Using Golden Artist Colors, Inc. | taught by Mary Beth Shaw

Course description

Congratulations on your purchase of GOLDEN. I hope you find this course fun and informative as we dive into the world of GOLDEN Artist Colors, Inc.!

This is the class I wish somebody would have given me years ago when I first began painting.

Throughout this course, we will explore the terminology, techniques, and tools used in the world of GOLDEN Artists Colors, Inc. You will learn about: the differences in and how to use multiple mediums, how to mix colors to get different effects, adjusting the value, and so much more. You will learn directly from me, my special tips and tricks that will help you achieve the look you desire. 

Each segment is designed to be concise and presented clearly so it can be effectively mastered. We have provided a link so you can conveniently purchase this course's supplies from StencilGirlProducts

Mary Beth Shaw
Mary Beth Shaw

Mary Beth Shaw worked in the insurance industry for 18 years before she quit her job in 2000 to re-ignite a childhood love of art. She is now a full time painter and internationally known workshop instructor. Her creative process is largely self taught, spontaneous and joyful. She is author of Flavor for Mixed Media and Stencil Girl , both published by F&W and is also a columnist for Somerset Studios Magazine.

In 2010, Mary Beth recognized a need for 'artist designed' stencils and created StencilGirl Products, which has quickly grown into a respected supplier of high quality stencils for all media. Living with her husband and three cats, Mary Beth is passionate about every moment of life.

- Mary Beth Shaw

Reviews (60)

by seri sedlacek

Inspiration to the max!

by Leita Brown
I love this course, and I'm sure I'll go back to it again and again. It's given me the nerve to experiment with color and and to be okay with the layers I make and the ones that I cover up. Mary Beth is so easy to listen to - I feel like she is right here with me. Knowledge is power!

Get Your Golden On

by Doreen Sharabati
Not at all a review. I've been using Golden for 25 years but this was just a couple of lists of colors, and didn't even list the various mediums, let alone explain them. Best to just eliminate this section!
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by seri sedlacek

Inspiration to the max!

by Leita Brown
I love this course, and I'm sure I'll go back to it again and again. It's given me the nerve to experiment with color and and to be okay with the layers I make and the ones that I cover up. Mary Beth is so easy to listen to - I feel like she is right here with me. Knowledge is power!

Get Your Golden On

by Doreen Sharabati
Not at all a review. I've been using Golden for 25 years but this was just a couple of lists of colors, and didn't even list the various mediums, let alone explain them. Best to just eliminate this section!

this colour component was so helpful to me, I am basically self taught.

by Heather Domke
wow, I am definitely going to be playing with my colours and making colour wheels, thank you so much, and by the way Golden Fluid Acrylics are my very favourites and the only Paynes Grey I use. This whole course was excellent. I only wish we could download some of the videos, esp last one, it was great


by peggy bere
Love this class and feel well informed now on Golden Products


by Smita Shah
Amazing course. Really inspiring to use just the primary colours to create so many other colours.


by Sandra Wilkinson
I love the way you teach, Mary Beth! Your style is very organic. I am always mesmerized by your process. And you include so many details about the supplies and your process that are bound to have me saying, “I never knew that before! I have to try it”. And I love that it’s not always about the end goal, although I must say that your finished pieces (or are they?) at the end of this course are inspirational. Thank you so much!

Color Layering

by lnda Smiggen
Excellent to see how the 3 colors mixed and the addition of white. Also the process and use of water.

by Shiovaun Sowden

by Sandra Preston
Wow! Thank you for all that information! I’ve always wondered what the difference was between the products and now I know!

Such an inspiration

by Yvette Aguet
Absolutely filled with color, texture and Mary's easy style. Love it!

by Regina van Zomeren

Color wheel

by Dorothy Wood
Very informative. Thanks Mary-Beth

by barbara Talan

Color Wheel

by Dotti Peterson
Great lesson, very helpful.

Color wheel

by sandra charles
Best review of creating color wheel with three colors I have seen. Instructor very explicit and tone easy to listen too. Can’t wait to make one.

Very informative

by susan abbott
This course was sooo interesting, it taught me a lot about colours, the colour wheel and the many mediums available and was very easy to follow, thank you.

by Christine Henry

Informative and Inspiring

by Amy Yildizli
Really enjoyed this course, especially the in depth exploration of the different types of Mediums.

Golden Paint Course

by Gayla Richmond
Absolutely wonderful course. Thank you for giving it to us for free and extending the time period to get it. This was the best lesson(s) I have ever had about color - color palette was a repeat but served as a good reminder. I haven't used mediums, beads, etc. so that was interesting and then mixing and using colors on a canvas in an abstract way. Choosing at least the basic colors ahead of time definitely make a difference. As I said, excellent course on color!

Golden glory....

by Sue Harton
Thanks for the Golden acrylics class. The glory of mediums, stencils, and mixing are now in my brain for application!

Get your GOLDEN on!

by Connie Livingston-Dunn
I enjoyed it and learned some new things about the different Golden products and ways to use them.

by Michele Mathews
Thank-you for the course! I always enjoy learning new techniques and are looking forward to using them! Thanks again!!


by linda webr
Started my inspiration battery running! Thanks so much.....

