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Acrylic Painting For Dummies

Acrylic Painting For Dummies

Colette Pitcher

ISBN: 978-0-470-52648-4

Jan 2011

320 pages

Select type: E-Book

$19.99

Description

Hands-on, full-color instruction in this versatile painting medium

Acrylic paint is easy to use, quick to dry, a cinch to clean up, and relatively inexpensive–which makes it a great medium for amateur artists. Following a simple step-by-step approach, Acrylic Painting For Dummies provides hands-on instruction and easy-to-follow exercises in acrylic painting techniques and styles, making the medium accessible to would-be artists at all levels. Featuring large-scale projects at the end of most chapters and ample additional opportunities for readers to paint along, this friendly guide will help anyone discover the artist within.

Introduction 1

Part I: Getting Acquainted with Acrylics 5

Chapter 1: Acrylics Are Awesome! 7

Chapter 2: Setting Up Supplies: Brushes, Surfaces, and Palettes 17

Chapter 3: All About Paints and Mediums 35

Part II: Exploring Tricks and Techniques 47

Chapter 4: Basic Painting and Finishing Techniques 49

Chapter 5: Building Your Repertoire with Quick Tricks and Techniques 71

Chapter 6: Drawn to Paint — Even if Your Drawing Skills Need Work 85

Part III: Finding the Fun in Fundamentals 101

Chapter 7: Taking a Quick Color Tour 103

Chapter 8: Design of the Times: Design Elements and Principles 123

Chapter 9: Putting the Pieces Together: Composition 143

Part IV: Acrylic’s Versatile Styles 157

Chapter 10: Letting It Flow: Creating a Watercolor-like Landscape 159

Chapter 11: Laying It On Thick: Painting Like the Oil Masters 179

Chapter 12: Thinking and Painting Abstractly 205

Part V: Projects for Different Surfaces 235

Chapter 13: Creating Collages and Transfers 237

Chapter 14: Cool Projects for All Types of Surfaces 255

Part VI: The Part of Tens 281

Chapter 15: Ten (Plus One) Genres: Figuring Out What You Want to Paint 283

Chapter 16: Ten Ways to Get the Creative Juices Flowing 291

Index 295