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by Jennifer Muirhead (subscribe)
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Published January 23rd 2022
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Creative Acrylics, books about painting, books about acrylic painting, how to paint book

Creative Acrylics: A Step-by-Step Beginner's Guide to Creating with Paint Mediums - Create Paintings Filled with Color, Texture, Unique Effects More! , by Carla Co Chua, is a good introduction to this fun medium for beginners.

It starts with the standard guide to materials, explaining the different types of acrylic paint, brushes, and different substrates to paint on (paper, canvas, textiles and even glass or stone.) as well as how to prepare surfaces for painting. Then there are instructions for basic techniques such as a flat wash, dry brushing and adding texture.

After that the book goes on to suggest some projects, beginning with simple still life paintings such as an orange or a coffee cup, then single flowers followed by a bunch of flowers. There is a chapter on landscapes, including tips on painting clouds and mountains, then one about painting animals. There are also a couple of projects for painting on unusual surfaces such as shoes or a handbag. To be honest, the projects were a little boring for my taste, but you have to start somewhere. These same techniques and ideas could be used as a jumping-off point to paint some more imaginative images.

Creative Acrylics is a useful book for somebody new to acrylic painting who just wants to know where to start.

Disclaimer: I was given a complimentary copy of this book by Quarto Publishing Group, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.

Published: February 2, 2022
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Why? To learn the basics of acrylic painting.
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