I Found This Cool Mixed Media Demo
So I thought I would take a peek on the internet to see what a search of "mixed media art" would pop up. A LOT! U-Tube alone has endless tutorials of ways to do mixed media pieces. I stumbled on one called Steampunk Dragonflies, a mixed media art canvas. The artist credited was Rach0113 and it was posted 5 years ago and has been watched 7350 times - well, now 7351 because I watched it, too.
On a 5x7 canvas the artist began with some lovely painting in shades of blue, greens and some gold. Then she used a technique I had tried a few years ago and really enjoyed.
My Version of this Technique
It involves stamping an image on tissue paper and then applying it to the canvas. In my piece above, "Irises with Figure" I taped tissue paper to ordinary copy paper and printed the image which was applied to the painting with gel medium. The stamps were applied directly. By the way, this piece was selected for a major juried competition and exhibited at the Indianapolis Museum of Art.
Back to my U-Tube observation.....So far, I thought it lovely. But now the artist applied some modeled dragonflies which were then painted and embellished....and embellished. A cool touch was using bits of pull chain for the tails and adding bits of tiny watch works into the background. At any of these points, I think the canvas would have been acceptable. But layer after layer, including drips and squirts of accent colors, made it move away from artistic expression to piles of stuff - covered with more piles of stuff.
To the artist's credit, they used all archival materials which are important for the long life of a piece of art. Is the piling up of stuff a major part of steampunk art??? Take a look and tell me what you think!