Mixed Media Collage | Doris Charest | Skillshare
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10 Lessons (1h)
    • 1. Mixed media introduction

      5:38
    • 2. MMC Many kinds of papers

      7:33
    • 3. MMC The plastic bag step

      3:38
    • 4. MMC Painting the color family

      9:21
    • 5. MMC Creating the collage

      13:04
    • 6. MMC The transfer pen

      6:36
    • 7. MMC The gel sandwich A

      2:21
    • 8. MMC Gel sandwich B

      1:38
    • 9. MMC More examples of paintings

      7:33
    • 10. MMC Final presentation

      2:43
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About This Class

Mixed media collage art is an introduction to the world of collage. This easy step-by-step guide will take you through the process of creating an art work. All the materials used are explained in conversational terms that anyone can understand. 

You will be able to see each step in video format. The other information is explained with text, voice and photographs of artwork created in this manner. The course is structured in a series of easy to follow lessons. The whole course, if followed according to each step can take a minimum of three days. First, we create our own painted papers that have to dry overnight. Then we collage the papers and those have to dry overnight too. On the third day, we add details and embellishments. You can take as much time as you like for each step but drying time is needed in between steps. 

This course is for anyone interested in creating artwork that is unique. Each piece created is different and totally personal.

Transcripts

1. Mixed media introduction: Hi. Welcome to mixed media Collage and easy step by step Guide for beginners. My name is Doris, and I want to thank you for signing up for this class. I'm going to show you how to create a very basic collage painting, and it's just so unique and fun. I started this course basically for my students. Some of them took my class for about four times, and so they wanted a reference guide for the steps, and I decided to make this class. Ah, the very basic. Um, start to a mixed media class and so you can refer to it forever. So if you forget this step, you just look and go back and review it again. So I'm hoping this class last you forever Mixed media is my favorite form of painting. It's just so interesting and so much fun. There's so much variety. I started in water color and then I went to Accra. Lex and I used to use mixed media for a relaxing moment. Just when I was in between Siri's and slowly mixed media took over. All you need is a few simple materials and a bit of paint, and a bit of time, and you can create awesome paintings. What you will learn. You're going to learn all about the tools you need. You're going to learn about brushes, pencils, acrylic paint, painting surfaces, all the basics you're going to have to learn. You're going to have to learn how to create your own papers. You're going to learn about color families, and I'll explain that a little later. That's a key to creating these paintings. You will learn how to collage papers onto a surface. How toe ad for the copy transfers, how to combine the call, the collaged acrylics, the paint, the transfers, everything together. You're going to learn what archival means and the variety of paintings that you can create using mixed media collage. This is all about me. Um, I have a degree in fine arts. I have a master's degree in art education, and I show a lot. So my I have our chose fairly often all over Alberta, Canada. Ah, sometimes the states, and you can read that later. So why mixed media? Because it is so interesting. You love the textural qualities. It's just so much fun. There's absolutely no way to make errors with this kind of painting. Um, the worst that can happen is your painting. It's a little heavy because you've just kalash so many layers on, and every time you add a layer, you get a different look. You're going to use different techniques. Collage, stamping, Stansell ing. Ah, you can do just about anything. But most of all, mixed media is fun, and it's a relaxing, and it's a great way to explore the materials. Collage elements have been used in painting for years. Picasso, Matisse, they all used collage, but in small amounts and gradually, as we got using more and more acrylic paints, it became user friendly. Ah, when you collage materials with oil paints, what happens is the paper starts to disintegrate. So it's important, um, to be careful, but with acrylics on water media, we don't have that problem. So remember that archival means that any paper that is not archival will yellow in time or any materials that are non archival will yellow your artwork. So, um, be careful. Uh, really Pay attention to what is archival. I'll talk about archival a little bit later again. So this is what will do First, we're doing the introduction. Second, when we get started, I cover the basics, Um, all about pencils, brushes, paint, painting surfaces. Um, how to choose because quite often is really hard to choose. And then we finally get to the papers and we start collage ing the papers and we start adding paint and we start adding gold and fixing problems. Then we had photocopy transfers and those air really fun. We learn about copyright, and I give you lots of hints along the way. So here we go. Um, let's start. 