Chinese Brush Painting – A Complete Course in Traditional and Modern Techniques

Comprehensive “how-to” manual takes all levels of students through the creative process, providing detailed instructions for painting such simple subjects as bamboo and plum blossoms as well as more ambitious motifs: birds, fish, and landscapes. Some sections describe how to adapt Chinese brush painting to Western subjects. 150 illustrations, including 82 in full color.

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Oil Painting For Dummies

Nobody ever said that oil painting was easy. But it gets much easier and a lot more fun when you follow a step-by-step approach that starts you off on the right foot, helps you build your skills one at a time, and gives you plenty of exercises to develop your craft. That’s what you’ll find in Oil Painting For Dummies.
Completely free of arty jargon, this full-color guide has all the hands-on instruction you need to master the basics. You’ll see how to plan a painting, build an image in layers, mix colors, and create stunning compositions. You’ll also find everything you need to know about oil paints, solvents, and pigments; brushes, palettes, and painting surfaces; and how to keep costs down at the art supply store. Discover how to:

Choose the right supplies
Set up your studio and care for your equipment
Handle your materials safely
Develop your design and composition skills
Make practice sketches and studies
Use broken stroke, dry brush, glazing, scraffito and other brush strokes
Try out different compositions
Mix any color you want
Simplify tricky still-life subjects
Paint landscapes and common objects out doors
Paint portraits and the human form

Complete with handy color chart, basic materials list, and a very useful viewing square, Oil Painting For Dummies is the fun and easy way to discover your inner artist!

Oil Painting For Dummies

Nobody ever said that oil painting was easy. But it gets much easier and a lot more fun when you follow a step-by-step approach that starts you off on the right foot, helps you build your skills one at a time, and gives you plenty of exercises to develop your craft. That’s what you’ll find in Oil Painting For Dummies.
Completely free of arty jargon, this full-color guide has all the hands-on instruction you need to master the basics. You’ll see how to plan a painting, build an image in layers, mix colors, and create stunning compositions. You’ll also find everything you need to know about oil paints, solvents, and pigments; brushes, palettes, and painting surfaces; and how to keep costs down at the art supply store.

Discover how to:

Choose the right supplies
Set up your studio and care for your equipment
Handle your materials safely
Develop your design and composition skills
Make practice sketches and studies
Use broken stroke, dry brush, glazing, scraffito and other brush strokes
Try out different compositions
Mix any color you want
Simplify tricky still-life subjects
Paint landscapes and common objects out doors
Paint portraits and the human form

Complete with handy color chart, basic materials list, and a very useful viewing square, Oil Painting For Dummies is the fun and easy way to discover your inner artist!

Acrylic Painting for Dummies

Hands-on, full-color instruction in this versatile painting medium

Acrylic paint is easy to use, quick to dry, a cinch to clean up, and relatively inexpensive–which makes it a great medium for amateur artists. Following a simple step-by-step approach, Acrylic Painting For Dummies provides hands-on instruction and easy-to-follow exercises in acrylic painting techniques and styles, making the medium accessible to would-be artists at all levels. Featuring large-scale projects at the end of most chapters and ample additional opportunities for readers to paint along, this friendly guide will help anyone discover the artist within.