ACRYLIC and MIXED MEDIA Techniques

Taking a Painting from Beginning to End

(Even when you get stuck in the middle!)


You Will Discover

Painting “Indian Summer”

This course is a comprehensive look at process, thoughts and materials as I developed “Indian Summer”, a 12x12in acrylic/mixed media on wooden panel, from beginning to end. The mini-course includes 5 modules with approximately 5 hours of video which documents the many techniques I use in acrylic and mixed media and how my thinking and action change as I go from PLAY to EXPLORE to CLARIFY. I even discuss what it feels like when I get stuck and tuck the painting away for a “time out”, and then bring it out months later to finish it! I show my final varnish and presentation for “Indian Summer” which gives a satiny, “encaustic look” to the final work.

Techniques in ACRYLIC and Mixed Media Painting

Included in this mini-course I give detailed information of the many techniques I use while painting “Indian Summer”, including additive (markmaking, monoprint, applying thick, smooth paint, collage, stencils, glazing, etc), subtractive (sanding, gouging, wiping back) as well as many additional techniques in the bonus section (stencil transfer, paint transfers, image transfers, etc!). The videos are shown predominantly in real time as you look over my shoulder so you can get a better feel for time spent in various techniques and the overall painting process. You will learn a great deal as I discuss what I’m doing and what I’m thinking in these comprehensive videos.

Why I don’t rush PLAY

I show you all the acrylic and mixed media techniques I typically use every time I paint using the acrylic medium, and share the “prompts” that allow me to really have fun and push boundaries – while maintaining a childlike attitude with no judgment, self-criticism or expectations. You will see that I spend quite a bit of time working hard to “be my inner child” while beginning this painting. This leads to a very “UGLY” painting. Good job, Pam!

I EXPLORE how to DIG myself out of the Trench

In my EXPLORE stage, I face my UGLY painting and keep pushing forward – but I also encounter that “Oh No! I’m Stuck” feeling that many artists have midway through a painting! I’ll explain what I did when this happened, and how I was able to overcome this and finish the painting. Rather than quit when things are “ugly”, I explain why there is no reason to get discouraged, even when things look bleak and hopeless – the key is to just keep moving your painting forward and be an “observer” of “change”- good or bad! You CAN get past the ugly stage as long as you don’t quit! Knowing a wide array of techniques will keep things fresh and interesting!

When is it time to CLARIFY?

After many, many, many layers of experimentation, I finally discover my “gems”; it isn’t always easy or fast, but if you stick with it, you WILL eventually find yours as well! When you do, it’s important to know which techniques are critical in order to clarify and edit away “noise”, harmonize your work and make sure its balanced so you can clearly see your “treasures”. I demonstrate fine tuning techniques in acrylic like glazing and how I use my “camouflage test” – especially in the final stages.

Lots of Bonus Material

Tip for working with gold leaf

How to do the “camouflage” test to determine the value of your color

How to use a gelli plate and make your own collage material

Comparison test using Golden “OPEN” acrylic medium with three different types of acrylic paint.

Comparison of Acrylic vs CWM/Oils

How to do a pH test for found collage papers to see if they are acid free.

Comparison test of glazes showing relationship between warm and cool colors

Videos on image transfer, spraypaint/stencil transfer and paint transfers!

Frequently Asked Questions


Do you discuss design or color?
Yes, but only as it applies to this painting, “Indian Summer.” This is NOT a design or color course, but rather a mini-course meant for those who wish to learn how to use acrylic and mixed media medium and the many possible techniques
Is this like your YouTube Videos?
Though I show very short, sped up and abbreviated clips of my process on my YouTube channel, I never show extensive detail as I do in this mini-course. I reserve in depth content for my online courses which are created for artists who are interested in more than the abbreviated content I provide on my YouTube channel.
I’m new to Acrylics. Is this course for me?
YES! This mini-course will help both beginning and intermediate acrylic artists. I share with you the types of acrylic paint I use, what mediums to add and when, how to set up a special “wet palette” to give you longer working time (and keep your paints wet longer), how to glaze, add and subtract paint, work with monotype and image transfers and so much more.
Is this just like your Powerful Design and Personal Color (PDPC) course?
No, this is a “mini-course” which does not include the comprehensive tools, color mixing lessons or exercises included in the PDPC course. However, though this painting is done in acrylic and mixed media, it is excellent reinforcement for PDPC students to see how I apply what teach in PDPC in a different medium with its own unique challenges. This course is intended to help artists of all levels not only learn “how” to work with acrylics and mixed media, but also see “when” I use the techniques during the painting process. If you are currently in my Powerful Design and Personal Color Course (PDPC) and want to learn more about how to apply the concepts of design and color to the acrylic medium, you will gain a greater understanding when you see my personal voice is not dependent on the medium, but rather knowing what it is I want to say, and making the medium comply to my needs, not the other way around!
Do you provide a Materials/Supply list for this mini-course? Links
Yes, absolutelyl! I include a comprehensive materials list with links to the many items I use for mark-making, painting, glazing, finishing and framing this painting.
How Long can I Access this Course?
This is a LIFETIME access course which you can access 24/7 (you may access all videos and materials online, but you are not able to download any videos in this course).
What if I have a question?
You may ask a question using the Q&A portion of my website and also access my comprehensive knowledge base of questions related to this course. I will add more information as more questions are asked and answered!
Is there a private Facebook group with this mini-course?
No, there is not any Facebook group for this mini-course. If you wish to join my Powerful Design and Personal Color (PDPC) Online course, you may join our private Facebook group associated with this course. I also have a membership group for LIVE critique calls and 24/7 access to a growing library of videos on a wide variety of painting topics. This membership group is open to artists who are enrolled in the PDPC course. This membership group is listed here.
What is the cost of this course?
The retail cost is $149, which includes 7 hours of video training with 24/7 access for a LIFETIME!
Do you offer a refund policy?
Yes! I offer a 30 day money-back refund policy.
When does this course begin and when does it end?
This is an independent study, self-paced course. You can access all the videos ANY TIME, 24/7, for a LIFETIME! You never have to feel like you're behind or that you can't "catch up" because you can go as fast or slowly as you want ;)

