Mixed Media: Rethink Colour and Abstract Shape – Spafford

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Mixed Media: Rethinking Ideas about Color and Abstract Shape

Alayne Spafford

2-Day Workshop Link to Register

Day 4 – Sunday, September 4
Day 5 – Monday, September 5
9:00 am to 4:00 pm

This exciting two-day workshop will introduce you to new ways of seeing and thinking about color and abstract shape. Let exceptionally talented abstract artist Alayne Spafford inspire you to push your own boundaries as she shares her process and her working methods to create beautiful, dynamic abstract works.

The focus of the workshop will be on color and shape, using mixed media in an abstract format. Alayne will share and demonstrate methods to build and identify shapes within an unstructured first base layer of collage and paint. Building on that, you will learn how subsequent layers define color relationships and balance. Over the two days you will gain experience working with a variety of media including sketchbooks, handmade paper, canvas, acrylic paint, and collage.

Supply List

Use Promo Code provided by ISEA 2022 to Save 30% at paintspot.ca checkout.

Here are quick links to the materials needed for the course. Follow the links to order individual items or create a wish list.

Acrylic paint (10 colors) Holbein Acrylics 2 oz tubes or Golden Heavy Body Acrylics 2 oz tubes
6 paper plates
Chip brushes (variety of sizes)
1/2″ flat paint brush Rockcliff Series  or
1″ flat paint brush Rockcliff Series  
Collage materials (e.g. sewing patterns, maps, wallpaper, ephemera, packaging, matte magazine pages, newspaper)
Arches CP Pads 12 x 16″ or full sheets Arches CP 22 x 30″ 20-30 sheets cut 11″x13″ or larger
9″x12″ sketchbook – Essential Coil Sketchbook or Permanent Hard Cover Sketchbook 
Medium to fine sandpaper
Water container (for brush cleaning)
1 m/yd of raw canvas (unprimed) (can be leftover pieces)
Amsterdam Matte Gel 8 oz (237 ml) 
1 newspaper
1 UHU glue stick
Newsprint pad 18 x 24″
Roll of paper towel
Variety of drawing mixed media:
Holbein Coloured Pencil sets  and Single Colours (Archival and work on top  acrylics)
Graphite pencils (2B or softer)
Caran d’Ache Neocolor II sets or Marabu Colours
Any other mixed media you prefer

Optional Materials List

Additional acrylic paint colors
Additional paintbrushes


We recommend picking up your supplies as soon as possible to avoid disappointment due delays by restrictions and transportation. We recommend 5 – 10 days for delivery within Canada. No substitutions will be made without your approval. Free Freight on orders over $150  (full sheets of paper are subject to a small shipping fee).

The Paint Spot is a proud to supply art materials and sponsor the ISEA 2022 Conference.

Please direct all questions about the event, venue, instructors and registration process to ISEA.

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