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

Janelle Nichol

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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!





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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