Tuesday, August 26, 2014


I met Robin in cyberspace, on LinkedIn in the mixed media/collage group. She's a peach and is nice enough to share these works with us. The links beneath the images take you to her Etsy shop.

art+blog, Guhin
The collage above was done with acrylic paints, Glimmer Mist, PearlEx, tulle mesh, a photograph, textured cardboard, brown paper, text clip art, tree bark, butterfly image, copper jewelry wire, heavy gel medium, & clear waterbased varnish.
GuhinIn the blue piece, Robin used acrylic paint, Ranger Distress Ink, water-based varnish, heavy gloss gel medium, stickers, photographs, metal steampunk charms, glazing medium, antique German book
pages, tissue paper, & cardboard.

About Robin

"I'm a mixed-media craft artist. I love to design and create wall hangings, quilts, altered books, collage and assemblages with lots of embellishment. I enjoy making hand-crafted gifts for family and friends, which are always appreciated.

"I take my inspiration from my surroundings, incorporating lots of flowers and natural elements in my work. I live in Croton-on-Hudson, NY.

"I majored in Fine Arts at Brooklyn College and also studied graphic design and art mosaics. Some of my work was published in the Summer 2009 and Summer 2011 issues of Somerset Studio Gallery magazine."
Thanks, Robin, for guesting here! And for using some of the spare photos I sent you in your work!
Paula Guhin, the Mixed Media Manic.

Monday, August 25, 2014


The first name chosen in a fair and random drawing (for the 2015 calendar!) was Jusaweecatnap. If she (or he, I suppose I should say, to be politically correct) will kindly contact me personally with a mailing address, I will get the prize out asap. I'm on Facebook and if one is a friend they can message me.

Besides the full-size calendar, I also had a folding one for a desktop, so I thought, What the heck, let's do another drawing! The name selected the second time was Robin Larido! Robin, I will need your mailing address too. Thanks!


My sincere hopes go to the others who participated that
you'll stick with me and try again next time, truly! 
ANNOUNCEMENT: I would love a guest blogger to appear here with mixed-media work they are proud of and want to share! Please let me know if you are interested, with the understanding that you may or may not have the space all to yourself, depending on the response I get (or lack thereof)!

Friday, August 15, 2014


Note: This contest is now closed.

Simply leave a comment below this post for a chance to win a brand new 2015 picture calendar.

(If you try to be as prepared as I do, you'll be glad to have it this early.  Or give it as a gift at the holidays!)

win, winner, giveaway
I require the winner's contact info to mail the prize!
Watch this blog for the name of the winner at the next post. 

P.GuhinThanks for following this blog!

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Alter a Photo for Collage (or just for fun!)

Scratch a Photographic Print  to Add Interest
I'll bet you have some commercially-processed photo prints that are less than perfect. Or maybe you have duplicates, or disappointing enlargements.
Here's how to have some fun with them...and if you goof up, it's no loss. If you like the effect, the "new" piece might stand alone--or you could work it into a painting or mixed media artwork.
First, soak the print in warm water (not too cool, please) to soften the emulsion. Gently blot dry.
Then just scratch away with a good, sharp tool! The technique works best in the dark areas of the photograph. The lines may be yellow or blue, depending on the print.
technique, tutorial
If you don't like it, cut or tear into collage pieces. 
NOTE: I plan a giveaway soon with a very useful prize! It will be just for my followers.

Friday, August 1, 2014

MORE PHOTOCOPY FUN - Handcoloring a Still Life

We've said it before--photocopiers are great tools!

For this project, I placed a few flowers, leaves and stems directly upon the glass plate.
To keep from crushing them flat with the cover, I used a cloth over the arrangement before pushing the "copy" button.

The machine was NOT a color copier.

how-to, Prismacolor
TIP: Make a lighter copy, not too dark.
If the paper is too slick, spray it with a matte
fixative first, which will help "grab" the pigment. (It will add tooth.)

I used Berol Prismacolor pencils, and yes,
the project reminded me a bit of coloring
as a kid in a coloring book.


Try it yourself...I promise you'll enjoy it.

P.S. Here's a link to a really exciting project with photocopiers...

Sunday, July 27, 2014

PROPORTIONS OF THE FACE - A Guide for the Novice

  1. First, draw an egg shape. The chin portion should be more narrow than the crown.
  2. Believe it or not, the eyes must be placed nearly halfway down! (Especially if you're drawing a young person.)
                                         how-to, tutorial, tute
3. In the lower half of the face, divide the space into thirds (with the bottom of the chin being the bottom of the final third). The bottom of the nose is at the bottom of the first third, and the bottom of the lower lip as at the bottom of the second third. These are only approximate proportions, of course.
4. The ears in the front view should not protrude too far. The top ear tip is about at the eyebrow, and the bottom of the ear lobe is about even with the bottom of the nose.
5. Don't forget to add a neck, and not too thin, either!
Finally, add lots of strokes for the hair. TIP: Youngsters often begin the hairline too low on the forehead. Don't do that!

Monday, July 21, 2014


The board I used had enough "tooth" to grab the pastel pigment easily. I chose to create a simplified tree-scape.

P.Guhin, tutorial
Rembrandt brand pastels are the best!
I used harmonious colors to draw in the shapes formed by the negative space (the background). Then I began to fill in the shapes.

Note in the finished work, below, that the brightest colors are balanced out with more neutral ones. Also notice that there is a sense of equilibrium.
TIP: Use a variety of values from dark to light!


P. Guhin

Too harsh?

Too harsh?