Karen Knutson

Karen Knutson: Fun with Acrylics

Video Length: 1 Hour 45 Minutes

Amazing techniques Karen will demonstrate:

  • Planned versus unplanned? (Hint: It doesn’t matter!)
  • Create art with sticks, twigs, and sharp things — you’ll have the time of your life!
  • Naughty makes nice (Karen explains!)
  • Don’t believe the negative rumors about acrylics … they’re fun, forgiving, and absolutely fabulous!
  • Have you ever done wire drawing? You will now — Karen shows you how!
  • Karen’s THREE super-easy design rules anyone can follow
  • What does an archaeologist have in common with an acrylic painter? (No, this is not a riddle!)
  • Make no mistakes … really! You can fix anything with acrylics!
  • Discover how Gustav Klimt painted (learn this and you’d make him proud!)
  • Make BIG ideas from TINY shapes
  • Special tips and tricks only Karen can show you
  • And much, much more!

Ask any of the greats...

Growth comes from experimentation with new styles and fresh materials.

Not only will you have fun, you’ll see breakthroughs no matter what style of painting you do. 

You’re about to discover the fun and flexibility acrylic paints have to offer!


Your Cruise Director

On a ship … it’s the cruise director who makes sure you’re having fun. Here, right now, artist Karen Knutson is leading your new fun and experimentation. 

And if you’re not familiar with acrylics, you may be surprised to find they are the perfect tool for experimentation. They dry fast, and you can create some techniques you can’t accomplish in any other medium.

And who needs brushes? Sticks and stones may break your bones, but they make fabulous tools for painting and play!

Klimt Would Be Proud

Plus, Karen has figured out just what made Gustav Klimt such a creative painter, and she shares those secrets with you.

In this brand new video, Fun with Acrylics, Karen will prove to you how fabulous things come from experimenting with acrylics. The video is nearly two hours of fun and refreshing study with Karen!

Karen describes herself as an archaeologist — piling layers upon layers of paint that she then digs through to discover rich new color. You’re going to be amazed at what comes from this exploration.


This video also includes:

  • A high-speed version of Karen’s demonstration painting
  • Digital gallery of some of her best artwork


Watch Karen’s full painting demonstration and you’ll enjoy the thrill of the wildly colored underpainting she starts with. Then she’ll show you how to move into more controlled layering techniques. You’ll see it’s impossible to mess up because of the flexible and forgiving nature of acrylics.

Karen shows you the value of following good design principles so your work remains superb and allows you to stand out from the crowd.


Chapter Breakdown

  1. Introduction
  2. Supplies
  3. Preparing the Paper
  4. Underpainting with Wild Colors
  5. Value Study
  6. Transfer the Design
  7. Block In Big Shapes
  8. Add a Unifying Color
  9. Wire Drawing
  10. Add the Gold
  11. Finish the Painting


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