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Techniques

As you are browsing through my galleries you may want a more detailed explanation on what each type of art involves. This page will give you a more in-depth idea of how my art is created. In general, if a piece says "Mixed Media" that just means that more than one media was used in its creation. Perhaps ink and watercolor, acrylic and charcoal, the list is endless. The bulk of my art falls in that category but there are additional details below. As always, I'm always happy to answer any questions you have about a particular style or piece of art!



MIXED MEDIA BATIK ON PAPER

I'll start with one of the most interesting processes, batik art on paper. these designs are hand drawn with permanent marker, colored with india ink, portions of the design are then covered in wax, watercolor and/or more ink is applied and the piece dried. Once dry additional wax is added to the entire surface, then cracked & contrasting paint/ink color is added which creates the lines and patterns on the surface. The piece is heated and ironed to remove the wax, leaving behind the patterns and brilliant colors in an almost translucent manner. A bit labor intense, and always full of surprises, you'll find art in this style across many categories of my work! Visit this blog post and you can see images of the steps to create this type of artwork.


MIXED MEDIA PAINTINGS

Some of my newer explorations, full of freedom, mark making and conversation. All pieces start with text, thoughts, prayers, lyrics randomly scribbled on the canvas/paper/wood. From that place I try to listen quietly until I get a feel for the initial colors. Once the painting, scraping and marking begins I try to not think at all! Often I get so lost in the process that, unless I stop to take progress pictures, I have no idea how I got from point A to point B. The freedom to create this way is so very satisfying!


MANDALA ART

I adore creating these little (and big) collections of lines, shapes, beauty and color, as well as sharing the technique with others. It is probably the most consistent art form that I create, returning to it time and time again. In addition to being a way to express creativity this technique is often used as therapy, and is an expressive, fulfilling and relaxing way to create. Drawing and coloring a mandala can be a highly enriching personal experience in which you look inside yourself and find the shapes, colors and patterns to represent anything from your current state of mind to your most deeply-desired wishes.  Many different cultures around the world use mandalas in their spiritual practices as tools for meditation and increasing self-awareness. Would you like to try your hand at creating one? Click HERE.


PHOTO ART/DIGITAL ART

Both these types of artwork are created digitally, on a computer, using various software applications. Photo Art is created using photographs that I have taken, often blending and layering them into something new and different. Digital Art is created entirely on the computer using different programs and also (generally) includes several layers of elements. They can also have clipart or other images incorporated into them. You can see a sample of the images used (and the final creations) of some photo art by visiting this link.



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