Experiments in Mixed Media, Part I
Carol Nelson, Instructor
Sept 11-13, 2017 (9am – 4pm)
Materials Fee: $15
Skill level: beginner, intermediate, advanced
This workshop will feature a series of projects in which we will explore different
mixed media techniques Carol uses in her paintings. Students can expect to complete
one or more paintings per day.
Carol’s approach for abstract works, using “sandwiches” of mixed media materials,
takes the pain and agony out starting an abstract piece. You will
learn about a variety of materials and techniques, such as preparation
of Tyvek, painting on aluminum foil, embossed foils, combusted origami foil, rusted
iron paint, making your own unique collage papers, making unique focal medallions
using air dry clay and Plaster of Paris, inexpensive substitutes for pricey art materials,
and much more.
Carol will also discuss abstract composition and color theory, various kinds of
supports, how to attach various collage elements, and presentation options for
a finished piece. There will be a $15 materials fee due the first day of class.
Supply list for students to bring:
10 plastic foam plates – Hefty Super Weight brand foam plates works best
Small supports: 2 MDF (Medium Density Fiberboard)
OR wood panels OR canvas boards in sizes 6×6, 6×8, 8×8 inches
Medium supports: 2-4 cradled wood panels, OR MDF (Medium Density Fiberboard – Home Depot
will cut it for you) wood panels OR canvas boards in sizes 8×10, 6×12 or 9×12
Solid wood surfaces work best for this type of work. Please prime your boards before class with gesso.
******PLEASE observe size limitation for supports you bring.*************
Aerosol can of men’s shaving cream (not gel)
Plastic sheet protectors – about 10 – available at Office Max, Walmart, etc.
Paints: Golden Fluid Acrylics are best. Tube acrylics OK,but fluid acrylics work better for this type of work. Carol’s favorite colors are on her website under “miscellaneous”.
Gel medium – Carol uses Golden “regular” of “soft” gel medium, gloss
Polymer medium gloss (Golden) OR Polymer Medium & Varnish (Liquitex)
Liquitex Pouring Medium (polymer medium gloss may be substituted)
Modeling paste OR a spackle compound found at most Home Depots in the paint department. The brands to look for are Custom Patch, Flex-n-Fill, Patch-n-Paint, etc.
White paintable tube caulk – buy the cheapest one at Home Depot. A 5.5 oz tube of DAP Alex Plus is good.
Super heavy duty aluminum foil – restaurant grade if possible.
YES paste adhesive (available at Michaels) OR Power Grab by Loctite (get the clear one), or Liquid Nails at Home Depot
Tulip “PUFFY” Dimensional Fabric paint in black or white (available at Michaels)
Spray water bottle, brushes, hair dryer, scissors, palette, small palette knife, paper towels.
About brushes: fluid acrylics behave a lot like watercolor. Don’t bring stiff bristle brushes, which are more suitable for heavy body acrylics or oils. Synthetic brushes with a nice snap to them are best.