Abstract Painting

by Cecile Walters
Loved it!

Good title

by Marilyn Duckett
Good explanations in text and pdf's

How to make color wheels

by Lyn Marshall
This was great! Now I know how to create new colors systematically!


by Sharon Fuhrman
Easy to understand. Steps outlined nicely. Good to have explanation of the intent of each lesson.

great title--exactly what the course was about

by Judith Duvall
I took this as part of the 2020 Wanderlust course. I've got many of the golden products mentioned, but had never taken any class, so I felt limited in what to do with them--they mostly sit on my shelves. This class was so organized and proceeded logically. I can't wait to make some of my own color and product charts, and I am totally intrigued with learning to mix more of my own colors. So much better and cost effective than having 50 bottles of paint, and more creative. Thank you, Mary Beth, so much

Catches your attention

by Patrice Espy
Well written. Clear content, easy to follow. I'm glad the instructions were provided prior to the video, as I was able to follow along easily once I got to the visual content of the presentation.

by Laetitia Casano

Good Review

by Deborah Thomas
Great refresher...twill get my Golden paints and mediums back out this winter during Wanderlust. Thanks for the inspiration that comes from head knowledge and play. Now for the time. Thanks for a job well done,

Get your GOLDEN on!

by Kathyann Christenson
These videos opened my eyes to a wonderful world of using paints. I am running out to the store for some "NECESSARY" materials seen in the videos. The usage of mediums to enhance paint was also just what I needed. The presentation and explanations were so clear that I know I will be able to apply to my work. Thanks for your helpful discussions in the video!

how to make color wheels

by Terri van landghen
very informative. great learning video. I loved learning the new techniques and about all the wonderful golden products.

by Annette Lantaff
Excellent explanation of all the products and a very good demo on abstract painting.

Get your Golden On

by Diana Chapman
I really enjoy this class. I learned SO MUCH about products, how and why they are used, color matching, techniques. It was great!

Perfect name for the class

by Mary Jane Quick
Excellent. I loved the abstract painting the best. I also appreciated comparing the Goldrn Mediums to better understand how they work. Thanks so much!

by barbara ireland

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by Gina Caruso
Mary Beth, this was absolutely fabulous! You gave us such a great overview of the Golden line and how to use it and answered so many of my questions. Your paintings are awesome , thank you so much for this course.

OK but not what I was expecting

by Melody Lynch
This had some interesting parts...I liked the episode on the different mediums. But when I saw it advertised on Wonderlust 2020 I thought it was more on color theory so was disappointed on that. Mostly just looked like what she liked to do. Sorry but don't think it was worth the $49, especially since the site on Wonderlust 2020 said it was free but I ended up paying for it.

by Patricia Mirise

Texture mania!

by Julie Bishop
What a delight to watch the 3 pieces come to life with some basic Golden mediums and paint.


by Catherine Ripley
Great intro to the basics!


by Geneen Granger
Really pulled all the others together in this final lesson- thank you!

by laurie morella

color wheel

by Katherine Pauley
This is the first time that making a color wheel made sense to me. I loved seeing how only a triad of color could create nearly every color needed for a painting (plus black and white).

Start here...

by Lindsay Allen
Great introduction to the range of materials and how to develop your relationship with colour!

all of it

by Julie Phillips
The whole course was very special. Very well presented and informative. I now know the right products to buy for Wanderlust 2020. Many thanks Mary Beth


by Karen Cunningham
Great colour tips, information & inspiration for Wanderlust 2020 thankyou

Very informative and inspirational!

by Li Pieper
Thank you very much, Mary Beth, for this very inspirational course. I learned a lot about golden products and techniques that I hadn‘t known before, although I have been a golden fan for quite some time now. Looking forward to your class next year! Li

Golden Inspiration!

by Carolyn Nelipovich
This course is filled with extremely valuable information. I appreciate Mary Beth’s focus and her shared gems.

Mary Beth and Magic

by LInda Harris
It would be very expensive to buy all these products--but I'm going to get the three colors for the color wheel for starters and add mediums later if needed. It was fun to see what's possible and enjoyed this class a lot. Thank you, Mary Beth!

by Maggie McClune
I found this course wonderful. Very informative and highly motivating .Thank you

by Andrea Miller
No words. This is a phenomenal class!!!!

color management

by Carol Watson
very helpful, love it

ALL/ Abstract Painting

by Raja Al-Taqi

Great Class on Golden Paints

by Cathy Costelle
Really enjoyed this class. Lots of useful information on Golden products and how to use in your artwork. Also enjoyed seeing recommended triads and color wheels for creating artwork and how Mary Beth uses these products with Stencilgirl stencils to create abstract works. More in depth information than you see in her other videos. Great place for beginning artists as well as for more advanced artists who would like a refresher. I gained a lot of information that I plan to use moving forward.

Love the Goldens

by Marie Blessing
Great course for a beginner, but it reminds someone who has been using Golden products to pull out things that have been put on back shelf. Great course.