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    September 5, 2022

    Make a Digital Mixed Media Collage

    Today I wanted to take you along with me while creating a very messy digital mixed media collage on a dark background. We will experiment with adding bits of paper, stitching, doodles and paint using my Mixed Media brush set for Procreate.

    Canvas Dimensions: 10 x 8″ at 300 DPI

    Set the background color

    Go to layers panel – background color and select a dark color.

    Add bits of paper
    • Use a paper brush from the mixed media set to add a piece of paper.
    • Tap Layer – Select then use Texture Solidifier brush in white.
    • Keep repeating the process above, each in a separate layer, to add bits of paper to your collage.
    • Rearrange paper bits as desired using the arrow (move) tool.
    • Move layers up and down in the layers panel until you’re happy with the stacking order.
    Add paint and other media
    • Make a new layer and move it to in between the paper layers.
    • Use Gesso, Acrylic Chalk, and/or other messy looking media brushes to build texture around the paper bits. Use plenty of white and add other color for dimension.
    • Add stitching
    • Make a new layer above the paint layer.
    • Using the stitching brushes to trace around parts of the papers.
    • Experiment with both light and dark colors so you can decide which you like best.
    Add doodles
    • Make a new layer above the stitching.
    • With the Gloopy Ink brush or similar, draw some floral doodles around the edges of the paper bits.
    Add ephemera stamps
    • Go to one of the paper layers.
    • Tap the layer then tap select.
    • Now go to the Ephemera Stamps brush folder (also included in the Mixed Media set) and find a script stamp.
    • Stamp it on to the paper, tilting your pen in the direction you want your stamp to go.
    • Add other stamps (like florals) as desired, making sure each is on its own layer.
    Other embellishments
    • Make a new layer.
    • Trace around edges of things with dot brushes.
    • Add splatters in various colors.
    • Add any other embellishments you desire.

    I would love to see what you come up with! You’re very welcome to tag me on Instagram @alainajensen, use #alainajensenbrushes or share your work in our free facebook group

    If you have any questions please click here to contact me. I’m always happy to help!


    Brushes: Mixed Media Collage

    Greenery Brushes for Procreate

    xo, alaina