Using different common every day materials can make for unique and interesting artwork. Recycling and experimenting with different materials is an easy way to work with multiple mediums and materials on the same art piece. Mixed media art opens up a big world of endless creative possibilities.
-Cardboard, wood, paper, etc.
-white liquid glue
-paintbrush (for applying glue)
-newspaper, magazines, old book pages, etc.
-black marker, dark pencil, or dark coloured paint
-texture paste, molding paste (optional)
-palette knives (for texture paste)
1. Rip up some old news print or magazine into small pieces.
2. Apply a thin layer of glue using a paintbrush onto the cardboard. Place a piece of news print down. Apply another thin layer of glue on top of the news print to seal it down. Repeat for all the pieces of paper. Let it dry completely before moving on.
3. This is optional but you can also apply texture paste. If you are not using texture paste skip this step. Texture paste is a medium used for making stiff peaks, texture, and dimension. You can find various texture pastes at art and craft supply stores. Using a palette knife pick up some paste and apply it onto the art piece. You can experiment with different application techniques (spreading, scraping, dabbing, thin, thick, etc.). Let dry completely.
4. Grab a chalk pastel and rub it on a scrap piece of paper to collect chalk dust. Using your finger pick up the dust and apply it to the art piece.
5. Using a dark coloured marker, pencil, or paint you can draw or paint any image you like. Here we are painting silhouettes of balloons and clouds.
And we are done! Give this creative project a go and explore the endless creative possibilities.