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 month 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 PAINTED WHITE PAGE IN MY RECYCLED JOURNAL
I like to start with something on the page. This helps tremendously when creating, but it doesn't always help me stretch and grow. Today the blank page forced me to get creative quickly.
I USED ONE BRUSH WITH SEVERAL PAINT COLORS
Using one dry paintbrush with several complimentary colors is one of my favorite ways to apply paint quickly. I love the painterly affect and how the colors blend and surprise during the process.
I LIKE TO ADD WATER OFF AND ON DURING THE PROCESS
It was a little hard to see in this video, but I sprayed a fine mist of water over the yellow acrylic ink after I dripped it onto the page. This requires a longer drying time, so be sure to work around the wet ink or stop the timer and let the ink dry before moving on.
I AM NOT AFRAID TO COVER THINGS UP
You will see this over and over again in my work each week. I don't always love my choice but it really forces me work through the layers and find something that I am happy with again.
I LIKE TO EXPERIMENT WITH DIFFERENT TOOLS
Today I tried a new rose copper metallic paint. I rarely use glittery type paints and mediums but this was a pretty sheer color. Today I wound up blending it in with some pale blue acrylic but will definitely use it again in the future.
I LIKE TO CHEAT THE TIMER A LITTLE BIT
By this I just mean that if I have an idea swirling in my head when the timer dings I keep going with it. Today I added that little doodled stem of leaves after the alarm sounded. The ticking clock is just to get me creative, and by no means binding when it comes starting and stopping. If I use a clock I don't have time to overthink things, so when it stops if I am in a groove I am free to keep going, but if I am struggling I can walk away without the fear of failure. That is the beauty of this exercise.
• 4x4 LET YOURSELF BLOOM STENCIL
• MAKE UP WEDGE
• HEAT TOOL
• GLUE STICK
• PAINTBRUSHES - flat, angled, & chip
• CHINA MARKERS
• WHITE PEN
• BALLPOINT PEN
• PAINT PALETTE
• ACRYLIC INK
• ALCOHOL INK
• ACRYLIC PAINT COLORS - teal, nickel azo, diarylide yellow, quinacridone magenta, titanium, greek tile, party streamer, rose copper, summer haze