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Mixed Media: Let the Adventure Begin!


Saturday & Sunday, September 23 & 24     10:00 AM - 4:00 PM each day

Instructor: Justina Smith.

Justina’s popular mixed-media class returns! In this weekend version, you will create an acrylic painting with additions of Japanese paper and ink details.

Bring in your photos and we’ll get the outlines drawn onto the prepared support, then consider where the first paper layers go. Are we basing the papers on colour? The texture they mimic or represent? Start your project making these decisions, the first step to getting started. Next step is about selecting colours, blocking in, thinking about emphases and additional layers of paper and paint. What will make your painting more interesting? Justina will help you figure that out: maybe a style tip or technical advice will help you to continue. When you are finished painting and adding paper to your artwork, you will need to consider details - why not just draw them in with coloured ink ON TOP of your painting? We can make the piece look a bit looser by adding some spatter. We can draw in bricks, grass, cobbles, window details, bits of reflection in glass…if you missed it with your brush, don’t worry. We can draw it in with ink and make some of those details really pop and bring the viewer further into the painting.

This step-by-step approach to layering your mixed-media painting permits complexity, drama, and energy to emerge, but it is also a lot of fun. Beginner or intermediate painters will find this a most enjoyable and fruitful weekend!

Participants receive a 20% discount on these supplies.

  • 1 14x14” or 16x16” cradled birch panel
  • 1-2 sheets of Chiyogami and or Japanese patterned tissue paper of your choice
  • 1 nibholder + 2 nibs for drawing onto your painting AND 1 or 2 30ml jars of Liquitex acrylic ink, black, white or your choice of colours OR Molotow acrylic markers
  • Your own favourite acrylic paint or select 3 to 5 colours you would like to use (recommended brands: Golden, Stevenson or Holbein)
  • Your own favourite acrylic brushes or select 3 or 4 acrylic brushes (very small, small, medium, large) + palette knife
  • Wide Flat brush for gel
  • *Bring a landscape or cityscape or architectural photo for reference.

Optional: Suitable art clothes (e.g., apron), notepad, small clean-up cloth, snack, drink

About the Instructor:  Justina is a self-taught artist based in Vermilion. She paints primarily in acrylic, enhancing the visual appeal of her work with the addition of paper and acrylic ink. She likes to explore Canada, take photos, and use those photos as reference material for her paintings. Visit Justina’s website: