Many artists choose to work with mixed media because it allows them to break the boundaries between different art forms and give a whole new dimension to their creativity. There are no limits to what can be achieved by blending these, you can try to add sculpture to your painting, you can create a painting and add swatches of fabric, memorabilia, rocks and so on or paint on top of photographs or print on them.
This is a very popular kind of mixed media art. Collage is derived from the French word “coller” which means “to glue.” All you need to do is “stick” material to a surface. The base for this can range from a blank canvas, paper, cardboard, panels of flat wood, or just about anything you can think of. You can paint and stick on different materials on to it, you can use photographs, ribbons, fabric, coloured stones and more.
An assemblage is similar to collage, the difference is that it incorporates three-dimensional elements, that are combined to create a piece of art that tells a story.
Here a book is used as the base, it may be used as a collage or painted on, pages torn out or paper sculptures created out of it.
You might be surprised to find sculptures categorised under mixed media. The reason is that in many cases, artists choose a base material and then use other kinds of material to bring in new elements of colour, shape and pattern.
This is a kind of mixed media art which not only draws in the environment and even sometimes evokes viewer participation. The goal here is to alter a viewer’s experience of a particular environment which could be a room or public space.
Wet and Dry Media
This includes working with a wet and dry media to create interesting effects. This might include blending drawing with painting or charcoal drawing mixed with oil-based paints.