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.


Introduction to Encaustics

Landscape Painting with Wax: It’s So Easy! Learn how to paint an abstract landscape using encaustics. If you’ve never painted with wax before, this medium has some exciting possibilities that makes it both fun (and easy) to work with, as well as creating some really cool effects. In Encaustic Adventure with Bela Fidel (Parts...


Collage Art Techniques with Nita Leland

From the time I was young, I loved taking scissors and paper and cutting out shapes; everything from snowflakes at Christmas time (which I still do), to cutting and pasting rudimentary collages. The kind of creativity that comes from paper, scissors and paste is fun and can be so freeing. I wasn’t alone. My...


Stencil Girl: Mixed Media Art Techniques

Mixed Media Made Magnificent! We bet you haven’t had a chance to check out these really cool videos from the Stencil Girl herself, Mary Beth Shaw. But we also know that once you do, you’re going to be so excited by all the possibilities that using stencils can afford you, whether you work in...

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...