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Title: Re Mixed Media
Post by: Lillian on February 04, 2012, 01:22:52 AM
Nolan, Dennis, Anyone --

Maybe I'm opening up a debate here.  My question is:  "Is Mixed Media" fine art?   :confused   I'm wondering.

Lots of art out there where the artist, usually using acrylic mediums, etc., mount paper, tinfoil, fabric on canvas.  some works very beautiful, abstract, etc.  But is this considered to be "Fine Art"?
Title: Re: Re Mixed Media
Post by: Maryna on February 04, 2012, 04:46:46 AM
I am no pro, but I would almost think so. There is allot of detailed work in there and I would some of those projects takes hours to complete. Maybe some people just see it as a craft?
I saw some paintings the other day done with melted wax only, excellent stuff.

Nolan/Dennis, what you think?
Title: Re: Re Mixed Media
Post by: Vangie on February 04, 2012, 11:49:27 AM
What about this?
(via "You have to check out this video of today's featured artist Steven Spazuk. Amazing what he is able to do with a candle.")
docu Spaz (

... or this?
DeRubeis Grand Opening Promo_mpeg2video.mpg (
Title: Re: Re Mixed Media
Post by: Lillian on February 04, 2012, 12:29:18 PM
 :thankyou: for responding to my question Maryna.

Vangie,  :cool2: videos!  :thankyou:  I'd say that's "fine art".  The first video, dangerously creative  :2funny:, the second, definitely taking art to a new level and getting lots of attention.

I'd love to hear from more folks.

Dennis and/or Nolan, not that I'd care for you to teach anything far-out, I absolutely love what your doing.  You're teaching us the basics and advancing us forward gradually.  You are my heroes!!!

...just curious as to your opinion.   :)

Title: Re: Re Mixed Media
Post by: Leana on February 04, 2012, 03:28:36 PM
I would think that Mixed Media definitely falls into the art category ;)... reason being is that just as oil, acrylic, watercolour, pastels etc...are mediums... so is a Mixture of Media too  :yippee:

I have done some Mixed Media pieces... mainly using them in abstracts, however I have done 2 landscapes using Mixed Media... one is "Lavender Farm" and the other is "Three's Company"... I think these are in my Gallery.

The stuff I have used in my paintings already are: gel medium, texture paste, fine and rough sand (which is mixed with texture paste or gel medium), dried crushed leaves, crushed seashells, beads, silver/multi colour leaf (similar to gold leaf) sheets, cement, hydrostone, pieces of thin rope, semi-prescious stones, pearls, embossing powder, Gladwrap, normal PVA super acrylic paint - lid taken off the tin and leave open for about a week...but must be stirred about 3+ x per thickens and you can apply it with a brush, a stick - dabb it, roll it, slap it on etc... when I do use this, I will always gesso a few layers over that before I start painting. Have use pieces of different textures of material 'glued' onto the canvas or support and then gessoed. Make your own stencils, place them on a canvas and smear texture paste etc, pick stencil up and leave to dry.

I have also used Polyurethane Foam (PU foam or sometimes called filler is used in the building industry to fill gaps in various places)... Now this one can be quite tricky, but you can manipulate it quite well. I am explaining more about it because some people might not know what I am talking about. Always wear disposable gloves, because this stuff is very sticky. It somes in a can, you shake the can then press the nozzle and the foam will come out...quite fast lol. This foam increases about 40% in size if not more once applied. When it is dry, I normally "brush" it with a  'rough-ish" brush...then paint gel medium over the PU texture...then paint Gesso over that...for a good prepped foundation.

Other stuff I have used as well is Resin (which you can also colour with special resin colouring), foam-a-lite. When you use foam-a-lite, it is best to seal it all round and gesso a few layers too...especially when you use resin over it...the resin will eat the foam-a-lite if it is not sealed properly...

I think the list is pretty endless  :2funny: :2funny: :2funny: 

Title: Re: Re Mixed Media
Post by: Lillian on February 04, 2012, 06:08:16 PM
I've been looking around the internet, searching for various mixed media techniques.

Wow!  Leana, sweet of you to elaborate on what you've done in this realm of art.   :thankyou:  You've given me much food for more thought and I may be asking you your expert opinion on some things.

I'm attending our local community college every Mon. morning for the next 12 weeks. 

The instructor wants us to do a series of work. 

I have a couple of photos I took of chickens/roosters that have those bright colored metalic/irredescent feathers and I thought I'd do them on square canvases.   I have a photo of my daughter's chicks, so I could do a series of three with a chicken theme.

I thought of doing them in mixed media, something fun. 

I've already spent too much time researching and letting my mind go wild with this.   :2funny:

I fear I won't get finished before the course ends.  I don't know what the instructor will say to that.  I must ask her.

I don't want to miss anything that goes on here on Paintbasket.  I've signed up for the watercolor classes and Nolan's first class as well.  Dennis' classes come to me on Sunday afternoons, so I'm happy it works with my schedule. 

I'm hoping I'm not biting off more than I can chew, so to speak.   :)  I'm tempted to take the quicker route and just paint my chickens using acrylics.  There are some lovely metalic etc.  paints that could enhance the feathers. 

Hmmm    :think:

The thought crossed my mind, "Is mixed media "Fine art"?  I thought I'd put the question out there to see what response I'd get.
Title: Re: Re Mixed Media
Post by: sapphirelynn on February 04, 2012, 06:40:31 PM
Vangie thanks for the videos, very interesting.
Leana as always you are a wealth of information O0
Good luck in you classes Lillian, it should be a blast, lucky you  :gl:
Title: Re: Re Mixed Media
Post by: Leana on February 04, 2012, 07:13:44 PM
Lillian and Sapphirelyn  :blush: ...glad I could be of assistance. 

I love using all the different mediums on their own... as well as mixed media.  They all have their own qualities and uniqueness. 

Lillian> every single mixed media painting I have done thus far... I have used acrylics as my main paint medium... it is just way more user friendly with all the 'stuff' I have used in my it dries quickly.  I agree on the iridescent colours you mentioned in using for the feathers... Another quick tip here ... My recommendation is not to go and buy iridescent colours (but this is up to you)...mix your own.  Derivan Matisse Acrylics have an Iridescent medium and comes in a jar of 250ml.  You then use your normal acrylic paints and add them to some of the iridescent medium which you have put on your palette... you can then also determine how much iridescence you want in you paint.... and this way (getting the Iridescent Medium)... you can extend your entire palette to iridescence should you wish to do so... and not being limited by the 2-3 odd iridescent colours you bought.  O0

P.S> The Iridescent Medium does not lighten your colours... it just adds iridescence to whatever colour you choose without affecting the tone/hue.
Title: Re: Re Mixed Media
Post by: Lillian on February 04, 2012, 09:29:09 PM
 :thankyou:  Thanks Leana.  I'll look for the iridescent medium.  I haven't heard of that brand in my area though.  That medium would be great to have!

 :1hug: :1hug: :1hug:

 :thankyou:  for the encouragement, Saphirelyn.  ...a  :1hug: for you too!   :)
Title: Re: Re Mixed Media
Post by: Leana on February 05, 2012, 07:47:12 AM
You are welcome Lillian.  Derivan Matisse is an Australian make.  You might be able to find something similar in a brand you already know...worth checking it out.

 :gl: on your course...and have loads of fun... I think you will truly enjoy it  O0
Title: Re: Re Mixed Media
Post by: Lillian on February 05, 2012, 01:10:39 PM
Leana, I believe Liquitex has it and I can get that.   :thankyou: for saving me $$$ !   :1hug:

...lots to do today.  I'll be tuning in to see Dennis with his Color Wheel lesson.   :yippee: :yippee: :yippee:

Then, I have to prepare my canvas for Monday morning, tomorrow morning,
 up here on the top side of the world.  :)

I think I'll use Nolan's tip on using the book binding sticky paper as a resist so I can work on the background first.

I've been thinking of applying moulding paste later on to make the chickens stand out.  What do you think?

