Acrylic Painting Workshop: Mediums Demystified with Nathalie Kalbach

Artist: Nathalie Kalbach
Producer: North Light
SKU: 22-NK3d
Runtime: 1 Hour, 53 Minutes

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Matte gel, matte medium, gloss gel, gloss medium, super heavy gel…The list of acrylic mediums goes on and on, and so does the confusion! In Acrylic Painting Workshop: Mediums Demystified, Nathalie Kalbach gives you, and student Kristy Conlin, the ultimate guide for knowing which medium to use in every art situation.


Learn the differences between each of the gloss, gel and matte mediums beyond their adhesive powers, and how to use them to manipulate the paints you already have. Explore the wonders of pouring medium, string gel and modeling paste, along with three types of gesso as you learn more than 25 techniques that will blow the doors of the acrylic painting world wide open!

In this video you will

  • Explore 13 acrylic mediums
  • Learn the intended and unintended purposes for each product
  • 113 minutes of premier workshop instruction


Materials List


  • Canvas boards
  • Watercolor paper


  • Liquitex Acrylic Inks- variety of colors
  • Liquitex Black Gesso
  • Liquitex Clear Gesso
  • Liquitex Flexible Modeling Paste
  • Liquitex Gesso (white)
  • Liquitex Gloss Heavy Gel
  • Liquitex Gloss Medium and Varnish
  • Liquitex Heavy Body Paints- variety of colors
  • Liquitex Matte Medium
  • Liquitex Matte Super Heavy Gel
  • Liquitex Pouring Medium
  • Liquitex Soft Body Paint- variety of colors
  • Liquitex String Gel

Other Tools and Materials

  • Baby wipes
  • Gloves (optional)
  • Liquitex Basics Fan brush
  • Liquitex Free Style Flat brush 12
  • Liquitex Free Style Painter’s Knife 17 (palette knife)
  • Non-stick craft mat
  • Non-stick scissors
  • Palette paper
  • Plastic forks or sporks
  • Rag or paper towels
  • Small disposable plastic cups—must be plastic
  • StencilGirl Products stencils: Batik and Lily designs
  • Water jar
  • Water mister
  • Wooden skewers

About the Artist

Nathalie Kalbach is a self-taught mixed-media artist born in Germany, now residing in Jersey City, New Jersey. Nathalie worked as a paralegal for seventeen years, and might have remained in the wrong profession had she not discovered mixed-media painting in 2004. She has designed stencils for StencilGirl Products and stamps and templates for Stampendous. Nathalie teaches in-person and online workshops and is a faculty member of the Mixed Media division at Pratt Institute SCPS. For Nathalie, creating art is a dialogue between her skills and the supplies she uses, and she loves exploring new and old ways to apply paint and colors to her artwork. You can visit Nathalie at her website,

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