Playing with Acrylic Mediums
Intermediate | 1 hour 6 min
Many people are familiar with acrylic paints, but acrylic mediums are a bit more mysterious. In this pro-series class, artist and educator Lisa Solomon provides a thorough lesson on how acrylic mediums can help you create everything from textured impasto surfaces to smooth resin-like finishes. You’ll learn all about the transparency, translucency and opacity of your paints, and how to combine them with acrylic mediums to create glazes that will add depth and dimension. Along the way, Lisa demonstrates how use a photo as an underpainting and build thin layers of color to create a finished piece. She'll also show you how to collage using matte and gloss gel medium, create resin effects with pouring medium, and work on glass to create acrylic “skins.” Learning about new materials has never been this fun or vibrant.

New to acrylic painting? Get started with Lisa's beginner's course
Here’s what you’ll need:
  • Matte and gloss medium
  • Gel medium
  • Regular gel
  • Gloss gel
  • Modeling paste
  • Pouring medium
  • Satin glazing liquid
  • Flow-Aid (optional)
  • Acrylic paint (Lisa suggests Liquitex set of 24 acrylic paint tubes)
  • Transparent white acrylic paint
    Tools and Other Supplies:
  • Set of acrylic paintbrushes (Lisa uses a Folk Art Artist set)
  • Silicone brushes/scrapers (Lisa uses Princeton Catalyst brand)
  • 8” x 8” birch panels or pre-gessoed panels
  • Sheet of glass with covered edges
  • Stencils and stencil sponges/brushes
  • Razor
  • Photograph of choice printed in black and white or sepia
  • Papers for collage
  • Scissors and/or Exacto knife
  • Straight blade
  • Adhesive spray or spray mount glue
  • Artist tape or masking tape
  • Squeeze bottles for pouring medium
  • Palette or enamel tray
  • Level
  • Wax paper (optional)
  • Old plastic lids to use as shims
  • Pencil and pen
Learn how to:
  • Understand the transparency of paint
  • Glaze using medium
  • Build glazes to create depth in your painitng
  • Work with pouring medium
  • Use gloss and matte medium
  • Create impasto surfaces with modeling paste
  • Paint over existing surfaces
  • Understand what acrylic mediums do and how they work
  • Collage using medium
  • Create resin like surfaces
  • Create acrylic skins
What you’ll get:
  • Step-by-step expert instruction from Lisa Solomon on how to work with acrylic mediums
  • 10 video lesson you can access online anytime, anywhere
  • Detailed supplies list
  • The ability to leave comments, ask questions, and interact with other students
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Class Reviews
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Valerie Whitt
I loved the intro to all the different acrylic products and the idea of how to test them out. I never thought to do this. So helpful.
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Lynda Todd
She provides good detail. Great video.
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