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Acrylic Revolution: New Tricks and Techniques for Working with the World's Most Versatile Medium [Spiral-bound]

Nancy Reyner
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29 Jun 2007

Liberate Your Creativity with Acrylic Paints!

Acrylic Revolution is your essential, all-in-one guide for acrylic painting techniques and more. It features over 101 ways to break through the boundaries of conventional painting and re-define the creative potential of this all-purpose medium.

Every page provides insight on how to use acrylic paint in ways you never thought possible to create stunning visual effects and textures. Ten complete sections detail a range of empowering applications, including how to:

  • Prepare and paint on virtually any surface
  • Create textures of all kinds
  • Work with transfers, collage, resists and mixed media
  • Achieve innovative stenciling and line work
  • Customize your paint to adjust thickness, transparency and drying time
  • Simulate other mediums, such as oil, tempera or watercolor
  • Create faux finishes, magical effects, sheens and more
To give you additional insight and inspiration, this book features a gallery of finished works by fellow painting revolutionaries that blend various acrylic techniques to create amazing effects. You'll also find practical advice that covers the basics and beyond—from selecting materials and cleaning your brushes to finishing and preserving your artwork. There's even a complete glossary of terms for fast and easy referencing.

Pick up a brush and start your own acrylic revolution today! Use the techniques in this book to free your creative spirit and create the paintings you've always dreamed of.


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Product details

  • Spiral-bound: 128 pages
  • Publisher: North Light Books; Spi edition (29 Jun 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1581808046
  • ISBN-13: 978-1581808049
  • Product Dimensions: 27.9 x 22.9 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 197,790 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Nancy Reyner has been a professional instructor for the past seven years, teaching artists tricks and techniques with acrylic paints. Nancy has created costumes and sets for Broadway theatre and film, including a Madonna film. She has been selected for a two-year painting and drawing residency for the City of Phoenix. Nancy currently resides in Santa Fe, NM.

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A useful "how-to" for acrylic paints and mediums 28 Jan 2009
Format:Spiral-bound
After reading the library copy of this book I have just placed an order for it. As a relative newcomer to acrylics and to painting I found a large number of special techniques that I was unaware of, and the step-by-step instructions easy to follow. The previous review refers to the emphasis on Golden products: it would be easy to substitute other similar products of a different brand in most cases. I think this book is useful for those who are less familiar with acrylics rather than for experienced acrylic artists.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars One giant advertisement. 5 Jan 2012
By Blu
Format:Spiral-bound|Verified Purchase
This book is nothing but a guide to/advertisement for 'Golden' brand art products. Almost every technique in the book involves using a specific Golden brand product for the effect needed, even when simple household alternatives are easier to use, more adaptable and a hell of a lot cheaper.

If you prefer to buy an off-the-shelf, expensive art product from the USA instead of experimenting with what's around you, this book is an excellent guide to that. If you're looking for tips, tricks and suggestions on actually being creative with acrylic paint, look elsewhere.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational! 23 Oct 2010
Format:Spiral-bound|Verified Purchase
I just love this book! Acrylics are a very versatile medium and this book just about covers the whole range of effects that you can get with them and provides a load of ideas which you can take on and experiment with. I do a lot of mixed media work and it is in this sphere, not just in pure acrylic painting, that I find this book inspirational. What this book is not is a sort of 'how to paint' instruction book for those stating out and wanting to know absolute basics of composition, colour mixing, etc. But it is an absolutely comprehensive survey of how to handle acrylic paints and mediums. It gives some, but not a huge number of examples of artists using these techniques, but that's OK - you really need to think how you could use the methods to create your own style.I don't really go along with some of the previous reviews - I don't think the ideal audience would be absolute beginners, and I think that many experienced artists would learn at least something new from this book. As for the focus on the use of 'Golden' products, this company produce a greater variety of acrylic media than any other, and certain techniques need a medium that may be unique to Golden (e.g. I don't think any other make produces an equivalent to their clear tar gel). Golden products are readily available in the UK, and for many of their products there are equivalents produced by Rowney, Windsor and Newton and Liquitex, so I don't see that any of the techniques covered here would be impossible for a UK artist to carry out because of unavailability of materials.When you buy a book from Amazon without being able to browse through the whole book, there is always a risk that some parts will disappoint or be less relevant. With this book, I actually found it better than I expected from looking through the 'look inside' feature on the website.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Format:Spiral-bound
A great intro to acrylics and how to use them to create various effects.

