Mixed media is one of those impressive-sounding art techniques that sounds more complicated than it actually is.

When a work is “mixed media,” all that really means is more than one form of art media was used.

While that could mean something as simple as mixing pencil and watercolour, there are lots of ways to combine media.

We are already familiar with combining wax crayons and watercolours and making a collage but there are endless other combinations.

Follow our Workshop as Mrs Nyhof demonstrates a few basic techniques and combinations to get us started....

Hmm... how do you get all these materials to stick together and what order do you do things for the best effect?

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First we primed our cardboard-canvas with a layer of gesso...

Gesso is a white paint mixture made from a binder mixed with chalk,

gypsum, pigment, or any combination of these.

It seals the cardboard and textures it slightly helping media to stick on better.

More about gesso

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We began by tearing up textured paper towels, dabbing them with

gesso, covering the paper completely, creating further interesting

ripples along the way.... by next week our textured boards will be dry

and firm, ready for adding the next layer.

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Placing paper strips and dabbing on gesso...

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Dabbing the gesso....
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Layer upon layer...

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Ready to dry...


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Subtle textures...
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Session 2: Adding a paint layer...
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Preparing and diluting the paint...

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Dabbing the paint onto the paper textures...
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The paint pools more darkly in the paper valleys and is lighter on the

ridges.

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A good example of how the paint responds to texture...


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Session 3: We used a dry brush and a lighter coloured paint to

highlight the textures...


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Once we'd highlighted the textures with paint, we selected bits and pieces,- straw, raffia, netting, pipe cleaners, yarn flowers, material scraps, metal foil -

and stuck them on with the glue gun...

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