photos in mixed media - Joe and Gisele

If you would like to use your favourite photos in mixed media and you’re not interested in doing a photo transfer or anything abstract…this is for you.

Question first:

How many crazy selfie photos do you have?

I recently found some photos of Joe and I from last summer and instantly knew I wanted to use some of those photos in mixed media art.  Let me share some details about the photo I chose.

We had finished a long hard day setting up a raised garden, you know those days that are so hot and playing in the mud actually cools you off and you don’t give a hoot about it?

After getting cleaned up, waiting for the bbq to heat up, relaxation started to set in and we started to get a little silly.  I was playing with Joe’s new LG smartphone and checked out the camera features.  Started to take some selfies of myself, then pics of Joe, snuck up behind him and took more selfies.

Joe must have been suffering from exhaustion and he was making funny faces and that’s the picture I chose.


Using Crazy Selfie Photos in Mixed Media Art

I didn’t want to create an abstract or image transfer…the details of the image would be lost, so I knew I had to use actual photos in mixed media.  I framed the photo and placed it on a canvas (not intentional) and I could see something developing in my mind.  The idea of creating a mixed media piece using things that Joe and I enjoy and putting that into the artwork was turning into an idea and making my heart beat a little faster, then excitement started coming over me.

I hope you enjoy this project and that it inspires you on using your own photos in mixed media.

The combination of elements are endless.  Here is an alternative design, just changing up the burlap to the framed selfie in this floating mixed media panel project.

Using Photos in Mixed Media

Here’s What You’ll Need


  • 8″ x 8″ Backstapled Canvas

Paint Palette:

  • DecoArt Americana Decor Chalky Finish Acrylics
    • Reminisce – ADC30
    • Refreshing – ADC13
    • Keepsake – ADC34
    • Bestow – ADC38
    • Revive – ADC33
  • DecoArt Metallic Lustre
    • Rose Gold – ML15C
  • DecoArt Dazzling Metallics
    • Rose Gold – DA336

Prep, Mediums and Finish

  • DecoArt Acrylic Gesso – TXFP06
  • Americana Decou-Page Matte – DS106
  • DecoArt Americana Decor Soft Touch Varnish – ADM03

Tools and Accessories

  • Application and Texture Tools – DAS221


  • Americana Decor – Indian Ikat – ADS18


  • Royal Aqualon
    • 1″, 3/4″ & 1/2″ Glaze – R2700
    • #8 & 10 Shader – R2150
  • Royal Soft-Grip
    • #8 Bristle Bright – SG1425
  • Clear Choice Stencil
    • 1/2″ White Bristle – 1111

Embellishments and Found Items

  • Corrugated Cardboard
  • Burlap bags
  • Small Bird Nest – Check this video on How to Make a Bird Nest
  • 2.5″ x 3.5″ Picture Frame
  • Text printed paper/dictionary paper
  • Small Tree Branches
  • Seashells
  • Buttons
  • Scrap bits of Paper
  • DieCut Butterfly
  • Small Flowers
  • Metal Clocks, Gears and Cogs
  • Chipboard Scrolls and Flourishes
  • Note:  feel free to substitute and use what you have

General Supplies:

  • Royal Brush Square Brush Basin – RD325
  • Unstick Reusable Arts and Crafts Sheet
  • Mister Bottle Filled with Water
  • Paper Towels
  • Baby, Kitchen Wipes or Kitchen cloths (for dry rub application)
  • Heat Gun
  • Scissors
  • Tweezers
  • Hot Glue Gun


Ready to Make This?
photos in mixed media

What did you think?

I hope you enjoyed this project and would like to know, roughly how many crazy selfie photos you have?  Please share in the comments below.