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Introduction to Mixed Media

with Stephenie Hamen

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About The Class

mixed media art for beginners.

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.

Lesson Plan

  1. 01

    Overview of Supplies

    Stephenie lists the basic materials and supplies you’ll want to have on hand to create mixed media art.

  2. 02

    Decoupaging the Base

  3. 03

    Adding Gesso for Texture

  4. 04

    Adding Paint & Spreading with Water

  5. 05

    Adding a Second Color with Texture

  6. 06

    Adding a Third Color with Drip Technique

  7. 07

    Using Fluid Acrylics

  8. 08

    Adding Paint with Stencils

  9. 09

    Adding Quote & Final Decoupage

  10. 10

    Adding Doodling

  11. 11

    Adding Melted Crayon

  12. 12

    Adding Beeswax & Ephemera


Meet Your Expert

Stephenie Hamen

Stephenie Hamen is dedicated to creating a prettier, happier, and more beautiful world, at least in her little corner of the prairie, in Sun Prairie, WI. Stephenie was holding crayons and a hammer when she came out of the womb ... read more

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  • Kimberly Jones

    February 2020

    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!

  • Creativelive Student

    April 2018

    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

    July 2018

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

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