Reuse Acrylic Studies in Mixed Media


Hello Love. Today I’m doing a mixed media lesson where I show you how to collage with old acrylic painting studies over a layered background. You might recognize these roses from a couple videos ago when I did a lesson on how to paint an acrylic study of roses on watercolor paper. And now I’m going to take it a step further to show you how to work them into a mixed media piece. So if you want to learn how to paint these roses, you can watch that video as well. You can view this lesson to simply relax and be inspired. Or you can watch it twice, once to see what happens and again to work along with me. Just hit pause as needed to take things step by step. Take notes if you like. You will also find a materials list down below.


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Art is a beautiful experiment, so no matter where you are in your art journey, the most important thing is to show up and get started with an open mind. Practice and you will learn something new every time. Happy painting. Much love!




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This mixed media piece, Radiatign Love, is available in my shop

Materials I Used in this Tutorial

Please feel free to change any of the brands, sizes, or colors as you see fit.

  • Old acrylic painting studies on mixed media or watercolor paper

  • Scraps of decorative papers with different patterns

  • Canvas or wood panel

  • Fluid Acrylic Paint by Golden

  • Titanium White

  • Teal

  • Chromium Oxide Green

  • Paynes Grey

  • Cadmium Red Medium Hue

  • Yellow Ochre

  • Acrylic Matte Medium (more fluid viscosity)

  • Acrylic Regular Gel Matte Medium (Thicker viscosity - good if you are using watercolor paper studies)

  • A mix of bright (or flat) and round brushes with synthetic bristles. The sizes should vary based on the scale that you are painting.

  • A stick of chalk

  • Something to trace that you like the shape of (or you can use a ruler)

  • A pallet. Mine is a glass palette made from a sheet of glass removed from a picture frame with the edges taped off. To clean, let the paint dry, spritz with water, and then scrape it off with a razor paint scraper.

  • 1 pint water

  • 1 rag

  • Scissors


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