Creative Paint Workshop for Mixed-Media Artists: Experimental Techniques for Composition, Layering, Texture, Imagery, and Encaustic

Creative Paint Workshop for Mixed-Media Artists: Experimental Techniques for Composition, Layering, Texture, Imagery, and Encaustic

by Ann Baldwin


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Whether you have formal training in painting or no experience at all, this new in paperback workshop-style book is the perfect guide for any artist interested in integrating the medium of paint into other types of artwork such as surface design, mixed media, collage, altered art, or art journaling. Creative Paint Workshop for Mixed-Media Artists explores a wide variety of innovative and experimental paint techniques that can add stunning visual impact and texture to many types of work.

—Develop your sense of composition and learn new approaches to abstract design.

—Experiment with texture effects, collage, inclusions, and encaustic.

—Learn how to use the latest new products to achieve magical effects.

—See how to use digital imagery, including how to do transfers with wax.

—Be inspired by the work of a wide variety of cutting edge, mixed-media artists and experimental painters.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781592537471
Publisher: Quarry Books
Publication date: 11/01/2011
Pages: 144
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Ann Baldwin was born in London, England, and lived there until 1990 when she came to live in the San Francisco Bay area with her husband. She began painting in 1991, after being a teacher of literature all of her working life. Within 18 months she was exhibiting landscapes in local juried shows. Initially self-taught, she began studying art history, painting, color theory, drawing and design, and became known as an abstractionist, and later developed her text-and-image collages. As a full-time artist, she continues to break rules and experiment, currently with encaustic.

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Drawing Media

Pens, pencils, pastels, and oil crayons are all useful in mixed-media painting. Bear in mind that acrylic is a wet medium, so your drawing media will need to be waterproof unless applied as a final touch. Even then, they won’t work if you plan to add a coat of protective medium or varnish to the piece.

There are many so-called waterproof pens on the market, but test them first on a separate sheet of paper. Brush a little water over the ink, after you have allowed it to dry. You’ll soon see if it “bleeds.” I have found Sharpie pens to be the most reliable and they come in a variety of tip sizes. For a more creative approach, try using acrylic ink (FW inks come in many different colors) with a calligraphic nib pen.

Graphite pencils are not entirely waterproof, but if a layer of soft gel medium is brushed over gently, the marks will be prevented from dissolving into a gray mess when the next layer is applied.

Cheap oil pastels contain very little oil and plenty of filler, making them very suitable for layered work. Unlike true oil sticks, they will not entirely resist acrylics, so they can be easily covered up. They also write well on even the most plastic acrylic paint. The dry particles in charcoal and soft pastels make them vulnerable to lifting by wet media, so it’s best to avoid using them.

The ingredients of crayons and colored pencils vary widely. Those with hard leads will not deposit color on a polymer medium or paint surface. The softer and creamier the pencil, the more likely they are to work. Of course, you can always use colored pencils to decorate your pieces of paper collage before they are stuck down. Black-and-white images colored in with colored pencils can be fun. Be absolutely sure that you are not using water-soluble crayons or pencils—usually labeled “watercolor”—or the marks will turn to wet paint when subsequent layers of paint are added. Caran d’Ache makes stick wax-oil crayons called Neocolor I, which work extremely well on top of acrylics, even when there is texture underneath. Though more expensive than most drawing crayons, they are waterproof, lightfast, and come in a variety of colors.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1: Getting Started

Chapter 2: How to Compose

Chapter 3: Approaches to Abstract Design

Chapter 4: Experiments in Texture

Chapter 5: Layering Paint and Found Images

Chapter 6: Combining Words and Paint

Chapter 7: Working with Encaustic Materials

Chapter 8: Using Digital Photographs in Mixed-Media Paintings

Chapter 9: Gallery of Special Projects

Contributing Artists


About the Author


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