You already know that having multiple layers in your art can create a beautiful multi dimensional look and a result that looks more sophisticated. And perhaps you've already seen that mediums can be a great tool to get some beautiful effects out of your paints. But while you love a vibrant and translucent feel in your art, beautiful color harmony, and layers that offer interest and depth... you probaly also know that using the right materials, choosing the right colors, and the approaches of HOW TO LAYER YOUR COLORS and BUILD YOUR COMPOSITION for that eye-catching end result can sometimes be a challenge...
How to use Acrylic Glazing and Gel Mediums to create beautiful effects and vibrant layered abstract paintings.
You will have a better understanding of types of acrylic mediums, and how to use them.
You'll learn about my approach of mixing Acrylic paints and Glazing Mediums and in what sequence I apply them on a canvas.
You will understand what creates muddy color in a painting and gain confidence with your color choices. In other words, You will have a better understanding of which colors work well with each other (and which colors don't work with each other) when it comes to blending.
You will gain confidence in blending colors using mediums and be happy to create eye-pleasing color transitions/layers (without getting muddy results).
You will learn my process of slowly building vibrant and multi dimensional layers on a painting, step by step, toward an eye-pleasing composition.
You will learn my tips and techniques to use a silicone painting scraper (such as the Catalyst Silicone Wedge) with confidence to create beautiful strokes and layered abstracts with a contemporary look
You will learn how brushes, scrapers, and painting knifes can create different effects when it comes to painting with mediums.
You will gain confidence in using wider brushes (like 3 - 4 inch wide) to blend colors on canvas and create beautiful transitions between colors.
Through the new techniques I will show you in this course, you will learn how you can incorporate glazing/layering effects into your existing style and learn tips on how you can continue developing your own unique painting approach.
Uncover How to Create Vibrant, Colorful, and Translucent Layers in Your Abstract Paintings With Confidence, Using Acrylic Paints & Mediums
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In this first module we're going to look at various features and benefits of mediums, review medium families, and discuss why certain mediums work well in creating layered paintings. We will also have our first simple free style demonstration to show some ways in which fluid mediums can help us work and to get some inspiration going.
In the first 3 lessons we will learn more about acrylic paints and the mediums we will use….. and we will learn a little bit of the science behind them. I will also mention some substitutes or other options for mediums, in case this is something you require.
In lessons 4, 5, 6 we then discuss the painting surface and tools we use in this course.
We introduce some of the fundamental building blocks of using mediums and acrylic paint… from how to mix them, and how to apply them on canvas, to what kind of gestures you can create with a painting wedge (the "catalyst wedge")
In Lesson 1 & 2 we start with the simple practices that will help you build confidence of how how to mix and apply the materials on canvas, and to see the possibilities you can create in terms of strokes and gestures. This is a time to play and warm up to the practice of using the materials.
In Lesson 3 and onwards, we will start looking at Techniques for Layering and watch the difference of layering Wet on Wet vs Wet on Dry, and how to decide which approach to use. These lessons will start giving you a flavour of the layered painting process and allow you to start practicing the techniques and explore layering color with the catalyst wedge.
It’s time to learn about some of the important basics of color theory and how to achieve color harmony when combining colors, blending, and layering. Without understanding color well, no technique and no material or tool will be good enough to achieve visually pleasing results in your art.
In this module There will be a lot of foundational learning: In Lesson 1 we will start with color theory and some key color terminology. In Lesson 2 we will move on to discussing principles and tips to maintain color vibrancy and avoiding muddy colors (and what exactly creates muddy color) as we blend or layer color. In Lesson 3 we will look at how to achieve overall color harmony in a painting – in other words how to make a painting’s color palette work.
This is the core module of this course, where it’s time to see how everything comes together when creating an entire painting, from bare canvas to completed composition. In this module you will learn how to approach an entire abstract painting through the process of creating multiple layers, and how acrylic mediums are used in creating that layered, vibrant, and translucent effect, resulting in vibrant colors that are not muddy.
In the first lesson, I will walk you through the the conceptual model of the process, the Layering Framework - this will help you get some clarity on the layering process and thought process before we start painting. In Lessons 2 through 8, we will have an actual painting demonstration on canvas, showing the layering process phase by phase, working from choosing our colours and the first layer, to the last layer and finishing touches.
I will take you through what I’m thinking in each step and what my goals are in each session, walking you through step by step.
(The painting videos are not a time lapse - all steps are real time with me commenting on every step).
This module gives you access to multiple other painting demonstrations using the Layering Approach taught in Module 5.
