(Free PDF Download) Beginner’s Guide to Acrylics

by Will Kemp

in acrylic painting, painting

Morning Class!

If you’re new to the website I’ve put together a Free PDF ‘Beginners Guide to Acrylics’ which includes a brief overview about acrylic paint, colour palettes, tools & materials as well as showing you how the different areas of the Will Kemp Art School fit together.

I introduce the principles behind my teaching, a catalogue of all the free video painting tutorials on the website and a section on how to find the perfect course for you.

If you click the link Free PDF ‘Beginners Guide to Acrylics’ you can download it and have a read through with a brew!

Hope you enjoy it,

Cheers,

Will

{ 52 comments… read them below or add one }

Vanessa Enos April 10, 2018

Thank you for the update Will. I’m looking forward to getting on with it. Good to know you are going to the Monet and Architecture. I will look out for you if you go on 26th April. Do you know that there is a Ravilious Exhibition on at Compton Verney at the moment. It is wonderful. Hope there is some sunshine where you are. Best wishes, Vanessa

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Will Kemp April 10, 2018

Thanks very much, Vanessa and cheers for the info on the Compton Verney show, yes looking forward to the Monet!

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Bernie April 10, 2018

Very many thanks for a generous and thoughtful product. Oops you have reminded me that I have not yet completed one of your tuitions. Bernie

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Will Kemp April 10, 2018

Ha, ha, no worries Bernie, hope you find it helpful.
Will

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Louise Douglas April 10, 2018

Thank you for your wonderful lessons. This guide is a great summary of what you have offered. I have taken almost all you have offered over the past several years and have enjoyed every lesson. I’m currently working on flora still life lesson and am hoping to start my journey with your oil lessons soon. Thank you for being my teacher and bringing me to new levels I never imagined to be at. Sincerely, Louise

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Will Kemp April 10, 2018

My pleasure Louise, thanks for all your support, really glad you’ve been achieving some great results. Hope the floral course is going well.
Will

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Ani April 10, 2018

Thank you so much for all the information in the PDF and your website/YouTube!!
I am drawn to abstract painting, what would you recommend from your free or paid content to start with? I am a beginner painter but have been creating with other mediums for decades. Thank you for your time!

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Will Kemp April 10, 2018

Hi Ani, I go through a suggested route through the courses in the PDF. If you go to page 28 – Where to start on the website for free courses and page 38 for paid courses.
Cheers,
Will

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Ani April 10, 2018

Thank you, Will, I already read through the pdf, however I would like to paint abstract. Should I still go through realistic painting since I am a beginner?

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Will Kemp April 10, 2018

Oh gotcha Ani, having drawing composition is always a good basis for abstracts but you might find a book or course specific to abstracts more beneficial.
Cheers,
Will

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Ani April 11, 2018

Thank you, Will, once more for your time!

Susan Coates April 10, 2018

I really don’t know anything else I’ve signed up for that I look forward to so much. Thank you Will, all your posts and guides are fabulous and I’m so looking forward to doing some courses in the future

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Will Kemp April 10, 2018

That’s very kind of you to say so Susan, very much appreciated.
Will

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Lorrie Nesbitt April 10, 2018

Hey Will,

I cannot thank you enough for all you do. Your teachings have made such a wonderful difference in my studio and in my life that I will be forever grateful.

Warmest regards,
Lorrie

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Will Kemp April 10, 2018

Well, that’s brilliant to hear Lorrie, so pleased to hear it.
Will

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Anatoly April 10, 2018

Thank you very much for this wonderful book, Will! This is the very thing for me at the moment.

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Will Kemp April 10, 2018

That’s fantastic to hear Anatoly, hope it helps.
Will

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Alison April 10, 2018

Beautifully put together Will!
Would look good on my coffee table as a hard back book! Mmmm maybe you have another in the pipeline?
Full of great information and advise and very generous to make it free to download. I always point artists to your site as it’s so informative without being intimidating.

Alison
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Will Kemp April 10, 2018

Thanks Ali, really pleased you enjoyed it, thanks for sharing and your kind words, much appreciated!
Will

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Sharon Rennie April 11, 2018

I am thrilled you have put all of your great info in one site. Now I don’t need to search YouTube!
Always good content. I think your in person workshops are probably great, as you present things well.
Thanks Will

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Will Kemp April 11, 2018

Thanks Sharon, really pleased you’ve been enjoying the lessons.
Will

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katerina April 11, 2018

Thanks Will for the update. Very useful to have it all together . I still have some tutorials to finish and I look forward to the moment that I will be able to buy all your tutorials.

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Will Kemp April 11, 2018

You’re more than welcome Katerina, hope you find it helpful.
Will

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Tanya Lowe April 11, 2018

I love the way you square-off the apple. I am so afraid to make the slightest alteration to what I see, which has stifled my desire to be alla-prima and remotely impressionistic. Any thoughts?

