Lately, I've been redefining what mixed media means to me. Usually, it involves layers of acrylic paint and neocolor crayons and stencils and colored pencils and stamps. Usually, I start with a base layer and follow steps that have lead me true over the past handful of years.
But lately, I've been drawn to different supplies, and they work differently. If you love watercolors, then you're familiar with preserving the whiteness of the paper -- transparent media doesn't work over layers of acrylics all that well, and most require you to think light to dark. Which is the opposite from how I work with acrylics. Because of how thick and opaque acrylics are, you can paint any color over any, depending on the pigment. So you aren't restricted all that much, and that makes it a forgiving medium for beginners.
It is an endlessly thrilling time to be an artist. All the time new supplies are being invented for us to play with, and with new media comes the chance for reinvention and freedom. All the techniques we know and love were pioneered by someone, and all artists are called to use their dreams and passion to push out of our comfort zones.
That's what this journal is for me. A way for me to re-engage. I've worn a rut with my usual toolbox, so I've switched things up so I have to think different. New media (or art supplies that have been in a box for years) means new ideas.
Last month's daily art journal practice has spilled over into a daily decompression in bed each night, so I have to use things that don't make a big mess or require a desk/workspace. Give me Netflix and I'm a happy camper (this month I'm re-watching The West Wing).
Does this mean I don't struggle with the blank page, or hit that gap between what I CAN do and what I STRIVE to do? Nope. But I have a desire to keep pushing & drawing & coloring, and it's just dang fun.
One thing I have noticed is that I look for techniques or ideas online whenever I get stuck. But there aren't many for what I have in my head. So I'm taking a social media break this week. I may post to IG if I really feel the need, but I'm turning off notifications, putting the phone down, & spending some time making pretty things. I'll report back on Saturday.
(If you need or want to get in contact with me during this time, send an email. I'll be checking once a day.)