Friday, August 15, 2014


Note: This contest is meant only for the followers of this blog!

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!)

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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

Thursday, July 17, 2014


The name chosen from the hat (actually a bowl!) to win the free art book, Creating Decorative Paper, was Geri deGruy! My thanks to the others who participated, and I encourage them to please try again...I'm planning another giveaway even as we speak.

One section of that book concerns resists of many types. I've discussed them here before, and love to incorporate them into my mixed media work. Clear tar gel on absorbent paper can produce fantastic results if you let it dry, then wash vivid color over the area.
wash, how-to
Can you see the fish shapes?
 Here's the original post.

Wax resist is another simple, easy method: In the butterfly example below, I used waxed paper. The tutorial is here.

tutorial, method
I adore these colors!

I used a fabric resist material here.
See the original post!


Thursday, July 10, 2014


This contest is my way of thanking those
dear hearts who follow this blog.
It's easy to qualify for chance to win a copy of my book, Creating Decorative Paper. It's all about transforming ordinary papers into colorful, creative, and unique art materials!
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Hundreds of instructions for great art projects!


    • Be a follower of Mixed Media Manic (and I'll love you forever)
    • Leave a comment (just one will do it!) below this post. If you win, I must have a way of contacting you!
    • A name will be selected in a fair and random drawing, and the winner will be notified in my next post right here at Mixed Media Manic.     
Thanks for your loyalty, and best wishes.

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