2. MMC Many kinds of papers: So what US archival mean archival means that your materials will last a long time. Non archival materials like paper, for example, that is non archival will yellow and get brittle and crack. Over time, your paint will start losing its color. But archival means that all these materials, if they are archival, will last a long time. So if you're just playing around, um, don't worry about having archival materials. But if you want your great great grandchildren to inherit your paintings, you need to worry about archival materials. Um, and use thumb. Non archival materials will deteriorate over time, so keep that in mind. Don't be afraid to buy good quality materials. It's worth it in the end. Sometimes the price of the material is a bit much, and it's quite expensive. So if you want to just tasked and see if you really like doing this, uh, just go to the dollar store and buy some inexpensive papers, inexpensive paint and use those. You can also get campuses there, but keep in mind that you're not going to make the perfect painting every time a musician practices a lot. A dancer, uh, practices a lot before the actual performance. A baseball player doesn't hit a home run every time he hits a ball. Um, and it's the same with us as artists. We need to practice, and some of our paintings are just practice in order to create that really, really good one. And don't be afraid to practice. So if you're intent on practicing, just use inexpensive materials. Here are some ideas for your mixed media collages. I'm giving you just a small selection off the different kinds of things that you can do in mixed media collage. The painting on the last here is, ah, painting that I won first price for at a competition. Um, the others are other works that I have created. Here are some more examples that have figures in them. The face that you see there I use a lot. It's my daughter's face that I put through photo shop, and, um, I just use it over and over. Here's a video that shows what the papers we are making will look like and they're awesome . Just watch. Hi. Welcome to mixed media collage, many kinds of papers. This is the really fun part where you get to see the kinds of papers you're going to create . See the variety of textures but happen now I'm going to show you how all this happens. So basically you paint one side of the paper, and the other paper side of the paper touches the plastic. Here I use different colored paint from a leftover painting, and that's the side I painted. Now sometimes there are more modest, more right kind of quiet papers, and that's one. And here's the other side. That's the sign that I paint. Now. This paper is bolder. See how the colors have blended, but some of the bright color still stays there on the other side, the side that touched the plastic. You have all these textures where the color is blended in the crackle of the paper, all the wrinkles where there's big wrinkles like this one. Sometimes you're left with white part. Here's another modest paper, very, very quiet. Good for Lansky. Very soft, and on this side you have the textures again. Two sides, one side that's very soft and muted, and another side that has bold, bright texture like this one. See how the side I painted is a little quieter and Then on the other side, it's Boulder. This one's client on both sides, perfect for a sky. So is this one perfect for a sky, except for that big hole in it. But sometimes holds are interesting because you can stick another paper underneath it, and it makes it a more interesting, uh, landscape. Here. You could have probably a leak in there, so the no each paper is different. It's a little bit like Christmas. Every time you unfold a paper from a plastic, it's different now. Here's a suggestion. Doled. Fold your papers too soon or they start to stick together. That's what happened. But see how bright you can get. You can get really bold colors. No problem there. Here you have a dark, very quiet, nice for a landscape. Perfect. I like those and you keep going. The pile is endless, and you can get all kinds of papers that you would never imagine. Here I splattered paint. So on the other side I have little bits of color that changed. This side is a little quieter, more striping like the ones we're going to make in the beginning. But look at the textures the way the paint puddled. It's just beautiful. It's wonderful. It's an exciting paper to use and quiet on the other side. No, the cut. This selection is endless. Here's a break. One bright colors again. Bright reds, bright blue. See how I've already used parts of it? The texture is bold on both sides. That means the paint quality was a little higher, so I had lots of pigment in there. So now you have seen what these papers look like and what we're doing doing next is we're going to make our own paper, so see you in the next step. 3. MMC The plastic bag step: now here's a review of the materials you will need. For the first part, you will need a canvas or a surface to paint on. This could be illustration. Board. Matt Born Hardboard Any surface you'll need. Yellow, red, blue, black and white paint. You will need a small medium and a large brush. You will need a container for water and for paint, so at least two containers you will need plastic bags. You will need a plastic tablecloth or a large sheet of plastic to protect your table. You will need rags or paper towels for cleaning up. Now that's the basics of what you need. We're finally getting to those tissue papers that you saw earlier. What you need now is, um, tissue paper that is plain white, not anything else you can buy painted papers. I forgot to mention that, but quite