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Traditional Mixed Media is an often-used category and it houses some hugely popular deviations, drawing Daily Deviations from time to time and serving as a general depository for Traditional's wild experiments. And often enough, it is a source of confusion and misunderstanding.

What is really Traditional Mixed Media?

By definition, Mixed Media refers to an artwork in the making of which more than one medium has been employed. By extension, Traditional Mixed Media is artwork in the making of which more than one Traditional medium has been employed.

By Traditional medium we understand different painting and drawing materials, including 2-dimensional found objects and unconventional medium such as glitter, house paint, sand, etc. Mixed Media is the place for works where you have wandered in the garage for that precise tone that watercolors won't achieve, where your cup of coffee and your markers meet, where your eyes sparked as you thought "But what if I add this...?"

The Category definition states clearly: "Art created by using multiple traditional, but not digital, techniques in a combined manner".

Did you see that? "...but not digital..."

That's right. Traditional Mixed Media is the place for works that combine different Traditional media in one artwork, not artwork that combine Traditional with Digital media. As always, color and contrast corrections, cropping and added borders or watermarks are accepted as a process destined to improve the presentation of your Traditional piece, but not beyond the point where the work ceases to be recognizable as a Traditional artwork.

At this point I see many hands raised, asking an often-asked question: "Where is the correct place for artwork that mixes Traditional and Digital Media, then?".

Well, truth be told, there isn't. There is no separate category for this, and this is where your honesty as an artist comes in. You have to ask yourself: "Is my work a distinguishable Traditional artwork, or does it rely more heavily on the Digital aspect?". Take a second to think about it, and then choose the right Category for it. Use the Artist's Description, explain what you did and how you did it, include the materials you used. People are often amazed by the results you have achieved with unlikely supplies, and might even give someone a new idea.

There are shady areas, of course. Painting over photographs or found images, or scanning an ink-lined piece and then coloring the print with traditional media gives excellent results for some artists, and they are good examples of edge-of-the-razor Traditional Mixed Media. Traditional linework digitalized and then painted or airbrushed using a tablet or other digital means to the point where the Traditional source is a minor part of the final image belongs, however, more in the Digital > Painting and Airbrushing category. Ask yourselves the question, and be honest.

Traditional Art > Mixed Media Feature

eden is not enough: fin by GunnerRomantic On no, oh deer... by luminatii :thumb81799277:

Angel blood by CrankBot :thumb23406029: Eve of the First Snow by hibbary

Cerberus by darknatasha :thumb76731338: :thumb44428815:

Peruvian Naga by kyoht The Conception of Bliss by paperboogie

The Great Journey by KatieAnnOwens underneath... by lovelycristina Space Cake - 2' x 2' by katat0nik

Mature Content

Fall by Sericat

Stolen in her Sleep by SelinaFenech Keep the Sun under my umbrella by Radishes dragon wowen by Sally-Avernier

:thumb85622848: Evil DEAD by stanleehouston


If there are Traditional Art categories you'd like to see featured in a new Traditional Spotlight educational article, drop me a note!
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KatieAnnOwens Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2008  Student Traditional Artist
oh wow, thanks for featuring me
kellymckernan Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
thank you for explaining this! Much :heart: for mixed media. And thanks for the features!
Shephoto Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2008   Photographer
Wow best selection I've seen in a long time.
Lady2 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2008  Student Traditional Artist
limnides Featured By Owner May 30, 2008   Artist
Absolutely delicious, love.
death-at-Rhein Featured By Owner May 30, 2008
ha! i did't know that!
zeruch Featured By Owner May 30, 2008  Professional General Artist
Excellent (and long overdue).
dancingprophet Featured By Owner May 30, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
how bout the difference between abstract/macabre/surreal. Often times the lines get blurred.
ppgrainbow Featured By Owner May 29, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
This is one of the best articles that you made! I love how you featured their artwork that the worked so hard on. :love:
oilsoaked Featured By Owner May 29, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
best ever
ImprisonedBeauty Featured By Owner May 29, 2008
Informative and beautiful! :heart:
jevinart Featured By Owner May 29, 2008
awesome stuff here, daniel!!! VERY cool....
angelelectrico Featured By Owner May 28, 2008  Professional Photographer
:clap: Muy buenos trabajos Dani, excelente selección!
Birgit-Zartl-Art Featured By Owner May 28, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
:love: thank you!
great works here....and it's good to clear the definition of the traditional mixed media category!
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