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Aspects of acrylics

Part 4 Nine simple exercises and prompts to help develop your skills and understanding of acrylics, with Steve Strode

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

How to paint with acrylics

Try simple exercises to develop your work

Work with tone and colour

How you mature as an acrylic painter depends on your taste and the type of pictures you want to paint, but trying these simple exercises will give you a basic understanding of the materials and techniques needed to succeed.

January Afternoon Norfolk, After Trevor Chamberlain, acrylic on card, 6x8in. (15x20cm)

1 KEEP IT SIMPLE

Start by using black and white paint. Removing colour from the equation helps concentrate on the importance of value, or how much light and dark is included in a painting. Someone once said that ‘value does all the work while colour takes all the credit’. Try interpreting a colour painting or photograph by reducing it to just lights and darks. Don’t paint a copy that renders every detail, but just the basics. Having several attempts at these studies will improve your ability to recognise the underlying value structure of a painting.

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About Leisure Painter

Welcome to the June issue of Leisure Painter, the best-selling practical art magazine in the UK, aimed at beginners and amateur painters. Watercolour highlights include how to paint: a colourful toucan, a complex interior scene, simple flowers and figures. Tim Fisher also begins a six-part series discussing the merits and uses of his favourite colours with a focus on cobalt teal in watercolour this month. Follow nine simple exercises and prompts to develop your painting skills with acrylics and follow a step-by-step demonstration to paint an avocet using heavy-body acrylics. Discover a new style as you paint an acrylic inspired by the travel posters of the 1930s and discover the power of coloured pencils and pen and ink . Plus lots more.