Mixed Media Still Life Flowers

Nicole Austin
November 13, 2018
November 27, 2017

Do you love the look of still life florals, but are not sure how to start? In this week's Artist Gang Tuesday, I'll show you how to create an easy collage background and use the Donna Downey Signature Stencil, Anemone Duo, to create a lovely layered mixed media floral art journal spread. You can pile up as many layers as you want with this tutorial, or you can stop at any point you feel it is "done."


  • Art Journal
  • Gesso (light layer over pages)
  • Mod Podge (or Matte Medium)
  • Collage papers (I used old text book pages & music sheets)
  • Palette knife & old gift card (to scrape gesso & spread Mod Podge and to get the air bubbles out under collage pieces)
  • Donna Downey Signature Stencil "Anemone Duo"
  • Golden Fluid Acrylics (Cobalt Teal, Cadmium Red Medium, Quinacridone Magenta, Hansa Yellow Medium, Green Gold, Titanium White, Indigo Blue)
  • Golden Acrylic (Fluorescent Pink, Fluorescent Blue)
  • Golden High Flow Acrylics (Fluorescent Pink, Green Gold)
  • Stabilo marks-all pencil
  • Stabilo Woody 3-in-1 pencils (green, red, blue, aqua, etc.)
  • Caran D'Ache Neocolor II water soluble crayons
  • Permanent spray inks (my favorite is Mister Huey's)
  • Posca paint pens (extra fine)

Most of the collage base is covered by the time I finish, but there are a few pieces that peek out behind the painty layers--and the papers can give you an interesting texture even if you can no longer see the original pattern. This is a great exercise in "letting go" of previous layers and venturing out into the scary unknown of "what if?" Remember that it's just paint and you can always scrape, play, cover, or scribble over it. The more you push yourself, the scarier it gets. You might even find yourself at a point where you've gone "too far." That's ok. You can always let layers dry, paint over areas, collage or scrap it and start over.

My best advice is to just keep going and take a LOT of breaks in between, especially if you're committed to the process of trying something new and different! And when the paint really hits the fan, you can always turn the page and begin anew! Have fun this week! I'd love to see what you're inspired to create using some of these techniques and materials!


Nicole, aka "Kinueko"

You can find me online:

website: kinueko.com

online art classes: classes.kinueko.com

in-person workshops: kinueko.com/current-workshops

instagram: instagram.com/kinueko

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I am a mixed media artist, designer and instructor from San Jose, CA (currently living in Tempe, AZ).  I believe that everyone has a unique style and desire to create and that we are born curious and creative.  Over the years, many of us are discouraged from following our creative urges but I believe it is never too late to begin (or begin again!).  My art is messy, colorful, layered and fun. I have been drawn to the creative arts since I can remember.  My first canvas was every surface in my grandma’s house: the walls, the books, underneath the marble coffee table in the dining room (she didn’t find out until years later)!  These days, I love filling up pages in my art journal with bright colors and collage paper and if I can be outside on a picnic blanket in the grass--even better!  I love inspiring others and cheering them on as they (re)discover their creative voice.