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13 Lessons (39m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Make your own stamps - Part 1

    • 3. Carving an eraser

    • 4. Stamps everywhere

    • 5. Plants in your work

    • 6. Salt

    • 7. Drawing on the move

    • 8. Spray painting

    • 9. Adding gold to your paintings

    • 10. Inside the box

    • 11. Sewing

    • 12. Cropping paintings to make them better

    • 13. Conclusion for skillshare

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About This Class

Welcome back to my Mixed Media series.  You will learn even more techniques that you can add to your repertoire.  Feel free to try every technique just for fun.  Having fun is the best way to learn something new and you will have fun with this grouping of techniques. Join me in my Mixed Media Masterclass #3.


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Doris Charest

Contemporary Fine Art Specialist and Instructor


Doris Charest - Biography


BED University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB

BFA University of Calgary, Calgary, AB

MED University of Alberta, AB

Mixed media is Doris' favorite favorite form of painting . She loves exploring with textures, shapes, and a more contemporary look. Nature and the world around her inspires Doris. Her love of texture won her the Allessandra Bisselli Award and a First Place in a Still Life show with the Federation of Canadian Artists in Vancouver. Look for Doris Charest's work in the American Magazine: Sommerset Studio (Summer, 2007) and British Magazine: Leisure Painter. Both feature a three pages of Doris' artwork. She won the Sylvie Brabant award in 2011 for her work in the art community. In 2013 she won First Place for he... See full profile