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Will Kemp April 11, 2018

Hi Tanya, often if you try to think of round objects in straight lines it will make them appear more realistic. It seems a little counterintuitive but try finding an object that has a curved edge to it and draw it only using a straight line. Hope it helps.
Will

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Norbert April 11, 2018

Thank you once again for a very helpful text, Will. It gives me a good reference to your courses and to the main aspects of successful painting.

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Will Kemp April 11, 2018

My pleasure Norbert, hope you find it a helpful reference.
Will

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Saartjie van den Bergh April 11, 2018

Thank you so much for this lovely guide! So so helpful!

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Will Kemp April 11, 2018

So pleased you find it helpful Saartjie.
Will

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Giuseppe Acierno April 11, 2018

Gentile Will, grazie per i tuoi preziosi consigli sul PDF acrilic painting. La tua pittura è bella e fresca. Ho apprezzato anche le tue lezioni sul ritratto.Ancora grazie mille.
Cordiali saluti.
Giuseppe Acierno.

Dear Will, thank you for your valuable advice on the PDF acrylic painting. Your painting is beautiful and fresh. I also appreciated your lessons on the portrait. Again, thank you very much.
Best regards.
Giuseppe Acierno.

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Will Kemp April 11, 2018

Sei più che benvenuto a Guiseppe, lieto che i ritratti stiano andando bene.

You’re more than welcome Guiseppe, pleased the portraits have been going well.
Will

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Christopher Abela Medici April 11, 2018

Thanks

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Dipali Deshpande April 11, 2018

Thank you Will for sharing. This is very helpful.

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Will Kemp April 11, 2018

Good one Dipali, pleased it helped.
Will

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Sue April 11, 2018

Thank you so much Will you are helping to achieve a lifelong ambition to produce a reasonable painting – still a long way to go – but what fun I’m having. The Monet exhibition is excellent – enjoy.

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Will Kemp April 11, 2018

You’re more than welcome Sue, looking forward to the show, pleased your paintings are coming to fruition!
Will

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Tom April 11, 2018

Yet another amusing difference between British and American English:

In common American parlance “a brew” means a BEER. Ha! I assume you mean a cuppa TEA, but many times I’ve read your suggestion for a brew (and biscuits) to go with your instructional material – and many times I’ve thought, “Yeah, maybe that’d be fun!”

HA! Thanks for so generously sharing your expertise.

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Will Kemp April 13, 2018

Ha, ha, I like to keep my options open with brews Tom, depending on how well the paintings going! hope you find it helpful.
Will

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Tom April 13, 2018

Very good, Will. =]

“Hope you find it helpful.” If you mean a pint, perhaps I’ll give it a try. There are times (grrrr) when that might be exactly what’s missing.

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Marina April 12, 2018

Thank you, Will!

Marina

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Will Kemp April 13, 2018

My pleasure Marina.
Will

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Denny April 15, 2018

Thank you so much for sharing Will!

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Will Kemp April 18, 2018

My pleasure Denny.
Cheers,
Will

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Sabina April 26, 2018

Thank you for the expo on acrylics…

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Sabina April 26, 2018

That’s thrilling you are going to the Monet Architecture exhibition….Thank you for all your emails and tutorials..So thrilled about it…I am avtually going to learn how to paint draw…amazing…My mother”s relatives all are and doing well brigi g income tru it too…Okay take care bye…

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Will Kemp April 27, 2018

Glad you’re looking forward to the Monet exhibition review Sabina, should be out in the next few days.
Will

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Alastair Sherringham April 30, 2018

Will – Thanks for the acrylic guide book. Well done as usual.

The Monet exhibition is very good: he’s a great artist. I’d like your opinion on his Rouen paintings too, compared to the lighter and airier ones on display. An early painting I did from one of your classes was the “impressionistic landscape”. Maybe time to do another one? I suspect the show might inspire!

Cheers, Alastair

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Will Kemp May 1, 2018

Glad you enjoyed the guide and show Alastair, I’ve just posted an article about my visit to the exhibition here.
Cheers,
Will

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jenni May 12, 2018

hey will, thank you for writing something accessible and non patronising. i found your site after giving up in frustration over a bodgy looking portrait. since reading this, i have made the following resolutions.
1. no more cheap paints no matter how pretty they look.
2. will always start with a painted ground from now on. its the equivalent of starting with a level playing field.
however i know about drawing and working out a composition beforehand but once i am in front of that canvas that all goes out the window .. there is another me that says ..O just do this instead. So, i guess i have some work to do with staying focussed.
i also noticed the blog re repainting … i have had interesting results with this by washing off as much as possible, using what is left as ground and texture and just allowing what’s left to develop organically. it doesnt always work but when it does its pretty speccy. i hate waste and throwing out canvases.
anyway, i will keep working through your courses and thank you again.
cheers jenni

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Will Kemp May 19, 2018

Hi Jenni, great to hear from you and so pleased you enjoyed the guide. Enjoy experimenting with the coloured ground!
Cheers,
Will

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Maite June 15, 2018

Thank you very much

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Will Kemp April 11, 2018

Cheers Ani.
Will

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