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
- ACRYLIC PAINT
teal, green gold, nickel azo, diarylide yellow, quinacridone magenta, fluid white
6x6 pickle weed & 6x6 travel note
- MAKE UP WEDGES
- HEAT TOOL
- GLUE STICK
- MUSLIN CLOTH
- METAL NAIL FILE
flat, angled, & chip
- WATER SOLUBLE MARKER
- CHINA MARKERS
- WHITE PEN