http://www.tate.org.uk/learn/online-resources/glossary/m/mixed-media Mixed media is a term used to describe artworks composed from a combination of different media or materials. The use of mixed media began around 1912 with the cubist collages and constructions of Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque, and has become widespread as artists developed increasingly open attitudes to the media of art. Essentially art can be made of anything or any combination of things.
There are several terms that are similar and may overlap in some art pieces. Below is a list of terms that show the differences in these terms. Write the terms and definitions below in your sketchbook
Mixed Media - Refers to media, like acrylic/ink/pencil, etc., used together in a work of art
Collage - Refers to flat (or relatively flat) objects that already exist and are glued/attached to paper
Assemblage - Refers to sculptures created by attaching found or existing 3-D objects
Multi-Media - Refers to combining different types of electronic media
WATERCOLOR AND PEN & INK
CLASSIC PAINTING STYLE, FELT TIP PENS,
LINE ILLUSTRATIONS, DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY
Experimentation The options for mixed media combinations are endless. Using different medias together does require the artist to experiment. There are some materials commonly used together, like watercolor and ink. There will be a lot of resources and examples available for the artist. Before mixing materials, it may be necessary to experiment with the combinations. Not only will the artist see if they physically work well together, it helps the artist try different techniques, study the property of each material, and adjust the balance between the amount of each media. For example. oil paint can be layered of acrylic paint, but acrylic paint can not be placed on top of oil.