The Acrylic Painting Academy: Acrylic Mediums

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Lesson Description

A look at four of the most commonly used acrylic mediums for painting. We examine fluid and gel mediums used for acrylic painting in this lesson.

Lesson Materials

Canvas paper, palette knife, regular gel medium, modeling paste, slow drying blending gel, glazing fluid, nylon brushes, and acrylic paints.

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Lesson Discussion

  1. This is a comment towards all modules of the courses in general. When you make up the e-books for each course would you please put the suggested materials and description information from the download pages into the e-book so we don’t have to copy it into a text file when we watch these later.

  2. I am surprised at what I just learned. I took a beginners class at College in painting and my professor never explained that you could do anything with Acrylic paint. I never knew there were so many mediums of Acrylic paste you can mix with acrylic paints. I thought water was the only thing you could mix with it. I feel so uninformed. I thank God for this website. It is so worth the money.

  3. the 4th usage with the glaze medium was not clear to me. because we got transparency with the regular medium #1, so i thought this is the one for an additional trasperent layer.

    • Hi Grace,
      Most mediums for acrylic painting are either fluid or gel mediums. Gel mediums are thicker while fluid mediums are more viscous. The glazing medium is simply a type of fluid medium that is designed for glazing.

  4. Where would Liquitex matte medium and gloss medium fit into this? I understand the difference between matte and gloss, but are they more like a gel medium or a glazing medium? They seem somewhere in between in terms of texture.

    • Hi Kristin,

      Liquitex makes matte and gloss mediums as both a gel medium and a fluid version. The gel medium is simply thicker while the fluid medium, as the name implies is more fluid. So, you have the option of using either form. The type of medium should be displayed on the label (gel or fluid).

  5. Dear Matt
    I am enjoying the videos very much and finding them very informative. This will help me choose the best medium for the task in hand and what to use in this very dry climate I am living in.
    Thank you.

  6. Your videos are excellent and extremely informative! My questions concerns the compatibility of mediums and paint. Should you use gel with heavy body and fluid with heavy flow, soft body paints? Does it matter?

    • Hi Christine,

      Thanks! As long as the mediums and the paint that you are using are all acrylic based, then you should be able to mix and match and experiment to your heart’s desire.

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