Are you a Multitasking Artist?

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This article was written by Ann Strecko Koeman

As a multi tasking mixed media artist I find the need to use multiple sources to market my work and to earn an income. I make different kinds of crafts and art which I try to sell through word of mouth, my ETSY store, and in my booth at a local flea market. I also teach various art making techniques in a local scrapbook store. Now when I teach I have another customer base to which I can advertise about my wares in my stores. When I am in my booth I advertise that I teach as well. In addition to the paid work I write, run a blog, and do Design work for other blogs. All of these are more ways to market myself.

Multitasking Mixed Media Artist

Operating a small business such as my craft booth at a local indoor flea market is different from my other selling experiences and I am learning about the pros and cons as I go. I am going to focus on the positives right now which are many. The market is another place for me to advertise what I am capable of making. There I can bring my new ideas the good ones and the not so good. I can learn what people like and don’t. I do get more of a learning experience than I make money most of the time, but that is valuable too.The other things I do is sell supplies that I have either grown tired of or have too many of. Now this also allows me to buy more supplies at wholesale prices which in turn makes me save some money on my own art making.

My booth also allows me to make new contacts and gather some interesting material for writing a book one day! The other benefit of operating with in a flea market is that I can shop for some great stuff myself, and usually at a very good price. The other vendors know about me and sometimes bring me used or new supplies they come across in their own treasure hunting. I also get customers who ask if I will do custom work, repairs, or teach . These are all great opportunities and definitely keep things interesting.

Multitasking Mixed Media Artist

Teaching is another opportunity that I overlooked for too long. Now I have learned about the opportunity for more exposure and also gained new knowledge. Besides earning an income from teaching and advertising my work, being part of a store’s creative team has given me access to new materials and a very much appreciated discount whenever I teach. Through this experience I meet new people which leads to other possibilities for teaching and selling.

Multitasking Mixed Media Artist

In addition to the paid work I gain a lot of exposure from participating in social media. I run my own blog ~ Ann Makes, I write and design for other blogs as well as Mixed Media Art. Sometimes this enables me to not only gain valuable experience and make new contacts but free products and discounts to use for more art making.

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Ann Strecko Koeman is a Mixed Media Artist living and working near Ottawa, Ontario Canada. She is a wife and the mother of two teenage boys. She loves to work with lots of medias from paints to fabrics, papers to metals, used to new, and everything else! Her blog is Annmakes and can be seen at annmakes.blogspot.com

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How to Make a Mixed Media Birdhouse

This article is written by Shari Welch

Have you noticed the decoration of your own birdhouses at your local craft store? Are you tired of just slapping paint on them? I will show you how you can make a unique, one of a kind birdhouse using mixed media materials.

I decided on creating a decorative indoor birdhouse.

Here are the materials I choose to use and how I incorporated them into my project.

I wanted to try something new with my washi tape.

It worked perfect for the outside.

Shari Welch Mixed Media Birdhouse

I cut out a series of scalloped shaped strips for the roof, a flower for the opening, and a banner using burlap paper.

Shari Welch Mixed Media Birdhouse

I didn’t want it to just sit on a table. I purchased a wooden candlestick and a round disc of wood. I glued them together and then attached them to the bottom of the house.

Shari Welch Mixed Media Birdhouse

I attached a wire to my roof, and then to a decoupaged wooden bird with E6000 glue.

Shari Welch Mixed Media Birdhouse

To finish, I added 2 types of buttons,small rick rack, shaded the flower and roof-line with Memento Dew Drop Dye Ink Pads and markers.

Now I have a decorative piece for my small table!

Shari Welch Mixed Media Birdhouse

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Author bio:

Shari Welch is a mixed media artist living in Denton Texas. She is known for using reuse and recycle materials in her artwork. She volunteers for SCRAP Denton where she is on the education committee, teaches workshops, and performs art demos. She is passionate about mixed media art and loves helping bring creativity into the lives of others.

You can follow Shari and her mixed media art at www.facebook.com/my.altered.life
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Intuitive Art Listening

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This article is written by Honorata

I would like to tell you the story of the creative magic that happens to me every time I let my inner voice to talk to me through the creative process.

