The step-by-step information is great for the novice and describes techniques that extend beyond traditional acrylic painting. Great for a novice maybe an advanced novice but I'm not sure about an experienced painter though. They might just want to flip through it first. The only drawback for the novice is that the directions are somewhat general so if you need something that creates a picture from beginning to end, this book is not for you. This book focuses on the technique and gives you the steps from beginning to end for a technique and not a picture. You will have to create a painting yourself utilizing the techniques clearly and visually described. It is a great reference. It also speaks briefly about the materials too.