Providing readers with the essential skills required to render realistic surfaces in oil and acrylic, this essential guide contains step-by-step instructions for mastering a variety of the most common surfaces, including sand, water, metals, foliage, wood, bark, fabrics, stone, grass and many more. Each page features two similar or related textures for readers to paint in oil or acrylic using the easy-to-follow steps. Artists will discover tips and tricks for working with both mediums, as well as a variety of techniques, including blending, layering, creating an underpainting and more. In addition, general color recommendations offer a helpful get started quick guide. This useful book includes an index for fast and easy reference, while a short gallery at the end demonstrates how various textures represent in finished works of art.