Paper is such an incredibly underrated artistic medium.
With its pleasing aesthetic and focus on imagery, Pinterest is the perfect place to find creative inspiration! This popular social media platform has become more than just a place to collect—and swoon over—pretty pictures; it is a dynamic and interactive creative tool for artists, designers, illustrators, crafters, DIYers, hobbyists, and individuals who simply love beautiful things.
In yesterday's post we talked about upcycling your mail into new artwork that you can enjoy yourself or send on as artistic new mail for friends. Today it's all about upcycling packages and even packaging from your kitchen. Cardboard from packages, cereal boxes, beverage boxes...any boxes can be used and each style/brand/logo adds its own character to your art.
"There is no right or wrong way to create mixed media art. It is a 'zero-experience-needed' art form that colorful souls thrive upon. There are no limits, no rules. There is no right or wrong way to explore." ~ Jennifer McCully, graphic artist
Two basic substances you might use to prepare a surface are: sizing and primer (or ground). The world of surface preparation is vast, and you'll find that product names and ingredients vary between manufacturers.
I love mail. Snail mail, that is. Real life, papery goodness, stamped, signed, sealed, delivered—MAIL. I love to send it, and I love to receive it. Upcycling is a great way to reuse mail and make your own art or make artistic mailers that your friends and loved ones will "oooh" and "ahhh" over when they open their mailbox. And with these tricks from 101 Mixed Media Techniques, even junk mail will be fun to receive.
If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you choose? An exotic beach vacation? A mountaintop hiking adventure? A weekend with your favorite people at an old hangout?
"Art journaling is about layering materials and adding color inside a sketchbook or journal to create a meaningful, personal series of art. The intention behind the pages and the addition of written journaling sets this apart from a traditional sketchbook." ~Samantha Kira Harding
One of my favorite things to study on a painting is the detail of the brushstrokes. I'm fascinated by how a painter layers the details onto an image, the variance in the strokes and thickness of the paint. When I saw this technique for adding an impasto texture to a printed photograph, I knew I had to try it just to see how it looked. This DIY project is featured in the book 101 Mixed Media Techniques: Master the Fundamental Concepts of Mixed Media Art.
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