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Mixed Media Wolf - A fun and easy project anyone can do

teacher avatar Doris Charest, Contemporary Fine Art Specialist and Instructor

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    • 3. 3

    • 4. 4

    • 5. Wolf 4

    • 6. Wolf conclusion

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Have fun creating a fun and easy step-by-step project of a wolf.  All you need is a basic drawing of a wolf, some paint, acrylic gel and some collage papers.  In two or three evenings you will have created a wonderful project for your very own wall.  You can choose the colours you love.  Combine the paint and collage together to make a dramatic piece that will catch everyone's eye.


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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. 1: Hi. Welcome to my wolf Mixed media project for begins. This is a really fun project and really easy. All you need are a few papers, some gel and your imagination. Now my name is Doris Shy. I have a background in fine arts and I have a master's degree in visual art. Education I have taught makes media Oh, over Alberta. And I love teaching our I love sharing my information with you. Keep in mind that what I present here is very simplified and covers on Lee the basics of the technique. Here's our wolf and we're going to at all kinds of papers to create him. Newspapers, photocopies, collage papers. We start with a very simple drawing and some tissue paper. That's all you need in the beginning. In the beginning, I show you what to choose for materials and how to pick your materials. The colors you use are up to you here. I'm using golds and browns and purples, but you can use any colors you like. If you want your wolf to be bright red, you can do that. So see how easy you put gel on first and then you add your paper and that's all there is to it. And you can just create something very, very simple here. I'm going to show you how to add more colors and then I just keep going. And slowly we build this project together. You can't mess with this. You can create a wonderful project and very simple, Easy to follow steps. And I help you every step of the way. So this is really fine. Come and learn with me. Learn all about how to do collage and at the same time create a wonderful project. See you in the next video. 2. 2: wolf Part one. Here is the very first step. The first step is to do a drawing and then choose your papers. Now you're drawing you conduced by just looking at an image. That's the one I picked. And then I just drew the basic lines. Then I have to pick some papers and the choices are tough because I have a lot of papers. I have patterns. What? I have text. I have leftovers from the nest project. I have gold envelopes. I have papers I made. I have all kinds of papers. I even have store bought papers. These ones keep in mind that if you buy store bought papers, some of them may fade. It's better to pick the light colored ones like these, but if you pick red and black and often green, those fade very quickly. So be very careful what you buy. You also need one brush and a container of gel. That's all you need. So one canvas, one drawing, one brush, one jar of gel and some papers. That's what you need to use for gel, and I'm going to just dip my brush into the jail. I'm going to start with some of these yellowish gold papers, and I have chosen a color scheme that yellow browns and purples. If you look at your color wheel and all the information that I give out on the color wheel , you'll find that yellow and gold are the opposite on that color wheel from purple. So those two colors work really well together. They help complement each other, and they help highlight each other. So the gold will look even more gold next to a purple rather than if I put it next to a brown. That's the very basic of it. So if you notice all you do is put gel down first, then you add pieces of tissue paper. You just put gel on top here. I've let that dry little bit and I'm gonna start again. I'm going to add some to the year notice that I'm not really going for perfect line up with the lines that I have there. I want in that general area, but I don't want it perfect. I tear the papers because I find up to your papers blend better when they're tourney. But at the same time, I don't want us very straight edge for is fuzzy when you look at it from far and I don't want to have that street edge there, so I'm going to tear my papers now. I'm adding bits of brown, and the brown looks really good next to that gold. That's a really good ground, and I keep adding, so I put gel under and gel over, and that's what I basically do. I keep adding the whole time here, I'm going to add some text or some old book papers that I paint it over. So all I did is I painted some pages from a book at a color on top of them so you can see the text a little bit, but not completely. And these colors go well with the gold in the brown. What I'm going to do is just keep adding and adding, and I'm going to stop soon, just so that you can do this step and then join me in the next video. But keep in mind, you don't have to use the same colors I do. If you want a purple wolf or a green wolf, you can do that. So you in the next video 3. 