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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!

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Overview

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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470444559
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 6/9/2009
  • Series: For Dummies Series
  • Edition description: Original
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 117,871
  • Product dimensions: 7.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

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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Table of Contents

Introduction.

Part I: Getting Acquainted with Acrylics.

Chapter 1: Acrylics Are Awesome!

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

Chapter 3: All About Paints and Mediums.

Part II: Exploring Tricks and Techniques.

Chapter 4: Basic Painting and Finishing Techniques.

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

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

Part III: Finding the Fun in Fundamentals.

Chapter 7: Taking a Quick Color Tour.

Chapter 8: Design of the Times: Design Elements and Principle.

Chapter 9: Putting the Pieces Together: Composition.

Part IV: Acrylic’s Versatile Styles.

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

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

Chapter 12: Thinking and Painting Abstractly.

Part V: Projects for Different Surfaces.

Chapter 13: Creating Collages and Transfer.

Chapter 14: Cool Projects for All Types of Surfaces.

Part VI: The Part of Tens.

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

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

Index.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2012

    Great for beginners!

    This book is loaded with great tips. I'm just starting on painting, and it takes you step by step. You won't be sorry you made this purchase!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2012

    Looks

    It looks really cool if u like art i think im gonna get?-_-

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