Carol Nelson – Experiments in Mixed Media - Workshop Information

Workshop Info

Carol Nelson – Experiments in Mixed Media

October 12-14, Thursday through Saturday from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Early Bird (until September 5) - $350 LAAG members / $400 nonmembers
Regular - $400 LAAG members / $450 nonmembers

To register contact Kay Bailey at or 225-933-6008


This workshop will feature a series of projects in which we will explore different mixed media techniques Carol uses in her paintings. Students can expect to complete one or more paintings per day.

Carol's approach to mixed media works for both realism and abstraction. You will learn about a variety of materials and techniques, such as use and preparation of Tyvek, metals and metal foils, embossed foils, combusted origami foil, rusted iron paint, making your own unique collage papers, making unique focal medallions using air dry clay, inexpensive substitutes for pricey art materials, and much more.

Carol will also discuss abstract composition and color theory, various kinds of supports, how to attach various collage elements, and presentation options for a finished piece.

There will be a $15 materials fee due the first day of class.


10 plastic foam plates - Hefty Super Weight brand foam plates works best


  Small supports: 2 MDF (Medium Density Fiberboard)

   OR wood panels OR canvas boards in sizes 6x6, 6x8, 8x8 inches

  Medium supports: 2-4 cradled wood panels, OR MDF (Medium Density Fiberboard - Home Depot will cut it for you) wood panels OR canvas boards in sizes 8x10, 6x12 or 9x12

Solid wood surfaces work best for this type of work. Please prime your boards before class with gesso.

****** PLEASE observe size limitation for supports you bring. *************

Aerosol can of men's shaving cream (not gel)

Plastic sheet protectors - about 10 - available at Office Depot, Walmart, etc.

Paints: Golden Fluid Acrylics are best. Tube acrylics OK, but fluid acrylics work better for this type of work. Carol's favorite colors are on her website under "miscellaneous".

Gel medium - Carol uses Golden "regular" or "soft" gel medium, gloss

Polymer medium gloss (Golden) OR Polymer Medium & Varnish (Liquitex)

Liquitex Pouring Medium (polymer medium gloss may be substituted)

Modeling paste OR a spackle compound found at most Home Depots in the paint department. The brands to look for are Custom Patch, Flex-n-Fill, Patch-n-Paint, CrackSHOT, etc.

White paintable tube caulk - buy the cheapest one at Home Depot. A 5.5 oz tube of DAP Alex Plus is good.

Super heavy duty aluminum foil - restaurant grade if possible.

YES paste adhesive (available at Michaels) OR Power Grab by Loctite (get the clear one), or Liquid Nails at Home Depot

Tulip "PUFFY" Dimensional Fabric paint in black or white (available at Michaels)

Spray water bottle, brushes, hair dryer, scissors, palette, small palette knife, paper towels.

About brushes: fluid acrylics behave a lot like watercolor. Don't bring stiff bristle brushes, which are more suitable for heavy body acrylics or oils. Synthetic brushes are best.

Artist Info

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As a Golden Art Educator, teaching others, and sharing my knowledge, has become a big part of my art career. Since I love to experiment with different materials, other artists come to me to learn some of the techniques I've developed for my abstract work. I love sharing what I've learned with other artists through classes and workshops around the country.

My work is collected by individuals, corporations and civic entities. They find me by word of mouth, art shows, galleries, exhibitions, and through the internet. I've been recognized with many competitive awards by national art magazines and organizations. I am a member of the International Society of Experimental Artists (ISEA), several Colorado art guilds, and a signature member of the International Society of Acrylic Painters (ISAP).

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