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DIY: Mixed Media Landscape Painting

February 18, 2014

Mixed Media Painting How To: Emily Jeffords, Beautiful Hello Blog

Yesterday I introduced you to one of my newest mixed media landscapes (Golden Starts), and today I’m going to show you a few of the steps in my process!

Mixed media painting is SUCH a fun creative process.  Really.  It feels as if there are no limitations and so few rules.  Whatever you imagine you can create – using whatever tool works best.   Forget the limits of traditional mediums and mix things up a bit!  Even if it is just an experiment, I promise, you’ll find it liberating.

In this example I used gold-leaf, charcoal, watercolor, graphite pencil, and oil on canvas.  But, really, you can use almost anything you want or need.  The only rule is that oil goes on top (unless the oil paint is totally dry or you don’t mind impressions in the paint – see? no limits…)

The thing that excites me the most (at the moment) is how mixed media painting allows me to show the layers within the creative process.  You can see the canvas, the under-sketch, watercolor, charcoal, and, finally, the oil painting on top.  It’s fascinating, you can almost watch the process unfold while looking at this painting.   The trick is finding your balance.  You can develop it as much as you would like, of course, but it is very important to know when to stop, when to put your brushes down.

Mixed Media Painting How To: Emily Jeffords, Beautiful Hello Blog

So, what ideas do you have?  Any materials you are exciting to combine?  I can’t wait to continue exploring this form of mixed media painting!

10 Comments leave one →
  1. February 18, 2014 1:42 pm

    Thanks for this interesting diy!! I will try it and see if I can add other medias ;)


  2. February 18, 2014 2:26 pm

    Thanks for showing us a sneak peak of your process! Very inspiring. Love your use of gold leaf.


  3. February 19, 2014 1:49 am

    I just recently got into painting. So far, I’ve stuck mostly to acrylic and watercolors. Perhaps I will try mixed media next! Thanks for the idea!

    xx Courtney from


  4. February 19, 2014 12:37 pm

    This is really beautiful. Wish i was able to draw, paint.


  5. February 19, 2014 11:26 pm

    Beautiful work! I’d love to learn how to did you get started doing it?


  6. February 21, 2014 4:37 am

    Love a little goldleaf, great to see your process tx!


  7. February 22, 2014 8:48 pm

    I like it so much!


  8. March 3, 2014 8:48 am

    Do you show the finished pieces? Or just the process? ~amy


  9. vickicooper permalink
    May 27, 2014 8:20 pm

    Nice work


  10. February 27, 2015 11:41 pm

    Love an excuse to add a touch of glam! Looking forward to trying this diy!


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