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Complete Guide to Painting in Acrylics Paperback – 14 Dec 2014

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Search Press Ltd (14 Dec. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 178221187X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1782211877
  • Product Dimensions: 21.7 x 2.4 x 25.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 15 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 606,935 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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February 2015 All about acrylics. In her introduction to her Complete Guide to Painting in Acrylics, author Lorena Kloosterboer hopes that the book 'will inspire you to experiment, practise and find your own artistic voice, to ultimately become the very best artist that's inside of you.' This comprehensive guide should certainly help you to do that. There's information on paints, additives, brushes, papers, canvases, colour mixing, composition, and practical advice on such issues as stretching paper, cleaning your brushes, and how to prepare your canvas. Every painting technique you can imagine is included - from underpainting to painting wet in wet, dry brush and scumbling, masking and glazing - all of which are clearly explained and demonstrated. It really does cover everything and the book is illustrated throughout by the artist's own meticulous work as well as work by other artists to inspire you to greater heights. This is a thoroughly comprehensive and well produced guide to acrylic painting and, with over 300 pages, is excellent value for money. * Leisure Painter, The * December 2014 Find out all you need to know about acrylic painting. This comprehensive book contains techniques, materials, composition and more. Lorena offers expert tips and advice. You get a thorough foundation in the basics, form and surface and 65 techniques and there is a handy technique file reference for quick location of techniques. 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. * Karen Platt Yarnsandfabrics.co.uk/crafts *

About the Author

Lorena Kloosterboer (b.1962) 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. Visit www.art-lorena.com to see more of her art.

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