Playing with Paints - Acrylics: 100 Prompts, Projects and Playful Activities

Playing with Paints - Acrylics: 100 Prompts, Projects and Playful Activities

by Courtney Burden


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Break the rules and explore acrylic paint in a free and fun way. This book encourages you to get over the fear of the blank canvas and the anxiety over the outcome so you can focus on the process of painting and the pure joy of creating. Whether you're a novice who doesn't know how to get started or a classical painter looking to try something new, you will benefit from the activities in this book, which range from quick, messy and expressive exercises to relaxing and meditative paintings.

Courtney Pilgrim shares 100 prompts, projects and playful activities that will build your confidence, inspiring you to roll up your sleeves and play with acrylic paint in a pressure-free way. There is no right or wrong way to create a painting, so enjoy the journey, relax, unwind and have fun!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781440300707
Publisher: F+W Media
Publication date: 07/02/2019
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 762,095
Product dimensions: 7.90(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Meet Courtney 6

Chapter 1 Beginners begin here! 10

Supplies 12

Paint palette and brush care 15

Mark making 16

Paint and create with a palette knife 18

Drawing with paints 19

Blending acrylic paints 20

Playing with oil pastels 21

Palette knife vs brush painting 22

Go wild with washes 24

Dry brush 25

Blob, mark, and drip: an abstract conversation 26

Dabbing with a sponge to create texture 28

Fluid acrylics 29

Using acrylic paints like oil paints 30

Stippling and spots 32

Make a mess, experiment, and create a colorful abstract painting 33

The art of pattern making 34

Fixing mistakes 35

Paint a picture of a photo you love 37

Paint a quote of inspiration 38

Chapter 2 Arty hard for 15 minutes 40

Painting and tape 42

Drip, drop, spatter 43

Shadow painting 44

In your bag 47

Paint an item on your desk 48

Art on the go 48

Polka-dot pop an 50

Combine mark making 52

Continuous line painting 53

Layered dashes 54

Paint with your non-dominant hand 56

Polaroid paintings 57

Marbling paint pouring 59

Stamping 59

Turn a pic upside down 60

Look, both hands! 62

Finger painting 63

Wish I was here 64

Beauty in the mundane 65

Botanical motifs 66

Facial features 67

Blow paint-with a straw 68

Shape face 69

Postcard 70

Magazine 71

Gesture painting 72

The seine 73

Old painting 74

Quick and easy abstract 76

Mandala painting 78

Chapter 3 Color me happy 80

Create a color wheel 82

Kandinksy concentric circles 83

Monochromatic still life 84

Meditative mark making 85

Self-portraits 86

Underpainting plants 88

Complementary colors at work 91

De-stress 91

Portrait painting 92

Block colors 94

Painting-with yarn 94

Paint from chaos to calm 96

Art journal 98

Peaceful painting 100

Color studies 101

Abstract warm colors 102

Abstract cool colors 103

Chapter 4 Texture: When life gets rough 104

Molding-paste cityscape 106

Abstract mountains 109

Cactus painting 109

Cake 110

Sunset sky: colors of the wind 112

Bird's-eye view 113

Create art with leftover paint 114

Composition 117

Faux texture: hair-raising an 117

Abstract landscape 118

Pine cone study 120

Tissue paper 122

Movement across the canvas 123

Seasonal colors of the wind 124

Fruity feels 125

Magazine texture 126

Rag and sponge moon painting 127

Underwater coral reef 128

Painting without a brush 130

Texture triptych 131

Silhouette 132

Crackle-paint snake 133

Detailed still life 134

Neon sign 136

Chapter 5 Painting beyond the canvas 138

Painting on leather 140

Painting on photos 142

Rug 143

Paint a pillow 144

Statement art 146

Skin tones 147

Painting on Plexiglass 148

Painting on wood 149

Painting on cardboard 150

Old book 151

Paint-pour platform 152

Glossary 154

Index 156

Credits 160

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