Learn to paint in Acrylic paints - Step by Step
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.