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I LOVE doing mixed media collage for the faces I create on canvas or in my art journal! Typically I will do a collage background FIRST in my mixed media art projects, but today I started with a spray painted background and stencils. Then I drew in a face shape, added gesso, collage paper, and created this beauty in my classic "Hamburger" style.
If you need a little inspiration or some NEW mixed media art ideas for your canvas backgrounds - I love doing this technique for mixed media backgrounds on canvas! It goes SO fast and looks amazing when you're done.
Don't get creeped out by the picture below. LOL! I know it looks a little scary- but after I drew in a face shape, I filled the whole face and neck in with gesso so my next layer (collage), would really pop on top of my fun background, and not get lost.
Check out just how EASY this mixed media collage technique is!! I used some beautiful collage paper and trimmed it to fit the face shape I'd sketched over my background.
After the collage layer was dry, I started shading the face with acrylics.
I did lots of fun layering here- using a variety of skin tone colors, more gesso, and continually re-drawing the facial features if they got covered up! Make sure you watch the video to see how this process comes together.
Once I was happy with my acrylics, I sealed everything with mod podge and continued "Hamburger Style" - using pitt pens and posca pens for more shading and detail work.
Not sure what my "Hamburger System" is? It's my signature mixed media layering process. Lots of people struggle with understanding their supplies and how they work best together, but it's EASY once someone shows you how! I compare layering my supplies to the way you layer toppings for the perfect burger!
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Above is nearing the end of my acrylic painting proces before I sealed her with mod podge, and below is AFTER, while adding the fun details that REALLY make her come to life.
I hope you enjoy watching this timelapse version of the step by step process I LOVE using to create mixed media portraits!!
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