often those papers that you buy from different countries are not light fast. So the I started painting these papers basically because they are a archival and B they are late, fast and will last forever. And when you make thes papers, they will be different from what anybody else has, and you will just love having these papers around to use. Nobody else can copy your work because it's so different. Nobody can create a paper just like yours. So step one, you're going to take Ah, large white garbage bag and split it in half and lay a piece of tissue paper on top of it. Now a lot of people have trouble with this step, so I actually made a video for you to be able to watch how it is done. So let's watch that now before we go on. Hi and welcome to mixed media collage today we're going to do the first step. That's really simple, but sometimes people have trouble with this. You're going to take a plastic bag. You're going to cut the end off just like this. Then you're going to open it up to stick your hand and work it through. Just like the else along, Teacher says, is once you've gotten it all open and caught from one side to the next, the idea is to split it up and make it one large shoot of plastic. This is where you will put your tissue paper to paint on and you want the tissue paper to be smaller than the plastic bag just like this. So this is the next step. Do it now and then we'll see you soon for creating a color. 4. MMC Painting the color family: painted papers. We're finally getting to that step where we actually do some painting. So what you will need is three plastic bags, each of them split. You will need a brush. A fairly large 13 tissue papers, one color of acrylic. Usually your favorite color is the best white acrylic and black acrylic. Now you can watch this video and then paint, or you can paint along with it. It's your choice. So here we go. I'm going to play the video for you. Just keep watching. There are three parts. Hi, welcome to mixed media Collage. Painting the papers. We're finally getting to this step. First you need a container to put paint in, then your favorite color. I happen to like blue a lot, so hear groans now you need water and you want a fin down your pain. So just add enough so that your paint is liquidy stern and stir really well. You want to get all those lumps and bumps out of there in order for you to have an even consistency of paint. I'll see how you can. You have that pure color. That's exactly what you want. So the first tap is pure color. You paint your tissue paper just like that gently so as to not care it. And I want you the paint about 1/3 off the tissue paper with the original color. So this is the main color, the brightest color that you will have to work with later on. So take your time, do a good job and then add a bit of weight. What you want to do is change the color just a little bit. You may not want to add all that weight. You just want to add enough so the color is different from the first time. So just take it easy. Make sure it's nicely mixed, and then paint another third with that color. See how it's a little more neutral with the white in there. The value has changed, and that part is important. We want to change it just enough. If there are little bits of white in there, don't worry about it. It actually looks very nice. Later on, when it's dry. Now you add black. Be very careful with black. Black is very intense. You don't need much to change the color. You don't want to go very dark. Yeah, you want to keep it to wear just a light grey blue. So already it's changing the color and you paint the next third. There's little bits of black left in my brush, oysters and more. There, that's better. And I keep going. Make sure the paint is fairly even all across the tissue paper. Now you're done. Your first tissue paper, remember, Leave the tissue on the plastic and then set up for the next one. That's it for now. See you next step. Okay, here's a second sheet of paper so we just add a little more white again to the mixture and paint another section off that piece of paper. Little streaks from my paint Don't matter. I can paint over there over it. Little streaks of black can be hidden there. So I've added white again and just paint the papers. Now I add black one more time and I painted again. This is fairly routine. We're going to be doing this for three sheets of paper. So keep that in mind. We wanna have three different sheets of paper with color variations of the blue. Now, if you're using yellow, same thing you want, The color varies, so now I'm adding white again. Now. My blue is fairly neutral. Now it's starting to just show a little bit. Everything is getting gray. Er, that is the goal. You want everything to get more and more neutral. That's the overall goal of these papers. Now I add little more black and stir. Be careful with the black again. Too much black makes it too dark. So now I'm getting lots of dirt, a dirty kind of gray color, and that's what I want. If you're paint gets too thick, make sure you add a little one. This is kind of borderline. It's getting there. I may need to add some more water and I paint again. So this is the end of the second sheet of paper. Remember, let it dry on the plastic and get another sheet of tissue, paper and plastic ready to go. Here we go. Get ready now. Now we're getting ready for that third and final sheet of paper where the colors get more and more neutral. So you're going. I'm going to start with just painting a short, small strip with the color