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Mixed Media Minis: Turn Your Practice Pieces into Masterpieces

teacher avatar Charmaine Boggs, artist, arts educator, jewelry designer

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10 Lessons (1h 15m)
    • 1. Welcome to Class!

    • 2. Supplies

    • 3. LESSON 1: Stencils

    • 4. Bonus: Shading Stencils

    • 5. LESSON 2: Simple Photo Collage

    • 6. Bonus: Layered Photo Collage

    • 7. LESSON 3: Add Dimension

    • 8. Bonus: Another Method for Dimension

    • 9. LESSON 4: Finish with Flair!

    • 10. Let's Start a Project!

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Do you have piles of practice brush lettering sheets, sketches, and paintings that you are sure will never see the light of day again? And you’ve saved them all just in case you want to finish them….someday? 

I feel your pain! I spend hours every week learning and practicing new skills learned here on Skillshare, taking local art classes, and participating in Facebook and Instagram creative challenges. That adds up to a lot of artwork! 

My goal for this class to share some fresh inspiration for using some of those projects in new ways. 

We'll be creating "Mixed Media Minis", small art works that can be matted, framed, or used as notecards to send a personalized greeting to a friend or family member. At the end of the class, I’ll share a quick and easy way to finish off the back of matted artwork so that it doesn’t even need a frame! 

This class is designed for beginners and more experienced artists. 

The lessons are detailed enough to provide guidance for beginners, and just might give more experienced mixed media artists an idea or two to expand on with their next project!  The lessons cover stenciling, photo collage, and an easy way to finish your work without framing. Each lesson is followed by a bonus video with a variation on the technique that just might give you a fresh idea for your project.

No, you don’t have to spend your next paycheck on new art supplies! 

Although the supplies for mixed media art can become overwhelming to a beginner, for most of these projects I’ve chosen to use basic materials that you are likely to have on hand from other classes. Any special materials, such as matte gel medium, are easy to obtain online or at your local craft and hobby store. And for those of you with extensive collections of art supplies, the sky’s the limit on mixed media.  Feel free to mix it up with ideas from your own collection of materials, then share them on the Projects page so we can learn from one another!

 Mixed media art opens up all kinds of possibilities! I’ll be looking forward to seeing what you create! 

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Charmaine Boggs

artist, arts educator, jewelry designer



I'm Charmaine, artist and arts educator... living an art-full life fueled by Starbucks and beach dreams!

After retiring from a forty year career in education in 2017,  I realized that I was not ready for a life of leisurely luncheons and golf outings. I'm sure the fact that I've never even played golf might have something to do with that! 

When I'm not busy working on my painting and printmaking, I enjoy spending time in my flower gardens, walking the lovely trails in our nearby parks, and taking the photographs that provide the inspiration for my artwork and the jewelry designs that I sell as CBoggsArt and Thoroughly Modern Mimi on Etsy. 

When I plan a Skillshare class, my goal is to make art accessible for all ages an... See full profile

