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6 SIMPLE Mixed Media TECHNIQUES

Jun 01, 2021
I hear you say this all the time

mixed

media

is too difficult. I want to do

mixed

media

but I don't know where to start. I just wanted to let you know that I heard you and I don't want you to feel that way. So today I thought I'd share with you my behind-the-scenes secrets for creating mixed media projects. These six easy steps will help you get started so you can gain the confidence to create on your own. I've broken it all down for you. with

simple

instructions, so let's get started, this step is usually the most confusing for people: to prime or not, that is the question priming means adding a base coat to our surface to prepare the background similar to how we do before painting a wall.
6 simple mixed media techniques
In art we use gesso whether it is canvas paper or another substrate when in doubt it is always advisable to prime your surface with gesso even if you don't need it because it doesn't hurt in my case today the primer will be my second step as The first thing I am doing is gluing some papers collage on my background. If you stick paper to a surface first, you don't need to prime it beforehand. It's okay if you do, but there's no point if you're covering it up. with the paper, in my case, I'm using my own downloadable collage sheets from etsy.
6 simple mixed media techniques

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One of the biggest things I often hear from people is that they don't know where to start, so I thought I'd make this step easier for you by creating These collage sheets come in a variety of colors and designs since I scanned my actual artwork for you to use. The sheets come in sets of five so there is plenty to choose from and are purchased as a digital file so you can print them. at home in any size they take away the frustration of not knowing where to start I printed one of my neutral collages on an 8 and a half by 11 size paper and glued it to the canvas using a matte gel medium, it's literally like gluing and gluing As we used to do in kindergarten, just add a thin layer of gel medium on the canvas and stick the matte paper.
6 simple mixed media techniques
Gel medium is a high quality glue that dries matte and is clear so you can make collages with it. I recommend you get a good quality medium like this now this part is very important make sure you seal the paper with a layer of gel medium as the paper is very thin and gets damaged by moisture, it will protect it from any other products you add above and one more. Something important since in mixed media we work in layers, each layer we add must be completely dry before adding the next, so having a heat tool is very useful now is the time to prime the background since the surface of the gel It is very slippery when adding plaster.
6 simple mixed media techniques
Give the bottom a little sand so that when we add the paint it will adhere. If you didn't add papers in the background, this would have been your first step. I am using white gesso which I am thinning with water to create a white color. I wash and then apply a thin layer of this white wash over the entire background. I'm thinning the gesso because I don't want to cover the design in the background. You can also use clear gesso for this step once you have whitened everything. background, I use a sponge brush to add the gesso directly to the edges of the canvas I'm using.
I thinned gesso here as this helps hide and blend the edges of the paper and here's a tip if you don't have white gesso which I have. a

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formula that you can make at home. I will link the video below in the description. One of my favorite ways to add texture to a project is by using a stencil. I would say I'm a little obsessed with stencils because there are so many designs to choose from and they give the most amazing 3D texture. Choose your favorite stencil and use some modeling paste to apply it over the background.
I'm just using an old plastic card to apply it and won't add it everywhere. You can also use it. You can also apply a spatula or a silicone brush, if you don't have modeling paste, you can thicken the same homemade gesso that I mentioned before and use it as a paste. This coat may take a little longer to dry, but make sure it does. completely completely dry in mixed technique we work in layers, so it is as if we were building and creating a story, we start with the foundation and build like building a house, it requires a lot of patience but also brings a lot of rewarding results color theory can seem complicated, but it is necessary to understand it, however, it usually needs a video on its own, so let me make it simple: choose only two colors of acrylic paint, yes, only two, by choosing only two colors you will avoid making a mistake. and putting cloudy brown in your background, I chose blue and green, but I encourage you to choose your favorites.
I am using liquid acrylics which are very fluid, but if you don't have liquid acrylics you can dilute the ones you have with a little bit of water, I find it easier to add a little color at a time and I always start with the lightest color first, in this case it is lime green. I use a brush and add it to the edges of my canvas, then spray water to thin the paint further, it creates a very faint organic wash that fades as it goes towards the center of the canvas, the water helps prevent strokes and lines of unwanted paint if the paint runs where you don't want it.
I can always wipe it off with a small cloth once I add the light color. I continue with my second painting and repeat the same process. The paints will blend in some areas and remain intact in others. I want to have the darker color on the outside because it gives it more balance and definition. This is the part where we add the main focal image to our canvas. There are many options for this step, but I tried to make it as simple as possible. I printed and cut out a butterfly image from the internet. I can trace it, you can also die cut an image or draw it freehand.
I chose to trace it onto one of my collage papers because the design was already there to make the butterfly sturdier. I glued the collage print onto an old cardboard envelope using the same matte medium I used at the beginning. This is a great way to use recycled materials that would otherwise go in the trash. Make sure you seal the paper as well as we did before. Once dry, I cut out the butterfly and glued it to the canvas. I only glued the middle because I wanted the wings to move, I even added a small metal ornament in the middle of the butterfly, although this is the last step it is by far the most important as it ties all the previous steps together into one project of cohesive art. so be sure to watch until the end to see all the options.
There are many different types of finishing touches, but I'll share with you the ones I use the most, starting with splashes. I love adding splashes because they look very organic and give a sense of movement I took some black gesso and diluted it with water then I splashed it around the canvas I covered the butterfly with a stencil because I didn't want the splashes to splatter, if you make a mistake You can always clean it with a wipe and here you can also use black paint. I also added some markings using the same black paint and plastic card.
This technique is super simple: you dip the edge of the card into the paint and then create lines. I kept the lines close to the edges. of my canvas, since it creates inward movement, the lines should be different heights and go in different directions to make it look like a grid. I love this technique because it gives it a lot of character. The next final touch is to add borders. I love adding borders to my projects as it defines everything, I painted a black border around the entire canvas with a thin brush and then added a thin border around the butterfly and if your canvas has thick borders take this time to paint the edges black too, I even painted the calligraphy nib in the middle of the butterfly in black now we are in the final stretch and if you wish you can glue a meaningful sentiment to the canvas.
I chose one of my printable art quotes which are also available on etsy and once I glued it on I also outlined it with black, there are many finishing touches that can be added to our artwork such as drawing some white lines like I did here to complement the black as it brings some highlights to the piece or use a script stamp to add. a little bit of texture to the butterfly as you continue experimenting with

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, you'll get an idea of ​​which finishing touches you like best, but in the meantime, I've compiled a series of creative practices for you in this video right here.
I believe that learning many mixed media

techniques

can expand not only your knowledge but will also help you create with the artistic confidence you desire. Join me in this video right here and learn a little more.

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