I've never done anything like this before,  all new territory for me but it should be fun if I can get it right.
Title: Re: Re Mixed Media
Post by: C.Bodine on February 05, 2012, 01:36:39 PM
Lillian, are you doing a chicken/rooster?  I'm so excited!!!  :clap: I have always wanted to paint one! Even before I could paint anything.  I just love those iredescent tail feathers.   Can't wait to see it.  I'm sure it will be beautiful! Everything you paint is so well done!

(excited over a chicken painting    ???     ....somehow I feel something is lacking  in my life.. :2funny:  :2funny:  :2funny:  )
Title: Re: Re Mixed Media
Post by: Lillian on February 05, 2012, 01:59:44 PM
Ahhh, C. you're so encouraging.   :1hug:

I'll post my progress.
Title: Re: Re Mixed Media
Post by: Vangie on February 05, 2012, 03:56:59 PM
Hi Lillian.  I agree with C.Bodine.  You've produced really good paintings... and I'm looking forward to seeing more of them.

So have the others... I just look at people's paintings in awe and most of the time I just don't comment at all because other people have already done so...

C.Bodine, I know exactly what you mean. Over the last few years, I have also been literally dreaming a lot about painting 2 colourful roosters in flight, with their wings out like in a cockfight position (but not actually fighting), but could never put them on canvas in an abstract or realistic way.  I recently discovered some of Jean Haines's fantastic watercolours of cockerels, (,) which have given me some ideas on how I'll go about it one day when I get a chance, ultimately in oils (so many paintings I'd like to do!!!).  I'm looking forward to watching a couple of her DVDs: "Amazing Ways with Watercolour" and "How to Paint Colour and Light in Watercolour".  She's also got an upcoming book on "Atmospheric Watercolours".  ( (

I also love to paint colourful lorikeets/parrots/rosellas.  Every morning I watch some colourful lorikeets eating some apples from a couple of apple trees in our backyard.  They make me so happy and brighten up my day.  Some years ago, I did a couple of paintings in acrylics ... one was of 9 lorikeets perched on a terracotta pot with water (this was based on a beautiful photograph from I think Lonely Planet, although I changed the background).  I looked at it critically the other day and was horrified (OMG!!! too busy... too detailed... too much of this & that!!! not enough of this & that...).  I was amazed 'though that I could critique my own work based on what I have been learning recently. That's very positive, indeed. I will definitely paint some more of them one day... hopefully better ones!  My natural style seems to be painting in a detailed way, trying to be realistic, but I would really love to learn how to paint loosely. 

I also love painting colourful flowers like bird of paradise and other colourful exotic ones.

 :oops: Sorry, I'm  :offtopic: again... This thread is about Mixed Media...

I do love mixed media, and I think they're a fine art... like the ones that an Australian painter named Jan Neil does... eg; (;) (
Years ago, when she was still living in Melbourne, I emailed her asking if she ran workshops, blah blah blah.  She said no, but suggested that I could pop in to her studio and she can show me a few tips.  I was too busy with work that I forgot all about it, until one day she sent an email to people that she was moving to the USA. I've been kicking myself since then for not having taken up her offer!!!

It's now almost 3am here in Melbourne and I'm still wide awake, hence I'm rambling on... I hope I'm awake for Dennis' 6am webinar.
Title: Re: Re Mixed Media
Post by: Lillian on February 05, 2012, 04:23:30 PM
My dear friends on Paintbasket, 
 :thankyou:  for the kind comments about my paintings.  You're building my confidence!   :)

However, I do think you have an inflated image of what I've done.  I'm just learning along with you and trying to apply things I've picked up here on Paintbasket from our two gracious  :smart: :smart: who have a heart for students with a passion for painting.

In fact, I'm applying a great tip as I write.  I just opened my canvases and they had a few dints.  I got them on sale, maybe that's why I got a deal.  Anyway, I wet the back and immediately I could see a difference.  I'm back here on Paintbasket while they dry.

I love the watercolor cockerls and I sure would love to be able to paint in that loose style.  I tend to be realistic in my painting and my chickens will be (hopefully) realistic.   :)

Those lorikeets must be delightful to see. 

I tried to access your last two links, but I got a message "page could not be found".

You must be so  :yawn: tired!  How about setting your alarm and getting a few zzzzz's before Dennis' class starts.

Hope to see you there! 
Title: Re: Re Mixed Media
Post by: Vangie on February 05, 2012, 04:35:07 PM
Hi Lillian.  Hahaha... I did muck up the last 2 links... you're right ... I must be tired, but just a little bit ... I definitely have my alarms set to wake me up at 5:30am... I'll try to get some sleep soon... ( (

cya later at Dennis'class ...  :yawn:  :coffee:
Title: Re: Re Mixed Media
Post by: Leana on February 05, 2012, 04:58:48 PM
Lillian, I am so glad I could have been of assistance and save you some moola  :yippee: Yes, you can do the chickens with medium.  The gel medium...when it is dry does not stand out as much compared to when you apply the gel... you also get texture paste or high solid paste... the last two definitely keeps the thickness more or less that you apply.  Truly looking forward to your WIP'S.

Vangie> don't be so hard on yourself.  You know, as it is at this very have grown a lot in your painting journey... as you mentioned... you can see what you did 'wrong' in older paintings... so if you had to paint them now... they will be very different.  This is progress  O0.  Your bird paintings sound fabulous and vibrant.
Title: Re: Re Mixed Media
Post by: Lillian on February 05, 2012, 05:19:00 PM
Thanks Leana!

Now, if everyone would quit posting, I might get some work done on my project!   :2funny: :2funny: :2funny:

I can't stay away from here!   :2funny: :2funny: :2funny:
Title: Re: Re Mixed Media
Post by: sapphirelynn on February 05, 2012, 06:06:41 PM
Hey guys I have been collecting 'chicken/rooster' stuff for years.  My family would give me something chicken related for almost every gift I received, you know birthdays, xmass etc.  Finally I had to tell them that I was "chickend out"
No more unless it was useful, you know a tea towel or something I could use..That being said I do have some lovely items, one is a carving of a rooster that was done by a well know carver in my area.  My husband commissioned it for me, love it, it is one of my favorites.  I have always had this idea of painting my bi-fold pantry door to look like a battery of chicken coops, you know, some nests with eggs some with hens a laying some empty etc.  I do not want to paint on the door itself but perhaps on smaller canvases that I could possibly glue to the door.. :help: any suggestions?
Thanks for the link Vangie, her style is so loose and free
Title: Re: Re Mixed Media
Post by: Lillian on February 05, 2012, 11:40:56 PM
Saphirelynn, I don't have any suggestions for you but it sounds like you could have fun with the chicken paintings and what better place than on your pantry door!   :)

I'd love to see how you do with this idea. 
Title: Re: Re Mixed Media
Post by: Vangie on February 06, 2012, 02:12:56 AM
Hi Leana.
One day I'll show you the before and the after photos ... you'd be rolling yourself with laughter...  :2funny: :2funny: :2funny:
I could possibly easily change all the busy & detailed background and the lorikeets' shadows, etc., but I would prefer to paint a new one  :painting: (one day... I wonder when... sigh), change the scenario a bit in case I'm infringing copyrights of the Lonely Planet photo, and show you some photos.
Title: Re: Re Mixed Media
Post by: Leana on February 06, 2012, 08:59:45 AM
Sapphirelynn... been thinking about your pantry door.  Just a can ponder more on the idea.  Ok...all depends how big you intend to paint them... but you could try canvas board... then 'glue' or 'double-sided tape' them to the door... glue a frame around them... mmm... this doesn't come out quite correctly... but what I am getting at is this.  You get doors that has got wooden 'decor-strips' in rectangles on the at the top and one at the bottom.  Now you can try to create something similar when you 'frame' your canvas boards on the door.  Just an idea... If you are not sure what I mean... let me know and I will try and see if I can find a door like that and take a photo for you.  ;)
Title: Re: Re Mixed Media
Post by: Leana on February 06, 2012, 09:01:31 AM
Vangie that's a deal  :deal: day when you are ready to do so.  O0
Title: Re: Re Mixed Media
Post by: nolan on February 06, 2012, 06:59:44 PM
Mixed media is definitely a form of fine art - and one where you get to play and really be creative.  :clap:

We will be doing some of our own mixed media in the live online art classes soon  :heeha: :yippee:
Title: Re: Re Mixed Media
Post by: sapphirelynn on February 06, 2012, 07:59:35 PM
Oh that is fantastik, can't wait...see you all tomorrow
Title: Re: Re Mixed Media
Post by: C.Bodine on February 06, 2012, 10:01:36 PM
Nolan, if you keep adding classes my husband is going to make me get another job!!! :2funny: I have signed up for everything you have had (including the Feb wc and oil) since I started in Aug!!!! I don't even know if I can keep up with it all!!! :sweat:
Title: Re: Re Mixed Media
Post by: Lillian on February 07, 2012, 12:04:41 AM
Nolan!  Yeah!!!    :cheering:    :yippee:  I'm really looking forward to the mixed media ideas you have to offer.

