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Abstract Painting by Petra Tholken


20 Projects and Creative Techniques in Acrylic & Mixed Media

Create 20 beautiful abstract works of art in acrylic and mixed media using exciting new techniques and materials.

Abstract Painting by Petra Thölken’s is a practical and inspiring book including 20 beautiful abstract works of art explained step by step, including variations and tips for readers’ own designs.

Through the 20 beautiful projects that Petra demonstrates, step by step, readers will learn how to create texture, work with unusual tools and create soft transitions or high contrast. Open your eyes to a whole new way of seeing your paintings and achieving the self-expression that leads to visually exciting and technically innovative work.

All the basics for the perfect introduction to painting with acrylic and mixed media are included in the book Abstract Painting, with colour theory, techniques and materials presented in an understandable and concise manner. For some of the projects, there are links to Petra’s popular YouTube videos, demonstrating how she created the individual paintings.

Get your ideas flowing with Petra’s inspirational advice and find out how to approach your paintings in different ways.

Petra Thölken encourages the reader to consider composition, planes, and subject and expression, while also examining the more practical topics of colour theory and colour mixing, how to work with pigment, canvas and priming, spatula techniques and working with unconventional backgrounds. All these elements build up into a vocabulary of visual pointers from which the reader can begin to explore their own adventurousness and creativity.

Discover all you need to know about getting started with abstract painting

Tools, materials, backgrounds; which paint should you use? There are so many options, and the range is so large that it is easy to lose sight of everything. Petra offers her handy advice and picks out the most important things for you: what you need, and what you ought to know about techniques, shades and composition.

About the Author:
Petra Thoelken knew, even as a child, that she wanted to be an artist. She learned oil painting from scratch and, in her spare time after school, she produced drawings using chalk pastels and pencils, taking her inspiration mostly from nature. Later, as a freelance designer, she designed individual pieces of furniture – and soon, entire room concepts – for distinguished private individuals. In 1999, in search of a new, larger space as a design and planning office, she struck lucky in the heart of Hanover, Germany with an old factory that also offered space for her current studio. In 2004, she opened a painting school and, in 2015, she created her internationally popular YouTube channel under the name Kunstlerstreich. Her work is exhibited internationally and is part of public and private collections.

Published31st July 2021
Number Of Pages: 128

Weight0.56 kg
Dimensions30 × 24 × 2 cm

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