Studio Visit #11: Art Parts Embellishments for Mixed Media Collage
June 2023 Membership Highlights

Studio Visit #12: Paying Attention to the Details

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I worked on five new mixed media collages this week.  And in this week's studio visit, I'm talking about the details.

Here are some practical techniques and tips to infuse your artwork with mesmerizing details and captivating mark making:

  • Layering: I love to layer pattern on texture.  Experiment with transparent layers, such as glazes.  The fun of layering is that it's a process of discovery. You can keep adding and subtracting elements, playing with composition and balance until you achieve the desired effect. It's like creating a visual symphony, where each layer adds a new note, creating a harmonious whole.
  • Contrasting Elements: Play with the interplay of contrasting elements, such as rough and smooth textures, bold and delicate marks, or straight and curved lines, to add visual interest and balance.  
  • Tool Exploration: Step outside your comfort zone and explore a diverse range of tools and mediums. Brushes, palette knives, sponges, or even unconventional items like toothbrushes or credit cards can all leave distinctive marks.  Varying your tools is another way to create contrasting elements!

And here's a closer look at these five pieces (they're all in my shop if you want to grab one or two for your wall):

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I hope you enjoyed this peek at all of the details!

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Thanks for stopping by!

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