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Acrylic Painting Books

Acrylic Painting Books

Acrylic painting is the most popular choice for beginners, and is also favored by many abstract painters and fine artists. Acrylic paints feature bright, vibrant colors, dry quickly and clean up with soap and water. They can also be manipulated by adding a wide variety of acrylic mediums, allowing them to dry slower, take on texture and change sheen.

Find the perfect acrylic painting book, from kits and books for beginners, to books on painting acrylic landscapes and still lifes.


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Each title in Barron’s growing series of 101 Techniques art instruction manuals focuses on a specific art medium and teaches students and amateur artists through purely visual means.

Relying on a progression of step-by-step captioned illustrations, the 101 easy-to-follow exercises in this book teach the basics of virtually every technique an artist needs to know in order to master painting with acrylics, including applying transparent washes, dragging paints, modeling faces, adding flesh tones, and more. Formatted so that the reader can begin painting right away, this book offers approaches that both the beginner and professional can utilize. Full color illustrations throughout.

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SKU: FOS198

Anton Gutknecht invites you into his artistic world and shows you how to re-create the captivating beauty of landscapes from around the world. In this book, he shows not only his own personal, step-by-step approach to painting but also some of his methods of how to use the medium to its fullest. Moreover, you’ll find a wealth of beautiful and inspiring landscape paintings to both copy and admire, making this book a welcome addition to anyone’s library of references.

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SKU: FOSHT273

In this book, Ken Goldman offers the perfect introduction to the exciting world of acrylic painting! Inside you'll find an array of beautiful paintings that will inspire you to explore the medium further. Ken covers a wide range of popular painting subjects and introduces a number of basic art concepts and techniques, all clearly explained and illustrated. Then you'll be ready for Acrylic 2, where you'll find step-by-step demonstrations to help you further your painting skills.

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SKU: SPR48-0089
Terry Harrison presents a refreshingly simple guide that is packed with excellent, easy-to-follow demonstrations illustrating how to create stunning paintings using the versatile qualities of acrylics. He explores a wide range of techniques with excellent tips on how to capture atmosphere, texture and detail and includes many step-by-step sequences and inspirational paintings.

Acrylics are easy to master and extremely versatile. Paint can be applied thick like oils, or in washes like watercolor. Also, techniques can be mixed to create unusual and different effects. Using a range of brushes, Terry explores all these different techniques showing how to capture atmosphere, texture and detail. He paints a selection of beautiful landscapes, seascapes and buildings with ease, showing how to apply color to produce stunning pictures of atmospheric skies, mist covered rivers, vibrant fields of flowers, rustic buildings, calm estuaries and more. With many hot tips and a wealth of practical advice, Terry presents an inspiring sequence of step-by-step demonstrations which aim to build up skills and encourage the artist to create their own original paintings.

About Terry Harrison
Terry Harrison became interested in art early on, attending Art School at the age of sixteen. His studies led to a career in graphics, then he became an illustrator, developing his own painting style and perfecting his techniques during evenings and weekends.Demand grew for his paintings and he soon gave up his 'day job' to paint full time. Now he is kept constantly busy with a full schedule of exhibitions, private commissions, demonstrations and painting holidays. His fine art prints are sold in shops and galleries everywhere and he has recently opened a successful art gallery where he displays and sells his paintings.Terry is an energetic and prolific painter and his regular re-bookings for demonstrations reflect an enthusiastic response to his educational and entertaining style.

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Arnold Lowrey presents a lively, inspirational introduction to acrylics which illustrates the versatility and beauty of this wonderful medium.

Acrylic paint is easy to use, it dries quickly and many different effects can be created from washes and glazes to exciting textural finishes. It is an ideal medium for anyone starting to paint, but it also offers challenges to the more experienced artist because of its quick drying properties and versatility. Watercolor and oil painting techniques can be used, either on their own, or combined to create paintings full of depth, mood and atmosphere, and there is the added benefit that the paints are water-soluble. Using over 100 step-by-step photographs in a sequence of simple demonstrations, Arnold shows how to paint landscapes, seascapes and buildings, and he also illustrates how to change daylight into night and sunlight into mist using transparent glazing effects. With his help you can create sparkling pictures full of life, atmosphere and depth.

Book Contents

  • Introduction
  • Materials
  • Using Colour
  • Getting Started
  • Misty Mountains (step by step - watercolor technique)
  • Seascape (step by step - oil technique, impasto)
  • The Grand Canal, Venice (step by step, mixed techniques: thick and thin)
  • Misty Harbour (step by step - glazing with white)
  • Rocks in a Landscape (step by step - using pastes and gels)
  • Index
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