The mixed media work I do is completely self-taught. My first piece was a pig. The head is a small fuse box with switches, when I looked at it I immediately thought a pig. This is how it usually works. The bunny I did started with the wine bottle opener, I saw only ears, it was later I found out its real use. So, I took the bunny ears and worked out the rest of the bunny as I went.
The biggest challenge for me with mixed media has been two-fold, making it last and keeping it together. The first things I did with natural materials like a palm spathe and leaves I painted with gesso and oil paint assuming this would be enough to preserve them. A few of those pieces have been retired as they did not last. I was making a lot of jewelry at that time and selling it at festivals. Resin jewelry hit the market at about that time. I saw a video on line of a woman who made jewelry with flowers and flower petals. She coated them with white glue and after it dried she painted them with resin. That was all I needed a whole new process evolved for me. Now I have resin coated leaves waiting to be turned into art.
Right now, I have a large piece of tree bark that I have prepared using this method and some leaves that remind me of butterflies. They are going to be combined into a work of art. (Looking ahead blog 9/18).
I have learned how to drill and bolt things together to make my pieces work. Not everything can or should be glued. I have a vision of the pieces I want to use but sometimes getting them to hold together can be problematic. It is all part of the joy of art.
See you soon.