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1. Welcome to Class! : do you have piles of practice brush lettering, sheets, sketches, paintings that you're sure are never going to see the light of day again because they were practice or just because you don't know what you want to do with, um, it was fun learning toe watercolor and create mixed media backgrounds and do some printmaking and goodness gracious thes thinks were so much fun to work with. So I've saved them off because someday I might use them. And even more importantly, I don't want to contribute to the landfill. Welcome to mixed media minis The place to be if you want to turn your practice pieces into masterpieces I'm Charmaine. I'm a retired art teacher who has never met an art supply that I can't get along with. Which is probably why I ended up being so drawn to mixed media art because I can combine painting and printmaking and photography and collage ing all in one piece of art. And I really enjoy doing that. So I feel your pain. I collect mounds of artwork every week, so my go for this class is to share some fresh inspiration for ways to use those underappreciated art pieces and turn them into work that you can be proud of and share will be creating mixed media minis, small artworks that could be mad, it grained and even used as note cards to send a personalized greeting to family or friends . At the end of the class, I'll share a quick and easy way to finish off the back of your matted artwork so that it doesn't even need a frame. This class is designed for beginners and more experienced artists. The lessons air detailed enough to provide guidance for beginners and just might give more experienced mixed media artists an idea or two to expand on with their next project. The lessons cover stenciling, photo collage and adding dimensional effects like these little butterflies. Each lesson is followed by a bonus video with a variation on the technique or a little more information that just might give you a fresh idea for your next project. Well, as you can see, mixed media art opens up a wealth of possibilities. If you're a beginner and just getting started, you can stick to the lessons and just use the materials that you have on hand even make substitution. And if you're more experienced or have an extensive set of art supplies available to you, maybe come up with your own creative way to put them together and share that with us on the project page so that we can all learn from one another, regardless of whether you're a beginner or an experienced artist. Mixed media is so much fun. It's a great way to use up all that unfinished artwork. So join me in the next video, where I'll speak a little bit about the supplies that I used in these demonstrations and we'll get started. 2. Supplies : gathering all the supplies for a mixed media art project can become a little bit overwhelming, especially for a beginner. So for all of these lessons, I've tried to use mostly things that are easy to obtain or ways for you to substitute. There are basic supplies that are used in almost every one of the lessons, starting with your own artwork that you want to reuse or recycle photographs. If you're doing lesson to a pallet, make up and craft sponges, cotton swabs of foam brush replying glue stencils, acrylic paints, permanent ink. I do prefer Matt Gel, medium over mod podge. I think it is a better glue, and it doesn't leave a sticky finished to the outside of your work and then the usual pencil ruler scissors tape And I do have a specific supply list for every lesson, and every one of these lists is available as a printable PdF for you on the project page. So Lesson one involves using stencils, so you'll need a background paper, which is your artwork that you want to change. If you want to mad it or frame it, you'll need the mat or the frame cards, some stencils I like acrylics, and I have a list here of what I'm using for this particular lesson. I do it sometimes. Use a paint pen to touch things up and sponges and cotton swaps for applying my paints to buy stenciled images. So using stencils, if you're going to be doing one of the collage lessons, then you have a different set of supplies that you need off the collage. Again. You'll use your some photographs to cut out. It is photo collage mats or cards to fit the plan that you have the size that you want to do. I like to use scraps to add to my collage, and I do that the most in the bonus lesson for the photo. Kalash Lessons again acrylics I use, and I have the colors listed here that I used in demonstrating. I use the mat gel medium for my gluing and for finishing off the work when it to give it a safe coding. Off phone, brash scissors and sponges. So for photo collage, you'll need those things. And if you don't have photos, cutouts from magazines or calendars will work equally well. The last lesson is the most involved Lesson three, I'll be sharing with you the way I created thes dimensional little butterflies. This requires a lot more work, and I've also learned that sometimes the chipboard shapes could be difficult to find. So I do have a bonus lesson that will give you an alternative in the event that you can't find the type of shapes that I'm using. But again, other than that, some cheap aluminum foil you want the thin stuff that's very flexible, because that will work the best and some type of relief ing block or super fine sandpaper for taking off some of the layers of paint as you go. And I use one that's by the company called Montage. You can usually get that at a craft and hobby store or online. The last of the lessons is just a simple, easy way to Matt your work so that it doesn't necessarily have to be framed. It will give the backs of your work a really nice finished look, and you can simply put it in a little stand or presented as a gift and allow the recipient to do the framing the way they would like things to be framed and I think that's something that many people do appreciate. The last thing I do want to talk about are some of my favorite. Actually, I guess I should say favorite tips for where I get supplies and the things that I like to do. For example, Shutterfly is my go to for cut up prints. I like to make small photo prints when they have their freebies and their special deals. I usually get them in a Matt finish, and I don't mind cutting them up. I photographed my own artwork so that I don't have to cut up originals, or I photographed photos that I've taken outside when I want to use bits of nature in my work. I do like Strathmore for a lot of my papers, especially artist trading carts and the frame cards that fit them, as well as the watercolor postcards that I talk about in the stenciling lesson. Recollections is another brand that's easy to find at craft stores, and they have some really nice photo cards that you can put together with your work. If you're using acrylics, you can't go wrong with golden or liquid tax, at least in my opinion, and my primary online source for supplies are Amazon, Jerry's Arte Rama, Dick Blick and cheap Jos. So with all those supplies, that's an awful lot. But remember, there is a downloadable pdf for all of these lessons that you can have on hand when you're shopping for supplies. 