Honorata creates wonderful mixed media art journals

We all love to create- don’t we? But thinking a little bit more about how we create brings one simple questions- is it us, creators making what we plan in our mind or is it actually art talking to us through the process of creation? As I started my innocent journey into art I have realised that the more we trust our intuition we actually can get answers from the art making process.

Honorata creates wonderful mixed media art journals

My favourite medium is a mixed media art journaling where I never really plan exactly what is going to be on that page. I have the feel, general vision and may have an urge to use certain colours but the final results is always unknown and very much unexpected. I trust the process and let it lead me. I strongly believe that art is giving us answers if we let ourselves to be guided.

Honorata creates wonderful mixed media art journals

After putting the background by using variety of mediums like acrylic paints, ink sprays and watercolours I wait and by looking at the background see if there are any hints what to do next. Is there a shape formed from a random paint application, any interesting ink stains? If I feel like painting is the answer I go this route but if something is telling me the collage would be good I start flicking through the magazines. Some people would have the cut outs ready and categorised but I just simply browse my collection of old magazines and see what images are appealing to me. Next step is to alter the imagines so I would colour them, add paper hats, change the outfits, and add freckles or even moustaches! This is the stage when breaking any conventional rules is such fun….

Honorata creates wonderful mixed media art journals

Once all images are completed and I liked the final collage I would see what meaning it has. Was there the message for me? Then something may pop in my head and a quote or sentence giving full interpretation appears. Sometimes I would browse books and magazines for some text or titles to give me a clue. This is how page “Find your soul” was created-the leftover cut out formed something like an empty person so that was a symbol of soul being lost. Another page “We live and breathe words” was simply an answer to may search for a quiet time without speech clutter.

Honorata creates wonderful mixed media art journals

This is how I developed my art journaling when started and was still too afraid to go into painting area. I would just start with random collages and enjoyed it more and more. Sometimes I would open my journal without any plan but the final creation would tell me more about myself that I could imagine. Journals would be telling me to be brave, to heal, accept and seek for my soul. Art is simply sometimes talking from our inner self…And what is your art whispering to you?

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Honorata – I am a mixed media artist based in the heart of England. I love to art journal, paint mixed media and collect random objects to create quirky assemblage frames. I am the creative releaser, art listener and convention shaker strongly believing that we can connect with our true selves through the creative journey.  I am planning to run on line workshops when my mixed media art process is shining and sharing that magic. You can find me on Facebook or visit my new website artlysing.com.

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Creating a Simple Mandala Design

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This article is written by Shari Welch

What does a mandala look like? A simple explanation of what a mandala looks like is that it kind of looks like a detailed, abstract flower.

On a spiritual level, mandalas are useful devices for centering yourself and getting in touch with your own inner reality. When you color a mandala, you can connect with your spiritual core. Mandalas have long been a part of spiritual practice for many cultures around the world, from Celtic to Tibetan.

Mandalas can be very detailed works of art. Today I am going to show you a way to create a mandala that looks more difficult than it really is. We will be using lines, dots, circles, and a few diamond shapes. You can create this in an hour or less.

Finished mandala piece

Lets get started

1.Start with a 4×4 canvas. I used a lid as a template to create the main circle.

canvas with plain circle

2.Paint around the outside of the circle black.To create the dots you can use the end of a paintbrush, an eraser, glass head pin, dowel, pencil lead, pencil end. You should experiment because each one will give you a different size of dot. Continue to add dots to fill your circle.

dots around inside edge

dots filling circle

3.Experiment using different shades of the same color family, complementary colors, etc. on top of the dots that are already on your canvas. You can add small dots around larger ones to define them. It’s really up to you.

dots on dots

4. Experiment with dashes, diamonds, curved and straight lines until you are happy with your piece.

Finished mandala piece

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I have been creating art for as long as I can remember. I studied graphic design in Portland,Oregon before moving to Denton, Texas and putting all my focus on mixed media art. In addition to being an article writer for mixed media art, I am on the Creative Paperclay Design team, The Robin’s Nest Design team and a blogger for DecoArt. I strongly believe in giving back. I volunteer at Scrap Denton Creative Reuse Center where I teach workshops, art camps, and perform art demos. I am very passionate about mixed media art and helping others discover their creativity.
You can follow more of my work on My Altered Life’s blog and My Altered Life on FB

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