Painting in Acrylics: The Indispensable Guide
Painting in Acrylics: The Indispensable Guide
Painting in Acrylics: The Indispensable Guide Painting in Acrylics: The Indispensable Guide Painting in Acrylics: The Indispensable Guide Painting in Acrylics: The Indispensable Guide Painting in Acrylics: The Indispensable Guide

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Publisher: Firefly Books

Author Statement: by Lorena Kloosterboer
Audience: Trade
Specs: full-color throughout, appendices, glossary, index
Pages: 320
Trim Size: 8 1/2" X 10" X 1"
Language code 1: eng
Publication Date: 20141017
Copyright Year: 2014
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Painting in Acrylics: The Indispensable Guide

The technical secrets of a professional painter for the best results and more room for creativity.

Painting in Acrylics: The Indispensable Guide provides comprehensive guidance for painters of all experience. Realist painter Lorena Kloosterboer, known for her exceptional technical skill, starts with the basics and progresses to advanced techniques and professional practice.

The topics include:

  • About Acrylic Paint -- Types of acrylics, comparative advantages, how to read a paint label, using mediums and additives, gesso and varnish
  • Materials and Equipment -- Art supply shopping, palettes, masking, special effects tools, brushes, knives and shapers, airbrush, supports, surface preparation, the studio
  • The Foundation -- Color theory, mixing colors, size and dimensions, order of work, using references, transferring images, painting whites, grays and blacks
  • Techniques -- Underpainting, washes, wet in wet, adding salt and alcohol, blending, dry brush and scumbling, pouring, masking and stenciling, grisaille, glazing, impasto, sgraffito, spattering, sponging, stamping, decalcomania, airbrushing
  • Surface and Form -- Still life, wood, glass, metals, fabric, paper, flowers and leaves, portrait, skin, hair, animals, feathers, landscape, water, clouds, shrubs and trees, stone and brick
  • Be a Pro -- Ethical behavior, competitions/exhibits, art community, consistency, painting titles, keeping records, recording your work, framing, shipping, reproductions, social media, tuition.
  • A navigator sidebar refers readers to related sections for more information or problem solving. Appendices include a list of recommended brands and where to buy them, a glossary of art terms, how to fix common problems, and health and safety.

    Beyond its outstanding content, this book's size makes it an exceptional value. Other titles on this topic rarely exceed 200 pages, even the so-called "big" books. An affordable volume by a world-renowned, widely exhibited artist, Painting in Acrylics: The Indispensable Guide is a superb value that will provide years of expert guidance and inspiration. It is an essential choice for retailers and libraries.


    Lorena Kloosterboer is an internationally acclaimed Dutch-Argentine artist with a career of more than 25 years. Her award-winning artwork, mostly in the photorealist style, has been exhibited in galleries and museums in 10 countries, including the United States, and published in leading international art magazines, museum catalogs, and art books. Her paintings, drawings and sculptures reside in numerous collections around the world. She lives in Antwerp, Belgium.



    Beautiful art has always inspired me. Being infinitely curious, great paintings draw me closer to investigate brush strokes and colors and make me wonder about methods and techniques used. Well yes, I admit that I'm one of those inquisitive people who actually reads labels, instruction manuals and encyclopedias -- because I want to know everything!

    Starting out as an oil painter when I was in my teens, I switched to using acrylics in 2004 and haven't looked back since. Of course, building a successful relationship with acrylics took time and energy, but just as with true friendship, my interest and devotion harvested fruits. I came to know and accept its little idiosyncrasies and weaknesses, as well as its strengths and pleasures. Acrylic paint has become a trusted and dearly beloved friend that still surprises me regularly.

    I believe that each artist grows and develops along a very personal path, learning through observation, practice and especially by making mistakes. Looking at other artists' paintings and work methods is always useful in order to learn, gain insights and sometimes find solutions for our own artwork.

    The suggestions and demonstrations in this book merely present a few possibilities of expression among numerous equally valid approaches. It is impossible to touch upon all artistic subject matter in these pages, let alone show all conceivable forms and methods of expressing them.

    This book offers you practical guidelines and useful facts, but the tools and methods shown are mere suggestions -- certainly not rigid instructions. Apart from a few technical dos and dont's, as far as I'm concerned there are no rules in making art. I believe we all need to follow our hearts and intuition and dance to our own tune. Use whatever method you like to achieve the best end result; don't ever let any dogma dictate you!

    Sometimes a simple sentence or image sparks an "aha" moment that stimulates you to create new artwork that suddenly propels you to reach a new level. I sincerely hope this book will inspire you to experiment, practice and find your own artistic voice, to ultimately become the very best artist that's inside of you.

    Lorena Kloosterboer



      About this Book

    1. About Acrylics
      • Acrylic Paint
        Comparison to Other Paints
        Reading the Paint Label
        Mediums and Additives
        Keeping Acrylics Workable
    2. Materials and Equipment
      • Beginner's Guide to Art Supply Shopping
        The Artist's Palette
        Work surface
        Masks and Stencils
        Special Effects tools
        Knives and Shapers
        The Airbrush
        Art Panels
        The Artist's Studio
    3. The Foundation
      • Color theory
        Choosing colors
        Mixing colors
        Approaches to Painting
        Finding and Using Reference
        Transferring Images
        Painting Whites
        Painting Grays
        Painting Blacks
    4. Acrylic Painting Techniques
      • Underpainting or Imprimatura
        Salt Effects
        Alcohol Effects
        Dry-brush and Scumbling
        Masking and Stenciling
        Glazing over Grisaille
        Airbrush techniques
    5. Expressing Form and Surface
      • Still life
        Flowers and Leaves
        Still Water
        Turbulent Water
        Stone and Brick
    6. Be a Pro
      • Giving Your Painting a Title
        Signing Your Painting
        Photographing Your Artwork
        The Art of Framing
        Packaging Your Painting
        Records and Résumés
        The Artist Statement
        Seeking Gallery Representation
        Entering Juried Events
        Art Community
        Critique Versus Criticism
        Getting Your Artwork Noticed
        Ethics and Copyright

      Glossary of Art Terms
      C.I. Pigment Chart

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