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Spring Migration Mixed Media Collage Cards

teacher avatar Jennifer Belair, Printmaking + beyond

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Lessons in This Class

7 Lessons (56m)
    • 1. Intro

    • 2. Example

    • 3. Materials

    • 4. Collage

    • 5. Wet Media: Acrylic + Watercolor

    • 6. Pen tools

    • 7. Wrap up

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About This Class


In this class you learn how to use recycled materials, such as calendar pages and other printed materials, to produce your very own mixed media collage artworks! These artworks will be specially formatted as a card so that way we can send them out into the world to your family and loved ones. 

By taking this class you'll learn...

  • how to practice collage
  • how to choose which medium works best for your process
  • how to combine medium together
  • how to not take art so seriously
    • we're putting a cap at 30 minutes per card so you can breathe a little easier and learn a lot along the way

I will go over this process, step by step, so you don’t need any experience to get started. 

First we’ll go over the materials, chances are you have many tools you can use around the house or studio space, and because it’s mixed media, there really isn’t a wrong answer to what you can use. The more the merrier. We’ll also go over how to find and mine for collage material. I often use old book pages, last year's calendar and even things I get in the mail. 

For anyone who is unfamiliar with the mixed media process, it means that you use what you have available, often times a combination of different materials such as acrylic, watercolor, marker, pens, ink, and so much more. 

The beauty of this process is that it is uniquely intuitive and allows you to problem-solve along the way. 

This class is perfect for the beginner students and is a great way to flex your creative muscles while sending something beautiful and unique out into the world. I encourage you to be inspired by Spring and the spring bird migration. If you don’t know what birds show up in your area, research it. If you can’t find printed material, you can also substitute for year round birds or use royalty free imagery.

Some Links:

Royalty Free Websites






Suggested Materials (the possibilities are endless)

Paper (can used recycled prints, drawings etc.)

Acrylic Paint ( I was using Blick Studio Acrylics)

watercolor paints (I was using Viviva Colorsheets) 

variety of brushes

water + container

Palette/wax paper for acrylic paints



Colored Pencils

Sciscors, x acto blade

Glue (glue stick, pva glue or good ol' elmers)

For some inspiration you can check out my pinterest board, Spring Vibes



For my class project I'm using a 2020 calendar image and will be appropriating and changing the imagery and using it for personal/educational purposes. This is something to consider when re-appropriating material, we don't want to infringe on copyright and things like that so as long as the cards go out into the mail and are given as a gift and not sold, it's totally fine to use. This has been part of the artistic practice for decades and we call it Appropriation. Just something to consider as we as create as we wouldn't anyone to steal and profit off our work. 

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Jennifer Belair

Printmaking + beyond


Jennifer Belair Sakarian is an artist, educator, and writer living in Michigan. She received her Master's in Fine Art in 2013 at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. Her primary focus is printmaking and mixed media approaches to art-making. As an avid nature lover, she tries to instill green practices into her studio practice and subsequently into her Skillshare classes. 

She loves working with students and creating projects that are fun, inspiring and approachable. She is transitioning from traditional academia to online platforms such as Skillshare and hopes to keep learning along the way!

During graduate school, she had been designing and silkscreening gig posters for her favorite bands--some of which you can purchase on her Etsy page-cle... See full profile

