We are all born as Artists, it just depends whether we choose to continue being one.
Art should also be about having some fun, discovering new techniques, mediums and materials.
Mixed Media work is all about that.
I discovered mixed media work probably by accident as a child. I had some wonderful books about crafting, paperwork, printing, collage and much more, I was also lucky enough to have the materials to experiment and try out many techniques not just on paper, but also on fabrics and wood.
I was often out and about in nature too and found objects were and still are a delight for me.
Some years back I started a line of greetings cards using selected handmade papers, tissue papers, silk threads from Morocco, gilded threads and tiny tiny shells I found in one particular beach. They became very popular and I discovered they were being collected as each one was unique. I also offered them in sets of elemental colours framed.
Different circumstances meant I no longer continued making them; much as I enjoyed the process. I still have a few which you can see below.
Now, I am in a different country; continent even! Africa... I have the desire to work again in Mixed Media. So let's see what transpires.
This year, 2020, I finally am inspired to create the textile version of my Elemental Colours Range and am very excited to add the first ones here. They depict the Ocean, Earth and Fire as well as the Desert.
These are mixed media books made during one of our Art Escape workshops in Morocco. Gesso, brusho inks, gilding and applied pastel colour.
ART ESCAPE MOROCCO 2021
Explore colour, light and contrast and your personal response to an amazing location with Artist and Illustrator Katherine Soutar
Saturday May 22nd to Sunday May 30th 2021
This enchanting artist and illustrator who I first met in the wilds of the Sahara Desert, is coming back in 2021 to run our third amazing week in May with me and hopefully 6 lovely adventurous people on an Art Escape in Morocco, focusing on time in Marrakech, Essaouira and a 5 day retreat with workshops in the heart of the High Atlas Mountains and Amazigh countryside. Expect a colourful week as Morocco shows you a few of its hidden treasures to record in your sketchbooks.
If you would like more info about our 2021 Morocco Art Escape, check out our event: https://www.facebook.com/events/2542140909139205/ places are limited to 6, 2 are already booked!! so hurry and grab yours!!