"Contemporary Acrylics: Painting in Layers" with Tracy Felix

DATE/TIME: Saturday, February 13, 11am-5pm

COST: $125.00 

REGISTRATION: Call in, come in, or register online.  Scroll to the bottom for online registration.  425.697.2787

LOCATION:  Cole Art Studio located on the lower level of Cole Gallery.  107 5th Ave. S., Edmonds 98020


One of the true joys of painting with acrylics is the ability to add layer upon layer to create a feeling of depth: both visually and of meaning. Acrylics are the perfect medium to add in interesting collage papers, which, depending on when you place them into the painting, will either peek through here and there, or add an interesting focal point at the end as a final touch.

For this class, we will complete a contemporary style midsize painting in one day starting with mark making (you will learn what that is and why it is such a great way to begin a painting!) then adding collage and paint. You will gain an understanding of opaque paints vs transparent paints, and how and when to choose one over the other. We will also touch on composition and the importance of contrast.

A good choice for beginners, Tracy will demonstrate every step so you can see how to handle the paints and the tools. It is also a great class for more experienced painters who are needing some new techniques, particularly if you find your paintings often get “too busy.” The techniques in this class are helpful to reigning a painting back in.

This is a dynamic workshop and will give you some fresh new ways to approach working in acrylics!


You can purchase your quality art supplies at ARTspot. Registered students receive a 10% discount on all their art supplies from the time of paid registration until the last day of class. Questions or info about these supplies? Feel free to email Tracy at ARTspotEdmonds@gmail.com. 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.

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From Tracy: 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. You cannot get a good result with student grade paints. How can you tell the difference? Student grade paints will all be priced the same as there is less pigment and “fillers” to even out the prices. It is the fillers that make the colors anemic and easily muddy. Artist grade paints are priced by “Series Number” and the prices reflect the value of the pigment. The only thing in artist grade paints are pure pigments and the binder that holds it together. It’s all about pigment!


  • You can use a rectangular Tupperware type container with lid or can purchase a sealing palette for acrylics to keep paints from drying out. We recommend the Artelier Airtight Peel-Off Palette.


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A selection of Acrylic artist quality paints. Avoid “cheap” student grade paints! [See above note from Tracy.] 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 interested in taking that class with Tracy later on in November. (We also have sets in fluid and mini tubes.)

  • Golden Fluid Acrylic: Titan Buffor "Buff” Titanium (required) - 1oz. size is plenty. It is a creamy warm white opaque paint we will use to create the specific effect we are shooting for in this class. The Titan Buff in heavy body (tube paints) is fine also. Tracy will be using and demoing the fluid version of this pigment.
  • One Quidacridone color or Phthalo color of your choice (required). These are specifically designed for “glazing” - a big part of the layering technique we will be doing. If you prefer blues to dominate you painting, choose a Phthalo. If you love warm tones, choose a Quidacridone
  • Orange or Gold. There are several choices - pick the one that warms your soul when you look at it!


  • 16x16, 16x20, 18x18 or 18x24, or similar size stretched canvas, or canvas panel (Tracy says there is no need to gesso your new canvases. If you are re-using an old one, which is fine for this class - then apply a fresh coat of gesso and you'll be ready to go.)


  • Acrylic Gel Medium: 8 oz of any variety of regular or heavy gel (gloss, semi-gloss or matte)  
  • Molding Pastes: 8 oz of light, regular, or heavy, or even the fine pumice gel would work.
  • If you already have some of these, bring a variety. ARTspot has both gels and pastes in “Golden” brand and also in tubes by “Pebeo” which are a little cheaper and will work just fine for our purposes.


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


  • 6x6 or 12x12 stencil of your choice. ARTspot carries artist designed stencils by TCW (The Crafters Workshop) and Tracy uses these specifically for the patterning effects they provide. Tracy will bring some stencils to share so you can have some variety. If you want, you can wait until the class breaks for lunch and come over to ARTspot to choose a stencil with some guidance from Tracy -OR- bring some stencils you already have.
  • Spray bottle for water
  • Apron or old shirt
  • Collage materials you like, although I will have a selection for you to use here

Check this out!  ARTspot Concierge Service. ARTspot will personally do your shopping for you! They can set aside the materials you need, ready for pickup - they can even deliver your supplies to Cole Art Studio the day of class! Call ARTspot at 425.640.6408 for this great service! (To ensure your order is filled, please order as early as possible.) We also have a variety of art supplies relevant to your class here at Cole Art Studio.