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1. Intro: Hi everyone. It's Jennifer Bel Air with Bel-Air Fresh Prince. And today's class is all about making a spring migration mixed media collage card. So I know that's a mouthful, but let me break it down for you. By spring migration, I mean, celebrating the season of spring birds migrating, the new aliveness in our environment. And just kind of creating a mixed media approach to that idea by using the format of a gift card or a greeting card or what have you. So the first part of it is spring migration slash springtime mixed media. So using a lot of different media and then gift card or cards. So we're going to be making a card that we then send out into the world to our friends, our family, to our loved ones. And so it's just the tangible projects, something that's intuitive, that's expressive. That you're going to get to understand the media that you're working with, how to use particular media in combination with other media as well. This class is ideal for the beginning artists, for someone who's maybe never really made anything before but has some old art supplies lying around. Or perhaps for the student who might be as strict printmaker or oil painter. It's just an opportunity to kind of loosen up a little bit and explore creatively without too much expectation and preciousness. So a lot of times when we make our habit, it's something we spent hours on, we spend weeks on and things like that. But this project is meant to be quick and easy. About 30 minutes is kinda my ideal timeframe. And I want it to be that way just because it's going to give you that kind of quickness and that intuition that you'll know what to do when you have it in. It's all about exploration. So you can walk away from this class with more confidence behind how to be a better mix media artists, how to understand which media work well together and which ones might not, right? So we have to learn through experience, through trying and through seeing what's going to happen. In addition, you'll have an idea how to work with materials such as the type of paper. In addition to getting down some collage basics such as cutting composition and setting up your essential Canvas or your card, which is what it's going to be traveling or. So. I'm excited for this class as someone who's a mixed media artist teaching a lot of classes here on Skillshare. I often do mostly print making classes, but mixed media is my true a baby because I do with the most often and it's the most intuitive and fun for me. So as someone who has a visual artists working in this field and making things that are shown and on display. I'm super excited and happy to share my process with you because I really think it's just so much fun and you're going to enjoy it so much. So thank you all so much and I'll meet up with you in the next section. 2. Example: So firstly, I want to go ahead and show you a visual example of one of these spring migration mixed media collage cards. And so I have here. So again, one of my own pieces that I've created with this kind of spirit of migration and of birds. And you can see that I actually use for my backing or my card an old silkscreen prints. So this was something that I've kind of held onto throughout the years and then I just couldn't let go of and I felt bad wasting the paper. But now it finally has a purpose and it's becoming a really beautiful and cool card. So I'm really happy about that. And then just to break this card down a little bit, you can see I have the image, my bird, and this is a beautiful indigo bunting. I'm a bit of a birders. So I do know some names here and there, but if you don't, no worries at all, no pressure, no judgment. And basically what I did was I cut this so that way I had exactly the kind of shape that I wanted. I composed it on my card face and then I decided to paste it. And then I use some of my different mixed media practices to really amplify this card, to make it very beautiful and make it fun, make it inviting me, get spring. Very like sweet to look at and just has like this very nice art aesthetic to it. So imagine you send this through the mail to someone if you're like, wow, like they spend some time on this. That's really special, that's really cool. So that's what we're trying to do here is basically create an art piece. Giving yourself, giving ourselves a little bit of parameters. So with this being a mixed media collage card that's going to be sent through the post. There are some things that we do want to think about. And the first thing is that they will be handled and they will be touched. So we want to make sure we avoid media that can spread or that can smear, so we'll stick the things that dry fairly quickly. That's really important to think about. And then secondly, we want to make sure that we kind of kept ourselves on how much time we spend on these. I don't know about you, but I like to think about my time is very precious and making art is of course very precious. But I would probably kept us at about 30 minutes just because you're gonna make it and then it's going to get sent out into the big wide world. And you're going to be able to make something beautiful, something expressive within that time limit. So just something to keep in mind. Time is precious and you can make something like this quick. You can even work on like a bunch of them at a time because things take time to dry. So those are all things to think about. And now I'm gonna go ahead and get started on our actual materials. 3. Materials: Now let's go ahead and talk about our materials and chances are you probably have most of these things already around your house or studio space. And that's the point that I wanted this to be accessible. I wanted to be fun, I wanted to be intuitive and so much more. But to get started, you will need some kind of printed material that you're going to use for your spring migration image. Ideally, you're going to choose a bird if you have access to that image. Otherwise you can choose other spring kind of oriented collage elements. And that could be flowers, that can be butterflies, it could be trees, it could be kinda whatever you have, but try to keep that intention of spring. And if you can do spring migration, then more power to you, if not no big deal. Kind of a fun idea that you could do is essentially think about where you're living and think about what kind of birds do you see in the springtime, maybe there is a migration happening in your area. Maybe you've always been fascinated with the migration happening in the US and you just love warblers. So that could be something you focus on, but just doing a tiny bit of research and thinking about that. I know for us and Michigan we have tons of Robin's, we have warblers coming through about this time, all sorts of beautiful birds. So if you can do that, some, if not, like I said, No big deal. And I just want to show you some of the spaces that I have referenced my material from and these cards that I've been making. And one of those is the calendar. So I get this in the mail every year and last year, I believe I got to for some reasons. So this has been kind of my repertoire of imagery that I'm using to send cards out to friends and family. And