Mini workshop by Lynne Mettam @lynnesartnstuff 'How to do mixed media art':
So, this is how I do it. But remember there're no wrong ways. You can always paint over mistakes or glue more paper over!
💠 some paper or fabric (old cards, magazines, newspaper, tissue paper, old wrapping paper, left over fabrics or lace)
💠 sharp scissors
💠 any thick glue that will handle heavy papers or light
💠 any paint you can think of that you would like to experiment with.
It is a good idea to have an idea of what your subject will be and what support you will use. Initially, get a thick cardboard box and cut it to the size you want to use. Then, here is a must, gesso or flat house paint, water soluble to paint over the porous cardboard. You can do a couple of coats with the gesso or house paint – as long as it will not allow the glue to soak in too much. Your supports are found all over the place, in thrift shops, canvas blocks from the art shop, thick cardboard or older framed pics that you can gesso over a few times and oil boards and Masonite board that often family members have started painting on but have abandoned. You can also use the new wooden boards which are great and found in art shops. However, they are not cheap and you are best to use anything to hand first up until you are confident with your style and subjects. As you get better you can even decorate chairs and furniture!
After choosing your subject you can sketch the idea onto the dried support loosely and then paste away with your gathered bits and pieces of coloured and plain papers. Once you have a vague idea of how it is going to look, you can add some paint and paint over or around your glued papers, or simply leave them stand and add a few more papers on top as well. You may have some fabric also or lace, you may feel like using some cotton pieces or some cut outs. The good thing about this is that you can move them around your design/subject before you paste to can get a good idea of how the whole thing is looking. You can even tear and distress the papers or fabric you have already pasted!
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