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Complete Guide to Acrylics by Lorena Kloosterboer

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Complete Guide to Acrylics, All the essential techniques and skills you need by Lorena Kloosterboer

320 Pages, 350 Illustrations

EVERY painting technique explained and demonstrated, plus everything you need to know about paints, additives, brushes, papers, canvases, colour palettes, colour mixing, composition, and more.

This comprehensive and accessible reference guide provides an in-depth exploration into the art of painting with acrylics, and has been created as one book that will accompany the reader on the complete journey from beginner to artist. With expert advice and step-by-step guidance in a wide range of techniques, this is an indispensable resource for beginning artists, students, and experienced painters alike.

Drawing on the expertise of master painters from around the world, Complete Guide to Acrylics covers every aspect of working in acrylics in detail, from materials and mediums to tools and techniques. It is also a very practical approach, brimming with demonstrations to explain and reinforce the essential skills, and offering useful insights into all stages of the creative process.

Accompanied by a wealth of images, and with a useful reference section with technical data and notes on commissions, selling and exhibiting, this is the ultimate desktop resource for artists, students, and hobbyists alike.

Table of Contents


Chapter One: About Acrylic Paint

Different types of acrylic

Comparison to other paints

Top 10 brands of acrylic paint

How to read a paint label

How to make your own acrylic paints

Mediums & additives

Keeping acrylics workable

Metallic paints


Chapter Two: Equipment

Beginner's guide to art supply shopping


Set up

Visual tools


Special effects tools


Brush shapes

Palette knives & shapers

Different types of canvas

Stretching & mounting


Art panels

Surface preparation

The artist studio

Chapter Three: The foundation

Colour theory

Different brands, different colours

Choosing colours


What do you want to say?

Size and dimensions

How to make a good reference

Order of work

Transferring images

Chapter Four: Acrylic painting techniques

Mixing colours

Painting whites

Painting greys

Painting blacks



Mixing acrylics with other paints


Watercolour effects

Oil effects

Alla prima

Lettering & fine lines





Hard edges vs. soft edges


Squeegee/roller brush


Texture effects

Chapter Five: The airbrush

The tool: The airbrush & compressor

Acrylic airbrush inks

Mediums & supports

Stencils & masks

Other tools

Airbrush techniques

Chapter Six: Be a pro

Rules of ethical behaviour

Entering competitions/exhibits

Art community

Consistency in art

Finding a title for your painting

Keeping records

Photographing your work


Shipping your artwork and reproductions

Social media & tuition


Index & credits

Lorena Kloosterboer (b.1962) is an internationally acclaimed Dutch-Argentine artist, whose award-winning artwork has been exhibited in galleries and museums in numerous countries. Her paintings have been published in leading international art magazines, museum catalogs, and art books. Lorena Kloosterboer currently lives and works in Antwerp, Belgium. Visit to see more of her art.



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