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Seven Simple Techniques For Acrylic Painting

by Annette Labedzki

Acrylic Painting is a contemporary form of Synthetic Painting Medium, and is associated with the bright & the bold style of art forms. An Acrylic Paint can be diluted in water, while becoming water-resistant upon drying. With the right Layering Techniques, Acrylic Paints bring about the subtleness of both, Watercolors and Oil Paints, in a quick drying medium. With the right Acrylic Painting Techniques, Acrylic Paints can adhere to a variety of surfaces and have enormous potential when put to the right, creative uses. An additional quality of Acrylic Paints is their permanence. Acrylic Paintings are not susceptible to Yellowing and Hardening with age. All this makes these Fast Drying Acrylic Paints more alluring than the long drying Oil Paints.

The indispensable seven simple Techniques for Acrylic Paintings are:

Watercolor Techniques. Identical to Watercolors, Acrylic Paints work as a brilliant transparent medium. However, unlike Watercolors, the advantage with Acrylic Paints is that they do not disturb the existing film of paint.

Blending of Opaque Colors. As is evident from the name, Opaque Colors make the paint layers non-transparent and therefore, blending these colors well is very tricky. Colors are blended by initially painting each shade side by side on your support. A clean, Soft Brush is used to blend them. For further blending, move the Brush around until the desired hue is mixed.

Sgraffito. This Acrylic Painting Technique is a Scratching Technique, and the term, Sgraffito, was coined from an Italian word "Graffiare," which means to scratch. As the meaning of the name suggests, Sgraffito is done by scratching into the surface of Wet Paint to create interesting patterns. Sharp tools, (Knives, Screwdrivers, and Pointed Brush Tips) are used for the purpose.

Preventing Paint from Drying. To implement this Acrylic Painting Technique, you spray a light mist of water over the layer of Acrylic Paints on the Canvas.

Creating Fluid in Acrylic Paint. This Acrylic Painting Technique involves adding water to the Acrylic Paints, just as you do with Watercolors. The Water-Acrylic Paint ratio depends upon the thickness and the requirement of the Glaze. Opaque Painting requires more paint and less of water, whereas the transparent Glaze needs more water.

Using Squeegee. This Acrylic Painting Technique also helps in creating interesting designs. Pour some paint on the support and smear it on to the Canvas with the help of a Squeegee.

Pouring Paint. This is an innovative Acrylic Painting Technique. In this, the required quantity of paint is poured directly on to the surface of the Canvas. The Canvas is then tilted to mix the paint. Here, blending takes place naturally.

Annette Labedzki received her BFA at the Emily Carr College of Art and Design in Vancouver, B.C. Canada. She has more than 25 years experience. She is the founder and developer of an online art gallery featuring original art from all over the world. It is a great site for art collectors to buy original art. Is is also a venue for artists to display and sell their art . Artists can join for free and their image upload is unlimited. Please visit the website at http://www.labedzki-art.com



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Contents

1) Introduction
2) How to read This book
3) The Virtues
4) Examples of virtuous opposites
5) *Exercise one: Overview
6) Summary of Exercise one: Overview
7) Beliefs
8) Two attitudes towards Truth
9) *Exercise two: Letting go of false beliefs
10) Summary of Exercise Two: Letting go of false beliefs
11) More About the Virtues
12) *Exercise Three: Awakening the Virtues
13) The Virtues are Interconnected
14) *Exercise Four: Reuniting Virtues
15) Every Virtue is Useful in Awakening the Other Virtues
16) Examples of Individual Pathways
17) *Exercise Five: Unifying Your Virtuous Matrix
18) Vices: Yours
19) *Exercise Six: Dealing with Your Own Faults
20) Summary of Exercise Six: Dealing with Your Own Faults
21) Vices: Other Peoples
22) *Exercise Seven: Accepting Others Despite Their Faults
23) A Deeper Understanding of the Matrix
24) Compound Virtues
25) Gaps in the Matrix
26) Beyond the Elemental
27) The Unknown Virtue
28) *Exercise Eight: Reintegrating the Unknown Virtue
29) Utilising Semiconciousness
30) Mental Association
31) *Exercise Nine: Positive Association
32) Social an Universal Association
33) *Exercise Ten: Enhancing Your Surroundings
34) Anchoring Positive Association
35) *Exercise Eleven: Anchoring Positive Association
36) Summary of Exercise Eleven: Anchoring Positive Association
37) Exercise Twelve: Deepening Positive Association
38) Individual Areas
39) *Exercise Thirteen: Individual Areas
40) Independence!
41) *Exercise Fourteen: Reclaiming Your Power
42) Summary of Exercise Fourteen: Reclaiming Your Power
43) The Darkness Within
44) *Exercise Fifteen: Embracing the Darkness
45) Summary of Exercise Fifteen: Embracing the Darkness
46) Improving Your Practice
47) *Exercise Sixteen: Boosting Practice
48) Final Word
Inner Medicine by James Barton