Acrylic Revolution

"Cosmic Haze" by Nancy Reyner    --       48" X 62"

Acrylic Revolution by Nancy Reyner

New Tricks and Techniques for Working with the World's Most Versatile Medium.

Liberate your creativity with acrylic paints. (The following info is from

Acrylic Revolution is your essential, all-in-one guide for acrylic painting techniques and more. It features over 101 ways to break through the boundaries of conventional painting and re-define the creative potential of this all-purpose medium.

Every page provides insight on how to use acrylic paint in ways you never thought possible to create stunning visual effects and textures. Ten complete sections detail a range of empowering applications, including how to:

  • Prepare and paint on virtually any surface
  • Create textures of all kinds
  • Work with transfers, collage, resists and mixed media
  • Achieve innovative stenciling and line work
  • Customize your paint to adjust thickness, transparency and drying time
  • Simulate other mediums, such as oil, tempera or watercolor
  • Create faux finishes, magical effects, sheens and more

To give you additional insight and inspiration, this book features a gallery of finished works by fellow painting revolutionaries that blend various acrylic techniques to create amazing effects. You'll also find practical advice that covers the basics and beyond--from selecting materials and cleaning your brushes to finishing and preserving your artwork. There's even a complete glossary of terms for fast and easy referencing.

Pick up a brush and start your own acrylic revolution today!

Use the techniques in this book to free your creative spirit and create the paintings you've always dreamed of.

About the Author

Nancy Reyner has been a technical consultant and professional instructor for Golden Artist Colors, Inc. for the past 8 years, teaching artists techniques and tricks with acrylic paints. Nancy has had numerous exhibitions both nationally and internationally. While living in New York City she created costumes and sets for Broadway and off-Broadway theater and film (including a Madonna film), coordinated public arts programs for New York State, and directed and performed with the Ragabash Puppet Theater. Nancy was selected for a two-year painting and drawing residency for the City of Phoenix, and is now a Santa Fe, NM resident, where she has lived for the past 15 years.  

artist Nancy Reyner


I paint my versions of heaven; places that are beautiful and meditative not found on earth.

Call me an optimist, but I believe that man has the powerful ability to dream, to create better worlds and new realities. And images play an important role in this. Our history begins with images, which go far back in time, even farther than language, and are cross cultural. We are united through images. I keep this in mind daily as I am barraged through news and media with sensationalist stories and events of world crisis. Part of me wants to join the peace corps but instead I paint. I paint with the conviction that my images can heal.

Imagine clear pieces of amber with fragments of nature held forever in suspension. My work has a similar mood-evoking quality. I combine images of botanical elements such as plants and fruit, geometric patterns and layers of paint to create inner psychological landscapes. Some forms remain visible, while others become veiled or buried thus creating a metaphor for transformation and growth. Luminous and reflective lighting and effects are used to evoke a heavenly place.

To create powerful but positive images, painting becomes an excavation of self, searching for questions as well as answers. The very act of painting urges me to confront questions about aesthetics. What is the relationship between beauty and healing? I believe Beauty emerges when the painting takes the viewer on a journey where they can question, explore and discover their own truth.


Nancy has a great painting blog that has weekly postings of art news, ideas and acrylic techniques. I have the link for it on my sidebar for easy access.

Two videos of Nancy

1. Her personal painting philosophy     2. Nancy demonstrates a unique way to create an acrylic landscape painting using new acrylic techniques and unusual layering processes. (Scroll down the page below the puppet show).