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Learn to Paint in Acrylics with 50 Small Paintings: Pick up the skills * Put on the paint * Hang up your art

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Learn all you need to know about acrylic painting as you create 50 stunning mini paintings. Following an overview of painting fundamentals, illustrated step-by-step instructions accompanied by lessons on specific techniques lead your way.

This unique book is a complete course in acrylic painting, built up from key techniques. As you progress through the sections of the boo
Paperback, 144 pages
Published March 15th 2015 by Quarry Books (first published March 1st 2015)
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Sara Thompson
Feb 20, 2017 rated it it was ok
I got this book from the library and then opted to purchase it. Even before purchasing, I knew there were problems with this book. The author glosses over a ton of information but leaves a lot of questions, if you are thinking as you read. The first was over the paint "must haves". This is a beginner book. In the introduction, the author lists his must have colors in three variations according to type (student vs artist levels). However, it is not this palette that the painting assignments use. ...more
Nov 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: t-non-fiction, t-art
Both educational and practical. I'm a big proponent of study, practice, repeat for mastering a skill. Learn to Paint is a fine example of that principle. Each of the 50 projects covers some technical aspect of painting (values, reflections, shadows) or some stylistic aspect (Rothko abstracts, impressionistic, portraits). If you put in the effort, you'll end up with 50 small paintings and increased knowledge of the craft. It's good for both the "artistic minded" who want to improve their skills, ...more
Mar 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: art, nonfiction
An awesome find for me. I've always preferred drawing and painting smaller works, so this book's tailor-made for me.

I'm not a beginner painter, but I've become so addicted to beginner books because the projects usually keep painting simple. I just don't have the patience anymore for making complicated art.

I almost didn't buy this book because I thought the projects might be too simple for me. But then I flipped to farther along and realized the paintings become more advanced: the end projects co
Jan 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
I wanted to see why the author liked working in small artwork pieces vs. larger scale. He is an art teacher and says why in the foreword , while I understand how he got his start in small paintings; I think it would have been cool to see what he does with them and why.

I like how he lays out materials, shows you what size he starts with and I like how he show the different surfaces that you can work on and his preferred size canvas and the acrylic palettes he mixes while he is painting. I like ho
This book is by no means perfect, but it's the best guide I've found for beginning painting . I like how each project is consistently five steps long. It is easy to modify some of the instructions to fit a style you are more comfortable with. So far, I've completed 14 projects....they take anywhere from a half hour to ninety minutes to complete including quick set up and clean up. All my projects have looked similar to the sample painting so far and I've been painting every few days! ...more
Peter Herrmann
Oct 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
I very much like the small format paintings (3 reasons: a) faster b) uniform size, thus convenient to store [e.g. in a photo-album -am just using acrylic canvas w/o hard backing] c) cheap - less canvas, less paint ). I also very much like the practical 5-step instructions (each 'step' is usually, actually, a multi-part instruction) for each sample painting. But, I find that when using the colors from his instructions, mine still don't come out quite the same as his; am not sure if that is due to ...more
Jun 18, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mixed-media-art
A focus on acrylic skills in non abstract painting. Just not for me.
Lael Walters
May 31, 2021 rated it liked it
Idea seemed fantastic, but I did not enjoy doing the paintings. It felt like I was just poorly copying someone else’s painting and not learning much in the process.
Sandy King
Mar 28, 2021 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-2021
Does not explain properly.
Jan 30, 2021 rated it liked it
Simple book and easy to follow. The beginning references know student vs professional grade paint are very useful. Great for beginners.
Mary Elenburg
Feb 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is excellent. It gives step-by-step instructions on painting 50 very small paintings and each is easily finished in an hour. If you ever wanted to learn to paint, this book should be part of your library.
Apr 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
I received this book from Goodreads First Reads Giveaway.

I found this book extremely useful. Chapter one has everything you need to know to include brushes, surfaces and paints. Chapter two starts at the beginning with step by step instructions to achieve each painting. Each chapter then gets more advanced by adding techniques but maintains the step by step instructions. These instructions are especially useful for a beginner like me but the advanced techniques I can see being useful to those th
Feb 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiiction
Very useful for me. Bite-sized hands-on is how I prefer to learn
Sep 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
This is a fantastic book to learn some basic techniques and create many different paintings. Great for elementary-school-aged kids and teens as well.
Mona Abbas
Jan 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: art
Worth buying and keeping this book. Easy to understand and easy to paint projects. Good reference book
Jan 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I love this book . The beginning chapters are very informative, and the exercises are wonderful. I am working my way through the book.
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