One of the beautiful benefits of encaustic art
is how the layers of wax can entrap collage elements. And one of the
ways you can add layers to an encaustic collage is with transfers.
Last year, I saw a project on Pinterest that showed how to upcycle a toilet paper tube as a container. The open sides of the tube easily fold in to contain whatever's inside, and you can decorate the outside of the roll any number of ways.
There is something about conjuring up a cozy cottage or tall townhouse out of imagination and mixed-media art supplies that just appeals, apparently. The response to my post about handmade mixed-media art houses has been phenomenal--I guess you're about as obsessed as I am!
Thanks to my mom and uncle who were both camera hounds, I have many, many old family photos. In the past I've scanned or copied them to create cards, garlands, ornaments, and so on for family members.
If you read this blog regularly, you know that I consider gesso something of a miracle medium. Most of my collage projects involve gesso somewhere along the process to prime a substrate, create texture, or add a bright white accent.
The other day I was flattening an empty pasta box for the recycling bin when I thought, "Gee, that little oval window must be good for something."
Learning about art supplies and techniques is like knowing a variety of languages-you can go farther and converse more eloquently. So it pays to know the fine art and mixed-media supplies available to you, how they can be used, and how they interact.
Whenever I'm stuck for a design element, I choose a circle. Circles are
friendly, organic, and easy to make. You can make them perfect or wonky,
dress them up and dress them down.
In our updated eBook How to Make a Collage: 4 Free Mixed-Media Collage Techniques, you'll discover four different approaches to collage from expert mixed-media artists.
Decorating for Halloween can go many different ways. You can take the
scary route, the natural route, the Gothic route, and so on. I prefer
the folk arty route: cute, vintage, artsy.
Last week, we held a free web seminar with three mixed-media jewelry artists from the ICE Resin design team, Mixed-Media Jewelry with the Stars. The live event was extremely popular; if you missed it, the recording is on the Cloth Paper Scissors community under Free Resources/Online Seminars.
When you have an antique home like I do, decorating for Halloween is just about mandatory. The fact that mine is painted gray, black, and white--and that the house number is 31--pretty much seals the deal.
Custom rubber stamps
are fun and easy to make. There are many ways to make your
own stamp--rubber and otherwise--but in my opinion, rubber stamp carving
gives you the most opportunity to create a detailed custom stamp.
Thinking back over the projects I've enjoyed most so far this year, one of my favorites has to be Jenny Cochran Lee's technique for creating textured art papers to use in collage, mixed media, and creative paper crafts.
In our latest eBook, Using Mixed-Media Supplies: Free Guide to Alcohol Ink, Gel Medium and Other Supplies for Mixed-Media Art, expert artists show you how to get great results with some of the most popular materials.