Friday, April 5, 2013

How To Make a Mixed Media Painting (with my daughter)

This is a Fun Tutorial on How To Make Mixed Media Artwork!  My daughter is wanting to freshen up her room, and we decided to create a two part painting.  It turned out funky and fun.  The quote we used was "FREE to be me", a song by Francesca Battistelli.


We first used 2 pack of canvases from Hobby Lobby for $7.99 ( I used coupon for 40% off)
Mod Podge from Hobby Lobby  $7.99 (also used coupon, separate trip)
Foam Brushes (Hobby Lobby pack $1.99)
Old Book (garage sale)
First we used a razor knife and cut pages from the book.
Start to apply Mod Podge on pages then adhere to canvas.
We turned pages different directions for a collage look, after the pages were adhered, we applied more Mod Podge over the top.  Don't worry, the pages may look crinkled as they are drying, but after they dry awhile, they settle and straighten themselves.  Just be sure to use thin layers.
This is what the finishes canvases look like after they dry.
Next we gathered the craft paints in the colors she wanted to use. These are all purpose craft paints also purchased at Hobby Lobby.
Our next step was a color wash over the entire canvas. We just used water to thin the paint.
Here is where we get a bit creative(we used a paper plate for a paint palet, it works and easy clean up).  She decided she just wanted bits of color in different areas. Really, anything goes!
This part is optional, here I mixed gold and a brown paint to add antiquing.
Next, we used bubble wrap and painted on a metallic gold paint.
Then just pressed the bubble on the canvas for a textured look.
Now, we used half of an plastic Easter egg for this, you can use anything, we painted the rim with white paint, then pressed in various places around our painting.
So far, the painting looks like this:
Next, we are going to Mod Podge again!
You will need any  fun or colorful papers you like, we just used scrapbook paper.
Tip:  This week, paper is 50% off at Hobby Lobby!
Then, we cut out shapes we wanted from cardstock and Mod Podged them.
Next, we glued the pieces where we wanted on our canvas, for this piece, we cut the flower in half and glued each half on each canvas, then we brushed our glue or Mod Podge over the top.
Next, came wording.  We just used cardstock letters that we painted ourselves and again used Mod Podge to adhere. 
Almost finished!  My daughter wanted to add some fabric flowers we purchased at Hobby Lobby $4.99, we used Tacky Glue to get this to stick.
Last, but not least, we cut more strips of scrapbook paper and mod podged them around the edges of the canvases for a finished look.
The finished product added a bit of color and spunk to her room! 
I hope you enjoyed our tutorial of "How To Make a Mixed Media Painting"!
 The possibilities are endless and your kids can enjoy doing this with you or on their own, to create their very own masterpiece! 
Happy Painting!


  1. I love how this turned out and how fun to do this with your daughter for her room!

  2. Thanks Carol! I love for my children to have input in the designs of their spaces too! And artwork is a great way to do that as well as FUN!

  3. This turned out so pretty! I love doing mixed media. Thanks for sharing & linking up @ DearCreatives.com I'll have to give your project a shout out! Be sure to drop by again soon.

    1. Thank you for the Shout OUT!!! I will be sure to share more in the future!

  4. This is a super cute project! My niece is always looking to do crafts and she would love something like this for her room. Congrats on the Dear Creatives shout out. Have a great day! ~ Jamie

    1. Thank you for enjoying the project! I hope your neice enjoys creating her own mixed media!!!

  5. Thank you for the props!!! We had a great time creating, and her friends all want to try to create one now, we may have a paint party soon!!

  6. This is such a wonderful bonding craft, thank you so much!! :)

  7. What a cute idea, thanks so much for sharing it. I have grandchildren coming for a week for spring break, they LOVE painting, did you just use stiff cardboard to start it? Thanks ... Carolyn H