it just, it's very fun and it helps you kinda look inward and to focus on these beautiful little creature. I'm super excited about that. And you can see it kind of the toolbox of images that you can use. In addition, you can also use magazines in case you have those. You might have to go to the Salvation Army or use store. Maybe ask a friend if you don't have your own screen-based imagery around the house. Another great resource is the bulb catalogs are like those seed catalogs and you can even do like fruits and vegetables to like what pops up in your area in the springtime. The possibilities are kind of limitless. So just keep that in mind. Be creative, be intuitive. And if you don't absolutely don't have access to any like printed visual material. You can also use some royalty free websites and those I will make a link to. And essentially those are pieces of art and imagery and photographs that people have submitted. And you can use them in whatever way possible. Something to note when you're using printed materials that essentially this is somebody else's artwork. So what we have to do is called appropriating, which is what we're going to be doing. And that essentially means changing the original artwork enough So that way, it's not disrupting the integrity of this person's artwork. So I can't just paste this entire page and say this is artwork by Jennifer Bel-Air. I'm going to cut it out. I'm going to change it. I'm going to paint on it. And this is a topic that can be saved for another topic, for another class. So just keep that in mind. We are using these for personal reasons or for educational purposes. So that's something that doesn't really infringe on copyright issues. We're all learning and if you have more questions about that, feel free to comment or kind of post about it. And I'd be happy to send any links I can, and I'll try to do that in the class description as well. So additionally, besides your collage element, you will also need some kind of paper. So here I just have some white watercolor paper. I know this is going to be able to withstand some of the different media that I want to put on here. And it's just some scraps that I had laying around. But like I said, you can also use old drawings or prints, old paintings, tearing him up, come down, use them for something new. This is all about like recycling and using material that's available and that you have and that you can kind of send and spread little, little pieces of joy and artwork out into the world. So that's as far as our paper goes. And with this, you can also tear it down to size, which I'll be showing you how to do. Additionally, I have all my tools and one of my favorites to use for this kind of process is acrylic paints. And I have a variety of different styles here, and I like to have a variety of colors. So here I have kind of my lighter colors. I also have a really cool copper tone in addition to just some kind of samples. So these had been in my art collection for a long time and I'm just ready to use them and do something about them because they're just sitting there and they'd be great for projects like this. And try to have a variety of colors just so that way you can see the way different colors sit on top of your collage elements. That's something to be really mindful of. And something that's great about acrylic is that essentially when you use collage elements from printed materials, a lot of times they will have some kind of gloss or sheen to it and it won't pick up on things like water colors. So we have to be mindful of that. Acrylic goes really well on top of printed material? Watercolor? Sometimes, yes, sometimes no. I'm more or less use it on the outsides of the page where the collage element is not add. So just keep that in mind and you'll get kind of a taste and an idea of how to use a variety of different mixed media processes through this class, what works, what doesn't? And then moving forward, of course, you're going to need some brushes. So I have a variety of shapes and sizes. Some that are not in the best shape, but that's okay. It's going to create some really cool textures and things like dots. So brushes are of course, integral to this process. You'll also need your cup of water, which you're going to change frequently because it does get kinda messy. And you'll want to make sure you're not bringing the residue of this into your actual piece, which can get kind of murky and brown. So changing the water often is recommended. And then additionally, I also have water colors. These are new for me. They're called the viva colors, color sheets, and they're super beautiful. I've only used them a few times, but essentially they just have pallets of color on a portable portfolio like you see here. And I've used them on the road while in the Smoky Mountains in Tennessee and they, they held up pretty well there really good compact traveling, but I want to experiment with them some more. So traditionally I use watercolor cakes or I use tubes, but I'm willing to give these a try and just see what they're capable of. There quite a vibrant, so I like that a lot, but so that's another thing, watercolor. And then additionally, I also have some new, It's a great way to test out new stuff combined this old stuff. I also have some pen touch opaque, a pentose opaque markers and pens. So these are going to be great, I think on top of the collage element. And that's something I really like to do is just like layering up of materials and information. So you'll get a better glimpse of that in just a bit here. But essentially, just whatever you have is going to be good enough if you want to get some new supplies, that's great, but just see what you have, see what works well together, and just kinda understand the relationship between the media, between your imagery. And then lastly, I have my glue, so I'm just using a glue stick, pretty classic. And then I also have scissors for Kadima imagery. But you can also use an exacto blade of course, or you can even rip and tear the paper. And I also have, I should mention just like a fun bag of utensils and materials. Some things will work better than others. Like I mentioned, you don't want to use charcoal just because it's going to smear. So we gotta think about the integrity of the card, of the image of the RPs and that's it for our materials. So I'm gonna go ahead and get into the next section, which I'll be cutting some of my imagery and then getting started on these mixed media cards. 