"Versatility of Acrylics: What are all these gels & mediums for?" w/ Tracy Felix

DATE./TIME: Sat-Sun / October 21-22 / 11am-5pm

COST: $225

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 WA 98020


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. This class is all about learning the techniques that appeal to you so you can express yourself, play and enjoy the process of what all these great bottles of "goo" can do!!

In this class, we each have six canvases or canvas panels and will learn multiple ways to "build" a painting in acrylics with the focus on gaining an understanding of the different kinds of gels, grounds and molding pastes available to you. Many effects can be achieved with combinations of these products.

Tracy demos 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!

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." We will take a break on the first day and go over to ARTspot for a fun and informative shopping trip. This is a super upbeat, fast-paced and supportive workshop experience.


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. Most items on this list are available at ARTspot. Please let their staff advise you about appropriate art materials to fulfill  requirements for your class.  Artspot's Web Site

Questions about these supplies? ARTspot staff are happy to help you. Call 425-640-6408 or email at ARTspotEdmonds@gmail.com.

Tracy says, “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.”

Supports: 6 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: I require this 6 container Golden Sampler Set containing Regular, Soft, Extra Heavy and Tar Gels, Molding Paste, and Coarse Pumice Gel.  Available at ARTspot! (You are welcome to purchase these separately, but the kit is more economical.)

Palette: Atelier Acrylic Palette (Optional) Or can use a rectangular Tupperware type container with lid – something to keep your paints from drying out.

Stencil: One 6x6" TCW (The Crafters Workshop or similar) stencil - an overall pattern that appeals to you (not a specific image or picture). This would be a fun thing to purchase on our ARTspot Field Trip.

Collage Papers: If you have some papers you love, you can bring. However, I have lots and lots of papers am happy to share with you. Nothing more fun than rooting through a paper stash! A fun thing to purchase at ARTspot - lots of beautiful handmade papers to inspire you.

Paint: Tracy's 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. (ARTspot also has sets in fluid and mini tubes.)

Note: These are the colors I keep on my palette which you can use as a guide, but these are not required colors for this class.


  • 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.) I will talk about brush selection and do a bit of show and tell to help you understand brush basics.
  • Flat sided palette knife - Required.... very important for this class!


  • Sharpie marker
  • Spray water bottle
  • Aprons/Old Shirts
  • Paper towels
  • Plastic tubs for water are available for your use at Cole Studio.

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 before your class. Call ARTspot at 425.640.6408 for this great service. Note: To ensure your order can be filled, please order as early as possible.