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Today I'm excited to share a timelapsed version of how I made this sassy Mixed Media Marilyn Monroe, "Hamburger Style" painting, on CANVAS!!
Not sure what "Hamburger Style" is? It's my signature mixed media process - or recipe- for using my favorite, tried-and-true mixed media art supplies and layering techniques to achieve mixed media success EVERY time I sit down to create.
The BEST part is how EASY this fun system is for ANYONE to replicate at home!! Check it out ...
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Heck ya, you do!! Click the button below, and I'll deliver a 2-page, printable PDF straight to your inbox outlining each step of the Hamburger System.
Now that you've got your cheatsheet, let's dive into today's SUPER FUN project!!
The first layer of the Hamburger System is our "plate," or our substrate. A substrate is simply the surface we're art-ing on. In this particular project, I'm working on an 18 x 24 stretched canvas.
As you can see above, I've pulled three different scrapbook paper sheets in the same color scheme, and have ripped them into pieces for Layer #2 - Collage. I feel like collage is such a FUN way to get in the mood to create ANY project because there's really no rhyme or reason to it. You get to channel your inner 5-year-old, rip up stuff, and paste it around onto your canvas however you choose!
When you're ready to glue down your collage pieces, I always reach for a cheapie foam brush and my matte medium. Lots of people love mod podge (me included!), but I really prefer matte medium for my Hamburger System projects because matte medium was created to work with acrylic paint (our next layer!). It not only serves as a glue becuase of its adhesive qualities for the collage, but preps our surface to accept acrylics.
I added some white gesso in the middle of my finished collage so I could draw Marilyn in watercolor pencil (that way my lines will disappear once I start painting).
For the acrylic layer, I grabbed three tubes of Lukas acrylic that matched the color scheme in my collage, plus a skin tone. You can totally grab any of these at your local craft store or on Amazon. If you know me, I LOVE hoarding art supplies as much as the next girl, but ALWAYS recommend you use whatever you've got on hand before running off to add more supplies to your stash!
How cute is she looking already?! I seriously LOVE this project!!
Once I'm done with my acrylics, it's time for Layer #4 - gelatos and art crayons! These are SO fun for adding shadows and SO MUCH FASTER to work with than acrylics to add depth.
After I'm done with the acrylics and gelatos, it's time for a little sealant. I grab another black foam brush for this and slap a juicy layer of mod podge all over the entire canvas. You can either get up and take a break from your project to let that dry, or use your hair dryer to get on with it like I do!
I LOVE the feeling of the dry, slick mod podge in this process. It's the perfect surface for using Pitt Pens to add some additional details and outlines throughout. They're also kinda magical because if you make a mistake, you can reach for a baby wipe and ERASE what you don't love!! Awesome right?!
To lock your pitt pen layer in place, seal with another layer of mod podge. Next, you can add another layer of pitt pen doodles, some highlights, outlines, and give it a final seal!
So FUN and EASY, right?!
I hope you had SO much fun watching this project unfold. I had a blast creating her and would LOVE to see your work in the Facebook group if you played along!
Wanna Dive Deeper into The Hamburger System?
I LOVE teaching students how to make the Hamburger System work for them at home! I've got an entire real-time (no timelapse) YouTube series you can binge for FREE right now, that breaks each layer down into its own video!
You can also grab a copy of my Hamburger System book on Amazon to set at your art table so you have EVERYTHING you could possibly need to know about art supplies, layering techniques and more right at your finger tips!
Want Access to Today's Lesson in Real-Time?
I hear ya! There's nothing QUITE like getting to do each and every step together without timelapse!! This mixed media Marilyn Monroe lesson is part of my Mixed Media Society over at Awesome Art School.
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