4. Collage: The first thing you'll want to decide essentially is your actual card size. So to determine that we need to take our paper that we're going to be using and we need to think about what size do we want it to be when we fold it in half? So if I fold this one in half, I'm gonna do that really quick and just kinda see what it looks like. I'm a little bit more of an intuitive worker and person. So this is kind of my approach. So I'm just kinda bend it, match up my two sides. Tried to get him as flesh as possible and then just use my hands to kind of encourage the crease. And once I do that, I can even use something like the end of a ballpoint pen or a bone folder if you have one and just kinda burnish it. But I would not use colored pencil or a actual pencil because you might get some kind of drop off. So this is the size that I have for that and it's actually a little bit better, but I thought it was going to be but I might trim it just a little bit. So I'm not specifically looking for a particular size for mine, but if you are, I would suggest folding your sheet and then you can go ahead and measure it. Maybe match it to an envelope that you might be sending it in or the actual box that you're going to be using to send it if that's how you're gonna do it. So I have this and then I have this tool which is super helpful. I could just use scissors, but in order to save a little bit of time, I'm going to use this to kinda trim it down just a bit. And I want to maybe take off like an inch from the bottom. So I'm going to go ahead and line this up, move it over about an inch, and then cut. So now I have something that looks a little bit more like a standard card. It looks like mine is measuring about 5.5 by 7.5. So almost a five by seven card. Like I said, if you have specific envelope sizes, you might want to consider that. So first and foremost, we always have to figure out what our actual size of the canvas right is going to be and that's a great place to start. So now we have this determined, and now since I have that kind of figured out, what I can do is look at the imagery that I'm considering and decide, is it going to be too big or too small? So these are a few that I've kind of picked out. There's this little warbler, some kinda swallow right here. And I think they're both really cool and super cute images. Then I have this one of this little, I guess it's a warbler too, but so I have these and I'm actually really drawn to this Swallow one. And it's only because I've been seeing a lot of swallows around our house and some of the neighboring parks. So I think this is going to be my collage element. And then I also really want to add some kind of beautiful spring E colors in here just because this bird is a little bit darker. But you can see there's tons of beautiful tulips and things like that. So I might try to go with a complimentary color, something like. Yellow, we're seeing blues and greens. So maybe like a yellow or an orange and just see how that goes. Or I might just change my mind completely and do this really cool purple flower this to appear. So I'm gonna go ahead and go with my intuition. I'm going to use this one. And then maybe those complimentary colors that I was mentioning, I can paint those in. So I'm kind of having a vision, kind of having an idea, but nothing's really becoming a full piece. So I'm gonna go ahead and cut this one out. I just have my scissors. Like I mentioned, you can use an exacto blade if you wanna get really, really particular with it. We're just fine. We all work in our own way. But I like to leave a little bit of a border around the bird just because you get like another pop of color and it gives you a little bit of clearance. So that way, if you mess up, you have some room to play with and to kind of fix and still have a really powerful image. So I'm just cutting around about maybe an eighth inch border around this beautiful bird here. So now I have that. I'm gonna go ahead and put it on a piece of paper so you can see it. And you can always keep this or toss it. You might discover that it has somewhere potentials kinda some beautiful clouds are some interesting texts. So I like to save a lot of my collage material just because it can come in handy. And then as mentioned, I also wanted to cut out these tulips here. But maybe let's go through and see, well, this is hard. Yeah, there's, there's a lot of beautiful varieties in here, so it's definitely making it challenging. But let me see what pops to me. And again, it's all about intuition. So if something feels right, go with it. You know, I'm gonna go back again. I'm gonna go with one of these daffodils because they look really beautiful, or I guess it's called Narcissus. So I'm going to cut this one out, just a perfect square. And I might play around with the shape a little bit later. Okay, so that looks pretty good and there's some kinda details and information here. I probably don't want that in there, but I'm just going to cut it in a way that feels good to me. So right now I have a box shape. I might adjust it a little bit. Might actually just go around the top of these and try to cut that excess information out. Here's where an exact ablate would be really wonderful, but I need a new blade and it's not sharp enough, so it's something I can't stress. Stress enough is having a sharp enough bleed if you are using an exacto. And just to give it like the edges of flour a little bit. And again, it's all intuitive. So go with what feels good for your image, for your shape, for what you're trying to send down to the world. And ideally, as mentioned, it's only going to be a half hour project at most. So I have two shapes to collage elements. I actually usually only do one when I'm doing a card collage, but I really wanted to use these flowers because I think they're super-duper, beautiful. Excuse me. So here I have my card and then I have my collage elements so I can see like how is this going to fit on the page? What is kinda my layout that I'm going for? Things like that. So that's kinda the fun part is just deciding and thinking. How are you going to lay this out? Where you're going to have room for color. What's your overall composition going to look like? And so for me, I'm actually really liking this kinda direction of the bird. I like how this wing is pointing to that space in the corner. I like the shape of it going up. It feels like optimistic and moving. And then I also really like the layering between these two elements. So I think this is kind of like my vision that I'm going to have and I'm gonna go ahead and actually get this set up to glue down. So I'm going to move a couple of things out of the way here. And a good thing to have on hand in case you have a table like mine with a nice cloth on it. You can use some newspaper, some newsprint, and just kind of have that as your impromptu workspace. So that's what I have. And let's see what we can do and how I want to get this setup to glue down. So there's one of two ways to glue things down. You can either eyeball it, which is often my strategy, or you can actually trace it out and give yourself an impression. So I'm going to do both options just so you can see what that might look like. And to do that, I would just use a pencil. So I think you'll see something like that, what I wanted. So I'm just going to kind of mark the corners of this first part, so just top. But again, you can eyeball it. And this one, I I kind of already know what I want, but I'm just going to lightly trace that corner and wing and then maybe the beak. So I'm just trying to get some key elements that I can pop into place really quick and easy. But again, you can eyeball it. And this one, I kind of already know what I want, but I'm just going to lightly trace that corner and wing and then maybe the beak. So I'm just trying to get some key elements I can pop into place really quick and easy. And then now I'm gonna go ahead and use my glue stick that I have. And this one is just your basic run of