Since I started researching all the acrylic medias, grounds, gels, colors, etc, etc, etc, my mind has been swirling with ideas.    :idea: :idea: :idea: :idea: :idea: :idea: :idea:

I bought a set of 24 4"x4" board canvases today with the intention to do test studies on them.  I can put a label on the back each one so I can document what I have used on the front.

I'm looking forward to the class tomorrow.   :)
Title: Re: Re Mixed Media
Post by: sapphirelynn on February 07, 2012, 07:26:14 AM
Leana I missed your message earlier, wow there are so many now it is hard to keep track.   Thanks for the suggestion.  I was thinking of 3 or 4 divisions/nests per door, not sure yet. I like your idea of the decor strips as dividers.  I found a book of canvas pad 18x24 I could paint on them and then use gel medium to glue it to the door with the strips acting as the side of each nest.  I am going for a trompe l'oeil sort of thing with painted on chicken wire etc.  so your strip idea is great.  Not ready to start this yet, have Nolans next set of classes but and working on some sketches for ideas :thankyou: :thankyou: you are a wealth of information...hugs Lynn
Title: Re: Re Mixed Media
Post by: Lillian on February 16, 2012, 08:44:22 PM
Leana, you asked what paint I'm using?  You are so helpful to us here!   :1hug:

I'm using acrylics for the project I'm working on for my class at the college.

I've been trying to blend the sky from light blue at the horizon to darker blue at the top.  I had already drawn in trees and have been trying to go around them which may be causing the problem.   One has to work fast when using acrylics!

Initially, I sprayed the whole area with water and worked the paint onto the canvas and it wasn't looking too bad until I started trying to ... well, you know, fiddle, trying to make it look better.   :)  Well, actually, the sky was way too dark.  I wanted the sky to be plain, as there's plenty going on in the rest of the painting.  ...didn't let it dry thoroughly before going back in!  :uglystupid2:

Yesterday, I went on the internet and surfed around and found that some artists use a mixture of 1 part flow medium to about 5 parts water and keep it in a bottle to use for blending.  Some also add a bit of retarder.  So today, I tried that, tried putting a thin coat on the canvas and some on my brush and work in the paint.  (...not sure if that was the right thing to do!)

It just seemed to dry so fast and when I sprayed it, spots would go gummy.  I even had to use my pallet knife and scrape some off and redo the area after it dried thoroughly.    :banghead: 

The paint's getting quite thick on the canvas now, so I think I'll stop and be satisfied with it not blended the way I like it.  I do like to see a bit of the weave of the canvas, otherwise, I wouldn't have chosen canvas to work on.

The instructor is not teaching painting techniques, she just wants us to do a series of paintings.  She does spend time with each one in the class individually, but it's a large class and the morning goes fast.  She talks a lot about composition and shows pics of paintings by Lawren Harris of the Group of Seven, (Canadian painters of the past).  Some of the students are taking art history with her.  It's all interesting stuff.

One thing I've been enjoying is keeping a journal of what I'm doing.  It's time consuming, but I'm liking it.  It's one of the requirements for the course.  The instructor wants us record our thumbnail sketches, media, what paint and colors were using, what support, eg., canvas, what research we're doing, etc.  That alone has kept me busy as I've been researching a lot about the different acrylic mediums, paints, and a pile of other things.

I'm looking forward to Nolan's mixed media classes when they come up.

I think before I go any further on my project, I will do a color wheel or two, using my acrylic paints.

There's no class at the college next week, so maybe I'll be able to do more Paintbasket stuff.  There's so much I want to do.  I made my shadow box last week and it's waiting for me and now I want to do the lesson 6 watercolor painting.  My den is so small, I can only do one thing at a time.  I'm not too uptight about it if I can't keep up, I'm learning just the same and enjoying the forum.
Title: Re: Re Mixed Media
Post by: Leana on February 16, 2012, 10:29:04 PM
Lillian, helping is a huge pleasure  ;).  I can totally understand your frustration with the acrylic paint.  I have used retarder, but honestly don't find it much of a help to slow down the drying time much.  Plus the weather also plays a big role. 

It is truly fabulous that you are enjoying the classes and all the information shared.  :clap: simply awesome.

If you feel like it, pop into my gallery and take a look at the sky of 'Lavender Farm' and "Three's Company"... The way I did them was the following... I did not use retarder or flow medium.  Only my acrylic paint, the water spray bottle and a big brush with "Lavender Farm"...and a smooth sponge with "Three's Company"... Before I started... I mixed all my colours for "Three's Company" >I did the sky and ground all in one go... remember if you don't use a stay wet spray a light spray over your acrylics to keep them moist. Now with this painting I sprayed the entire canvas... (I ignore any drawings done that will interfere painting a smooth sky...I paint right over them...they can be added afterwards)...I used a make-up sponge, dampened it...dipped it into my darkest colour... and painted it on the wet canvas with the sponge... from there I added my lighter tones... but kept spraying the canvas lightly... to be honest...I did a lot of blending to get the smooth transition.  If I felt I needed a touch of white etc... I added it directly onto the canvas in the area where I needed it... and kept the canvas damp as I blended it in with the colours on the canvas already. (I know there are some art teachers that say you shouldn't mix your paint on the canvas... but I do sometimes and I also know I am not the only one  ;D) So basically as I paint, I spray my water lol ...

With "Lavender Farm" I worked the same way... I just used a big brush (Fan brush...but any biggish brush will do the trick)... moving the one colour into the other...through constant blending. The most important thing with acrylics is to keep the palette damp as well as the area you are painting...because this way you can still add colour and blend it in should you wish to do so. 

I hope that the above info helped a little... let us know how it went.  O0  Enjoy the classes... I am  :envy:


Title: Re: Re Mixed Media
Post by: sapphirelynn on February 17, 2012, 02:08:54 AM
Lillian here is how I learned to graduate a sky in acrylics. It is really very easy once you know how.  First, on an already gessoed and sanded canvas you apply a fresh coat of gesso to your sky area, enough that you could put a finger mark in it.  It needs to be wet!  Then load a 2 or 3 inch hake brush  with your paint lets say Ult. Marine and laying on the brush parallel to the canvas  (Not virtical, bristles sideways, not up and down)  and draw across the top of your canvas from left to right, leaving a narrow  band of dark paint.  Now repeat going from left to right but now use a quick criss cross stroke bringing some of the dark paint into the next row. Each time starting a little lower. The paint gets a little lighter as you come down the canvas and mixes with the gesso till you are at your horizon.
 Now if you were putting in a two toned sky say a sunset horizon, you would again load your brush but with your yellow/ orange mixture and now start at your horizon line moving upward, again with a horizontal stroke, then switching to a criss cross manner to blend moving upward.  The color will thin out as you move up till you are blending with the blue you had just previously done above.  Perhaps 1/3 orange sky 2/3 blue or whatever you like. (Only bring the blue down 2/3 then start with the orange at the bottom working up till they meet then lightly blend together)   You do have to move quickly but with the wet gesso underneath the blending goes very smoothly. Make sure you use light featherly criss cross strokes. Sounds complicated but it is not. Using the wet gesso makes for very smooth blending. Don't overwork it and of course as always with acrylics have your fine mist water bottle ready.  You do not need any mediums with this method other than gesso and water.  Use a blow dryer to dry then lightly sketch your scene on top.  I hope I made this easy to understand if not ask and I will try and clarify. :gl:
Title: Re: Re Mixed Media
Post by: Lillian on February 17, 2012, 02:37:35 AM
Thanks again Leana.  You're such a sweetie!