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1. Introduction: Welcome back. Now we're going to take the third version of mixed media masterclass. It's gonna be great. We have all kinds of new techniques for you and you'll have such a good time trying to Mollo. I hope you have fun with this. We're going to learn a lot about stamps. We're going to learn all about different kinds of ways to add unique little touches to your work. You can create wonderful textures and ideas, and it's up to you just what you're going to use and how you're going to use it. So join me in the next section for materials that you need. It's a repeat of the very first masterclass, but just in case you didn't take the 1st 1 I repeated the material section. So enjoy and we'll see you after you've done all those wonderful techniques 2. Make your own stamps - Part 1: Making Your own Stamps by Doris Shot A. Now we're going to make some fairly simple stamps with just glue and a little bit of foam core ormat Lord you can use either or here I'm gluing. String on to this foam core. That's it. That's very simple. The next one, I'm going to just glue buttons onto a piece of foam core in creative stamps. That way you can use any kind of material. You can look around the house. You can use small cardboard pieces. You can use very plasticky kind of foam core that you could buying craft shops and then cut it up. See how it's speeding up the camera so that it's not so boring for you, and then you just glue them on, and that creates an instant stamp. It's a wonderful product, and it works really well as a stamp. Notice that the stamps I'm creating are repetitive, and they are especially for creating background, so they're not very elaborate, and there met just for creating interesting textures in special spots. So that's what we're going to have first, and all you do is trim whatever you have, and that's what you get you can buy letters and foam and glue them on and use that. Another item you can use is insulation, so little bits of insulation and you just glue things on. And what I'm going on now is Matt board. The pink stuff is the insulation and the glue pieces onto that. I like this simply because it's thicker, and it's a lot easier to hold when I'm actually stamping. So on their gluing leftover bits oven old decoration. So I've glued down that that decoration. I'm gluing down a string again, and so I have puzzle pieces. I have car board. I have leftover pieces of decorations. You can use onion bags. You can use just about anything that you want. There's lots of choices with this easy phone. Now I'm just going to use little pieces again. I'm creating stamps that are more generic background making. I'm not crying, trying to create something absolutely detailed. So here we go. We're going to use some of thes stamps that I made, and I'm going to just paint on them and then stamp so here ago that's the one that was just pieces of leftover. The next one is that peanut shell kind of looking one. The next one? Yes, just the buttons. So see how that texture is very interesting for a background, and the next one is just a string. So if you want to greet just lines, I love that one, and I use it a lot, actually, so you can stamp it different directions. More often than not, Here's the letters that you buy in full. That could be very interesting to sometimes I cut up those letters. This is the cardboard, so look at the variety you can create just amazing or just used the edge of your foam core . There's a lot of options up there, so have fun. Here's an example of the stamping on of regular painting, so I create background textures. I'm just stamping and creating background textures. That's all I want to do, so it gives you an idea of how to put them on. So you see what they're what they make on a plain white piece of paper, and now you see what they do on an actual painting. So my little cardboard that I love creates very interesting textures as well. So here we are. You can stamp on top of stamps. It's limitless. What you could do these air, the pieces of decoration that were falling apart, and it just creates a little bit of just unexamined, all of a texture. Here's a more dominant texture, just the roll of tape that I ran out of tape, and now I created a circle. So there's a last minute one, so make your own stamps. They're easy and fun. 3. Carving an eraser: carving stamps by Dora Shoving now here are going to carve our own stamp, and what I'm using is a giant eraser. You can buy these at any dollar store, and you just Carveth, um, with woodcarving tools, you can get these basic easy kits at any art supply store and carved designs. I'm only going to do a very simple design, because otherwise it would take me so long that you would get really bored. I'm going to do something very simple that I can repeat. I like very simple designs, and then I repeat them, and it creates a background texture. And that's what I like the most. So I've speeded up the camera a little bit. I'm just going to follow these circles now. You don't have to use erasers. There's materials you can buy that are a little more expensive at any art supply stores for carving into and making stamps out of, um, I just found that thes giant erasers air very inexpensive at any art supplies, not art supply, but dollar store. And that's what I'm going to use for this time. You can cut them to the size you want, and they break off easily just like that? Well, almost usually. And I used them a stamps, and they're wonderful. They're my favorite carving tool, so you can just see how I've carved some circles there. Then you paint your surface and you stamp now, the first stop didn't work there while the second is better. See how you get those ghost areas. That's the part I like the most when you get those ghosts stamps. And if you press really hard to get a better impression now, the tip for here is to put a soft cloth under your paper, and then it cuts really well. So here's the tool. I used a line of cutting tool thes air, the purchased ones you can buy, and you can carve different things into them. I carved some landscape for this one. This is Lionel. You can buy soft line Oh, and harder line. Oh, and then all you do is paint on top of them, or take a roller and roll on top of thumb, and you can create wonderful steps. This is for larger kind of pieces, and I'm using reddish color and you'll see how you can have a lot of different design so you can get way more intricate with these. Then you can with an eraser. So these air really good and very easily found at any art supply store. So just stamp it like that and rob, you can rub on the paper side or you can rob on the line. Oh, signed and lift. Well, that's a pretty dry piece. Sometimes with these, they're harder to print. So what I do is I make my paper damp, and then it prints a lot better, so I'm going to try again. It's always good to see how things were done wrong. I find that I learned more from errors than I learned from doing a good job the first time . So this is a good