the mill, Elmer's glue stick. And I'm gonna go ahead and do the bottom layer first, of course. So I'm going to move tree swallow out of the way. And then I'm going to have my narcissists and I'm going to basically flip it over. And when you glue stuff, especially for any kinda collage, you want to try to glue from the outside, from the inside out. I'm sorry. So from the inside out and I like to go and kind of a sudden shape just to make sure I'm getting all of my areas. And similarly, if you're using something like Elmer's glue or PVA, you can do the same thing. So just using a brush and painting from the inside out like that. And now that it's kinda fully coded, I'm gonna go ahead and line it up to my little key points that I have. Yeah, and just kind of press down with some nice pressure and that's looking pretty good. And sometimes your hands will get dirty, so you might want to wash them in between. But again, I'm pretty intuitive. This is just how I work. And now I can get going on my swallow. And same thing as something interesting that happens is you'll cut something out in the backside. Excuse me, the backside looks really interesting. So just keep that in mind, especially if you are a mixed media artist, you might find some really cool things happening just with shapes of information. But because I want this to be my spring migration card, I'm going to stick to my bird imagery. And I can see the little key points that I gave myself to line it up. And now I'm going to go ahead and flip my bird over, making sure I'm not getting on any of the glue here, so I'm just going to move it a bit. And then same thing when you have delicate spaces like this, I would just be cautious to not go back and forth. If you go back and forth, you might risk ripping or tearing something. And we don't want that to happen of course. So just going inside out kind of in my son's sphere shape. And then I'm putting the glue to the side. Bird is ready picking up the cards. I'm just going to fold this over because it's glued on that side and I don't want it to get too messy. So now I have my bird, I'm going to line it up with that corner and just tack it down and then try to pivot as so I can get that beak in the right spot. And this looks perfect. So I'm going to go ahead and press it. And you'll notice mine's falling over the curve a little bit. And from here what you could do is essentially put this somewhere, put a sheet of wax paper on top of it, and then let us sit for like maybe 15 minutes, maybe half an hour, whatever you might need. And that's why it's good to almost do multiple projects at the same time. Because you're going to have, you know, you have this space set up to do this mixed media project. And that way you can cut out a bunch of stuff. Maybe do five cards at a time and just have things drying, have things getting ready to be worked on. So that's ideally what I would do and I do typically do that. I just let it sit underneath a pile of books for maybe, I don't know, 1520 minutes just to press it out. 5. Wet Media: Acrylic + Watercolor: So now we're going to pretend this is all pressed and dried and ready to go. And so I have my beautiful image. I have my collage elements in place. I have my materials setup. I probably don't need scissors, so it's a good time to always clean and keep things organized. Anyway that you can. I like to have a little sheet for my acrylic paint. Mine is not in the best condition. It's quite used in old, but it's still had some watercolor on there, so I'm not going to toss it just yet. And then you can kind of set this off to the side. I'm also going to use acrylic to get started. So that's something I want to talk about, is that idea of using a variety of colors, colors that makes sense for your picture plane, for what your image is kind of looking like and things like that. So this one has yellow, it has blue. There probably are some areas that I'm going to want to paint in the texture of the wings are just add some new decorative elements into the actual bird itself. Like I said, this is somebody else's artwork. So we do want to try to change it as much as we can to kind of create our own visual style and our visual identity. So just some things to think about. Consider your colors, consider how you're going to change it. Think about Marx mark-making different materials, create different marks. And you can also have kind of a test sheets. So this is just a scrap piece of watercolor. And you can use this to kind of test out what your brushstrokes will look like. So just keep that in mind. I sometimes like to have that off to the side just so I can kinda have that idea. And then of course, you also want your container of water so that way you can clean your brushes and have that out there ready. So I like to use my wet media first. And oftentimes that is both my watercolor in my acrylic. Like I mentioned before, acrylic I will use on the actual collage elements, watercolor in the background. So I think I'll go ahead and start with the watercolor now and then do some of the acrylic later. So with watercolor, if this is your first time, it's a great time to be exploratory and just use use it in a way that feels natural and feels intuitive and don't put too much pressure on it. So something I like to do before I get started with these collaged pieces is just think about the color palette that I currently have and what would enhance it? What would be beautiful? Well, what kind of embrace that element of spring? And so for me, I think what I want to go with is some of these greens that I have here in this view, the color sheets. So I'm gonna go ahead and do this light green. And to get started with watercolor, it's pretty easy. You just have your brush and then you have your water, and then you have your pigment. So I'm just going to add a little bit of water into that. And just because I'm curious, what does this color look like? I'm going to paint over here on my test sheet and that's like pretty vibrant. I think that's going to look really cool. So what I wanna do actually is just kinda paint this upward motion and this is where it gets expressive and gets intuitive. So there's not really a wrong answer. It's more or less like how do you envision or embodied this element of spring and spring migration of movement of life and all of these really lovely things that are happening. If you're fortunate to live in an area where there is a spring, if not, I'm sorry. Because it's really beautiful, but I'm sure it has its own beauty to it as well. So something I like to do is essentially play with mark-making, play with kind of brush attributes and see how they can serve or enhance an image. Oftentimes, the more varied mark making that you have, the more kind of visually captivating and interesting something will be depending on the look you're going for. So just keep that in mind. Your work does not have to look like mine at all. This is more or less a tool or a guide to take you to understand how to do this different collage kind of approach. And you can see there's already something like really beautiful happening with this and something that's really cool as watercolors that depending on the amount of water that's in the actual brush and the pigment, you're