Taming the Idea of Using Mixed Media – Part 1: Basic Tools
(* This series of tutorials is aimed for beginners, but of course advanced mixed media artists are very welcomed to peek how I use these materials, too. *)
I always have a pack of baby wipes at hand while crafting. Not only they are handy when cleaning your hands, but they are a perfect blending tool, too!
Reusable baking sheet
You want to protect your happy desk a bit when using mixed media. There are lots of gorgeous tools for it, but you can work wonders with a reusable baking sheet, too. It’s sturdy, it’s light, easy to move and roll aside when you don’t need it, and it’s also easy to wipe clean or simply wash in the sink!
In case you know you are totally needing a proper working surface, then I’d remcommend this one, bt even with this I often use a reusable baking sheet if I am doing something messy, like painting or adding gesso.
Brushes and palette knives
…are something you might find quite important if you have a bottle of paint in your hands… You don’t need a massive amount of them, but maybe one or two basic palette knives (plastic ones are cheap and easy to keep clean), and a couple of different kind of brushes are a good start. Then, after noticing which sizes and shapes are your favourites or which you are constantly missing when crafting, you can add those to your tool box.
I like using these two brush sets, Finnabair Brush Set and Ranger Artist Brushes:
Ok, this is a tool you can live without – until you have tested it. Then it’s no way you’ll ever craft anything without it nearby. I use Holtz’s blending tool, but there’s lots of different kinds in the market. With the blending tool, you can evenly add ink to the surface you are working with (like a journal page), either just on its own or with a stencil. How-to is worth a tutorial of its own, so about this later. At this point I’ll just add this tool to the list… But don’t worry, you don’t need to have a blending tool as it is, a sponge is just fine, too.
… And before you hurry to buy any of these tools, I want to point out that these are my favourites, the ones I use daily, but they might not be your thing. Having a huge amount of materials and tools you don’t really use, and need is a frustrating thing, so if you haven’t got any of these, maybe googling them and seeing videos how they are used is a good idea, so you’ll see if they are for you?
P.S. I left out any die cutting machines and lots else out of this on purpose. Not too much information immediately, right?
See you soon,