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Four Mixed Media Collages from Art Parts

These four mixed media collages began as demo pieces for my Art Parts class.  I finished them up over the weekend and I'm quite pleased with the group!

I'm often called prolific and one of the main reasons for that is because I work smarter, not harder.  Here are four tips for you to do the same:

  1. KNOW THYSELF.  You can't shortcut this one.  Make lots and lots of work and think about what you like and what you don't. Look at the work of people you admire and think about what you like and what you don't.  The better you know your art tastes, the easier it is to make decisions when you're in the midst of making art. 
  2. BATCH. Group like tasks together and do them all at the same time. For instance, if you need to paint backgrounds, paint them all at the same time.  I almost always work on multiple pieces at the same time.
  3. MAKE ART PARTS.  Art Parts are the things that make making finished pieces quick and easy: collage papers, layered embellishments, backgrounds, etc.
  4. MAKE BAD ART.  Lots and lots of bad art.  If you're very concerned about each piece you make being great, you'll spend way too long worrying about every decision.  Kick off your next art making session with the mantra: make bad art.  This will allow you to make decisions more quickly and without a lot of tension.

Do you have any tips to add?  I'd love to know!