How to Create Mixed Media Wall Art

Combine painting and etching techniques to create a beautiful piece of art for your home.


This project incorporates paint, charcoal and even salt for a textured, dynamic effect.

Materials and Tools:

craft knife
foam core
watercolor paint
coarse salt


1. Sketch a selected picture onto a sheet of foam core with a pencil.

2. Score around the outline of the picture with a craft knife. Cut away sections of the foam core with the knife, exposing the soft foam beneath the smooth paper layers.

3. Rub black charcoal over the etched lines of the wall art. Rub the charcoal in with your fingers.

4. Remove additional sections of the foam core to form shapes (leaves and stems for the pictured project).

5. Fill in the areas with a heavy application of charcoal.

6. Apply watercolors over the design until the desired result is achieved.

7. Sprinkle coarse salt over some sections of the watercolors while wet for a textured appearance.

8. Add details with bright pastels. Complete the background using blocks of watercolor washes and charcoal.

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