Fall Mixed Media Magic: Exploring Nature with Intuitive Painting/Collage
Instructor: Susan Miller
Class Code: SM191102
Workshop Fee: $120
Medium: Mixed Media
Saturday, November 2nd, 10am - 5pm
Take a painting journey inspired by nature of our beautiful Fall season. Explore mixed media with warm color palettes, using found nature objects for mark-making and including whimsical autumn imagery. Discover your creative process that will deepen your understanding and connection with yourself and your art-making. No matter what your skill level is, you will open up to the freedom of being fully in tune with your inner artist voice.
You will learn how to:
• Use different mediums in your art-making such as acrylic inks/paints, spray paints and papers.
• Explore warm color palettes of the Fall season in your painting process
• Build a background in layers using lots of juicy inks and paint, acrylic sprays and ink pens, pencils, stencils, handmade stamps, colorful collaging and natural objects
• Use a wide range of unconventional tools such as bubble wrap, drywall tape, scratching tools and corrugated cardboard to create dynamic textures and patterns
• Use natural objects of the season’s abundance to make marks and intuitive designs in your background
• Paint and collage a beautiful painting that includes the images of autumn in your beautiful background as a focal point of your painting
You will go home with a vibrant painting and the skills needed to develop an intuitive creative practice that includes reflection, inspiration, color, and joy!
Supplies to Bring:
DaVinci Pro Ultra Smooth Gesso Panel (any variation of size 12x12,11x14 up to 16x20) - doesn’t have to be square, but generally around these sizes
When looking for paint colors, focus on Fall inspired colors. You can get whatever seems to call your name, but here are some examples: quinacridone/nickel azo gold, sap green, green gold, alizarin crimson, pyrrole orange, cerulean blue, turquoise, dioxazine purple. But as long as you have a good mix of warm and cool colors, you will have what you need. I also will have lots to share.
Acrylic Inks (1oz bottles) – Liquitex, Daler Rowney FW, or Golden High Flow
2 warm colors: yellow, orange, and pinks (fluorescent colors are good choices for warms)
2 cool colors: blues and greens
White, dark (black, sepia, dioxazine purple, indigo or payne’s gray)
1 Metallic or Pearlescent (here look for golds, yellows, bronze)
Acrylic Soft Body or Fluid paints: Titanium White, Warm and cool colors (fall colors)
I recommend Golden Fluid Paints (small bottles) OR Liquitex Soft Body Acrylic 2oz tubes or jars
2-4 foam brushes
2 Polar Flo watercolor or acrylic brushes (rounds of different sizes, #1, #2, #4, #6 are good options) and 1 tiny round for fine lines
Acrylic Paint Pens and Sprays:
Posca paint pens: white, black, gold or silver .7mm bullet point
Marabu Mixed Media Acrylic Sprays: 1 or 2 colors that you like; gold is always nice to have
1 SOHO Spray Bottle for water
Small jar of Matte Medium – Liquitex, Golden are examples
An assortment of art papers, origami, or a scrap pack; colors and/or patterns you like
Small Strathmore watercolor pad (90lb is fine) for sketching, practice and to use as a palette
Make-up sponges (Triangular and/or Round)
Pencil and pen for drawing
Found nature objects you would like to use to make prints and marks with. Check out your yard or a wooded area for grasses, leaves, pine cones, acorns, seeds, sticks, seeds, flowers, etc. I will have some available as well.
Photo references: Look for Fall inspired images. I will have photo references you may like use in your painting or you can bring some of your own. You will find royalty free photos on unsplash.com.
I will also have a lot of extra supplies and embellishments on hand to try out and use in your painting process.