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Mixed Media Painting Techniques: Combine Media to Create Inspired Mixed Media Art

6 Feb 2012
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Our newest free eBook, Mixed Media Painting Techniques: Combine Media to Create Inspired Mixed Media Art profiles two artists who blur the edges between media to create some really standout work.

Janet Cook's paintings of New York City pulse with life and rhythm, partly due to the fact that she is able to mix the vibrant colors of pastel with the expressive fluidity of watermedia. It gives each of Cook's scenes a sense of drama that the artist really craves, and allows her to create detailed underpaintings that have a strong enough structure so that she can put a lot of gesture and movement into the final pastel layers.

 

Steppin Out on Broadway by Janet Cook, 2009, pastel over gouache and watercolor on paper, 27 x 20.
Steppin' Out on Broadway
by Janet Cook, 2009, pastel over
gouache and watercolor on paper,
27 x 20.

For Russell Irwin, painting is more like mosaic art, as he uses mixed media collage elements like torn paper in combination with acrylic paint to form a richly textured surface on his paintings. The artist acknowledges that this process forces him to approach his work as if it was abstract art, where the relationship between shape and color dominates.


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