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New Approaches to Mixed Media Materials

Stretch your creative boundaries with materials you've never tried before.

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Stretch your creative boundaries with materials you've never tried before! From iron paint to flaming foil, discover a host of mixed media techniques with instructor Carol Nelson. Learn to enrich your art with dramatic color, texture and dimension by harnessing the unique properties of specialty materials. Imagine, experiment and produce your best work ever!


Carol Nelson



Carol Nelson's art spans many styles and genres, but abstract mixed media is a key focus of her work as an instructor. She shares her experience and knowledge with other artists through classes and workshops all over the country, including in her home studio near Denver.

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Monoprinting & More

01: Monoprinting & More

Meet Carol Nelson and start by creating monoprints, making your own marbleized paper and working with stunning skins.

27 min
Iron Paint

02: Iron Paint

Explore the unique effects of iron paint. Carol shows you how to apply the paint, create designs and activate the paint for an industrial-chic look.

8 min

03: Stencils

Experiment with stencils. Discover how to create raised surfaces using two different materials, and explore the different effects of light and hard molding pastes.

9 min
Embossing & Painting Foil

04: Embossing & Painting Foil

Learn how to create dimensional elements in foil by using two unique embossing techniques.

16 min

05: Tyvek

Did you know that Tyvek is an art supply? In this lesson, learn how to treat it and heat it for a bubbly, textured surface.

20 min
Metallic Embellishments

06: Metallic Embellishments

Turn your attention to creating objects and shapes that serve as focal points in your work. Experiment with a glue gun, foil and wire as you make eye-catching pieces.

14 min
Clay & Foil

07: Clay & Foil

Find out how to air-dry clay to create a beautiful focal point! Carol shows you how to shape and texture clay, and light foil on fire before applying it to your clay for an aged-metal look.

20 min
Plaster of Paris

08: Plaster of Paris

Get playful with building supplies. Work with plaster of Paris and caulk to make eye-catching embellishments, from squigglies to rock-like shapes.

10 min
Coating With Epoxy Resin

09: Coating With Epoxy Resin

Intimidated by resin? Don't be. In this lesson, Carol shows you how to mix and apply resin, and create a good setup for a sophisticated look.

16 min
Pulling It All Together

10: Pulling It All Together

Finally, take all the elements you've created and build an abstract piece with strong composition. Learn different strategies for getting started and discover Carol's valuable layering tips for a stunning work of art.

25 min