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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!

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Table of Contents for Mixed Media

Mixed media dog art

Learn how to combine watercolors and colored pencils in this fun mixed media tutorial! Find out how to create a mixed media dog portrait, like the one on the left!

The mixed media lesson also shows you how to make your own graphite paper, how to use masking fluid, and much more!

Mixed media flower art by Richard Tuvey 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 (Book 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, and offer you a chance to win a free copy! (Giveaway runs from July 20-31, 2013.)

Painting with Mixed Media 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, and enter for a chance to win a free copy! (Giveaway runs from September 1-30, 2012.)

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!


Here is a small gallery of some of my mixed media art:

Mixed Media Funky Abstract Art
Mixed Media Whimsical Abstract Art
Mixed Media Folk Art Owl
Mixed Media Colorful Abstract Art
Mixed Media Psychedelic Eyes Art
Mixed Media Funky Floral Art
Mixed Media Art
Mixed Media Day of the Dead Skull Art
Mixed Media Colorful Art

Frequently Asked Questions About Making Mixed Media Art

Got a question about making mixed media art? The best way to learn is by experimenting and asking questions, so this is the place to ask your mixed media art questions. You can read mixed media questions submitted by other site visitors and also throw in your comments, advice and suggestions, too!

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