3: Welcome back, Wolf Part two. Now, I have a few more pieces on here than I had before simply because my camera wouldn't work and then I didn't notice it right away. So here we go. I've added purple and I'm adding more bits of purple. If you notice I'm adding parts of an old print. I've added pieces of a map. So the types of papers you can use our unlimited just make sure they're they are relatively light fast. Most papers, If they are high gloss or ah, high quality paper, they will be archival. If they come from a cheap magazine or a newspaper that's in color, the odds are those colors will fade. They are not archival. Archival means they will last a long time. Some of the papers might last in color on Lee 5 to 10 years. If you're okay with that, then go ahead and use those papers. But for the most part, people want their projects toe last. If you want your great great grandchildren to inherit your piece, worry about the archival. That part is important. So here I'm adding some lighter areas. I want some neutral areas against the highly textured one so that the textured ones show better. And that's what I want to do. And I will keep adding to these papers and see how I overlap some of them. When the papers air transparent or semi transparent, it creates another color there at the same time, so it's really good that way. It adds another dimension to your drawing or painting. I should say, If you don't like a certain area, your best bet is to just cover it up with another color and I just keep adding until I'm happy. If I unhappy with a certain part, then I cover it up. That's the beauty of collage. Not only do you get a lot of texture, but you can fix problems theme in the next section. 4. 4: Wolf, Part three. This is a wolf in mixed media, and we're going to add paint. This time. We've kalash quite a bit, and what we need now is to create some areas where we will add paint itself. So I wanted to paint the eyes and some of the features. Rather, Tham collaged um, he creates a difference again so the eyes will be different. The mouth will be different than those will be different. Any creates a focal area and all these areas air supported by this beautiful collage. So remember that when you add a color somewhere in the painting, you need to repeat it a couple times, so just fine. A few spots to add the blue again. So I put some around the nose and I'm going to find some other spots. They don't have to be big. It's just that it's important to repeat color whenever you are adding a color. Just one spot of red somewhere doesn't work. You need to add more of that red in a couple more places. Generally speaking, I prefer odd numbers of spots because it creates an easier balance. So if I have three spots, I have more of a tripod effect, and the I bounces from one to the other. Now what? You don't realize when you're painting in the beginning or collage ing or creating any artwork. There's a lot of subconscious activities going on. Your eye looks for one color, and then it looks for the other color, and you may not even realize you're doing it. But you are wanting to see that color repeated somewhere here with the black. We're going to have the mouth, the nose around the eyes and a little bit on the ears. So you want to add spots a little bit everywhere so that it's repeated and your eye goes from one to the other to the other and in that way sees the whole part of the wolf. If we Onley put black around the eyes, our eyes would just focus in there and not look at the rest of the wolf and see how beautiful it iss. If I only have black on the nose. Same problem I'd want to keep looking at that knows, rather than looking at the rest of the beautiful collage. So you want to repeat colors so that paint the blue paint is a little bit wet, so I have to be careful the way I paint the eyes, and now I'm going to go for the nose. Remember that when you paint with acrylic paint, you may have to add a couple more layers off this color. Quite often, what happens is the paint sinks into the pores of the canvas, and it doesn't cover everything, so you might have to put a couple of coats of this black. When you are doing flat areas like this, it often happens. You have to do that. So now I'm going to pick up a few spots around the years and create a bit of a for hair likes texture. It's a little harder around the ears, because now I have a lot of collage, their and their bumps. So the trick to that is to use a lot of paint. Really, make sure there's a lot of paint on your brush. That way it covers better. It's a little harder to cover that way now. If you do make mistake, remember, take out your wet rag and wipe it off. It's the black is going to tempt the collage, but you can at least take off the big marks and start again. So now I'm going to add a little bit of eyebrows, I guess, is the right word. And that creates the look on the wolf that makes him look way more serious than he really is. But it creates a wonderful drama. Be very careful. Remember that you do need to use a light touch when you're doing small areas. Now, what I'd like you to do is do this part now and let it dry, and then we'll see you in the next section, where we add a little more black again and some collage, Theo. 5. Wolf 4: wolf part for by Doris Shot. Now the paint is dry, and we're going to add more collage as well as more paints. We're going to do both in this section. As we get advanced, we tweak and tweak and tweak some more, so we keep adding little bits wherever it's needed. The goal is to cover all the white perch to begin with, and then after that, we add some pain. So I've decided to add a bit of text. This is, Ah, photocopied newspaper that I use. It's a newspaper that or a sheet of the front page of the newspaper that's 100 years old, and I keep Fulda copying it over and over and over again. It's information that nobody is interested in anymore, but at the same time it's a great texture. So I like the tax to create that texture, and it creates a really interesting look and adds a lot of very fun detail there. So I'll just add a few pieces of my 100 year old newspaper. If I added in in one place, I need to add it elsewhere, so I have to add it in some other spots. So you put gel first and then the paper and be generous with that gel. If you don't have very much gel than what happens is, it doesn't work very well. It doesn't glue down properly. So now I'm just going to add some pieces to the nostrils, paint over them to redefine. That knows once the Majel is dry, I'm going to add other pieces, a little