This impressive volume contains a complete guide to the materials and techniques essential for every artist's development. It covers mixing paints, using colour and basic preparation, then takes the reader through all the first techniques. More specialized methods are then explained, clearly and simply, for increasingly advanced and sophisticated effects. For the watercolour artist, there are practice exercises on using washes; masks and resists; spattering and sponging; and line and wash, while the artist working in oils or acrylics can build their confidence with exercises on glazing; scumbling; painting with knives; impasto work; and underpainting. Learn to paint still lifes, people, trees and landscapes, buildings, water and skies through taught example, with 50 full-scale painting projects. A comprehensive guide to artist's materials, including paint, brushes, additives, gels, pastes, supports, varnish, easels and much more. Includes the most common paint techniques together with small-scale practice exercises: masking out, using resists, sponging, wet into wet, drybrush, alla prima, glazing, scumbling, impasto and removing paint.