A paperback reissue Hazel Soan's classic practical art book. In The Essence of Watercolour Hazel shows how wonderfully versatile and beguiling the medium of watercolour is and how to get the most out of it.
Hazel stresses how important it is to understand the characteristics of the medium in order to exploit it to the full. She encourages the reader to explore the properties of watercolour and to be unafraid of strength of colour and brushstroke. Hazel shows through demonstration and projects that tone is king in watercolour and illustrates how to paint light with the use of shade. Armed with this understanding she demonstrates that watercolour is not such an unforgiving medium after all: accidents and mistakes can be disguised, overridden and corrected.
The Essence of Watercolour is a culmination of many years of Hazel's teaching and demonstrating, in which she offers inspirational insights into the secrets of watercolour painting and encourages artists to take their art to the next level.$29.99
Even if you have never picked up a paintbrush before, Geoff Kersey shows you how to paint convincing seascapes in watercolour using just three brushes, three colours, a plastic palette and a watercolour pad.
There is no off-putting colour theory or long-winded mixing information, but a practical absolute beginner's course that shows the three colours in action. You need only three affordable brushes: no. 10, no. 4 and no. 2 rounds in a synthetic range, to achieve all of the paintings shown. Let Geoff Kersey build your skills through nine easy exercises, starting from the simplest of scenes, resulting in seascapes you'll be proud of.
With clear advice, step-by-step photographs showing simple techniques, how to trace and transfer a drawing, and finished paintings shown full size in the book for guidance, you will have everything you need to get painting.
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In Modern Watercolor, artists will discover how to paint in watercolour by harnessing the medium's unique transparent qualities to create stunning works of art, stationery, gifts and more.
From selecting your first watercolour paints to learning to blend colours into a unique palette, the author guides you as you begin your journey. By the end, your paintings will be cohesive and rich.
These easy-to-follow lessons explore using watercolour on different surfaces, how to create basic shapes using fun techniques and how to create myriad gorgeous effects that can be achieved with different brushes and strokes. You will even learn how to add layers of dimension and texture and how to work with resist techniques to create pretty patterns and gorgeous backgrounds.$27.99
This new, up-to-date edition of the popular and comprehensive encyclopedia by professional artist Hazel Harrison is an exhaustive reference covering a multitude of areas concerning watercolour. The book is divided into three sections:
- The first covers the essential materials and tools you need to get you started on your watercolour journey, and how to set up your indoor and outdoor working spaces.
- The second provides step-by-step demonstrations that guide artists through a variety of techniques, from basic washes through to creating special effects using salt and wax resist.
- The third and final part tackles picture composition, from guiding readers on how to choose their palette and how to work with different lights, to understanding important concepts such as perspective and spatial depth.
This resource provides a wealth of stimulating ideas to help artists both amateurs and veterans develop their own impressive watercolour painting style.
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Learn how to paint relaxing landscapes, exciting seascapes and portraits with personality. Whatever you want to paint, William Newton can show you how.
Starting from first principles, this thorough guide demonstrates the breadth and depth of William's watercolour painting expertise. In addition to beautiful detailed projects covering architecture, still life and other classic scenes, this book contains sections on colour and tone, the materials you will need, key watercolour painting techniques as well as vital information on perspective and drawing; all explained and illustrated for ease of use.
This book was previously published as William Newton's Complete Guide to Watercolour Painting and is now made available in paperback.
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Do you want to paint quick, loose watercolours? This practical guide for beginners, in a handy sketchbook format, will show you how you can achieve attractive and successful paintings in just 30 minutes.
Expert watercolourist, Fiona Peart, shares her tips and techniques for producing quick and effective paintings of beautiful flowers in half an hour; ideal for those short on time but high on enthusiasm!
- Essential painting skills conveyed through quick, lively studies
- Expert art tuition from a renowned artist
- 10 varied and beautiful step by step demonstrations
Terry Harrison shares his expert advice and no nonsense tips and techniques for producing quick, effective paintings of water.
There are two- or three-step exercises for painting water in all its varied moods and situations, including ripples, reflections, puddles, streams, breaking waves, choppy water, surf, bridges, riverbeds, boats and much more.
