I'm new to this and would love to try some mixed media with my watercolor.

Is their someone out there who could send me some ideas and how to's.

Thank you.

Pam N.

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Pam, 

I loved mixed media and I also love watercolor. I don't find a lot of artists who do both together; many of the books and blog posts I read the artist uses acrylic paints and sometimes inks. 

But I love using watercolor with other media. I think the trick for me is using watercolor in the ground, the first layer you work with. From there I add oil pastels, crayons, and even papers for a collage look. 

If you're on Twitter, you can follow me @JournalChat where I post links for art journaling, journaling, and mixed media and some of what I post is with watercolor and mixed media together. 

Hope that helps a bit. I recommend using a journal to practice and experiment in so you can determine what works and what doesn't. 

Be refreshed,

Dawn Herring

I have tried a couple of idea with watercolor and other media, but have never really followed up. I will pass them on to you if you want ...

1) charcoal - sounds weird but if you use lots of water next to charcoal lines, the w/c picks up fragments of the charcoal for interesting effect. I think this works better with simple and bold designs. And you don't want to blend much. Charcoal and w/c can make a muddy mess if you fiddle with it too much!

2) conte crayon - they are waxy/ oily so they almost act as a resist. You can paint right over them.

When I get home ( on my way to art class) I will see if I can find examples :o)

Thanks for the information. Anything you could send would be wonderful.

Thank you so much.

Pam

These are from my very early days of learning to paint, so not my best, but you'll get a general idea. Sorry the pictures aren't clearer and didn't get them posted earlier, but i had to hunt down the photos from another online gallery of mine. i've lost the originals... grrr

1) Charcoal and Watercolor - you just 'slop' the watercolor until it just touches the edge of the charcoal.

2) Conte Crayon and watercolor - the yellow flowers and trim and the blue pattern are conte crayon. you can get it in pencils too. not as resistant as something like wax crayon, but will repel some water.

Well Micheal, I wish I could paint like your earlier days....lol

Thank you Dawn.

I don't twitter, its beyond me. Guess its my age, 71 yrs young.

I'll give your ideas a try. Again Thank you.

Pam

Dawn Herring said:

Pam, 

I loved mixed media and I also love watercolor. I don't find a lot of artists who do both together; many of the books and blog posts I read the artist uses acrylic paints and sometimes inks. 

But I love using watercolor with other media. I think the trick for me is using watercolor in the ground, the first layer you work with. From there I add oil pastels, crayons, and even papers for a collage look. 

If you're on Twitter, you can follow me @JournalChat where I post links for art journaling, journaling, and mixed media and some of what I post is with watercolor and mixed media together. 

Hope that helps a bit. I recommend using a journal to practice and experiment in so you can determine what works and what doesn't. 

Be refreshed,

Dawn Herring


Michael,

Love your paintings, very nice. I'm going to give it a try.

Thank you with the great ideas.

 

Pam

Michael Beckett said:

These are from my very early days of learning to paint, so not my best, but you'll get a general idea. Sorry the pictures aren't clearer and didn't get them posted earlier, but i had to hunt down the photos from another online gallery of mine. i've lost the originals... grrr

1) Charcoal and Watercolor - you just 'slop' the watercolor until it just touches the edge of the charcoal.

2) Conte Crayon and watercolor - the yellow flowers and trim and the blue pattern are conte crayon. you can get it in pencils too. not as resistant as something like wax crayon, but will repel some water.

I like to use watercolor pencils, and either brush drip or spray water to get the desired effect. I also have just started experimenting with watercolor in black glue lines. Lots of fun! My favorite use of watercolor is with wax resist crayon. Stamping with gesso looks nice on watercolor too.



Jennifer McDonald said:

I like to use watercolor pencils, and either brush drip or spray water to get the desired effect. I also have just started experimenting with watercolor in black glue lines. Lots of fun! My favorite use of watercolor is with wax resist crayon. Stamping with gesso looks nice on watercolor too.



Pamela Nixon said:

Thank you for your insight. I'll have to give it a try.

Pam Nixon



Jennifer McDonald said:

I like to use watercolor pencils, and either brush drip or spray water to get the desired effect. I also have just started experimenting with watercolor in black glue lines. Lots of fun! My favorite use of watercolor is with wax resist crayon. Stamping with gesso looks nice on watercolor too.



Dawn Herring said:

Pam, 

I loved mixed media and I also love watercolor. I don't find a lot of artists who do both together; many of the books and blog posts I read the artist uses acrylic paints and sometimes inks. 

But I love using watercolor with other media. I think the trick for me is using watercolor in the ground, the first layer you work with. From there I add oil pastels, crayons, and even papers for a collage look. 

If you're on Twitter, you can follow me @JournalChat where I post links for art journaling, journaling, and mixed media and some of what I post is with watercolor and mixed media together. 

Hope that helps a bit. I recommend using a journal to practice and experiment in so you can determine what works and what doesn't. 

Be refreshed,

Dawn Herring

Hello I would like to add that you can use tissue paper to any collage, or make the complete piece in tissue, Most tissue takes watercolor, acrylic, as well as wateroils.

I am new to this site but I will try to upload a simple piece I did that I call Christmas pears. I have only just began to do collage work and I find it both fascinating and bold.  It is something that I will add to all my other paintings, most of which I always do in a very mixed media.

Novella Creasman

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