- Beginner loves this DVD Review by Gail
I'm a complete beginner. I have several books by Sherrill but was procrastinating about getting started. I decided to start with this DVD.
She uses Jacquard Textile (transparent), Neopaque (opaque), Lumiere (metallic) acrylic paints, and a little Dye-na-Flow. She paints with small sponges, unmounted rubber stamps, small squeeze bottles, and some found objects for texture and mark-making. She works on fabric and various kinds of paper. Several projects covered with very clear explanations and lots of tips. The video looks professionally filmed with the camera always where it needs to be.
I loaded the DVD into a laptop and painted along with her. She speaks and works very quickly, so the "pause" and "rewind" controls got a workout.
One of the best aspects of the video for a beginner is that Sherrill supplies a limited palette of colours that all work great with any or all of the others in that palette. For me as a beginner, this a fantastic help. One doesn't have to master colour theory and pour over dozens of paint colour charts right away. Just get out a few Jacquards, a scrap of fabric or most any kind of paper and start playing. There will be time later to develop expertise in colour and create a palette in your own style.
I loaded the DVD into a laptop and painted along with her. She speaks and works very quickly, so the "pause" and "rewind" controls got a real workout.
With Sherrill's sponge techique, a little paint goes a very long way.
Jacqard puts out "Exciter" packs of 10 - 2 oz. bottles. There's a pack for each type of paint with plenty for the DVD. After that I bought jars.
One small disappointment: Jacquard made a line of tints designed by Sherrill and called them Sherrill's Sorbets. She uses a couple in the DVD but they appear to have been discontinued. I was able to get somewhat close using other brands of acrylic.
For me this tutorial has been a game changer. Not nearly as scared anymore. For more advanced viewers, there is lots of eye candy and a chance to see Sherrill's speed-painting in action.
(Posted on 2/19/14)