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About the Author

Nancy Reyner is a painter with more than 30 years experience as technical consultant for the acrylic paint company Golden Artist Colors, Inc. She is also the author of the best-selling Acrylic Revolution and appeared in the video Nancy Reyner's Acrylic Revolution: Watercolor and Oil Effects.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover-spiral: 144 pages
  • Publisher: North Light Books; Spi Har/Dv edition (October 7, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600618642
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600618642
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 0.7 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #315,568 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Nancy Reyner is a painter of more than 30 years experience who exhibits, lectures and teaches internationally. Nancy received a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design, MFA from Columbia University, and currently lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico. From creating costumes and sets for theater and film to coordinating public arts programs for the state of New York, Nancy has had a wide-ranging career in the arts, all of which inform her work. Her position as technical consultant for the acrylic paint company Golden Artist Colors, Inc. allows her the opportunity to use the latest in acrylic paint technology to create original and unique effects in her paintings.

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35 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Lotta on Troublemaker Str on October 23, 2010
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It was with excitement I went to the Supermarket to fetch the parcel which had to be this book I had been waiting eagerly for (Yes, here we have a PO desk in the Supermarket instead of a Post Office! :))! I went straight home to start reading and soon found out that this book is a great addition to Acrylic Revolution, which I previously bought, the two really complement each other. If you haven't got Acrylic Revolution yet, I highly recommend that you get that one too, as the two have different approaches and having both truly give you a lot of help in starting to use new and exciting techniques which will open new doors in your creative endavours with acrylic paint, mediums and different tools (not only ordinary painting tools as brushes and painting knives, but also other possibilities like using things we all have around the house).

In Acrylic Revolution you get a super list of over a hundred different techniques, listed one by one "in an easy resource format" (to quote Nancy Reyner herself), describing what you need and how to go about in order to use the technique. When I got that book, I really quickly read the whole book (couldn't put it down!), and since I have found myself using it all the time as a "technique encyclopedia". When I want to do something and get unsure, I take the book out. I also dig it out when I need a little extra inspiration. And it has to be added that when I do, I find myself praising the format these two books have too! The books have a pretty printed stiff outer cover, but when you open it, you see the spiral binding inside. On the shelf (or coffee table!), it looks like a pretty hardcover book, which I really like, but in use, you can enjoy the advantages of spiral binding, e.g. that it lies flat on the table, no need to hold it open (or use clips)!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Georgina on March 11, 2013
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After reading and working with her first book, I expected AI to be in the same manner, a workbook chock block of techniques and ideas that push the idea of Acrylics. I was sadly mistaken. The book is nothing more than a coffee table set of pretty pictures with little information on either how it was achieved. I would recommend passing this one by and instead getting Nancy's first book, Patti Brady's book or Holly Harrison's Mixed Media collage. This just does do a working artist any good.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Deecubed on February 24, 2011
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Nancy Reyner is certainly a master of her craft[s], and the book is good in terms of showing her work and the work of 64 acrylic/mixed media artist, but it feels as if Golden products must have underwritten or sponsored the artist and the projects. I have found this to be tru with this book and the book, Rethinking Acrylics by Patti Brady. There are techniques shown and explained,and there are a few demos, but not really to completion. Nice, and "enriching," in terms of learning a few new tricks, but not the book I would have if I could only have one. Reyner's book Acrylic Revolution is the one to have, even tho Golden products permeate that one as well.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By John Bean on January 17, 2011
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I have her first book "Acrylic Revolution". It is a great book for starting out in acrylics as I am. It introduces you to the materials used to paint with acrylics and is full of tips and techniques. I can't wait to get this second book "Acrylic Innovation". By flipping through the pages I see this book is the logical add on. It shows you how to take these materials to create masterpieces, hopefully we have the skills.

Both books are spiral bound hard cover. This makes them easy and convenient for reference as you work. I just started my first project yesterday. It's just a simple sign to hang on my patio. I found all the information I needed on how to prep a piece of wood for painting and how to finish it. I used my computer to layout the graphics and printed it out. I am going to use carbon paper to transfer it on to the wood for painting. It's a simple project but I find that starting out simple is the best way to learn. You can progress from there to more complex ones. I hope to be painting masterpieces some day,

I highly recommend these two books for anyone like me who is just starting out. They look like an invaluable investment. I expect I will use them for reference for a long time. Nancy Reyner has done a good job of teaching acrylics in two great, well thought out books. Thank you Nancy.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Sue B VINE VOICE on December 2, 2010
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Meant as a follow up to the authors first book "Acrylic Revolution", which was packed with new tricks and techniques for working with acrylics, this new book has a focus on using acrylic to find your own personal style and voice in your work by using it not just as a way to imitate other mediums such as oil or watercolor but by allowing it the freedom to do what it does best and creating and developing a unique genre and style with it.

Broken into 6 sections (the realistic window, abstracting the window, changing perspectives, engaging the picture plane, spatial push-pull and minimal) categorized by 29 styles of working rather than based on technique the author showcases the work of 64 artists working with acrylic within each of these styles. Each artist gives us an overview of their process along with tips and examples of their work with a detail description so that we get a glimpse at the process used for creating it. Sprinkled throughout the book are 29 featured techniques with step by step instructions and color photographic illustrations. Some of those techniques included are transferring digital imagery, masking a simplified background, antique effects, obtaining a range of values, glazed edge enhancement and creating elegant curved edges.

You'll also find a "more variations" box on each artists page that suggests ways to use the style or techniques as a jumping off point to create your own piece of work and developing your own style. The author also includes a list of other artists working within the style showcased making it easy to do more research on the ones that you want to see more example of and do more research on.

Beautifully photographed, this hard cover book is spiral bound so it lays flat on your work table making it easy to have it close by for easy reference while your working.
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