Discovering Mixed Media Art

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Last Monday two mother/daughter groups and two ladies gathered at the local library for a morning of mixed media art with Jodene Shaw. I have participated in two of Jodene’s classes and changed hats this go around; I was host and assistant to Jodene.

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Jodene started the class out by sharing her story and how she got started making mixed media art. She moved on to giving foundational instruction about art supplies and materials. Participants made “cheat sheets” to see what different types of mediums are like and got a feel for gesso, decoupage, acrylic paint, ink and textures before starting their personal projects.

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Jodene shared two types of “quilt pattern” techniques. The girls decoupaged rough cut pieces of paper onto the blocks. Paper is a loose term as it includes, but is not limited to, old greeting cards, card stock, wrapping paper, tissue paper, book pages, musical pages, wallpaper/boarder samples, envelopes, and more. The next step was painting over the paper and wiping away excess paint with baby wipes. Damp paper towels are good too, just in case the baby wipe phase of your life has past.  Paint fills in spaces between paper pieces and adds color to the edges.

First time art class attendant Tommi Jo uses a“quilt pattern” technique for one of her block pieces.

First time art class attendant Tommi Jo uses a“quilt pattern” technique for one of her block pieces.

After the paint was dry inspirational thoughts, quotes, verses or words were added to the blocks.

Textures add another dimension to art and can be found everywhere. Cardboard tubes, corrugated cardboard, bubble wrap, netting (don’t toss those onion bags just yet) or wire mesh all have an individual look.

Marty and her daughter Kaycee, came from North Dakota to participate in the class.

Marty and her daughter Kaycee, came from North Dakota to participate in the class.

Ink can be used on the edges and corners of the block. Ink pads are good for coloring the edges. Alcohol ink is more liquid and uncontrollable adding a wispy dimension to the piece. Rubber stamps are a great way to add shapes and texture too.

Embellishments are a fun way to bring out individual personalities and add the finishing touch to a project. These additions are as unique as the artists themselves. Buttons, rocks, glitter, beads, lace, or ribbon, the options are endless.

Bekah, makes a quilt pattern block to put in her work office.

Bekah, makes a quilt pattern block to put in her work office.

One of the blocks was used to make a paint + crackle + words piece. The first decision the ladies made was to choose two colors of paint. Then they free hand painted a small to medium square in the middle of the block with color A. With color B they painted around the square of color A. The block edges were painted alternately with the chosen colors.

Jodene helps Brylee use black crackle paint on her block.

Jodene helps Brylee use black crackle paint on her block.

To make an antique look they rubbed the pieces with sandpaper and painted crackle over the square in the middle of the block.  A word or saying was decoupaged onto the block and embellishments added to complete the project.

Tissue paper was the base built upon for the third block. Worded tissue paper was decoupaged onto the block. Again, the ladies came up with creative pieces by layering paint, ink, quotes and adding embellishments.

June 18  Jodene encourages her class participants to be brave and have fun. It’s important for our youth to be encouraged to acknowledge their creativity. I also learned that it’s just as important for adults to take time out of the busyness of life and do something out of their comfort zone. They too need to share ideas and recognize the unique styles they have. The artistic results can be amazing!

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Thank You, Jodene, for creating an inspirational, learning environment and for sharing your artistic technique in our community. Also, thank you Stacy, our local Librarian, for allowing us to use the library for this class.

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6 Responses to Discovering Mixed Media Art

  1. lisa says:

    Love it!! So sad missed it…traveled to in indiana to see my son.

    • Robyn says:

      Lisa,
      I saw you were interested in the class. I think you would enjoy Jodi and her art. You will have to think about attending the South Dakota Women in Ag conference this fall.

      Hope you had a good trip to Indiana.

  2. Janet Birky says:

    Wow looks like fun! We are having rain, the flowers are really looking beautiful.

    • Robyn says:

      Aunt Janet,
      J and I spent all day moving cattle. One of my jobs is to watch the cattle pair back up while J picks up salt/mineral boxes and moves them. This makes for a great opportunity to photograph prairie flowers. There are so many pretty wild flowers on the prairie. The cactus are blooming! They usually don’t bloom until July. I also noticed that the purple cone flowers are just starting to bloom. Again, normally a July blooming flower.

      Makes for a beautiful “office” view.

  3. Buttons says:

    Oh what fun that would be to create such beautiful work. Hug B

    • Robyn says:

      Miss B.,
      It was a fun day. It was fun to watch “perfectionists” discover how creative they really are. It’s also fun to build friendships in a fun environment.

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