Acrylic Illuminations: Reflective and Luminous Acrylic Painting Techniques

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50 dazzling techniques…for work that shines above the rest!

From the author of the best-selling books Acrylic Revolution and Acrylic Innovation, this book blazes new creative territory with 50 techniques that harness the artistic power of light. Ranging from subtle glazing on metal leaf, to pearly sheens, to boldly colored optical effects and glossy surfboard finishes, these approaches represent the most requested aspects of Nancy Reyner's popular workshops.50 eye-catching techniques feature metal leaf, reflective paints, pouring, fluorescent and phosphorescent paints, refractive layering and optical color effects.Possibilities are vividly illustrated with diverse work from 44 artists.A "Crash Course on Acrylic" chapter offers an overview of how to use these versatile paints and products to their fullest potential. This hands-on guide provides clear step-by-step directions to successfully execute these new and exciting techniques. Explore matte skin construction, sheen shifting, embedding objects, patinas and polished stone effects. Use these approaches for organic, abstract or realistic styles…as backgrounds, top layers, or accents layered in between…combine, experiment, and let your paintings shine.

Product Details

  • Spiral-bound: 144 pages
  • Publisher: North Light Books; Spi edition (December 13, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1440327033
  • ISBN-13: 978-1440327032
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 1 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds

Customer Reviews

Inspiring, Practical, Helpful Exercises for Acrylic Painters

40 people found this helpful.
 on December 15, 2013
By Masha
Nancy Reyner’s latest book is full of practical, useful exercises for acrylic painters who want to get the most out of the medium. I recommend this book for any acrylic painter, but particularly for those who love abstraction, light effects and luminosity. If you’ve ever wondered how exactly to use string gel, multiple glazes, metal foil, light modeling paste, or the various acrylic mediums for pours, this book will teach you relatively quickly. I find it very inspiring, yet also highly practical. The photos for the how-to exercises are easy to understand, and there are a multitude of examples by Nancy and other painters that will give you plenty of ideas for your own studio work.

Great resource for painters

26 people found this helpful.
 on December 23, 2013
By Roxanne Janners
This book is a wonderful reference, and the spiral binding makes it very practical to use in the studio. Ms. Reyner has done an excellent job explaining each technique in a straightforward manner without extraneous gibberish. All the information is useful, particularly when the author recommends specific brands that work well for particular techniques. The way the book is set up allows readers to start anywhere and skip around to whatever interests them. Artistic brains love that.

I love this book!

15 people found this helpful.
 on August 6, 2015
By Elizabeth Palmer
I have been learning acrylic by trial and error. Lots of error. I have repainted my first two paintings several times when I was disappointed. The book came today. Already I see what caused some of my disappointments. Mixing my paint like a wash when I wanted a glaze. Putting down the wrong “base coat” before doing a wash or glaze. Using too much extender and flow release rather than acrylic gloss medium. Using mat medium instead of gloss when I was desiring a transparent layer. I have only read a few pages but I was so happy to have my questions answered, I stopped reading and tapped out this review on my phone. Thank you!

Great addition to my "acrylics" library.

21 people found this helpful.
 on January 3, 2014
By WBC Coach
I have recently taken up painting and, in order to expose myself to an array of acrylic techniques, I’ve purchased 4 books, including this one. I love the techniques in this book and admire all of the painting examples shown. Some of the techniques shown in the 3 other books I own don’t particularly appeal to me so I have to “pick and choose” among what’s featured to garner some new ideas I’d like to try. In contrast, I find everything in this book to be very appealing and worthy of experimentation at some point. It’s my favorite book, thus far.

Acylic Illuminations

12 people found this helpful.
 on February 10, 2014
By Anne Hassell
I never realized there were so many different techniques and ideas available in just one book. I have enjoyed painting and thought I knew quite a lot. This book gives you an unlimited resource of imagination and capabilities and many fields for you to play in. If you do not buy it, you will never know what you are missing. Thank you for a wonderful product.

Invaluable resource guide for acrylic mediums and techniques

6 people found this helpful.
 on July 2, 2014
By Marie Wise
Nancy Reyner knows so much about acrylics, and her artwork is beautiful too! This book is an invaluable resource guide for how to use all the various (and sometimes mysterious) acrylic mediums to replicate techniques such as metallic, oil glazes, encaustic, glossy sheens, textures, etc. I’m inspired to try them all! Thank you Nancy for writing such a comprehensive, easy-to-understand book on acrylics.

Very Useful Resource

5 people found this helpful.
 on May 19, 2014
By lovinglife
This book was recommended to me by another artist, and I was not disappointed. If you are wanting to get to know about painting with all the new acrylic paints, mediums and get overwhelmed when standing in that aisle in the art store, this book will help you a lot. I was mostly interested in how to paint on metallics – leafing – and this book gives clear, step by step instructions even to how long to wait to let each step dry. Very thorough. It also has other techniquest I had never heard of. The color photos are gorgeous and inspiring.

Workplace shelf

5 people found this helpful.
 on December 31, 2013
By Ann Yezzi
A MUST if you want to expand your experience with acrylics and fantastic means to do so! She takes you where you’ve never dreamed of going. Transparency that transcends … Ho hum here! This is the tool you can reach for any time…make a hanger to hold it at your desk,workbench. Wherever you create

50 Expansive Techniques for Acrylics

One person found this helpful.
 on October 20, 2016
By Amazon Customer
In “Illuminations”, Reyner has packed 50-expansive ideas and techniques for enlarging an artist’s use and understanding of what can be done with acrylics. Because of this book, I have rolled my arts practice over to 100% acrylic media. I didn’t think to use acrylics as an adhesive in my Abstract Mixed-Media Collage work. I had no ideas there are so many possibilities of pouring techniques, of texturing methods, or finishes. An awesome book that is right at my finger-tips.

Thank you for a wonderful inspiring book!

3 people found this helpful.
 on March 5, 2015
By Kindle Customer
Bought several this evening, one of which was a waste, two so so and then this one. I can’t wait to jump in and try these techniques. Photos are great and techniques are exciting regardless of your style.

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