bit of peach pink on top of the nose, and there goes and again I will just paint over some of the areas that go over. I want to cover that white, so I want to make sure that white is all covered, and that's a great color there. It really goes with the golds and the browns, and it also gives you the nose, so I'll just keep adding more pieces. One thing I would give advice or is to make sure that your pieces air glued down properly. So if they're starting to raise up and create a bump, just take your finger and press that paper back down. The bump is really just an air bubble, and sometimes air bubbles are created because there's not enough glue there or the glue didn't touch the canvas or the canvas didn't touch the paper. Everything has to touch in order to glue properly, so make sure that all the pieces are nice and flat. Now, if you like texture and you want it to be bumpy, that's another thing. But for this project, the goal wasn't bumping, so I keep adding more papers. These are papers I created in my mixed media for beginners. So in that class you learn how to make your own colors papers so that you can have papers nobody else has. So I'm going to keep adding bits and pieces to the areas where there's white. I want to cover all that way for this section. That is the goal. You want to make sure that all the weight is completely covered. Sometimes your fingers get sticky and you need to take a little bit of time and do it properly. Little pieces go in little areas again. We're going to let it dry after this and make sure that we covered all the area. Sometimes with the gel there, we can't tell if it's all covered. The gel is sort of hope p when it's wet and it dries clear, and then we get a really good idea of Let's spare. Just keep feeling in all the spots, your eye adding bits of yellow, green, yellow brown just to create that more varied look. If you add little pieces, it has a tendency to look more like for it's a great addition. There you go, you adds more pieces. Cover all that weight as much as you can. And there you go. Now that looks a lot better. We're getting very close to the finishing touches right now, and it's important to just take the time you need to add those pieces is very important to do a good job. Now we're going to add a bit on that white part that's a little bit of the most that's open , and we just keep adding, finding those little spots without any gel of no jail without any paper and willow gel. You have to add gel, too, so just keep adding and adding and adding that's a really good coverage. I have just about everything you know, and I'm adding pieces just to the tiniest little spots. If there's edges of paper that are white and you don't like those with the best thing to do is to take a little paint and actually just paint those edges. No, I'm trying to cover all the pencil marks Some of those pencil marks show through, but I still want to add the pencil marks here. I'm adding a little bit of black for the iris, and then we'll need to let that dry. Now he looks way more like wolf than he did before, and he looks great. Look at that. Wonderful. I'm just pressing down. Whether is there an air bubble? Just keep adding until you are happy. We are tweaking Lee parts of the I and the eyebrows and just adding black on top of the areas where the tissue paper went over the edge. And here I'm just tweaking the nose. You may want to leave some of that area like it ISS, and you might want to tweak some mills, other areas. And now what I'm going to do is add the shoulders are part of the body off the wolf, pick some papers in this case, I think I would like a map. This color of map is perfect. Cover their shoulders and create the illusion of shoulders Because remember, when we are painting and creating works like this, we're creating illusions. They're not the real thing. Even though we painted realistically, they are all illusions. So I'm going to create the illusion of shoulders by adding pieces of a map. All I did is took an old athletes that had been given to me by my parents a long time ago, and I know it's no longer relevant, so I decided to use it and tear it up to create this colossus. It's a great way to create a collage and make sure that your paper is down completely. Trying not toe have both shoulders exactly the same. They want to look very similar, but not the same. So do this part now and we'll see you in the next section. 6. Wolf conclusion: conclusion. This is your main project finished. Now, if you wanted to, you could also add this version. A very Blackwolf. Now, look carefully. I'm going to show you the video on how to create the background for the Blackwolf. Now I have to own up that I had started this wolf originally. But my camera I had issues with my camera and here it iss I finished it and I'd say to make a different version of it. So I painted the background black, and then I painted gold over the background. Good. Nice, Brits the gold with water and I let it sit. You can see this and how to do it in greater detail in my mixed media master clocks. And now I'm going to just let it sit for a little bit and then sponge it off and you don't put this wonderful effect. I just use paper towel and go like that and gently rub and look. I get little bits of gold, little bits of black, and it's all irregular, and it looks awesome. It's a great way to create a background. So if you wanted to do this technique to your wolf, you could do that. So my camera breaking down ended up to being a bonus. I ended up having to variations on this theme mixed media specialist that I am Doris so you can find me on on my website. Www dot dot bischoff dot c a. You can also find me on Pinterest, Instagram and Facebook. Now, these two wolves are too great variations that you can play with. And I hope you have a lot of fun doing that. Look for my next class A mixed media Nash, and we'll see you in the next class Bye for now.