Materials and Equipment
Below is some of common materials used by acrylic artists. A few of these are available in our art room while others are not.
Mediums, Additives and Gesso
Products change the look, thickness, and texture of acrylic paint. They include gloss medium, modeling paste, texture gels and varnish
Write the terms and definitions below in your sketchbook
Acrylic Medium - a gel that thickens the paint with out changing the value of the color
Gesso - A white (sometimes black or grey) primer that helps the paint stick to a surface
Gloss or Matte Medium - Changes the sheen of the paint to extra glossy or flat
Choose a brush you for the technique you will be using. Brushes can be very expensive. A quality, mid-range brush will do the job. Inexpensive brushes have bristles that fall out and stick to your artwork.
If brushes are cleaned and cared for, they will last a lifetime.
Palettes hold paint colors and give the artist an area to mix colors. There are many palettes available for purchase, but any rigid, sealed surface will work. It is important that the surface can't absorb the paint, so paint doesn't dry before it can be used.
An easel places the painting surface parallel to the artist's face preventing visual distortion. It also allows the artist to stand and step back from their work improving the artist compositional decision making. Prop the the canvas on a stack of books so that it is not totally flat on the table when an easel isn't available.