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Acrylic Fusion: Experimenting with Alternative Methods for Painting, Collage, and Mixed Media Paperback – January 1, 2012


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Quarry Books (January 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592537529
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592537525
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.5 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #359,339 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author


Born in Newark, New Jersey, Dan Tranberg is an award-winning artist, writer, and critic currently based in Cleveland, Ohio. He has published over 750 articles on visual art and has exhibited his own work in more than 45 exhibitions. His writing has appeared in national and international publications including Art in America, NY Arts, ArtUS, BOMB, Glass, and Art on Paper, and he has been a frequent contributor to The Plain Dealer since 1999. Since 2000, Tranberg has taught painting and writing at the renowned Cleveland Institute of Art. He was awarded an Ohio Excellence in Journalism award in 2004 and received Ohio Arts Council Individual Artist Fellowships in 2002 and 2007.
 
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There are 10+ techniques about how to play with acrylic.
Jiahui Wu
I very highly recommend this book to any artist/crafter that is interested in elevating/tightening ones skill.
Mike Komyati
The step-by-step tutorials are very clearly written and illustrated, thus very easy to follow.
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27 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 4, 2012
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I was gravely, almost instantaneously, disappointed with this book...not at all what I expected. I suppose I let the 'attractive' title and snazzy cover design get the best of me? Because at the Amazon prime price of $15.96 it really is not justifiable. The problem with this book--and with most of these types of books, that try and sell you these "new" and "revolutionary" techniques that will promise to revamp and change your practice forever--is that a lot of what they contain can be arrived at through simple and intuitive self-experimentation. A lot of what's in this book, and others like Nany Reyner's "Acrylics Revolution" and Patti Brady's "Rethinking Acrylics" is just the same old recycled material. Anyone that uses acrylic paints and gels is already keenly aware of their strength and potential for breaching beyond traditional uses and applications. You don't need this book to tell you that. There is nothing "new" about this, it is not a "must have resource" or a "great reference for any crafters"...about the only thing it is is expensive. You can easily gleam any of these techniques for free off the web.

(The first 20 pages talks about the basics, paints, mediums, tools, and very rudimentary things like stretching paper, sealing and priming wood panels, and canvas, nothing special.)

Here's a list of the techniques included, FYI there are only 20:

1. Palimpsest: Creating A Richly Textured Surface By Making Shapes and Then Wiping Them Partly Away

2. Tiny Bubbles: Using Liquid Soap to Create A Frothy Texture ("For this technique, fluid acrylic colors are mixed with a small amount of liquid soap to create a sudsy mixture that dries to form an interestingly textured surface.")

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Haley Mathiot VINE VOICE on February 13, 2012
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This book is so wild. It's full of simple exciting techniques with step-by-step instructions and photos. The techniques are interesting and inspiring, and hold a lot of potential for those with a slightly more trained eye in acrylic painting.

The techniques are things like adding an acrylic material to the paint so it holds a texture; using masking tape to make sharp edges; putting rubbing alcohol on solid paint; and other things to get unique looks. Think abstract, or contemporary.

They're not hard techniques. But a lot of them, you'll need the specific materials, and they aren't things you can grab a Walmart. You'll either have to have a local art store around, or order the supplies online. I won't say this book is for experienced artists, but it's certainly not for beginners, unless you've got an opportunity to get the materials (and buying all that can be pricey).

This is an excellent book for art teachers, school teachers, and acrylic painters who want to find something new and different in their work.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By K. Platt on January 23, 2012
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Dan Tranberg pushes the boundaries of acrylic, bringing new techniques and possibilities with this exciting medium. Even the most adventurous painters should find something new amongst the 22 techniques, fully explained with step by step clear photos and easy to follow instructions. Use the techniques for painting canvas or paper, collage or mixed media - they are perfect for art journals. I really loved this book and found it useful for expanding my repertoire of techniques. This review first appeared on yarnsandfabrics website.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Rosita A. Artis on December 10, 2012
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This book has plenty of pics and step by step instruction for not only the amateur but the professional as well! Enjoy this book...I do!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Neal Naughton on October 13, 2013
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What it does is teach new ways of painting. I learned somethings from this book. And I'd recommend it to any artist wanting to stay on the edge and produce paintings that sell.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 25, 2013
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I love this book for sparking my imagination and allowing me to explore new uses for acrylics. Especially helpful were the author's artistic uses of the techniques featured in the book at the end of the book. I recommend this for anyone who has run short of ideas for painting.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dana Oldfather on June 18, 2013
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This book is a great reference for artists of all skill and professional levels working with acrylic paint. Covers different types of technique and important information about acrylic mediums. A contemporary painter's must have!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Clyde on June 15, 2013
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If you are looking to expand your techniques in painting, this book will give you some very good ideas. Recommended.
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