There are five different paintings I demonstrate from beginning to end, via multiple painting sessions for each one --- just in a similar fashion as I do in Module 5. Each painting will provide a somewhat different approach to show you various possibilities. Think of this Module as a library of painting demonstrations, where each demo will further enhance what you learned in ALL of the previous modules. And you will continue gaining a good dose of inspiration from watching these as we explore a variety of applications and styles. You can practice these applications on any size of canvas (I will demonstrate these from sizes of 12"x12" to 20"x24")
(The painting videos are not a time lapse - all steps are real time with me commenting on every step).
Here we demonstrate how some of the techniques and approaches in this course can be used to add layers and more dimension to abstract artworks created in very different styles. If you’re curious how you can incorporate some aspects from this course into a painting you started or made in a different style (perhaps your current style), this module will get you inspired about how you can approach such an idea to make your art more impactful. In Lessons 2 and 3, we have 2 different sample painting demonstrations to explore the idea in action.
I’ll share my perspectives and tips on how you can take what you learned and explore how to integrate it into your own style and allow your style to evolve. This module will offer you some mindset and inspiration as you continue on your own creative journey.
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You have 14 days to put "Vibrant Layers with Acrylics & Mediums" to the test.
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Once you purchase the course you will gain instant online access to all of the 8 Course Modules inside the learning portal, plus your BONUS Student Community right inside the course portal. I'm looking forward to seeing you in the members' area of the course! (***Pricing reflects USD currency)
As soon as you sign up for class the website will ask you to create a username and password. This is so that you will get access into the secure portal where you will find your course purchase. Shortly after your registration you will also receive an email that will include the link that will allow instant access to the online course library, and you can start watching the lessons at any time you wish on your computer or any other device, such as your tablet or mobile device. You can watch, pause, re-watch...It's all at your own pace!
You get lifetime access. "Lifetime" technically means for the entire lifespan of the course (which means as long as the course exists on the online learning platform).
Also, let me add that as I make updates to the course in the future you won’t have to pay for any of those updates. You get permanent access to the course and any extras I decide to put in later.
Absolutely. The course is completely self-paced so that you can do as much or as little at a time as you like.
As soon as you purchase the course, the system will direct you to setup your user name and password for the portal. You will also be sent an automatic email that will include your URL for the course portal and you can dive right in!
For sure! Once you buy the course, you can access it whenever you want. The course is self-paced and you can start whenever you like, and progress at which ever speed suites your circumstances.
No, the lessons are pre recorded. So you can watch them whenever you like, in your own timezone when you're ready.
The course materials are shared as online video content. The Video Content is made up of two types:
All types of videos are accessible via your course portal once you are signed in.
There are also some downloadable reference files for certain lessons, that you can find in the respective online page for that lesson.
Any smart device that has access to the internet, your laptop, desktop, tablet, smart phone etc.
You also get access to a FREE mobile app (optional download) to access the course and community on the go.
YES! You can access the Materials Guide for the course here. This includes all materials used in the course and my personal favourites and suggestions. You do not need to buy all your materials as you start the course. You can refer the Materials Guide for more details and tips on this.
The color I demonstrate in the course is Fluid Acrylic Paint (I use the Golden brand colors). Alternative consistencies you can use in place of Fluid or in combination of Fluid is : High Flow (such as Golden High Flow), or Soft Body (Liquitex has a good range). My personal preference is Golden due to it's high performance in color pigmentation. We will cover why paint quality matters (or in which cases it matters) inside the course in Module 2. You can opt to wait until you watch that module, before you buy your paints.
The demonstrations uses Golden brand products (as that is the brand I get the best performance from when it comes to their colors). I do also refer to Liquitex in the course as we cover materials in Module 2 as this is an alternative that I tried and used with reliable quality. I can only recommend what I have used, however, also depending on which country you are in, different quality brands of paint products exist in the markets, and you can do your own research on what works best for you. Overall, I do recommend a high quality acrylics paint (professional / artist quality). We will cover why paint quality matters (or in which cases it matters) inside the course in Module 2. You can opt to wait until you watch that module, before you buy your paints.
We will use primarily Glazing Liquid (I use the Golden brand). If you cannot find this brand, you can use mediums that have "glazing" in their name. Some are called "Glazing Medium". I also demonstrate the use of two other mediums in some applications - these are optional to use: Airbrush medium and Soft Gel Gloss. I am covering this topic in Module 3 - Lesson 2 of the course. You can also refer to the material guide for details.
Yes! That's exactly what I will teach.
That's what the course demonstrates and what I recommend you try so you can follow the techniques and approaches I share while having similar experiences as me.
Other surfaces can be used too, but they will just have a different look and feel (different style) and some best practices and working style changes depending on the surface type.