There are then ten step-by-step demonstrations that can be produced in half an hour: a misty lake, track with puddles, ford, waterfall, lazy river, stormy sea, cliffs, fishing from a boat, sunset estuary and fishing boat.$18.99
Renowned artist Alwyn Crawshaw's books, videos and television series have taught millions of people around the world how to paint. He shares his expertise in this book packed full of tips for watercolour painters.
Learn all you need to know, from the materials you need to mastering techniques such as washes, lifting out, dry brush and lost and found, to how to paint skies, water, trees, people and boats. The tips are clearly explained and illustrated, and many of Alwyn's beautiful paintings are analysed in detail.$25.99
Anywhere, Anytime Art: Watercolor is an inspirational, easy-to-use reference guide for artists who seek to expand their artistic horizons in new and adventurous ways.
After a basic overview of tools and materials, learn how to find inspiration and beauty everywhere and in everything. Discover how to create a portable pack-and-carry supply box to create art spontaneously, even while on the go. Basic drawing and painting techniques, approachable step-by-step projects, and instructions for working with tools outside the studio demonstrate how easy it is to draw and paint without too much advanced planning.$19.99
Wendy Tait's excellent introduction to painting flowers in watercolour provides an inspirational and practical guide to producing beautiful flower paintings in this medium.
There is clear information on what materials you need and on choosing colours, composition and painting terms such as counterchange, lost and found edges and aerial perspective.
Skills are then built up through seven beautiful step-by-step demonstrations including primroses, pansies and heather, anemones, cyclamen, roses and a mixed bunch of flowers.$14.99
Lively skies, misty woodlands, country lanes, quiet harbours and soft reflections – these and more are presented by artist Ray Campbell Smith.
The author shows how to capture the freshness and beauty of watercolours in his own distinctive style.
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Arnold Lowrey shows how to capture the changing moods and beauty of the sea and sky using over 70 step-by-step photographs and a variety of inspirational pictures. He clearly illustrates all the techniques, from laying initial washes and creating atmosphere to adding highlights and painting in final details.
Three step-by-step painting projects take you through basic techniques and painting fundamentals for painting seas and skies
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Joe Dowden shows how to capture water in all its moods from quiet ponds and shallow puddles to babbling brooks and slow-moving rivers. Using over 80 step-by-step photographs and a variety of inspirational paintings, he clearly illustrates all the techniques – from laying an initial wash to adding the final details.
There is clear information on what materials you need and on composition, using colour and on types of water. There are then clear step-by-step demonstrations on painting deep water, lively water and shallow water, and there are plenty of beautiful inspirational paintings besides.$12.99
Wendy Tait's invaluable guide shows how to capture the fragile beauty of wild flowers in watercolour. Learn how to develop the delicate touch needed to achieve subtle yet convincing results. Clear, step-by-step projects include honeysuckle, wild roses and an exuberant bunch of mixed flowers.
Three step-by-step projects take you through basic techniques and painting fundamentals,
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With a fresh, modern spin on this majestic subject, The Art of Painting Sea Life in Watercolor is a comprehensive resource, packed with beautiful illustrations and expert instruction, for beginners and intermediate artists.
- Information on the necessary tools and materials for both sketching and painting, including pencils, paints and brushes, palettes, supports and mediums
- Basic drawing and painting techniques and colour theory
- How to create compelling compositions, achieve depth and render realistic textures
From glittering lakes to calm harbour shores to foamy surf and turbulent waterfalls and rainy city streets to snow covered lawns and frozen ponds, you'll find the inspiration and techniques to guide you on a water-filled watercolour journey.
- 11 step-by-step demonstrations for painting puddles, streams, rivers, raging oceans, snow and more
- 8 bonus demonstration videos to help you achieve realistic water paintings
- More than 30 techniques for creating accurate shadow and light, reflections of objects and wave types
Beginning Watercolor teaches aspiring artists everything they need to know to get started painting in watercolour.
This helpful resource begins with a basic introduction to the essential tools and materials artists need to get started, including choosing the right paintbrushes, watercolour paints, sketchbooks and canvas. Additionally, artists will learn the fundamentals of watercolour, as well as a variety of painting techniques, including creating washes, mixing colours, creating soft blends, rendering realistic textures and working wet-into-wet.
