Mix It Up! Mixed Media Step by Step
Discover creative techniques and frugal tools for gorgeous watercolor mixed media as you work through three unique projects. Professional artist and instructor Lindsay Weirich is your guide as you start class by creating wet-in-wet washes. Lindsay shows you how to achieve soft lines, blended color and your most controlled gradients yet. Then, you'll use stencils and stamps to add texture and visual appeal to your work. Lindsay will share the benefits of working with watercolor crayons. And, you'll find out how to set your work apart with opaque layers, blending and sharpened crayons. Get comfortable working with collage elements as you use matte medium to incorporate collage paper and ephemera into your work. And finally, learn how to evaluate your paintings and refine them with soft pastels.
Lindsay Weirich is a freelance artist, writer and designer. She began teaching art in 1998 at the Art Studios of Bangor, Maine, and became the director just two years later. Her passion is helping others enrich their lives through art, and she does this by writing articles for industry publications, sharing online videos and teaching live workshops and classes.
Materials: What you Need
Lesson Plan: What you Learn
Meet Lindsay Weirich and begin by creating wet-in-wet washes using wet paper to achieve soft lines and blended color. Then, create your most controlled gradients yet, and use a variety of objects to bring texture to your background.
Use transfer paper to mark in your focal image, before using stenciling to add design elements and interest. Lindsay shares her techniques for using stencils to guide paint removal from the background. And, learn how to use everyday objects as stamps.
Discover the many advantages of using watercolor crayons in your work. Then, find out how to increase contrast in your image with a softened shadow. Plus, block and blend the base colors in your paintings for dramatic effect.
Learn how to add dimension to your paintings using opaque layers and blending. And, put sharpened crayons to use for precise detail in your work. Lindsay also shares a handy trick for using crayon shavings as paint.
Find out how to use matte medium to incorporate collage paper and ephemera into your pieces. Then, use gesso to achieve a variety of effects, before adding fiber and thread for interest.
Master expert techniques for evaluating your paintings, and refine them with soft pastels. Then, add pattern, rich shadows and bright highlights to bring out interest and contrast in your work.