from before it just helps me remember what the color was like before. Now I'm going to add a bit of weight just enough to change the value. You'll be tired of me telling you this, but it's just so important that you need to re remember. You just want to change the color a little bit. Here we go. Now you're going to add a bit of dark again. Her Really well. Make sure there's no lumps, no darks on your brush. Just keep painting. There we go. So just makes it really well and then add it to the tissue. I'm having trouble today. My paint is a little dry, and it's hard to dissolve, but here I go on, keep working at it until it's ready and here ago. Now see that nice, neutral gray with just a hint of blue in it. Now keep adding the paint. You want to create your darker start now on this paper because of the light, it looks relatively light, but in real life it's very, very dark, and that's what you want for your final sheet of paper. Now you're done. Let everything dry and I'll show you the next step painting tissue papers. This is a review to create Ah, color family. You need one color, usually your favorite color. You add a bit of white, then you add a bit of black and you repeat this until you have a very dark dark. What you want in the end is your pure color with lots of variations on that color all the way to a very dark dark. So that's it for now. Um, paint those papers and we'll see you when they're dry. 5. MMC Creating the collage: examples of kill ours. So here's a tip. Even though you can work on any kind of surface over time, I've found that I like, ah, hard surface for my collages. Sometimes I'll use canvas, but ah, heavier canvases best. I like the hard surface of hardboard, and that's often what I use now. Sometimes when you add the papers to the surface, it's important that you have no air bubbles, and then I'll show you what to do later for air bubbles. But keep that in mind. Here are more examples of what you can do with mixed media collage You're going to use theocratic gel as a glue, so make sure you have it ready. Make sure it's near you. Here are more examples landscapes. See the wonderful textures that you can get, and in the one on the laugh, there's, ah, photocopy transfer. Here's the exercise. Now you have thes beautiful hand painted papers, and now you're going to collage TEM to your surface. First you choose one color with three different values, at least, but I'm just going to talk through this now and then show you a video. Repetition works best, so that's what I'm doing right now, I'm repeating the steps over and over again so they become ingrained. So you really remember them every time. So, step one, you're going to assemble your, um, different papers. Then you're going to maketh, um, into smaller pieces are three basic sizes small, medium and large. And I call this mama Papa, baby, it's just a trick to get you to remember the sizes. And then I play with the design until I have a pleasing effect. So watch this video and you'll see what I mean again. Just a reminder. Before we get going, you need gel for this collage. You put jail on the canvas than you add your tissue paper. Do you put the gel on top of the tissue paper as well? Repeat this process for every piece of paper. Now let's watch the video. Hi. And welcome to mixed media. Mama. Papa, baby. Now, this is a little trick that I've come up with to get you to remember that we need three different sizes every time we use our tissue paper, three different sizes of shapes. So you have the different color rallies and one contrast ing color. So you start by actually caring the pieces into rectangular shapes. Now you don't always have to use rectangular shapes. That is just simpler for this exercise. Uh, later on, you can tear your own tissue papers into whatever shape you want. That's just foreign. But for this exercise, and I want you to work with the three different sizes. So you want a small a medium and a large shape for every different color family. So every value it has baby mama and pop up morn and keep tearing those shapes. You want to take every section where the color change and create those three different sizes. So this is very simple, so just keep doing it until you've used up all your paper. See how there's different variations. I keep hearing. See how I'm touching different values, so different color variations in my color family. I'm going to speed this process up because it's too boring to watch. So here we go. I'm going to tear up a whole bunch of papers really quickly and just keep going until I've used up all my papers, see how fast I'm going in real life. I don't go that fast. I'm actually very careful and I think every step through before I actually do it. So I want you to do the same, but watch how every color value becomes represented. So I have very dark darks. I have like colors. I have the original color in the beginning, and I have variations in between of each color. So each area is represented. That part is very important. Keep doing that until you are completely done. All those papers now make sure you choose one color or make one color that is the opposite on the colors. Keen. So this is the orange in between. So I will tear that up, too, and add little bits of it into my painting. Not a lot. Just a few little bits. So just tear until it's all done. And what we'll do is, um, then just collage it on. Now you need to canvases one for planning and the other one for when you want to transfer that design onto your I really like onto the rial campus. So