Mixed Media Panels


Today, I’m sharing some mixed media panels.  It all started with some long, skinny barn wood frames I found on sale at Hobby Lobby.  I loved them and thought they’d look great on my bedside tables.  I also found some 10″ x 20″ cradled wood panels that fit in them nicely!


I generally like crazy colors in my art, but for the bedroom I prefer it more neutral and calming – generally the colors already in that room, taupe, off-white, white, grey, and a touch of light blue.  Color palette – done.

To start things off, I gessoed the panels and let them dry.  Then, I applied some light modeling paste through the TCW Organic Matter stencil onto each panel.  I left this to dry for a few hours, then randomly sprayed it with Distress Spray Ink (Weathered Wood, Stormy Sky, Hickory Smoke, and Pumice Stone) and also some water.  I tilted the panels to let the colors run and bleed then left them to dry ovenight.  Here’s a picture of one of the panels at this point – you’ll notice how the modeling paste absorbed the ink.


Next step was to add some layers!  I smooshed on some white paint with my fingers.  Then I applied clear jesso through some stencils (TCW Tiny Circles and Tim Holtz Mixed Media #2) and let it dry.  Next up was some more paint – this time Dina Wakley paints (Umber, Elephant) and also some Dina Wakley Scribble Sticks (Sky, Peacock, Marine, Elephant, Umber).  Here’s what the panel looked like at this stage – and I’ll be honest, I thought I’d ruined it!  I was going for a light, creamy effect, and I’d just made mud.


Nothing that some more white paint can’t solve!  I used a palette knife and my fingers to add in some more white paint (I used Liquitex basic white paint, and also Golden Zinc White – which is pretty transparent).  I also applied white paint through the TCW Tiny Circles stencil in random areas.   At this point, I realized I’d lost some of the detail of the TCW Organic Matter Stencil, so I used a white POSCA paint pen and a damp paint brush to bring back the “valleys”.  I also used the Dina Wakley scribble sticks to add shadows, and color in areas.  The final step was to add some gold leaf.  I tried using my gold paint pen – but, it just didn’t look legit.  Had to use the leaf.  Then I went over everything with a light coat of Liquitex glossy varnish.

Here’s a look at the final stage of this panel – I’m really happy with the overall light feeling, and the texture!


Here’s a side-by-side look at this panel in its various stages:

mixed media panel - progression collage

Here are some close-ups of the details on both of the panels:



And, here’s a look at the panels in their frames and on the bedside tables!




  • Surface: Cradled wood panel 10″ x 20″
  • Stencils:  TCW Organic Matter, TCW Tiny Circles, Tim Holtz Mixed Meda #2
  • Mediums:  Liquitex Gesso; Dina Wakley Clear Gesso, Liquitex Gloss Varnish
  • Color
    • Paint: Dina Wakley paint and scribble sticks (Sky, Peacock, Marine, Elephant, Umber); Liquitex Basics White; Golden Zinc White, POSCA paint pens
    • Ink: Distress Spray Stain (Weathered Wood, Stormy Sky, Hickory Smoke, and Pumice Stone)
  • Other: Gold leaf/sizing




2 thoughts on “Mixed Media Panels

  1. These are amazing! Love the texture and the touches of gold. They are stunning and are fabulous home decor pieces. Thank you so much for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. Hugs, Sandra


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