15 Minutes of Mixed Media™

15 Minutes of Mixed Media™ is an exercise in making time for art.
You can use the 15 minutes any way you choose
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*practice new techniques
* experiment with the color wheel
*perfect a favorite medium
*experiment with your tools

15 Minutes of Mixed Media™ has never been about beautiful finished pages. It has always been about just making time to sit down and create something.

I know you have been asking so here it is...I will begin sharing  15 Minutes of Mixed Media™ again this year. It is my best intention to share these twice a month, but I am asking for your patience ahead of time as I work through a new routine. There may be months where I do more and even months where LIFE gets in the way. With that said, let's get creating, but first a quick recap on what 15 Minutes of Mixed Media™ is all about. 

  • ONE 7-8 MINUTE VIDEO FEATURING ME CREATING IN MY ART JOURNAL
    I create a real time 15 minute video and edit it with a slight fast forward feature to 7-8 minutes

  • VIDEO IS UN-NARRATED BUT CLEARLY SHOWS WHAT I AM CREATING
    Lovely music accompanies each video 

  • IMAGES OF THE COMPLETED JOURNAL PAGE
    These images will include one or more details shot of the page

  • LINKS TO ALL SUPPLIES USED IN THE VIDEO
    If I can't link to a particular supply I will link to something similar

  • A FEW NOTES ABOUT WHAT I WAS THINKING AS I CREATED
    This is an exercise in just getting something down. It isn't always about creating a beautiful or finished page. I always share my thoughts for the week to help you relate to what I may or may not struggle with as a artist while working with the clock ticking

  • SOMETHING ELSE THAT I DO
    When I am creating these exercises I try to limit myself to the supplies that I can reach

  • I BEGAN WITH A COLORFUL MONO PRINT IN MY RECYCLED JOURNAL
    I like to start with something on the page. This helps the creative process flow more smoothly when I am working with the clock ticking. Even a little something on the page acts as a springboard for inspiration.

     
  • I LAYERED PARTS OF DIFFERENT STENCILS
    I don't always use the entire stencil when I am working. I like the interest that can come from using only a portion of the stencil. Stencils also help to begin layering lots of interest and color on the page.

  • I LIKE TO ADD WATER OFF AND ON DURING THE PROCESS
    When working with water soluble pens and pencils or even inks, I like to add the element of water. This helps to remove part of the sketch or mark and creates the illusion of buried images. I love how this makes them seem embedded in the page.

  • I AM NOT AFRAID TO COVER THINGS UP
    I took a long time getting to this point, but now it is one of the most freeing things I do when art journaling. It forces me to stretch my creative muscles and rebuild parts of a page over and over again. Do I ever wish I hadn't covered it up? You bet! But most often I love what comes next. It is a real lesson in experimentation.

  • I LIKE TO EXPERIMENT WITH DIFFERENT TOOLS
    These exercises are a great way for me to get out some of my less used tools and put them to work. Today I experimented with Gelatos®. These are a water soluble gel like crayon that will become permanent after curing. I mixed a little white paint in with mine to create an opaque paint like medium directly on the page. 

  • I LIKE TO ADD LOTS OF MARKS AND SCRIBBLES
    This is just me. I have to add lots and lots of marks and scribbles and journaling to my pages. I don't have a rhyme or reason for this process and 99% of the time I work quickly and without thought. I like the abstract and random nature that this technique lends to the finished piece. And even if it is just a simple word or two I think it is important to add some journaling, something that springs to mind during the creative process. 

* only use what you can reach
* pre-select ten tools & mediums before you begin
* practice with different mediums
* have someone choose your tools for you
* work with tools that are new to you
* use only recycled tools