Mixed Media Wall Sculpture Demo

For the ArtScape event on April 17th, I decided to create another mixed media wall sculpture, this one with an emphasis on text. I began by laying out some random pieces of light-weight wood until I was pleased with the composition.

Work in progress, image 1 (c) 2010, Lynne Medsker

I had the old rusty washer on my work table and decided I would like to add some sort of round objects to the piece before it was finished. Once I had that decision under my belt I began to cover the flat pieces with a coat of black paint on both sides. Then I started to layer some random pages of text on the front of the larger pieces and, while that was drying, selected a group of clippings to possibly add in the next few layers.

work in progress, image 2 (c) 2010, Lynne Medsker
work in progress, image 3 (c) 2010, Lynne Medsker
work in progress, image 4 (c) 2010, Lynne Medsker

The first layer of clippings went on, followed quickly by a third and forth. As I waited for those to dry I began work on the longer, narrow, cross pieces. First they were covered with a thin layer of aluminum, which I embossed some designs into. Following that I covered them with black ink, let it dry and then buffed off the top layer of ink, leaving some in the grooves of the design.

work in progress, image 5 (c) 2010, Lynne Medsker

Next I selected several shades of colored inks and began to stamp the color onto the surface, blending colors as I went.

work in progress, image 6 (c) 2010, Lynne Medsker

Once I had finished applying the ink, I sealed the surface of those pieces and added clear, high-gloss layers to the flat pieces as well.  Now they were ready to assemble!

work in progress, image 7 (c) 2010, Lynne Medsker

I found two matching strips of wood that I ended up spray painting a metallic silver color and also gathered some round shaped pieces of stamped metal, all of which were used as finishing touches to the piece. Some adhesive, clamps and several hours later and it was done!

"words" mixed media wall sculpture, 21x20, donation to Avon Library silent auction (c) 2010, Lynne Medsker

This was my third mixed media wall sculpture this year and I have really enjoyed making them. The only problem I’ve had so far is that I keep donating them! Perhaps you’ll see a new one soon that I’ll be able to keep & enjoy for a while. 🙂


P.S. If you’d like to create a fun piece similar to this be sure to sign up for the Two-Day Mixed Media Workshop coming up June 26th & 27th! Look for more classes and workshops to be announced soon with topics like Creative Collage, Photography, Artist Trading Cards and Mandalas!

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