Mixed Media: People with Jean Pederson - Creative Catalyst Productions

Mixed Media: People with Jean Pederson

Artist: Jean Pederson
Producer: Jean Pederson
Runtime: 2 Hours, 7 Minutes




Here’s some of what you’ll experience in Mixed Media: People

  • You won’t be bound by the rules of traditional figure painting
  • You’ll discover how to find your own voice and express your personal style in your artwork
  • You’ll see how to maintain excellent quality while having a ton of fun using mixed media
  • How to really grab the viewer’s eye (no matter what your subject!)
  • The ONE thing that is most important in your paintings (you may not know this!)
  • How to achieve high quality in mixed media work
  • Get that smooth, workable surface the first time! (Jean shows you how!)
  • Choose the BEST colors to express your desired mood!
  • Which wash to use where...
  • The best way to keep things simple while getting great results — every artist needs this!
  • Don’t EVER do THIS with acrylic paint!
  • The ONE color that is scientifically proven to be more effective than any other!
  • Think in FLAT shapes, and just see what that gets you!
  • Don’t leave out the final adjustments…
  • Collage makes all the difference (Jean walks you through it all!)
  • And so much more…


If you want your artwork to reflect your own style, you might need to step off the traditional path and go with artist Jean Pederson on a fun adventure to discover how to mix things up while maintaining high quality!

For Jean, combining paint with other mediums makes working with portraits and figures very exciting! By incorporating mixed media, Jean is able to develop interesting details and surface qualities that aren’t normally found in more traditional paintings.

You now have the opportunity to learn from Jean so you can feel the satisfaction that comes when you create a visual dialogue that invites questions and even challenges viewers to shift their expectations of what figures should look like.

And even if figures aren’t your thing … you’ll see that what Jean demonstrates for you can be applied to any other subject and style. 

Take a look at this quick preview to see a bit of what Jean has for you in Mixed Media: People.

Find Your Own Voice

You’ll be surprised at how simplifying a figure by using mixed media techniques will help you discover your own special blend of technical skill and creative expression. This is what will allow your artwork to begin reflecting who you are as a person and as an artist.

Imagine yourself tapping into the energy and fun of employing a reference simply as a catalyst for design, bringing in flat shapes and letting go of worrying about the local color, pattern, or value found in traditional methods.

Jean shows you how to interpret your subject matter so your artwork is your own and not just a duplication of what you see. 

“Abstract” Doesn’t Mean Weird!

Somewhere in your art training, you may have been told that “abstract” is a code word for “weird” — and that if you wanted to be taken seriously as an artist, you shouldn’t do anything that could be considered abstract.

For her entire career, Jean Pederson has proven this to be FALSE!

As you begin to understand the beauty found in mixed media, Jean will help you shift into using the subject only as a catalyst to interpret your imagery … this “Reference Without Rules” method gives you the freedom to have fun and be much less predictable in your paintings.

Along the way, you might find a new inner creative that not only surprises you, but also delights your fans and followers!

Simpler Ways to See

With a formal degree in physical education and years of experience as a professional artist, Jean is just the right instructor to share her keen sense of the human figure. She offers deep insights into how our eyes perceive what we see — and this lets you create art in your own voice and in your own style without ever compromising quality.

Jean’s teaching style is friendly and encouraging. She knows the value of intertwining instruction with immediate practical application and, throughout the video, will encourage you to try what she just did so you get a feel for why she does things a certain way.

This is how you will build new knowledge and skill — because the WHY helps you make sense of the HOW!

Jean openly shares her thought processes and the deeper meaning of her decisions, making it much easier for you to achieve success by seeing the benefit of the WHY and not just repeating the HOW.

Practice right along with Jean and, in no time, you’ll be hooked on mixed media!


In addition, you’ll see:

  • An exhibit of the artist’s work
  • Insights from the artist
  • A high-speed view of Jean’s demonstration
  • BONUS: A printable version of Jean’s drawing so you can practice
  • BONUS: Making collage papers



  1. Introduction
  2. Project Materials —basic overview of materials to have on hand
  3. The Value of Good Design —The TWO THINGS you need to know to grab the viewer's eye and make a great painting (no matter what your subject)
  4. Compose Your Collagerepetition with variety is a really good rule! Keep it simple.
  5. Prepare Your Surface — how to prepare a collaged surface in preparation for painting--what you need to know to get a smooth, workable surface that stays put!
  6. Choose & Place Your Subject — simple lines no detail needed. 
  7. Choose Your Color Palette — ideas on what colors might best express the mood you want in your painting.
  8. Dark Background Wash — mix and paint a dark transparent wash to identify the figure within the composition. Learn What NOT to do with acrylic paint.
  9. Light Neutral Background Wash — complete the background of the painting with a light neutral. 
  10. First Wash on the Figure — think FLAT shapes, Color and Temperature can help things appear to recede in space or come forward.
  11. Develop the Painting — still thinking flat and simple, glaze additional layers to get a good variety of darks vs lights and warms vs cools.
  12. Add More Collage — weave it in and out of the figure.
  13. Final Adjustments — adjust the painting so that nothing takes away from the figure. Add final flourishes.

DVD Includes:

Painting Demonstration - 105 min.
Interview - 5 min.
Exhibit of Works - 3 min.
High Speed View - 1 min.
Making Collage Papers - 13 min.
Other Creative Catalyst Videos - 18 min.


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