you're actually going to glue it on one canvas and planet on the other? So you just take the pieces, um, and just play with them trying a range Ah, good composition. What you want is, first of all, a good representation off all the color values or as many as you can. So you want very light lights very dark, dark, and then you just keep going. Keep adding and arranging. Remember that you want a focal point. You want one area that is more interesting than the rest. So to create a focal point, you either put a small shape against a big shape, a light shape against a dark shape, a dark shape against the lay, cheap and so on. And so far. Now, make sure you integrate the opposite color that is very good to create a focal point to use that color near the focal point, and it leads your eye towards that focal point. Remember, you need to use it at least three times, so the contrast in color plan on using it at least three times, if not more odd. Numbers are better. So three times, five times seven times and so forth, just planet, arrange it so it leads your eye towards the focal point. Having all the shapes and colors lead your eye to the focal point is the important part. So now I'm making believe that I actually am or less happy with, uh, composition. I'm changing the focal point. I want it more dramatic. I want something that's more interesting. So I keep trying and changing it. Um, when I'm happy, then I can stop. But right now, what I'm doing is trying to pick the area. So I want to see if everything leads towards the focal point or the light areas bringing me to the focal point or the dark areas bringing me to the focal point and so on. Make sure that everything is balanced. Now you're going to use gel. So the jail you put the gel on first. That's the way it works. Then you take your piece of paper. Well, I guess I didn't put enough gel or big enough piece. Uh, are big enough spot of gel for the piece of paper? No, because this is so boring. Tow watch. I've speeded it up. So what you need to remember is to put gel under the tissue paper and over the tissue paper as well. Don't worry about the side. Just do the surface. First carefully moved the pieces from one side, one to the other. There will be a few changes in the process, but you will have a good composition because you arranged it the way you wanted it. And it will be just about the same. Not exactly the same, but pretty close, so you can see it's happening. Normally I work really slow, and that's why I've speeded up this time. Jail is semi opaque when it's wet, but it dries. Clears. Make sure that you are adding lots of jobs. This is not a time to be economical. Be generous. Lots of gel will mean your paper is well sealed. Your color is sealed and everything is very, um, no, very solid on there, and you won't have to make any little changes after. So sometimes you get air bubbles, and I talk about that later. And how to fix that So you don't want any air bubbles? Make sure you add lots of jail and carefully brush on the paper so that it has no air bubbles. The more you brush, the less air bubbles. If there's a bump that is an air bubble and you don't want that, so do this step and then I'll see you in the next section at then. Make sure you do one little bit of coach one coat of gel over the surface so that everything is covered. You don't want any spots, So this is it. And don't worry about the edges like that. You can do that when the top is dry. You can glue down those pieces once the top is dry. So do this step now, and I'll see you later. 6. MMC The transfer pen: the photo transfer process. Now we're going to look at one of the two ways I'm showing you how to do a photo transfer. This is really easy. All you need is a transfer pin, some tissue paper. Ah, high contrast, photocopy and a spoon or something. That's hard. Um, so watch the video, and then you can work along with us. Hi. Welcome to mixed media collage. The transfer path. So now we're going to add that image of the face onto a cabin. So here's the photocopy, and I want to put it in that spot and then see how I added trees and other transfers. But first, let's start with one transfer, so you take the image and the pen, and this is just a transfer pan is called also called a blender pen in different parts of the world. So, um, depending on where you live, it might have a different name. So step one. You take about, uh, coin size spot and you rub it with something hard. So you robbed a pen first, and then you rob with something heart. So these air my old metal caesars and they work the best, and then I do another spot and repeat the whole process until the whole image is transferred. It's better to do a little spot at the time, simply because that alcohol that is in or chemical that is in the pen dries really quickly . And it doesn't really work that well once it's dry. In fact, it doesn't work at all when it's dry. But once it is when it is wet, it's perfect. Remember, you need a good photocopy to, ah, high contrast one. So here is the Democrat. Now my face is a little darker, simply because I transferred it onto a colored paper. Now you can transfer it onto all kinds of services. It doesn't matter. Smooth services work best. So I'm going to show you a different way to do a transfer. So you're going to transfer onto plain ordinary tissue paper now, so you do the same thing. Do a coin size spot rob with your metal scissors just like that, make sure your surface under your tissue paper is hard. It really helps for the transfer. So