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A veritable bible for beginners as well as an invaluable reference for accomplished artists, The Artist's Manual is a hands-on guide to hundreds of techniques for painting and drawing. For anyone who has ever had the urge to create art, this easy-to-use manual clearly explains the artist's essential tools and materials -- how to choose them, how to use them, and how to car ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published August 1st 1996 by Chronicle Books
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Cara
Luscious eye candy with bonus useful information. Why do I have such a thing for art supplies? It seems really weird that I would enjoy a book like this as much as I am, but whatever. This is the best art supply prØn I can imagine.

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Acrylic paint

- Don't mix brands--may interact strangely (ex. cause each other to curdle, not stick well)
- Mix <= 2-3 colors at a time to avoid muddy colors; don't mix too thoroughly
- Acrylics dry darker and more brilliant than they appear wet
- To keep them
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Betsy
Jan 14, 2008 Betsy rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: artists/ art lovers
Recommended to Betsy by: my high school art teachers
Just a great all-around reference for the basics of creating art. From this book, I learned how to stretch canvas, mix paints, create shadows... it's a "My First Art Book" for adults. Everyone should have one! Also useful for art critiques, or sounding impressive at a gallery opening.
Kyla Barr
This is like a bible to me, I refer to this book often throughout my life as an artist. Would recommend it to any artist or inspiring artist!!!
Darcy
Mar 27, 2009 Darcy added it
this was my artists bible when i was in grade school, there is much to be learned from this book, and the illustrations are great
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