Leana, I just went through your gallery.  It was a real enjoyable trip!  :)  You can be proud of your delightful accomplishments.

I used to do tole painting years ago and I used craft paint, not artist quality acrylic as I am now.  I wonder if it makes any difference.  I don't remember ever having the blending problem, but then, neither do I recall doing a sky. 

I know now that I should have painted right over the drawing of my trees.  It's just that I liked how they were placed.  Being insecure about it, I'll trace them out on tracing paper, then I won't have to lose them.  Now that the canvases are thoroughly dry, I think it can take another coat of  paint and still leave the weave visible.  So I'll try that tomorrow.  I'll try the cosmetic sponge, sounds like a good tip.  Another trip to Shoppers in the very near future.  I'll keep you updated.

Maybe I'm not using the retarder and flow medium properly.   :confused:  I did the initial trial of the sky at my last class at the college.  You're right, when my instructor saw me wetting the canvas, she said I should only be using pure paint.

   :offtopic:  But speaking of sponges, the topic came up about sea sponges here on Paintbasket.  Val suggested I go to shoppers where she got hers if you can imagine.  I would have thought she would have a ton of them from the sea!!  :2funny:  So, off to Shoppers I ran  :run: but I thought they were quite expensive so I left them there.  My daughter, hubby and family, returned from a caribbean cruise a couple of days ago and had us for a visit tonight.  They gave me a big bag of sea sponges.  ...lucky co-incidence, huh?   :)

I do have a stay wet pallet.  I know it's so important and I do have my spray bottle handy to mist my paints. 

You're a great help, Leana.  Thanks for taking the time to give me all the great tips.   :smitten:
Title: Re: Re Mixed Media
Post by: Lillian on February 17, 2012, 02:45:32 AM
Sounds good, Sapphirelyn.   :thankyou:

The only question I now have is, can I put the gesso over my already painted sky?  I would think so but I'd like to be sure.   :confused:

Title: Re: Re Mixed Media
Post by: sapphirelynn on February 17, 2012, 05:27:42 AM
Lillian the method I described was for putting  your background in first then going over it with trees etc. sending the sky back.   But the beauty of acrylics is that you can go back in anytime and redo any part. If you need something completely wiped out  you can just go over it with the gesso let it dry, might need more than one coat, and you are back to like having a bare canvas.  As to fixing the sky with that method around trees etc. would be fiddely indeed...but what the heck you could try...let us know what you do..its all a learning curve and we learn from each other :painting:
Title: Re: Re Mixed Media
Post by: Leana on February 17, 2012, 07:20:32 AM
Lillian...  :heeha: a whole bag of seasponges...  :yippee: simply fabulous, I am thrilled for you  :)  I am truly happy that I could have been of some help  :smitten:... it's always a pleasure. Great idea you have with the tracing paper... I need to remember that one  O0  :thankyou: I am glad you found my gallery enjoyable  :blush:

I also like SapphireLynn's idea of the gesso... will try that sometime.  :thankyou: SapphireLynn.

So we learn from one another and it is absolutely great  :yippee:


Title: Re: Re Mixed Media
Post by: sapphirelynn on February 17, 2012, 03:34:13 PM
Leana works like a dream.  If you are putting water in your scene you underpaint it the same way and at the same time as the sky starting darker at the horizon moving lighter towards the front of the canvas.  As Nolan says
'easy peezy' and your underpainting is done in a matter of a few min, beautifully blended :yippee:
Title: Re: Re Mixed Media
Post by: Lillian on February 17, 2012, 06:26:40 PM
Sapphirelyn,   :1hug: :1hug: :1hug:

Not complicated at all!!!  Works like a charm!  Now I have the sky the way I want it!

Leana & Saphirelyn, thanks for the great tips and inspiration!   :hug:
Title: Re: Re Mixed Media
Post by: Leana on February 17, 2012, 07:46:16 PM
Lillian... awesome... glad it worked like a charm.  I will incorporate this technique in the future too.  O0  :yippee:
Title: Re: Re Mixed Media
Post by: Lillian on February 18, 2012, 01:11:40 AM
Here are my reference photos for the mixed media project I'm doing  as a series.

I'm doing the chickens on a 12"x12" canvas that will be the scene on the left. 

The center scene in the series is a 9"x9" canvas that will be a scene inside the chicken coop with chicks in the foreground and a window looking outside where  3 chickens are feeding in the yard. 

The scene on the right is to be the rooster on a 12"x12" canvas.

I'm so happy I was able to paint the sky on all 3 canvases thanks to a great tip from I got from a friend on Paintbasket.   :)    :yippee:

I played with color mixing today and went to the art store for more paint.  Thank goodness for Michael's coupons.

Dennis and Nolan  :thankyou: for the good teaching on color mixing.

I will share my progress when I get some more color on the canvases.
Title: Re: Re Mixed Media
Post by: sapphirelynn on February 18, 2012, 05:26:45 AM
Lillian so glad it worked for you. :yippee:    I just love your Rooster, What a beauty he is, well the girls look good too but he definetly is the Cock of the Roost...What fun can't wait to see your finished project
Title: Re: Re Mixed Media
Post by: Leana on February 18, 2012, 08:01:43 AM
Lillian... love your reference photos... I am so excited  :yippee: and so looking forward to the WIP... I think you are going to have so much fun with it.  The cockerel is really standing very proud ... beautiful  O0
Title: Re: Re Mixed Media
Post by: Lillian on February 18, 2012, 01:12:56 PM
Leana and Sapphirelyn, you are such an encouragement.   :)

I plan to pre mix the greens for the trees and grass, etc, a range of tints and have them handy in small containers so I can work quickly when I do the rest of the background stuff.  Once I have the background done I can move on to the real fun stuff. 

I have some ideas to make a chicken wire fence.

This is all new to me.  Thanks for helping me pull it off.  :smitten:
Title: Re: Re Mixed Media
Post by: C.Bodine on February 18, 2012, 02:43:43 PM
Lillian,  Your work always turns out wonderful! I can't wait to see your work finished! :)
Title: Re: Re Mixed Media
Post by: Leana on February 18, 2012, 07:08:51 PM
Lillian, you are welcome  ;) ... Chicken wire fence ... that is going to make it even more interesting... looking forward to see your idea you came up with  :clap:
Title: Re: Re Mixed Media
Post by: sapphirelynn on February 18, 2012, 10:06:14 PM
Lillian sound so great...urg for me there is not enough hours in a day, I would like to start on my chicken idea but have other projects on the go, like shiny surfaces, plus am still doing a watercolor class at our local gallery and I work...oh my where is retirement so I can just't wait to see your progress
Title: Re: Re Mixed Media
Post by: Lillian on February 19, 2012, 02:04:21 AM
I'm retired!  Still, where does the time go?   :confused:

I intended to get at mixing those colors this morning but other things took priority.  Before I knew it, it was lunchtime, then other chores to do.  I put myself into high gear and did what I had to do.

Then I started the watercolor painting from Lesson 6.  The afternoon flew by!  Why does it take me 3 times longer than it takes Dennis??? 

At least I'm caught up in one area of my life.  Lesson 7 tomorrow, then I'll be behind again!   :2funny:
Title: Re: Re Mixed Media
Post by: sapphirelynn on February 19, 2012, 06:50:23 AM
I hear you!  Everything seems to take longer now :2funny:
Title: Re: Re Mixed Media
Post by: Lillian on March 10, 2012, 01:37:34 AM
 :wave:  Hi folks,

I'm still working on the rooster and hens mixed media project I'm doing for my Monday morning classes at the college.  (Reference photos are posted previously on this thread).

I intended to post photos of my progress but just haven't gotten to it yet.

I'm progressing in small steps and it's taking a lot of thought and planning.  This is my first mixed media project, so I'm learning about all the new products available in acrylics media.  I'm having a lot of fun with it.  I bought three books from Amazon and I was amazed that they arrived at my door within a couple of days. 

Of course, I've invested in some of the products, had to in order to go forward with my project.  I test out my ideas on 4 x 4 inch canvases before placing or painting things on my paintings.

