mixed media art

Mixed media art refers to a visual art form that combines a variety of media in a single artwork. For example, if you draw with ink, then paint over it with watercolors, then add some highlights in colored pencil - that's mixed media!

Click here for an overview of mixed media, or dive into the details by checking out the Table of Contents below:

Mixed Media Tutorial

Learn how to combine watercolors and colored pencils in this fun mixed media tutorial! Find out how to create a mixed media dog portrait.The mixed media lesson also shows you how to make your own graphite paper, how to use masking fluid, and much more!   

Richard Tuvey Mixed Media

Check out the inspirational mixed media art of Richard Tuvey! Richard creates art that combines a variety of media, such as the oil, acrylic and pastel flower painting on the left. Read a fascinating interview with Richard and get inspired by his experimental style!

Personal Geographies Review

If you've ever wanted to learn how to transform your life experiences into mixed-media art, Personal Geographies is an inspiring art instruction book that encourages you to reflect on your life journey to make unique art that reflects you! In this review I'll explain more about what you'll find in this book 144-page book by Jill K. Berry, show you several sample pages, tell you where you can download a free lesson from the book.

Painting with Mixed Media Review

Download a free PDF lesson from Painting with Mixed Media, a 132-page book by Paula Guhin and Geri Greenman. Read my detailed review of this book. It's a fun exploration of the many different ways you can mix traditional paint with other media to create an exciting range of artwork. This book, by Paula Guhin and Geri Greenman, features 132 pages of material and hundreds of photos to illustrate the concepts and techniques

Overview of Mixed Media Art

Mixed media is very closely related to other art forms such as assemblage and collage. Assemblage is a 3-dimensional sculptural form, in which found objects are "assembled" together in a quirky and unique way. Collage involves a rearrangement of pre-existing elements, such as cut-up paper of all sorts (newspaper clippings, gift wrap, vintage ephemera, old book pages, stamps, postcards, etc), as well as various other small items glued to the surface of the paper, canvas, or wood.

In general, mixed media can certainly incorporate 3-dimensional objects and things like cut-up paper, but for the purposes of this topic, we'll focus on artwork whose main feature is usually a combination (or mix) of media, such as acrylics, oils, crayons, pencils, etc.

Mixed media is fun because it can take so many forms. The sky's the limit! Below, you can see a variety of artworks that I created using mixed media. Most of these pieces include a few of the following: acrylics, watercolor, watercolor pencils, colored pencils, and /or ink.

With mixed media, anything goes. However, you will need to take some ordinary precautions, such as making sure that your foundation (base layer) is sturdy enough to accept whatever you throw on top of it without buckling or bending. You may also want to do some smaller tests to examine how the media work together, to make sure you can achieve the desired effect. For instance, applying ink on top of watercolor will have a very different look than watercolor applied on top of ink. So it's best to fiddle around on a small-scale to figure out how the media interacts, before attempting a large-scale or detailed artwork!

By using a combination of media in one artwork, you can utilize the best that each medium has to offer!

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