I like to use acrylic mediums in my acrylic and mixed media paintings, and I have 10 different mediums (pastes and gels) that I use as grounds within my paintings. But unfortunately I do not always remember what works best with them and sometimes they just get lost in a painting because they will not hold the media I put on them. So today I decided to make myself a sample board.

I used a12" x 16" canvas panel. First I toned it with some acrylic paint, then using a sharpie made a grid and labeled each section. Using a palette knife I filled each section along the top row with a different paste and a different gel in each section along the bottom row. I then let the panel dry all day. This evening I applied 6 different media to each panel (trying to use the same marks and colours). I used graphite, ink, coloured pencil, soft pastel, oil pastel and acrylic paint as my media.

The outcome was awesome, I now know what to use or not use when I want to add any of the 6 sampled media to whichever medium. So my sample board will now sit next to my big colour wheel.  Another really handy tool!

In case you are wondering about the big coloured area at the bottom of the Clear Tar Gel section, it is there because I have only ever used this gel wet and then dropping in acrylic fluid colour, So I added some paint to the wet gel in this sample so that I would have a comparison with the paint that was added at the immediate bottom when the gel was dry.

So if you use acrylic mediums in your artwork, or are contemplating doing so, I hope this is as helpful for you as it is for me. If you do use mediums I highly recommend you do a sample board using the mediums that you have.

Hopefully you can click on the image to get a better view of the textures.

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Comment by Sarah Irland on March 1, 2016 at 9:21am

Thank you, Wanda.  You use so many medias and techniques, I can see how this would be helpful - and I appreciate you sharing it.  I am starting to try different mediums (only a couple) and so I am not at a very complex phase yet.  I can see the value in this, so thank you for sharing your method.

Comment by KC Cooke on February 6, 2016 at 4:13am
Interesting, and a great tool for you. Never thought about it myself, but I can see the natural progression and desire to try new things. The possibilities are endless, aren't they? Thanks for sharing, and planting the seed, so to speak.
Comment by Karen Ilari on February 2, 2016 at 5:18pm
So interesting! Thanks for sharing that Wanda!

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