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Online Mixed Media Art

Workshops & Classes

“There is no such thing as creative people and non-creative people. There are just people who use their creativity and those who don’t. And not using it doesn’t go without penalty. As it turns out, unused creativity is not benign, it’s dangerous.”

 – Brene Brown

Are you looking to have fun while nourishing your creativity?  Do you want to learn principles of good design and composition to create beautiful work? Do you want to loosen up and let go of perfectionism while exploring mixed media techniques, materials and tools?


My online mixed media art class is for you!


Mixed media is the use of a variety of media in a work of art such as paint, collage, and graphite. Over the course of the last 5 years, I have taught mixed media to hundreds of artists in my Sausalito studio. I am excited to offer this class on-line so join wherever you are in the world.

What you'll learn in my
online mixed media art class:

Create collage scraps.

Layer paint and paper to create rich collage texture.

“Age" the layers to create a rich patina.

Excavate into the layers to reveal the history.

Transfer images from magazines onto your work. 

Apply washes to enrich dimension.

Apply principals of good design and composition.

Learn tips for getting unstuck.

Online Mixed Media Art Class only $175

Beginners welcome to my Online Mixed Media Art Workshop.


The class is broken down into 12 bite-size video modules
(plus 5 bonus modules) so that you can apply what you learn to your artwork and then move to the next class when you are ready. An illustrated, detailed booklet is provided as a resource to accompany the course guiding you to success.


When I was age 10, I loved painting. Every Saturday, I walked a mile to take a class at the Art League in Oak Park, Il. The time would fly by as I was in the flow. My art was colorful and free. At age 12, I had a critical teacher and I stopped painting and my creativity went into hiding. To paraphrase Julia Cameron from her book The Artist's Way, if you really want to know what you are supposed to do in life, look at what you loved as a child.

After 20 years running a successful cooking business, I sold it in 2017 to focus full-time on my art practice. I took an art class and was the worst one in the class, but committed to getting better and got an art studio in the ICB Building. I wanted to reclaim something that had been dormant my whole life. It has been a true homecoming. Many of my students report this same kind of story - that they loved art as a child but lost sight of it for various reasons.

​Let me help ignite that creativity in you by coming out to play in a mixed media on-line workshop. 

What you can expect...

Paint Brushes


Nine Instructional Modules plus Tips and Tricks for Success

Paint Buckets

Written Materials

Detailed Written Materials to Support Each Module

Paint Can and Brush


Community Support with fellow students in a Private Facebook Group

9 Instructional Modules
(plus 5 BONUS modules!)


Prepare the Panel

In Module 1, you paint your panels and learn why house paint is often used in mixed media which is a great way to make your art budget go further.


Making Your Own Scraps

Making your own scraps allows you to break free since you are not painting directly onto your work. In this module, you will learn to make your own scraps with the squeeze bottle, stamps, stencils, rubbings, pastels and graphite. Then incorporate these scraps into your work.

Collage and Paint

In Module 3, you will learn to lay down papers in a no-think, free, intuitive manner.  You will learn best practices for getting your papers down flat with no bubbles. You will also learn techniques and tools for applying paint.



Design & Composition

We will review elements of good design.  If you follow these tips successfully, you will make better work. Then you will learn how to use your phone to see if your design is working and you can test out moves before you put them into play.



Creating great texture is important in mixed media work. In this module, you will learn a few techniques to age your work and excavate into the layers previously created.


Image Transfer/Washes/Marks

In this module, we will focus on image transfers (transferring a magazine image onto your work).  You will also learn about stamping, washes, tissue paper, drips, and making great marks using graphite, Woodys and acrylic markers.


Getting Unstuck

I have witnessed students getting stuck when they are in their analyzer and are thinking too much. In this module, I will discuss why you may be stuck and provide a roadmap and exercises for getting unstuck.


Finishing Touches

In this module we will review ways to know when you are finished with your piece. We will discuss a few finishes to bring your piece to perfection!


Going Big

Learn tips and tricks for going big.


Bonus Modules

5 bonus modules covering excavation, decoration and scraps.

Is This Course For You?

Yes, if you want to create art for the first time…

Yes, if you want to up-level your art practice with new skills.

Yes, if you want to get unstuck.

