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.
The Color Mix
Alright, I'll say it: I love color. There are so many incredible colors in the world, and I'm intrigued to see how different combinations work together and evoke myriad moods—whether in art, fashion, decor, or nature.
"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
Valentine's Day is a great excuse to get in touch with all those lovey, happy, thankful feelings we have for the sweet people in our lives. It's also a great excuse for painting valentine hearts. I've been feeling inspired by Flora Bowley's incredible book Brave, Intuitive Painting, and I decided to go brave and bold with my valentine hearts this year.
I don't really like being told what to do, and I've always had a hard time following directions to the letter. On the satisfactory sliding scale of elementary school, my only "S" was in the category of "controls talking." I pretty much bring that mentality to my art as well.
The Color Mix
Red is a powerful color with symbolic meaning that goes back through all of history. And during American Heart Month (building awareness for heart disease) and on Valentine's Day, it seems like the perfect color to hightlight in The Color Mix. But we're not talking about just any red—we're talking about bold and beautiful Crimson.
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.
Florals offer such a great variety of colors, textures, and silhouettes. Orchids are a favorite here at the Walter Foster office, and these vibrant purple blooms are sure to brighten up any still life.
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