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Introduction to Mixed Media

Lesson 6 of 12

Adding a Third Color with Drip Technique


Introduction to Mixed Media

Lesson 6 of 12

Adding a Third Color with Drip Technique


Lesson Info

Adding a Third Color with Drip Technique

Okay, so I'm taking and putting a beat of my paint across the edge, so I've got my paint up here and I am going tio not spray myself. I'm gonna take my water and just do that, and I might get some fun runs if I don't like this being too glob e then I just go back in my finger cause I finger paint and I smooth it out, then I add no more water and just let it run you I don't like your going bye bye, and this is how my apron gets dirty. I was just going to go in and let that run, and once you like it, I just don't like the big chunks of paint, so I smooth them out once you like it, you can I always wipe off the top because and then you get this puddle like, if you're in my house, you should see the base of my easel, so you'll end up with this lovely puddle of watery pain. And if it's not running, if you can even use the heat gun when you go to dry it to kind of direct it, too, if you don't, if you're wanting to add a little bit more run to it, you can do that, so I'm gonna lay mine down n...

o click and dry it I shall do that so you can see it but you get these fun little runs a crossed and you basically made your own little fluid acrylic this is where I have the most fun at my house like my mind just you guys know my art studio is actually my basement furnace room I have the fanciest furnace room in all of wisconsin it has chandeliers hanging in it over the concrete floor and all the pipes with my water heater and my first kiss on unfinished walls but I tried at one point to like hide the furnace with like a cute little curtains and now my curtains are covered in platters of pain so because I do this so much if you want you can get really close and just do those little squirts we kind of talked about and say I really definitely want more right here and directed one more run from mine when I had what I like how the orange looks over the blue on that that looks really cool yours is the only one I can see it's like a birthday surprise like that's gonna happen when they lay theirs down evidently I'm feeling springing today this is very spring easter egg e looking you can tell it's been cold and rainy and gross where I live this is also a fun thing to do like if you have friends over anyone have like a good girls tonight everybody starts does layer and then you pass it down on the next person does the next later and you pass it down so that you guys everybody kind of contributes to everybody else's and puts their own little stamp on it but at the end everybody has a piece to take home and then of course you throw in some good music and some snacks and it could be a little fun and everybody goes home with a different look a different feel that the group contributed to she is the yeah yeah that'll work that's fine, yeah, just something, uh, use this perfect so I'll just use it right now, actually. Okay, so I'm a big weirdo. I mean, I'm not a weirdo like I mean, I am, but not for this reason, but, um I don't like to get rid of paint, so if I saw paint left when I'm done, I grab a blank canvas so like I've got paint on my fingers, danny, maybe pink? Yeah, that's him right there and I'll start to add that to another canvas, not a mixed media project necessarily. I may have some prep that aria paper and stuff on him if I don't, I'll just grab a canvas and every last bit of paint that I still have left gets used because I don't want to waste it so you'll see, like bases of mine that are very much like this where it starts this world together and this is for you to be careful not to make mud or you could just do color blacks in certain sections, but I'll get every last bit of paint out of my spine brush off of my, um, trays, whatever I'm using and start the base for another piece because I just don't like to waste normally I don't do this while drying, but do that? Throw in a fun little shapes if you want make texture, but I just hate having extra paint go to waste so I don't want it and you can tell I'm really thinking about what I'm doing right now because I'm drying, talking and doing this what's funny is these sometimes or the pieces I like the most when they're all said and done just playing around like this. This to me is almost like our journaling to because I'm like very fixed space, no preconceived ideas and I have a very set supply list here of what I can use, and it doesn't have to be the end product either. You can use it to them, build an entire another piece off sometimes it's fun just to see what the end product looks like when you use up your your stuff way to use up your extreme

Class Description

Mixed media is such a broad, all-encompassing topic that it is easy to become overwhelmed before you even start experimenting. During Introduction to Mixed Media, Stephenie Hamen will take the mystery out of mixed media and help you get started making art.

In this class, Stephenie will cover all the basics and teach you how to lay out a mixed media art piece, step-by-step and item-by-item. You’ll learn about common materials and how each media within the piece works and interacts with the others. 

You’ll learn how to:

  • Create a collage base on canvas
  • Affix crayon wax and beeswax to a piece
  • Use stencils to add texture and/or imagery
  • Add texture with gesso

Stephenie will discuss the different types of acrylic paints, how they work, and how they react when water is added. You will learn which materials work well together and get lots of tips you can use when creating pieces in the future.

Even the most inexperienced beginner will develop a new appreciation for the art form and learn skills they can use to start making their own mixed media art.


Kimberly Jones

This was very informative, and quite fun to watch. I liked that the instructor endorsed the idea of using items that you have onhand; repurposing old books and other items to use until you really know where your style lies. I also like that she shared the names of products she truly believed were worth purchasing, without being pushy. This art form encourages "play" and is quite forgiving if you have a "happy little accident", because it's not difficult to cover the area in question, to try something different. I'm quite happy that I viewed this class!

a Creativelive Student

I really enjoyed this class. Stephanie was fun and relaxed which made the learning fun and relaxed. I can't wait to get my hands dirty and give it a try!

Carol Harlan

Great class. Stephenie is a fun teacher. I really enjoyed it and loved the idea of using melted crayons.