Mixed Media: Design a soft, sweet aesthetic with abstract techniques

Janelle Nichol, Self taught artist

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11 Videos (2h 51m)
    • Intro to Janelle and Course (Little Birdie Mixed Media Canvas)

    • Materials Overview

    • 1st layer of background

    • 2nd layer of background

    • 3rd and final layer for background

    • Learn how to sketch the figure

    • Printing your sketch in the correct size

    • Putting the figure together & applying it to the canvas

    • Painting the hair

    • Shading the Figure

    • Adding Addditional Accents & Final Thoughts


About This Class


In this class you will begin with a blank canvas and finish with a completed textured canvas artwork.

We will start out by creating the background using various mediums and techniques that I myself have developed. We will discuss how to design a pleasing composition using mixed media elements, colors and shapes. I will also give advice on how to convey a specific mood and aesthetic in all stages of this artwork from sketching the figure to putting on the final accents.

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I love Janelle's art, and you can tell how much skill and hard work go into creating her pieces. I've always been too intimidated to try a mixed media piece. I had no idea where to even begin. This class removed the mystery for me, and I'm really excited to try out the process!





Janelle Nichol

Self taught artist

Hi, my name is Janelle Nichol and I am an artist from Canada.

Some of my favorite things to create on my pieces are playful and sweet children and strong, confident, and sometimes whimsical poses of women. I particularly enjoy creating calming and dreamy backgrounds mixed with abstract elements. My art has been described as abstract folk-art and I enjoy working with various mediums to create unique works that are inspirational and sustainable.

Some artists that inspire me are ...

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