gonna get a variation of color, even though you're only using one palace. So I haven't switched from this light green that I have. And already the, the visual variety is just pretty outstanding. And you'll notice I've done mostly these kind of graphic, almost like grass blades, I guess I was channeling something along those lines. And I like it a lot, so I'm really happy with that. I wanna kinda mix it up a little bit though and maybe add some polka dots or something like that or some kinda other elements. So I have this other brush and I'm just going to kind of, again play with mark-making. Kinda has like a decorative or a graphic element to it. And to me that's what makes it fun and playful. And once these pigments dry, you can even paint directly on top of them, or you can paint wet on wet. If you want to learn more about watercolor, you can check out some of my other Skillshare classes, specifically my experimental and expressive watercolor class. And you'll get a little bit more of an in-depth look at this particular media, but it's a lot of fun. I won't lie. I think it's very relaxing and not a lot of time has passed. So you can see like, you don't need to spend a lot of time on these to make something really beautiful to send out to someone you care about. So just keep that in mind as you're making, as you're creating. And just be open to what happens because chances are you're going to learn something along the way. And I think I really do love that. I do want to do a different color on this side just to give it a little bit of variety. So I'm going to happen over from the light green and I'm going to move into, I think this blue, this peacock blue that I have, I'm going to rotate it so you can see it. So same thing with the peacock blue. I'm just adding a little bit of pigment into it and I'm going to test it on my test sheet. Oh my gosh, yeah, that's so beautiful. This is a new palette for me. So I, I'm having a lot of fun with that, so I hope you can see that. Yeah, and I'll link to some of my favorite supplies that I like to use in the class description as well, but it's looking really sharp. So I think this looks kinda like grass blades. I do wanna do something a little bit different but not too much difference. So I think I'm gonna do kinda like these expressive kinda teardrop shapes that kind of show in my opinion, like motion or movement. You'll notice I'm painting on the back too. That's okay. I think that's actually kinda cool when you get a card and it doesn't just stop on the front. Kinda like these teardrop shapes, this brushes, not quite doing it for the visual that I'm going for. So I'm going to switch to another brush and pick up some more pigment and do the same thing. So in a similar way that that light green picked up color. You'll notice the same thing with the blue areas where there's more water, it's going to be more transparent. Areas where there's more pigment, it's going to have more colors. So I'm gonna do the same thing here. And I don't want to cover it all in just because I might want to go in with my acrylics and add a little bit more variety. So I'm just kinda mark-making in a way that feels bright and alive and spring centric. So I think that looks really beautiful. And I'm actually super proud of this. So what I could do now is wait for this to dry and then start doing my acrylic or I can dive right in knowing that some of those might be wet. So being the way that I am, I am going to dive in as I like to do. And I'm just going to go ahead and work with my kind of favorite palette that I like to work with, which is some of these Blick matte acrylics. This one's blue violet light. I like this color a lot, and I also like the copper. So I think these are two that I'm going to go ahead and add. I have my palette here and you'll notice it has a lot of colors on it. So just keep that in mind. If you don't have a palette, you can also use a piece of wax paper that works really well too. So I have my first kind of media down, right? So right now I have collaged, so that's one. And then I have watercolors. So that's two different media to different practices. And then I'm gonna go ahead and start adding acrylic. So I'm going to be going onto my actual third media right now, which is super exciting. And I'm just going to see how it goes and kind of accentuate some of these different elements. But notice that this is taking time, but I'm not spending a ton of time and ton of energy. It's not too planned, it's pretty open. So I'm gonna go ahead and try to get out some of my blue violet light. And then a little bit of copper. So with acrylic, it will dry, harden and become what it is, which is acrylic. So when you're putting some out, maybe put out a little bit at a time. I've always had teachers and professors say, don't do as I do Do as I say. So I put out a little bit too much of that and I'm going to have to use it for another project because I don't want to waste it. But there you go. Just put out a little bit of that copper. And I'm going to clean my brush. Another good thing to have on hand would be piece of rag or a paper towel. And that way you can kind of clean things by I of this. So I'm gonna kinda do that, works fine. And I really liked this goal. That's something that I use for this other bird that I had done for this other card, I did a little outline and I thought that looked really cool. So I'm going to go ahead and do that. Something of a similar nature here. And acrylic, you can use it as is to get a really opaque color. Or you can try to water down to get more of like a wash or a transparency. So I'm going to go ahead and just kind of gently outline some parts of the bird, not all of it. And you'll notice that the acrylic is sitting on the bird a little differently than it is the paper and that's totally fine. Just add in a little bit of water to smooth my now going to try to add some down here. So I think I'm going to stop at the head because I don't want to overdo it. But I'm going to look like that got a little bit too watery. So this is a good place in a good way to learn about the properties of different materials. So acrylic, like I mentioned, sits well, but it's sometimes they're not a 100 percent opaque, so you have to keep that in mind. Every color kinda has different properties. They're not all going to sit the same. So that's okay. Just something to know and to be aware of. And I'm not really happy with how that little edge turned out. So hopefully I can fix that at some point, but it's not a big deal. Again, I'm trying not to hold this too precious, so I'm gonna go ahead and switch to a smaller brush. And then I'm going to dig into some of this Ultra or the blue violet light. And this one I've had really good success with and I just use the water a little bit to get it wet and that's pretty much it. I don't want to overdo it, but for this bird, it's already so beautiful. But there's some areas that I want to highlight and that's some of this blue here. So I'm just going to drag the shape of the wings and just kind of enhance that and ways that it's possible for this piece. And just to kind of highlight it and again, change the work enough so that way it's not compromising the integrity of the original art piece. So