another spot and then rob again and make sure you press hard when you rob. If you don't press hard. The transfer is very weak. In other words, it's very light. So this is the last spot and then you rob again and you can tell when it's transferred. Well, the paper goes dark, so no, I've transferred onto a plane tissue paper just like this. This is perfect for when I'm not sure where I want to put that face. So if I'm unsure Ah, this is what I do. I transfer onto a tissue paper and then I play with the image. So I trim the areas around it. Just like that. I take my canvas again and I go Well, Would it be better here or here? Or here or here and I choose a spot. So right now I think bad spot works best for me. So once I've decided on the right spot, what I need now is gel. So I take my jail. So what? I've decided that that face doesn't show enough. So what I can do is take a piece of plane sketchbook paper and put it underneath. Now what that does is it? See how On the one side where I transferred onto the colored paper, the face didn't show very much, but I would like the face to show more in this case. So I take the tissue paper, the sketchbook paper, and I put it under the tissue paper. Whatever shape you choose is important because it's going to show a lot. So make sure that the shape is exactly what you want. Okay, now for the jail, I put gel on the campus. First she's like that. I add the sketchbook paper. I put more jail on top of the sketchbook paper, make sure it's nice, and even I put the transfer on top of the sketchbook paper and then I add gel again. See how the face shows through so much better than the very first transfer we dio. So that's a little trick that you can use, and it makes it that just that much more interesting. So give this a try and I'll see you in the next clip. So look at the difference. Choose which one you'd like. Teoh 7. MMC The gel sandwich A: the photo transfer process. Method number two. This method is called the Gel Sandwich. This is the process you use. If you cannot find a transfer pin, it works, Justus. Well, it just takes a little longer. The transfer pan is instant, but this method, you have to no, wait a little while for it to dry. So here we go. So first, I'm just going to go through the steps. You need gel, you need a brush, you need a photocopy. And remember that you put gel to jail, and at the end, you have to let the transfer dry 24 hours before you remove the paper. So let's watch the video now, and you'll understand what I'm talking about. Hi, Welcome to Mixed Media Collage Owns the gels sandwich. No, there are different ways to add jail transfers. This is the most traditional way. So first you put jail on your painting just like that, make sure it's nice, and even then you put gel on your photocopy just like that, make sure it's even make sure all the places you really want that transfer that happened is well covered. Then you the photocopy, too. The canvas So it's a sandwich jail to jail, and then you rob gently just like that, to make sure that there are no air bubble. Where there are air bubbles, there will be no transfer. That means there's no contact when there's a mayor bubble. So the transfer doesn't have now you need to let that dry 24 hours and the end product look Ah, a little bit like that in the So keep watching for the next step and try this now. 8. MMC Gel sandwich B: the photocopy transfer review. Now, make sure you've waited 24 hours. I'm just going to review a little bit for the two types of photo transfers. If you're using a transfer pan, do a small area at a time. Be careful not to move that photocopy. Tape it down if you need to. Now the gel sandwich. Make sure that once you have put gel to jail, you let it dry 24 hours. Then you robbed a paper off. We're going to watch that part now, so watch very carefully how you take the paper off. It's not very hard, I assure you. So here we go. Hi. Welcome to mixed media collages. Taking the paper off a gel transfer. All you do is get some water, wet the paper and then rob carefully to take off the paper. What you're left with is your photocopy, your your image that you have and Majel and it's stuck in the job. So that's all you have to do is wet the paper and rob, you may have to do it once or twice. So go do that now and see what happens. It will be a great surprise 9. MMC More examples of paintings: So what US archival mean archival means that your materials will last a long time. Non archival materials like paper, for example, that is non archival will yellow and get brittle and crack. Over time, your paint will start losing its color. But archival means that all these materials, if they are archival, will last a long time. So if you're just playing around, um, don't worry about having archival materials. But if you want your great great grandchildren to inherit your paintings, you need to worry about archival materials. Um, and use thumb. Non archival materials will deteriorate over time, so keep that in mind. Don't be afraid to buy good quality materials. It's worth it in the end. Sometimes the price of the material is a bit much, and it's quite expensive. So if you want to just tasked and see if you really like doing this, uh, just go to the dollar store and buy some inexpensive papers, inexpensive paint and use those. You can also get campuses there, but keep in mind that you're not going to make the perfect painting every time a musician practices a lot. A dancer, uh, practices a lot before the actual performance. A baseball player