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Acrylic painting techniques - Terry Harrisons top tips for acrylic artists book review

Updated on May 21, 2011

Terry Harrison shows you 115 of his best arylic painting tips in his acrylic painting techniques book

Terry’s Top Tips for Acrylic Artists, 115 essential tips to improve your painting is a handy acrylic painting techniques book filled with acrylic painting tips from Terry Harrison, one of today’s experienced artist working today. The acrylic painting techniques book will offer some great tuition and insight into how Terry Harrison creates his paintings and help you master acrylic painting.

I use acrylics for all of my traditional painting and you can see some of my work lower down on this hub page. While working for a publisher I often look at the various art instructional books that end up on my desk as part of my day job. A recent book that caught my eye was Terry’s Top Tips for Acrylic Artists, an acrylic painting techniques art book which includes various tips and techniques for painting in acrylics by artist Terry Harrison.

This acrylic painting technique book is from the well known art book publisher Search Press, known for their informative art instruction books. Like many others in the series, this is a small pocket book, and as such makes it easy to carry it with you if painting outside is your hobby. Being a nice handy sized book it measures up at 160mm x 215mm x 17mm thick with a spiral bind and the version I have in front of me is in hardback.

Spiral binding allows you to have the book completely flat without the pages wanting to fold back over and close. I really like this in books and it does help if you want the book flat out on the desk or beside your easel while trying to paint. Another personal aspect of this handy little book is the hardback cover. This means this book can take the knocks and bumps without the corners of the covers turning up, a pet hate of mine, as you will know from previous art book reviews.

At 96 pages, Terry’s Top Tips for Acrylic Artists offers a wide variety of information, tips and techniques that will appeal to a broad range of acrylic artists, from beginners to more established painters alike.

As with many instructional art books of its type, it is structured in a way as to have opening sections on various areas, including, colour, using photographs, how to start, various techniques and transferring of images. After these initial sections the book is structured under different elements to paint, with tips and tuition within each of these areas. The areas covered are varied and include painting skies, painting distance, painting fields, foregrounds, painting trees, painting mountains, painting water, painting coastal scenes, and painting snow.

The areas themselves don’t have a massive amount of step-by-steps, like many other books, but is based on more of a tips approach to help you achieve the best results, an illustrated notebook if you will, based on tips for acrylic artists. The book, Terry’s Top Tips for Acrylic Artists is filled with 115 essential tips for budding acrylic artists of all abilities and is priced reasonably at $19.95 or £9.99.

Varied introductory section

Clear tips on varied subject matters

Tips that will appeal to new and seasoned artists alike

See Terry in action with these great video clips

If like myself you like to see the artist in action I have found a couple of great clips of Terry in action.

Terry Harriso shows us how in his instructional art books

As Terry Harisson is a well know and established artist using various mediums, he has had the good fortune to have produced a number of great books in his career, many available from Amazon with some great discounts.See below for a few of Terry's art instructional books.

Lost - acrylic painting based on a science fiction story
Lost - acrylic painting based on a science fiction story
Summer path acrylic painting on watercolour board
Summer path acrylic painting on watercolour board
Summer fields acrylic painting on watercolour board
Summer fields acrylic painting on watercolour board


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    • Jonathan Grimes profile imageAUTHOR

      Jonathan Grimes 

      4 years ago from Devon

      Thanks for the feedback Elsie Hagley. . .

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      Elsie Hagley 

      4 years ago from New Zealand

      Great hub. I enjoy viewing others painting art work, it is something I wouldn't try myself. think I will stay with my needlework and create beautiful sceneries.

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      6 years ago

      Those three paintings are wonderful, especially the second one in the row! I was never that good with landscapes, but enjoy looking at nice paintings on the subject. Abstract art is not my thing, but realistic paintings take my breath away. I'm impressed with your ability to depict depth in your paintings.

    • Jonathan Grimes profile imageAUTHOR

      Jonathan Grimes 

      6 years ago from Devon

      Hi Vox

      Thanks for the feedback on this. As far as examples of my work, the three paintings at the bottom of the hub are all mine and painted by hand in acrylics.

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      6 years ago

      I'm adding Terry Harrison's book to my to-buy list. I've painted only three acrylic paintings so far - reading the book would probably motivate me to continue with the hobby. Surely, I'll find some inspiration in your other hubs - hope to find examples of your own work.

    • Jonathan Grimes profile imageAUTHOR

      Jonathan Grimes 

      6 years ago from Devon

      Thanks for the feedback. I have a desk covered in art books and I am sure there are some pastel ones in the pile. I do web graphics etc for an art website and take a look here for a selection of pastel art books Hope this helps. Thanks Jon

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      Georgina Crawford 

      6 years ago from Dartmoor

      What a great book. do you know of any on pastels??

    • Jonathan Grimes profile imageAUTHOR

      Jonathan Grimes 

      7 years ago from Devon

      Hi Laura

      Thanks for the feedback on my hub it's appreciated and plenty more to come. If you liked this review, take a look at my other art books reviews.



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      Laura du Toit 

      7 years ago from South Africa

      Great hub . Thanks for sharing - Will seriously consider purchasing the book after reading your hub.


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