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Testimonials


"I cannot recommend this course highly enough. It is densely packed with valuable content about all aspects of working with acrylics. For anyone already familiar with Pam’s incredibly thorough and clear-to-understand teaching style, prepare to have your expectations exceeded! I thought I knew quite a lot about working in acrylics, but have completely rediscovered this medium through the information, visual demos and practical tips in this course. Using a simple premise – one painting from beginning to end – Pam demonstrates a world of new possibilities in acrylics. She provides a fascinating running commentary of her ENTIRE process here, navigating the highs and the lows as she responds to what the painting is telling her, and sharing gems of wisdom that are easy to apply to take your own work practice in acrylics to a completely new level."

Robert Smales


"Thank you Pam for a fantastic not so “mini” course! Very comprehensive class...a painting from beginning to end, demonstrating tons of Acrylic painting techniques in REAL time. Pam shares her struggles and challenges every artist experiences during the process of creating a painting. You will learn how to overcome and resolve potential blocks as Pam demonstrates AND verbalizes her thought processes! The finishing techniques, which include varnishing and framing, are very valuable! I highly recommend this course to artists of every level! An essential guide to have in your Artistic Toolbox! Enjoyed it!

Karin Husty, Mixed Media Artist


"This course is amazing! I would always get stuck in a ugly painting, get discouraged, and give up. After this course, I truly feel I know how to continue to work on the paintings I have that are incomplete. I am excited about beginning a new adventure in acrylics and mixed media based on the wonderful instruction in this course! The bonus section is great. I learned so much! Thank you, Pam! What a great addition to your online courses!"

Theresa Duncan


"Pam this is just a great learning experience! The course on acrylics is really helping me see more clearly all of what you have been teaching! What a journey this painting took! It was reassuring to me that I too can get there! When I mean “there” I mean attaining the knowledge to critique my own work, on becoming unstuck, and correcting my own mistakes! The ability to have my own voice, make it stronger and make creative powerful art! Like wow! Excellent course! Thank you so much for giving us this!"

Sharlene Horak


"I watched several "episodes" last night and I was on the edge of my seat, as usual, when you covered stuff up, but am beginning to see and understand and relax while watching that part. I am enjoying it sooo much! Especially since I've only worked in acrylic since joining the course in the spring. I guess I'm still waiting for the right opportunity to do CWO, but in the meantime, I feel I'm learning so much more about acrylics than I ever knew! Thanks so much, Pam!"

Angela M.


"I got so much out of this mini-course I hardly know where to begin. First of all, it filled in the gaps of my knowledge of acrylic painting. The biggest takeaway for me was that I finally understand how important the use of grays are to making gems pop. How to mix unusual grays and how beautiful they can be. When Pam says her studio is a lab, she is not kidding. Her students are the beneficiaries of her scientific breakthroughs. From her fascinating camouflage test to stencil transfers to gold leaf shapes, the bonus material alone is worth the price of this course. I’ll be revisiting the course again and again."

Cecelia Sullivan


"So many little tips on art making that makes the journey easier and even more exciting! The chart on glazes and seeing the difference each color of glaze makes on on base color and how to test that for yourself, how to make stencils and stencil transfers and paint transfers and image transfers and how mixing all these techniques adds so much character to the painting itself. I have a Gelli Plate and now I can't wait to play with it because I now see how wonderful it is to incorporate collage papers into the painting and it doesn't have to look like arts and crafts but can be a very sophisticated finished product. Great info and I am sure I will learn even more after I play a while and then watch it again. Thank you, Pam!"

Jan Bolton


"Pamela is a wonderful, inspiring artist and truly generous, compassionate and brilliant teacher. She has been so instrumental in helping me to get back into art making after decades away, and her work, classes, and genius at critiquing work is not to be missed. I am so grateful."

Marca Cameron


"TThis course was the perfect addition to Watch-Learn-Grow and Powerful Design. Watching Pam go through her own struggles as the painting evolved and then seeing the emergence of the final piece was a real aha moment for me. I finally understood that Ugly is good, and Explore is so important and can't be rushed. I now know that with patience, I can work my way out of ugly and move on to something I actually like. I also now know that there is so much to be gained from the paintings that are hard. Pam's teachings have helped me enormously and my work has grown as a consequence. I can't recommend this course enough."

Elyse K

Your Instructor


Pamela Caughey
Pamela Caughey

Pamela Caughey grew up in Wisconsin, where she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry from UW-Madison in 1983. After moving with her family to Hamilton, MT in 1986, she began her serious study of art, and in 2010 received her MFA in Painting and Drawing from the University of Montana School of Art. She works in many media, with special interest in cold wax/oil, encaustic, mixed media and acrylic. Her work is in the permanent collection of several museums and public buildings nationally and internationally and her work appears in the newly published book by Rebecca Crowell and Jerry McLaughlin, “Cold Wax Medium: Techniques, Concepts, Conversations”. After teaching foundations courses at the University of Montana, Bitterroot College, Montana, she is now a full time studio artist and teaches workshops from her Hamilton, Montana studio, within the US and abroad.


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