this is looking pretty cool. White, always looks really nice on top of printed imagery too. So if you have some white acrylic, you can always go back and do that. But I like the way this is sitting and I like this kind of pattern. And I'm just kinda following the natural organic structure of the bird, which is like really a fun thing to do. It kind of helps you look at nature in like a slower way. Paying a little bit more attention to the structure of things, which is always what we wanna do. Just pay attention and be present with what we're looking at. And something that's fun too, is you can always kinda just be creative and add your own design elements to your image. So I'm just going to kind of draw like a little shape that's mostly a flower because I do that a lot in my artwork. And it makes sense. Okay, and then now I think I just want to add a little bit of this. You need to read actually. That's why it's good to have some variety and then the red might be too much. So I'm gonna go with the blue. So I'm just going to add a little bit of this ultramarine blue. This is also Glick Acrylic. Again, fair price, it works really well. And just gonna make sure my brushes pretty clean. It's not perfect, so I'm going to try to clean it up a little bit. Okay, now I can go ahead and get into my ultramarine blue. Tried to pick some of that up and then maybe add some more Mark Stuart and maybe I'm going to outline the wings actually. And it doesn't pop up that much, but it's just adding like a whole, another visual cue or element to your piece. So just keep that in mind. That gets, it probably has a larger effect than what you're aware of. And I think I'm actually going to outline some more of the bird. And I actually might do that. Excuse me, the other color that I just had someone to set this off to the side and then pick up some of that really beautiful kind of purple. And I think that looks really nice next to the yellow or the green, I guess, of the watercolor that I had done. So that looks really nice as kind of like a painterly effect to it. And I'm just kinda going over the bird a little bit again. We all can approach it in her own way. And now I'm just kind of going over the watercolor actually just because I'm curious to see how it's going to handle. So it looks like the wire colors dry. Notice I have a dry brush right now. I'm getting like this cool detail or this cool texture. And actually I like the way this is looking. I'm going to add a little bit more of this ultramarine blue. So something you're probably noticing is that this is like a really exploratory kind of approach. Again, there's no right or wrong answers, So just keep that in mind. It's all up to you to decide where you want it to look like. I think that looks really nice. I'm going to let this dry now. And then I'm going to go ahead and add some of my pen and other line work. So we just went over how to collage, how to put different pigments down in the form of both watercolor and acrylic. So I think this is looking really sharp and we're gonna go ahead and let it dry. And this is where I would say definitely let it dry because you're gonna get some really cool effects with the different markers and pens that you use and some of the line work that you can get. So going to let this dry and we'll meet up in the next section where we go over some of our hand-held line and mark making tools. So I'll see you there. 6. Pen tools: I'll see you there. So now that we've gone over how to use acrylic and watercolor in your mix media spring migration card. I went to go ahead and show you how you can add some different utensils to create some line work within your piece. So by line work I mean things like colored pencils, markers, paint markers. Anything that's kinda of handheld, an analog. And everything you need is right in the instrument itself. So let's go ahead and check it out and see how we can kind of carefully a door in and selectively, intuitively interpret this spring migration image. So let's go ahead and check it out. So here you can see I have my image and it looks pretty dry. I see a couple of spots that are still little bit wet. So I'm just going to know to avoid them and then I'll probably have to come back to it later. But that's okay. It's always good to have your scrap piece of paper on hand so that way you can kinda see what things look like before you put it on the actual paper. And for me I was thinking about red, but I think that's a little bit too strong of a color, so I'm going to push that to the side. And I'm just gonna kinda go through my toolbox here and see what colors might appeal. So I have these, I guess, line painter markers that are pretty cool. They show up really nicely. I have some more yellow ones. I have some markers. I have these new markers that I was mentioning as well. And another toy really like to use, are these really nice? The Faber Castile Artists Pen. So this is just black, really fine line. And this one's kind of silly, but it has a really nice marker to it as well. So I think this is kinda going to be my toolbox of colors that I'm going to work with. I like colored pencils a lot too. And I'm just looking for a couple more that I know work really awesome. So I'm gonna grab those and just kind of set them all out so I have everything that I need and maybe giving myself some variety. Never a bad idea. I know I said I didn't want to read, but maybe I might change my mind. Okay, So now this one's already to go. I have that pen, touch whites, permanent marker pen. So I just kinda want to play around and see what I can do. So I'm just going into some of my white areas and highlighting them. And I also want to see how it sits on top of the acrylic. So everything is more or less an experiment, right? We don't always know how one thing is going to sit on top of the other, on top of the other. And so it's the only way to really find that out is just by experimenting and exploring survey. Now, with this particular pen, I'm seeing that I'm getting some really great things happening. The white is able to show up quite well on the actual collage material. So that's great. And that's something to know. And then how does it look when I kind of mark on top of the actual acrylic, there's only one way to find out. So I'm seeing. It works really good. It's kind of highlighting and popping some areas out that we're getting lost. So it looks like it works well on top of the collage. It works well on top of the acrylic, whereas some other things might not. So paint markers are kinda like my new friend. They work really good and they kind of are perfect for the mixed media artist. So you'll notice I'm just kind of going over some areas not only to test, but also as a visual style. I like to incorporate a lot of mark-making lines. And that's essentially what art is, right? It's a collection of marks and lines and shapes and structures. So It's kinda fun to play with that and even to enhance areas that are already there. So this one, and then what's great is that once this one dries, I can go ahead and add some more embellishment and details there, so I'm trying to keep it pretty congruent. Matching up with my matching up with the style that I'm trying to go for. And I'm just, I'm super excited