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Let’s start with art

Part 9 Linda Birch continues her introduction to a variety of different media with a look at how to use acrylics
Spring Flowers in a Jar, acrylic on Millbank watercolour paper, 73⁄4x101⁄4in. (20x26cm)


First steps with acrylics

Colour-mixing ideas

Practise the glazing technique

Acrylics are the most versatile of all the media. They can behave like watercolour, and also resemble oil paint, and glazing with them can build rich and luminous colour. Some artists believe acrylic colour is too crude and bright, but that’s not true in my experience. Acrylics just need to be handled sensitively; they don’t enjoy being used badly.

As acrylics dry fast, they either have to be worked on quickly or built up in layers. These paints are not as sympathetic as oils, which allow time for consideration and reworking, and that’s when a retarding medium is useful with acrylics, as it helps to slow the rate of drying.

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About Leisure Painter

Welcome to the August issue of Leisure Painter, catering for beginners and amateur painters. This month we invite you to join our 31-day sketchbook challenge and enter your favourite three images on our online competition. There is more advice on how to fill your sketchbook from Ann Mortimer as she finishes her seasonal series on maintaining a garden journal, and Tony Underhill uses urban-sketching techniques to produce loose and lively line and wash sketches from photographs. We begin a three-part series on painting a stunning blue-eyed cat in watercolour, with tips and techniques on how to paint fur and eyes in all their detail. There are demonstrations for painting buildings and their reflections, a garden scene, boats and even a gorgeous old-fashioned teddy. With practical advice on watercolour, oils, acrylics, oil pastels and gouache, we hope you enjoy your issue of Leisure Painter.