This is an ideal book for the beginner painter or crafter. I believe it would also be useful to the experienced painter working with acrylics for the first time.

The book is well organised, with clearly written step-by-step instructions on using acrylics innovatively and great colour illustrations of techniques and end results.

This has been by far the most useful book I've bought on acrylics.
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29 of 33 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Reservations 15 Aug 2008
Format:Spiral-bound
I wasn't that happy with this purchase and for two reasons: the first I've only got myself to blame for as I've been using acrylics for 30 years or more & didn't really learn that much that I didn't know already, thought the book might be of more interest to a newcomer to the medium - but then there are loads of introduction-to-acrylics books and this is not special.

Secondly, the author has business connections with the American acrylic paint company Golden and indeed Golden products are mentioned on most pages to the exclusion of all other brands. I've used it - Golden is OK if a little pricey in the UK but the book really should have a subtitle - Buy Golden Paints...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Creative Dynamite! 30 Oct 2011
By Lomi
Format:Spiral-bound
This book is exciting and opens up creativity in all sorts of areas, not just in acrylic paints. There are sections on stencilling, collage, transfers, pigment control, working with acrylic and oils, using acrylics and watercolours, faux encaustic, scrafito staining, spraying... and lots more.

I am doing a textile arts degree and found many of the techniques can easily be transferred to other mediums onto textiles. It really doesn't matter if you don't use the recommend Golden products. I have learned so much from this book and keep dipping into it when my creativity is waning. I love this book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant! 30 May 2014
Format:Spiral-bound|Verified Purchase
I also bought Nancy Reyner's Acrylic Illuminations, which as a pair of books are ideal for both beginners and experienced alike. This book is for you if you want to be experimental with your painting but may be unsure how to be more expressive. Check out her video clips online which support her techniques. Nancy is a gifted and generous teacher and explains everything in her text in easy to understand stages, lavishly illustrated with excellent quality photographs.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Didn't learn much
A book introducing very basic techniques - no revolution here... The instructions are fine and it introduces a number of techniques. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Esmaralda
2.0 out of 5 stars Waste of money
Nothing of real interest, waste of money. Giving it to my daughter who is in the middle of her Gcse art, as that is about its level.
Published 10 months ago by zoe nicholson
5.0 out of 5 stars A great book full of ideas and techniques
I love this book. It is beautifully made, bright and vibrant and easy to follow. There are lots of wonderful ideas for a huge variety of ways to work with acrylics. Read more
Published 11 months ago by lyndydaisy
4.0 out of 5 stars Using this book for artists using acrylics
Very good book full of good ideas and skills for using acrylic paint some good abstract I would recommend this book
Published 12 months ago by Mrs J Robertson
5.0 out of 5 stars Well Worth Buying
At last a book that delivers what it says on the "blurb". Inside are clearly laid out techniques that can be used when painting with acrylics that I hadn't seen before. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Arty
5.0 out of 5 stars Practical persons guide to Acrylics
Excellent book, well presented. No waffle, concise yet still very comprehensive - no mean feat! Covers a vast range of techniques in a systematic and help manner. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Pedro De Pradines
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect
Perfect book for what I needed. It does mention Golden mediums a lot, however this does not limit the book's usefulness as one can use other makes of mediums if one wants. Read more
Published on 17 Nov 2011 by Robert Hall
4.0 out of 5 stars acrylic revolution
A book brimming with ideas and techniques. Step by step tuition. A lot of effort has gone into the book and ideal for folk wanting to learn new techniques working with acrylic... Read more
Published on 1 Jun 2011 by kaz
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth a look
As an artist and user of acrylic paint, I thought I knew quite a bit about the product already, but enjoyed this book. Read more
Published on 25 Feb 2011 by J. Smy
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