3. LESSON 1: Stencils: in this lesson, I'll share the process. I used to make little minis like this feather print. I did this one on a piece of black artists trading card paper, but you can use any paper that's caught in the size of an artist trading card, which is 2.5 inches by 3.5 inches. You can buy these sets online or at an art supply store. They usually come in black on a white and a cream color. They're very handy, but it's a size that I'm really going for with this because with this size you're set up to use your artwork in what's draft more refers to as frame carts, which are designed for artists trading card sized work. So with a set of frame cards, you'll get a nice deck alleged envelope and a frame card that allows you to insert your artwork. You can put it in the protective plastic sleeve or not as you choose, and then insert the artwork inside the card. This gives you a really nice original personalized note card that makes a great gift with a gift or a gift in and of itself. By sharing your artwork. Another thing that you can dio is have mats cut to accommodate the size of the artist trading card. And I had these mats caught to a four by six size with an opening that accommodates the artist trading card. And this allows me to very easily go to any store that sells frames and take advantage of those bargains and being able to buy some really nice for by six photo frames to frame my artwork. So it becomes a stand alone piece that can go on a shelf or even on the wall is part of a grouping. Okay, enough talk. Let's get started for this demonstration. I'm going to make use of another. Oops. This was a background on a Strathmore postcard that didn't come out very well. My leaf prints didn't come out really well. And then I was doing some stenciling and wasn't really paying attention to what I was doing . And it's not a good stencil. So I'm going to you make use of this space down here, going to use my artist trading cards size piece of paper to mark off my space. Now I know that I cannot get too close to these edges because the opening of any map that's cut for an artist training hard size, whether I'm using the little note cards or a match, it's a smaller opening than this piece of paper. So I want to stay up inside there a little more so I can position my stencil off above. I don't want to go all the way to the top or all the way to the bottom like so. And for this one, I really do like the rich purple kind of color on these background colors that I have. So I'm using some Grumbach er academy. This is a not a terribly expensive grade of acrylic tube paints. You get them at the your local crafts of my store probably has them. It wasn't a very good idea, was it? Have to wash that Stansel. I'm not going to could have bit out there, and I like to use a makeup sponge for my Stansell. So I have a makeup sponge here, and I'm going to put a little bit of I paint on this bunch like so, and I'm gonna hold down. I stencil and go directly, just kind of pounce up and down. Then I'm gonna move my fingers and hold the stencil here, do the same thing. Oops. Get moved slightly. So I need to get it back in position. If it's a little bit off with this technique, that's not a big problem, because we are going to be overlapping a second color on this. So that will hide any little mistakes that you have. And then I'm gonna live straight up, and I have my first layer of color. So I have my first set, and it's a very deep, deep purple. I'm going to let that dry if you're in a hurry for drying a hair dryer or if you happen to have a heat gun, will dry things quickly. Or you can just put it aside for a little bit and go work on something else. We're just what I'm going to do right now, when I did, but I'm going to do for my next color, which is going to be Goal the copper metallic. I'm using the copper metallic by Martha Stewart, some of that out of inclusive on two things here, and I'm going to use this boat now What? I'm going to dio I want offset. What I had I'm not going to line my stencils up exactly where they were. I'm going to offset them slightly from where they were. And there's an element of oops potential with doing this because you really don't know how it's going to look until you do it. But that's part of the beauty, printing and stenciling and all these types of things. All right, I'm gonna put this in some high speed here because there's no reason for you to sit and watch me endlessly doing the same thing over and over. So here it is in a quick speed. Now you can like here. I did totally miss that end, and I can line this back up again to accommodate that. But I would want to wait until this is completely dry so that in putting that stencil vac on, I don't make a mess out of it doing that. There's so I had missed my gold spots right here. So I'm going to line my stunts little back. Do not go there, copper. I know I went back so and spend and get that bad air way have the sparkles on the whole thing to see. Another idea for a way to use stencils with your mixed media art. Check out the bonus lesson for adding shading to stenciled images, see in the next lesson. 4. Bonus: Shading Stencils: in this demonstration, I'm going to use the same technique that I just shared with you with the feathers. But I'm going to do it over a leaf print that's done on a Strathmore watercolor postcards. I'm part of an artist postcard exchange in one of my Facebook groups, and I often use my leaf prints as a background for what I'm doing and for my November card . This is perfect. So I do have a class on my skill share channel to show you how I do these leaf prints so that you can do that, too. But that is a topic for another day. But I am going to use this little stencil of these little mushrooms in this, this part of my watercolor print that isn't quite as clear. So I'm going to stencil them on, and I'm going to use that same purple color because I'm using a similar color scheme so that purple we'll work really well for the background color. My little mushrooms here there are a little tricky. They don't want that. Well, my postcard is a little bit Brinkley from all the water coloring that goes into that. Go ahead and purple missions her that will be the first layer for this Going to work this stenciled image a little differently. I don't want to do the offsetting. I want to line it up as precisely as possible. And I'm going to use the cotton swab and my coverage paint to just do underneath XO a little part of the mushroom that has a little spores. See, that's doing this. And then I'm just going to give me a little mushrooms a little, and I'm comp lending it with my fingers along the way. Almost like painting. That one got a little too much. So I'm gonna dip into my purple. I just What kind