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Beginners’ acrylics

Part 1 How to use this versatile medium to produce paintings of floral motifs full of detail, texture and interest, by Matthew Evans
Bluebell Wood, acrylic on paper, 12x16in. (30.5x40.5cm). A heavy watercolour paper is ideal if you are working on paper with acrylic. I enjoyed painting this and lost myself in the gradual build up of patches of colour. The opaque quality of acrylic makes it ideal to pick out the light through the trees and as highlights on the vibrant colour of the bluebells. It is easy to add the lighter coloured leaves and grasses as acrylic can be painted over without disturbing the base colour. The dark trees provide contrast to the bright woodland scene
Matthew Evans at work on The Gardens at Hill Top Farm, Cumbria (page 31)

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Learn which acrylics, colours and mediums are useful

Colour-mixing ideas

Practise acrylic-painting techniques

I have been painting for as long as I can remember and I have tried many different media along the way. I was attracted to the versatility of acrylics, as I learned to use it on practically any surface, and with a wide range of texture gels and mediums.

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About Leisure Painter

Have fun as you learn to paint with Leisure Painter. Aimed at beginners and amateur painters, this month's magazine offers step-by-step demonstrations, tutorials, projects from photographs, illustrated techniques and tips and techniques for painting with watercolour, acrylic, water-mixable oils, pastel, coloured pencils, ink and other drawing media. Find out how to paint seasonal landscapes, seascapes, wildlife, flowers and figures. There's also an article on mindful drawing techniques and one artist's experience of painting a large-scale mural on a remote tropical island. Enjoy your month of painting with Leisure Painter.