April 19, 2013

Cute Houses Mixed Media Project - Kid's Art Class

We made some adorable mixed media houses on canvas this week.

I often get asked what "mixed media" means.  All it means is that we are using a mix of different media (acrylics, oil paint, pastels, paper, ink, pencil, crayon, charcoal, objects, fixatives, etc.) to create the artwork.  In this project, we used acrylic paint to cover the canvas panels, scrapbook papers outlined with charcoal and adhered with mod podge, and buttons, markers and ribbon to embellish.

I would caution that the charcoal needs to be put on very lightly and smudged well before using mod podge.  In some cases, we had bleeding happening.  I like the blurred look of the charcoal but may try to find a different, more controlled, way to achieve the same look in future classes.