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Mixed Media Art

Using Halloween Art Supplies to Make an Abstract Mixed Media Painting

It's no secret that I love skulls. At Christmas, I have a tabletop tree that is decorated only in skull-themed items. I have skull coffee spoons. Yes, I am that person. So you can imagine my excitement when I rounded a corner at Michaels a few weeks back and there was an end display rack… Continue reading Using Halloween Art Supplies to Make an Abstract Mixed Media Painting

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Mixed Media Techniques & Tips

Working with Paper in Mixed Media Art

Paper is one of the most versatile and easy mixed media art supplies you can use. If you've ever cut magazines up to make a collage, you are ready to experiment with paper in your mixed media art pieces. Surprisingly, (however) it's not as simple as cutting up some paper and gluing it to a… Continue reading Working with Paper in Mixed Media Art

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Mixed Media Art

How I Developed My Current Mixed Media Art Style

Developing my art style was one of the most frustrating processes I have gone through as an artist. Yes, really. Back in 2016, when I started really taking my art seriously, I was in several online classes and started following artists on Instagram and YouTube. One thing that really bothered me was seeing each artist's… Continue reading How I Developed My Current Mixed Media Art Style

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All About Layers in Mixed Media Art

Layers of different materials and supplies are what makes mixed media art different from other styles of art. You may not layer like an onion or parfait, but you get the idea! One thing I didn't realize when I first started doing mixed media art was that you can't slap just any old thing onto… Continue reading All About Layers in Mixed Media Art

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Mixed Media Techniques & Tips

Mixed Media Art Hack: Alternatives to Drawing

An Art Hack for When You Feel Uncomfortable Drawing Question: Are there any alternatives to drawing certain items for mixed media artists? Answer: Yes! Confession time: I absolutely suck at drawing flowers. It's almost embarrassing how bad I am at it. Especially considering I can make other things I draw or paint look almost photorealistic.… Continue reading Mixed Media Art Hack: Alternatives to Drawing

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Mixed Media Art

Is Mixed Media Art REAL Art?

Do we make real art? And . . . should we care?? Before the world became so connected (Hey, Internet) it often seemed like there was one approved path for doing certain things. Sure, some people straggled off the path and were later hailed as geniuses or trailblazers, but those people were more often than… Continue reading Is Mixed Media Art REAL Art?

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Mixed Media Techniques & Tips

Can You “Save” a Painting That Sucks?

  If you've been doing art for any length of time, you may have the same problem I do. Half-finished artworks. Abandoned canvases. Paintings you faced to the wall because you don't want to look at them. Why? Well, let's be honest - they kinda suck. Why We Leave Art Unfinished Maybe you were just… Continue reading Can You “Save” a Painting That Sucks?

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Amazing Eyes: 10 Hacks for Painting Realistic Eyes in Mixed Media Portraits

The Secret to Painting Realistic Eyes The eyes are the windows to the soul. The eyes have it. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. These cliché phrases are so popular because they are true! If you are painting a person or animal, one of the most important (and most intimidating) parts to paint… Continue reading Amazing Eyes: 10 Hacks for Painting Realistic Eyes in Mixed Media Portraits