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.
Earlier this year I began sharing the 2017 15 Minutes of Mixed Media™ project. I will be adding all of this years videos to the archive as well, so remember if you miss any you just have to look for the 15 Minutes of Mixed Media™ button on the left sidebar. If you are new here and are looking for all the details on the FREE 15 Minutes of Mixed Media™ project just click on the button below to read more and find out what it is all about.
- I BEGAN WITH A MONO PRINTED PAGE IN MY RECYCLED JOURNAL
Starting with a bit of color always makes the process flow more smoothly for me. I like to use mono printed pages because they offer me big blocks of random color and just enough organic detail to give me a springboard for creating.
I LIKE TO USE TOOLS IN AN UNORTHODOX WAY SOMETIMES
Don't limit yourself to using your tools solely for what they were intended for. I can't stress enough how often I pick up a tool and use it in a non-traditional or unorthodox way. I grabbed a decorative brayer today and loaded it with a fluid paint from my palette then used it to create very loose and watery like prints on the page.
I LIKE TO SUBTRACT JUST AS MUCH AS I LIKE TO ADD TO THE PAGE
So putting color down is one of my favorite things to do, but with the clock ticking I find myself adding paint and ink quickly. For this reason I will sometimes put down too much color or end up mixing colors that just don't work for me. For this reason I always keep a mop cloth handy and quickly pull up the color as I lay it down. This also helps speed up the drying time as I create alongside of a timer.
I LIKE TO USE LOTS OF COLLAGE PAPER
Sometimes collage paper, while awesome for getting lots of marks and pattern down quickly, can be difficult to add in quantity when you are creating with the timer running. Drying time is a big factor when collaging. To help with this process I like to use lots of deli and tissue paper collage pieces. They require little adhesive and blend almost seamlessly with the background.
I OFTEN USE THE SAME THREE MARK MAKERS
When I am creating without the constraint of a timed daily exercise it is much easier to peruse my tool box and choose from a wide variety of mark makers. With the clock ticking I typically stick to the same handful of go-to pens and pencils. My top three? China Markers, White Gel Pen and a #2 Pencils (look for my favorites in the supply list below)
• 4x4 PICKLEWEED STENCIL
• MAKE UP WEDGE
• HEAT TOOL
• PAINTBRUSHES - flat, angled
• CHINA MARKERS
• WHITE PEN
• BALLPOINT PEN
• PAINT PALETTE
• TISSUE PAPER
• DECORATIVE BRAYER
• GEL MEDIUM
• METALLIC MARKERS
• MUSLIN CLOTH
• ACRYLIC PAINT COLORS - teal, diarylide yellow, quinacridone magenta, titanium, green gold, ultramarine, reflex rose.