Bye Bye Pencil Lines
The Bug Quilt

Mixed Media Painting at the Ink Pad

It was so fantastic to read all your comments on yesterday's post!  I really was surprised at the layouts that people seemed to love.  Really, really interesting!  Thank you so much to all of you who took the time to comment!  I appreciate it so much!  Mwah!

And now for today's post...

Announcing a new class at The Ink Pad:

Mixed Media Paintings
with Julie Fei-Fan Balzer

April 16, 10am – 5pm (with a one-hour break for lunch)
at The Ink Pad's Westbeth Classroom: 55 Bethune Street (between Washington & West)
Contact the store directly to register: 212.463.9876

Even if you are 100% sure that you can’t draw, come and learn how wonderfully fast and easy it is to create a mixed media painting.  I’ll share tips and techniques for awesome texture, bright colors, easy shading, and fantastic results!  I will share my fun and zany method for working on 2-3 different canvases at the same time (depending on how quickly you like to work)!


  • 2-3 Stretched Canvases (16x20 recommended)
  • Tissue Paper or Dress Patterns
  • Pretty Paper (Book Pages, Sheet Music, Scrapbook Paper, or Wrapping Paper)
  • Decoupage Medium (Liquitex Matte Medium and/or Claudine Hellmuth Multi Medium)
  • Acrylic Paint (6-10 colors including black and dark blue)
  • Paint Palette (paper or plastic plates are great for this)
  • Black China Marker
  • Gesso
  • Credit Card and/or Palette Knife
  • Jar or container for water
  • Paintbrushes (bristle brushes: large flat, small round, medium round, and any others you like)
  • Rag or Paper Towel
  • Apron (paint will be flying, so please don’t wear anything you can’t wash)
  • Plain White Copy Paper (several sheets for sketching)
  • Pen or Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Masking Tape
  • Optional Items: stencils, foam stamps, Legos, toilet paper tube, toothbrush, corrugated cardboard, pill bottle, other colorants (spray ink, watercolor crayons, Cray-Pas, etc.), heat gun (bring an extension cord and/or power strip if you have them)

Hope to see you there!