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  • Publisher: Search Press
  • Edition: BC Paperback
  • Publication: 31 October 2021
  • ISBN 13/EAN: 9781782218784
  • Stock: Not Yet Published
  • Size: 216x280 mm
  • Illustrations: 500
  • Pages: 144
  • RRP: £12.99

Painting with System 3


Techniques and inspiration for using inks and acrylics by Charles Evans

Book Description

System 3 is a well-established brand of inks, acrylics and heavy body paints manufactured by Daler-Rowney; it is readily available worldwide, including the US and UK, and is economically priced, making it affordable by students as well as amateur artists.

Painting with System 3 aims to inspire, instruct and encourage an experimental approach to painting with this versatile range of media, taking it out of the classroom and into the field. Daler-Rowney ambassador Charles Evans teaches the reader about the variety of products in the range and explores creative and innovative ways of using and combining the inks and paints on different supports, including watercolour paper, canvas and wood.

The book takes a highly practical approach to introducing the potential of the System 3 range, with exercises and 13 step-by-step projects to help the reader carry forward the skills they have acquired. Charles also features his own artwork using the media, as further inspiration on what can be achieved with System 3.

Table of Contents


Introducing System 3: Inks

Fluid acrylics

Normal System 3 acrylics

Heavy body acrylics


Palette knives


Other necessities


Colours and mixes

Making your mark

Demonstrations and projects

Inspirational paintings



Foreword 6
Introduction 8
Introducing System3 10
Inks 12
Fluid acrylics 16
Normal System3 17
Heavy Body 18
Brushes 20
Palette knives 22
Surfaces 25
Supporting cast 28
Techniques 30
Setting up 30
Colours and mixes 36
Inks 37
Fluid acrylics 38
Normal System3 40
Heavy Body 44
Making your mark 46
System3 in action 52
Woodland 52
On the water 56
Comparing surfaces 58
The Hills 62
[Title] 70
Comparing surfaces 72
[Man and Horse] 74
On the Beach 88
Crashing waves 96
Fox 106
Shoebill stork 112
Seasons 118
The Bathing House 126
Panorama 140
Index 144

About the Author

About Charles Evans

Charles Evans is one of the UK's leading painters, well-known from his long-running TV series and for his art classes, which are held all over the UK. After a conventional school education Charles entered and spent many years in the catering trade, eventually taking a break to study at Lincoln College of Art. He then joined the Royal Air Force. Following several years in the military, Charles resumed his civilian life in catering, owning bistros and contract catering companies, before turning back to art around thirty years ago. Charles made over two hundred television programmes on art for the Tyne Tees television company, then for the Discovery Channel.

Charles has written several books for Search Press, and now also represents Daler-Rowney as their main demonstrator. His exuberant and informal personality is reflected in his paintings, which have a lightness and simplicity that many artists aspire to.

Charles lives in Morpeth, Northumberland, UK. 

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