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"Wacky and Wild" Mixed Media Portfolio

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"Wacky and Wild" Mixed Media Portfolio

designed by Sandee Setliff

Give schoolwork or other papers a colorful place of their own with DecoArt Media® Fluid Acrylics.

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DecoArt Media® Fluid Acrylics

  • Carbon Black (DMFA05)
  • Cerulean Blue (DMFA06)
  • Dioxazine Purple (DMFA12)
  • Hansa Yellow Medium (DMFA50)
  • Quinacridone Magenta (DMFA35)
  • Titanium White (DMFA39)

DecoArt Media® Specialty Products

  • Matte Medium (DMM20)
  • White Gesso (DMM18)

Other supplies

  • water container
  • palette or plastic plate
  • paper towels
  • transfer paper
  • scissors
  • pencil
  • #3 round brush
  • 1" flat brush
  • toothpicks
  • craft glue
  • cardstock (flesh-colored)
  • cardboard box
  • velcro


NOTE: Let dry completely between painting steps.

  1. Create a portfolio by folding a box and gluing the flaps together, leaving an opening for the artwork to slide inside.
  2. Apply White Gesso to the portfolio.
  3. Apply Hansa Yellow Medium to the portfolio. Let dry. Once dry, dry-brush a small amount of Cerulean Blue onto the Hansa Yellow Medium area.
  4. Using transfer paper, transfer the face and hair outline onto the portfolio. Add dots of Dioxazine Purple, Quinacridone Magenta, and Titanium White onto the area where hair will be. Use a toothpick to swirl colors together within the lines of the hair. (Do not over-mix.)
  5. On flesh-colored cardstock, transfer the face pattern. Cut out. Use Matte Medium to adhere the face to the portfolio surface.
  6. Using Carbon Black and a #3 round brush, paint the details and inside of the mouth.
  7. Paint the lettering and polka-dots in Carbon Black. Let dry. Once dry, trace around the lettering and some polka-dots in Titanium White.
  8. Apply velcro to the top flap and align with bottom flap to help the portfolio stay closed.