Mixed media classes helps you discover how to use different media like pastels, oils and pigment together to create certain effects in your art work. Different techniques like dripping, layering and glazing are used to create various surface textures, interesting accidents and a feeling of play that is especially good for artists who regard the process more important than the actual outcome. Not that anything bad ever leaves the studio. Once the play element has been dealt with it is time to rectify and focus on figurative representation.
When I work with mixed media, I prefer using dry medium like soft pastels and pigment together with oil paints, linseed oil, oil pastels, stencils and turpentine. You can also use pencil, oil or acrylics and many more.
One rule that applies almost throughout though is that of ‘fat on lean’, meaning you cannot use water based media on top of any oil media.
With the mixed media classes, you can do landscape, portraiture and figurative as well as stills. Papers and tissue can also be added (collage).
Abstract art lends itself to mixed media as it is of course very experimentational. Its an art of application and intent, then the process requires you to stand back and consider the next step. It sounds easy but you can easily lose the freshness and vivid effects created by these techniques. At these critical stages, you need guidance from someone to give you a few options to consider.
- Collecting ideas and inspiration
- Technique arrangement
- Creating a methodology
- Drawing and painting and revisiting
- Re-accessing, changes, make it professional