Abstract Explorations in Acrylic Painting: Fun, Creative and by Jo Toye

By Jo Toye

Observe summary portray with acrylics!

"If you procedure your artwork with a playful perspective you'll be extra apt to maintain making artwork, and the extra artwork you are making, the higher your artwork will be." --pg. 10

Like a diving board for creativity, Abstract Explorations in Acrylic Painting can assist you plunge joyfully into artmaking. With the assumption that an angle of playfulness is essential to inventive development, award-winning acrylic artist Jo Toye leads you on an attractive workshop-style event full of leading edge options, artistic techniques and leap forward results.

Work Small. begin by way of learning how engaged on a small canvas yields enormous payoffs. if you happen to don't have whatever to lose yet a couple of minutes and a bit piece of paper, you'll locate that you just paint extra fearlessly, take in new innovations quicker and revel in your self more.
Step-by-Step Instruction. examine what instruments Toye reveals most beneficial in making paintings, besides 17 step by step demonstrations exhibiting tips on how to use them to most sensible effect.
Start-to-Finish portray Projects. on the middle of the e-book, eight start-to-finish portray initiatives positioned all of it jointly. detect clean takes on stenciling, sponging, making and dealing with gesso. Use razor blades and applicator bottles to create specific linework. in attaining splendidly unique styles utilizing withstand pens, mouth atomizers and India ink. test with transparent Tar Gel, pour paint with pipettes, paintings over most sensible a "failed" painting...all yielding brilliantly unique results.

seriously illustrated and choked with intriguing principles you won't locate at any place else, Abstract Explorations in Acrylic Painting will motivate you to color, scan, play...and come away with a few of your top paintings but!

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Finding the values Your thumbnail sketch can also break the composition into several values, from the white of the paper, which stands for the lightest values, through several gradations of darker values. 5 4 3 2 1 using values The ten-value scale is most commonly used to differentiate values in painting. You do not need to use every value in a painting—a high-key (very light) painting may not have any values darker than number 4 or 5, and a low-key (very dark) painting may not have values lighter than a 7 or 8.

A neutral value may be the best choice until you’re comfortable with value structures. But experimenting with different colors and values will help you understand the medium—and your personal preferences. pastels last for centuries—but will the surface? If you visit museums displaying pastels painted While there’s a lot of technical information in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, available about how papers are made, all you you’ll notice that many of them still look as col- really need to concern yourself with is to make orful and brilliant as if they had been painted sure the paper is labeled acid-free or pH neu- recently.

It’s much more effective and exciting. indd 42 1/22/07 1:16:08 PM using temperature The distance implied in this small painting is enormous. Note that two of the mountains in the background are slightly darker than the third one in the middle, which is even farther back. Also note that the forground grasses contain more yellows and reds, which quickly vanish in the middle distance. The red cliffs in the gorge have been painted with a little blue to move them back in space. Rio Grande Gorge 5" × 8" (13cm × 20cm) Using these color effects can give a feeling of distance in even very small paintings.

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