doesn't hit a home run every time he hits a ball. Um, and it's the same with us as artists. We need to practice, and some of our paintings are just practice in order to create that really, really good one. And don't be afraid to practice. So if you're intent on practicing, just use inexpensive materials. Here are some ideas for your mixed media collages. I'm giving you just a small selection off the different kinds of things that you can do in mixed media collage. The painting on the last here is, ah, painting that I won first price for at a competition. Um, the others are other works that I have created. Here are some more examples that have figures in them. The face that you see there I use a lot. It's my daughter's face that I put through photo shop, and, um, I just use it over and over. Here's a video that shows what the papers we are making will look like and they're awesome . Just watch. Hi. Welcome to mixed media collage, many kinds of papers. This is the really fun part where you get to see the kinds of papers you're going to create . See the variety of textures but happen now I'm going to show you how all this happens. So basically you paint one side of the paper, and the other paper side of the paper touches the plastic. Here I use different colored paint from a leftover painting, and that's the side I painted. Now sometimes there are more modest, more right kind of quiet papers, and that's one. And here's the other side. That's the sign that I paint. Now. This paper is bolder. See how the colors have blended, but some of the bright color still stays there on the other side, the side that touched the plastic. You have all these textures where the color is blended in the crackle of the paper, all the wrinkles where there's big wrinkles like this one. Sometimes you're left with white part. Here's another modest paper, very, very quiet. Good for Lansky. Very soft, and on this side you have the textures again. Two sides, one side that's very soft and muted, and another side that has bold, bright texture like this one. See how the side I painted is a little quieter and Then on the other side, it's Boulder. This one's client on both sides, perfect for a sky. So is this one perfect for a sky, except for that big hole in it. But sometimes holds are interesting because you can stick another paper underneath it, and it makes it a more interesting, uh, landscape. Here. You could have probably a leak in there, so the no each paper is different. It's a little bit like Christmas. Every time you unfold a paper from a plastic, it's different now. Here's a suggestion. Doled. Fold your papers too soon or they start to stick together. That's what happened. But see how bright you can get. You can get really bold colors. No problem there. Here you have a dark, very quiet, nice for a landscape. Perfect. I like those and you keep going. The pile is endless, and you can get all kinds of papers that you would never imagine. Here I splattered paint. So on the other side I have little bits of color that changed. This side is a little quieter, more striping like the ones we're going to make in the beginning. But look at the textures the way the paint puddled. It's just beautiful. It's wonderful. It's an exciting paper to use and quiet on the other side. No, the cut. This selection is endless. Here's a break. One bright colors again. Bright reds, bright blue. See how I've already used parts of it? The texture is bold on both sides. That means the paint quality was a little higher, so I had lots of pigment in there. So now you have seen what these papers look like and what we're doing doing next is we're going to make our own paper, so see you in the next step. 10. MMC Final presentation: we are almost done. All I'm going to do now is show you more examples and give you a few tips and then let you go on your own. You've learned all the basics that need to be learned. So remember, there's as many ways of doing mixed media collage as there are people, and you can do it any way you like. Here are landscapes, people, and remember that not everything that you plan will work out. Sometimes we have is called happy accidents, and happy accidents are awesome. They make your paintings better a lot of the times, So if it's interesting, just keep going and do that other idea that you had another time follow what the paint is doing for you. It's really interesting when these little accidents happen. Enjoy the process. Really, Honestly, the doing is what is the most important part, and I want you to have lots of fun. So happy creating Here's a challenge. Try a landscape Next. You've done very easy. Um, face now with some details, see if you can do a landscape and see what happens. Last of all, I would love to see what you create, so if you want to send me some J pegs of your work? I'd be happy to do that. Um, who knows? I may include it in mixed media number two. Next time. Um, I do plan to make a second video, so you never know. I've really enjoyed making this course, And I hope you've liked it too. If you like this course, please send me a positive reference. And, um, I would just love to hear from you. So my next class is an introduction to contemporary art. Actually, I think that what I'll call it is understanding contemporary art. So keep watching for it. And as a very last thing, I've included a pdf off this course in at the in the last section so you can have a copy paper copy for you to look at as a reference. So have fun creating and let me know how it goes. Bye. For now.