How it began
My journey started with polymer clay, something that I'm still crazy about.
Polymer clay is a medium that plays well with many other crafts. Because of that, clayers tend to accumulate art supplies, sometimes to the point of hoarding.
At at some point, it started to feel natural to use my hoard of craft supplies without the clay, or with clay being an accent rather than the main piece. I suddenly found myself making art, and being kinda getting good at it.
What is mixed media?
Mixed media is a term that simply means to use more than one type of art/craft supply in an artwork. One example would be to mix acrylic paint with watercolour, or alcohol markers with gel pens. It can also mean using things that aren't art supplies at all - tea bags, gauze, collage, rubber stamps etc.
The crazier part of mixed media
Mixed media is really the "what if"s of art genres. What if I paint and emboss this empty teabag? Is there really such a thing as having too much collage images? Does this go with that? Can I use these pens with these stamps? Or these markers?
It includes more than just traditional art supplies, but also other materials, anything that your creative mind can think of.
I paint with brushes, sponges, cloth, and often with my fingers.
I also like to "play with reflections" which is made up art speech for liking to use glitter everywhere. Not loose glitter, this herpes of art supplies, but glitter gel pens. I've decided after much thinking that this does not make me any less of a serious artist.
I use gelli plates, acrylic paint, watercolors, alcohol ink, markers, colored pencils, fineliners, stamps, embossing powder, gesso, watercolor pencils and crayons (derwent inktense and neocolor ii respectively), and I experiment with things I find or make up. In one larger painting I wanted a rugged structure over one area, so I cut open a diaper (a clean one), took out the cellulose granules, mixed them with acrylic medium and white glue and applied it to the painting. It took forever to dry, but it turned out beautifully!
With clay, my focus is mainly on patterns, colours and composition that will be end up as a flat surface but in my art I love to play with layers and texture.
I like using stencils with modelling paste to build up bold patterns, and then use the teabags to soften and to bring elements together. I also like to cut out patterns or shapes from the main piece, with metal dies and a die cutter, and then let images or colors peek out from behind.
I also love to incorporate polymer clay in my paintings, to really create a unique dimension.
Selling and buying my art
In the web shop you can I will occasionally put up fine quality limited edition prints of my artwork, and I always sell sparkly, happy glittery stickers, based on my art, made with high quality vinyl that can even be used outside!
I treat my original art a little differently though. It will be found under "art portfolio".
Buying and selling art is an amazing and fun process, but it is an investment for life, costs more than prints, and I want to be there to guide you towards something that you will be happy with, something that rhymes with who you are, and to tell you anything you want to know about the artwork you're interested in. Maybe that is an art print, or maybe it is an original piece - it all starts with you, who you are, what you like, and why you are considering buying an art piece to begin with.
If you are interested in anything in my portfolio, please contact me so that we can start this wonderful process of getting to know each other!