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Startup Project: Acrylic Ink Stain Painting

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Dive deeper into acrylic painting as you create two compelling abstract pieces.

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  • 7 Streaming HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere access
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  • Hours of close-up instruction
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Continue your artistic journey and master the basics of acrylic stain painting! In this class, the follow-up to "Startup Library: Painting with Acrylic," artist Michele Théberge walks you through more advanced layering techniques using new mediums including fluid, gel and more. First you’ll practice on a series of small canvases, then apply your new skills to create an abstract piece.

Lesson Breakdown

1. Applying Fluid Color
Meet Michele and begin with an introduction to stain painting. Then go over the materials you'll need to get started, including canvas, paint and brushes, and practice using a flow aid to paint wet-into-wet.
2. Color Layering & Mixing
3. More Layering Techniques
4. Fluid Mediums
5. Gel Mediums
6. Free-Form Project
7. New Directions

Recommended with this class

  • Acrylic paints (Liquitex Professional preferred)
  • Canvas and stretcher bars
  • Brushes, painting knife and palette knife

Taught by

Michele Théberge
Michele Théberge
Artist Michele Théberge uses a wide range of materials to explore the connections between the material and immaterial worlds. Michele's meditative art captures the essence of an idea or a moment in time through the simplest of means. Her work has been exhibited in museums, art fairs and galleries throughout the world. And, as a recognized expert in acrylic painting, she travels the U.S. and Canada to share the latest techniques and materials with artists of all levels. Michele holds an MFA from California College of the Arts, a BFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and a BA from Tufts University.

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