of like that, anyway, Purple in there Kind of like that, just a little between. It's left over from me. Grasses shouldn't keep saying gold. I'm using copper, but it certainly does look gold under these lights. My little mush rates when you're finishing up a piece like one of these, it's sometimes a good idea to take. Oh, this is a calligraphy paint pen. It happens to be a nice color that matches these, So I used it just to add a little definition to the edges of the mushrooms that I couldn't get just with the stencil alone. And that kind of sharpens up those edges just a little bit. Another thing that I did you'll notice that there's kind of a fuzzy, shiny, sparkly border around this, and we did that using the paints that I've been using for the project itself. So for this, you just simply take a little bit of whatever colors you were using. In this case, it was purple and the Martha Stewart metallic, and there's a couple ways to apply it. You can use your brought your sponges like you had been before. You put a little bit of paint on your sponge, and what I like to do is just have a little bit of it to the edges. But honestly, my favorite way to do this a little bit messier, but it works really well, is just to take my finger and then the sponge. So I think I use my finger to get some of the color on like that. I'm gonna go around the outside, edges here with a little bit of the purple and then use my sponge. Just spread it around a little bit. Thanks. Like so. Maybe just a little bit up here, a little bit down here so that I'm carrying my color throughout. And then take I'm gonna take the cover and burnish the edges a little bit with that number . And some of that finished edge is going to be lost within any map that you use, whether it's a note card, Matt for a cut, Matt. But it gives your work nice. Finished off to have a little, a little bit of edge or a little bit of frame around. You work so you could define the shapes. I could do the same thing here if I wanted to define the's a little bit more little feathers. I could take a fine tipped pay pan and do the same thing, but I'm going to leave it because I like it and I'm finished. And these air ready now to be placed in a card or in a man 5. LESSON 2: Simple Photo Collage: After all that painting and stenciling on layering, you might be ready for something a little bit simpler and quicker. This photo collage. It's a very simple technique that involves nothing more than choosing backgrounds photos and putting them all together along with any other bits and pieces that you may have saved . I like to use Shutterfly because they frequently offer freebies, and one of their freebies are these four by four inch prints. They also offer a lot of four by six prints, which is another good size for this. And when they dio, I get multiples made, so I might have a dozen of each image that I want to keep. And that way I can frame them as ISS when there my artwork or my photos, or I can cut them apart and use them in collage. So that's what I do. Shutterfly is my recommendation. If you don't have time for that or you just don't want do it quite that way, you need something a little simpler. Calendar art is a good option. This counters huge. It's a world by lights hummingbird calendar and most of the images and calendar itself are quite enormous. So unless you're planning to use this technique on a larger piece of work, you're probably not going to use something that large. But it has down in the corner of each month some nice little images of birds that could be cut apart. So calendar art lower magazine cutouts will work. I like calendars more than most magazines, simply because the paper seems to be a little heavier. You could also go online and print out some stock photos. Just maybe do it on card stock or a heavier weight paper for backgrounds. Just go through all those pieces of practice, work or rejects. This was a practice leaf print. Um, didn't quite come out the way I had hoped, but it could be good for cutting apart. I have a little brush lettering that I wasn't real pleased with, so I went over it with some colors and added a little stenciling to give it some textures. And most recently, I've been experimenting with alcohol inks. So I have these little four by six pieces of U boat paper that I've played around with my alcohol inks on, and those can make really nice backgrounds. I just recommend that you seal that ink before you start putting wet substances on it. I learned that the hard way. The other thing that I have on hand are lots of just bits and pieces. Tauron tissue, paper gel, prince thorn, bits of water colors. I save all my little corn bits from collages or other things because you never know when you're gonna need just a little corner or a little pinch of color to make something look finished off as far as other supplies, not a not a whole lot here. So quick rundown. You need your images that you're going to cut apart. You need your substrate or your background paper to work up. You can if you wish, have additional gets to tear up and include on your background. It's, um, good scissors, some Matt gel medium a brush to apply them at Joe medium and whatever you're going to use for framing. So let's get started. I won't be able to exactly recreate the way I did this image, but I'm going to try to get fairly close because I think this will help you understand how the process works. What I did, I took the photograph that I'm going to work from, and I cut apart all the little pieces. So set those aside for right now. Can I found just a just? It's a piece of black matte board cut artist trading cards. Size has some paint doodles on it that I don't want, and I'm going to use some of my own colors to change that. And I've chosen colors that will go pretty well with my image. So I have some dream. This is chromium oxide green. It's Golden Artists colors. I'm not always using the same paints. I have been known to go back and forth, but I do like the golden to acrylic paints there. Really good, Uh, this one's liquid tax, which I also find really good. This is liquid tex heavy body acrylic and its cadmium free yellow deep. So it's a nice bright yellow, and then I'm going to go back to my golden for some iridescent gold that you add for highlights. And I could do this with a brush. I could do this with other tools as well. For this one, I'm going to use my sponges, makeup, sponge or a craft store sponge that I purchased. I'm going to start with a little bit of my green and I'm just going Teoh, just cover. It's the work that I didn't want so much with the green, and I'm putting it on fairly thin so you can actually see the black He looked costs that you can see the old image underneath. I'm not going to worry about cleaning the sponge out. I'm just going to dip it into the yellow and break in the background with some yellow, just randomly put it around, and then I'm going to just hold my images above it to test. I think that's still a little bit dark, a little