My early Christmas present was a mixed media weekend organised through Sutherland Shire Art Society. http://shireart.com/
It's with Catherine Harry who is a contemporary mixed media artist. Check out her website..
It was fascinating and although I've worked with acrylics and mixed media before it was a while back. Freeing up from my normal fine pen work was an out of the comfort zone experience but I loved it.
We all started by preparing a canvas with moulding paste and leaving that to dry for the second day. Then we worked through a landscape with constant demo's of next steps from Cathy.
I would encourage anyone to try something new and experiment. You just never know what you will create....and you have heaps of fun too. A good lesson I learnt from the weekend was to get some mounts and hold it around you painting, it looks different again. I actually like part of each painting so if you're not entirely happy then block off parts and you may find a masterpiece within. I may cut the interesting sections out and frame just that bit.
I won't ramble on anymore, I'll just show you some stages of my paintings. Visuals are much more interesting.
|My finished landscape|
|A favourite section|
|Another interesting section|
|Another stage of demonstrating|
|The first layers of my cherry blossom inspired art|
|My inspiration and drawings|
|My finished piece|
|A section that I like|
|Another section of interest|
You could even scan or photograph sections, print them on textured paper and use them as a background for other paintings.