mixed media techniques and tips

Mixed media can involve so many different types of media - colored pencil, acrylic, watercolor, ink, collage, etc, which means that mixed media artists can have a lot of questions!

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Sealing mixed media artwork on vellum paper 
I am doing Illumination/calligraphy on vellum with imitation gold leaf, permanent ink, watercolors, gouache, and iridescent color pencils - basically …

How to seal oil pastels and acrylic paints 
Reader Question: I just discovered the fun that could be had by using oil pastels in conjunction with acrylic paints. Using them under the paint, over …

Best surface for colored pencil and acrylic mixed media art 
Reader Question: Which surface do you recommend when using colored pencils along with acrylics? There are several surfaces I can recommend for …

How to reduce shine when using magazine clippings in collage art 
Reader Question: Hi, I have always painted in acrylic. I want to try something new this year and would like to do a painting with acrylic paint, oil …

What type of paint for mixed media art? 
Reader Question: What is the best type of paint to buy to use in mixed media art? Hi Nellie! If you want to make mixed media art that includes …

Using charcoal on canvas with other media 
Hi Thaneeya, Your website and your art is wonderful! I stumbled across it this morning and am so happy I found it. I am an artist who works with lots …

Will graphite pencil marks dissolve if watercolor pencils are drawn over it? 
I love to draw with graphite ONLY, but I also LOVE color. So I bought a few sets of Prismacolor watercolor pencils , thinking I can just trace over …

Attaching Fabric to Mixed Media Supports 
I sew and want to use fabric and other fibers on canvas board and craft wood (birch and plywood, 1/4"- 3/4" thick) as supports for creating my mixed …

How to varnish mixed media artwork on paper 
I've created a mixed media (collage and acrylic) work on heavy weight paper and want to know if you can varnish works done on paper? The product says …