Mixed media, in visual art, refers to an artwork in the making of which more than
one medium has been employed. There is an important distinction between
" mixed-media " artworks and " multimedia art ".
Mixed media tends to refer to a work of visual art that combines various traditionally
distinct visual art media. For example, a work on canvas that combines paint, ink
and collage could properly be called a " mixed-media " work, but not a work of
" multimedia art ". The term multimedia art implies a broader scope than mixed media,
combining visual art with non-visual elements ( such as recorded sound, for example )
or with elements of the other arts ( such as literature, drama, dance, motion graphics,
music or interactivity ) When creating a painted or photographed work using mixed
media it is important to choose the layers carefully and allow enough drying time
between the layers to ensure the final work will have structural integrity.
If many different media are used it is equally important to choose and sturdy
foundation upon which the different layers are imposed.
A phrase sometimes used in relationship to mixed media is, " Fat over lean
" in other words : " don't start with oil paints. Plan to make them the final layer
" Many effects can be achieved by using mixed media.
Found objects can be used in conjunction with traditional artist media, such as
paints and graphite, to express a meaning in the everyday life. In this manner,
many different elements of art become more flexable than with traditional artist media.
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