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  • Publisher: Search Press
  • Edition: BC Paperback
  • Publication: 03 August 2013
  • ISBN 13/EAN: 9781844489558
  • Stock: Temporarily Out of Stock
  • Hurt Stock: £6.50 (1 available)
  • Size: 225x225 mm
  • Illustrations: 320
  • Pages: 160
  • RRP: £12.99
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Abstracts: Techniques & Textures


by Rolina van Vliet

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Book Description

This is the fourth and most technical book on abstract art by Rolina van Vliet. In comparison to its predecessors it takes a more in-depth look at the practical nature of abstract art. With a detailed explanation of the technical aspects of painting, the book covers figurative elements, composition and construction work specifically. Abstracts: Techniques and Textures is a comprehensive handbook for amateurs, professionals, teachers and students alike to learn the intricacies of painting abstracts.

The book features 50 studies detailing dozens of techniques and textures readers can use to practise achieving abstract and non-figurative painting. The book also includes more than 350 selected images to inspire and guide the reader’s eye.

  • Includes 50 studies for the reader to practise and hone their technical skills
  • A valuable technical guide by renowned and respected abstract artist, Rolina van Vliet
  • Can be used as a follow-on guide to the author’s previous highly successful works, or as a stand-alone text for those who prefer a more practical approach to the subject
  • Features over 350 high quality photographs of beautiful abstract images

Table of Contents

Introduction 7
Abstract and abstraction 8
The Abstract Painting Method’ 10
Primary visual elements 12
Secondary visual elements 16
Composition 18
Play and practice 22
Getting started 24
Structuring your work 26
Study information 28
Techniques and textures 30
Technique in pictures 31

Water-based and mixing techniques 32
Study 1 Drip technique 34
Study 2 Sponge technique 36
Study 3 Pouring technique 38
Study 4 Flow painting technique 40
Study 5 Working with water 42
Study 6 Mixing with gel 44
Study 7 Mixing to create 'visual language' 46
Study 8 Alla prima mixed technique 48

Application techniques 53
Study 9 Knife scumbling technique 54
Study 10 Knife and line technique 56
Study 11 Impressionist knife techniques 58
Study 12 Sgraffito as a 'visual language' 60
Study 13 Knife technique 62
Study 14 Working with a foam brush 64
Study 15 Technique without texture 66
Study 16 Dynamic painting techniques 68

Adding details, relief and background techniques 72
Study 17 Texture using French chalk powder 74
Study 18 Scored line relief effect 76
Study 19 Relief technique 78
Study 20 Textured background 80
Study 21 Gel texture 82
Study 22 Using newspaper as a background 84
Study 23 Paper texture 86
Study 24 Sand texture 88

Collage; integration; print and stamp techniques 92
Study 25 Textile texture 94
Study 26 Painting with paper 96
Study 27 Collage using slate 98
Study 28 Printing technique as integration 100
Study 29 Using letters as texture 102
Study 30 Collage with colour integration 104
Study 31 Collage using textiles 106
Study 32 Pattern printing 108
Study 33 Aluminium foil texture 110

Drawing, sketching and line techniques 114
Study 34 Negative line technique 116
Study 35 Drawing with an atomiser 118
Study 36 Shape and line stamp technique 120
Study 37 Sketching using a palette knife 122
Study 38 Sketching using liquid paint 124
Study 39 Lines in relief and rhythm 126
Study 40 Sketching with paint 128
Study 41 Lines using the wax-resist technique 130

Mixed pastel; freestyle painting; covering techniques;
and correction 134
Study 42 Sandpaper texture 136
Study 43 Cling film texture and collage technique 138
Study 44 Collage using mixed materials 140
Study 45 Mixed techniques 142
Study 46 Freestyle painting 144
Study 47 Freestyle techniques 146
Study 48 Freestyle using textiles 148
Study 49 Free 'visual language' 150
Study 50 Miscellaneous techniques 152

Over to you 156

About the Author

About Rolina van Vliet

Rolina van Vliet has studied at the Academy of Physical Education in Groningen, the teacher training department of Amsterdam College, and the fine arts department at the Free Academy in The Hague. She now teaches at various centres for artistic training, and has developed a new method of painting based on abstract painting. Her work varies from abstract expressionism to lyrical abstract painting, with the emphasis on spontaneity and dynamics, and with a clear preference for total abstraction. She regularly exhibits her work, has written articles for art magazines and runs workshops and courses on abstract art.


Leisure Painter, The

Oct 13

A handbook for all artists, from amateurs to professionals, students to teachers. Rolina takes an in-depth look at the practical nature of painting abstracts and includes over 350 images detailing the techniques and textures she uses. There is comprehensive information on how to get started and how to structure your work, colour-mixing techniques, working with acrylics as oil and as watercolours, creating texture and dynamic elements, adding details, relief and background techniques, and mixing media. If you are keen to move your abstract work forward, this is certainly one for you.

Artist, The

Aug 13

Previous books on abstraction by Rolina van Vliet have proved very popular and brought the art of non-representational painting to a wide audience. This new title is arranged as a course and is well-structured, with a series of deconstructed studies on specific techniques including textures, knifework, gels or collage. In her introduction Rolina emphasises the need to develop technical skills in order to learn a visual language and this is very much the focus of the book. This differentiates it from other works on abstraction that tend to focus on the creative aspects of the style. It makes a valuable addition to any library and is as much a celebration as a guide.

Karen Platt Yarnsandfabrics.co.uk/crafts

Sept 13

Following on from her other two successful books from the same publisher, Rolina shows 50 studies, demonstrating a wide variety of techniques. The paintings include different media such as oil pastel, acrylic, collage, chalk, gels and how to include sand, text and print in your work. 350 images show work in progress and finished work. This book is a way to build your own visual language following the studies, tips and techniques. Each study involves a task and one or more techniques. Learn how to incorporate texture. This book is for anyone who loves to play with paint. Explore the ideas that speak to you or work through the techniques one by one. Experimentation is a good way to develop your work.


Aug 13

Show me an abstract book and Ill bang on about how the style is as much about a state of mind as it is about techniques. Ill also say that the skills you need are mostly the ones you already have. Am I about to contradict myself, then? Well, no. Paint is paint, brushes are brushes and they all do what they do. However, there is a certain shorthand that can help in the ultimate aim of abstract painting, which is to make your viewer feel the same as you do about what you saw. This means that shapes and colours become pre-eminent, but you can also use textures to emphasise them and draw the viewer into and around the image in a particular way. The contents list includes terms like Negative Line, Textile Texture and Sketching Using Liquid Paint. Telling you this tells you the facts, but it doesnt tell you how it all works and you really have to see it to get the idea. The book itself is arranged as a series of studies (being neither demonstrations nor deconstructions) which include several illustrations, notes and a work sequence. Im not sure youd necessarily want to follow one through, or that youre meant to. If youre already a fan of abstraction, then this is the next logical step.

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