Hands-on, full-color instruction in this versatile painting medium
Acrylic paint is easy to use, quick to dry, a cinch to clean up, and relatively inexpensive–which makes it a great medium for amateur artists. Following a simple step-by-step approach, Acrylic Painting For Dummies provides hands-on instruction and easy-to-follow exercises in acrylic painting techniques and styles, making the medium accessible to would-be artists at all levels. Featuring large-scale projects at the end of most chapters and ample additional opportunities for readers to paint along, this friendly guide will help anyone discover the artist within.
About 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.
Table of Contents
Part I: Getting Acquainted with Acrylics 5
Chapter 1: Acrylics Are Awesome! 7
Chapter 2: Setting Up Supplies: Brushes, Surfaces, and Palettes 17
Chapter 3: All About Paints and Mediums 35
Part II: Exploring Tricks and Techniques 47
Chapter 4: Basic Painting and Finishing Techniques 49
Chapter 5: Building Your Repertoire with Quick Tricks and Techniques 71
Chapter 6: Drawn to Paint — Even if Your Drawing Skills Need Work 85
Part III: Finding the Fun in Fundamentals 101
Chapter 7: Taking a Quick Color Tour 103
Chapter 8: Design of the Times: Design Elements and Principles 123
Chapter 9: Putting the Pieces Together: Composition 143
Part IV: Acrylic’s Versatile Styles 157
Chapter 10: Letting It Flow: Creating a Watercolor-like Landscape 159
Chapter 11: Laying It On Thick: Painting Like the Oil Masters 179
Chapter 12: Thinking and Painting Abstractly 205
Part V: Projects for Different Surfaces 235
Chapter 13: Creating Collages and Transfers 237
Chapter 14: Cool Projects for All Types of Surfaces 255
Part VI: The Part of Tens 281
Chapter 15: Ten (Plus One) Genres: Figuring Out What You Want to Paint 283
Chapter 16: Ten Ways to Get the Creative Juices Flowing 291
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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!
Excellent for a beginner like myself it breaks it down very well. My only problem is the photos. They are so small and there is no way to zoom in on them. I'd give it 5 stars if that problem was fixed.
It looks really cool if u like art i think im gonna get?-_-