Part Two: Project Three: Exercise Three: Experiment with Mixed Media

For this section, I was asked to use both traditional media (such as ink, pencil crayons and charcoal) together with non-traditional media (such as highlighters and wax crayons) to create a mixed media piece. 

Experimentation

Firstly, I decided to get stuck right in and be messy and experimental with several different media and support. I used two pieces of work by two very different artists (the citation for which can be found by clicking here) as a guide. I decided to use different aspects from each piece to experiment with; the collaged supports from the top image, the wash over the support from the bottom image, but also from a ceiling I came across in a local cafe.

Mixed Media Experiment in Sketchbook Page One

I was really pleased with some of the results in this experiment; I really liked the way the colours intensified or weakened depending on the support.  I really liked the effect on the kitchen roll, especially the charcoal.  I was rather surprised to see how well the charcoal mixed with other media.  I also liked the way the masking fluid rubbed away somewhat on the white card when the ink was applied.


Mixed Media Experiment in Sketchbook Page Two

On the next page, I rather liked the result of the ink and soft pastels merging together and may use this going forward.  Also, the soft pastel and oil pastel merged rather nicely too.

Final Piece

I struggled finding a muse for this part of the course, so decided to search the internet for the best fitting image.  I decided upon a bunch of beetroot on a wooden surface due to the multitude of colours, vibrancies, textures and surfaces.  I chose to work with a sheet of A2 sketchpad paper as a base for my piece.  I then used some textured brown packaging paper to represent the wooden parts of the image.  Next, I chose some grey tissue paper for the skin of the beetroot.  I left the base of the insides of the beetroot as the plain white surface of the paper, but applied a layer of PVA glue.

Once everything had dried, I began working in some of the detail of the objects; I tried to work in the darkest shadows in charcoal.  I then added some of the colours I could see in the beetroot skin with soft pastel, trying to recreate the purples, pinks and blues I could see as well as the grey.  I also tried to bring out the lightest parts of the skins by adding a very light grey and white soft pastel.  I used ink for the flesh of the beetroot, with a layer of wax crayons and oil pastels on top to add in the veins of the layers.  I finished the piece by using oil pastels to add in the deepest shadows again as these became somewhat lost with the layers of soft pastel etc.  I used black marker for the gaps in the wood and a brown conté stick on its side to add texture as if grains in the wood.

Final piece – Beetroot

Reflection

Overall, I am very pleased with this piece and think I have captured the different types of surfaces well. I think the shadow on the bottom middle beetroot could be slightly more prominent as it looks somewhat unreal compared to the others, or maybe I have simply overworked the others? I am not so sure. I also noticed a bit to the left-hand side of the bottom beetroot which is still white which works to spoil the illusion I am trying to recreate. I really enjoyed creating this piece and the methods used are definitely something I would like to consider incorporating for my final piece for this Part, but also in future parts too.

NB: Citation for images used in my sketchbook can be found by clicking here.

List of Illustrations

Fig. 1. Bunched Beetroot, Organic (500g) [photograph] At: https://www.abelandcole.co.uk/bunched-beetroot-organic (Accessed on 29 April 2019)

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