When you think about murals, you probably picture a talented artist using paint to create a masterpiece. But thanks to certain trends in modern art, paint isn’t the only material being used to create truly great works.
Mixed media has become increasingly popular, particularly for large art displays and murals. It makes sense—whether made from a variety of drawing mediums, stitching and even fish hooks, mixed art media murals are interesting to look at, accessible to the general public, and thought provoking in new ways. New and old artists alike can consider the use of mixed media on larger pieces.
One of the main reasons that mixed media makes for the best murals is the simple fact that they are more accessible than traditional art pieces. The general public might look at a beautiful painted mural and say “It’s amazing—but I could never do something like that.” Instead, a mixed media piece causes the public to think and reflect, wondering what the different mediums are, how they’re attached to the mural and whether or not it would be doable by the Average Joe. These mixed media pieces help encourage the public to become involved in and appreciate art in a new way, even if they don’t generally identify as art lovers.
Everyone has seen a mural before–typically, there is one clear focus of the picture and other elements that make up the painting. But mixed media murals often require the use of different materials and, therefore, several places to whichthe eye is drawn. From an animal pieced out of metal to a painted element and one made from thread, there are many components to discover and examine on a mixed media mural. It makes for a new type of art appreciation—one that is often accompanied by exploration. Expect much of the public to spend more than just a few seconds looking at and considering your work of art.
Any artist knows why they’re often referred to as “starving”—because all of their money goes to purchasing more art supplies. Canvas, paints, brushes and other materials eat up a large portion of a commission. Of course, painting supplies are constantly running out and needing replacement, which means a traditional mural can be pretty pricey. A mixed media mural, on the other hand, can be more price effective because some of the materials are found and recycled. Whether you’re commissioning a mural for interior design purposes or you’d like to try your hand at mixed media mural making yourself, it can be a cheaper way to express your talent when compared to paint.
Types of Artist
While one artist might identify as a painter and another considers herself a needle worker, both offer artistic talents. Mixed media murals allow different types of artists to express themselves in the way they feel most comfortable, which is another reason why mixed media is one of the most accessible types of artistry. While you might be nervous to try your hand at creating your own mural or you’d like to invite an artist to create a piece, mixed media allows you to work outside of the sphere of traditional paint and brushes. You’ll experience more original works, which could result in a one-of-a-kind masterpiece in your home.
Murals make for beautiful centerpieces in homes and offices, but they can be expensive and common. By switching your idea for a mural to include mixed media, you open a new array of choices to both you and the artist completing the piece. From found materials, metal, thread and even traditional mediums like pencil and paint, a mixed media mural makes for truly original artwork.
This article was written by Audrey. She works for Acrylicize, an interior designer and consultancy agency.
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