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Table of Contents
                            Acrylic Painting FOR Dummies®
	About the Author
	Dedication
	Author’s Acknowledgments
	Contents at a Glance
	Table of Contents
	Introduction
		About This Book
		Conventions Used in This Book
		What You’re Not to Read
		Foolish Assumptions
		How This Book Is Organized
		Icons Used in This Book
		Where to Go from Here
	Part I: Getting Acquainted with Acrylics
		Chapter 1: Acrylics Are Awesome!
			What’s So Awesome About Acrylic Paint?
			Nurturing and Growing the Acrylic Artist in You
			Project: Painting Your Sketchbook
		Chapter 2: Setting Up Supplies: Brushes, Surfaces, and Palettes
			Brushing Up on Brushes
			Maintaining Your Brushes
			Picking and Prepping Common Paint Surfaces
			Thinking Outside the Canvas: Alternate Acrylic Painting Surfaces
			Purchasing Palettes and Other Handy Stuff
		Chapter 3: All About Paints and Mediums
			Getting to Know the Different Properties of Acrylic Paints
			Different Types of Acrylic Paint
			Additives, Mediums, Gels, and Pastes
	Part II: Exploring Tricks and Techniques
		Chapter 4: Basic Painting and Finishing Techniques
			Setting Up Your Palette and Supplies
			Getting a Grip on Your Brushes: Practicing Various Brush Strokes
			The Best Basic Painting Techniques
			Finishing with Finesse
			Project: 30-Minute Artist Trading Card
		Chapter 5: Building Your Repertoire with Quick Tricks and Techniques
			Ready, Set, Experiment
			Adding Stuff to Your Paint
			Thinking Outside the Brush
			Dripping, Spraying, and Spattering
			Project: Combination Technique Abstract
		Chapter 6: Drawn to Paint — Even if Your Drawing Skills Need Work
			Making Thumbnail Sketches
			Enlarging Sketches
			Tracing Your Way to a Great Painting Sketch
			Getting Your Drawing onto the Painting Surface
			Blending with Paint
			Project: Create a Still Life
	Part III: Finding the Fun in Fundamentals
		Chapter 7: Taking a Quick Color Tour
			Looking at Popular Colors
			Deciphering Paint Descriptions
			Working the Color Wheel
			Three Color Exercises
			A Few More Color Plans
		Chapter 8: Design of the Times: Design Elements and Principles
			Elements of Design
			The Principle of Balance
			The Principle of Contrast
			The Principles of Repetition, Alternation, and Variation
			The Principle of Direction
			The Principles of Emphasis and Subordination
		Chapter 9: Putting the Pieces Together: Composition
			First Things First: Intention and Placement
			More Composition Guidelines
			Check Yourself: Analyzing and Revamping Your Composition
	Part IV: Acrylic’s Versatile Styles
		Chapter 10: Letting It Flow: Creating a Watercolor-like Landscape
			Born to Run: Thinning Acrylic to be Like Watercolor
			The Sky’s the Limit: Painting Translucent Skies
			Getting Edgy: Defining the Edges of Landscape Objects
			Seeing the Forest for the Trees
			Layering Paint for Endless Possibilities
			Project: Putting Together a Watercolor-like Landscape
		Chapter 11: Laying It On Thick: Painting Like the Oil Masters
			Getting Ready to Create an “Oil” Masterpiece
			Trying Oil-Inspired Techniques
			Project: Irresistible Husky Dog
			Project: Fall Corn Still Life
			Project: Son of Corn Painting (A Sequel)
		Chapter 12: Thinking and Painting Abstractly
			Cruising through Abstract Art Movements: An Overview
			Finding Abstract Ideas in the Real World
			Abstract Ways to Send a Message in Your Art
			Handy Products and Techniques for Abstract Art
			Planning Your Own Abstract Painting: A Few Questions to Consider
			Project: Abstract Extravaganza
	Part V: Projects for Different Surfaces
		Chapter 13: Creating Collages and Transfers
			What You Can Use in a Collage
			Deciding What You Want Your Collage to Say
			Preparing Your Background Surface
			Layering Your Collage
			Working with Images and Direct Transfers
			Project: Southwestern Cliffs Collage
		Chapter 14: Cool Projects for All Types of Surfaces
			Wild About Wildcats: Painting on Wood and Clayboard
			Grape Art: Painting Grapes on a Violin ( Yes, Really)
			Wall Art: Painting a Mural
			Art to Wear and Carry: Painting Fabric and Other Materials
			Rock On: Painting on Rocks and Stone
			Heavy Metal: Painting on Steel
			Odds and Ends: Faux Stained Glass, Bricks, and Candles
	Part VI: The Part of Tens
		Chapter 15: Ten (Plus One) Genres: Figuring Out What You Want to Paint
			Landscape
			Nature
			Water Scenes
			Weather
			Fantasy
			Abstract
			People
			Animals
			Storytelling
			Architecture
			Combinations
		Chapter 16: Ten Ways to Get the Creative Juices Flowing
			Paint What You Know (And Know What You Paint)
			Take a Class
			Travel
			Look Close to Home
			Work in a Series
			Buy New Art Supplies
			Join a Club
			Take Video Lessons
			Buy or Borrow Books
			Visit Galleries and Museums
	Index
                        
