Mixed media art is a visual art form that brings different combinations of media together in a single artwork. Creating mixed media art is a fun way to improve your creativity while experimenting with a variety of art materials.
Today, Meni Chatzipanagiotou will be showing us how to create an extremely detailed mixed media landscape using an assortment of pens, markers, and acrylic paint! We hope you enjoy making one your own with this awesome step-by-step tutorial. Take it away, Meni!
Hello! I am Meni also known as @menis_art. I am a full-time Illustrator and a Graphic Design graduate based in Northern Greece. My works revolves mostly around nature and I have a strong preference for black and white art and detailed elements. Here on Craftamo, I will share with you a step-by-step process of how I create a mixed media landscape.
Hahnemuhle Watercolour Book (A5 200 gsm - Landscape)
Pigma Micron Pen
Edding 1880 Pen
Royal Tales, Universal White Acrylic Paint
For this artwork, as a start I have placed washi tapes on the borders of the sketchbook to prevent the acrylic paint from spreading out. I have also used a watercolor sketchbook in A5 format for this piece. Part of the preparation is to lightly sketch the theme of the work with pencil before I start with the painting.
I use only the wet on dry technique here. First, I paint the sky with Craftamo's big detail brush (size 10) from the Detail Brush Set collection. I mixed Ivory Black, Cerulean Blue, and a bit of Yellow Ochre paint with Craftamo's Acrylic Paints for the sky.
Please note that on this piece I have treated the acrylics like watercolors that is why they look like watercolors. I don't overwork the paints together. I add them one by one because I want them to mix naturally. It is important to let the sky dry out well, or if you want, you can use a heating embossing tool to speed up the process.
I outline the shape of the mountains, waterfall, and trees with a black 0.3 archival pen.
I use a 0.5 archival pen to fill in all the details on the trees, mountains, and for the moon/eclipse, I make small dots/circles.
When the first layer of acrylic paint has dried, you can go over it again with a second layer. Use the same detail brush (size 10) and the same colors (Ivory Black, Cerulean Blue and Yellow Ochre) to highlight a few parts that may have faded a bit whilst drying. Let this second layer of paint dry well before you proceed.
Take a thicker marker and outline the mountains. This way you will make them pop out a bit to look distinct from each other.
Fill in the sides of the mountains with a bit of yellow ochre to give dimension and depth to the work. Fill in the lake and the waterfall with Craftamo's Black acrylic paint with the size 2 detail brush.
Let it dry and afterwards make light and long lines with White acrylic paint to create the water movement effect. I have used the size 0 detail brush for this.
Take a small brush, size 0 or 1, mix the White acrylic paint with water. It is important that the paint is not thick so that you can create the clouds with ease. Not too watery, but not too thick either. Try something in between.
While you wait for the clouds to dry, take the smallest Craftamo brush (size 0) and make tiny and big stars inside the lake and also highlight the edges of the mountains.
Take the size 1 detail brush and create the falling stars at the top of the page and at the bottom of the trees. You can also play a bit more and create little half moons and planets here and there. I prefer not to flick the stars but to take my time and create tiny stars to fill in the sky and the inner circle of the eclipse. In my opinion, you have better control of the paint this way and the general outcome of the artwork.
Let everything dry out properly, remove the washi tape carefully and Voila!
CHECK OUT THE FINISHED PIECE BELOW:
I hope these steps help you to create your own mixed media landscape and don’t forget to most of all have fun!
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