Acrylic Painting For Dummies

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John Wiley & Sons, Jan 31, 2011 - Art - 320 pages
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Create gorgeous paintings with this fun and easy guide to acrylics!

Always wanted to paint with acrylics? This easy-to-follow, full color guide gives you expert instruction and simple exercises in acrylic painting techniques and styles. The step-by-step projects let you practice your skill and stir your imagination — and give you the foundation to create similar projects with your own subjects and surfaces!

  • Get your feet (and brushes) wet — assemble your materials, prepare your surfaces, and sort out additives and enhancers
  • Try out basic acrylic techniques — work with brush strokes, control and thin your paint, experiment with textures, and use stencils

  • Practice design and composition principles — mix and use color, balance elements, make changes, and pull your painting together

  • Imitate several kinds of styles — use acrylic paint to mimic the effects of watercolor and oil paints

  • Build your repertoire — explore texture and dimension, work with glass, rocks, bricks, metalwork, and more

Open the book and find:

  • Clear step-by-step instructions with illustrations
  • A variety of projects and styles to suit all tastes

  • Quick tricks and techniques to get started painting right away

  • Lots of colorful paintings to inspire creativity

  • Helpful hints for improving your drawing skills

  • Full-scale projects at the end of most chapters

  • Exercises to jump-start your artistic passion


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Review: Acrylic Painting for Dummies

User Review  - Tammie Painter - Goodreads

I don't expect much from Dummies books, but was surprised at the amount of information in this book. Contains some terrific tips and hints as well as a few projects to test out what you've learned. Read full review

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User Review  - Brit - Goodreads

One of the better basic acrylic painting books. Read full review

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Acrylics Are Awesome
Setting Up Supplies Brushes Surfaces and Palettes
All About Paints and Mediums
Exploring Tricks and Techniques
Basic Painting and Finishing Techniques
Building Your Repertoire with Quick Tricks and Techniques
Drawn to Paint Even if Your Drawing Skills Need Work
Finding the Fun in Fundamentals
Design of the Times Design Elements and Principles
Putting the Pieces Together Composition
Acrylics Versatile Styles
Laying It On Thick Painting Like the Oil Masters
Thinking and Painting Abstractly

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About the author (2011)

Colette Pitcher is a painter and sculptor who exhibits her artwork throughout the country. She is the owner of the Showcase Art Center in Greeley, Colorado, where she offers adult instruction in numerous painting mediums. Pitcher is also the author of Watercolor Painting For Dummies and is a contributor to PaintWorks magazine.

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