Mix it up!

When I say mix it up, what do you suppose I mean? I’m not really sure, but it’s a subject that we’re going to explore!

I call myself a Mixed-Up Media Artist, and that’s because I like to play with just about anything. Beads, paint, alcohol inks, stitch, fabric, resin, concrete, paper, stones. Also, enamel, polymer clay, felting, metal, rusty objects, and even driftwood. But is there anything else out there that I’m missing? Well, I’m not really into knotting (except for pearls), have never done any lampwork, and have had minimal experience with wire wrapping, metal clay, and metalwork in general.

mix it up
mix it up
mix it up
mix it up

So, what’s left? Pottery, and ceramics, I think not! Weaving is still a possibility, but I would prefer it to be non-traditional. I know, basket weaving!!! Probably not the best idea, because I get easily bored with repetition! But I do need to try it at least once! How about a wire basket, like the one below? This one is Sally Prangley’s fabulous work (wire + paper)!  More on her website!

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I roll wherever the mood strikes, which isn’t really a profitable venture, but I do have fun!!! So, I guess the answer is that I’ll continue to mix it up, whenever, and wherever I please!!

My recent venture into the publishing world, has opened up more possibilities, however now I need to come up with some totally unique pieces, for future magazine articles. I’ve started sketching out some ideas, but they’re in the very early stages, and nothing has been completed.

So, what should I do to mix it up now? I know that I want to experiment more with amulets, and talismans, but in different shapes and styles. I did offer a talisman class last year, but this time I want to go a deeper. It should be fun! The first photo is mine, and the rest were saved from a google search (sorry, so long ago, that I don’t have the pedigrees).

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This one is mine!
mix it up
mix it up
mix it up

Intuitive Bead Embroidery, freeform peyote, and Stitch Meditations, continue to be a constant in my life (and I like to share them with you, via this blog, Facebook, Instagram, and classes). That will not change! However, cross-pollination is a definite possibility, so I will experiment with blurring some of those boundaries in the coming months. It’s really nothing new, but I just need time to play!

mix it up
mix it up
mix it up

I want to tart up my resin world, by exploring some new possibilities. No, it won’t have anything to do with combining wood and resin, because that would require heavy duty equipment, create dust, and be very noisy! What would the neighbours think, and achoo!!

I have stones, and I have driftwood, now what am I going to do with them? Wrapping, stitching, and beading is a definite, but I’ve also spotted some interesting techniques that I’d like to try.

I’m about to mix it up, with another wooden spool for my June Bead Journal Project, and this one will have more of a mixed media influence. Later today, I will be working with some new resin molds, and I plan to break open, and start experimenting with my package of Ranger’s new Quick Cure Clay, just because!

I think that I’m close to accomplishing my mix it up goal for this year! What are your plans for the summer, or even for the rest of the year? Try something new, take a class, or even just start playing with some of your old supplies. Just do it! You’ll be happy that you did!!

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