Mixed-Media Art Inspired by Autumn

When I see all the cool materials you can use to create amazing mixed-media art, I have one fear: becoming a hoarder. I want to save everything! But all of my supplies and ephemera actually have a purpose–at least, potentially. I have button drawer, a stash of yarn, and drawers full of paints, brushes, markers, colored pencils–well, you get the idea. It’s all in good fun!

It’s always exciting to see what others are creating, so I wanted to share with you a few of my favorite mixed-media art pieces from our community members who have posted their work in the Cloth Paper Scissors online gallery. The theme for today is autumn, as we say goodbye to summer. Also of note: Folks at the Interweave store are just as excited about fall, so they’re offering a 40% discount throughout the shop for today only!

Mixed media art by artfulcodger | ClothPaperScissors.com
Mixed-media art by community member artfulcodger

Community member artfulcodger created this “Neck Ring with Cool Dangles,” made from copper wire, leather enhanced with oil pastels, various beads, hardware, horsehair, fused glass, and hand-painted ribbon.

Mixed media art by Tammy Olson | ClothPaperScissors.com
Art by Tammy Olson

“Lots of my favorite things went into this piece,” says Tammy Olson, “including coffee, coffee filters, and tea bags–all recycled.”

Mixed media art by Cheryl Kruthaupt | ClothPaperScissors.com
Art by Cheryl Kruthaupt

“Puzzle-Pieced Autumn Medallion” is by Cheryl Kruthaupt, who tells us, “I’ve been using old jigsaw puzzles in my artwork for several years. I like to use various shapes and sizes of puzzles to give the finished piece a variety of textures. My latest technique is to make them into quilt blocks.

“First I put the puzzle together and paint the the picture side with two coats of gesso. Then I cover the back side with a coat of gel medium. When everything is dry, I colorwash the gesso side with colors that will work into a finished quilt block.When the colorwash is dry, I cover it with a clear glaze. Then I use an X-Acto knife to cut the puzzles into quilt shapes. (I might have to use four or five puzzles to get enough pieces to make the quilt block.) Then I piece them together to make a quilt block.

“I’ve loved puzzles all my life, and I believe that is a big reason why became attracted to quilting, Quilting is like creating a giant fabric puzzle.”

So many great ideas, and so much wonderful, creative art. I’ve been working on a mixed-media, Halloween-inspired art journal page myself, and I’ll be sharing it online soon. Until then, click here to get your 40% off in the Interweave store today (use promo code FALL40) and make something cool!

Happy fall, y’all,

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