Paint It!

paint-itPaint It: The Art of Acrylics, Oils, Pastels, and Watercolors 

by Mary Bolte; illus. by DC Ice and Pamela Becker

144 pages; ages 8-14 and beyond

Capstone Young Readers, 2014

In a single volume, Capstone Press brings together four of their books in the “Paint It” series. It’s nice to have them all under one cover… because some days you might want to play with watercolors and another day might beg for something more textured.

Don’t know how to paint? Don’t worry. Each chapter opens with a section titled “In your Art Box”. There’s good information about paints and pastels, brushes, papers, and notes on “color palette”- what you might want to stock up on for the first few projects. Then there are the projects – more than 45 in the book – each highlighting a different technique to explore.

Projects range from “testing the waters” to mixed media, Chinese brush painting to glazes and scumbles. Paint large, paint small… try some realism and some abstract. Use lines, use dots. Toss in a sponge or layer it on with a spatula. The big picture: step out of your comfort zone and get paint on your sleeve. Or nose. Tip: if you’re painting in the kitchen, buy a large plastic table cloth to put on the floor so you don’t leave paint splots on the linoleum.

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