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Lessons in the landscape

Part 1 Cat Croxford discusses materials and techniques as she begins a three-part series on landscape painting with acrylics



Understand the materials needed for acrylic painting

Hints and tips for painting practice

The most frequently asked questions on acrylics are answered

I’ve been working with acrylics most of my painting life and enjoy teaching beginners and improvers how to make the most of this fabulous medium. Acrylics allow you to layer quickly and experiment on the canvas. It is the best medium with which to begin painting. Its unique qualities, particularly quick drying times, can be exploited to evolve expressive, exciting paintings.


Always use good paint and good brushes. Whilst good equipment won’t guarantee an amazing painting, bad equipment will make it harder to achieve.

A variety of large flat brushes, known as mottlers
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Welcome to a summer of drawing and painting with Leisure Painter. This month we tackle summer landscapes, gardens and flowers, buildings, harbours and boats, animals, local scenes, a moonlit seascape, horses and a flamenco dancer in a variety of your favourite media. If you're ready to try something different, experiment with oil pastel resists with acrylic inks and watercolour, look at coloured grounds for mixed-media work and embrace digital with an app that will help you draw and paint better pictures! From loose and lively to detail, monotone to colour work, and projects from photographs to how to paint from life - enjoy another month of practical tutorials, demonstrations and inspiration.