While I write about art journaling and mixed media because it’s the current path on my unexpected journey, that passion has revealed itself in my digital art products, too.
Mixed Media Say Hello to the Digital World
The digital scrapbooking world has evolved to include related types of art and customers are expanding their own artful journeys. For a couple of years, digital art journaling kits were everywhere. It was a new art form (to the digi community) which spread rapidly and appealed to those who wanted to explore it’s promise of “no rules.” There were some (and still are a few) online classes and forums devoted to it and today digi art journaling is much more mainstream. Well, it’s more accurate to say the kits are more mainstream.
While there are lots of digital designers making art journaling kits, there’s not much discussion about art journaling itself and what that means in the digital world. There are lots (and lots) of websites and instructors on physical art journaling and mixed media. But, from my perspective, there’s something missing – how to translate those concepts into digital art. That’s what I’m asked about most. On the surface, its confusing that there are so many styles of art journaling. And how do mixed media techniques come into the picture? How do you go about using the various products out there to create mixed media art journaling with a digital framework?
In thinking through this, I had a look through my shop, I found that I’m part of that problem. I’ve got all sorts of products which aren’t sold as part of a kit, but which work really well for creating an art journaling or mixed media look. However, I haven’t really explained how to accomplish that goal. In my own defense, most of those products are Photoshop brushes or ephemera packs, or overlays, originally intended for other digi designers who loved the look of, but couldn’t (or didn’t want to), get into physical art making. Those same products, though, really are the “tools” a mixed media artist would use to make a page.
Bridging the Mixed Media to Digital Gap
I started my Facebook Art Journaling Community to help fill that gap. The gap between having digital products (such as “art journaling” kits which usually, but not always) have a theme around some sort of emotion or point of view, and knowing what to do with those products. Once you understand just how broad a category “art journaling” really is; once you understand how brushes sets and gesso packs and ephemera sets can give you a mixed media look – along with some basic techniques, you’ll be able to create a page that is meaningful to you (even if no one else “gets it”) in a style that appeals to you. And you’ll be able to do that with almost any kit – not just those specifically labelled ‘”art journaling”.
I’m the first to admit I’m not an expert on this topic. There are many artists who have been doing this a heck of a lot longer (and with WAY more experience) than I have. Let’s face it, I’m a 63 year old who didn’t even realize I had an iota of creativity until I was 50! I’ve never been to art school. But that is exactly my unexpected journey – finding a creative outlet I’d never considered possible. You can even say it’s my unique perspective. I’ve had a long, successive business life wearing lots of different hats. I’m technically and detailed and deadline oriented. Yet art is totally the opposite. My kids now have kids of their own and now I have the time to explore me. I started totally clueless and … well now I have more clues! I can share my mixed media adventures with you and then endeavor to show you how that translates to the digital world.
If that interests you, I’d love for you to join the group!
Practice What You Preach
After I posted this page, I had a few questions about how I achieved some of the mixed media effects you see. Duh. That’s exactly what I was thinking I should be doing. So, I’ve recorded a sort of “deconstruction” for you. The video includes a sneak peek of brushes I’m working on, too!
Miss Ella – a Mixed Media Page Deconstructed
As I mentioned in the video, creating the page inspired my new kit Miss Ella. It’s doodly and painty – and I fell in love with the color palette! My art journaling image a the top of this post was created with it – so you can see it’s a very versatile kit! And oh – I turned the page below into a template, which is included for free with your Miss Ella purchase!
Miss Ella (with the free template) is 20% off through the coming week. And, as a thank you for reading this far, I’ve got a coupon for you for an additional $1.00 off! Use coupon code VRD-Miss-Ella through Thursday, July 5th – use it right way so you get the benefit of both discounts!