What constitutes mixed-media art? It is a work of art that uses more than one visual medium. You can't categorize mixed-media art because it is art that is outside the box. The rules don't apply and it can be anything you want it to be. Hense, your imagination at work.
A mixed-media artist doesn't limit themselves to one type of medium. I use anything I can get my hands on whether it is the traditional art medium or not. I love making something out of nothing and improvising when I don't have what I want to use.
It is the
characteristics of the artist that will often determine what is mixed-media
art more than the techniques or the materials used. Here are some reasons why I love mixed-media art.
1. I love variety. I get bored very easily and can't limit myself to just one form of art. I love to play with all kinds of techniques and explore new (to me) mediums.
2. I have a willingness to get messy. I love to get my hands messy and I always say "the messier the better." I use my fingers to paint and apply gel mediums. I clean my brushes and organize my supplies but when I am creating, I can create a mess.
3. My favorite part is that there are no rules. Tell me I'm not supposed to do that and I'll do it every time.
4. I love the sensory. As an artist I love to touch, to feel the textures I create. I'll scratch, reveal layers of paint, tear and apply layers of paper, apply texture with anything I can get my hands on. If I don't have what I want to create texture, I'll make it. Nothing is safe from art.
5. I strive to keep an open mind. There's no one way to create art. I love to learn from others and share what I do.