Building Your Digital Mixed Media Studio
Gathering your mixed media is really about before you sit down at your computer you wanna take some time to think about the things that you wanna add to your page. Especially if you want to make them more meaningful. So why go through all the trouble? Why do that, okay? The first thing is you can customize anything you want okay. If it's yours and it belongs to you and you scan it or you photograph it you're gonna have more options to make changes to it. It's gonna be a really big file so if you wanna do a poster print, if you wanna do a billboard print you can do that because you own it and it's not something that someone else has made. You can add whatever colors you want to it. And I'm gonna show you guys how to do that coming up. You can do things that are unique, that are important to you like I showed you with my mom's page. Things that you would never have kind of expected to add but you can do that. And finally, you can use what's in your studio over and over and over again. Th...
at means you're saving money and we all like to do that right. So I suggest that you start by finding things that are at home. Now this is gonna seem pretty basic but we'll get to a little bit more advanced stuff in a minute. Now finding your stuff at home, looking from around your room, you guys who are sitting at home you can literally look around your room and say I never thought about using that painting right there. Or I never thought about using that spoon right there. Everything you see in some way can be added to your mixed media page. It can be digitized and used artistically. So we're not talking about we're gonna take a picture of a spoon and we're gonna put the spoon picture in our layout. We don't wanna do that, no, no, no. But let's say it's a family heirloom. Let's say it's a three handled family credenza. Which was from Cat in the Hat by the way. You can add that spoon and we can extract it and then we can add paint in blend mode. So you can paint that spoon digitally and add it to your layout and have it be something that's a part of it. Especially if it's a family heirloom. And someone can look at that layout and say, hey I recognize that spoon but she's altered it in some way. It's kinda like an altering process. You just have to train your mind to see things a little bit different really. So silverware, office supplies, hardware, torn pages from old books, ticket stubs. My airplane tickets, I will use somehow in a page but I'm not just gonna put the ticket stub up there. I'm gonna paint it, I'm gonna do something to make it a little bit more artistic and creative so I love to look back at it later and it's just not gonna be a ticket stub anymore. Original artwork, things that touch your heart and important, jewelry, tapestry, quilts. I'm actually gonna work with a piece of jewelry coming up because it's important to me, you know. And it's just those little pieces that add value to what the kind of art that we're creating. So your home is your number one resource. There's also looking for objects that are not in your home, of course there's looking outside. So I love to take nature walks and look for things like leaves. If you're downloading digital kits that have leaves in them those are the same leaves that we all have around our neighborhoods, okay. It's the same thing. Rocks, acorns, herbs, feathers, other natural things, they can help fill the gaps in your pages and so everything doesn't have to be meaningful, it can just be beautiful. But you can paint those feathers. You can digitally add gesso to those feathers and make them really beautiful.