Thought to share this with my fellow bloggers and creatives.
1) Acrylic Revolution: New Trick and Techniques for Working with the World's Most Versatile Medium (by Nancy Reyner)
This is NOT a traditional how to work book. It focus on acrylic material handling plus some basic acrylic painting techniques. Though the acrylic and acrylic medium it refers to is of GOLDEN brand, most of the information is applicable to other brands.
Here is a photo of "acrylic skin" I learn to make from the book.
|Left: Acrylic skin. Right: Original image photocopy on plain paper|
2) Color Mixing Recipes Books:
I'm pretty sure a lot of you know color mixing like the back of your hands, but I don't. And to make the problem worst, my first acrylic painting was of nude girl figure. Through my internet search, I did find some basic formulas to mix skin tone, but most of these formulas were for 1 color value only. The instructions on color value change from these formulas are very confusing for me to understand.
These book are recommended to me by the owner of my local art store. I wasn't quite sure about "recipes" book at first. It sounds suspicious and honestly a bit tacky. Also I would feel like a cheat to use "color recipes" to paint. But after reading the books, I was glad to have got them. I actually learn more about color mixing from the "color recipes" than from the 2 big fat books I got last year on color theory.
Also, the book comes with a "color mixing grid" which helps me greatly when I need to mix the same color twice or more. (Again, I'm sure mixing the same color twice or more to you is not difficult at all. But for me, a total novice to painting, it's a GIGANTIC problem.)
Note: For my painting "Come to Me", I didn't use any one of the color recipes. I developed my own recipe learning from the book. However, my "recipe" didn't work that well ...
Lastly, a pix of my painting area for your musing.
|My Messy Art Space|
Cheers and have wonderful week ahead!