way for you to see how what it looks like when you have an error or a bad print, and then you'll see what happens when you print something that is a little better now. Here I put my step down. I'm not sure why put my stamp down and rub the stamp. It works a lot better if you rob the paper. It's important not to move the paper, but at the same time, just gently. Rupp. You can use a spoon, so here's a little better version of what can happen with lie. No cuts and a bad version. So have fun with this and try carving your own stamps and we'll see you in the next section way. 4. Stamps everywhere: stamps everywhere by Doris Shy. We're going to check out different kinds of ways to make stamps. Everything from plucking leaves off your tree like this one. All you knew is paint the leaf, and you haven't instant stamp so gently. Just paint the paint on the leaf. Try and hit the high bumps, the veins of the leaf. That's when it's the most interesting, and all you have to do once you've done that is just stamp it on your paper. It's not any more complicated than that. It's a very simple process. It's just the matter off doing it. So here ago, we flip the leaf, you pat at the little wee bit and put, Ah, you end up with the leaf print and then you can print it more than once. Remember that the second print is called a ghost print, and it's a little lighter, but it's just is interesting. So that's a leaf print, very easy to do and not complicated at all. So there's a second ghost print. Very nice, these air, great for backgrounds as well. Here's another way to create stamps just by found objects, so we have wallpaper here, so just like the last one. We use acrylic paint and you just paint your wall paper, different colors, any color that you like and then stamp it. That's all there is to it. And then your ghost tamp and 1/3 1 that's ergo stamps. So that's very easy. See what you can do next. You glue string onto a toilet paper roll and then you paint the string. Not very complicated, either. Any makes great marks. Look at that. That's a great texture for a background. You can take a spool of thread and paint the school, and you end up with beautiful circles. Yuk unbind eye rollers like this one and I just roll it into the paint and then you go click, click, click, click, and you end up with very interesting marks to If you can't buy those, you can just get a roller and cut it up. Now you can buy stamps to at stamping places, scrap of places. All I do is I paint my stamp just like that. You can use different colors if you want, and just pink yeah, and paying to the high parts of the stamp and then you just stamp it, huh? I like irregular mark. So if the paint is not regular, I don't mind it. I like the actual texture. Another thing you can do is put a towel under your paper, and then it's really easy. You get a soft print and you get a better print. So try this out and we'll see you in the next section. 5. Plants in your work: plants in your work by Doris. Sorry. Now you can add plants to any kind of artwork. There are a few tricks to live. You can add them with just gel, and that works really well. You can add any kind of plant material with gel because jealous the best glue ever, and it can even add flowers, leaves anything in. If you put enough gel, it'll hold anything now. There are some really risky elements about putting plants in your work. One of them is the color fast quality. Even though you can put them in your work and hold them there with gel, there's no guarantee that the color will stay the same. See how I congenital it down and it will stay down. And then I can paint around that. Here's some samples of plants in my work, and here's part of the downfall. The colors change so it'll go from green to beige or brown, and that will change. The pedals in the dark Flower did not change, but the pedals in the white flour did change, and you have this wonderful texture that you can get with the plants. But my suggestion is, is you use it as a texture and be very careful how you use plants. The color will not stay. So that's the basics of what you need to know for plants will see you in the next section. 6. Salt: This is a technique that some people don't think about because it's been around so long that people forget. So we're going to use both watercolor and acrylic. For this, all you need is a pallet off water color and you just painted on. Make sure your paint is relatively wet and that part is really important. And then you sprinkled a sulk on. It takes about maybe 10 15 minutes for the salt to act, but now we're going to add some acrylic. So here's from acrylic. Make sure that it's a little wetter than that, and you add it on you just spread it around to see what happens. Then we add a little bit of salt and wait for 10 15 minutes. It takes the same amount of time. Was acrylic and watercolor for the technique to work? That's all there is to it. It makes a great background texture. So here we are. Both have created spots of white pushed away the color, so the signs of it is the salt pushes of where the water and then we are left with white spots. And that's a great technique for a background. So have fun with this will see you in the next section 7. Drawing on the move: drawing on the move. Now this is a really fun project. You'll like this project. What happens is I give everybody a piece of paper the length of my arm, and they are to go on a trip and draw what they see. So every time they notice an object, their job is to dropped on their sheet and at it. So here I've seen a tree of seeing a bird, seeing some bushes with Berries in them. A couple more birds. You just draw whatever you see on this trip to you can change it up. You can add Okay, you're to draw things you feel in your to draw animate objects here to draw inanimate objects. It's up to you to decide the parameters. So here's a stop sign. My students just loves this exercise, and it's an excellent exercise in perception. So you start noticing what you haven't seen in a long time, so quite often when you follow a similar route or even a similar path, you don't see what's there. All you see is whatever in your head. So this is a great way to start seeing again what is around you. The goal is to just draw anything that you see from the cap to the trees to the stop selling to the rocks. Just start seeing again what is around you. I know myself, even as an artist. Sometimes you just follow a routine so much that you don't see anything anymore. So when you reach the end of your paper like what's happening now, what you're going to do is flip it over and then draw your trip back. Your trip back could be the same route, but you might see different objects or a different goal. Or it might be a different route back, and you draw your route all the way back. Does not sound like fun. It's a great springtime activity, so flipping over and start drawing the trip back. For this exercise, you'll need a clip board, a pencil and a long piece of paper like this. People will just love this exercise. You will love this exercise. I love this exercise. It's just a fun way to start seeing again. You don't need very many materials. It's inexpensive and it's fun. So that's it. That's your job. Now take a walk, take a trip, draw what you see, Learn to see again. She What's there? Doesn't have to be a perfect drawing, just a symbol. So have fun and we'll see you in the next section. 