Yes, if you want to loosen up but don't know how.

Yes, if you want to connect with a vibrant community of mixed media artists.

Yes, if you are concerned about attending classes during COVID.

Yes, if you want to take a class at your own pace and on your own schedule.

Class available now! Costs $175



Margot Hartford

Bibby is an excellent artist and a passionate teacher, and her workshop generously offers up how she tackles a painting. She demonstrates her techniques, which she has honed over years of experimentation and practice, and which she presents with an infectious enthusiasm. Bibby’s work is unique and fun, and it was an honor to take her workshop to get an inside look into her secrets.

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Kathryn Keller

Bibby is a fun enthusiastic teacher who after years of classes with the best has now incorporated all she has learned into a one stop learning experience. The compilation of all this diligent study along with her excellent teaching skills will guarantee you will walk away from her classes with a font of knowledge. So if you are a beginning or experienced painter, her deep pockets of technique will inspire you.


Rachel Davis

With so many online art courses available, how do you know which one to choose? I’ll make it easy - choose Bibby’s. Bibby is a phenomenally gifted and natural teacher - generous, empathic, passionate about sharing her deep joy in creating and igniting that passion in others. You’ll leave this class with finished work and a way to continue cutting loose and playing on your own. 

Student Work


Johanna Malen


Maja Toft

Katie Korotzer

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What materials do I need?
    Material list can be found here: .
  • How do I ask a question during class?
    Often, the answer to your questions is in the handout provided. But if not, the best way to contact me is via the Facebook group. I recommend tagging me in your post to ensure I see it. Or if not in the Facebook group, you can ask it directly below the module in the comments section.
  • What varnish do you use and what if I can’t find it?
    I use varnish as a glue and my topcoat. The varnish I use is a water-based Varathene (though it comes in oil too but get the water-based one in a green can). It is UV-protected, mold and mildew and waterproof. If you are unable to locate it, you can use other water-based UV varnishes or a matte or gloss medium of your choice. Mod Podge is a good glue too. Painting or collaging over a piece that has been varnished is ok.
  • How do I get any technical questions answered about the platform?
    I would refer all technical questions to the live chat function on the platform.
  • How long will I have access to the class?
    The class will be available for a year from the time you purchase it. Unfortunately, I cannot have you download the lessons because it is proprietary information.
  • Can I use Canvas vs. Wood?
    Yes, canvas works great. You can either gesso the canvas or use housepaint. Some brands of housepaint can peel off in which case, I would gesso. I have not had that issue with Benjamin Moore. You could also use a primer: Bull’s eye and Zero are good primers.
  • Can I Work Larger/Smaller than 14x14?
    Yes, you can work whatever size works for you. I recommend in the beginning to work on the smaller size until you grasp the concept but have at it!
  • Do I have to use House Paint?
    You are welcome to use any acrylic paint you wish. If not using house paint, I recommend Nova Color or Golden Brand. Some good brands of house paint and artist paint are as follows: Benjamin Moore Aura line Liquitex BASICS Acrylic Paint Winsor & Newton Galleria Acrylic Paint Grumbacher Acrylic Paint Set Castle Art Supplies Acrylic Paint Set Blick Artists’ Acrylic Liquitex Professional Acrylic Set Utrecht Artists’ Acrylic Colors Golden Heavy Body Acrylic Lightfastness is a scientific measure applicable to all colorants, dyes, and paints. Good paints state their ratings on scale (1-8, usually), and if it’s low, I don’t buy it, no matter how seductive.
  • Will my art fade?
    With UV protection, your piece will be less likely to fade. I recommend in general with any art, to not place it in direct sunlight or in a very dry environment.
  • How do you make your drips?
    I use housepaint right out of the can. Older paint can get thick in which case, you can just add water. You can also get Golden fluid paint products or Nova color. See resources under Do I have to use House Paint? (above)
  • Are you going to be offering any other classes?
    How can we learn more from you? I have an online totem workshop as well as in person mixed-media and totem workshops. You can find this information on my website. I also provide instructional reels highlighting tips and tricks on Instagram. @bibbygart
  • Where did you get your Freida tights?
    Yoga Democracy

Enrollment is open now!
Class costs $175

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