bit off for what I wanted to hear. So I'm gonna try the gold and let in some of that gold into it, because I think that's going to really change the image, the background of that, when you can. Still, I can still see bumpy textures from the previous layers of paint. That's all fine. So there I have that and it's looking like it might be something I can work with, um, with these colors, So I'm going to let it dry. Actually, I'm going to speed, dry it with a hair dryer. If you have a hair dryer or heat gun, you can speed dry your paints, which is kind of nice. Okay, now that it's dry, I do like it. I think I can work with this background. So the next step is to figure out how those pieces air going to best fit on this. On the piece that I have here, if I want to use the large one as my focal point, I might drop it just a little bit off center. I want to kind of keep this nice little shape right here visible. This one piece really isn't big enough for using both flowers, so I'll save that for another artwork. The next thing is to figure out how all this is going to fit in. If you do, I want to just use a little bit of it, appear in the corner like so and then try this piece down here. You'll notice it is hanging off the edges because what I can then to is take my Mac and figure out how those pieces air going to fit together, how they're going to look so this. It's very. It's very similar if you I'm using a very similar layout. I've switched around a little bit. What I'm doing in the background. It looks like I used one of us Moller pieces trying to figure out what I might have used. Can't really tell. I don't think I did that. Let's try something up here. I'm gonna try putting a piece in the corner here. It's kind of flat, so I might be able to hang it off the edge here like so and then put my flower carnage and come in underneath like this and again put my mad on it. Think so. And I don't like the way that little the three distracting so I might drop this down so that I don't have that distracting please. But now I have this distracting piece, so it becomes a little bit of a juggling act a bit of so there's a little actual trial and error involved with this type of collage work until you get the image down the way you like it so I can keep moving things around, bring them down a little bit more, and knowing that I I do have a little bit of play in those edges. Okay, there we go. I think I like that. So now I have found the image that I like. It's actually quite similar to what I had. I think I use different pieces on the edges, but the central flower is very similar. And what I did on this one that I did like I had that little flower pointing up. This time it's pointing out so I could flip that just a little bit. Give it more of a up upward point, which takes your eye up into that corner. One of those composition things that you think about now the catch here is I have to put this all down without moving it too much. That happened and my brush and what I like to do so they don't move things too much, going to hold this down. And I'm going to live this slightly and put just a little too have of Matt medium on the corner of my brush and brush it on that corner right there and then press this down into place. That way that peace is exactly where I want it to be. I'm going to do the same thing down here with this corner going to put some Matt medium Sorry about being in the way of my own work here. But I'm putting that medium in that corner to press it down like so that's pressed down so I can now lift all the other pieces, just kind of put Samat medium in place right here. Press down. So everything where I want it to be, those are my background shapes and I have them where they where I want them to be. Now I can reposition this when I'm sure I know where I wanted to be. This one I am going to put down on paper here. I'm working on a piece of old poster board and I'm going to cover that really well with some that medium and press it into place like so get down a few minutes to drive. Can I get a trim trinkets? Although it won't really matter, because there will be a mask covering hedge, help and the final step, I'm going to seal the entire project with a layer of that medium. And don't be alarmed when you first put it on. It's going to look white. You're going to get that white look on their this. Brush it on smoothly and it will dry. Clear in your work is now sealed and protected, so we'll let this dry. And as soon as it's dry, it'll be ready to put in its map. Yeah, a quick little add on. After this was dry with the mat gel medium, I decided I really preferred more of a gloss finish, so I gave it a second coat with a gloss medium. Same thing, still liquid texts, but it gave it more of a shimmer. If you check in the bonus section, you'll find a bonus video to share how I made this image using one of my photos and one of my Alcohol Inc backgrounds. So check out those bonuses. 6. Bonus: Layered Photo Collage: this demonstration I'm going to do as a paint free version, uh, doing this one to fit in a six by six. Matt that's cut for a four by four print. So it's coming from this image here. I've cut out just the flower. I have this piece of thorn. It's like a fiber something I picked up at a craft store, and I dabbed it with some alcohol inks. Just let them kind of blur around. And then I shredded it. Torit. I had actually used parts of it for another project, and then I do have one of my alcohol egg backgrounds, so I know I'm going to, and I would just really be able to fit that on a four by four. Just fits in because it's a four by six piece of you pro paper. So a couple things that I could do with this I could find a place to put my flowers so that it appears to be resting on a lily pad like this. There's a little bit of shadow on. I could do something as simple as that. Nothing, nothing at all complex. I'm just a very simple find, a nice resting place for it. Glue it down and I have it, but it leaves it feeling a little bear. So I thought maybe I could do something with this piece to give it a little more texture. Pick up some of these yellows that I have and still have my A little flower resting on its lily pad. So kind of playing around with where could be. And I'm thinking this right here almost looks like it could be a little bit of the lily pad here has that same texture appearance putting my flower here. Now I can experiment with where I might want it to be here. I think that might be a little bit much, so I'm just gonna take the plunge from one of the nice things about doing this is that it's all just bits and pieces that you might have looked nearly thrown away anyway, So you're just finding a new use for those random bits and pieces. I kind of like this yellow we heard here. So swished this around the corner here like so and put my flower on here. I'm just going to mess around with it until I get a look that I like here, a little bit more out. Maybe put some of it behind a little bit. I'm just going