Ask the Experts: Mixed Media

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By Card Making & Scrapbooking Contributor

Peg Rounds

From Peg’s Crafting Corner

Q: I’ve heard the term Mixed Media Art a lot lately, but what is it exactly?

A:  It is a term with a broad definition that covers any form of crafting including card making, altered items, journaling, the making of items such as a book and more.  Media refers to what the project is created with such as the papers including patterned paper, paint, ink, fabrics such as ribbon, die cuts, buttons and anything else the artist would like to use.

Q: What can I used chipboard shapes on?

A:  Chipboard shapes are nice to add dimension and design to any mixed media project.  They can be painted and inked easily or can be left blank to add a layer of interest.

Q: I love all of the beautiful beads I see, but what I can I do with them since I don’t make jewelry?

A:  There are many uses for them in Mixed Media Art.  They can be glued onto the canvas to create a shape, add texture to something such as a dress on someone in the piece or to add color to things such as the leaves of a tree.  They are a nice addition to any mixed media piece, scrapbook page or card.

Q:Are Mixed Media projects only done on canvas and paper?

A:  No, as the term suggests it is mixed so it can be done using anything imaginable.  Some other suggestions would be pieces of woodPaper Mache and even a mirror.

Q: I’d love to try my hand at Mixed Media, but I don’t want to have to work with anything large as I don’t have the space for it.  What can I use?

A:  Journals are a great way to work on small Mixed Media pieces and even ideas.  You can create a theme of ideas or use it to practice new techniques.

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About Peg

Peg Rounds lives in East Moline, Illinois with her husband and best friend, Kevin and their son Josh and 2 dogs. She was an elementary school teacher turned stay at home mom, and later a home school mom. Over the years, she designed cakes on the side and went to school to become a certified chocolatier. She always has loved to craft since she was young and it was something that she wanted to be doing, but set it aside due to her busy life. After 15 years of doing cakes she decided it was time to stop and focus more on her family. She began doing layouts, then cards and it went from there. Before she knew it, next to spending time with her family, she spent every free moment creating something and blogging about it. One thing led to another and here she is today! Check out Peg's blog, Peg's Crafting Corner to see what else she has been up to!

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