This mixed media tutorial is ideal if you are just getting started with mixed media, wanting to try something new or if you’re a wildlife artist like me and would like to try putting a spin in your art using different elements.

Combining my love of wildlife and nature, painting an adorable chickadee using acrylic paint, on escarpment stone and using twigs from the Bruce Trail.

I must admit, this is the first time doing this type of mixed media art where I’m combining fine art, nature and mixed media together. I’m so happy it turned out great, was a bit nervous when the hot glue didn’t take, so E6000 to the rescue.

Using a very limited palette makes it easy for you to follow along and although I used a few brushes (to save time cleaning), you really only need a large, medium and small round brush.

The most important tip I can give you.. be patient. Painting on stones can be challenging as you will see in the video.

The Tutorial where I covered the study on the initial sketch can be found here – Sketching Study Experiment

Ready to make this? this is what I used:

Substrate: Any odd shaped, relatively flat rock (as big as you want)

DecoArt Americana Premium Acrylics:
-Ultramarine Blue – DTA33
-Quinacridone Violet – DTA01
-Hansa Yellow Light – DTA18
-Yellow Oxide – DTA15
-Burnt Sienna – DTA09
-Titanium White – DTA40

DecoArt Traditions Acrylics:
-Carbon Black – DAT42

DecoArt Americana Premium Medium:
-White Gesso – DATM07

Brushes: don’t use any expensive brushes for this because painting on stone can wear down your brushes over time. I used a variety of synthetic brushes and found that the round brushes were the easiest to paint with. Use the biggest brushes you can stand working with so you don’t get caught up too early with details. A couple of tiny round brushes or even a short liner brush works great for feather details.

Other Supplies:
-water container
-palette paper
-hot glue gun which I replaced after the project was completed with E6000 glue
-small twigs and branches
-charcoal, graphite or carbon pencil

Prep work: wash your stone in warm soapy water using a scrubby pad to remove any dirt. Rinse well and let air dry. Apply a layer or two of white gesso if you don’t want any of the natural stone colour showing up in your painting.

Painting a Chickadee on Stone

What did you think?

Have you ever tried creating this type of art? please post in the comments below so we can all share our stories.