Acrylic Painting Mediums and Methods: A Contemporary Guide to Materials, Techniques, and Applications

Acrylic Painting Mediums and Methods: A Contemporary Guide to Materials, Techniques, and Applications

Acrylic Painting Mediums and Methods: A Contemporary Guide to Materials, Techniques, and Applications

Acrylic Painting Mediums and Methods: A Contemporary Guide to Materials, Techniques, and Applications


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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.

Acrylics have grown into the most adaptable art material for the modern age. Developments in the pigment industry have given acrylics a remarkably permanent, rich, and abundant palette, making it the favorite medium of many contemporary artists. As colors are being developed, their chemical components are also enhanced for better texture and handling.

Art-supplies vendors now offer acrylic mediums for thinning, thickening, glazing, molding, pouring, texturing, and dozens of other uses. Even experienced acrylic painters can be confused - even intimidated - by this staggering diversity of products. Painter and art materials expert Rhéni Tauchid simplifies this daunting subject, clearly explaining each type of medium and suggesting ways it can enhance your painting practice.

Over twenty step-by-step demonstrations teach you how to apply mediums to create vibrant colors, sensuous surfaces, and striking visual effects. Hundreds of beautiful photos illustrate mediums’ almost limitless potential and show you how other artists - both abstract and realist - are employing mediums to push their art in new creative directions. The first book of its kind, this essential reference belongs on every acrylic painter’s shelf.

Includes the Work of Contemporary Masters: Nick Bantock, Diane Black, Bruno Capolongo, Pauline Conley, Marc Courtemanche, Marie-Claude Delcourt, Claire Desjardins, Marion Fischer, Heather Haynes, Lorena Kloosterboer, Suzy Lamont, Marie Lannoo, Connie Morris, Barry Oretsky, Lori Richards, Hester Simpson, Ksenia Sizaya, Rhéni Tauchid, Alice Teichert, Beth ten Hove, Sharlena Wood, and Heather Midori Yamada."

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781580934930
Publisher: The Monacelli Press
Publication date: 06/21/2018
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 245,659
Product dimensions: 8.80(w) x 10.80(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Rheni Tauchid ( is a writer, painter, and educator. In her professional life, Rhéni is the materials consultant for the Canadian acrylic paint manufacturer Tri-Art Mfg., Inc., a member of the company’s product development team, and the founder of the Tri-Art Acrylic Education Program and the Art Noise studio program. She teaches painting workshops and lectures in Canada and abroad.

Rhéni is the author of The New Acrylics: Complete Guide to the New Generation of Acrylic Paints (Watson-Guptill, 2005) and its sequel, New Acrylics Essential Sourcebook: Materials, Techniques, and Contemporary Applications for Today's Artist (Watson-Guptill, 2009). Her books have been translated into Dutch and German. Acrylic Painting Mediums & Methods, her third book, explores the intricacies and possibilities of acrylic mediums. She is based in Kingston, Ontario, Canada.

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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

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