Mixed Media was the topic for Saturday 7th October at the workshop I held at Lennox Arts Collective in Lennox Head So much to explore! We did some monotypes, played with image transfer, collage, paint, pastels, charcoal, water colour pencils as well as water and acrylic paints.

The objective for the participants was to experiment with different media in creating an artwork.

Mixed media art refers to a visual art form that combines a variety of media in a single artwork. For example, if you draw with ink, then paint over it with watercolours, then add some highlights in coloured pencil – that’s mixed media!

In painting, “media” refers to both the type of paint used and the base (or ground) to which it is applied. A paint’s medium refers to what carries a paint’s pigments (colours), and is also called a “vehicle”, “base” or binder.

An example of monotype print that I prepared for the class and finished with coloured pencil and ink
An example of monotype print that I prepared for the class and finished with coloured pencil and ink
Sample monotype for the class
Sample monotype for the class

Here are a few ways of making marks that can be used in your art;

Acrylics, watercolour, oil paint, pencil, charcoal, crayon – wax and oil, pastel, conte crayon, textile paint, gesso.

Here are some surfaces  on which you can make your art (you are only limited by your imagination)!

Paper, canvas (stretched or loose), calico and other fabrics, cardboard, timber, plastic, MDF.

A variety of methods can be used;

Ideas board.....
Ideas board…..

Painting, drawing, printing, sewing, collage with glue/ gesso, with fabrics, lace, beads, ribbon and even with bottle tops – have a look at El Anatsui   and his amazing work with these and various other ‘found’ objects.

Getting ideas!

I put out a variety of photos, books and examples of my own of mixed media work to inspire creativity!


Possible sources of inspiration and places to use mixed media;

Visual diaries, art journals, printed paper, monotype prints, screen printing, collage – découpage, art books, art galleries, graffiti, cartoons, Pop art etc

Now it is your turn to play!

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