The Acrylic Paint Colour Wheel Book

The Acrylic Paint Colour Wheel Book

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By (author) John Barber

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  • Publisher: Search Press Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 160 pages
  • Dimensions: 200mm x 200mm x 18mm | 522g
  • Publication date: 1 September 2011
  • Publication City/Country: Tunbridge Wells
  • ISBN 10: 1844484211
  • ISBN 13: 9781844484218
  • Illustrations note: col. Illustrations
  • Sales rank: 212,200

Product description

The world's first truly interactive art instruction book, "The Acrylic Paint Colour Wheel Book" will help anyone who wants to paint in acrylics produce quality art in days. It begins with a look at the equipment you'll need to get started and then describes the basic principles of color mixing and applying color. The book presents a series of eight step-by-step projects designed to teach you the most rewarding acrylics techniques, such as painting alla prima, glazing, painting with a palette knife, using tone, and building up color; all applied to subjects from still lifes to landscapes, and from people to the natural world. By working through the projects you'll increase your knowledge and confidence and will be able to produce satisfying acrylic art.Each project also introduces and illustrates the most important technique for the project and gives at-a-glance advice on color mixing. The color wheel on the jacket allows mixes to be immediately visible, for successful paintings every time.Turn the interactive color wheel to instantly see the results of mixing different colors. This book helps to: learn the basics of color mixing in acrylics, how to get the effect you are looking for, and how to use acrylics in your compositions; discover the materials and equipment that artists in acrylics use most often and with greatest success; work through the eight projects to learn the basic techniques of working in acrylics; and, grow in confidence as you paint so that you produce exciting and successful acrylic art every time.

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Author information

John Barber is a professional artist and designer whose work has been published by many leading publishers worldwide. His interest in art and design have led to diverse commissions, including model-making for film and TV, sculpture, and stained glass design, in addition to painting. He has lectured widely on Turner and Rembrandt, and regularly teaches painting courses near Flatford Mill in Suffolk and in La Rochefoucauld, France. John lives in London. He is the author of The Watercolor Wheelbook and Color Pencil Wheel Book (Barnes and Noble, 2006) and Oil Paint Color Wheel Book, Acrylics Color Wheel Book, and Pastel Color Wheel Book (Barnes and Noble, 2007).

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This is the sister volume to the previous one on watercolour and, if it follows the success of that, it's a fair bet we'll be raising quite a family. Most of what I said previously applies here. It's a gimmick, but sometimes gimmicks make you sit up and suddenly understand what has previously been a problem subject. I still think that the illustrations are a bit flat, even though the trick paper has gone. Nevertheless, there's a good variety of subject matter and the medium is used in both impasto and as a wash, so you get to see most of the techniques you'll want.-Artbookreview.net What a clever idea this book is with its colour wheel that you can turn incorporated into the front cover. I found the book useful. It takes you through the basic - equipment, techniques and so on. I found some of the step-by-step subjects a little flat and uninteresting, especially given that John is an accomplished painter, but that is usually the case in books of this kind. There are eight projects and the furry raccoon is good. Remember that the techniques can be used for your own paintings and that the idea is not necessarily to reproduce the paintings here. There is plenty of information for the painter and you should gather confidence in using acrylics if you follow the book through. It's a great price and makes a superb gift for the budding artist.-KarenPlatt.co.uk John Barber discusses the medium and shows his readers how to produce required colours using the unique colour mixing wheel on the book's jacket. He begins by describing and offering advice on acrylic equipment and obtaining the basic principles for mixing and applying colour. The book contains eight step-by-step projects covering a wide range of subjects including farm buildings, boats, landscapes, seascapes, flowers, the human figure, animals and a still life featuring vegetables. For each project John lists the colours used and demonstrates how he builds up his acrylic paintings in numerous stages. There is an attractive gallery featuring the author's work alongside that of several other talented artists, which cover a diversity of styles and demonstrate the impressive versatility of the medium. The numerous colour illustrations are well produced and the text throughout is both informative and helpful. Altogether a useful introduction to the acrylic medium. (Ray Campbell Smith)-Leisure Painter This practical guide to colour selection and mixing cuts through much of the mystique that surrounds the subject. There is an inbuilt colour wheel on the front cover and readers are able to locate the tones they want then turn to the appropriate project in the body of the book to find demonstrations, hints and exercises.-Leisure Painter

Table of contents

IntroductionHow to use this bookMaterials & equipmentBasic techniquesGalleryThe projectsProject 1: Eggplant with peppersProject 2: French farm buildingsProject 3: Fishing boatsProject 4: English meadowProject 5: Breaking waveProject 6: Bunch of flowersProject 7: CellistProject 8: Raccoon