I used the self adhesive paper backed vinyl/book covering like Nolan used as a mask in his realistic rose oil painting tutorial to mask out the rooster and chickens.

The lady who sat beside me last Monday morning, said she does lots of mixed media.  She was trying oils for the first time. 

Anyway, she said it is possible to transfer an photocopy or laser copy image to this book covering.  The paper on the back of the image after adhered to the vinyl, has to be soaked and removed by rubbing with fingers.

I tried it on a small color picture from my laser printer and I'm quite impressed.

I'm wondering if anyone has had any experience doing this and if you have any suggestions or tips.

Title: Re: Re Mixed Media
Post by: Lillian on March 11, 2012, 09:13:53 PM
Here is my progress with my mixed media Hens, Rooster, Chicks project I'm doing for my classes at the college.

The assignment is to do a series of paintings.  I was inspired by the hens and roosters we saw on our morning walk when we visited Holland in 2009.  They were bright, colorful and shiny in the bright sun and they came running out to us as though to be showing off.

Three canvases, the first 12" x 12" for the hens, the second, 9" x 12" for the inside of the chicken coop with chicks and window looking outside where there will be 3 chickens pecking in the yard, the third canvas for the rooster.

I'm learning a lot about the various acrylic products available for special effects.

I textured the barn and roof with a mix of matte acrylic gel medium, pumice paste and paint.  It's difficult to see in the photo, but I ran a nylon brush across the wet mix to make it look like barn boards.

I painted the window screens on the barn with acrylic iridescent silver, fine.

I've been on the lookout for things in the stores, everywhere I go, that could be used in this project.

I came across a nylon bath sponge in the drug store that I thought would work for the chicken wire fence.  When opened, it is a long tub and curly.  I cut a piece off and ironed it on the lowest setting and cut it out in the appropriate pieces for the fencing.  I had made templates of the fence areas which helped.  The bath sponge is very flexible, slippery, stretchy and hard to work with but with a little time and patience, I managed to place it on the canvas using thinned gel medium and covered it with acrylic gloss gel.  The fence posts are of silver ribbon I had in my sewing box.

Next I'm working on the trees.  I'm painting them on watercolor paper and cutting out samples before I paint on the canvas, or I may attach these to the canvas.  Decisions, decisions.  :-\

I'm considering doing a photo transfer of the hens and rooster as suggested by an experienced mixed media artist in my paint class.  She is going to bring me a sample of one she has done and then I'll maybe experiment.  More decisions.   :-\   :confused:

Of course, all detail will be the last to do.

If anyone here is interested in or had experience with mixed media, I'm open for suggestions.

My daughter wants me to give this to her to hang in her kitchen.

Title: Re: Re Mixed Media
Post by: sapphirelynn on March 11, 2012, 11:09:23 PM
Lillian this is starting to look great.  I am really impressed with the chicken wire fence  O0 can't wait to see more of this project :painting: :gl:
Title: Re: Re Mixed Media
Post by: C.Bodine on March 12, 2012, 02:25:08 AM
Really looking forward to seeing this finished, Lillian.  It's looking  good! O0
Title: Re: Re Mixed Media
Post by: Leana on March 12, 2012, 07:38:45 AM
Lillian... it is looking awesome so far! :clap: :clap: :clap:  Can't wait to see the next WIP...  Love the 'stuff' you used to create texture... like the nylon brush and so on... mmm another idea to add to my collection  :whistle: ...never thought of using that. Simply wonderful  :yippee:
Title: Re: Re Mixed Media
Post by: Lillian on March 12, 2012, 11:43:27 AM
Thanks Sapphirelynn, C., and Leana.   :)

Leana, re the nylon brush, hee, hee!  I don't imagine you would get your hands on one like mine but it worked well.  It's the end of an old typewriter eraser.  (Now my age is definitely showing!)  I've had it in my belongings for years.  I think the kids fooled with the nylon bristles and it's all raggedy.  I should take a photo and show you.  Anyway, the bristles are long and all bent.  I could take a photo if you like, you might find something similar.

I'm looking forward to the class this morning.  I can't wait to see the photo transfer my classmate has done using MacTac.  I'll let you know more later.

Title: Re: Re Mixed Media
Post by: Leana on March 12, 2012, 06:26:57 PM
 :heeha: Lillian... I would love to see a photo of your nylon brush... and here I thought its a scrubbing brush with nylon bristles  :2funny: :2funny: :2funny: 

I am really so glad that you are having so much fun with the classes... absolutely super  :yippee:
Title: Re: Re Mixed Media
Post by: nolan on March 12, 2012, 08:09:44 PM
looking good so far O0
Title: Re: Re Mixed Media
Post by: Lillian on March 12, 2012, 10:28:31 PM

I had great fun in the class today.  It's interesting to see what the others are doing and I'm learning from them. 

Just one other lady is doing a mixed media project.  She used gesso on the lower portion of her canvas and poured sand over it, then she's painting it to make a wall where two kids, boy and girl are standing with their backs facing us, colorful clothing, the girl's blouse being the focal point.  They are looking through an 'stucco' archway done with gesso and a pallet knife.  She's doing nice work, interesting technique.

The instructor is quite impressed with my project so far.

I didn't accomplish much as far as progressing in my project.  The lady who sits next to me brought three books on image transfer for mixed media and lent them to me for the week.  I've already read through two of them in the class.  ...just can't get enough of it, so much fun!  I'll probably have to break down and order them, loads of great information.

There are several ways to transfer an image and I plan to experiment before applying it to my work.  I'll post more later. 

In a way it seems like cheating.   :2funny:  I'm thinking, "Shouldn't I be  :painting: those birds???" :confused:  :)  Please don't tell Nolan if I cheat.   :-X

Whatever image transfer I choose, I will apply it to all 3 canvases.

Leana, I will post a pic of the old typewriter eraser with the ragged nylon brush.   :)  ...just not today  The old
girl's run outta steam!   :yawn:

Nolan,  :thankyou:  You're always so encouraging.   :)

Title: Re: Re Mixed Media
Post by: Val on March 13, 2012, 10:25:45 AM
Wow.... Lillian you are a whirlwind!  ;D  I would like to interject that you are not 'that' old....I had plenty of those old typewriter erasers myself!  ;D  Come on old girl, I'll warm the milk!  >:D   :2funny:
Title: Re: Re Mixed Media
Post by: Lillian on March 13, 2012, 11:37:29 AM
 :2funny: :2funny: :2funny:
Title: Re: Re Mixed Media
Post by: Leana on March 13, 2012, 01:55:11 PM
Wow Lillian  :heeha: really sounds like you are having a fabulous time in the mixed media class.  I am really  :envy: ... even the grass looks pale to me  :whistle:  :2funny: :2funny: :2funny:

If I am not mistaken... correct me if I am wrong... the typewriter eraser is a round/wheel like eraser with a hole in the middle...lthen has a plastic bar that fits into the hole in the center of the eraser and the bristles on the end (hope my explanation makes sense)... I used to use the too moons ago.  So Lillian, you are definitely not that old  ;D...
Title: Re: Re Mixed Media
Post by: Lillian on March 13, 2012, 02:10:54 PM
Here's the photo of the old typewriter eraser brush that I used to create texture for barn boards.

This will look funny coming in on the main gallery.   :2funny:

Of course I had to go online and order the 3 books my friend lent me.  I just have to have all this great information in my hands.   :)
Title: Re: Re Mixed Media
Post by: Lillian on March 13, 2012, 02:12:33 PM
No Leana, I'm not old but I do feel my age sometimes.   ::)
Title: Re: Re Mixed Media
Post by: Leana on March 13, 2012, 02:14:44 PM
Ahh yes, I do recognize it  O0 ... just goes to show what can all be used for texture  :yippee:

I am totally not surprised that you decided to order all three books  :D ... once the art bug has bitten...there is no letting go or going back...  :2funny: :2funny: :2funny: ...
Title: Re: Re Mixed Media
Post by: Lillian on March 13, 2012, 02:33:51 PM
You're so right, Leana.  I'm  :smitten:

Now to finish reading my unread  posts and crack open the books.   :)

Hubby is out for his usual coffee, read the paper, and socialize morning.  I always give him some errand to run while he's out so he feels he's useful.   :2funny:  He's going to the hardware store and will bring me a nice clear vinyl sheet to put over my dining room table so I can work on my project there.

