1. You don’t have to be able to draw.
2. In fact, you don’t need any artistic talent, although it would probably come in handy.
3. You just keep throwing stuff at the canvas until a happy accident happens, which it inevitably will.
4. You use other stuff to cover up the parts you don’t like, because layering is a huge part of mixed media.
5. You can make art by
stealing borrowing elements of other people’s art and combining it in unique and creative ways.
6. You get to play with any number of materials: watercolours, acrylics, oils, blood, markers, magazine cut-outs, sand, eggshells, ink, boxes, books, metal, minerals, rust, wax, or anything else you find intriguing. The world is your great big art supply cabinet.
7. You begin to see artistic potential in everything, so you stop throwing things out. Smarties boxes. Sticks of RAM. Old magazines. Broken glass. You start scavenging other people’s trash too. (Not everybody will see this as a good thing.)
8. You’re not limited to flat, two-dimensional work. You can make towers and boxes and sculptures and assemblages.
9. You get that kindergarten art feeling from doing mixed media. You just put on your smock and dig right in and your teacher comes around and lavishes praise on you and your glitter-encrusted macaroni necklace.
10. The people who take mixed media courses are quirky and eccentric, as are the people who teach mixed media courses. (My teacher, by the way, is Dipna Horra.)
Here are our works in progress after several three-hour classes. As far as I can tell, nothing is finished yet. Click on any of the images for a larger, scarier version.
Whadya think? Are you alarmed?