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Free your style

Part 1 From essential techniques to how to recycle old paintings and make a stay-wet palette at home, Brendan Smith offers a fresh look at acrylics

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

How to create texture in your acrylic paintings

Practise using a variety of tools

Loosen up your style

Morning, Times Square , acrylic on paper, 16x12in (40.5x30.5cm). One of my early attempts at a looser style, using palette knives and pieces of mountboard to paint.

I was not immediately drawn to acrylics. When I first encountered them I found the colours rather strong and thought that they had a strange ‘plastic’ look. I now suspect this was as much due to my own technical shortcomings as to any failing of these early paints. Quality modern-day acrylics certainly offer none of these problems (if they ever did).

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About Leisure Painter

Time to take out your brushes and colours as you peruse the November issue of Leisure Painter. This month, build your confidence and skill set with new ideas from acrylic painters, Brendan Smith and Helen Elliott. For the watercolourists, there are demonstrations and practical advice for painting flowers, autumn landscapes, trees, animals, buildings and street scenes. Oil painter, Martin Kinnear covers 'how to paint a winner' with advice on how to see and think like a professional artist, while Elena Parashko demonstrates the painting of tulips in the same medium. Tony Paul continues his look at successful composition ideas, Tim Fisher (who completes his seven-part line & colour series this month) also reports on new sketching sets by Caran d'Ache, and there's even an article on how to paint a halloween-inspired cartoon. Enjoy another month of painting with the UK's best-selling learn to paint magazine.