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Aspects of acrylics

Part 5 Be inspired by a still life in oil to paint the same scene using acrylics, with Steve Strode
Two Apples and a Bowl, acrylic on card, 6x8in. (15x20cm)
Two Apples and a Bowl, oil on card, 6x8in. (15x20cm). I used this original oil painting to inspire me to paint the acrylic version

What better way to try oil-painting techniques with acrylic paints than to copy an oil painting?

I dug out a still life painted in oil (top left) and set about copying it in acrylics (see the following demonstration, the finished picture of which is shown left).

Working with acrylics can mean slightly altering your approach to painting, and although the ‘five stages of painting’ is a method that works equally well with oils too, I find it’s well suited to the quicker drying times of acrylics.

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Welcome to the July issue of Leisure Painter. LP is aimed at teaching beginners and amateur painters to paint successfully using traditional skills, and features some of the best-known art tutors in the UK. This month you will find David Bellamy discussing how to be a more creative watercolourist with the use of collage, mediums, printing and more. Tim Fisher continues his personal look at colours, with a demonstration on how he uses orange lead pastel in his work. Colin Joyce introduces this month's painting project from the road, as he introduces readers to stunning scenery from the NC500 route in Scotland. There are also demonstrations and tutorials in watercolour, acrylic, pastel, coloured pencil and oils, and a beginner's look at painting on silk, covering all your favourite subjects: landscapes, flowers, trees, figures, wildlife, still life and more.