Mixed Media Course

Mixed Media Course

What Is The Inspired By Nature Course?

The Inspired by Nature course is an online experience designed to untangle your creative process. Tara Axford invites you into her studio and guides you through the process and techniques she has developed over 25years, making her one of Australia’s most popular Mixed Media Artists.

Exploring a variety of media Tara will show how to look at the familiar with fresh eyes. By the end of the course you will confidently interpret your collections of found objects and photographs from nature into artwork that truly reflects your unique style and sense of place.

All course materials, including beautifully produced videos, actionable tasks and downloadable resource guides are within an easy to use member portal.

You’ll also be able to ask questions, get feedback and connect with Tara and fellow Inspired By Nature students online within a private group for enrolled students.

You'll Learn How To....

Find Your Creative Confidence

Experiment with photography, collage, gelli printing, watercolour and inks, uncovering the best medium and techniques that work for you along with the freedom to play with no expectations.

Untangle Your Inspiration

By stepping through Tara’s process in an easy to follow format, you’ll break through the confusion and discover the perfect starting point to turn your inspiration from nature into unique mixed media artwork.

Find Time To Create

Discover pockets of time and how to use time creatively to craft your own mixed media souvenir that truly captures the essence of any place you visit. It’s easier than you may think.

What's Included?

Designed to fit perfectly into any busy schedule, Inspired by Nature includes 9 modules, 50 videos and 25 downloadable PDF’s covering photography, collage, gelli printing, watercolour and ink techniques, creating physical products and artbooks, Tara guides you step by step on a creative journey.

Each module contains several short video lessons that build upon each other plus actionable assignments and downloadable resource guides.

Students are fully supported by the Fibre Arts Take Two team and are invited to join a private Facebook community where you can share your progress and interact directly with Tara.

Here Tara offers invaluable support to students through live Q&A’s and ongoing tuition for a further 8 weeks.

About This Course

The Perfect Starting Point

Turn your inspiration into a variety of mixed media artwork!

Being an artist requires discipline to consistently show up to your space ready to do the work. Without a clear vision the creative process can be overwhelming.

Tara will show you how to take a walk with meaning and a renewed sence of place, as a starting point, before translating inspiration into a variety of mixed media artwork.

From experienced artists to beginners the Inspired by Nature – Exploring Mixed Media course will show you how to turn your daily walk into your daily art practice to live a truly creative life!

Tara Axford - Pocket Finds
Tara Axford - Collage

Learn At Your Own Pace

Once enrolled you will have instant and lifetime access to the entire course so you can go through the modules at your own pace, refresh, rewind and revisit anytime you like.

Being beautifully filmed and designed to fit into any pocket of time you’ll find yourself wanting to dip back in and linger in modules that speak to you.

By fully engaging with the course content, you will be able to confidently take your collections of found objects and photographs from nature to create artwork and a unique souvenir that truly reflects your sense of place.

Meet Tara

Hi there, I’m Tara Axford, a mixed media artist from Sydney, Australia.

With over 25 years of design experience working as a magazine art director, I’m excited to share what I have learnt including the principles of design and composition that holds many people back.

It’s easy to feel overwhelmed with an abundance of art materials and found inspiration, pinned or collected. You don’t know where to start, what to do with it.

This course will help you to find a way ‘in’ and show you easy techniques to unblock your own creative process and get going. Or, come along to see how to explore your subject matter further, allowing yourself time to play, with no expectations.

I hope that once you have taken this course you will feel like you have spent time with me on my walk and in my studio, that you flew into Sydney and experienced a small focussed workshop where you learnt skills and techniques to untangle your own art process. By showing you how I do what I do, you’ll see that it’s achievable.

I’m excited to guide you to find your creative thread and develop your own unique style.


Mixed Media Course with Tara Axford

Meet your Tutor

9 Modules, 50 Video Lessons and 8 Weeks of Ongoing Guidance!

Tara will step you through the following modules untangling the creative process so you can turn your inspiration into artwork.

Module 1
The Finding

Take a walk through the Australian bush in Tara’s hometown of Sydney Australia. Learn how to collect and change your viewpoint so you can discover your own place in literally a new light.