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Colette Pitcher
Artist and educator

• Utilize acrylics to produce different looks and
textures

• Improve your technique with four-color,
hands-on instruction

• Complete full-scale projects

• Discover your inner artist

IN FULL COLOR!

Learn to:

Acrylic Painting
Making Everythin

g Easier!


Open the book and find:

• Clear step-by-step instructions

with illustrations

• A variety of projects and styles to

suit all tastes

• Quick tricks and techniques to get

started painting right away

• Lots of colorful paintings to inspire

creativity

• Helpful hints for improving your

drawing skills

• Full-scale projects at the end of

most chapters

• Exercises to jump-start your

artistic passion

Colette Pitcher is a painter and sculptor who exhibits her artwork
throughout the country. She is the owner of the Showcase Art Center
in Greeley, Colorado, where she offers adult instruction in numerous
painting mediums. Pitcher is also the author of Watercolor Painting For
Dummies and is a contributor to PaintWorks magazine.

Art/Techniques/Acrylic Painting

$24.99 US / $29.99 CN / £16.99 UK

ISBN 978-0-470-44455-9

Go to dummies.com®
for more!

Always wanted to paint with acrylics? This easy-to-follow, full color
guide gives you expert instruction and simple exercises in acrylic
painting techniques and styles. The step-by-step projects let you
practice your skill and stir your imagination — and give you the
foundation to create similar projects with your own subjects and
surfaces!

• Get your feet (and brushes) wet — assemble your materials, prepare your
surfaces, and sort out additives and enhancers

• Try out basic acrylic techniques — work with brush strokes, control and thin
your paint, experiment with textures, and use stencils

• Practice design and composition principles — mix and use color, balance
elements, make changes, and pull your painting together

• Imitate several kinds of styles — use acrylic paint to mimic the effects of
watercolor and oil paints

• Build your repertoire — explore texture and dimension, work with glass,
rocks, bricks, metalwork, and more

Create gorgeous paintings
with this fun and easy
guide to acrylics!

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Putting your focal point to work
You’re not quite done yet — your focal point needs to do a few more things
besides just be in the right place. You should orchestrate the picture so that
the focal point or center of interest possesses one or more of the following
properties:

� It puts the lightest light value right next to the darkest dark value.

� It has the most detail — the cleanest, strongest, sharpest edges.

� It has the brightest, most intense color.

� It contains the largest shape.

� It has the most contrast.

The items in the picture other than the focal point should all support it.
Everything should point somehow to this area, using such tricks as direc-
tional lines, gradation changes, increasing detail, and increasing contrast
(these are all elements of design found in Chapter 8). Why only one focal
point? Including more than one area of contrast, for example, sets up conflict
for the viewer regarding which is more important. You want the composition
to make a smooth, satisfying path for the eye to travel. The focal point is the
eye’s destination and payoff.

