Mixed media blends at Tin Shop
April 6, 2009
Lynne Medsker makes art accessible to everyone.
One of the formats she uses to inspire creativity is artist trading cards. Set on 2 1/2-by-3 1/2 cardboard or thick paper pieces, Medsker encourages people to fill the cards with paints, colored paper, stamps, ribbons, trinkets and more.
“(In such a small format), if you mess up, it’s no big deal,” Medsker said, “so it’s really freeing.”
In Indiana, where Medsker lives, she attends trading card swaps, where artists meet monthly to exchange the cards they’ve made.
“Young kids have a blast trading,” she said. “It’s something anyone can do; they can create tiny watercolors … and get as detailed or intricate or artsy as they want to.”
The cards also lend themselves to scrapbooking and collage formats, she said.
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In addition to trading cards, Medsker blends mixed media, including metal, paper and ink, to create abstract and semi-realistic three-dimensional wall hangings reaching up to 40 inches wide. Geometric patterns, nature, colors, emotions and people motivate her.
At home, she runs a portrait studio and sells her mixed media pieces locally. Her 10 years as a professional artist began taking pictures, then morphed into experimenting with paint, paper and metal.
“I challenge viewers to not only enjoy the imagery of my artwork but to discover evidence of things hidden within the layers of each piece,” she said.