Mixed Media Techniques: 3 Step-by-Step Art Projects

Structure can be a good thing; there’s a time and a place for everything, after all. But when it comes to art, exploration is key to finding out how far you can take a painting―and how deeply you’re willing to express your vision. Some artists prefer to learn a single medium, and often simply have personal preferences for that chosen medium. And, of course, there are those of us who are curious to see how different mediums will work together; you can develop a completely different work of art when using a variety of mixed media techniques.

“There is an ever-expanding interest in exploring unconventional processes and approaches to establish aesthetic distinction in the marketplace,” says Lisa Cyr in the introduction of her book, Experimental Painting: Inspirational Approaches for Mixed Media Art. “For artists who are looking to push their work to a new level, this book will be a valuable resource and an ongoing source for creative inspiration.”

To kickstart your work, we’re offering a free excerpt from Cyr’s guide to mixed-media art. In Mixed Media: 3 Step-by-Step Lessons for Experimental Painting, you’ll receive step-by-step lessons that will inspire your own creative expression.

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Three Mixed Media Art Ideas

Mixed Media: 3 Step-by-Step Lessons for Experimental Painting by Lisa Cyr includes three step-by-step mixed media art projects, including:


Very cool mixed media technique using a laser printer in this tutorial.

Using Xerography and Laser Printing for Mixed Media

See how Cyr created The Journalist (mixed media, 11×8½). “Aesthetic play with a copy machine and laser printer can yield intriguing results,” says Cyr. “Overlapping, creasing, crinklng, ripping, enlarging or reducing over several generations of copies can alter the original content in a dynamic way, creating a unique, more graphic composition.”

This mixed media art tutorial demonstrates how to use subtractive processes like peeling back layers to create innovative art.

Employing Additive and Subtractive Processes in Mixed Media Art

Try your own textures with this lesson that demonstrates The Final Hour (mixed media, 24×18). Cyr advises, “By infusing the working surface with additive processes such as textural painting and collage, and subtractive processes like scratching, sanding and peeling back the layers, a visually compelling image that ignites both the mind and the senses begins to unfold.”

This mixed media painting tutorial uses stencils, blotting and sponging...not bad!

Creating a Mixed Media Painting, Step by Step

In this third project, Cyr provides the 15 steps she used to create Masquerade of Wits (mixed media, 23×26¾x1½), including sponging, stenciling, blotting, drawing, and more. “[This] mixed-media painting is a conceptual portrait about the inner struggle to find clarity in a world full of uncertainty,” Cyr explains. Learn more about the allegorical nature of Cyr’s work and explore your own mixed media art through this free demo.

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