Taming the Idea of Using Mixed Media, Part 1: Basic Tools
Taming the Idea of Using Mixed Media – Part 1: Basic Tools
(* This series of tutorials is aimed for beginners, but of course advanced mixed media artists are very welcomed to peek how I use these materials, too. *)
(Scissors are an obvious one, and sharp, good scissors are a treasure, but I won’t be giving them much attention here, you probably have a pair at your home anyway.)
I always have a pack of baby wipes at hand while crafting. Not only they are handy when cleaning your hands, but they are a perfect blending tool, too!
In case you know you are totally needing a proper working surface, then I'd remcommend this one, bt even with this I often use a reusable baking sheet if I am doing something messy, like painting or adding gesso.
Ok, this is a tool you can live without – until you have tested it. Then it’s no way you’ll ever craft anything without it nearby. I use Holtz’s blending tool, but there’s lots of different kinds in the market. With the blending tool, you can evenly add ink to the surface you are working with (like a journal page), either just on its own or with a stencil. How-to is worth a tutorial of its own, so about this later. At this point I’ll just add this tool to the list… But don’t worry, you don’t need to have a blending tool as it is, a sponge is just fine, too.
Now, when you have a heating tool, you know you are a devoted mixed media person. Or just an impatient individual, like me. If you have both time and patience, you won’t be needing this. (Except if you are into embossing, but that’s a whole different story.) With the heating tool you can quicken the drying process and continue your projects a lot more quickly. Gesso, paints, and other media take time to dry, so this is the tool to use between the layers of different media!
This is another tool you don’t necessarily need, but once you have got the hang of it, you love it. I use Holtz’s mini stapler as it is so light and small, but any stapler will do. What for? For easily attaching a cluster of lace, paper bits, or anything to your project. Glue is fine, but sometimes you don’t want to use glue, but a bit more flexible option, like a stapler.
… And before you hurry to buy any of these tools, I want to point out that these are my favourites, the ones I use daily, but they might not be your thing. Having a huge amount of materials and tools you don’t really use, and need is a frustrating thing, so if you haven’t got any of these, maybe googling them and seeing videos how they are used is a good idea, so you’ll see if they are for you?
P.S. I left out any die cutting machines and lots else out of this on purpose. Not too much information immediately, right?
See you soon,