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  • Published: 15 May 2016
  • ISBN: 9780385346115
  • Imprint: Watson-Guptil
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 176
  • RRP: $38.00

The Acrylic Painter

Tools and Techniques for the Most Versatile Medium



A complete course on acrylic painting for beginners and experienced artists that covers classic approaches and new innovations 

Embraced for versatility, quick-drying properties, and non-toxicity, no medium offers a wider range of effects forcreating highly expressive art than acrylics. With its flexibility and ease of use, acrylic paint is a must-try for painters—no matter your skill level.

Here noted artist and School of Visual Arts instructor James Van Patten draws from years of experience to show you how to use acrylics to achieve a variety of results—from watercolor-like transparency and the flatness of tempera and gouache to the buttery quality of oils. He presents an insider’s look at the most up-to-date tools, materials, and techniques used by top painters in the medium to produce highly expressive art. 

Van Patten offers guidance on materials, processes, balance, and composition, and focuses on effectively using color in painting. Replete with detailed step-by-step technical demonstrations and a catalog of inspiring works by notable past and contemporary artists, as well as the author himself and his students, The Acrylic Painter provides a complete, classic art instruction manual for painters of all abilities in one of today’s most popular types of paint.

  • Published: 15 May 2016
  • ISBN: 9780385346115
  • Imprint: Watson-Guptil
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 176
  • RRP: $38.00

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