Frida Kahlo

Day of the Dead Mixed Media Art

OCT 18/The Wanderlust Collective/

Art, Art Class, Inspiration, Mixed Media, Step-by-step

This has been an exciting month, it’s my birthday month, so it’s full of so many memories and tons of art projects. Day Of The Dead will be celebrated around the world at the end of this month, so I was inspired to do an art piece featuring Frida Kahlo. This was one of her favorite holidays.

Day Of The Dead is a holiday where families come together to visit their dead at gravesites and bring them offerings, like food, sugar skulls, and gifts.

“I don't paint dreams or nightmares, I paint my own reality.”

Frida Kahlo


  • 8x8 Canvas
  • Arteza Markers
  • Print Outs
  • Design Paper
  • Ribbon
  • Mod Podge
  • Foam Brush
  • 150 lb Watercolor Paper
  • Scissors
  • Feather

Photo by Kelly Sikkema on Unsplash

Step One:


 I drew out my skull and colored it in using markers. You can get really creative, and go crazy with the florals. After drawing it out, I used a permanent black marker to outline everything. This will keep the color from bleeding when I start to paint.

Step Two:


Next, I cut out my skull, this will be layered over more textures and colors.

Step Three:


Using design papers is a fun and easy way to add design and color to your pieces. You can find these at any arts and crafts store. This is what I used as the base. I used Mod Podge to apply to canvas.

Step Four:


I glued my skull on after applying this brown design paper. Make sure each piece is fully dry before layering the next. You can use a blow dryer to move faster.

Step Five:


Using my hands, I ripped out my printouts and starting to piece together my story...composition.

Step Six:


For color I used brush pens by Arteza, they aren’t waterproof, so they can bleed into other colors. I learned this the hard way. ☹️ This is a great way to unify your piece.

Step Seven:


I started adding colors to all of my characters who play a part in this mixed media.

Step Eight:


I had two feathers but decided to just add one. I used a glue gun for this.

Step Nine:


Finally, I added the copper ribbon around the canvas using the glue gun to carefully apply it all around.

Viola! You have a mixed media piece with tons of symbolism and I even included Frida Kahlo. If you decide to give it a try, don’t forget to share your finished piece. 


For more mixed media art enroll in my Frida Kahlo-inspired mixed media course here:

Happy Creating!



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