This is not that one surface is better or more beautiful than the other. But a stretched canvas is what the course is focused on. You are absolutely welcome to try the techniques on canvas and then also explore them on another surface (I always encourage you to explore and try different things and find what works best for you).
No! In fact I paint horizontally, placing the canvas on a flat surface (table). So that's how all the demonstrations are, and they are filmed from above looking at the painting area. You can work on any flat surface like a table. Make sure to protect your table with a drop cloth or sheet.
Simple prior experience of having worked with any type of acrylic paints would be nice, as it would make it easier for you to pick up the concepts in this course. However, regardless of your current level, whether you are a beginner or an intermediate painter, if you are serious and excited about exploring different styles, and you want to put in the time to play and practice, you will enjoy this course. You will get the most results the more you practice and the more you try to incorporate your own preferences and experimentations into the techniques taught in this course (rather than forcing yourself to do things exactly as I do at each step).
Yes, while some of the lessons on materials and color harmony may be refresher for you (if you already have a good handle on color), you will be able to learn some new and fresh approaches for creating vibrant layers with your colors and glazing liquid, and tools like the catalyst wedge.
Yes! If you spend 14 days going through the course, but don't feel the course is a fit for you, just email me, and I will gladly give you a refund. No risks here!
For sure! You can ask me questions right inside the course area within the comments section that is located directly under each lesson video. I do my best to get back within reasonable time. In addition you will also get access to a private online student community right inside the course portal, where you can also connect with your instructor and fellow course members and share photos of your creations.
It's not so much a matter of how long the course is, what matters is how fast or effectively you could start enjoying some of the new approaches, tips, techniques, and getting some results. Also, some like to consume lessons fast, while some like to take their time, re-watch, slow down the videos etc. So the length of the learning experience depends on the person.
But to answer the question from a watchable lessons perspective, the entire duration of all 8 Modules combined is a total of approximately 12 hours. So you could watch one module per week (over 8 weeks), and you could also watch it all in a matter of a few days or one week. Your personal preference, style of learning, and enjoyment will determine that.
And remember, you have to do the practice to maximize your learning experience (regardless whether you watch the entire course first and get to practice it after, or you practice along the flow of the course). How long or frequent your practices will be, this is something that depends on the person. Ideally, once you're ready to practice, it would be best if you can commit to at least 3 hours a week to painting and implementing the lessons and techniques demonstrated in the lessons.
I hear you! There's always some other priorities. I developed Vibrant Layers with Acrylics & Mediums to save you time trying to learn things on your own.
Most lessons inside each module are on average 15 min long, and only a very few number of lessons extend beyond 30 mins. So if you can find about 15-20 mins free time, you would be able to easily consume a typical lesson. And you can resume with the next lesson whenever you have time again. The course portal will track which lessons you completed, so you can easily see on your dashboard where you are. Alternatively, if its something you like doing, you could view the entire course in two weekends (there is about 12 hours of total watchable material if you like binge watching).
Most importantly, you can work at your own pace. You will have access to the program for as long as you need it, so you can start and stop whenever is convenient for you. You can access it on your phone, tablet, laptop or desktop.
The good news is, that you can start practicing some interesting techniques as early as in Module 3, and every module builds on top of the previous one. So you don't need to even go fast with the course. Just have fun when it's the right time for you.
24/7 Instant and Lifetime Access to Course (including all future updates)
8 In-Depth Training Modules (Self-Paced, learn anywhere, anytime)
Step by Steps training (on techniques, materials, and approaches)
6 End to End Painting Demonstrations fully explained (plus additional demonstrations on how to enhance existing art with Layering Techniques)
Access to your instructor to ask questions right inside the online classroom
Free mobile course app to learn anywhere anytime
BONUS: Access to Private Online Community right inside the course platform where you can connect with the class and share photos of your art (no Facebook account required)
Once you purchase the course you will gain instant online access to all of the 8 Course Modules inside the learning portal, plus your BONUS Student Community right inside the course portal. (***Pricing reflects USD currency)
Hey there, I'm Deniz Altug. I am a self-taught contemporary abstract artist in Ontario, Canada. I started to pursue my passion of painting after having worked about 20 years in Information Technology. I am working primarily with acrylics on canvas.
Throughout my art journey I had received so many inquiries about creatives who wanted to learn from me. So that's when I finally decided to build this online learning opportunity to inspire and help artists like you - whether you are a beginner or an intermediate artist who wants to learn some fresh new ways of creating, and get some tips and inspiration from me.
As someone who LOVES to continuously learn and evolve (both personally and in my art), I hope that you too will find some inspiring learning spark over here and that I can help you step into colorful possibilities!
Wanna explore more about me and my art? Checkout my artist site.
