All About Techniques in Acrylics (All About Techniques)

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Art instruction books in this increasingly popular series are written especially for advanced students and professionals. They present a virtual treasure house of techniques that, when mastered by the artist, give a finished artwork that has an unmistakable professional appearance. This title analyzes and describes the wealth of exciting possibilities available to artists who paint with plastic-based pigments, or acrylics. These pigments can be used to imitate the qualities of other media as diverse as oils and ...
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Overview


Art instruction books in this increasingly popular series are written especially for advanced students and professionals. They present a virtual treasure house of techniques that, when mastered by the artist, give a finished artwork that has an unmistakable professional appearance. This title analyzes and describes the wealth of exciting possibilities available to artists who paint with plastic-based pigments, or acrylics. These pigments can be used to imitate the qualities of other media as diverse as oils and watercolors, while retaining a quality and brightness that is all their own.
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Editorial Reviews

VOYA
This handsome and practical manual, part of the All About Techniques series, is divided into three easy-to-read major sections, all profusely illustrated in brilliant colors. Materials and Tools, Techniques for Acrylics, and Themes for Acrylics cover in explicit detail every aspect and use of these fast-drying, synthetic paints. Their origin can be traced to the Renaissance when artists of the time experimented by mixing oil paints with resins to speed drying time. The first synthetic paints were patented in Germany in 1915; however, it was not until the 1940s that modern acrylics became available in the United States. In the 1950s, artists of fresh and exciting vision, such as Jackson Pollock, Frank Stella, Morris Lewis, and Willem de Kooning, used these luminous pigments in dazzling creations that popularized this innovative medium. Although the first two sections provide basic and essential information, it is the third section that will inspire art lovers. The step-by-step, easy-to-follow instructions, with themes as varied as skies and clouds, urban landscapes, seascapes, figures, and interiors, amply demonstrate rich possibilities and will encourage the most hesitant beginner to give it a try. In addition, the handy Topic Finder is a quick reference guide. The book is a delight for anyone interested in acrylics and definitely a worthy acquisition for teen collections and art departments anywhere. VOYA CODES: 4Q 3P M J S (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses; Will appeal with pushing; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12). 2004, Barron's, 143p.; Illus. Photos., PLB . Ages 11 to 18.
—Delia Culberson
Library Journal
The art world is awash in books on oil and watercolor painting but parched for those on acrylics. This one, originally published in Spain, is a fine addition to the field. Acrylics are plastic-based pigments that can imitate the qualities of other media, while retaining a distinct brightness of their own. Although compact, this volume is both comprehensive and spirited. A brief history of the use of acrylics by people such as Jackson Pollack is followed by sections on the varieties of acrylics available, tools for their use, and techniques for skies, vegetation, landscapes, still lifes, interiors, animals, and the nude. The demonstrations of color mixing, sgraffito, texturing, transparent impastos, and layering with glazes are especially well done. Highly recommended for advanced art students. For beginners, see Jenny Rodwell's Acrylic Workbook: A Complete Course in Ten Lessons. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764157103
  • Publisher: Barron's Educational Series, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/15/2004
  • Series: All About Techniques Series
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 1,427,283
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface 5
Materials and Tools 6
The Arrival of Acrylic Paints 6
New Abstract Painting: Color and Materials 8
From Pop-Art to Avant-Garde 10
Composition and Characteristics 12
Acrylic Paint and Its Properties 13
Commercial Packaging 14
Colors in Acrylic Paints 16
The Mediums 18
Other Tools 20
Manufacturing Acrylic Paints 21
Brushes: Quality and Types 22
Supports: Canvas and Boards 24
Priming for Acrylic Paints 26
The Palette and Other Mixing Tools 28
Techniques for Acrylics 30
Mixing Colors 30
Darkening and Lightening Colors 34
Washes 36
Layering with Glazes 38
Gradations and Transparencies 40
Transparent Impastos 42
Dry-Brush Technique 44
Flat Paint 46
Preliminary Drawing 48
Opaque in Acrylics 50
Painting with the Sfumato Technique 52
Painting with Impasto 54
Spattering and Spraying 58
Scraping and Rubbing Techniques 60
Working with Textures 61
Reserves with Acrylics 62
Stenciling 64
Sgraffito 65
Collage and Acrylics 66
Quick Painting 68
Working over Medium and Dark Backgrounds 70
Mixed Techniques 72
Expressive Color 74
Alternating Effect 76
Abstract Painting Based on Nature 78
Pure Abstraction 80
The Impressionist Heritage 82
Monochromatic Paintings 84
Themes with Acrylics 86
Skies and Clouds 86
Water of the Ocean 90
Vegetation 92
Trees 96
Flowers 100
Natural Landscapes 104
Domestic Landscapes 107
Urban Landscapes 110
Seascapes 114
Still Life 118
Colorful Still Life 122
Unusual Motifs 124
Interiors 126
Animals 130
Nude Figure 134
Clothed Figure 138
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