Mixed Media Photography Art
I’ve kinda hinted at the new art pieces we are doing, and now that I have some done it’s time to show you the Mixed Media Photography Art. I may have made up that name, but I don’t know what else to call it.
It all started when Al decided we were going to try encaustic wax techniques to compliment my photos. We go to art shows and all the photographers display their photos the same way. Canvas prints, metal prints, framed photos. So in our ever searching quest for the new and different, this seemed like like a good idea. Seemed like a good idea. It became quickly apparent that encaustic wax is a huge pain in the butt. Trying to create color like we thought we could was a nightmare. So we reverted to plan B and made mixed media collage work, then applied a clear coat of wax over the top of everything.
When we were in Rapid City we went back to an antique store we had visited the last time we were there. This store is amazing. Great prices, huge variety, and perfect for collecting “stuff” for this idea.
Old postcards, books, magazines from the 1920’s, and an old Montgomery Ward catalog. All these and more have been so valuable.
The photos above all have a clear layer of wax on them. Honestly, I am not really thrilled with what this does to my photos. (and it made it harder to photograph them) Encaustic wax is a technique that has been around for 2000 years. It’s beeswax and damar resin, which is basically tree sap. But it leaves a slight cloudy film, which is cool I guess, but I felt it hid my photos too much. Then you have to make sure that whatever you are applying the wax to, will allow the wax to adhere. Not everything works. It’s hard to work with. Hot wax, heat gun, and patience. And oh ya, it’s toxic.
So the next projects instead of wax I coated them with modge podge. It will protect the photo, and the work, and is much, much easier to work with.
I used pages from the Montgomery ward catalog on this one. What a hoot to flip through that.
Thankfully I have Al and his artist eye to help me lay these out. It’s definitely been a team effort.
Hopefully people will like them enough to want them in their home. We have done several different sizes from large to small, and more are in the works.
What do you think?