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Adding collages to your mixed media paintings

Adding collages to your mixed media paintings by Sandrine Pelissier on ARTiful, painting demos
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Adding collages to your mixed media paintings

I was feeling like doing something a bit more fun with a simple still life subject and wanted to experiment with mixed media and in particular integrating collage and a very shiny finish.

White Coffee, painting with acrylics and mixed media on canvas

Here are the steps I took:

acrylic collage

After painting a simple under-painting with acrylic I start adding pieces of papers with acrylic medium

painting acrylic on top of collage

Here I am done with that layer of collage and will start applying acrylic paint to unify the collage pieces.

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Liquitex Acrylic Mediums

Gel mediums are ideal for extending a heavy body paint, to create impasto, relief, or sculptural effects. – Gel Medium, Gloss

acrylic painting step by step

Here I added acrylic paint.

scrubbing off acrylic paint

I found the acrylic layer I painted to be a bit too flat, so I want to add some transparency and drips. For this I will spray the painting with water and alcohol. Alcohol helps taking off the acrylic once it is dried.

scrubbing off acrylic paint with a sponge

I am using a sponge to scrub the paint off.

learn to paint with acrylics, taking off paint

Here I start taking off some paint.

glazing layers of acrylic

I want to finish result to have a “white on white” appearance so I am glazing some white acrylic mixed with medium on top of the painting once it is dried.

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Amsterdam Expert Series Acrylic Sets

The well-balanced sets are chosen from Amsterdam’s full range of 70 genuine artists’ colors, formulated with high concentrations of authentic, non-fading pigments. These heavy body paints are exceptionally durable and flexible due to their 100% acrylic resin formulation. – Expert Series Set of 12

acrylic painting technique : glazing

The glazed painting, once again I want to add more transparency.

taking off acrylic paint

So I am scrubbing off a bit of that glaze again.

painting with pastels on acrylic

I want to add more definition to the cup, so I work with pastels now.

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Prismacolor NuPastel Color Sticks

NuPastels have a rich, creamy texture that blends and shades easily. Frequently used in advertising layouts, NuPastels are stronger than ordinary soft pastels, which means less breakage and easier cleanup. Use them to create broad strokes and fine lines.

tracing contours with pencil

I also trace some contours with a pencil before fixing everything with a workable fixative (Krylon)

acrylic diluted in water

Next step is adding some very watery layer of white acrylic to add “watercolor like” patterns on the surface.

mixing ink and acrylic paint

I also add a bit of blue ink into the wet acrylic layer.

acrylic painting ideas, painting a cup of coffee

The finished painting. I will now add a very shiny finish with resin

epoxy resin on acrylic paint

Here I am applying 2 layers of epoxy resin to give the painting a thick shiny and smooth finish.

still life art, white coffee

The finished painting. White coffee, 24 x 24 inches


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Comments (32)

  1. […] White Coffee, mixed media on canvas […]

  2. Tom Beirl

    Love your work and demos. Two questions: Is that rubbing alcohol? and Is the epoxy resin spray or brushed on?
    Looking forward to seeing more Beautiful art! Thanks.

    1. Thanks Tom 🙂
      Yes it is rubbing alcohol.
      The epoxy resin is a mix that I pour on top of the painting and then spread with a spatula. I protect my table with plastic, the painting has to be horizontal and I have it a bit elevated on something ( box, glass…) so it does not touch the table and so I can scrape the sides.

  3. I love coffee and I love coffee art even more!

  4. I really like the look of this coffee cup right after you used the pastels on it. That bit of color is pleasing. However, the image of the white cup and the title white coffee makes me think of two incredible flavors and that is white chocolate and a good brewed cup of coffee. My mouth waters. I like the use of papers in this and very interesting post, Sandrine! 🙂

    1. Thanks Leslie 🙂

  5. WOW!! that is amazing, love it!!! 🙂

    1. Thanks My Art 🙂

  6. It is always a pleasure to watch and learn from your process, I admire the sense of freedom and free will with which you approach to bring life to your creativity, fabulous!

    1. Thanks Padmaja ! This is a very nice compliment 🙂

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  8. As always, truly beautiful. You are so talented. And I truly feel blessed to have found your blog. Congratulations.

    1. Thanks mye1212, it makes me happy when people enjoy reading the blog:-)

  9. its truly gorgeous!

    1. Thanks Ashazenzi 🙂

  10. They a very beautiful paintings. too bad that I can’t paint.

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  13. Love the final product, great to see the stages, some of which are very good in their own right.

    1. Thanks mackemneil 🙂

  14. I love your work. I always look forwad to seeing what you’re going to do next and then seeing the finished product. I agree with the others; very inspiring.

    1. Thanks Whatevertheyaint ! I am glad you liked it.

  15. Amazing work. Love it. So inspiring!

    1. Thanks Murina 🙂

  16. Sapna

    What pencils do you use on under as well as on acrylic? Also when you use pastel how much fixative do you need to put on?

    1. Hello Sapna, I used a graphite pencil and also a wood-less charcoal pencil. For pastels I am using a spray fixative by Krylon, just a layer was enough to fix the pastels.

      1. I’m always impressed by your skills and technique – thank you so much for sharing! Your post inspired my haiku for National Poetry Month


        1. Thanks 14ideasforaname, I am flattered it inspired you!

  17. berene

    As usual great step by step pics. I am always amazed at your process you take to end up with the final artwork.

    1. Thanks Berene, I am myself sometimes surprised to see the path I took to the final artwork 🙂

  18. Edith

    Sandrine I really appreciate these posts and your wilingness to share your techniques. Your work is always very interesting and I appreciate your courageous experimentation. Thanks for this.

    1. Thanks Edith ! I am glad you enjoyed reading the demo:-)

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