It’s digital. How does it become mixed media?
My digital art isn’t “real” until it exists in the non-virtual word. Much of the creative process involves moving it from it’s pixel state into the real world. The video below takes a quick trip through the creation of the physical finished mixed media piece. It starts with the wooden boxes and raw metal to the application of the art and the final sealing of the resin.
Printing Stages for Mixed Media
After I finish the art work in the computer, the sometimes frustrating part begins – getting the transfer to look like the art I see in my mind and my screen. Sometimes it is easy to translate and other times it becomes difficult. Blues especially seem to give problems.
Below are test prints for color laying on top of prepared images attached to metal. I decided the originals were too dark and the navy blue was being lost to black in highly saturated areas, so started over. I ended up using up all of my substrate and needed to place a rush order. Notice Max, the wonder dog, hiding under the table. Things were getting a little tense in the studio.
Happy with the second printing colors so I attached them to the metal panels and poured acrylic resin. What a mess of bubbles! Will need another pour.
Max has been banished. Who wants to deal with a resined puppy?
Resined Mixed Media
After sanding and pouring another coat (2 quarts total for each panel), I use the blow torch to pop the bubbles. After it hardens, I’ll need to sand and polish the surface as well as remove the drips from the back side – resin will go anywhere it wants. Now my biggest problem is deciding which side will go up. I did finally name it though – Nebula Delight.