If you are a habitual reader of this section you will know that Search Press has an excellent new concept in art books. These are the Ready To Paint books, a series of unique books designed for beginning artists who want to paint, but whose lack of drawing ability prevents them having a go. Each book concentrates on a different popular subject for paintings, and contains six reusable tracings plus full instructions on how to paint the pictures. First there were several titles about mastering watercolors, now the series has progressed to that most modern medium, acrylics. You don't need many items to take up acrylic painting and the suggestion of buying a basic set to start is an excellent one. It is certainly how I began. Four basic brushes and a range of other easy-to-source items completes your kit, and I like the way certain colors are suggested. There is quite a good choice of pictures to paint too, ranging from a flower-laden balcony in Venice through poppies in a cornfield, butterflies on cow parsley and individual flower studies. Each of the five projects (you are on your own for the sixth as always) is explained in up to thirty stages, taking you through quite a range of different skills needed to master acrylics. These show their vast versatility from watercolour style washes to thick, textured oil effects and everything in between, including the mysteries of masking fluid. I also like the way in which different types of floral picture are covered, from massed flowers to individual close ups. This series continues to impress me.-Myshelf.com The book follows the by now well-established Ready to Paint format, with a series of six pre-drawn tracings that combine with detailed demonstrations of how to paint them. As with previous volumes, however, the result is very much more than a beginner's painting-by-numbers exercise and turns itself into one of the best introductions there is to painting flowers in the increasingly popular medium of acrylics.-Artbookreview.net Wendy Jelbert uses acrylics to capture the form and delicate beauty of flowers, using the medium in the style of both watercolour and oil. She deals with materials and lists her ten most used colours, her four favourite brushes and a range of suitable papers. She offers advice on transferring the images of the tracings at the beginning of the book and then embarks on six step-by-step demonstrations. For each of them she lists the colours and the brushes used and such aids as masking fluid and tape, ruling/drawing pens and sponges. The stages in the demonstrations vary in number from 15 to 30 and each step is accompanied by an explanatory note, which enables readers to follow the gradual build-up of the attractive paintings.-Leisure Painter Artist Wendy Jelbert encourages novices to gain skills in acrylic painting in this introductory guide to art techniques. She provides tracings of five paintings with floral motif; a detailed listing of the materials needed; clear instructions on transferring the tracing images to paper; and, finally, lessons on how to develop each of the five artworks.-Chicago Botanic GardenVom Verlag:
In this work, no drawing skills are required because full-size pull-out tracings containing the demonstration outlines are included. Whether you want to paint portraits of stargazer lilies, poppies in a cornfield or a Venetian windowbox, Wendy Jelbert makes acrylics easy to use in this guide to painting flowers. Features include: hints and tips accompany the detailed step-by-step instructions; five complete demonstrations; a variety of subjects shows the versatility and vibrancy of acrylics; and, no drawing skills are required: full-size pull-out tracings containing the demonstration outlines are included. This work also includes six reusable tracings to pull out.
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