How to Have Fun With Mixed Media

by Toni Burks-Grijalva

Mixed media can sometimes feel intimidating but it is actually very liberating. Allows you to think out of the box and try new products and techniques you would normally never try.


  • Canvas
  • *Velvet paints - Tuxedo , Fiji , Terracotta
  • *Sorbet - Chocolate, Pixie, Mint Julep
  • *Stencil -Blocked
  • * Mud Texture Paste
  • Black and White Gesso
  • Assorted Ephemera
  • Assorted Embellishments
  • Twine
  • Crafting Wire
  • Instructions

    Step 1

    This is a canvas I purchased on sale. I loved how it already had the burlap panel on it, this will help with some wonderful texture.

    Step 2

    Started by adding some texture with Mud texture paste our AA's square dot stencil. Also added it to the chipboard pieces.

    Step 3

    Dry brushed white and black gesso here and there. I like to use both in random spots so that when my paints are added highlights and shadows are created.

    Step 4

    I took a piece of wire and made a circle, then wrapped twine around it several times to create this frame.

    Step 5

    Added some Texture powder to my paints to give some grit and started applying to my canvas.

    Step 6

    Once again, added the texture powder to these colors also to provide more dimension to the canvas.

    Step 7

    Start adding your paints. Spritz water to allow blending of the colors and then dry.

    Step 8

    Took some ephemera and matted, did some stamping on my tag, added some floral twigs and cogs to provide that masculine touch.

    Step 9

    Seed beads were glued using gel medium and the chipboard was stained by adding instant coffee granules and wetting with water.

    Step 10

    Title chipboard was inked with Walnut Distress Ink and added to the project.

    Step 11

    Hope you have enjoyed my process and would love for you to stop by my blog for more inspiration.

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    Step 13

    The products used with * in front are Art Anthology Products and can purchased here: