Fearless Mixed Media

Instructor: Miranda Jones
Wednesdays 5:30-8:30pm 
5 weeks: April 14 to May 12
Location: Online
$200 supplies extra
Prerequisite: None

Come explore your wild side! 

As you grasp seeming opposite concepts of contrast and harmony, these will become the tools and foundations to help you resolve a body of work using disparate elements and materials. Think of it like a wild ride with a safety harness, first setting some clear parameters before taking off into the great unknown... We will examine core principles as they apply to composition, value, texture and colour while exploring the endless possibilities and exciting combinations of paint, ink, crayons and collage. Like keys to freedom, employing art principles instead of rules offers a path to individual expression and the confidence to create fearlessly in a variety of media, regardless of your chosen style or subject matter.

This class is for anyone, beginner to experienced, who has ever doubted their ability to fully express themselves through their art.

“Mixed media isn't ALL fun and games, just MOSTLY!” (Me!)

“Don’t THINK about making art. Just get it done. Let everyone else decide if it's good or bad, whether they love it or hate it. While they are deciding, make even more art.” (Andy Warhol).


  • Core principles: contrast, difference and harmony.
  • Preparation of supports.
  • Foundation principles: design (composition using shape and line), value (the value scale, texture (additive, subtractive and implied), colour (the colour wheel, colour mixing and colour properties), being ‘present’ in your work.
  • Techniques with brush and palette knife: staining, mixing, glazing, dry brush, layering, masking, washes and resist.
  • Ink, charcoal, graphite, and oil pastel.
  • Photo gel transfers, stencils and sprays.



  • 6 Baltic Birch plywood panels. 4 @ 10” x 10” x 1/4" and 2 @ 12” x 12” x ¼”. These are pre-cut and will be available for purchase directly from your instructor. Total for 6 panels is $11.10. (These will be used INSTEAD OF the mixed media pad originally recommended. Please contact your instructor to arrange purchase and pick up or delivery: metallic_miranda@hotmail.com.
  • A mixed media pad is still a good thing to have on hand but is now optional for those working on the birch panels. 
  • 2 sheets 22 x 30” white Stonehenge paper 250 gsm (we will be using these in our first class).
  • Masking tape and wood or other support (covered tabletop)at least 1” larger than your paper size.  We will be taping our paper down and working ‘flat’. See photo image below.
  • Assorted Acrylic paints. **Fluid acrylics recommended (my colour recommendations below)**
  • Sealable plastic palette or palette pad.
  • 8 oz regular or soft gel matt.
  • 8 oz  extra heavy gel matt.
  • Small container white gesso.
  • Small bottle of Black India ink and brush or stick.
  • Vine or pencil charcoal and/or 8B graphite stick.
  • Eraser.
  • Sponge sanding block or fine grit sandpaper.
  • Assorted water and oil pastels, purchased individually or in sets. (My favourite, Caran d’Arche water crayons available individually at some suppliers.)
  • Variety of acrylic brushes.  New, old and recycled brushes are all great. (suggested #’s 4, 6, 8 round, # 10 filbert and a 2” flat utility brush for washes and applying mediums)
  • Plastic palette knife or cardboard /recycled credit card for scrapers
  • Collage materials: tissue paper, old sewing tissue patterns, fine sand, recycled magazines, cloth scraps, etc.
  • Miscellaneous: scissors,water containers, paper roll and cotton rags.


  • A mixed media pad is now optional but still handy for those who have purchased birch panels. 
  • Acrylic or mixed media paint pad. Size approx 12” x 12” or 11” x 14” or 12” x 19” (Strathmore 400 series or Canson) about 10 sheets.
  • A travel size sketchbook for taking notes and recording ideas and images.
  • Atomizer or toothbrush.
  • Drink straw.
  • Spray sealant: Krylon or hair spray.
  • Hair dryer (to speed drying process).
  • H2O Spray bottle to moisten your work.

** Golden FLUID acrylics are excellent and highly concentrated.  They can be extended with most water based mediums. Although pricey they can be purchased in 1oz sizes individually or in sets.   Demco is a less expensive student quality alternative.  Below is my personal list of recommended colours:

Essential: Titanium white (8 oz); black (Mars or carbon); yellow ochre; burnt umber; pthalo turquoise; ultramarine blue; quinacridone magenta; medium red (napthol or cadmium); yellow (hansa yellow medium or cadmium yellow light).  Optional: quinacridone nickel azo gold (fabulous for glazes); cobalt teal (just plain yummy); any of the Golden interference colours; iron oxide (dark, rich and shiny in your base layer); primary cyan (a tantalizing blue!)