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Paint & Draw: Acrylics

Paint & Draw: Acrylics

Paint & Draw: Acrylics

Acrylic is one of the world’s favourite painting mediums, and it’s easy to see why – stunning works of art can be created without the hassle of watercolours and in less time than with oils. So for those who are just getting started, or artists looking to improve on their techniques, Paint & Draw: Acrylics is here to help. With handy tutorials covering everything from the basics to working with other media, uncover how to create your best art with acrylic paints. Find out how to look after your airbrush, explore the ins and outs of varnishing your finished pieces, and learn how to paint like abstract pioneer Kandinsky. Whether you want to paint inside or en plein air, in miniature or not, you’ll find everything you need. So what are you waiting for?

Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Publisher:
Future Publishing Ltd
Frequency:
One-off
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1 min.
paint & draw acrylics

Acrylic is one of the world’s favourite painting mediums, and it’s easy to see why–stunning works of art can be created without the hassle of watercolours and in less time than with oils. So for those who are just getting started, or artists looking to improve on their techniques, Paint & Draw: Acrylics is here to help. With handy tutorials covering everything from the basics to working with other media, uncover how to create your best art with acrylic paints. Find out how to look after your airbrush, explore the ins and outs of varnishing your finished pieces, and learn how to paint like abstract pioneer Kandinsky. Whether you want to paint inside or en plein air, in miniature or not, you’ll find everything you need over the next 132 pages. So…

4 min.
an introduction to acrylics

About SYLVIA Dovercourt, Harwich, UK Sylvia runs painting workshops and demonstrates at art clubs. She explores a range of subjects from landscape and interiors to abstract, and her bold paintings are full of joyful expression. www.sylviapaul.com IF YOU ARE starting with acrylics as a substitute for oils or watercolour, you may find there are disadvantages. The consistency of the paint differs from that of oils, and adding a medium doesn’t give you the same thickness and texture. It also dries quickly, so some techniques, such as wet in wet, are more difficult in acrylics. However, it can provide ways of trying techniques similar to those of more traditional paints. It’s perfect for applying various techniques in one painting, and excellent for mixed-media projects. Find out about the basic paints, mediums and tools, and…

2 min.
tools & mediums

1 Brushes You will need some brushes, but I would advise against using your best watercolour ones. For fine, detailed work, a selection of synthetic brushes and at least one flat, larger brush for applying washes is helpful. Bristle brushes are suitable for oil or acrylic. I tend to use less expensive ones and buy sets of these in a range of sizes. My favourite brush is a 4cm bristle decorating brush. All brushes must be washed with soap and water after use otherwise they’ll go hard and be ruined. 2 Palette knives and other tools A palette knife is worth investing in for an impasto approach. Impasto is thick paint achieved by using heavy body acrylics or by adding texture mediums. Palette knives come in various sizes but I suggest starting with…

2 min.
surfaces & applying 1 the paint

1 Choose a painting surface The surface you choose to paint on will have a bearing on the end result and require different handling when presenting your finished painting. Paper is probably best suited to a more traditional watercolour approach, but it can also be best for any mixed-media work, which includes pastel and other drawing media. Canvas or board would suit a bold approach with impasto work, particularly for larger paintings. Even recycled cardboard could be used as a surface to paint on, but I would recommend priming it with gesso first. 2 Glazing Glazing is a way of building layers with thin paint. Using a matte medium to thin the paint will increase the transparency and flow of the paint. You can make new hues by layering different colours, creating lovely,…

5 min.
using a limited palette to create harmony

About TOM Dordogne, France David has worked as a professional artist for 20 years, exhibiting his work in leading galleries across the UK. He moved to the Dordogne region of France five years ago, where he has opened a gallery in the beautiful village of Hautefort. www.davidfarren.com PAINTING A COMPLEX street scene while trying to maintain a sense of harmony across the whole painting can seem daunting, but one way to help is to use a limited palette of colours. In this painting of a Paris boulevard at dawn I will show how, with simple colour mixes, it is possible to create a sense of atmosphere while maintaining balance and harmony. A key element in this painting is a simplified colour scheme of shades of mauve and green combined with bright passages of…

3 min.
creating layers

About MELANIE UK Melanie loves to paint the sea and the tidal patterns on the beach. Her seascapes are always using acrylics, as she loves the opaque nature of the bold pigment. She mostly paints onto canvas. www.melanietongpainting.wordpress.com THIS IS A PAINTING of the Walpole Bay tidal pool in Margate, Kent. It is an area that is popular with many local people who swim in the pool throughout the year. I love to paint the pool into my seascapes as I really like the contrast between the still water in the pool and the moving, flowing water of the sea on the other side of the wall. I represent walls with minimum lines, concentrating on the textures and forms that the sea creates. Over the following pages, I will show you how to create layers…