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Introduction to Mixed Media

Lesson 7 of 12

Using Fluid Acrylics


Introduction to Mixed Media

Lesson 7 of 12

Using Fluid Acrylics


Lesson Info

Using Fluid Acrylics

So we're going teo call this good and I'm gonna flip it onto the other side and you guys have fluids to share so I'll let you guys do that and we're gonna basically do the same thing um but without the water, what I like about this is these colors it's just a different kind of a different palate than not palate but just different shades and hughes and then some fluid acrylics come opaque and some come translucent so it's just a matter of what you buy and what you use but it kind of does what we were doing without the water and I just go right on now you're really thick it's just going to sit there and it's not gonna go anywhere well, let's sit for a second and it'll start to run if it doesn't, I will add a little water but it's just another if you in this to me is more like if you buy the he's a really nice fluid acrylics um but you kind of get that same look as if you're buying some of the other kinds of pains too you gotta run you know you want teo okay, so we will spray you a little...

bit because you're not running again thank you for doing this to me in front of people well, we'll just go to town and spray those too so that's gonna repeat the same thing? Only with this I'm going to try to get some of that to flow in what you flo what's cool about this is when you spray it, it does more of a splatter, so you're going to see some of that of that color kind of go across everything and a nice puddle again clean this up. I'm gonna drive this quick and then I want to just show you how to add a little bit of texture with stencils, brandy that and I I love stencils, and I guess I always thought of them as like, you know, back in the day when you make a poster, but there's so many great mixed media arts stencils out there now that I love them smush this around, I'm just moving some of this around with my finger to kind of get to drive a little bit faster so we could do the stenciling with the stencils I'm gonna use white because I really want something that's going to stand out against all this color, but you guys can use again whatever you want to use and for those here, we've got a whole shared area of stencils for you, some grape juice, like they're all so different, so much fine, like I said, you get everybody gets the same exact pile of stuff, but they're also unique and different, depending on what colors you like and what techniques to use. And I like all your little dots on there, too. You were meticulous. I am like, go, yeah, that's. The only thing like don't just always think of this and you can use, like the ends of your paintbrushes to make dots and think I use a lot of weird stuff to make prints with. Like I said, oh, it's, nothing for me to use bubble wrap or paint skewers, or I use hotel keys a lot toe like spread paint with that because you could spread it on it, scrapes it off popsicle sticks, and I use that stuff often more than a use actual real brushes. First up, okay, and what I like about this was you've got sections were attentive, opaque, but then because of the water with the fluid, it got really light. And so it just kind of fades away. Almost just kind of a fun look like I accidentally spilled a glass of wine. I might have been drinking my lab, but I didn't made it on purpose.

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.