Mixed Media Art Found Objects

You can never have too much stuff in your collection, ready and at hand for your next Mixed Media Art project. But you don’t need to purchase special, shop made embellishments. I am always on the lookout for odd pieces of paper, sticks, colourful feathers, rusty pieces of metal and bottle caps that have been run over. All of these items can be used to add detail into your artwork.

My obsession with collecting found objects began after starting down the mixed media path. In my blogging travels, I found fantastic artwork with old keys and bottle caps. I was drawn into the beauty of adding antique objects into artwork; taking an everyday item and creating a story in the piece of mixed media art. I am now embarrassed to admit that I have even bought these items from craft stores which had been repackaged and sold to unsuspecting artists.

After several purchases I realised that some of this stuff was things I could find around my own house or in my Grandma’s bottom drawer. I didn’t need to buy repackaged items from a craft store when I could find these items around me. I needed to put my “art stuff” glasses on.  Once I had changed my mindset, it was amazing at the things I could find around me that can be used in my art.

On a recent foray into country Victoria, we were walking around the local lake and found an area that must have been an old dump. While many of the pieces were broken, there were a few pieces worth saving. I’m not quite convinced I have found any antique pieces but they will clean up nicely.

As you expand your creativity in the Mixed Media Art field, make sure you are wearing your “found object” glasses when you are out on a walk, tidying up an old drawer or slinking through an antique shop. You never know what you may find. And you will be surprised when that bolt of inspiration hits while you are creating  and you remember those found objects you have hidden away.

Happy Creating!


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  3. Jeanne Wolf says:

    Jenny, Thanks for sharing this, it is inspirational. You are so right about the great FOUND OBJECTS being all around us. All we need to do is look.

    I am one of the people who cannot part with anything…even things I find which have nothing to do with my family, my life, etc. So I have an old arch in my garden made from found things, and on it there are broken bird houses, silver(?)coffee pot, Mexican rusted lamp, fake flowers in baskets, a chandelier (I stuck solar lights into and they glow at night) broken pottery… etc.. with vines growing all over them.

  4. Jane Blogs says:

    Found objects are fab – I love beachcombing when we’re on holidays, and I always save the wrappers from easter eggs!

  5. Marlene says:

    I love finding objects. Just the other day I found an old rusty drawer pull in the yard, I can’t wait to create with it.

  6. Alanna Campbell says:

    I also an avid collector of “stuff” old and new. Anything goes as some of my friends once found out. I had found a dead dragonfly and was memorized by its wings. So I very carefully cut them off the dead bug, clear coated them to help stabilize them, attached them to a stamped image of a fairy, and made a card!! Turned out beautiful!!

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