Are you looking to have fun while nourishing your creativity? Do you want to learn principles of good design and composition to create beautiful work? Do you want to loosen up and let go of perfectionism while exploring mixed media techniques, materials and tools?
This class is for you!
Mixed media is the use of a variety of media in a work of art such as paint, collage, and graphite. Over the course of the last two years, I have taught mixed media to hundreds of artists in my Sausalito studio. I am excited to offer this class online so join wherever you are in the world.
In this class, you will learn how to:
- Create collage scraps.
- Layer paint and paper to create rich collage texture.
- “Age" the layers to create a rich patina.
- Excavate into the layers to reveal the history.
- Transfer images from magazines onto your work.
- Apply washes to enrich dimension.
- Apply principals of good design and composition.
- Learn tips for getting unstuck.
What you can expect...
The class is broken down into 8 bite-size video modules so that you can apply what you learn to your artwork and then move to the next class when you are ready. An illustrated, detailed booklet is provided as a resource to accompany the course guiding you to success.
You will be provided with:
- Eight Instructional Modules plus Tips and Tricks for Success
- Detailed Written Materials to Support Each Module
- Community Support with fellow students in a Private Facebook Group
Table of Contents - 8 Instructional Modules
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I have to have painting experience to take the class?
This class was created for all levels, beginners to advanced and no experience is necessary. Collage is very forgiving!
What materials will I need?
Below is just a suggested list of materials but you may have some favorite tools that can work well too.
Panels You can purchase panels online at Blick or your local art store. I prefer the higher-quality panels and frames made by Marc Oberfelder (Instagram: @marcoberfelder, Email: email@example.com). The cost is $28 per panel for 14”x14” and $40 for the frame. He also makes larger panels. Panels can be shipped in the US or overseas. Shipping and handling fees will apply. If in the Bay Area, panels can be shipped or you can pick them up at my studio in Sausalito.
Paint Roller You can use a paint bush to coat the panels but I prefer a paint roller.
Scissors A good pair of scissors is important.
Brushes My favorite brushes are these nylon brushes. The paint goes on easier and they leave few brush marks.
Brayer Rubber brayers help to adhere collage scraps flat as they move out air bubbles.
Sand Paper I recommend 100 grit sand paper. You can make your own sanding block with an extra piece of wood.
Varnish I like WATER BASED Varathane Ultimate Sparurethane semi-gloss or satin. It has UV protection and protects against water and mold. It does not smell as much as other varnishes like the one they offer in a blue can. You can purchase this varnish at Home Depot or on Amazon. A gallon is about $65, and a quart is about $25.
Paint Scraper/Knives I like using these paint knives to apply paint.
Sponges I prefer these sponges that have an abrasive side as it is better for creating good surfaces.
Condiment Bottles It is best to get condiment bottles that have lids attached. But you can also recycle Sriracha bottles or other condiment bottles.
House Paint You can purchase half gallons and gallons of paint on sale that are in the reject pile. All paint stores have these for sale at a discount, and they usually charge between $5-$10. They are usually very high quality. Benjamin Moore offers a great selection of high-quality paint. Mascarpone paint is a good cream white color. It can be purchased in 3 grades. I suggest mid-grade and it runs about $45 for a gallon but you could also use the least expensive Regal Select. Other good BM colors are: Super White (very white), Payne’s Gray (a deep gray blue) and Blackjack (a gray black). You can also pick some tints and mix your own colors. Lastly, if you don’t want to buy house paint, regular acrylic paints work fine.
Spray Bottles You can recycle old cleaning supply bottles or purchase a new spray bottle.
Shop Towels These shop towels are great for painting. They are super absorbent but also good for applying washes and paint.
Scraps Keep your eyes open for scraps and collage materials that can be found everywhere, including flea markets, gritty parts of town, sidewalks, restaurants (menus are good!), and antique stores. Examples of good scraps include old music, books, stamp collections, postcards, old letters, billboard scraps and paint chips from paint stores.
Paper Source is an excellent source for a variety of printed papers and craft supplies.
Blick carries lots of papers and other art supplies.
Paper Plus located in Berkeley, CA, is my source for inexpensive colored placemats, wrapping paper, tissue paper and assorted paper bags.
Home Depot has packing paper that also works well for making your own scraps.
Most areas have creative reuse stores that usually offer scraps and supplies for cheap. Here are some in the San Francisco Bay Area:
SCRAP is a non-profit center in San Francisco that caters to teachers and artists, and prices are based on how full your bag is, not per item. It is very reasonably priced, as they rely totally on donations. They carry great papers and paints, maps, posters, and fabric as well. You must dig a bit but worth the effort since it is so reasonably priced.
Creative Reuse, similar to SCRAP, at Creative Reuse in Oakland, you can get a whole bag of scraps including paper, magazines and toys for under 10 dollars.
How long do I have access to the course?
Once you've enrolled and paid, you'll have access to the course material for one year. So, devour it all in one day or savor it slowly. It's your choice!
How much time will I need?
These lessons are based on an intensive day workshop. This online version is broken down in bitesize modules. Depending on your timing, it could be completed in about six hours (includes instruction and creative time) but I would recommend taking your time to really digest the materials and view the instructions more than once.
What is the cost and are there any special promotions?
The cost of the class is $125 a person which includes all modules, plus the 20-page resource guide, and access to the private Facebook group. The first 20 people to sign up will get an early-bird pricing of $95.
Are the classes weekly or can I have instant access to all the lessons?
The course is self-paced so can complete it when you have time. It may be a binge for a day or spread over several.
What is included in the course?
There are 8 video modules, plus a 20-page interactive reference guide with resources for materials/tools and techniques so that you don't have to take notes while watching.
Can I share content, videos, notes from the lessons?
As I am sure that you will appreciate it takes a lot of time and energy to prepare online courses. The content is not to be shared. All the information is for the sole use of the individual subscriber and is copyright Bibby Gignilliat. I am happy for you to share your work on social media and request that mention/tag me.
If I have questions, how can I contact you?
I'd be happy to answer any questions you might have. You may reach via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) to ask questions about signing up for the class. As part of the course you will be invited to join a private Facebook group. This is where you can share your work and ask questions - to me and the mixed media group. I will be answering them as quickly and regularly as I can.
What if I'm unhappy with the class?
Once you have signed up and get access to the content, I am not able to give refunds. If you have further questions about if this class is right for you, please reach out via email (email@example.com).
Bibby is an excellent artist and a passionate teacher, and her workshop generously offers up how she tackles a painting. She demonstrates her techniques, which she has honed over years of experimentation and practice, and which she presents with an infectious enthusiasm. Bibby’s work is unique and fun, and it was an honor to take her workshop to get an inside look into her secrets.— Margot Hartford
Bibby is a fun enthusiastic teacher who after years of classes with the best has now incorporated all she has learned into a one stop learning experience. The compilation of all this diligent study along with her excellent teaching skills will guarantee you will walk away from her classes with a font of knowledge. So if you are a beginning or experienced painter, her deep pockets of technique will inspire you.— Kathryn Keller
With so many online art course available, how do you know which one to choose? I’ll make it easy - choose Bibby’s. Bibby is an phenomenally gifted and natural teacher - generous, empathic, passionate about sharing her deep joy in creating and igniting that passion in others. You’ll leave this class with finished work and a way to continue cutting loose and playing on your own.— Rachel Davis