at this point, I'm just experimenting with moving the pieces around until they get something that I like this in this way bad. But this here that way I had a little bit more of my background showing. Needs a little something here that's a little bit dark. This I like. I like the way this is coming out down here, but I just maybe a little bit more yellow. I've been that area there, So I'm going to chair on a little another bit here and just took it in there like so we left too much yellow, Too much allo. Lets try using instead of the yellow. Let's see what happens if we flip it, find more yellow and have more of the green. Just a hint of yellow back their liking that so I have a composition. And again I have to go. Be very careful not to move things. Get my materials here, lift. Yeah, and this is so thin that I really don't need It's a whole lot of I'm going to move the flower for a moment and could, well, this down exit. Oh, sorry. My camera here. Look out. I have those pieces down my head where he wants this to go. A problem higher like that so that flower is kind of over here. Composition wise. That works nicely. - E think I like that. It's very simple. I'll be able to mad it like so, and I don't have to do anything much more with that. 7. LESSON 3: Add Dimension: compared to some of the other lessons, This lesson has a lot more materials going on and a few more steps that you'll need to go through. So I'm gonna run through those first. We will still be using the Matt Gel medium, and the foam brush will be using that as a glue for this one. I'm using golden fluid acrylics, and I'm using permanent violent dark. You don't have to use a golden brand fluid acrylics. You can use a liquid craft paint This, for example. This is a Martha Stewart brand metallic. There's folk art brand any of those liquid brands, but you want a more liquidy acrylic paint. So I'm going to just use this because I want that purple color. And then I'm using this dollar and Rowny black. This is acrylic ink, Um, but you could use any kind of liquid ink that you want to. For this. It's an and I'm using it to give it an antique tone, so it's a liquid ink. If you want to get the kind that you would put in a fill a bullpen a depend if you do calligraphy or brush lettering that will work to button acrylic or permanent kind of ink. I am going to be using the iridescent gold, the Golden Artists, acrylic colors used before my sponge. And in addition to that, something to apply the gold paint with, uh, I'm using. This is a craft store tool, like a sponge tip. Or if you don't have these on hand, um, just one of these cotton swabs will work just fine for that step. Then you'll need your your substrate, your background, whatever you are doing and some type of stencil. If you want to do something similar to this stencil for the background and then using these craft store chipboard shapes, I think I probably got these at Michael's because I know they carried Studio 18 products, but you could probably find many different places. We'll be using those and some very chief of a foil foil. You want the cheapest, thinnest one. Not the nice, thick, heavy one you on something that's very, very thin and very light. So a lot of materials involved, but the results will be worth it. The first thing I'm going to do right now is work with my background piece. Now, this piece I already had. It was a piece that I just throw into my bag of rejects those things to think about so it's already been worked on. I'm going to use this as my background. It was already stenciled. Looks like I had rolled probably with a roller or maybe with a sponge, some green paint. And it looks very much like it was probably sap green or the chromium oxide green that was underneath. And then it looks like after it dried, I took See Thiel acrylic, and it's just brushed over the top. And then I stenciled this central pattern right here. These leaves, uh, branches and leaves and it looks like I this probably is sap green and most likely, if its sap green. It's one of my golden acrylics. So the way I start would have started this back. Whenever I did it, I would have first stenciled with the green and then let that dry. So now I have the blue background with the green stuff underneath, and I have things first stencil. So I'm going to re assembled this because I want to add some little bits of gold to the tips of my leaves. so I'm going to get out handy dandy ed curtain palette. Use them till there's no room left to use them. And this old is all hard. This is from my previous demonstration, and acrylics do dry quickly. So I'm going to give myself some fresh gold paint and I'm going to use Just go use the so tip. And for this I'm just going to I'm just gonna tip believes a little bit. Kind of like painting on them. Look and see little bits of tipping, maybe a little around the edges, just to give it a little bit of additional sparkle. You could also do this with glitter paint if you wanted some, you know, really super super sparkle. Just all I'm doing is just adding a little bit of the goal of pain here and there to bring out, bring out the pattern, give it Just give it a little more dimension, A little bit of sparkle. I'm not at this. I'm not really doing anything real precise. Doesn't have to look a certain way. I just want to add a little bit more work, a little bit more interest, little interest to those leaves because they were just playing now without moving the entire stencil. I'm just going to pick it up gently and see if I'm happy with it, and I am. That gives it just a little bit of extra sparkle, a little bit of dimension. Now, I don't know how much of this piece I'm going to actually keep. I don't have any of this is a pretty large piece we're dealing with here. It's six by eight by sit eight and just tall, six inches wide. So I might put that in a from that with an opening that's five by seven, and I don't have one handy right now. That's smaller than that. So for right now, I'm just going to go with it as it is going to put this aside and let it dry while the paint on my from my stenciling is drying. I'm going to show you how to create a shape and doesn't matter what it is. I happen to be using butterflies for this project, but it could be whatever you'd like it to be. So you have these chipboard shapes, different little butterflies, so it's easy for you to see. I'm gonna work with this larger one first thing you're going to do, ISS. What we're gonna need to glue are foil to it. So take a little bit of match shell medium, which is our glue for these types of projects. It's really my favorite all purpose mixed media crafting glue by in large containers. You can buy smaller containers if you know you're not going to use. It is often I'm gonna get a piece of my expensive oil and could it directly online butterfly and press and last night press. You're going to see the damage those Rays surfaces going to having through. You can also use here cotton swab, or you want to use something soft