Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Mixed Media Collage Tutorial
Step 1. Collage an array of vintage papers to a canvas using Matte Medium or Mod Podge. You can layer and collage them however you want.
Step 2. Use distress ink pads like the ones from Ranger and distress the collage once the matte medium is dry.
Step 3. Using a paint brush or a rubber brayer, add a layer of paint across the collage. Make sure you don't add to much and completely cover your collaged background. I usually do this very unevenly to give it some interest .
Step 7: Continue using brushes, fingers, and other items to add paint to your collage around the subject. You can use so many different items, get creative. Try sponging paint on through a piece of metal screen or dipping a round cap in painting and dotting it around your painting. This is the fun part. Just let loose and see what happens. You might just surprise yourself.
Step 8: Add final details with charcoal, pastels, or colored pencils (Or all 3 like I did in this painting) When you're finally happy with the product, I recommend using a sealer to protect the painting. I like the Liquitex Matte Spray. It doesn't change the look or finish of the painting and it gives it a nice protective coat.
Step 9: You're done. Sit back and enjoy your work. Or, start a new piece.
These are just some very basic ideas on getting started in collage, and there are LOTS of techniques. What's great about collage and mixed media art is the lack of rules. You are in control. I stole Nike's slogan for creating my art work "Just Do It". You don't have to have a solid idea in your head when you start. Just let yourself go and see where your imagination takes you.
Good luck! Feel free to leave comments :)