Grow as an Artist: 7 Texture Techniques with Acrylic Gels | Donna Jean Engstrom | Skillshare

Grow as an Artist: 7 Texture Techniques with Acrylic Gels

Donna Jean Engstrom, Mixed Media Artist and Creative Explorer

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11 Videos (25m)
    • Introduction

    • Materials

    • All About Gels

    • Before You Start

    • Project 1

    • Project 2

    • Project 3 Mirror Image

    • Project 4 Compose with Gel

    • Project 4 Bonus

    • Conclusion

    • Your Class Bonus


About This Class

Texture is an important art element. It can give the illusion of reality or provide an active ground for your work.

Texture can be visual or actual. All that means is you can create the look of texture on your surface while the surface remains flat, OR you can achieve physical texture with an added medium. Texture can be used with acrylic, watercolor or oil paint.

In this class you will learn all about actual or physical texture with acrylic gels and how to use them to create interest and movement in your work.

What You Will Learn:

  • Different type of gels
  • How to extend your paint with gel medium
  • Using simple tools to get all sorts of texture
  • Create mirror images
  • How to use gel medium to create a focal point


Whether you are a beginner or more experienced art maker, this class is a great exploration of the properties and use of gel in your work.





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Donna Jean Engstrom

Mixed Media Artist and Creative Explorer

I've been an artist and teacher for over 30 years. Yikes! That's a long time, eh? Well worth every single minute. I love teaching and bringing the joy of creating to those who think they can't. You know who you are, 'can't draw a stick figure' come to mind?

My classes are easy to follow, full of encouragement with a dose of challenge, and based on my many years of teaching drawing, painting, collage, and bookmaking classes.

I'm a signature member of the National Collage Society...

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