I think the big boom in stencils, masks and sprays has helped generate pages that use more mediums, like gesso, paint, molding/modeling paste and so on. This has also led to an escalating interest in Art Journals, a freestyle expression of creativity and playfulness using mixed media.
Just Google Art Journals and mixed media and you'll discover an exciting artistic world! A friend of mine, Limor Webber, creates wonderful art journal pages and mixed media scrapbook layouts on YouTube and also has a Facebook Mixed Media group, where everyone shares their projects.
Another amazing art journaling phenom is Christy Riopel, who designs for Canadian Scrapbooker magazine. Click HERE to visit her blog and see an awesome video of her artistic creations.
In the summer issue of Canadian Scrapbooker, Karen Ellis has a fantastic article on how to make your own art journals. Here is a sample of her work on the magazine's blog post last month for "Tuesday with the Team", and you can click HERE to visit Karen's website and see the art journal tutorial.
Lots of inspiration online!
I thought I'd share one of my recent art journal pages....basically using just a bunch of "stuff" that was on my desk at the time...
|The sun is a collage of tissue wrap strips, then inked with different shades of yellow Distress Ink|
|Clearsnap Smooch is a great way to add some metallic colour....I coloured the text piece and hand with gold and dark teal.|
I wrote the title and text below with Faber-Castell Pitt pens....they are awesome India ink pens that write on pretty much everything!
|I picked up this package at Michaels that has a variety of nib sizes.|
My page in progress...
Keep in mind that playing with mixed media usually involves messy hands...
|I have a good set of brushes, but sometimes I'll use a cheap children's plastic brush.|
Click HERE to see the journal I purchased at a local art store, but I believe Michaels carries them: Strathmore Visual Art Mixed Media Journal
|The paper is 90 lb medium weight to handle the wet mediums you might use.|
What really excites me about mixed media is that I am adding a dimension of originality to my projects. The results are uniquely mine, and I experience a sense of artistic and creative freedom that is fulfilling and liberating!
Be Yourself...and start an Art Journal!