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Paint It: The Art of Acrylics, Oils, Pastels, and Watercolors
Paint It: The Art of Acrylics, Oils, Pastels, and Watercolors
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Craft It Yourself

Paint It: The Art of Acrylics, Oils, Pastels, and Watercolors

by Mari Bolte
Illustrated by Dawn Ice

Any master starts at the beginning. Dip your brush into oil, acrylic, and watercolor paints, and sharpen your pastels. Develop essential techniques that will propel your art from scribbles to masterpieces.

PublisherCapstone Young Readers
BrandCraft It Yourself
Age Level8-14 Years
Reading LevelGrades 3-4
GenreProcedural Text
SubjectHobbies & Crafts
Trim Size8 x 10
Page Count144
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NetGalley Review - Alaina McNeal

"...has a lot of fun projects and ideas, like the Glow-In-The-Dark acrylic Scream recreation, that aren't overused or cliche like many other art books geared towards this age group. . . .a great reference book I'd be happy to have in my collection, for personal reference and for future art projects with kids." - NetGalley Review

October 10, 2013

NetGalley Review - Nick Turner

"Simple explanations of styles and techniques with full-page colour illustrations. Gently informs the reader about styles of painting." - NetGalley Review

November 19, 2013

NetGalley Review - Nenia Campbell

"Wow! The art in this book is to die for. One of the things I love about these art-how-tos is that the instructions double as art themselves. Paint It was no exception. . . .I think this would be a good book for teenagers who are aspiring artists." - NetGalley Review

October 14, 2013


San Francisco Book Review - Gretchen Wagner

"Written for anyone with little experience with paints, but with the interest to learn, this highly accessible book offers over forty-five projects with step-by-step illustrated instructions for using four different painting media: Watercolors, Acrylics, Pastels, and Oils. . . .Artists will have a fun time exploring these projects; they are just the thing to make you want to break out your brushes, and paint!" - San Francisco Book Review

December 20, 2013

NetGalley Review - Myra Zarnowski

"This will be a hit with young artists who want to try working with acrylics, oils, pastels and watercolors. It would also be an excellent resource for teachers--not only the art teacher, but an teacher who wants to incorporate more art into the school day." - NetGalley Review

August 7, 2013

Nonfiction Monday blog - Sue Heavenrich

"Don’t know how to paint? Don’t worry. Each chapter opens with a section titled “In your Art Box.” There’s good information about paints and pastels, brushes, papers, and notes on “color palette”- what you might want to stock up on for the first few projects. Then there are the projects – more than 45 in the book – each highlighting a different technique to explore." - Nonfiction Monday blog

May 5, 2014


NetGalley Review - Amy Diegelman

"Plenty of tips and necessary information for beginners, as well as projects for a range of abilities and interests. Particularly nice is the natural integration of information about styles and artists to look into further." - NetGalley Review

October 11, 2013

School Library Journal - Rebecca Gueorguiev, New York Public Library

"This attractive guide is well planned and easy to follow. Of special note is the great variety of styles provided, including Pop Art, Pointillism, mosaic, color washing, and impasto. The book could be used quite effectively with both the very young and more mature, adult painters. Much is included in this tome, making it a great title for beginners and a nice refresher for experienced painters. Without a doubt, it’s a worthy addition to any art collection." - School Library Journal

January 1, 2014

The Online Eccentric Librarian

"Paint It is a hybrid reference and project book introducing all kinds of painting techniques." - The Online Eccentric Librarian

July 24, 2013


NetGalley Review - Gita Parekkatil

"Very accessible, with lots of pictures and simple, comprehensible instructions!" - NetGalley Review

August 4, 2013

NetGalley Review - Cindy

"I think this book would be a welcome addition to any child's (young or old) library. While it is clearly designed for the beginning artists who want to explore the many options afforded by mixed media, it carries some of the projects into an intermediate level, but still remains doable for all ages." - NetGalley Review

November 14, 2013

NetGalley Review - Laura Cushing

"The techniques and projects in the books are such that even an absolute beginner can produce a very nice bit of work." - NetGalley Review

October 16, 2013

Mari Bolte

Mari Bolte

Mari Bolte is an author of children's books and a lover of art. She lives in southern Minnesota with her husband, daughter, and two wiener dogs. A degree in creative writing has taught her the value of fine writing. Parenthood has made her a purveyor of fine art, with specializations in sidewalk chalk, washable markers, and glitter glue.

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