My artwork is spreading through the house.  I have a basket with drawing materials ready to start the Let's Draw course in one corner of the dining room and next to the dining room is the living room where, in another corner, I'm set up to hopefully spend a day getting caught up with the watercolor exercises.  The den is disorganized but pretty workable, just not enough room to do all the mixed media work.

The house is clean, just a little disarray.
Ask me if I care!  The answer's NO!  I'm having fun.   :2funny: 

I may be getting older but I'm feeling like a kid again.  :yippee:
Title: Re: Re Mixed Media
Post by: sapphirelynn on March 13, 2012, 06:15:50 PM
we only get OLD when we stop learning :dance: this is not going to happen to us here on PB
Title: Re: Re Mixed Media
Post by: Val on March 14, 2012, 11:12:05 AM
I may be getting older but I'm feeling like a kid again.  :yippee:
There's the key Lillian.... You're only as old as you feel.  O0
That's why we can do this ..   :nana:  ..  and ..  :goofy: .. and ..  :attacked:
 :2funny:   :2funny:   :2funny:
Title: Re: Re Mixed Media
Post by: Maria Canino on March 14, 2012, 03:13:05 PM
Talking about Mixed Media  :confused:

Would Sand Art belong in this category?  :confused:

Maria  :painting:

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Title: Re: Re Mixed Media
Post by: Lillian on March 14, 2012, 03:23:24 PM
What a delightful video Maria!  Fanciful and magical!  Very entertaining :) 

I have seen one similar to this.  No, the application of sand I was referring to is permanent.

Today, I'm carrying on from where I left off yesterday, working on the photo transfers of the birds. 

There are various ways this can be done.  I'm experimenting and  :think: :think: :think: about which way I might go with it.   :-\   :confused: 
Title: Re: Re Mixed Media
Post by: Maria Canino on March 14, 2012, 04:54:49 PM
The longer I live, the more I am fascinated by the infinite forms or art I never dreamed of  :clap: :clap:

I am looking forward to your completed work  :) I am sure it will be of the same quality as your previous pieces  O0

Maria  :painting:
Title: Re: Re Mixed Media
Post by: Lillian on March 19, 2012, 09:05:13 PM
Here's the progress I've made on my mixed media project.  It's a long story!  I hope I'm not boring anyone.

I had another fun day at the college this morning.  The instructor said she liked what I was doing.  She's quite encouraging.  I was going to change something, maybe put a small windmill in the background to depict Holland, but she gave me a long lecture in a light hearted manner, saying I should stick to my preliminary sketch as our first instinct is always best.  She convinced me that it would be better left out.  She's quite encouraging but I'm not learning a lot from her about mixed media.  I'm getting my info. from books that I've bought and one of the ladies who is in the class. 

I suppose I should post my preliminary sketch.  Our instructor insists on doing a sketch and we have to keep a journal of everything we are doing along the way.  I'm having fun with that too.

Leana, are you the only one here who does mixed media?

This is all new to me but I'm learning lots and having fun with it.

I'm looking forward to seeing what Nolan might come up with for us.

Nolan, Dennis, anyone, if you have any advice or tips, I'm open for suggestions.

Anyway, I worked hard a couple of days last week, doing photo transfers of my birds.  There are many, many more ways to do photo transfers than what I've described here.  Some methods require the image to be flipped, but not this one.

I took these photos on a pleasant morning walk when we toured Holland in 2009.  What a great way to preserve a  pleasant memory!

Last Monday, I purchased self adhesive book covering on a roll at two different dollar stores in town.  One had a glossy plastic, the other was 'frosted'.  I tried the photo transfers on each kind.

I layed the sticky side of the plastic over the enlarged photo copy.   Then I burnished it like crazy  :sweat:  The ink from the photo copy absorbs into the plastic when this is done.  The frosted one has a slight bit of texture, so I worked harder on it to be sure of getting a good result.  This can be done with the round side of a spoon or anything solid and smooth.  I used the hard handle of my kitchen scissors.

When I was sure I had done all I could do to get that ink into the plastic, I soaked the transfer in a pan of water for about a minute to soften the paper on the back and proceeded to roll off the wet paper.  This was quite a long process.  I would re-wet the back with a spray bottle of water and roll more paper off and repeat the steps until all the paper was removed, leaving only the plastic film with the photo embeded into the plastic.  If all the paper is not removed, the transfer will be cloudy rather than clear.

One lady asked me today why I didn't just glue the photo copy of the birds on the paper!!!  That's not me!  I wanted to do a photo transfer for heaven's sake!

Then, when these were done and dry, I laid the glossy ones on my 12" x 12" canvases to see if I liked it, then laid the frosted ones, which had a matte finish.  I decided I liked the matte finish better, so I went ahead and trimmed the photo transfers to fit into the spaces, around the fence and the chicken coop.  Then I glued them to the canvas with clear self-leveling gel.

The trees are just done on watercolor paper just to give me an idea of what I might do.  They are hinged on the canvas with masking tape.

Today, I mixed greens (acrylic paint) into light moulding paste and with a pallet knife, made textured grass on the foreground of the large canvases.  I had done a test of this on a 4"x4" canvas board to see if it would adhere to the photo transfer and it does, so I can go ahead and bring it up over the photo transfer so it doesn't look pasted on.  Now I can put in  more detail, darks and lights over it with acrylic paint.  This light moulding paste can also be made wet and it will absorb thinned acrylic paint and the color will disperse, similar to watercolor painting.  More fun!

The barnboards inside the chicken coop on the 9" x 9" canvas are the same as the outside, only a different color but containing some of the same color of paint as on the outside of the coop.  It is a mix of Regular Gel Matte, pumice paste and paint, applied with a pallet knife, then I drew vertical lines through it with a stilus and textured it with the nylon bristles of the old typewriter eraser.  I had this done last week and did nothing more on it in class today.  The lower part of this canvas will have chicks and there will be 3 hens pecking in the yard outside.

These were my daughters chicks, photos for inspiration when I do chicks inside the coop which may not be a photo transfer,  :-\
Title: Re: Re Mixed Media
Post by: Leana on March 20, 2012, 08:49:07 AM
Lillian  :heeha: ...its looking fabulous so far  :clap: :clap: :clap:.   :thankyou: for posting the WIP and what you did to get the transfers as well as other mediums used for texture... = awesome.  Not sure if I am the only artist (besides Dennis/Nolan) here that has done some mixed media... it's great fun though... I am really glad you are having so much fun with it.  :yippee:
Title: Re: Re Mixed Media
Post by: Lillian on March 20, 2012, 11:42:39 AM
Thanks Leana,

This has to be finished over the next 4 weeks.  Each week flies by on my and I have lots more to do.

I'm looking forward to Nolan's oil painting class today and of course I can't miss Dennis' watercolor classes.

I'm packing in so much art knowledge and inspiration, more than I ever imagined!   :yippee:
Title: Re: Re Mixed Media
Post by: C.Bodine on March 20, 2012, 01:24:17 PM
Lillian, your work is looking great!  :clap: Can't wait for the next update! O0
Title: Re: Re Mixed Media
Post by: sapphirelynn on March 21, 2012, 05:21:10 AM
great job Lillian, looks like you are having fun...looking forward to the finish..I will have to give photo transfer a go one of these days, I'll wait till you are done then you can give us all advice..
Title: Re: Re Mixed Media
Post by: dennis on March 21, 2012, 06:59:36 AM
Mixed media is great fun  :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: Re Mixed Media
Post by: Lillian on March 21, 2012, 01:31:33 PM
Yes it is fun Dennis!   :)

Yesterday I worked on painting the grass on the large canvases.  I had already put light molding paste tinted with greens on the foregrounds with a pallet knife.  I've been putting in the darks in the dips and the lights on the tops with various shades of greens.  I tried to incorporate the shadow of the rooster.  It took a lot of time.

