It’s been five weeks of leading the Let Loose with Mixed Media workshop in collaboration with Alexandra Stapleton-Smith of Maker Forte and I am so enthused and inspired by the variety of tags people are producing as they discover (or re-discover) their inner artist.
We have two more weeks to go before our tag books are complete and I can share the final flip through of my project, but in the meantime I wanted to share this quick video demonstrating some of the techniques I’ve been sharing with workshop attendees.
The tag backgrounds you see here were made using a gel plate and are heavily textured with pastes and gels. There’s a lot of depth owing to the subtle variations in color and the play between different textural layers.
This is, of course, just a small peek into how various different elements can be corralled together to create a cohesive piece. How you arrive at those decisions, what prompts specific choices at specific steps in the journey and how you synthesize all of it into a bigger narrative — those are all addressed in this seven-week workshop.
Even though this isn’t a detailed process video, I hope it still gives you some inspiration and ideas to create a multi-dimensional mixed media piece.
If you’re interested in detailed instructional videos with voiceovers or live sessions on creating powerful, layered mixed media tags, please let me know in the comments.
— Tags from Maker Forte
— Gel Plate
— Color Hive Inks from Maker Forte
— Texture paste from Ranger Ink
— Grit paste from Ranger Ink
— Ground Espresso Distress Oxide
— Blending tool
— Acrylic Inks
— Dictionary paper
— Karin BrushMarker Pro
— Black Derwent Water-Soluble Pencil
— White Acrylic Ink
— Fabritak Permanent Adhesive
— Wood Buttons
— Washi Tape
— White gel pen