Paint It: The Art of Acrylics, Oils, Pastels, and Watercolors


Any master starts at the beginning. Dip your brush into oil, acrylic, and watercolor paints, and sharpen your pastels. Develop essential techniques that will propel your art from scribbles to masterpieces.

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Any master starts at the beginning. Dip your brush into oil, acrylic, and watercolor paints, and sharpen your pastels. Develop essential techniques that will propel your art from scribbles to masterpieces.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Kristin Harris
This book is a fun, colorful overview of major painting media designed with the dual purposes of being informative and offering inspirational samples as a starting point for creative projects. Watercolors are identified as a medium to which young artist first gravitate. Watercolors are made from pigment, gum Arabic, and water. This mixture dries quickly, which makes it a good choice for children. It is a colorful and responsive medium. Watercolors can be purchased in tubes or pans. Clean up is easy with soap and water. Special paper is required, and it should be absorbent. Bolte provides many examples for using other media to interact with watercolors, detailing the resulting effects. There is even a painting style in which the watercolors are manipulated by blowing through a straw. (That approach is not recommended for young children who might inhale the paint.) A discussion of acrylic paints follows, with similar examples for ideas and inspiration. Acrylics are the new kid on the block, having been developed as recently as the 1940s. They can be used on a wide variety of surfaces to create many different textures and effects. Other media discussed are oil paints and a variety of pastels. This is a colorful volume for beginning artists of all ages. Reviewer: Kristin Harris; Ages 8 up.
School Library Journal
Gr 3–8—In this thorough and well-designed handbook, artists are encouraged to explore four types of painting through more than 45 projects ranging from the wholly original to reproductions of well-known works. Introductory information on the properties of each medium is given on basic color palettes and the variety of materials required, such as brushes, knives, paper, and canvas. In addition, many different techniques are provided for each medium. The projects are presented in a consistent, clear format with high-quality photographs corresponding to each step. Relevant skills are introduced logically and with increasing complexity, acquainting readers with concepts such as paper stretching and canvas preparation, color mixing, working with thumbnails, and techniques for transferring sketches to canvas. Brief information on certain movements, works, or artists is interspersed throughout with references for readers to find more information. This attractive guide is well planned and easy to follow. Of special note is the great variety of styles provided, including Pop Art, Pointillism, mosaic, color washing, and impasto. The book could be used quite effectively with both the very young and more mature, adult painters. Much is included in this tome, making it a great title for beginners and a nice refresher for experienced painters. Without a doubt, it's a worthy addition to any art collection.—Rebecca Gueorguiev, New York Public Library
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781623700096
  • Publisher: Capstone Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/2013
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 615,876
  • Product dimensions: 7.90 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Mari Bolte is an author of children's books and a lover of art. She lives in southern Minnesota with her husband, daughter, and two wiener dogs. A degree in creative writing has taught her the value of fine writing. Parenthood has made her a purveyor of fine art, with specializations in sidewalk chalk, washable markers, and glitter glue.

D.C. Ice has over a decade of experience as an illustrator of children's books and as an accomplished artist, with an emphasis on painting. Edgy animals with human attributes are the stars of her illustrations and paintings. As a member of a gallery in St. Paul, Minnesota, and a frequent exhibitor in multiple galleries throughout the country, her love of all things art continues to grow. D.C. received her Bachelor's Degree in Fine Arts from the College of Visual Arts in St. Paul.

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