The teaching that Nolan gave on color mixing has really helped a lot.   :yippee:

My only regret with this is that it's keeping me away from doing the Paintbasket exercises.   :(

Title: Re: Re Mixed Media
Post by: dennis on March 21, 2012, 05:17:03 PM
Fortunately the replays are not going to run away  :2funny: :2funny: :2funny:
Title: Re: Re Mixed Media
Post by: Lillian on March 31, 2012, 11:57:55 PM
I'm pretty well finished with my mixed media project for my class at the college.   :yippee:

Please tell me what you think. Nolan says, good or bad, I can take it!   :2funny:

I will put a coat of varnish on these, probably spray it when the nice weather returns and I can get out on the deck again.

This has been a fun journey, trying out a lot of the acrylic mediums and pastes, etc. for this folk art style.  I've done quite a lot of tole painting in the past but not in recent years.

The 9"x12" canvas with chicks:  Molding paste, mixed with reg. gel matte for chicks. Pumice paste for the heat lamp.
    I had painted the chicks and heat lamp with pen and ink on watercolor paper to place them the way I wanted them and made shapes of layered masking tape to apply the molding paste for the chicks and heat lamp.
    Real straw in foreground, glued down with regular gel matte.  Interference paint on heat lamp and for heat rays.  I crochet'd the lamp's electrical cord, coated it with the gel, painted it and added blue interference paint, then glued it to the canvas with the reg. gel matte.

The 12"x12" canvas with rooster: is a photo transfer, touched up with acrylic paint & acrylic interference highlights.

The 12"x12" canvas with hens: is also a photo transfer also touched up and interference paint for highlights.  The highlights don't show up well on the hen.

I'm happy that now I can organize my den and get out my oil paints, ready for Nolan's landscape oil painting series.

I'm also looking forward to being with Dennis in watercolor painting lessons.
Title: Re: Re Mixed Media
Post by: C.Bodine on April 01, 2012, 12:30:38 AM
Lillian, I love your hens!! You did an excellent job on the feathers! I'm amazed by the grass! :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: Re Mixed Media
Post by: Gloria on April 01, 2012, 01:05:21 AM
Lillian, you are doing such great work. You must be painting all day long.
Title: Re: Re Mixed Media
Post by: dennis on April 01, 2012, 02:51:30 AM
Love  what you have been doing  :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: Re Mixed Media
Post by: Tony (ASM) on April 01, 2012, 05:49:36 AM
Lillian, you have some real artistic flare and skills. Your creations are very refreshing and a delight to see. Multi talented lady  :clap:
It's good to hear you are already loading up the oil paints ready for Nolan's Landscape session! And, you are one of Dennis's Water Colour artists too!  O0 (I've really enjoyed watching and reading about the process and progress of the water colours. I'm certainly going to join that later).
 ;) :hug:
Title: Re: Re Mixed Media
Post by: Leana on April 01, 2012, 07:15:20 AM
Oh WOW Lillian... you have truly done a fabulous job on these mixed media paintings... absolutely love  :smitten: them.   :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: Re Mixed Media
Post by: Lillian on April 01, 2012, 10:41:52 AM
Ahhh folks, you're so kind!  I loved doing this but most of all, I love being here, such a great community.

Thanks Dennis and all those who give such encouragement.   :hug:
Title: Re: Re Mixed Media
Post by: Anya on April 01, 2012, 06:08:04 PM
Lillian, these are beautiful!

Very unique. Have never attempted mixed media. You have done a wonderful job, love the rooster
Title: Re: Re Mixed Media
Post by: Gloria on April 01, 2012, 07:22:52 PM
Lillian, what did you use for your mixed media paintings?
Title: Re: Re Mixed Media
Post by: Lillian on April 01, 2012, 07:59:21 PM
Hi Gloria, if you look back at my March 9th and 11th entries on this thread, you'll see some of the things I used.

I did the photo transfer with enlarged photos done at the copy shop onto mac tac type clear adhesive.  I used book covering on the roll from the dollar store.

I used Golden products, regular gel medium for pasting things to the canvas and to add to some of the texture pastes. 

The Golden acrylics website has some videos on how to use some of their products. 

I used pumice paste and coarse molding paste.  I used artist quality acrylic paints, interference orange, blue and turquoise and iridescent silver for the screens on the coop.

I have kept a journal.  It has been a long and lengthy process with lots of researching, trial and error on little 4"x4" canvases before incorporating it on the canvases.

Gloria, are you thinking of doing some mixed media projects?
Title: Re: Re Mixed Media
Post by: Maria Canino on April 01, 2012, 08:33:36 PM
Your finished work is a delight to the eyes :clap: :clap: I can actually count the feathers on the wings :D  What a job it must have been to detail each one ;D Love it  :smitten:
Title: Re: Re Mixed Media
Post by: Lillian on April 01, 2012, 10:06:37 PM
Photo transfer, Maria.   :2funny:  ...something like cheating!   :2funny:

Just touch ups added.   :)
Title: Re: Re Mixed Media
Post by: Gloria on April 01, 2012, 10:10:39 PM
Wow! A lot of work. I have to go over all the instructions again minutely. Just curious Lillian. When I understand it completely and if I like it I may try.
Title: Re: Re Mixed Media
Post by: Lillian on April 01, 2012, 10:19:30 PM
Gloria, I may not have given complete detail here.  My journal is more complete but the writing is way too small and too lengthy to post here.

It was a lot of fun though.  I hope you give it a whirl.  I'm only too happy to share what I've learned.

I've signed up for a one day workshop which I paid for and a morning free Golden products demo in the summer at the college. 

I got some mixed media books from, not real expensive which helped me learn about the new acrylic products and some techniques.

I'm also hoping that Nolan will include some mixed media in his 'a few fun things' in the future.  :)
Title: Re: Re Mixed Media
Post by: Gloria on April 01, 2012, 11:25:17 PM
Wow, you sure are not wasting any time. You are so dedicated.
Title: Re: Re Mixed Media
Post by: Lillian on April 01, 2012, 11:41:34 PM
Anya,  :thankyou: for your kind remarks on my mixed media project.  :)
Title: Re: Re Mixed Media
Post by: sapphirelynn on April 02, 2012, 01:53:05 AM
Lillian what fun!  Your 'project' turned out great. :clap: :clap: :clap:   What a wonderful way to learn so many new ideas to employ in your art pieces.  How are you going to frame this?
 Now I am itching to do one...NOLAN!!! :wave: we need a class on mixed media   
Title: Re: Re Mixed Media
Post by: Lillian on April 02, 2012, 11:06:55 AM
Hi Sapphirelynn,

I painted around the edges of the canvas, so no need to frame them but it could be done.

I might take them to a framer for suggestions, but probably won't go ahead with it.  I'd rather put the money toward a new project.  I hate to think how much I've invested in this -- tuition for 12 weeks at the college, canvasses, interference and iridescent paints, various mediums and gels and 3 or 4 very good books.  All worth it though.

I have no choice now but to do more mixed media projects.   :2funny:  and  :idea: :idea: :idea: :idea:  ideas keep whirling around in my mind.   :)  It seems there is no limit to what you can do with this stuff.
Title: Re: Re Mixed Media
Post by: sapphirelynn on April 02, 2012, 03:11:11 PM
I agree, there is endless possibilities.  I think in another thread we talked about our compulsion for 'buying' art supplies....looks like you might have won there ;) but on the other hand now that you have it on hand you are sure to think :idea: of ways to encorporate some of it in newer works :yippee: I will be looking forward to seeing them
Title: Re: Re Mixed Media
Post by: NHC50 on April 02, 2012, 03:47:40 PM
Lillian I like your little flock. Good job. What you did is still alot of work. It still took time and money. Good job.  O0 O0
Title: Re: Re Mixed Media
Post by: Lillian on April 02, 2012, 05:38:29 PM
Thanks Nina.   :1hug:
Title: Re: Re Mixed Media
Post by: Lillian on April 09, 2012, 10:53:05 PM
I had another fun morning in my class at the college.  Just two more monday mornings to go. 

Next week, I have to make my presentation on what I did and how, etc.  I'm really looking forward to hearing the others do their presentations.  I've learned a lot just by being with some amazing artists.

