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Faces and Words in Mixed Media Art Paintings

Faces and words in the making for mixed media art paintings..
Faces and words in the making!

Faces and words, faces and words, faces and words…I am collecting them for my mixed media art. I keep stashing quotes on pinterest (want to follow my extensive collection of boards and pins? Click here) and painting little watercolor, acrylic paint, sharpie marker, and colored pencil faces. Wow, that was a mouthful. I forgot to add Sharpie paint pens, which are a new and pretty awesome addition to my art supply collection.

Faces and words in my attempt to emulate a Kelly Rae Roberts painting.
My attempt to use faces and words like Kelly Rae Roberts ( this is a mixed media work in progress – it needs some pizzazz!).

I’ve been really inspired lately by artist Kelly Rae Roberts and her beautiful paintings of women and words. Her work is so dreamy and inspirational. Her color palette is creamy and soft. It’s truly lovely. I wanted to try to emulate her so I got out some of my fancy papers and got to work. The thing is, my colors and lines have a harder edge. I think there is an uncomfortableness about my faces. My faces are not really dreamy, they are more intense and in some instances a little creepy. I can’t quite pull off that buttery effect I admire so much about Kelly Rae Robert’s work. Still, it’s fun to experiment with. I think I am on my way to developing my own faces and words style. One thing I particularly like about the paintings Kelly Rae Robert’s makes is her people often don’t have arms or hands. I find that liberating since I struggle so much with making those body parts look natural. When I started to notice the arms and hands were absent I realized I could do that too. Also, no feet or toes to deal with. What a relief!

My face painting in cool colors.
She needs a little warmth, doesn’t she?

I’ve been making faces nonstop since I bought one of artist Jane Davenport’s books. She taught me the art of drawing whimsical faces. Her faces are much warmer than mine and probably have more whimsy, but it’s been a terrific learning experience and also fun to do. When I look at Jane Davenport’s people I see movement and expressions that I have not yet mastered. She is very talented at skin tones and blending too! I am working on making my faces more three dimensional. They still look a little flat. I need to add more paint.

I will practice more with these faces. I haven’t been blending enough. The colors I use are too cool and too sharp. I think that’s why my faces are sort of alarming at times. I mean, when I walk into the room and sort of feel someone watching me, I usually turn around and find myself eye-to-eye with this pale-eyed lady. She makes me shudder, especially when I am alone and it’s late at night.


Art face painting staring at me.
She is always staring at me with those piercing eyes.

Hopefully as my skills develop I’ll be able to make faces that blend well and have more warm tones. I need to work on the piercing stares too, but for now they will have to do. I think unsettling and weird has its place in this stage of my faces and words creations. One day I will probably link back to this post and be surprised at how much my skills have developed over time.

Mixed media Face painting with leaves.
Fall Is For New Beginnings (another mixed media work in progress).



P.S. My friend Alex wrote about the mural I made her daughter on her blog today. Visit it and read her funny story about her kids and the painting. She’s also got some links to other good posts around the web you might like to read: More Popular Than Interactive Artwork.

Princess art mural

How To Assemble A Cast Of Characters For Your Mixed Media Art

Do you ever see cool collages featuring unusual characters and animals assembled with magazine scraps and wish you could do it too? I did! That’s why I found this tutorial video made by Renee over at The Tin Goat so useful and inspiring. She taught me how to make a cast of characters for one of my mixed media art paintings in less than 14 minutes. If you are interested in creating imaginary creatures for one of your pieces of mixed media art, or even for a story you are writing, I’d check out this video first. Tiny-Small helped me pick out eyes and clothes for my people. I think if she was old enough to be able to use the scissors better she would make some of her own. This is a great activity for kids or adults! It’s fun and a relaxing way to get your creativity flowing. There really is no way to make a mistake and since you are just recycling old magazines there is no blank page or expensive art materials to get hung up on. Block-free art making!

Video made by Renee from The Tin Goat:

Here is what I came up with.

mixed media art
Birds of a feather run together!


I mostly used pictures from Women’s Health and Parenting because that is what I happened to have hanging around. I think any magazine would work. Experiment!

Dog headed woman assemblage piece.
Accessories Matter!


Save those store ads too because purses, jewelry, and women’s clothing are really useful for making bodies and crowns and other accessories.

Four eyed girl assembalge piece.
Tiny-Small calls this one “Me with four eyes.”


I love the giant head with a little body. It amuses me! Humor and art are two of my favorite things. Mixing them together makes for an excellent experience.

Women with a milkshake assemblage piece.
Will her milkshake bring all the boys to the yard? What does that even mean anyway? Seriously, I never understood what that song was supposed to be out.

My next step will be to add these characters to one of my mixed media art pieces. I can’t wait to see the results. It’s been fun so far and I am looking forward to making more mixed media art creatures. I have a little lap desk that I made most of these on last night while sitting on the couch watching an Episode of Dexter. Making these little creatures distracted me from being too scared of the TV show. Win-Win! Dexter gives me nightmares you guys, and yet, I can’t seem to stop watching it. Somehow, keeping my hands busy helps.

For kids, I would have them assemble one of these mixed media art characters and then have them write a story about their cyclops bird with alligator legs. Fine motor skills, imagination, creativity, writing…it’s all covered in this one activity! Renee over at the Tin Goat wants to see what people make after watching her tutorial video so I am heading over there now to leave her a link to this post. If you make something using techniques from her video be sure to let her know too! It’s fun to share. Plus, she does amazing work and writes about art journaling too if that is something you want to learn about. Check out her site!