There are so many different styles of artwork out there, why should we limit ourselves to just one medium? When we think of artwork the first thing that tends to come to mind are paintings and illustration. And I must say, these mediums are classic. They will forever be in style, and are always excellent to display in your space.
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But…and I know you knew a “but” was coming…there are SO MANY other kinds of cool mediums out there! It is incredibly fun to play around with different ones around the home or office. Representing several different mediums throughout your space keeps things fresh and shows your diverse taste.
Just because you are switching it up in medium, doesn’t mean the overall look can’t be cohesive. Use other elements like colors, texture, and subject matter to accomplish an aesthetic balance.
Photography is another classic. Although Da Vinci was long before Ansel Adams, and photography is not nearly as old compared to painting and illustration, it still earns a spot in the classics department. Photography is a fantastic way to artistically showcase subjects that are associated with you personally—places or things of special meaning to you.
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The Wonders of Wax
Encaustics are another fantastic style of artwork. They are also known as “hot wax paintings.” The artist uses heated beeswax and adds pigment to achieve the desired colors. These pieces look incredible—the colors are rich and vibrant, the material is dense, and the surface smooth. Using this malleable wax medium, the artist can create textures through scratching, carving or building up the wax.
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Specifically, copper. Copper artwork is incredibly unique. It’s beautiful, durable, and can be displayed indoors or out. It shines, glistens, can be commissioned to incorporate any color, and is often bent to create a three-dimensional wall sculpture.
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Make a Statement with Sculpture
Artwork doesn’t just have to be on the walls! Consider mixing your 2-D and 3-D artwork. Sculptures make a bold, dynamic statement in a room and come in several different mediums including stone, glass, and clay. Like the copper artwork, many sculptures can be used both indoors and out. And, most importantly, they come in all different styles appealing to a variety of tastes, representational or abstract.
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So next time you’re looking for a new piece of artwork, remember that you have a nearly endless amount of options. Sometimes we forget how many styles and mediums are available to us. It’s fun to display not just one, but all of your favorite types of artwork! Don’t fall into a rut, but instead keep things fresh by mixing it up!