Mixed Media Paintings
It seems that by the end of twentieth century everything had been discovered in the world of art. Hundreds of styles had already existed, and artists used all possible mediums for their paintings: works of traditional oil, sophisticated watercolour or extra modern spray paint could be found in every art gallery. But artists of the twenty-first century needed more ways to express themselves so they started experimenting, and this is how mixed media was created.
Mixed media art: a brief definition
Mixed media art can be defined as any type of the art which is created with a help of several mediums. This gives a possibility to work in different techniques and create complicated artworks not only to professionals but to amateurs as well.
Mixed media is sometimes called multimedia art, but it is not correct definition. While mixed media focuses on combining several media of visual art, multimedia artworks often include other art subjects: music, sounds, dance, video etc.
The very beginning of mixed media lays in twentieth century when artists started to rebel against high arts like painting and sculpture. Impressed by postmodern philosophy, they wanted freedom in each aspect of art.
In creating mixed media artworks artists not only focus on using different paints but also often experiment with various materials to create collages:
- all types of paper: newspaper, cardboard, magazine clipping, parts of postcards, stamps etc.;
- photographs (mostly of well-known people);
- package of world-known products with logos;
- different objects like beads, seeds, yarn, cloth etc.
Mixed media is used not only in creating paintings. This is a popular technique for creating sculptures, artist trading cards and other non fine art artworks.
Because of its democracy, this style is extremely popular between people who enjoy crafting. The examples of hobby mixed media arts can be found on various hand made sites. Scrapbooking, decoupage, card making and other techniques often require to use several mediums.
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