Module 2
Be Curious

It’s often hard to know where to start. In this module Tara will step you through her systemised approach to curate your collections and start with a well organised and clear picture to drive your creative vision.

Module 3
Documentation and Exploration

Learn to see things differently and use composition to your advantage to recreate your own vignettes. Zooming in on your discoveries you’ll learn one of Tara’s signature ways to create mini artworks through photography.

Module 4
Referencing Your Materials

Edit your images and create a mood board so you can easily identify and create your colour palette. Tara will show you simple tools to identify your colour pallet digitally. Your creative voice begins to emerge during this process.

Module 5
Moving Towards Abstract

Finding time to create can be one of the biggest challenges for artists. Tara will show you how to use pockets of time to create backgrounds, let loose and have fun painting, mark making and stamping. You’ll be surprised how it all comes together.

Module 6
Gelli Printing Techniques

There’s no need to invest in expensive printing presses. In this module you’ll learn a number of Tara’s signature Gelli Printing techniques so you can add variety to your work all from the comfort of your own home.

Module 7
Finding Your Thread

Collage and design are no longer dirty words! Tie your backgrounds and prints together as Tara walks you through design principles to make your very own inspired by nature postcard.

Module 8
Watercolour Landscapes

From small watercolor studies to panoramic landscapes you’ll learn many simple techniques to make your own watercolour and ink abstract landscape. Most importantly knowing how to start and when to stop.

Module 9
Stitching It All Together

Never be left with a stack of unfinished projects again! Take your watercolours and prints to the next level and learn to create stunning artbooks and folded pocket books.

9 Modules, 50 Videos and 8 Weeks of Ongoing Tuition!

Enrolments are open for a limited time.

A Resource For Life!

You’ll easily find everything you need to transform your inspiration from nature into mixed media artwork with comprehensive downloadable resource guides, action tasks and access to the course content and student community for a lifetime!

Exclusive BONUSES

Take your creativity to the next level with these practical and inspirational BONUSES.

Valued at $20

Developed specifically for those who can’t get out for a walk, or don’t have a reliable camera or smartphone to take their own photos.

We’ve included 60 images from nature to inspire your Mixed Media journey and follow along with the course.

Valued at $60

Here you’ll see Tara’s easy to replicate lighting set up using both natural and artificial lighting.

Products and lights that are recommended are detailed in the resources guide to make lighting your artwork effortless!

Valued at $100

Take a closer look at your collections and recreate natures patterns.

In this bonus video Tara will show you her process for creating unique rubber stamps and how to incorporate them into your art.

Valued at $100

Tara has developed an easy to use checklist to help remind you of the design principles that can make all the difference in your work.

Keep it handy when you’re creating until one day you’ll notice it will all come together naturally.

Valued at $100

“I have all this art, what can I do with it?”

In this BONUS TUTORIAL, Tara will share with you the sites she uses to create commercial products. From pencil cases to tote bags you’ll love seeing your work in a new form.


Value: Priceless!

Watch Tara complete a Watercolour Landscape.

No talking or instruction, sit back and watch Tara in her own creative space as she puts on the music and gets in her flow state. WARNING: Random dancing included!

You’re Protected

With Our 100% Risk-Free Guarantee

This course has been created to the highest standards. Professionally filmed and crafted for your viewing pleasure.

Through Tara’s expert guidance you will have the opportunity to learn new processes and techniques, to create artwork that truly reflects your sense of place.

The tuition for lifetime access to Inspired By Nature – Exploring Mixed Media. Payment plans are also available, please see below for details.

We also offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee! If you’ve watched less than 10% of the course within the first 7 days we’ll give you a full refund.

We’re confident that if you do the work and engage with the community you’ll get enormous benefit from this experience. And we’re happy to back that up with our risk-free guarantee.

Pricing Options

Learn from an expert textile artist for a fraction of the cost of in-person lessons.

2 Month payment Plan
$3982 x Payments of $199
  • Currency - USD
  • Modules - 9
  • Hours of Content - 10
  • Paid - 2 Payments Monthly
5 Month Payment Plan
$4005 x Payments of $80
  • Currency - USD
  • Modules - 9
  • Hours of Content - 10
  • Paid - 5 Payments Monthly

Enrolments close in

2022/03/05 10:00:00

View Past Students Work Here

Click the image below to flip through an online exhibition by Inspired by Nature 2021 and 2022 alumni.

