15 Beautiful Digital Mixed Media Art Photoshop Tutorials

Mixed media art was an effort to exceed the limits of traditional art. Drawing media like charcoal, gouache, oil, acrylics were mixed on the canvas. Artists Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dali, and Marcel Duchamp added objects unusual for art. Mixed media art was more interesting, even shocking,  because of the materials and the message.

Mixed media can provoke multiple responses. Connections are made with found objects such as rocks, shells, antique details, faded photos, detached parts, wood shavings, scrap metal, crumpled paper, disposed road signs, thread, wax, dried leaves, etc. These may be combined with more than one type of drawing or paint material.

If digital art is beginning to look the same to you, but you don’t have the resources to do live projects, you may want to try digital mixed media. The challenge is how to add realistic depth and texture. You can use bitmap or raster programs like Adobe Photoshop, or Paint.net. And vector graphics applications such as Adobe Illustrator, CorelDRAW, Flash, Inkscape, Sketchup.

Analog sketching, drawing, painting can also be combined with digital enhancing for mixed media projects. If using an all-digital platform, mixed media can be produced with photos and scanned objects. These can be combined with digital painting, drawing, 3D, vectors and fractal methods.

The selection of free tutorials below show some basics for digital mixed media art:

Indian Dream, mixed media collage tutorial by Archan Nair

Indian Dream, mixed media collage tutorial by Archan Nair

Mixed media poster tutorial by Niranth M

Mixed media poster tutorial by Niranth M

Mixed media tutorial by Adam Smith

Mixed media tutorial by Adam Smith

Mixed Media Wine Label, tutorial by Joshua Anthony O’Meara

Mixed Media Wine Label, tutorial by Joshua Anthony O'Meara

Fiery Mixed Media tutorial

Fiery Mixed Media tutorial

Fashion Week Fantasy, mixed media collage tutorial by Vasare Nar

Fashion Week Fantasy, mixed media collage tutorial

Mixed media blending tutorial by Eszter Baranyi

Mixed media tutorial by Eszter Baranyi

Mixed media collage tutorial by Ainsley Bevis

Mixed media collage tutorial by Ainsley Bevis

Mixed media illustration tutorial by Andreas Preis

Mixed media illustration tutorial by Andreas Preis

Mixed media portrait tutorial by Jenny Le

Mixed media portrait tutorial by Jenny Le

“The Donor Trail” mixed media tutorial by Simon Brader

"The Donor Trail" mixed media tutorial by Simon Brader

Mixed media tutorial by Edmar Cisneros

Mixed media tutorial by Edmar Cisneros

Mixed media tutorial by Ahmad Elabbar

Mixed media tutorial by Ahmad Elabbar

Mixed media composition in adobetutorialz

Mixed media composition in adobetutorialz

Mixed media art tutorial by Phil Dunne

Mixed media art tutorial by Phil Dunne

The rich context of mixed media art fascinates in the recent book, The Pulse of Mixed Media: Secrets and Passions of 100 Artists Revealed, by Seth Apter. Mixed media delivers experiences, stories, fears, joys, sense of fun, surprising combinations, experiments, observations, journeys and discoveries. Often we are turned off by mixed media when it looks confusing or pretentious without concept or message. But when done right, digital mixed media can be a powerful visual experience that is unique, yet universal.

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