Friday, May 16, 2014

Mixed Media Mediums

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What is Mixed Media anyway?  Here is a simple definition from Wikipedia:

"Mixed media, in visual art, refers to an artwork in the making of which more than one medium has been employed."

Pretty simple but then you may ask what is Medium? Again from Wikipedia:

"In the arts, a medium is a material used by an artist or designer to create a work."

Here is yet another definition which I love from Interweave Store

"What is mixed media? The simple answer is that mixed-media art happens when an artist uses more than one medium in a piece of art. Paper with paint, encaustic paint with fiber, paper and stitch—the list goes on. In fact, mixed-media art techniques are only limited to the artist's imagination and supplies. 

To most mixed-media artists, more is more. They like to create textured backgrounds with lots of depth, layering paint, pastels, gel medium, and paper, adding focal points with images, found objects, and more."

Basically in my opinion there are no real rules and definitions.  The basic one is that it's MIXED so using more than just a piece of paper.  I suppose one might argue that a card stamped with ink is mixed media because you used ink and paper.  But I think mixed media is a few mediums and texture.  To me the texture is what makes something a mixed media piece, again just off the top of my head and my opinion. 

What do you think Mixed Media is?  How do you interpret it?  Leave us a comment below we'd love to hear what you think.

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