2010
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
Monday, March 8, 2010
This is the book for you!Full of instructions, photos and stories of how other artistic mothers fit it all in, this book will be a companion for years to come! Read more here
Friday, March 5, 2010
So what can you expect?
As well as regular e-mails, containing all sorts of inspiring articles about Mixed Media Art and fantastic mixed media techniques, there will be exclusive freebies, give aways and a chance to join the team as a guest artist!
So come and join in the fun and…..
Friday, February 5, 2010
Why use digital images?
Digital images offer convenient storage as compared to pages and pages of pre-printed images, photos and postcards, and allows the storage of many images in a lot less space. By having these pictures on file, we can resize and print them as needed. This will ensure they are always just the right size for the project you are working on.
When purchasing digital images, often you can download them straight away so you don't have to wait for the postman to arrive; the pictures are there, ready to be printed out and used almost instantly. Digital images can also be cheaper than purchasing preprinted images. Having your own coloured printer is the easiest way to print these images but selecting the ones you want and going down to your local coloured printing store can still be a convenient and cost effective way to create hard copies of these pictures.
Using digital copies of treasured family photos and historically significant documents is a way of using these pieces in your artwork without altering the originals. There are for's and against's for using original photos and documents in your artwork; we'll leave that conversation for another time.
Where to find digital images?
With thanks to the Internet, there are vast resources out there on the world wide web. Some of these images are offered for free; some sites would like you to add your own image to contribute to the pool of images, others are happy to be able to share what they have with the wider mixed media art community, others simply would like you to acknowledgment where you found the image, to advertise their site to others.
The world of blogging has also given the average person a chance to have their own space on the www. Not only are these great places to see others artwork, meet new people and participate in fantastic challenges, some bloggers post their personal images to share with their visitors.
For the connoisseur of digital images, you can also purchase the digital pictures, either to download directly from the internet, or to be posted to you, on compact disks. These are often laid out on a standard size of paper which makes the printing of your images much easier. Individual images are readily imported into your favourite software package, allowing you to resize or digital alter the images before printing.
Mixed Media Art Resources page lists some places you can visit to add to your digital image collection.
How to use digital images
Printing these digital images allows them to be used in collages and other mixed media artwork as you would any other picture. More details on how to download and import images will be included in the next article.
Things to know about Digital Images
The size of a digital image will make a huge difference as to what it will look like what it is printed out. As a rule of thumb, any images less than 100kb aren't worth messing around with, unless you are looking to print them really small (for an ATC, moo card or inchies, for example). Sticking with larger images will allow you greater freedom to resize them and still get a good quality image when printed.
What about Digital Art?
Digital art is a fairly new addition to the Mixed Media Art community. It is gaining popularity very quickly; amazing pieces of artwork can be make with these techniques and you are only limited by your imagination and ability to manipulate the software. Some digital images are trimmed especially to be incorporated into digital art; they will have the border cut to the outline of the image, so you don't need to worry about the background of the image.
Digital images are an important part of many mixed media artworks, helping us to tell the story and express the emotion we are want to convey in our piece. The pictures available to us in this format opens up all sorts of possibilities. So have a poke around the internet and...
Come visit us at Mixed Media Art for project ideas.