Monochrome portrait
video lesson:
Lesson 1 from the course on monochrome techniques
What is this lesson about?
Unique content only! The result of the long-standing expertise and experience!
First-hand tips and tricks from the author.
For more than 10 years of her work with acrylics on paper, Svetlana Rumak has created so many original techniques, discovered so many valuable tips and tricks that this abundance can't be physically captured in one technique!))

Gradually, all the previously scattered techniques started to form separate "units". Usually there are 5-10 different approaches gathered in one "unit".
Approaches in the units fit together and complement each other, they create complete, technically balanced work. This is how 5 different monochrome techniques were created and we're going to learn one of them at this lesson.

The techniques is monochrome transformation of another famous Svetlana's signature technique "Colourful", more specifically – of her workshop "Colourful portrait".

Here is why it turned into a separate technique: "When we removed such a powerful tool as a colour, the works which have been created in "Colourful" technique seemed not expressive enough.. I had to add several details and use some tricks to bring the painting back to life, to make its facets stand out in a beautiful way.. Now I'm in love with the technique, it seems to me, that all the woks made in it, looks incredibly tender and "crystal".
Video lesson lasts more than 3 hours!
Recorded with two cameras at the same time.
Svetlana Rumak
about the author
Famous Moscow artist with 25 years of creative experience. More than 250 exhibitions in Russia and abroad including 10 personal ones in Russia, Germany, Czech Republic, USA and Great Britain.

Participant of 20 international art-symposiums in Qatar, Turkey, Azerbaijan, Morocco, Bulgaria, Latvia, India, Iordania, Romania. Member of the Artists' Union of Russia in the Painting Section since 2002.
Recognized acrylic paint guru – she's been working for more than 12 years with acrylic paint and developed several unique painting techniques.
Over the last 5 years Svetlana created 10 workshops and 6 courses on her technique and gave more than 300 offline classes in Moscow, St.Petersburg, Kazan, Tallinn, Riga, Omsk, Ekaterinburg.

The great teaching experience, pedagogical education and the fact that Svetlana Rumak is a successful painter make her workshops really unique – people come from all over the world to attend her workshops and get valuable info about unusual painting techniques straight from the source!
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Сourse on monochrome techniques
This course consists of 3 video lessons. Each of them covers one particular variation. This will let you dive deep into all the nuances of the particular variation and examine maximum number of approaches helpful in acrylic on paper works.

Furthermore, each lesson is self-sufficient. Svetlana leads you through the technique step by step from "blank canvas" to finished painting. She explains it in a great detail and in so plain clear language that there would be no difficulties even for beginners.

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Monochrome portrait
Tender and "crystal" works created in this technique will not leave you indifferent.
In the lesson Svetlana will share how to use colour in this technique and not to disharmonize its delicacy.

The technique can be used not only for portraits but also for still lifes, landscapes and abstract art on paper as well as on canvas.

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Medium and supplies
What are the medium and supplies required for the lesson?
Whatman drawing paper (or drafting paper)
Svetlana's recommendation:
I prefer using whatman drawing paper for this technique. You'll need several pieces of small size like 20х15, 18х15 cm.
Whatman is a perfect match for this technique – it's white, thick, smooth, low-cost and accessible to everyone.
If you can't find whatman, you can replace it with drafting paper or even paper from a sketch book – try, test, experiment!))
Acrylic paint - titanium white and any black
Svetlana's recommendation:
I use acrylic paint in this technique. Buying whitening, pay attention to the fact that zinc white is less covering and can have less opacity. That's why titanium ones is the best choice.
You'll also need black acrylic and if you want to add colour, you can use colourful acrylic. I often tend to soft, tender pastel tints – lavender, pink, violet, light-blue. Choose the colour up to your liking and don't be afraid of experiments.

I prefer the following Russian manufacturers of the acrylics like Tair – "Acryl Art" presented in the photo is one of them. You can also try any other acrylic paint for art work.
Do not use acrylics from DIY stores like for painting furniture or acrylics for decorative purposes because the quality of it lower than of art acrylic and its purposes do not suit for this technique.
Svetlana's recommendation:
For this technique you'll need high quality synthetic hair brushes.
You'll need thin round brushes – №1,2,3.
Sometimes on the finish layer I like taking a deeper look into fine details and then I use the rigger like №0/3. Lately I've been using the paintbrushes from "Autumn" series by "Malevich" company.
If you're using different paintbrushes, pay attention to the hair length, it shouldn't be too long. The paintbrush should be resilient, it's very important in this technique.
Watercolour pencils
Svetlana's recommendation:
You'll need all kinds of black and grey watercolour pencils.
There are 4 brands which sell great high-quality watercolour pencils:
1. Faber Castell – Albrecht Dürer product line. I recommend black pencil №199 from this product line, it has deep, intense, velvet black colour.
One of the ways to add colours to the work is to use watercolour pencils.
My favourite tints for the works in this technique are: Blue Violent 137 and Prussian Blue 246, Dark Indigo 167. You can find all of them in Faber Castell – Albrecht Dürer product line.
2. Dearwent – Watercolour product line. Pay attention to the grey pencil Silver Grey 71. It helps to create light grey tint which is really rich "silver", without any glare shine.
3. Cretacolor – Marino product line.
My favourite grey pencil from this line is Dark Grey. It helps to create soft neutral grey graphite colour without "graphite shine".
4. Koh-I-Noor – this brand is well-known for many of us since childhood, we all used their graphite pencils or erasers. By the way, Koh-I-Noor was the first company who started watercolour pencils production!
Svetlana's recommendation:
We'll need a small palette-knife (3 – 4.5 cm).
If it's your first time palette-knife purchase, pay attention to the comfortable handle and high-quality metal.
Svetlana's recommendation:
When the work is finished, I cover it with fixative.
I usually use Sennelier spray fixative – matte varnish (the can is white and green).
It creates perfect invisible cover which isn't shiny and doesn't change the colour of the work. It also protects the work from dust, moisture and UV rays. Everything is great in this fixative except its smell...))))
If you can't find this fixative, you can try other ones, but please don't try to save on it. Fixative of poor quality can spoil your work! I'll share all the details with you and show how to use it at the lesson.
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