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  • Publisher: Search Press
  • Edition: BC Paperback Flexibound
  • Publication: 07 September 2017
  • ISBN 13/EAN: 9781782215745
  • Stock: Temporarily Out of Stock
  • Size: 215x254 mm
  • Illustrations: 350
  • Pages: 320
  • RRP: £15.99
  • Series: Complete Guide
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Complete Guide to Acrylics


All the essential techniques and skills you need by Lorena Kloosterboer

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This comprehensive and accessible reference guide provides an in-depth exploration into the art of painting with acrylics, and has been created as one book that will accompany the reader on the complete journey from beginner to artist. With expert advice and step-by-step guidance in a wide range of techniques, this is an indispensable resource for beginning artists, students, and experienced painters alike.

Drawing on the expertise of master painters from around the world, Complete Guide to Acrylics covers every aspect of working in acrylics in detail, from materials and mediums to tools and techniques. It is also a very practical approach, brimming with demonstrations to explain and reinforce the essential skills, and offering useful insights into all stages of the creative process.

Accompanied by a wealth of images, and with a useful reference section with technical data and notes on commissions, selling and exhibiting, this is the ultimate desktop resource for artists, students, and hobbyists alike.

Previously published as Complete Guide to Painting in Acrylics.

Table of Contents

Chapter One: About Acrylic Paint
Different types of acrylic
Comparison to other paints
Top 10 brands of acrylic paint
How to read a paint label
How to make your own acrylic paints
Mediums & additives
Keeping acrylics workable
Metallic paints
Chapter Two: Equipment
Beginner's guide to art supply shopping
Set up
Visual tools
Special effects tools
Brush shapes
Palette knives & shapers
Different types of canvas
Stretching & mounting
Art panels
Surface preparation
The artist studio
Chapter Three: The foundation
Colour theory
Different brands, different colours
Choosing colours
What do you want to say?
Size and dimensions
How to make a good reference
Order of work
Transferring images
Chapter Four: Acrylic painting techniques
Mixing colours
Painting whites
Painting greys
Painting blacks
Mixing acrylics with other paints
Watercolour effects
Oil effects
Alla prima
Lettering & fine lines
Hard edges vs. soft edges
Squeegee/roller brush
Texture effects
Chapter Five: The airbrush
The tool: The airbrush & compressor
Acrylic airbrush inks
Mediums & supports
Stencils & masks
Other tools
Airbrush techniques
Chapter Six: Be a pro
Rules of ethical behaviour
Entering competitions/exhibits
Art community
Consistency in art
Finding a title for your painting
Keeping records
Photographing your work
Shipping your artwork and reproductions
Social media & tuition
Index & credits

About the Author

About Lorena Kloosterboer

Lorena Kloosterboer is an internationally acclaimed Dutch-Argentine artist, whose award-winning artwork has been exhibited in galleries and museums in numerous countries. Her paintings have been published in leading international art magazines, museum catalogs, and art books. Lorena Kloosterboer currently lives and works in Antwerp, Belgium. For more of Loren'a work visit www.art-lorena.com to see more of her art.


The Leisure Painter

January 2018

This new edition of Lorena Kloosterboer's Complete Guide to Acrylics, takes an in depth look at how to paint with acrylics, covering every aspect of the medium, from paints, brushes and supports to additives and colour mixing. Lorena goes on to show you what to do with them, with inspiring step-by-step projects and demonstrations, as well as information on comissions, exhibiting and selling. This is the ultimate resource guide for acrylic painters.


Techniques, tools of the trade, materials, expert tips, sep-by-step photos and examples of work make this comprehensive resource a must for all painters interested in using acrylics. 65 techniques are included. This book was previously published in 2015. Please note that included in the techniques are methods like 'applying gesso', 'making a wet palette' so they are not all actual painting techniques. Some of the techniques are step-by-step. They are useful for beginners and also include some advanced techniques such as pouring, grisaille, glazing, decalcomania and airbrush. In Form and Surface, she covers still life and capturing the surface of objects such as wood, fabric, flowers, skin, glass, animal hair, painting landscapes and water and so on. There is a superb step-by-step of painting a portrait and another of plaited hair. For advanced artists there is a chapter called 'Be a Pro'. Unfortunately instead of taking the artist into the next level to explore skills and push the boundaries, this is a rather mundane chapter on giving your art a title, signing it, framing it and photographing it. The book is filled with colour reproductions of Lorena's art and that of others. I was disappointed that in the 'Keeping Acrylics Workable' section there was no mention of Atelier Interactive, which are my acrylics of choice because you don't need retarders or wet palettes. In other respects this book is comprehensive no matter what your budget, the author presents options in materials, in fact there are 45 pages given to this section alone. This book is great for building skills, no matter whether you are a beginner or more confident painter.

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