Today I'm going to show you how to create interesting Mixed Media hair with depth and texture (I only wish my photos were better on this one!). You can use this technique on canvas or paper and it results in a project that you want to reach out and touch - to run your fingers over the pattern and surface (well I do any how!). This doesn't need to be limited to hair either, it would be amazing as an abstract, a background, as texture on a page - journal or scrapbook - you can use this on anything that will stand up to water, paint, layers and Golden mediums!
If you don't have all of the same products I use, then substitute the Fiber Paste for Texture Paste or Modeling Paste, if you don't have the Magicals you could use dye inks, watercolours, or even Pan Pastels! Either way grab what you have and have a play!
Lindy's Stamp Gang Products
- Magicals mixed with Gesso for pastel background - Cheshire Cat Cherry and Tea Pot Purple
- Magicals mixed with Gel Medium for hair base - Cheshire Cat Cherry and Tea Pot Purple
- Magicals mixed with water as ink - Cheshire Cat Cherry, Tweedle Dee Denim and Tea Pot Purple
- Starburst sprayed over background for subtle shimmer - Cheshire Cat Cherry and Down the Rabbit Hole
- Magicals mixed with acrylic paint for face - Cheshire Cat Cherry and Tea Pot Purple
- Zig Woodcraft Acrylic Paint Markers: Wild Rose, Wisteria, Honeysuckle & Gardenia
- Molotow Paint Marker: 4mm White, 2mm Black & Currant
- Montana Paint Marker - Make Up
- Sharpie Extra Fine Paint Marker - Lavender
- Martha Stewart Gesso - white
- Golden Mediums - Glass Bead Gel and Fiber Paste
- Delta Ceramcoat Acrylic Paint - Santa's Flesh, GP Purple and Espresso
- Wink of Stella Glitter Marker - Clear
- Stencil Magic Stencil - Floral Accent
- Derwent Inktense Pencil - Dusky Purple, Deep Violet and Neutral Grey
- Prismacolor Pencils - Blender, White, Black and Pomegranate
- Koh-i-noor 2B Progreso Graphite Pencil
- White pre-gessoed canvas
To Create the Mixed Media Hair:
Sketch image onto your canvas
Colour the hair using Magicals (Cheshire Cat Cherry and Tweedle Dee Denim) mixed with Gel Medium to create a base layer.
I applied the cherry all over the hair and then added the denim to darken.
Once the texture paste is dry, mix Magicals (Cheshire Cat Cherry and Tea Pot Purple) with water to create a sparkly ink and apply over the hair, make sure to be heavy handed and allow the mica to settle into the valleys in the texture paste and allow to dry thoroughly.
Using your finger apply a light layer of Inka Gold to the high points created by the texture paste, this picks up the texture and breaks up the colours underneath a little.
For the final step, you will need some Glass Bead Gel and a bold stencil. Protect the face and apply the bead gel through the stencil onto the hair.
You will need to allow each section of bead gel to dry before applying the next.
I really adore how this turned out, the hair in real life is truly a show stopper! IF you find it easier to see the process in action - you can watch this being created below.
Now for few photos to try and show you the texture a little better, as it's quite difficult to see when front on.
The bead gel when dry has a jewel like appearance - it practically glows!
I've also used the Magicals mixed with acrylic paint to colour the face - so everyting has a similar look!
Hoping you have enjoyed seeing this mixed media canvas, painted with Magicals from Lindy's Stamp Gang.