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The Artist's Handbook of Materials and Techniques
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The Artist's Handbook of Materials and Techniques (Paperback)
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First published in 1940, this is the fifth edition of Ralph Mayer's book. It is designed as a reference guide to the materials necessary for the modern artist. Techniques for watercolour, oil and acrylic painting are included.

Art, Fashion & PhotographyArt monographs, history & theoryArt formsPainting & paintingsSport & HobbiesHandicrafts, decorative arts & craftsPainting & art manuals Publisher: Faber & Faber Publication Date: 16/09/1991 ISBN-13: 9780571143313  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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This book has been revised and expanded many times since the original publication in 1940. Arguably, it is the Artists' Bible for "materials & technique". But don't expect any pretty pictures: it's all text and technical tables, apart from some 70-odd graphs detailing "representative spectral curves of pigment", plus a handful of illustrations. The bulk of the 760 pages (including the index) is very much towards the painterly side of art: oils, acrylics, watercolurs, and so forth. There is precious little about sculptures' materials; in fact, this come under the section "Miscellaneous Notes". But apart from this bias, the book remains highly commendable.

- 05/09/2011
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