This Course Is For You If...

You want to be inspired and expand your mixed media skills

You want to let go of the rules and reconnect yourself to the joy of creating with no expectations

You want to reconnect with nature and turn your inspiration into artwork!

You want to find the perfect starting place and unblock your creative process

You want to see behind the scenes into the studio of an accomplished artist

You want to find the time to be creative and live a creative life

What Other People Are Saying

Learn From Tara Axford

Mixed Media Artist | Pattern Designer | Art Director

Tara has been creating artwork her entire life, from her professional career in graphic design to being an art director for one of Australia’s leading publications.

As a mixed media artist and tutor focusing on printmaking, collage and ephemeral objects, Tara draws inspiration from her home town in Sydney Australia and lives a truly creative life!

For her, joy is found in seeking out unique pieces that someone has created by hand.

“I love tactile, textural pieces that distil the essence of the Australian landscape into something that reflects the colours, patterns and textures of our natural surroundings.”

Currently exploring found objects, patterns and textures, Tara’s passion is to abstract the essence of a place to create something new, giving the viewer an opportunity to experience something they may have previously overlooked, with fresh eyes.

Tara Axford

Frequently Asked Questions

The recommended minimum requirements for this course are:

Gelli plate
Milini hard rubber roller
Smartphone or digital camera
Transparent or semi transparent acrylic paint at least 6 colours

Watercolour paint, at least 3 colours that reflect your sense of place
Waterproof drawing ink in black
Pencils, Crayons
Photocopy paper
Watercolour paper and or Mixed Media paper.
Paintbrushes (cheap ones are fine)
Access to a colour printer

Recommended household items:
Baking paper, card, erasers, paper towels, baby wipes and or hand sanitiser, thread, scissors, glue stick, cardboard

The Inspired by Nature – Exploring Mixed Media course is designed for you to follow at your own pace. We recommend chunking the course into 9 weeks. 1 module per week allows you time to fully immerse yourself in the experience.

When you enrol you have access to the entire course immediately. Some people choose to immerse themselves and complete it over two weeks, others choose to take their time working their way through over the entire 9 weeks.

Remember, it’s yours to revisit time and time again!

*Ongoing Tuition

Tara will be available in the private Facebook Community for 8 weeks after enrolments close.

Online courses are building in popularity. They are a great way to supplement live workshops affordably and from the comfort of your own home. Learn new skills and see behind the scenes into the studios and lives of your favorite artists.

Our platform is very simple to use and we offer a great support team should you ever run into problems.

Nope, you will have full access to the course via your online portal.
We offer a closed Facebook group for enrolled students only to connect and share their journey.

The group also offers you the opportunity to gain further insights and tuition from Tara and other students. This group it is not compulsory but is highly recommended.

The Inspired By Nature – Exploring Mixed Media online course is: $349 and sold in USD.

Payment Plans are available:

2 x Monthly Instalments of $199 USD

5 x Monthly Instalments of $80 USD

Please check your local exchange rate before purchase.

To ensure a solid learning experience and to build community, the Inspired by Nature – Exploring Mixed Media online course is only offered as a full course.

The Inspired by Nature – Exploring Mixed Media online course has a 100% money back guarantee should you watch less than 10% of the course within 7 days we will offer you a full refund.

If you feel that this course doesn’t meet your expectations please email us at support@fibreartstaketwo.com within 7 days of enrolling. If you have watched less than 10% of the content we will immediately purchase the course back at the current exchange rate, less any associated transaction fees.

Absolutely! All of the course content is fully responsive so it will work regardless of whether you’re on a computer or mobile device.

Good question! You’ll be able to post your questions about the course in our private Facebook group, either someone from the community, Fibre Arts Take Two or Tara herself will be able to help you.

If you have more technical questions please don’t hesitate to reach out to support@fibreartstaketwo.com

Yes we do. We offer closed captions in English, Spanish, German and French.

9 Modules, 50 Videos and 8 Weeks of Ongoing Tuition!

Enrolments are open for a limited time.