Lost and Found in Nature: Letting Intuition Lead the Way in Abstract Mixed Media Painting/Collage
Instructor: Susan Miller
Class Code: SM190929
Workshop Fee: $120
Medium: Mixed Media
Sunday, September 29th, 12pm – 5:30pm
Take a nature inspired journey to the waterways, mountains, forests or desert with mixed media painting and collage. 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.
• Build a background in layers using lots of juicy inks and paint, acrylic sprays and pens, pencils, stencils, handmade stamps, colorful collaging and natural objects
• Use a wide range of unconventional tools such as sticks, leaves, bubble wrap, drywall tape, scratching tools and corrugated cardboard to create dynamic textures and patterns
• Paint and collage a whimsical abstract that includes nature images such as botanicals, waterways, oceans, forests, day or night skies, mountains or desert life 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 (16x16, 18x18 or 20x20) - doesn’t have to be square, but generally around these sizes
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
Acrylic Soft Body or Fluid paints: Titanium White, Warm and cool colors
I recommend Golden Fluid Paints (small bottles) OR Liquitex Soft Body Acrylic 2oz tubes or jars
Sponge Brush Set of mixed sizes
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
1 SOHO Spray Bottle for water
Jerry’s Jumbo Jet Pencil – black, white or sepia
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
8x10 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
Photo references: 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.