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By Wendon Blake
Demonstrating how acrylic paints not just lend themselves to all simple watercolor suggestions, this advisor deals step by step assurance of portray surfaces, shades, and mediums in addition to easy innovations: washes, wet-in-wet, drybrush, scumbling, opaque, and extra. contains seventy five work via top American watercolorists demonstrating impressive number of recommendations. 126 illustrations, together with 21 in complete colour.
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Whatever technique you choose, the entire studio can be cleaned up with just plain water in a matter of minutes. Your choice of a painting surface is simplified too. Acrylic will stick comfortably to any non-oily painting surface. With the aid of acrylic gesso, you can adapt any reasonable surface—and some pretty unreasonable ones—for immediate use. For the impatient painter, acrylic dries swiftly when used straight from the tube or thinned with water. On the other hand, not everyone likes his paint to dry quickly.
The artist has applied his paint in a combination of scumbling and drybrush, developing a slightly rough, crumbly texture throughout, which unifies and enlivens the entire painting surface. Notice the slightly crusty texture of the sky, in which the light tops of the clouds are very soft, semi-liquid drybrush. The stonework of the towers is thickly painted with strokes that allow the texture of the panel to come through and suggest the roughness of the masonry. The dark areas of the grass are painted with more fluid color than the lighter tones, which are touches of drybrush.
Two other French papers are worth trying: Canson and Lana. The old Italian mill, Fabriano, makes several good watercolor papers in different price ranges. And three British papers are also attractive: Winsor & Newton, Saunders Waterford, and Bockingford. Testing Watercolor Papers No two brands of paper behave in exactly the same way. As your style of painting evolves, you’ll find some papers more congenial than others. It’s a practical idea to buy one sheet of each paper available in your local art supply store.
Acrylic Watercolor Painting by Wendon Blake