In Figure 9-2, the focal point is the closest horse to the viewer. How can you
tell? It’s located in the bottom third (not the center) in this vertical format,
and it’s larger than the other two horses. Plus, the land masses and reflec-
tions point directional lines to that particular horse.

Figure 9-2:
The biggest
horse is the
focal point.

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Give ’em room
Sometimes blank space is just as important as space filled with lines, shapes,
and colors. If the focal point is very busy, the eye needs a resting place in the
picture. Leave some blank areas (in interesting shapes, of course) for a rest-
ing place.

Another space consideration: If you have living things like people, animals,
and birds in your painting, don’t place them close to the edge of the picture,
especially if they’re facing that edge — they look like they’re ready to leave.
Compositionally, your eye follows where the live subject is going, and you
may just keep on going to the next picture in the gallery. Arrange your com-
position so that you keep the viewer looking at your picture.

In Figure 9-3a the profile (side view) of the face is placed too close to the edge
of the picture. It feels as if the person doesn’t have enough room to breathe.
Figure 9-3b shifts the face, giving it more room.

Off-setting the horizon
Similar to the placement of the focal point, don’t put the horizon line in the
center of the picture. Putting a horizon in the middle cuts the picture in half and
sets up two equal areas of space, which is less visually interesting. Figure 9-4a
shows a landscape with the sky and land approximately the same size because
the horizon is in the center. By moving the horizon as shown in Figure 9-4b, the
areas are different sizes and therefore less monotonous and more interesting.

Setting the mood
Another important part of the composition plan is choosing and executing
the mood of the painting. Look at other paintings. Go to a gallery or museum

a b

Figure 9-3:
Don’t put

your focal
point too

close to the
painting’s

edge.

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largerainbow [Converted].eps


Colette Pitcher
Artist and educator

• Utilize acrylics to produce different looks and
textures

• Improve your technique with four-color,
hands-on instruction

• Complete full-scale projects

• Discover your inner artist

IN FULL COLOR!

Learn to:

Acrylic Painting
Making Everythin

g Easier!


Open the book and find:

• Clear step-by-step instructions

with illustrations

• A variety of projects and styles to

suit all tastes

• Quick tricks and techniques to get

started painting right away

• Lots of colorful paintings to inspire

creativity

• Helpful hints for improving your

drawing skills

• Full-scale projects at the end of

most chapters

• Exercises to jump-start your

artistic passion

Colette Pitcher is a painter and sculptor who exhibits her artwork
throughout the country. She is the owner of the Showcase Art Center
in Greeley, Colorado, where she offers adult instruction in numerous
painting mediums. Pitcher is also the author of Watercolor Painting For
Dummies and is a contributor to PaintWorks magazine.

Art/Techniques/Acrylic Painting

$24.99 US / $29.99 CN / £16.99 UK

ISBN 978-0-470-44455-9

Go to dummies.com®
for more!

Always wanted to paint with acrylics? This easy-to-follow, full color
guide gives you expert instruction and simple exercises in acrylic
painting techniques and styles. The step-by-step projects let you
practice your skill and stir your imagination — and give you the
foundation to create similar projects with your own subjects and
surfaces!

• Get your feet (and brushes) wet — assemble your materials, prepare your
surfaces, and sort out additives and enhancers

• Try out basic acrylic techniques — work with brush strokes, control and thin
your paint, experiment with textures, and use stencils

• Practice design and composition principles — mix and use color, balance
elements, make changes, and pull your painting together

• Imitate several kinds of styles — use acrylic paint to mimic the effects of
watercolor and oil paints

• Build your repertoire — explore texture and dimension, work with glass,
rocks, bricks, metalwork, and more

Create gorgeous paintings
with this fun and easy
guide to acrylics!

In
Color

A
crylic P

a
in

tin
g

A
crylic P

a
in

tin
g

Pitcher

spine=.60”

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