These are my absolutely finished pieces.  I almost forgot that I had to sign them.   :)  I built up a small area on the bottom right of each one, just built up an open space with narrow masking tape and laid in gel medium, let it dry, then painted it to blend in with the background and signed.

I've had so much fun reading about mixed media and ideas are swirling about in my mind. 

Here are the final 3 pieces

I don't know how to post these side by side, but the chicks are to be in the middle, hens on the left, cockerel on the right.

My instructor calls that a 'tryptic'.  The website lists 25 definitions.  The term can also be spelled 'tryptich' and stems from ancient days.  Nowadays, it is used by artists who do 3 related paintings.

I guess I really missed the mark as she wanted us to do either a 'body of work' or a 'series of work'.  I intended to do a series, ends up it's a set of three, a 'tryptic'.   :sweat: might get a failing grade  :confused:    :2funny:

Anyway, she went on a long spiel about the "space" depicted in my tryptic.  (Theory :eek:) 

To make it short, she pointed out how the chicks are confined, window looks out onto chickens confined, the big birds confined and the large landscape expanse in all the canvases. 
She said she gets the feeling that the birds all long to get to the wide open 'space'   :)

There, is your lesson for the day!   :2funny:Ok, I get it!  Really, I have appreciated her teaching, just a much different approach than Dennis & Nolan.  All so very good and I'm loving every minute of the journey.

I'm trying to come up with a name for my work.  Any ideas?  I would appreciate your input.  A few things 'flew' through my mind, trying to keep to the theme of 'space':

The Ins And Outs Of It
If I Could Fly
A Fancy For Freedom
Freedom Afield
Liberty Afield
Love Knows No Bounds
Egg-set To (or For) Freedom
Free Range Afield
Flight to Freedom

Which of these would you choose?

I'm running this by my 4 teenage grandchildren.   I'll let you know their consensus.   :)

Title: Re: Re Mixed Media
Post by: C.Bodine on April 10, 2012, 03:02:08 AM
Lillian, your project turned out wonderfully! Your rooster looks amazing and I am in awe of the grass! O0
Title: Re: Re Mixed Media
Post by: Leana on April 10, 2012, 07:24:20 AM
Lillian  :twothumbs: :congrats: on your final result ... super job and I absolutely love it.   :thankyou: for sharing this experience...  :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: Re Mixed Media
Post by: Lillian on April 10, 2012, 05:56:14 PM
Hi folks,   :wave:

I thought I'd share some things I put in my journal.  Until I started this project, I had never kept a journal. 

I have logged what I did each and every day as I progressed with my project.  I wrote down the mediums, gels, what mixes of paint, etc. that I used in each step and pasted progress photos in as well.  It was quite a challenge at times, because I tended to get caught up in the process and had to try to remember what I did so I could make the entry.

Here is the sketch I started out with.  I had no idea where it would take me as this was my first mixed media project.

A friend in the class gave me this from the newspaper.  I thought it was cute, so I included it in my journal.

You might get a chuckle our of this one, "She's Always Been Artistically Inclined".  Hubby found this in the newspaper and gave it to me, and I couldn't resist including it also.

Of course, I had to act like a kid again and color these newspaper clippings with colored pens and  colored pencils.

I think the girl that sat beside me in the class influenced me as she was showing me all the journaling she has been doing lately, quite interesting.

I think Dennis plans on talking to us about journaling in one of his up coming classes.  I'll be looking forward to that.

I know how busy we are, but I'd love it if somebody would help me choose a name for my project.  I came up with a list and posted it yesterday.  If you think one of the names fit, would you let me know?  Or, if you have any ideas that might fit, I sure would appreciate it if you would be so kind as to post your thoughts.  I'd love to close the book on this so to speak and move on to something new.
Title: Re: Re Mixed Media
Post by: Gloria on April 10, 2012, 11:27:57 PM
Lillian you are one busy artist, trying all kinds of things and you are so enthusiastic. Its contagious.
Title: Re: Re Mixed Media
Post by: Leana on April 11, 2012, 07:10:38 AM
Lillian... your names sound great... I can add some ideas ...

Free Range Hatchery
Are they all mine? (as in the cockerel asking the hens about the chicks)

Will try and think of some more   ;) ... you will just know when you have found the right title.

Title: Re: Re Mixed Media
Post by: Tony (ASM) on April 11, 2012, 08:02:32 AM
Lillian, your works of art are wonderful and your enthusiasm is admirable. I've enjoyed reading and looking at yoru posts and other peoples comments.
Well done you  :clap: :hug:
Title: Re: Re Mixed Media
Post by: Lillian on April 11, 2012, 01:37:29 PM
 :thankyou: so much, Gloria, Leana & Tony.   :) 

Thanks to you Leana for all the encouragement you've been along the way and for your input on a name for this. 

I like the "Free Range Hatchery" one as it denotes the idea of freedom as opposed to confinement.  It's definitely in the top to be considered.   :1hug:
Title: Re: Re Mixed Media
Post by: Lillian on June 28, 2012, 04:11:00 PM
I had my mixed media project framed in a floating frame.

I opened my mail this morning to find a letter from the college with my mark. --  A+    :yippee:

My daughter said she wanted it in her kitchen but changed her mind, so I have it in mine.

I've submitted an entry to the college for the next show.  It's a juried show.  I don't know if I'll be accepted.  I should hear by the end of the week,  I've never dreamed of doing this.  It's a learning experience so I decided to stick my neck out and go for it.  The theme of the show is "Space".  I think mine is too folk arty for their taste, so I'm not holding my breath.  I'm not going to sell it, it's mine!!!  I had a lot of fun with this.

I'm looking forward to the second week of July.  I'll be painting at the college, using Van Gogh style.  I'll be doing my painting in acrylics and probably using the texture medium to emphasize the brush strokes.  I haven't decided wat I'll paint yet. 

One of the days during the week, I'll be taking a trip to Ottawa by bus to the National Art Gallery of Canada to the Vah Gogh Up Close show. (

Nolan, when you offered to teach us "a few fun things", did you have mixed media in mind?  I'm having fun in your classes anyway, so no  :sweat: 

Title: Re: Re Mixed Media
Post by: nolan on June 28, 2012, 08:26:22 PM
how did I miss this awesome thread  :-\

Seems like you have been having great fun with your mixed media course Lillian  :clap: I can see why you got an A+ too  :smitten:

Earlier in the thread you were saying - don't tell Nolan that I cheated - I am the master of cheating, so you will not hear those words from me. You must always use the easiest / most efficient way of doing something, to heck with the purists - it's the end result that matters  O0
Title: Re: Re Mixed Media
Post by: nolan on June 28, 2012, 08:31:06 PM
oh yes, and mixed media is part of the "fun" classes I have planned O0
Title: Re: Re Mixed Media
Post by: Lillian on June 29, 2012, 01:24:41 AM
 :thankyou: Nolan! 

oh yes, and mixed media is part of the "fun" classes I have planned
   :yippee: :yippee:

I'll be looking forward to that.   :thankyou: :thankyou: :thankyou: :thankyou:

By the way, I did get notification that my piece was not accepted in the juried show coming up.  I was told there were a lot of entries and I'm sure they don't care for folk art looking stuff.  I don't care, as I really just wanted to do this as a learning experience and I had a nice interview with the curator which was in itself a learning experience.  I might try putting something in again in the future, just for the fun of it, but this time it would be more in the fine art line.
Title: Re: Re Mixed Media
Post by: NHC50 on June 29, 2012, 02:25:24 AM
Lillian, Your little family of chickens is cute. Cheating???? Whats wrong with that?  :2funny: :2funny:
I would of voted for your painting.  O0 O0 O0
Nina  :flowers:
Title: Re: Re Mixed Media
Post by: Lillian on June 29, 2012, 02:49:54 PM
Ahhh,  :thankyou: Nina.  :1hug:
Title: Re: Re Mixed Media
Post by: Val on July 01, 2012, 11:17:20 PM
That is one well deserved A+    :congrats:  I'd have been banging on there door if it was anything less... :banghead:  sorry, we don't have a door.....   :whistle:
Title: Re: Re Mixed Media
Post by: Lillian on July 02, 2012, 01:43:09 AM
 :) :thankyou: Val 
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