that isn't going to tear your foil. I'm using a cotton swab to have a little extra pressure. Shame noticing. It's a little rough looking something to finger and just smooth that out. It was getting and kind of. It's a little hard to see because of the glare. I have to use lights. It's kind of a gloomy day today. Here you can see it there do next. He is taking sister my scissors just around it, leaving some excess oils so that I can pull that back and then you want to do is get that shape going. This is way too much oil because it's glued down. It's not gonna move around. They're going to keep your shape where you have when you turn it over, you can see where you have a little places where there change in the shape trim those make snips in your spoil so that when you fold it back a little more evenly. And don't worry, too much of a little bit of your foil breaks off in the end, that's really not going to matter much. Just fold everything that so then go around and with your finger, smooth out the edges. Here, list this area right here. I had a little part of the butterflies bodies looking down. So I'm just gonna tear that off and leave just of oil in the front that will work. There we go. So I have my foil bent to the back. It's all Preston's, and I've got my texture next step for this. You You want to use your darker acrylic color, Whatever your acrylic colors doesn't have to be dark. I mean happen to be using a darker color. You'll need very little to do this. I'm using my makeup sponge, cause that's my handy dandy everything tool. And it was going Teoh applied paint. Looks like my sponge had a little bit of gold on it. Yes, well, but that's OK. At this point, you don't want your pain to come off. I'm gonna just sit for a little bit. Can. It might take no 5 10 minutes for your paint to dry. So we want to look that paint dry. Good talk about Oh, I think it was under 10 minutes. It's slightly sticky, but very dry and not getting any on my fingers. Going to take my acrylic ink or any think that you happen to have, like, a liquid ink of some kind again? Just a tiny dam. So I'm going to put a bit here, have it, and with my sponge, I'm going to repeat the process, I think, and in cover the peace and I'm gonna let the doctor Okay. My apologies. I just realized I forgot to say we need to have a way to burnish off some of this. This is a polishing block office. You buy these at the craft store as well. They're usually sold in the aisle with jewelry making supplies because it's used for buffing medals. If you don't have this on hand, some. This is some silicon waterproof but grace very, very fine sandpaper. You can use that as well. It will take it off a little bit more about it, and with this, you can see I'm exposing the foil. Where has the rays surface and keeping beating on the football team in the background? Do you want to be gentle with this because they are using inexpensive boil and we don't want to tear the oil. So if you are using regular super fine sandpaper, tear off a little piece and be very, very gentle with it because it is. It will pull the paint off really well on the upper surfaces, but it can also more easily go right through your foil and Terry Boyle. But it does doing his job. So if you don't have a polishing block like that, this'll work, too. So now I have my better fly. Depending on how much ink you put on top of your paint, it will look a little different this butterfly, you can see a lot more of the purple because I put less of the ink on it to begin with. And so there's a lot more purple showing through this one. I put the ink on more thickly so the purple is less prominent and it's more of a purple E black overall. So, depending on the look you want Thea amount of ink you put on the top is going to make a difference. If you don't want the dark look of black ink, then you could use a craft paint or a liquid paint in a deep grey, or even a black of these paints is not going to give you the depth of color of ink sits another option that you have when you're doing something like this than to protect thes. I usually will put a second coat of my Matt medium on it because that will protect these. Protect the foil and protect the color and let those dry before I attached them to the artwork. E. I guess I have my butterflies ready to go. Once you've decided where you want your pieces, we're right back to our natural medium to put them in place permanently. And for this, you're going to put put a generous helping of the medium on their not so much that it will be using and squishing all over the place. But this is a heavier piece. It's more than just a sheet of paper, so you want to make sure that that's on their good and then press it into place where you want it to be. There's something about threes as opposed to twos. I just really like it sort of adds a little more balance to your composition. Odd numbers. Odd numbers, I guess, is the key to adding balance. Close well, close to the other guy. Maybe around here, that's it for my project. If you've been looking for those chipboard shapes and aren't able to find them, check out the bonus lesson below for an easy alternative technique using hot glue and cardboard. And if you're interested in learning how the stencil background was created, you can check out this class on my skill share channel in mixed media art with magical modeling paste, you'll learn how to add some dimension in color to your stenciling, so check it out 8. Bonus: Another Method for Dimension: in this video, I'll share with you an alternative to using chipboard shapes. This is a way to get your own shape. You can create your own shape or use a stamp, and we'll be creating the raid sprays surface with a thin glue stick. Hot glue gun. So for this one, I'm using these little bookmark pieces, and but any card stock will do. This is just a card stock bookmark, but it's a good size for what I'm demonstrating, and I'm going to use this little flower stamp. You can also draw your own picture and use your own picture as the image. So I'm simply going to stamp a flower on here and then with my half glue, trace the lines of the flower and you want to put it on fairly thick. And the nice thing about this it will give your work more of an organic feel. It won't be as precise as a chipboard shape that's been cut with and in Boston machine, so you can get some really nice shapes that are all your own and unique to your work. It's gonna go around. You want to make sure it's on fairly thick so that you get a nice race surface, a bit of texture in there, and then you'll just have to wait for it to dry. From here on out, we're going to follow pretty much the same steps that we used with the chipboard. I'm going to cut around the outside edges so that I have the shape to work with. You want to make sure that when you do this step, your hot glue has had time to completely set up. I usually wait 1/2 hour if I'm in a hurry. I've been known to stick it in the freezer. I don't know that that really speeds