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"I just have to thank you for your absolutely, over-the-top, e-course. I've loved your art from the first moment I saw it and the fact that you have shared so openly and graciously with your fans is remarkable...Your attention to detail is amazing…I often did not pay attention to all of the information about the materials and why they work they way they work, but in your course I am making sure to take it all in…I will tell you that I know many excellent artists who are not teachers - YOU are a teacher and it makes all of the difference. You take nothing - absolutely nothing for granted. "
"Just a quick email to say a huge thank you for putting together a really informative and excellent course…I’ve binged watched it twice over the past week or so taking in all your excellent instruction and advice and have had one of the most productive (and, more importantly, joyful) painting sessions over the past 2 days completing 4 pieces with 2 more in the early stages!! "
"I’ve always loved Deniz’s paintings, so I was delighted to see that she offered a course, and bought it immediately. Her instructions are clear, and thorough. You can paint along and produce beautiful artwork. She covers every step, including the best instructions on using acrylic mediums that I’ve ever seen. Now I know how to use them! I also love how she explains color harmony and the phases of layering, and that she shows step-by-step demos, with variations on a theme. For anyone looking to paint abstract art with acrylics, don’t hesitate – this course is the best!"
"You have taken the mystery out of working with glazing medium and the catalyst wedge. I saw an artist exactly a year ago that described his art process as many layers of glazing. I had no idea what it was but now I understand how the glazing process works. What makes your technique so special, is the transparency of the layers. Thanks for all you share with your students!"
"I love it, you are so good. I am going over the course for the second time...I am just waiting for my fluid paint to come. I enjoy it all, and you are such a good instructor. I have been painting abstract for many years , but this is new to me. Thank you so much, you are an inspiration to all of us"
"The course is really deep and thoroughly explained. It’s also a pleasure to listen to your voice, good rhythm and I can also feel the happiness you had while recording the course…You have that precious enthusiasm that can inspire. Not all good artists are good teachers and you the right presence! "
"Thank you Deniz: you are an excellent teacher and the way you crafted the lessons and modules made so much sense. I needed a basic 101 of color theory and you gave it me in this course besides the tools for layering. I have mainly been a collage artist but have been trying to paint. Started with watercolors and did some mixed media pieces and now am at the playing stage with acrylics. Through this class I learned that I intuitively have some color sense which was encouraging and that my compositions in my collages were strong with focal points and balance of color etc. I will be doing more mixed media even with my acrylics but this course has been great for me on so many "layered" levels. THANKS SO MUCH. Also, it was such a gift that I found this course during the isolation of Covid Pandemic. It helped keep me mentally strong and focused."
"I found Deniz on Instragram and began following her work because I loved her colourful abstracts. When she created a course that came available, I knew I had to try it. I have been really good at painting realism but always struggled with abstracts. I loved to do abstracts because I found the process enjoyable but they never came out looking good at all. I have to say her course was excellent!! It taught me how to do abstracts in a beautiful way. It was also the first time in my life that someone taught me all about colour theory and the colour wheel in a way that I could understand. I finally know how to use a colour wheel!! She also teaches about composition, layering and other aspects of painting that were new to me and are very helpful in my art journey. Overall, the course is excellent value for the money with the extensive information, demonstrations and materials lists, the course lasted days for me to get through and I have been continuing to return to it months later. It is my "go to" for abstracts! I highly recommend this course!"
"I want to express to anyone beginner or advanced you will NOT be disappointed by the content in this online class that is provided by Deniz. This program is thoroughly laid out in the modules, the content covered, the usage for and of the products needed to create your artwork. It is perfectly explained, detailed and displayed in demonstration... What I also like is she has in text on the screen what she is using for her demonstrations. You know exactly what to use all the time....This program and modules are very easy to navigate throughout and is beautifully produced. The visual and audio quality, clarity of the program is amazing.... If there are questions from the community she is expedient in her replies. This is one of the best online programs I have purchased. I would highly recommend this online class to anyone who is considering learning more about product, technique and developing more skill in your own art process. This program instills confidence and encourages exploration in all that we do. I am so glad this is one course I will have in my online library and I am so pleased she made this for all of the artists out there. "
"I'm Marina from Germany. The course was one of my highlights from 2019... So far I learned so many new things and got a completely different perspective on painting on canvas. Before the course I did not paint on canvas for several years and rather drew with pencil or worked with fineliners .. a lot of black and white. It had such a calming effect on me and still does. Nevertheless, I am very happy and grateful that I now have more color in my life and that my creativity explores completely different directions. The course really gives me the feeling of getting to know a whole new side of myself. Deniz, you are insanely inspiring on so many levels! Thank you. "