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Abstract Painting in Acrylic & Mixed Media by Petra Tholken

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Abstract Painting in Acrylic & Mix Media

20 projects & creative techniques in acrylic & mixed media by Petra Thölken

Size: 216x280 mm

Illustrations: 500

Pages: 128

Book Description -

Petra Thölken’s practical and inspiring book examines what it means to make an abstract work of art. She encourages the reader to consider the subjects of composition, planes, and subject and expression, while also examining the more practical topics of colour theory and colour mixing, how to work with pigment, canvas and priming, spatula techniques and working with unconventional backgrounds. All these elements build up into a vocabulary of visual pointers from which the reader can begin to explore their own adventurousness and creativity.

Through the 20 beautiful projects that Petra demonstrates, step by step, readers will learn how to create texture, work with unusual tools and create soft transitions or high contrast. Her clarity of thought and inspirational advice will open your eyes to a whole new way of seeing your paintings and achieving the self-expression that leads to visually exciting and technically innovative work. For some of the projects, there are links to Petra's popular YouTube videos, demonstrating how she created the individual paintings.

Table of Contents



10 Pigment

12 Acrylic

13 Binding agent

14 Traditional colour theory

16 Mixing in practice

17 Making pigment paste

18 Composition

19 Planes

20 Subject and expression

22 Brushes

24 Unconventional tools

26 Canvas

27 Priming

28 What is glazing?

29 Spatula techniques

30 Spatula: Exercise 1

32 Spatula: Exercise 2

34 Texture in the picture

36 Emphasizing texture: Exercise 1

38 Emphasizing texture: Exercise 2

40 Sponge

42 Drawing implements

43 Gold plating

44 Unconventional backgrounds

45 Your colours


48 My Japanese Water Lilies

52 Golden Skyline

56 Patina Allure

60 The Golden Rectangle

64 Creative Board

68 What Good Can I Do Myself Today?

72 Give Colour Some Room

76 Inspiring Colour Field Painting

80 Days Like This

84 Wandering into the Distance

88 Flower Interplay

92 Summer Courtyard Whispers

96 Garden Art From Long Ago

100 True Colours

104 Silence is Golden

108 Sailing in a Storm

112 Dreamy Green

116 Overland Cornfield

120 Expressive Abstract

124 Abstract Colour Play



About the Author -

Petra Thölken knew, even as a child, that she wanted to be an artist. She learned oil painting from scratch and, in her spare time after school, she produced drawings using chalk pastels and pencils, taking her inspiration mostly from nature. Later, as a freelance designer, she designed individual pieces of furniture and soon, entire room concepts for distinguished private individuals. In 1999, in search of a new, larger space as a design and planning office, she struck lucky in the heart of Hanover, Germany with an old factory that also offered space for her current studio. In 2004, she opened a painting school and, in 2015, she created her internationally popular YouTube channel under the name Künstlerstreich. Her work is exhibited internationally and is part of public and private collections.



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