Mixed Media Art, Techniques, Collage & Artists

Have fun experimenting and combining various materials for original mixed media art! Discover a wide range of mixed media styles and techniques, from fun and quirky looks to the more sophisticated.

Between (encaustic on wood panel) by Serena Barton. This piece borrows colors and an aged look from the pottery shards photograph.

Back Porch Inspiration | Wabi-Sabi Painting

Collage artist Serena Barton challenges artists to break free from a focus on precision and to embrace wabi-sabi—the Japanese philosophy of finding beauty in imperfection and transience—to make mixed-media art with a worn, timeless appeal. Follow Serena as she finds inspiration in her own backyard. “I took this picture on my first wabi-sabi walk...

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Mixed Media Collage | Brenda Swenson

Watercolorist Brenda Swenson shakes creative boredom by making colorful mixed-media collages. Here she shares her step-by-step process for San Juan Bautista Mission (watercolor collage on paper, 11×15). Read her article “Little Pieces of Color” in Watercolor Artist (June 2011).   Step 1: Drawing the Image on Watercolor Paper Consulting my reference photo (below), I...

Masquerade of Wits by Lisa Cyr

Lisa L. Cyr: Embrace Inspiration, by Neely McLaughlin

Lisa L. Cyr’s mixed-media fantasy-inspired work invites the viewer to participate in her imaginative vision. That vision inspires both Cyr’s paintings and her desire to encourage others in creative pursuits. “Create from the heart, innovate without boundaries, strive for greatness and speak to the culture in ways that inspire and motivate,” she says, explaining,...