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  • Publisher: Search Press
  • Edition: BC Paperback
  • Publication: 25 February 2019
  • ISBN 13/EAN: 9781782216506
  • Stock: 50+
  • Size: 225x225 mm
  • Illustrations: 140
  • Pages: 112
  • RRP Price: £12.99
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Abstract Acrylics


New approaches to painting nature using acrylics with mixed media by Waltraud Nawratil

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Book Description

'There's plenty to see, do and think about here and this is a book that will do a lot more than instruct. It'll open your eyes and who knows what you'll see?' Paint Magazine

Learn how to combine acrylics with mixed-media techniques to create 27 expressive, abstract paintings inspired by nature.

Austrian artist Waltraud Nawratil shows you how to combine a love for nature with a passion for expressive abstract painting. The reader will learn how to use acrylics, watercolours or airbrushing, as well as natural materials such as sand, bark and leaves, to create captivating pictures full of colour and vitality.

There is a wealth of stunning abstract pieces by Waltraud which will provide inspiration for more experienced painters as well as the beginner. The book covers the variations through the seasons, teaching the reader to see the natural world with creativity and a fresh new perspective.

Table of Contents


- Reflections 4

- Materials and tools 6

-- Painting surface 6
-- Painting tools and accessories 7
-- Paints 8
-- Acrylic tools 10
-- Templates found in nature 11

- Sources of inspiration 12
-- Ideas 12
-- From a photo to a painting 18

- Techniques 28

- Refining painting techniques and discovering new ones 30

-Transfer technique 33
-- Technique 34
-- "Magnolias in Spring" 37
-- "Sunshine in the Autumn Forest" 39
-- "Abstract Poppies" 41
-- Grasses by the Wayside" 423
-- Sunshine Yellow in the Forest" 45

- Spray paint technique 47
-- Technique 48
-- "Through the branches" 51
-- "Autumnal Harmony" 53
-- "Goldenrod" 55
-- "Leaf by Leaf" 57
-- "A Summer's Day in the Meadow" 61
-- "In Rank and File" 63

- Photo transfer 65
-- Technique 66
-- "Flotsam" 69
-- "Wild Magic" 71

- Painting knife technique 73
-- Technique 74
-- "Romantic Floral Dream" 77

-- "Dandelion" 79
-- "In the Shade of the Old Tree" 81
-- "Flowers and Leaves" 83

- Mixed media technique 85
-- Technique 86
-- "Like Blossoming Islands" 89
-- "Summer's Here" 91
-- "Beautiful Flowers" 93
-- "The Colours of Summer" 95
-- "Evening Primrose" 97

- Watercolour technique 99
-- Technique 100
-- "Meadow of Wild Flowers" 103
-- "In the Shade of the Forest" 105
-- "Brilliant White Flowers" 107
-- Golden Sunflowers" 109

Final words and about the author 111

Publishing details 112

About the Author

About Waltraud Nawratil

Waltraud has always been inspired by the natural world, choosing subjects from her surroundings with vibrant and attractive colours. She began her artistic career with watercolours before moving on to experiment with other techniques and media. Waltraud has worked as a freelance painter since 1995 and today she offers painting courses combining watercolour and acrylic painting techniques. She encourages her students to attempt variations on ordinary subjects in order to gradually develop their own style. Waltraud works from her own studio near where she lives in Schönering, Upper Austria. Some of her pieces are available via the artists’ platform International Graphics.

An experimental approach to painting. Abstract painting using a variety of mediums and methods that you can follow in 27 step-by-step projects. The step-by-step is brief and although there are photographs, they do not show every step. I would therefore recommend this book for experienced painters, and also for those who understand how different paints work - are knowledgeable about the flow of paint etc. Some great examples of finished works and I do like Waltraud's methods and style. She introduces you to a different way of working. For example with a palette knife and spray paint as well as actual leaves and petals. The book concentrates on interpreting the natural world in a beautiful way. Discover how to transform the reality of the landscape and flowers into interesting abstract paintings.

The Artist, June 2019

This is a book about working with natural subjects to create images that are more than representation and which encompass the essence of the subject and the artist's reaction to it. The book is based around a series of 27 projects, each presented in a single spread. You get the finished results, a list of materials and a series of short steps to completion. These are not hand-holding demonstrations and the more experienced painter might prefer to use them as jumping-off points for the technical sections they inhabit - transferring textures and photos, spray painting and mixed media. This is an engaging and thought-provoking book that should spark your own ideas into life. 

Crafts Beautiful - April 2019

Be inspired by nature to create beautiful and expressive abstract paintings that combine acrylics, watercolours and airbrushing with mixed media techniques. This includes incorporating actual natural materials in your artworks, such as sand, bark and leaves.

Leisure Painter, April 2019

Push the boundaries of your working practices with Austrian artist, Waltraud Nawratil's new book Abstract Acrylics. Aimed at both experienced painters and beginners, Waltraud uses natural materials in her work, such as sand, leaves, and bark, as well as her love of nature through the seasons to create energetic and colourful paintings. Her teaching methods are clear and concise, encouraging you to experiment with acrylics, watercolour and airbrushes, using creative mixing techniques, painting knives photo transfers, collage and imprints. 

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