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Introduction to Mixed Media

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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.

    01:51
  2. 02

    Decoupaging the Base

    19:32
  3. 03

    Adding Gesso for Texture

    12:21
  4. 04

    Adding Paint & Spreading with Water

    14:03
  5. 05

    Adding a Second Color with Texture

    11:09
  6. 06

    Adding a Third Color with Drip Technique

    08:00
  7. 07

    Using Fluid Acrylics

    05:24
  8. 08

    Adding Paint with Stencils

    05:55
  9. 09

    Adding Quote & Final Decoupage

    12:40
  10. 10

    Adding Doodling

    09:55
  11. 11

    Adding Melted Crayon

    13:58
  12. 12

    Adding Beeswax & Ephemera

    24:48

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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100% of students recommend this class.
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  • 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.

  • user-e5e6b4

    December 2016

    I absolutely loved this class! It gave me some great ideas and like another reviewer jogged loose some creative fears and opened up some new possibilities for creating art in a fun and authentic way. I can't wait to get started!!

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