about this one already. It's always really fun to try out new tools and I'm really happy with how these are working. So it looks like the gold is dried too. So I could even do some kind of suggestive marks and that area, same thing over here. And just to add to the overall mix media kind of look. And again, to add your own style, your own visual cues. Like I mentioned, this is not my photographs. I'm trying to change it as much as I can just to kind of reemphasize that this is now my artwork is something I'm creating, so I hope that makes sense. So I really loved the white. I'm actually super-duper thrilled with that, so it's always great when that happens. And then I have some smaller tools. So I have this other one which is gold. And I kinda wanna go into some of these daffodils and try drawing on that. So I'm noticing, I'm getting some really great line, different effects with different utensils and just kinda seeing how that looks on my, my image or the space that I'm trying to create. And I noticed I kinda lost my birds beaks on nitrites. Suggests that a little bit, even if it doesn't look super realistic, but I think it looks really cool. So these ones work really well. And of course you want to wait till things dry completely. And then let's see what else we have. So I have some colored pencils. So colored pencils, great tool to use as well. You can get more lines and more shapes. So maybe I'm going to use it a little bit to connect literally the dots. And just make some nice line quality and just describing a space. So this is something I like to tell my students a lot is like, if you're going to draw an arm, is the ARM going to be hairy? So just thinking like how can you visually describe an area even if it's becoming kind of abstract? Like how can we make it fun? How can we make a graphic enjoyable? And all those things. So it's just really cool stuff to think about. And then I also wanted to do some of the, the pen tool. So the artist pens, they come often in different sizes with different kinds of visual effects. And you can see, it looks really nice. So again, focusing on mark making visual variety. And now we're up to quite a few different mixed media materials, which is really cool. I've kind of lost count of how many I've used at this point, which is really kind of a great, wonderful fun thing to encounter. So I highly encourage that. And feel free always to add your own twist, your own style. This is more or less just like a, a start or an invitation to grow this kind of practice. So just keep that in mind as you're working and creating. There is no, again, I can't stress it enough. There's no right or wrong way. And again, it's always really fun just to see how different materials sit within the other. Sometimes it's going to be a great showcase and other times it might be a little less impressive than what you're wanting. So there's no pressure, just kinda keep that in mind as you're making marks, as you're creating. And right now I'm just adding this line painter pen and putting it on top of my original painter pen that I had chosen different brand. And again, getting just like a really cool, nice, sort of stark look to it, which is what we want. And i'm, I think I'm really sold on all of these different kinds of pens and the qualities that they can have, especially in combination with the collage elements. So it's just really super cool to take advantage of that and to have fun with it. One of my favorite things to do is to kind of accentuate our highlight an area by adding a really bright color next to it. So I have these purple kind of strokes and I'm just putting white next to it as almost like a shadow or a highlight. And it really helps it pop from the background. So this looks really good. And I'm not just toot my own horn here, but I do really love it. And I thought it would be really cool to see the gold and blue together because it's often like a really beautiful color combo. And that's more or less it, it does look nice, but it might be something that you can only see like up-close. But I feel like I'm really happy with us and I've spent a good amount of time on it, but not too much. Not too much where I'm like, oh man, I spent like five hours on this art piece. And wow, how did I do that? But it's more or less that I feel good. I didn't spend too much time, but I still have a really beautiful, kind of vibrant and springy artwork that I can share and signed with love, send to loved ones and kind of brighten their day and highlight the spirit of spring and a bird song and all those lovely things that we love to be around. 7. Wrap up : So I hope that was informative and helpful and might inspire some creative making as far as collage, mixed media, making artwork and sending out into the world which I can't stress enough too often we make something as sits in our own space and not a lot of people get to see it. So this is just a really fine and creative way to send those little tokens of love out into the world and flex your creative muscles, try some new materials and so much more. So with that being said for your class project, you will be creating your very own mixed media spring migration collaged card. Say that 10 times fast. You're going to be doing this step says followed as we had done previously. So figuring out what paper you have measuring that Katrina, if it needs to be cut, finding your collage element and practicing and experimenting and exploring what mixed media can be. And I'm the, I'm the same artist who made both this piece here, right? The one for our class project and then this one. So two very different styles but also very similar. So don't be afraid to be expressive, be creative. Put things out there that feel intuitive and also maybe a little bit uncomfortable and make something you're proud of or make something that you would love to send to someone you care about that they'd open and be like, wow, this is incredible. Like they made artwork for me. So just think about that. And the spirit of spring and the spirit of giving. And I hope this was informative to kinda get you to that comfort level to break down any notions of what art can be. What does it have to be? This is a practice that kind of takes all that away and allows you to be expressive and just to have fun and not take it too seriously. So I am super excited to see your class projects, see what you're capable of creating. I know it's going to be beautiful. So I look forward to seeing how you celebrate spring and how you send that joy out to the ones you care about most. So please upload your class project. Feel free to include any information about yourself. Who is it going to? What bird did you choose, what spring elements did you go for? Additionally, you can also find me on other platforms under the name bilayer Fresh Prince. I am on Instagram, YouTube, and of course here on Skillshare, where if you follow, if you follow me, you can keep up to date with all of my classes that I put out and I sincerely appreciate you and look forward to learning more together and please feel free to comment or share any thoughts and things like that about this project. And I'll do my best to elaborate. And as always, thank you so much and wishing you a lovely day. Thank you.