Monday, July 22, 2013

Go on a Treasure Hunt in your own home for the "Piece de Resistance" in your next Mixed Media Project!

I've been aiming for diligence and consistency with my artwork to keep the creative flow going. If you ever read my report cards going back to - well - forever, you would see that I was consistently "inconsistent" 
I like to say it's my wandering creative mind. (*wink wink nudge nudge)

This weekend was a busy one for me - On Saturday, our stinky little Daisy took a trip to the groomer and then we had a going-away party for someone in our family who is moving to Arizona.

Daisy de-stinkified!

 Sunday was my husband's birthday for which my daughter and I shopped, wrapped, and baked!
And, of course, we still had to do all of our "have to's" like laundry, cleaning, and grocery shopping.
Let's face it, there's just not enough time in the day sometimes and although we spent a lot of time with family which was good, the weekend artist was relegated to the bottom of the priority list.
But I still managed to take advantage of a few random moments here and there and got a little (soul-nourishing) creative work done. 

Here's what I managed to do over the weekend:

If your primary creative time is on the weekends, and you have a particularly busy one coming up, don't panic! PLAN!

There are a few things you can do to be ready to take advantage of random minutes during busy times.

During the week, do the following:

1. Prepare a pages in your Art Journal by Gesso-ing a bunch of them. If you have time, Gesso them, and add a little color and texture also so they're ready when you have more time to "get into" your subject matter

2. Prepare multiple pages of watercolor paper with washes and let dry. They'll be ready when you need them for your next mixed media project.

3. Cut out various shapes from different ephemera you have on hand and keep them for your next project.

4. Raid your junk drawers and jewelry boxes for awesome artifacts that you could use in your next mixed media piece.

5. Think through the busy weekend that is coming up. Try to figure out when you might be able to squeeze in 5-10 minutes here and there to glue or paint something in your journal. 
Maybe you paint while you're letting your toe polish dry or you could plan to wake up a half hour early. (although I know that when you work all week, there's nothing better than not having to set an alarm on the weekends)

Whatever you do, a little planning ahead can make creative time fun instead of frustrating.

Actually, I got the idea to raid an old jewelry box of mine (see photo above) after seeing this fantastic mixed media piece, "Believe" by Seth Apter:

Seth Apter "Believe"
I really love this piece - everything from the layers of paper to the frayed fabric edges!
I especially LOVE the face on this piece and he explains that it was from an earring he found at an NYC Flea Market!

I don't have a lot of extra money to spend on art supplies so I'm always looking for ways to recycle stuff I already have.
I don't have an "official" stash of found objects right now but I knew I had some old pieces of jewelry that were cheap and I haven't worn in years (probably since the 80's!)
I bet you have these types of  old fun pieces of jewelry, too which make great additions to a mixed media art piece.

Another good place to go on a treasure hunt in your own home is in your kids' rooms. 
My daughter has bins filled with what I call "bits and pieces" that are random, obscure, and interesting. She loves these trinkets and now I understand why. They're little treasures.
I used to want to dump it all 
in the garbage  - back when I wasn't being creative and focused way too much on how orderly my house was - now, I sneak in and rifle through her buckets of little trinkets and treasures searching for the "piece de resistance" for my next project!

Go on a treasure hunt in your home this week and see what you come up with!

Happy Hunting!


  1. Really loving all then texture you created in this journal spread Michelle. And a thank you for sharing my own piece here as well. Nothing is off limits for us mixed media artists, right?!?!

    1. Thank you for your positive comments! And you are most welcome! Your work is such an inspiration! I am definitely thinking twice before throwing things away -- I'm becoming a bit of a hoarder!


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