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Book review: Abstracts in Acrylic and Ink

Jodi Ohl's new book, Abstracts in Acrylic and Ink, published by North Light Books, is a great kickstarter for anyone who's wanted to try, but is afraid.  Painting is a dialog, Jodi explains between you and your materials.  It can be marked by love and happiness, but also by's all part of the relationship.  Jodi's advice?  Get going!  Dive in with an open mind and a fearless heart.  

The entire book is filled with demonstrations, which is very very helpful to someone just getting their feet wet.  The first three chapters contain quick and small scale demos.  In the first chapter, Warm Up Exercises, Jodi stresses working fast and small to allay your fears, getting past a blank canvas, and using yupo paper as well as watercolor paper.  She then turns to understanding painting mediums, including crackle and glazing medium, and making acrylic skins.  Next, Jodi briefly covers the elements and principles of design, in preparation for making larger works.

The second half of the book consists of larger works and longer demos, where Jodi steps you through creating landscapes, citiscapes, geometrics, and other completed abstract forms.  She includes adding inks to your work, adding collage elements, and the all-important task of finishing your pieces.