it up, but it makes me feel like it is getting a little bit faster. But roughly 1/2 a Knauer reserve or not, you want your hack Lou to be firm. It will feel a little bit squishy because the nature of the hot glue that I'm gonna follow the same procedure that I used for the others, Chris around the image, and I'm going to use a Q tip to get into all the shapes that over, and I'm going to snip all the little areas where it's going to change shape and have to fit into a deeper area just back. Well, it looks like I slipped my foil just a little bit right. There's so that's an area that's probably going to always look a little bit darker. Then the rest. When I'm with paint, that's okay. And you can already see that this has a more rustic look than a chipboard piece that's cut very perfectly around all of its edges. But that could be very charming and just the right look. Depending on your subject matter and the way you're doing your work. I'm using golden quick Quinn, acrid own magenta. But again, any color works just a tiny dab of it, and I'm just going to paint it. Please. Now is that about 10 minutes or so to dry really well, because I don't want to lose the color underneath. When I put the antique ing on with the black ink with this magenta color, I found that the black ink it was just a bit much if I brushed it on something to put it on a little bit differently than I did in the previous video, he's going to use a little piece of paper towel, a little bit of ink on it and just rub it into each area lightly. And I'm not going to allow it to get completely dry before I start taking some of it off someone to immediately pull some of the ink back up and then take my polishing tool. If you're using the sandpaper, remember to be a little extra gentle, because it will tear the playoff little more readily. A little piece here that's hanging over the edge and there I have it, flower and like with the previous lesson going to be using the mat gel medium to protect the surface so I don't scratches and it will look white when you first put it on and dry clear. Wash your brush right away. So I have my little flowers, and earlier I tried a different stamp. It was this little rounded flower and got this look. So I have these pieces that will be great for doing another mixed media piece in the future , so I hope that helped. If you don't have chipboard shapes, there is an alternative. If you have chipboard shapes that are flat and have no texture, just use your hot glue gun. Toe adds some texture. You could boil them on Dad's Your at Your Color 9. LESSON 4: Finish with Flair!: in this last lesson for the class, I'm going to share with you a quick and easy way to give the back of your finished artwork and attractive finish. You can sign it, put your name on it, put a personal note on it. This makes it really easy to simply put it in a plastic sleeve and mail it off to someone, put it in a card, put it in bubble mailer and not have to worry about a frame. Of course, frames are great, but sometimes you just want to mail it off or present it in a way that allows the recipient to frame it to their own taste. So we can put a really nice back on it. And it's super easy to do all. You're going to need your artwork. You're mad. Some card stock or scrapbooking paper, some scrapbooking paper, some Scotch tape, just a regular one sided tape, pencil ruler scissors and my very favorite thing. This is a Scotch permanent double sided adhesive roller, and this makes your work much easier than trying to tear off pieces of double sided tape and get them in place without having them wrapped around your fingers to get started. I'm going to be artwork beside, and the first thing I'm going to do is measure out the paper for my frame. This one works out well, cause it fits perfectly. It's a four by six, something to slide it into place Here. I use my pencil to mark where I can cut. You can also do it on the back if you prefer, and a sometimes when you cut your paper, it's gonna hang over. The edge is just a little bit. It's doing that right here. So you don't want that look seek. So just take your scissors and cut about from eighth of an inch or so off one short sight and one along side. And once you do that, your piece should fit nicely on the back without over laughing. So we have it that aside for a moment. I have my artwork and I'm going to flip it over. Take my regular tape this a nice slide, give graph tape and put it on the back so that it hangs over sticky side hanging over on the front there. So but it face up, take by Matt and center it the way I want to down here, press it in place, have it's not pressing very well. This one's not this one sticking up working too good. They're working a little bit. Have adjusted. There you go. I think that work every guy wants in place that it wasn't that's a heavy card, kind of a heavy cardboard that that's on. So I'm going to make sure that it's take well so it doesn't slip and slide later. Hey, there, ago. It's in the map Really nice. Now here's why. I like this. With this tape, you simply lay this. You got your fingers go here, the tapes sides down. You simply roll it along the lift up and there's a sticky line of tape right there. A little on this and lift up. I have sticky, sticky tape on the edges. Put mine paper across the find it up nicely. This is permit, so you don't want press it too soon. It's a damn. And there ready? I can frame. I could frame it. It would still fit in a frame, but this gives me the option of signing it, personalizing at dating at and shipping it without a frame if I wanted to send it to someone. So thanks for joining me. I hope you have a lot of fun. If you do any of these projects, make sure you share them with us and let us know what you think of this. Quick and easy. Finishing the back trick. 10. Let's Start a Project!: Well, that's a wrap for mixed media minis, and I hope you've been inspired to turn some of your practice pieces into masterpieces. Now that you viewed the lessons in this class, it's time for you to put your own spin on mixed media art. Pull out your stencils and your paints, or cut up a few photographs your own or those from a magazine. Maybe try combining techniques at photo collage to a stencil background or stencil on your photo collage. You can add dimensional shapes to almost anything. Use the chipboard shapes, and if you can't find those, create your own using card stock, hot glue, gun foil and paint. Be sure to share your projects and leave a comment or review because this helps me create more and better classes. Click the follow button. I have other mixed media classes on my skill share channel right now that you might enjoy if you enjoy this and, of course, follow. See Boggs art on social media. I'm most frequently on Instagram, and there's where you're most likely to find out what I'm working on for my next still share class. But for now, just gather up your supplies and start working on transforming your practice pieces into masterpieces