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An acrylic view

Part 3 Make the most of your acrylics as you follow Tony Paul’s guide to using three essential approaches to painting

Acrylics

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

Practise watercolour, oil and heavy-body style techniques

Experiment with your materials

How to use colour to create different effects

Rape Field, Cheselbourne, Dorset , Liquitex acrylic inks on watercolour paper, 8x614⁄ in. (20x16cm)

One of the most exciting aspects of acrylics is their exceptional versality. This versatility is extended by acrylic colours, which are available in various densities, from fluid ink to heavy body. Although a heavybody acrylic will dilute down to a liquid suitable for watercolour effects, the strength of the colour may well be compromised. Likewise, if acrylic ink has an impasto medium or texture paste added, the pigment’s covering power will probably be diminished. So take into account the kind of approach you want to try and buy appropriately.

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About Leisure Painter

Welcome to the summer issue of Leisure Painter. We've packed this issue with a variety of painting tutorials and demonstrations for landscapes, portraits, birds, nocturnes, harbour scenes, flowers and gardens. If you love painting detail in watercolour, look no further than Paul Hopkinson's portrait of a barn owl and Jarnie Godwin's beginners' guide to botanical painting. If you want to simplify the detail, look out for Paul Alcock's painting project of a busy harbour scene and Hazel Soan's watercolour portraits. From tips on work outdoors to how to paint successfully from photographs, there's something for all busy amateur painters in this month's issue. You'll find practical advice on how to use watercolour pencils and other drawing media, watercolour, acrylics and oils along with where to go and what to do throughout the summer. Enjoy your month of painting!
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