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Art Techniques - Starting with Letter A

Updated on November 10, 2016
Stylized Log with Letter A
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Art Techniques Beginning with A

This page contains descriptions and pictures of mixed media art techniques beginning with the letter A. There are also links and video demonstrations, as well as a poll.

It is the first in a series of lens that will cover art techniques from A-Z. I'm involved with a group of creative women who are practicing and exploring techniques alphabetically. For every project, we make an Artist Trading Card (ATC) to swap, showcasing the technique of the month.

My lofty goal is to create lens for each letter of the alphabet.

This page explores altered books, altered art, art squared, various alcohol ink background techniques and painting with acrylic paints.

Unless otherwise stated, all photo credits are to June Campbell.

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An Art Book You'll Love

Printmaking Unleashed: More Than 50 Techniques for Expressive Mark Making
Printmaking Unleashed: More Than 50 Techniques for Expressive Mark Making

Traci Bautista's most recent book. If you love her style this book has a place in your art library.

ATC Made with Alcohol Ink Smooshed Background
ATC Made with Alcohol Ink Smooshed Background

Alcohol Ink Smoosh Technique

Making Backgrounds

This technique uses alcohol inks to create a unique and unusual background. You must use glossy paper for this.

How to do it

Drop a few drops of Adirondack alcohol inks on a craft sheet. If you don't have a craft sheet, try using waxed paper or resist paper. Resist paper is non-stick paper that is used to back stickers and double sided tape, etc.

Use approximately three colors, plus a gold or other metallic color of alcohol ink. Drop a little blending solution on top.

Put your glossy paper, glossy side down, in the puddle of alcohol inks and blending solution. Smoosh it around. Do not "over-smoosh" or you will muddy the colors.

Use this as a background. I stamped over it with black dye ink, using a stamp by I'm Impressed, a Vancouver stamping store.

For a more elaborate design, check out this beauty at Sunflowers and Dragonflies.

Alcohol Ink Splatter Technique - Video by Tim Holtz

The great man himself shows how to do this background technique.

Art Squared - 4 by 4 Pieces of Art

At the Movies Art Squared
At the Movies Art Squared

What it is: Art Squared is a movement that encourages artists to create collectible small editions of artwork in a 4 by 4 size.

The art shown was created by me for a swap with the theme At the Movies. The movie I chose was Arsenic and Old Lace.

The collage contains old movie film, a ticket stub, feathers and collage images.

On the back, not shown, I added a card holder suitable for containing a gift card to a movie. I imagined that this project would be a great way to gift someone with a movie ticket.

Other "A" Art Techniques

This list of links will take you to other art techniques that begin with the letter A.

Assemblage Art - Thoughts on Assemblage and Art by Jay Brannon

Assemblage is an artistic process. In the visual arts, it consists of making a three-dimensional artistic composition from putting together found objects.

In this video, assemblage artist Jay Brannan explains what assemblage art means to him.

Photos of Mixed Media Art Starting with A

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Acetate CardAfrican CardAltered Altoid TinAltered EggAltered SpectaclesAltered JarAltered Mouse TrapArt BraAltered RulerAltered Scissors
Acetate Card
Acetate Card
African Card
African Card
Altered Altoid Tin
Altered Altoid Tin
Altered Egg
Altered Egg
Altered Spectacles
Altered Spectacles
Altered Jar
Altered Jar
Altered Mouse Trap
Altered Mouse Trap
Art Bra
Art Bra
Altered Ruler
Altered Ruler
Altered Scissors
Altered Scissors

Your Ideas

Do you know of other artsy techniques beginning with the letter A? Please share with us. Or leave a comment about your art.

© 2011 June Campbell

Artists Corner - Please Leave a Comment.

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      Merry Citarella 

      5 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      How clever and interesting! Enjoyed seeing the variety!

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      6 years ago

      Interesting lens - and Eggbert is so cute!


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