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Acrylics Anonymous, Issue #029 -- Chalk Is Cheap
July 01, 2014

1st July 2014, issue 029

Passionate about painting with acrylics? Need a monthly fix chock full of inspiration? Need some help to take the pain out of your painting process? It's all here for you. Acrylics Anonymous. Zero elitism. Dive in.

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Tip of the month


Links we like

Works in progress… us your paintings!

Every month, we will produce a Subscribers Only "sealed section". It could be a painting technique, a short video tip, or anything we can think of that we reckon you might enjoy.

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Our first paint recipe “Tropical Water” will be ready for release Australia wide to art stores later this year.

Lucky you! You’re the very first to see it!

Download your recipe card right here, and watch the tutorial that goes with it, to learn how to paint this gorgeous tropical water.

Click here to download your Tropical Water recipe card!

And click here for your 10 min Tropical Water
tutorial that goes with your recipe card!

Use Coloured Chalk

Using chalk is a great way to experiment on your paintings without the heavy commitment of actually applying paint!

Use blue to create highlights on the backs of waves. Not sure about a yellow highlight on a tree? Chalk it in first. Not happy? Simply wipe off with a damp cloth. Easy!

Educational Hype

This is not just for teachers - but for beginners too.

Check out Mark’s new, free 15 minute tutorial using student quality paints to create some lovely effects.

Click here for more info...

Speaking About Education!

Mark’s latest project involves not so much painting, but building a school for the gorgeous locals in Kagata Village, Solomon Islands. Want to be involved? Type "SOLS" in the comments box if you do.

Click here to get involved...

Dolphin Family V-Log

Still in the final stages of editing, this downloadable tutorial will show you how to paint a soft, intimate and moody dolphin family underwater. Price guide approximately AUD$20.

Pre-order NOW for your 20% discount when released! Type "VLOG" in the comments box.

Pre-order your copy today!

This informative website - Empty Easel - is all about free art education online.

Heavy on free resources, you should check it out for your own learning practise!

Check out even more free online art education resources!

While *ahem* “researching” apple images on a loose kind of education slash teacher-y theme via google today, I was very excited to come across this blog by Janett Marie. Gee people are awesome sometimes!

If you’re as quirky as me (and I think you might just be) you’ll be immediately intrigued and visually delighted by her gorgeous teeny tiny 100 apple paintings!

Janett Marie’s apples are pretty darn special!

If you have a link you like, please share it with us! You can contact us to let us know. Thank you!

This is the section where you can "get your name in lights!" (well at least out there in the internet world!).

If you have works in progress you would love to show off, or finished pieces you are particularly proud of, we would love to see them!

We especially like to hear about the story behind the creation.
Bernadette contacted us after receiving AA and submitted her work for some assistance and analysis. I suggested she submit her journey to our WIP section so you could come along with her - which she did. Yay Bernadette! From Bernadette:

"Old Time Friends"

"This painting was done as a request from a friend. I received a couple of photos of my friend but that wasn't a problem because I had access to her Facebook for photos.

Her friend (who the painting is for - a surprise birthday present) is on the left. I was given a photo which was difficult to work with, but then I was given a better photo of her, so I adjusted the facial features using gesso and restarting the upper part of the face to correct the likeness. Much better! The original photo was a very early photo of her…hence a more recent one was needed!

Note: this is character and not a realistic portrait, and I got my inspiration from Shelly Wilkerson for this painting.

I had problems getting the champagne glasses to look correct. That is, the colour of the top part of the glass and the bottom. I needed to have my background colour showing, whilst also showing champagne in the glass. After some suggestions from Mark I was on my way!

My customer is very, very happy with the final painting - which of course is wonderful!

I painted when I was in my teens. My father was my mentor and critic who put me through art lessons. My father died when I was 21 and I stopped painting. I took it up again in 2012 at the age of 57! To my surprise I surged in painting and haven't stopped since. Just love it.

My paintings are on display at my local cafe "Cafe De Parry" in Bull Creek, Perth.  Also, on display during the year at the "Atwell Art Gallery" in Alfred Cove, Perth."

Thanks so much for sharing your painting journey with us Bernadette!

Hope you enjoyed this issue of Acrylics Anonymous! If you have any suggestions, comments or feedback for the ezine or our site, please don't hesitate to contact us.

Until next time, make sure you chuck some paint around!

Cheers from Frankie, Mark & Nic :)

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