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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The Multitasking Mixed Media 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.

Flea markets and teaching add elements to this 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.

Flea markets and teaching add elements to this 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.

Flea markets and teaching add elements to this 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
http://annmakes.blogspot.com
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Mixed Media Artist Christine Marshal

Christine Marshal was born in England and now resides in Boston, and is a self-taught artist. Here she is to tell us a bit about herself – take it away Christine 

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I am a self-taught, abstract artist, originally from Manchester, England but been living in Boston, Massachusetts for almost 11 years working with teenage youth with learning disabilities/mental health problems. Qualified as a Reflexologist in 1999 (no I don’t have a foot fetish, but I do believe in holistic therapies:) Also enjoy black & white photography and I’m a crazy “MANCHESTER UNITED” fan. My friends call me Rooney’s Girl :p

Butterfly three mini mixed media collages

I started painting in Jan 2013 when I couldn’t find a wall art that I liked for a big wall space at home….I thought, “I bet I could do one myself”! I practiced on small canvas and discovered a talent I didn’t realize I had and I absolutely love, love, love it now !!!!.  I’m constantly thinking about my next projects and it’s keeping me awake at night. agghhh. My friends nicknamed me Picastrokes (hee hee)

Although a perfectionist, art has given me the freedom to embrace and enjoy my mistakes in a fun and exciting way. I’ve always loved texture and shimmering objects so you will see these in lots of my artwork. I especially revel in metallics, gel mediums & embellishments that add structure and interest. Many of my favorites include:-

  • Jewelry
  • Mica
  • Beads
  • Metal
  • Wood
  • Words/Lettering
  • Thick gel mediums
  • Glass beads
  • Broken ceramics
  • Steampunk
  • Candle wax
  • Sequins
  • Driftwood
  • Glitter
  • Buttons

I never ever plan what I am going to make. I just like to experiment and see where it takes me. I have a large selection of paints, embellishments and found objects surrounding me ready to throw in the mix… I like to call my work “creative accidents”

three mini canvas in greys

This year (without any experience or help) – I created my first online gallery shop on Etsy, called “Key2MyArt” as well  as  creating a Facebook page “Key2myart – Christine Marshall“.  Please feel free to post your pictures of YOUR art on my page…Would love to help independent artists share and sell their work!

I was also very happy to sell numerous mixed media art at my first ever arts and craft show at ASSEMBLED in Somerville, MA. (with no experience in this field at all). This is all very new to me, as is learning about all the different art techniques available. I’m so eager to dabble in everything, but right now I’m hooked on mixed media and can’t absorb myself enough in all the beautiful art that I’ve viewed on so many websites recently. There are so many unique artists out there. I’d love to own a large castle to display all of YOUR work!!!  I hope you enjoy my art as much as I enjoyed creating them for YOU !!

Butterfly three mini mixed media collages

The Butterfly Effect-  Used acrylic and metallic paints with gel mediums on deep gallery wrapped canvas and threw in some glitter and tiny beads to add sparkle & more texture. Finished with 3d gold foil adhesive butterflies.

three mini canvas in greys

Gimme Some Lovin’ -  Acrylics on deep canvas. Ink stamped with love and face motifs. Adhered 2x glass beads and silver sequins to add a little bit of glitz.

mixed media canvas collage

Tealing Earth – This canvas art is painted in a teal and metallic bronze acrylics. I then carefully glued the following embellishments to the canvas:-

  • TURQUOISE and JADE STONES from a broken necklace,
  • OLIVE GREEN RIBBON
  • METALLIC OLIVE painted PEARLS
  • GOLD GLITTER PAINT
  • TEAL SEQUINS
  • FRAYED YARN
  • BURLAP
  • PENCIL WOOD SHAVINGS .. Yep I will use anything and everything in my art work if I think it will work :)

mixed media canvas collage with beadsMr Blue & Mrs Bronze-  -  Coated the canvas in turquoise blue acrylics and once dry added a copper metallic paint with a few dabs of titanium white. I then adhered buttons, tiny beads, sequins, broken ceramic, broken jewelery, blue glass, tiny square mirrors and copper colored foil from a chocolate wrapper.

3D mixed media canvas painting

Birds In Chaos – I wanted to create a modern crazy, mish-mash of shimmering embellishments with a mixed media 3D  effect that would capture the viewers eye and pique their imagination with this shiny collection. I like to view this art as an exciting waterfall of objects that blend together perfectly and looks stunning when natural light captures it.  I first covered the canvas in a very thin layer of gel medium and then dropped handfuls of embellishments upon it. Some objects need to be adhered securely with glue. When dry I dabbed a little black with metallic gold and copper acrylics to add more color, then drizzled some fluid paint across the whole project. Finished with a gloss sealant to add more shine and protection. Look closely to find all the embellishments. Can you find the birdies?? :)

    • Gallery canvas = 16x20x3/4
    • beads, buttons, metal and mirrors
    • shimmering mica
    • Metallic acrylic paints
    • gleaming broken jewelery
    • two purple ceramic birds
    • gold and red foil
    • sequins
    • stones
    • pearls

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Mixed Media Art Ephemera Kits

The Mixed Media Arts team are excited to announce we have ephemera kits for sale on Etsy! Each kit contains a heap of items, including 7 different text sheets, fibres and an array of embellishments – all perfect for creating a huge array of mixed media art or adding to your mixed-media collection.

This mixed media canvas (5″x7″) was made by Michelle, using items from the ephemera kit – and there are still lots of pieces left for another project. Detailed instruction on making this canvas are available here: Mixed Media Canvas.

So come and have a look at our Esty store

Happy Creating!

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