8. Spray painting: Spray PAINT By Doris Shove A. This is an easy and fun way to create a painting here. I'm outside in the sun, and I'm going to spray paint over a background that they already have. You can create backgrounds using spray paint as well. I have another video on that you can have a look and then you just spray. I'm having trouble with this can. It's just spraying air, so I think I will switch their ago. I got it going and it leaves marks, and it just blows everything around. But I like what it has left its left. A few little marks there, and I'm going to add another stencil. This is a great time to use up your stencils that you have. This is a glue gun stencil, and I'm having trouble with my can again, so I will switch color. Here we have blue. See how the marks are so interesting when you do spree counts. Now the kinds of spray cans you can get our different. You can get some from your local hardware store, and they are not archival, but there spray cans that you can get at the art supply store our archival. So what they do is they take regular acrylic paint and put it in those cans. This is something that's quite important if you want to keep your paintings and sell them. If you're just wanting to have a bit of fun, go ahead and buy some at the hardware store. This is a great way to just relax and create some interesting backgrounds. I like doing this technique to just find ways to different ways to create a background that I might want to play with. Later on, I practiced with the hardware store ones, and then I used the good ones later on. So, as you see, I'm repeating a lot of the textures. It's important that you repeat elements and see what happens. So here I have three little figures in a very interesting background. Now, the key word here is interesting. I have to decide where I'm going to use these little figures and what I have to decide where I'm going to use thes now. What I can do is create a pattern in the design and just play with it. So just have fun with this. Enjoys Theo 9. Adding gold to your paintings: adding gold times three. So you're going to get three different ways to add gold. This is a prayer paper, and it's got stamping on the top, but see how you can wipe it off and then you can just use it to put on your painting. Prayer papers come in different sizes and shapes. You can get small, medium or large, and then only have to do is tear it up and add it to your painting to add it. Ear painting you need gel and a paper. Or to remember that gold. It should only be used as a focal enhancer. You put it in a special sponsors that guide your eye. Gold is glittery, so it attracts the eye very easily. When you're tearing the goal paper. Keep in mind that when you tear up, you end up with a white line. When you tear down, you end up with just the color of the gold. So that's trick that you can check out in one of mine mixed media Casals. And it's just very easy to care. It's sturdy but very, um, thin. At the same time, it's really a great way to add gold to your paintings. All you need is to jail. You put gel underneath and you put gel on top. Now, when you're adding these the jealous, the best glue that you will ever have jail dres clear. You can buy gel in gloss or in Matt or semi gloss as well, so you can choose myself. I prefer semi gloss because you end up with not too shiny and not too matte. Gloss helps bring out the color. So you really like to have a little bit of gloss in there to bring out the color. Now we're going to add go foil and gold leaf. I'm going to add the gold to the white petals. This time I'm going to use my fingers because I want a nice skinny line, and I know my finger will do a good job. Normally, I would use a brush to do use the gold foil. You just put gel on your petal and put the foil on top. Now I'm going to use gold leaf, which is very different, and I'm adding gel again with my fingers, and then I put the gold leaf on top. Sometimes you Kenbrell and it in what your gold leaf and have little speckles of gold. And other times you could just leave it on top. And when it dries, you can brush off the excess school. I liked lending it in, I must say so that's two different ways to add it. Now you need to let it dry. That's the important part. The pieces dry and I'll pull off the foil, and when you pull it off, you see where the foil touched the gel. You have gold. Now you see, it's a very different look. The foil is a shiny gold. The leaf is actually a more antique goal. So you have two different looks and you could choose whichever one you like. And that's one way or two ways I should say to add goal. It looks wonderful. It's a great way to add. Now here's the bonus part. I decided at the last minute to at this section in its gold paint. Now everybody knows about gold paint, and I thought, Oh, I don't need to add that in, but I decided to anyway, here I'm adding gold paint to my figure around her head to as part of the design this is a gold paint that is more like an antique gold and so a dollar gold. But it's still gold on the left. When it dries, it's shiny, and I just added with a brush. Gold paint is almost, um, stress free because you just add it where you want it, and it's not any more complicated than painting it on wherever you want it. So that's it for gold. Have fun with it. It's a really great way to have a touch special touch to your painting. 10. Inside the box: inside the Box by Doris Shoni. Every once in a while, you need to do something different and experiment with an idea, but in a different way, and it really does get your creative juices going. So I looked everywhere for Petri dishes and I couldn't find any. So I found these little boxes that I'm going to paint in. So instead of painting large canvases, which is what I really love, there's nothing I love better than painting on something 36 by 48 or larger. I'm going to paint in these tiny little boxes, and I've decided to create some abstracts, an experiment to see what the paint does as it blends together. What I look for is composition. I never really forget composition, and I look to repeat colors, create a focal point and see how the colors blend together to create more interesting effects. This is a great way to experiment with paint and see what happens when it blends together. I found that when you do small things like this and play with the paint, it doesn't take that much more to do the same thing on a bigger scale. So in my 36 by 48 paintings. I use some of the techniques I learned while doing these small, little tiny experiment. So adding the dark creates the high contrast. I'm still hoping it doesn't compete with my focal point, but