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Acrylic Painting Mediums and Methods


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This new, sophisticated, comprehensive reference book will inspire and instruct painters on how to handle today's acrylics in innovative and individualistic ways.

Table of Contents


Foreword: Two Mediums



Chapter 1: Acrylic Medium Basics
What Are All These Jars of Whitish Goo?
The Anatomy of Acrylic Paints and Mediums
Key Descriptive Terms

Chapter 2: Categorizing Mediums
Water: The First Medium
Liquid Mediums
Gel Mediums
Self-Leveling Gel and Pouring Mediums
Textured Gels
Mediums for Specific Uses
Special-Effects Mediums
Preparing Custom Mediums
Finishing Mediums

Chapter 3: Understanding Tools and Their Effects
Moving beyond the Brush
Choosing the Right Tools

Chapter 4: Choosing a Support
Types of Supports
Factors to Consider


Chapter 5: Incorporating Mediums into Your Work

Subtlety and Boldness
Watching Paint Dry
Anticipating Change (Expect the Unexpected)

Chapter 6: Using Acrylic Grounds
Why Use a Ground?
Modeling Pastes
Dry Media Ground

Chapter 7: Special Uses for Mediums
Extending Color
Controlling Luster
Controlling Viscosity
Creating Washes
Controlling Relative Coverage
Creating Thick, Lustrous Layers

Chapter 8: Exploring Collage, Decoupage, and Mixed Media
Mixed Media

Chapter 9: Creating Surface Textures
Types of Texture
Impasto (Alla Prima Application)
Bas Relief
Granular Textures

Chapter 10: Going beyond the Basics
Pouring Mediums
Using Mediums as Resists
Extruding Mediums
Incising the Acrylic Surface
Impressing the Acrylic Surface
Using Acrylic Skins
Sculpting with Acrylics
Transferring Images

Chapter 11: Layering and Combining Mediums

Chapter 12: Troubleshooting

Chapter 13: Using Finishing Mediums

Appendix 1
Mediums Roundtable
Appendix 2
Acrylic Mediums Questionnaire

About the Author

Rheni Tauchid is the head of product development at Tri-Art, a manufacturer of acrylic artist paints and mediums. An accomplished artist, she conducts workshops and lectures on acrylics throughout the United States and Canada. In addition, she is a popular Craftsy instructor. In February 2005, Watson-Guptill published her book The New Acrylics, an in-depth look at the character and application possibilities of modern acrylic paints. Its sequel, New Acrylics Essential Sourcebook, was published July 2009. Her books have been translated into Dutch and German. She is based in Kingston, Ontario, Canada.


"Rheni Tauchid is an expert in the history and development of acrylic paint. Here she describes everything you need to know about acrylic mediums and methods-from thinning and glazing to texturing and thickening. More than 20 step-by-step demonstrations are included, showing how other artists use the medium to striking effect." - Leisure Painter magazine

Artist and paints developer Tauchid explains the properties and applications of acrylics, a medium touted as "the most adaptable art material of the modern age." Tauchid begins by characterizing this do-it-all, fast-drying paint with its unparalleled clarity of dried pigment and bondable, virtually glass-clear polymers that do not degrade, discolor, or become brittle with time. These nontoxic chemical inventions, on the market for some 50 years, comprise more than 60 percent of all artists' paints sold in North America today. Technical in its approach, half the book describes the chemical components, attributes, production methods, and grades, moving on to a basic primer that lists materials and equipment. Tauchid then progresses to basic applications, which include glazing, underpainting, and staining, and goes on to discuss barrier-breaking alternative approaches (stained glass, acrylic transfer, even soft sculpture), complete with demonstrations. A variety of artists' work in eye-popping color and a wide range of styles amply illustrate this well-indexed resource. - Whitney Scott Copyright (c) American Library Association. All rights reserved

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