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A great guide for painters who want to experiment with mixed media and make their landscape paintings more adventurous. Popular artist and teacher, Soraya French, encourages readers to experiment with mixing media and to create more adventurous paintings and broaden their artistic horizons. The media that Soraya uses in this book are acrylics, pastels and collage and she shows how to bring the best out of mixing these media with handy tips, some simple projects and several step-by-step demonstrations. Landscape, and the way it changes over the seasons, is the ideal subject for experimenting with different textural effects using mixed media. Contemporary Landscapes in Mixed Media is divided into four seasonal chapters, with each section dealing with the colours, shapes, patterns and textures particular to each season. There is information on mixing colours relevant to each season, as well as interesting ways of painting flowers and other details of nature, how to create exciting compositions, and how to add architectural aspects within the landscape. In some landscapes figures may be added in order to animate the composition and create a narrative. This practical and inspirational book will help and encourage the reader to explore the fascinating potential of mixed media and to adopt a freer attitude in their painting.
A great guide for painters who want to experiment with mixed media and make their landscape paintings more adventurous. Popular artist and teacher, Soraya French, encourages readers to experiment with mixing media and to create more adventurous paintings and broaden their artistic horizons. The media that Soraya uses in this book are acrylics, pastels and collage and she shows how to bring the best out of mixing these media with handy tips, some simple projects and several step-by-step demonstrations. Landscape, and the way it changes over the seasons, is the ideal subject for experimenting with different textural effects using mixed media. Contemporary Landscapes in Mixed Media is divided into four seasonal chapters, with each section dealing with the colours, shapes, patterns and textures particular to each season. There is information on mixing colours relevant to each season, as well as interesting ways of painting flowers and other details of nature, how to create exciting compositions, and how to add architectural aspects within the landscape. In some landscapes figures may be added in order to animate the composition and create a narrative. This practical and inspirational book will help and encourage the reader to explore the fascinating potential of mixed media and to adopt a freer attitude in their painting.
The versatility of acrylics has made it one of the most popular media among amateur artists. Here Soraya French explores the medium in detail, encouraging readers to work with acrylics creatively and to experiment with different techniques to achieve exciting and dramatic effects.
Aimed at artists, teachers, and designers in watercolor, oil, pastel, drawing, and collage, this guide teaches and encourages artists to work with more than one medium to create exciting visual and textural effects in paintings Whether you love the vibrancy of pastels, the versatility of acrylics, or the dynamism of collage, this book shows you how to combine them to make a unique piece of art. Alongside Soraya's beautiful paintings, it encourages the artist to express themselves, to experiment with their own creative ideas, and to enjoy the magical potential of painting in mixed media. Materials discussed include gels, pastes, and paper collage, as well as paint, and step-by-step demonstrations explain how to build paintings layer by layer. Included are projects which will help the artist put theories into practice, and the advice offered throughout leads them through techniques while warning against common mistakes. Mixed in are ideas which suggest ways to create a personal visual voice.
Let your creativity bloom with Expressive Flower Painting! Flowers are one of the most common and beloved subjects for artists. And for new artists, it's almost always one of the first things someone tries to paint--center, petals, stem, voila! The painting exercises and the process shown in this book have a loose, free, contemporary style--one that is very popular with painters and is widely seen in galleries, in shops, and even on clothing and home design goods. It's not intimidating, and yet the paintings are colorful, immediate, and joyful and speak to the artist's desire to play, be loose, and to create freely. Lynn Whipple paints wildly and in small to large formats with a combination of acrylic paint, charcoal, and colorful soft pastel. She uses fresh, abundant flower arrangements as her muse. Expressive Flower Painting presents a range of creative painting exercises that help readers develop vibrant nature paintings. This exciting book is an in-depth expansion of Lynn's class called Big Bold Bloom Wild Painting, with additional content. The book will cover mark making, layering techniques, how to do "spin drawings," color methods, painted backgrounds, working from life, and how to successfully combine a wide variety of media for the maximum effect.
A guide to drawing and painting abstract art. It explains the techniques needed for creative expressionism through to fully abstract paintings. It reveals unusual colour and texture techniques to create with watercolours, acrylics and oil paints. It presents ten projects that highlight the progression from initial inspiration to a finished work.

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