I'm really not sure what's going to happen. The paint gathers and spreads different ways, and it's unpredictable. Most of the time, if I want the paint not to spread as much, I take this tiny little colored sand, and I spread it on the areas that I want to stay the same. So that's one painting, and then I can paint another. So it takes like a whole 1.5 minutes to create a painting this way, and it makes it for an interesting effect. I've displayed some of these paintings, and people are really attracted to see what is inside these tiny little boxes, So I'm going to make another one. This time, I added the sand first. I don't want the pain to spread quite as much. This box is so tiny that is going to make it really easy for that paint to spread, but adding the sand slows down the spreading, so just keep adding, I'm adding a little bit of a gray, a neutral color. It's hard to see, but it's really interesting to see what you can do with these paints. You add watery paint, more solid paint and see what happens again. Try it another time. So you ca ndu maybe 1/2 a dozen of these in half an hour and let the paint spread. And if there's any changes you want a little later on, you can add even more pink, and it's really fun. I'm sure you'll love this. So the little orange grains of sand peek through the paint and that adds another dimension to it not only slows down the pain, but it adds another color dimension that you don't see until everything is dry. So I'm gabbing little bits of color, and I'm going to add a dark, see if I can create a contrast. Now the plus of this. If you don't like what you've done, wash it out and start again. There's no way to make an error. Now. I'm just going to wait till all the paint is dry and then keep adding the next level. Be careful, it's addictive. So this is inside the box. See you in the next section 11. Sewing: sewing by Doris Side. This is a really, finally in to add texture to your painting. Keep in mind that you cannot do this exercise on board. You can only do it on paper or canvas. You can actually sold through a countess. It's a little harder, but it's very doable. Some people actually use the sewing machine and so elements onto their painting. This is easier if you use a paper and you add paper. Elements are other very light elements to your painting. For this exercise, we will hand so items. So the first step for me is toe hand. So this leaf on this is one of the leaves that you convey by. It's called a devein belief. I actually tried to devein my own leaves at one time and found out how much hard work it waas, so I decided I was going to buy them. From then on, they're not very expensive. You could buy a package for under $7 they come in different sizes. The price does very according to the SARS. This is a lot of work to do on your own to devein these leaves, so it's well worth the price. Now what I'm using is a heavy embroidery thread. I want the heavy threat to show the texture. The texture is really what I'm interested in. I like texture, and I like adding it to my paintings. So I missed a spot here. It didn't quite go through. Sometimes what can happen is you can damage your paper. You have to be very careful about that part now. I have a square format in this painting, and I'm going to try to repeat some of these elements. See how the yellows thread is subtle, but at the same time, it creates a texture and the line in the painting. That's very interesting. It's different from the other things that you have on there. I have mostly collage elements and a photo transfer. Actually, some of the other elements air from the FA Taj video, and you can look that up in the under fa tosh. That's F r o T T A g e E. Now I'm going to follow through on the rectangular format. I'm going to repeat the linear element, and I'm going to repeat all those lines to help bring it together. Repetition is one of the key elements in composition. And the more you repeat, the more you're I've lands the pieces together. So here I have, ah, line that goes through the leaf and a smaller segmented one at the top. And now I'm going to make my way around the painting on going to not at straight boxes, I'm adding, I'm adding segments of lying. If I was drawing them's keep in mind that when you use thread, it's like doing a drawing. I'm adding this in a way that it looks like it's a line. It could be a drawing. I could have used a pen or ink and drawn. Now be careful to tie your string or your thread very well. I'm having trouble making my not, but I'm going to make sure that the not goes through and it's tied properly. So here we go. We have linear elements that are repeated using thread. Have fun doing this. Remember your Onley as limited as your imagination. You can add thread in any shape or form that you like, so that's sewing by door shut 12. Cropping paintings to make them better: cropping by Doris Saudi Here we're going to learn about what to do if you're painting that isn't quite right, and how cutting it back would make it a better painting. Keep in mind that this works better when you're working with paintings on paper. Working on canvas is a whole different ball game. I could crop there, too, but that's a whole new technique. So maybe my painting would be better if I cropped this way or that way. That's not bad. I don't mind that one and maybe the bottom. No, a little wider there. So I play around with what would look better, and then I can crop it for that reason here. The problem is, I have to much land or too much sky, and the painting is to even so, this is perfect. More sky. Last land makes it a better painting. I could crop it, so it's mostly sky. Not as good. I'm could crop it so there's more land. But then I have the same problem as I had before, so I think this would be the best for this painting. I can crop there now. I have this mixed media painting some of it is too much, so I can crops. That one. The idea is that you want your viewer toe, look at the painting and keep coming back to the focal point. This painting, it's not happening. There's too much information around the edges, so I could crop this way and would be better. That's a little better because I have repetitive elements. That's the best. I think that would be the best way to crop this painting. I have elements that repeat all the elements go towards the focal point. It makes a great painting this way, so that's all for cropping and we'll see you in the next section. 13. Conclusion for skillshare: conclusion. I really enjoyed making this class, and I hope you enjoyed taking it, too. We covered so many techniques that you can try. I would love it if you'd share some of your ideas and your projects that you did with us. I only have to do is send me an email or send the pictures of what you've done through the site. It would be really great for everybody to see what others are doing in this club. And I want to thank you for just being there. It's been a great course. Now I look forward to seeing you in my next course, see you for now and have fun creating.