Intro to Acrylics: Molding Pastes & Textures  
What are all these Gels and Mediums for?" with Tracy Felix Fraker

DATE/TIME: Saturday, June 6 / 11am-4pm 

COST: $85.00 

REGISTRATION: You can register for this class by calling in, coming in, or online. Scroll ot the bottom of the page for online registration. 425.640.6408

LOCATION:  ARTspot Studio - located onsite at ARTspot, 408 Main Street, Edmonds, 98020. 

DESCRIPTION: So many artists are intrigued by the world of acrylics, but what makes them so versatile and wonderful are the gels and pastes you mix with the pigments to change the consistency and build texture. Many effects can be achieved with combinations of these products. I used to teach Introduction to Acrylic Gels and Pastes in one class, but it is really too much to do in a one day workshop! The two classes together will give a complete overview, but taking either one will still teach you lots of new techniques and develop an understanding of the acrylic based materials available to you. I demo every step of the way, so you can see how to handle the both acrylics and the tools. Our goal is for you to spend the day experimenting so you can develop preferences on how YOU like to work!
     In this class, we each have four canvases or canvas panels and will learn multiple ways to "build" a painting in acrylics! It is a great way to get started in acrylics even if you have never painted before, or for those already using acrylics but would like some new to add more techniques to your "tool box." This is a super fun, fast paced and supportive workshop experience.

SUPPLY LIST:  You can purchase all your quality art supplies at ARTspot. Registered students receive a 10% discount on all their art supplies during the course. All items on this list are available at ARTspot.
I ENCOURAGE experimentation, so a variety of supplies is welcome. I strongly encourage you to use artist quality paints - I use Golden paints as the pigments are pure and bright.
     Questions or info about these supplies? Feel free to email Tracy at Any one of our ARTspot staff members would be happy to answer questions and/or set aside what you need so you are all ready for class. 425-640-6408.

SUPPORTS: 4 canvas panels or inexpensive stretched canvas in your choice of 8x10, 8x8, 10x10, 9x12 or 12x12. They should all be the same matching consistent size.

GELS AND MEDIUMS: If you are taking both the Intro to Acrylics classes get the 6 container Sampler Set containing Regular, Soft, Extra Heavy and Tar Gels, Molding Paste, and Coarse Pumice Gel. We have it here at ARTspot!
       If you are taking this class only bring Heavy Gel (Gloss, Semi or Matte), any Molding Paste (Light or Regular) and a Pumice Gel (Fine, Course or Extra Coarse). With these choices, just choose the one that appeals to you. Ask our staff to point out the sample chart at the store to help you choose.... or just get the Sampler Set Mentioned above.

Palette: Atelier Acrylic Palette  - Or can use a rectangular Tupperware type container with lid

Stencil: One 6x6" TCW (The Crafters Workshop or similar) stencil - an overall pattern that appeals to you (not a specific image or picture)

My Paint Palette Colors: (Golden Acrylic Tube colors)
You can bring in Acrylic paints you already have, but I highly recommend professional artists paints. Avoid “cheap” student grade paints! If you are just getting started, my best recommendation is:  Golden Color Theory Set of 8 colors. A perfect set to start with. Required for Color Theory, if you are thinking you might like to take this in the future. (We also have sets in fluid and mini tubes.)

Note: Avoid “cheap” student grade paints! These are the color I keep on my palette you can use as a guide, but these are not required colors for this class.

  • Basics:
  • Titanium White
  • Cadmium Yellow light
  • Cadmium Yellow Medium           
  • Cadmium Red Light
  • Primary Magenta or Alizarin Crimson                 
  • Cerulean Blue
  • Ultramarine Blue
  • Burnt Umber                                    
  • Yellow Ochre or Raw Sienna 
  • Black
  • Optional Additions (some of my favorites):

  • Titan Buff
  • Burnt Sienna
  • Dioxazine Purple  Green Gold
  • Quinacridone Burnt Orange
  • Any color that inspires you is a good color!


  • Acrylic Bristol Brushes, variety. I love #8, 10 and 12 flats and filberts (Bring any brushes you already have.)
  • Flat sided palette knife

ARTspot will provide these supplies :                      

  • sharpie marker
  • spray water bottle
  • plastic tub for water
  • paper towels
  • apron or old shirt

Complete registration by checking out with the shopping cart in the upper right corner.