The Joy of Mixed Media Assemblage

Self-Study Class Includes Lifetime Access, Online Community & More!

6 Lessons – $72.25 $85

The six-lesson course explores what you can do with found objects inside a box. Lynn Whipple shares her techniques and tricks and tips in building an assemblage using collage, drawing, photos, paint, found objects, storytelling, composition and more!

Now available as a self-study class.

TEACHER: Lynn Whipple

Class Description

What could be more fun than combining all of our favorite things and working within a box format? Mixed-Media Assemblage explores collage, drawing, altering photos, painting, altered found objects, storytelling, composition and more!

I’ll share with you all the techniques and tricks and tips that I’ve learned working in assemblage. It is so much fun… from finding the perfect box to laying down and collaging a background to altering photos and found objects, to attaching and gluing and to special little ways I have developed to make your work finished, framed and ready to hang on the wall.

This class is all about YOU, and using your voice to make things that make your heart sing! You will play the “pieces-parts” game, which is fantastic way of seeing how many fresh combinations that you can come up with. If you have a fabulous stash of found objects and old photos, this is the perfect project, if you need more, it’s a great excuse to go “on the hunt!” We will work with “found” boxes and/or cradled wood panels.

Please join us for an artistic, mixed-media romp chock full of encouragement, learning, sharing, play, imagination, exploration and most of all fun!



Class Itinerary

Lesson 1: The Hunt & Preparing Your Box
The hunt for boxes is always fun, find some additional pieces and parts while you are at it!

Lesson 2: Design Your Piece
Here is where we begin to play with your pieces and parts and make fresh combinations.

Lesson 3: Collage Your Background
Great way to begin a piece using time tested collage techniques for gluing and aging.

Lesson 4: Altering Pieces & Parts
Time to make it your own by altering elements and making things work. Storytelling will take place at this stage as well.

Lesson 5: Gluing & Final Touches
Let’s tweak all the little things and glue everything in place, an important step.

Lesson 6: Presentation
Let’s give it the big finish! Time to wire the back and hang your work on the wall! Adding plexiglass will finish everything and make all you do look fantastic.

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  • Two or more shallow boxes to work in. These can be either found or store bought; any size, between 1″-4″ deep.
  • “Pieces & Parts”: Found items from thrift stores, antique stores, garage sales, the ground… can be anything from metal springs to wooden eggs to old books to ribbons to Scrabble tiles to…? Just gather your stuff!
  • Collage fodder. A selection of old papers, new papers, patterned and solid colors. You should also have old family or found photos printed in color on heavy paper to use as a focal point (Lynn recommends 80# or card stock).
  • Tools: You might need/want a hand sander, drill, screwdriver, jigsaw, pliers, cutting blade
  • Glue: clear silicone and “Yes” glue; also possibly liquid Nails and Aleena’s tacky glue
  • Raw Umber acrylic paint; other colors of your choice. (Lynn loves Creamy White and Cadmium Red Deep Hue for her red… Liquitex Basics acrylic Paint work well and are affordable .)
  • Liquitex Gloss Medium
  • #3 or #4 pencil
  • Plastic scraper (from the hardware store… even an old credit card will work)
  • Serrated sewing tracing wheel for “dot dot dot”
  • Several paintbrushes, range of sizes
  • White rag
  • Container for water
  • Plexi glass (you will need to have this cut down to size; you might wait until the class is in session for more details)
  • Scraps of foam board or wood blocks (again, you might wait for the class for more details)
  • Picture framing wire, cut (or carpet) tacks, small screws and screw-in wire holder

Lynn Whipple

Lynn Whipple writes, “I am deeply grateful to live my life as an artist. Play and discovery are my dearest and most constant companions. There are a zillion tiny challenges in each art making experience, and so often I find, just as many small, sweet victories. Without a doubt, living creatively is the most enjoyable and satisfying game I know.”

Lynn shares a warehouse studio with her husband, John Whipple, in Winter Park, Florida. Lynn’s work includes found-object mixed-media assemblages; found images altered with a combination of drawing, painting, sewing and more; and her well-known Ninny Boxes, collages combined with found objects, and assembled within a box format. Her unique pieces have a playful, quirky, and often absurd, charm.

Lynn explains: “I allow myself to play and let my pieces reveal themselves to me…I have been fascinated by old books, history, and odd bits of memorabilia. I find the things that interest me the most are slightly absurd…My hope is to create something real and somehow poetic but not commonplace. My goal is to keep communicating in my language.”

Lynn’s work has been exhibited extensively throughout the United States and her new book, Expressive Flower Painting, was published July 2017. Visit Lynn’s website at

Nuts & Bolts

  • This class is now available as a self-study class.
  • Immediately upon class signup, you will receive access to the class videos and corresponding materials.
  • A private Facebook group will be available for you to (optionally) share your artwork and enjoy and learn from the artwork of others. You may also email your teacher directly with questions or feedback.
  • You will have indefinite access to this class.