The book guides beginners through a series of easy-to-follow, step-by-step projects covering a variety of methods and techniques, including helpful tips and advice when painting landscapes, still life, portraits and more with helpful tips and detailed, beautiful artwork to guide and inspire.$27.99
Billy Showell is a well-respected botanical watercolour artist, and her exceptional eye for detail and ability to re-create texture, colour and patterning have earned her a formidable reputation worldwide. Her compositions are given a contemporary, sometimes playful twist, while retaining all the beauty and accuracy of traditional botanical paintings.
This book includes numerous step-by-step studies, close-up photography and finished pieces, through which Billy reveals the techniques she uses to attain her stunningly beautiful portraits of flowers, fruit and vegetables.
With detailed guidance on every aspect of the painting process, from accurately counting the petals on a flower to creating the downy texture on a peach, this is an inspiring and indispensable guide for all botanical artists.
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Now in paperback, this book is a beautiful record of one woman's development into a successful botanical artist.
Botanical Sketchbook is a practical masterclass for aspiring botanical artists showing Mary Ann Scott’s progression from modest flower painter to botanical artist of distinction as part of the Distance Learning Course run by the Society of Botanical Artists.
Packed with practical advice, tips, colour swatches and guidance on all aspects of botanical painting in watercolour, it is a source of endless inspiration.$24.99
Shirley Trevena is regarded as one of Britain's most innovative artists in that medium. Shirley's watercolours are visually inspiring, vibrant in colour and strong in composition. In this, her third book, she:
- Shows how to achieve stunning results by pushing the medium to its limits
- Breaks the conventional rules of watercolour in many different ways: through composition, strange perspectives, fascinating textures and, above all, the strength and vibrancy of colour combinations
- Takes you through 10 paintings in great detail with large close-up details to see all the brushstrokes
- Shares all her professional tips and painting secrets
- Encourages watercolourists, whatever their level, to experiment with the medium and produce exciting and challenging work of their own
Learn how to make each brushstroke count when painting classically beautiful landscapes using a combination of traditional and modern watercolour techniques.
Master artist and teacher Lian Quan Zhen shows how to blend Eastern and Western art theories, materials and techniques to create landscapes with graceful simplicity.
Chinese Landscape Painting Techniques for Watercolor includes 27 start-to-finish demonstrations, which show how to capture the spirit and mood of the landscape in all types of weather and in all four seasons.$52.99
Glen Scouller’s acclaimed paintings are full of vibrant colour and light – and now he reveals the process he uses to create those gorgeous effects.
In step-by-step demonstrations, Scouller shows how he builds his paintings by combining traditional watercolour with additional layers of pen and ink, pastels and crayons. Along with giving readers the confidence and knowledge to experiment with a variety of mixed media, he explains the importance of keeping a sketchbook, gives tips on working both indoors and out and covers such subjects as boats, landscapes, still life, animals, figures and portraits. Every level of painter will feel encouraged and challenged.$44.99
This book is the culmination of various expeditions made by David Bellamy to his beloved Arctic. His descriptions of his travels, written from an artists point of view, vividly bring to life the challenges he faced when painting outdoors in one of the harshest environments on the planet, and make for an exhilarating and captivating read.
Filled with David's watercolour paintings and sketches, made during his various expeditions, the book provides a fascinating insight into the wildlife and people that live within the Arctic Circle and captures perfectly the majesty and breathtaking beauty of the worlds final wilderness.
This book is an absolute delight, to browse through, to absorb the superb and evocative images, sketches and watercolours that took me straight back to my own Arctic wanderings, to adorn your coffee table or to read for inspiration or a good laugh. Sir Chris Bonington, renowned British mountaineer.
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Renowned watercolourist David Bellamy shares his invaluable expertise in this complete reference book for artists, including essential advice on painting still life, flowers and plants, landscapes, buildings, people and coastal scenery.
- Packed with information and advice
- 7 step-by-step demonstrations
- Over 250 step-by-step photographs
- Dozens of inspiring paintings
Learn how to paint mountains and moorlands in their very different moods in dramatic and inspiring landscapes. David Bellamy shows you how to tackle such features of mountain scenery as rocks, crags, water and foliage and develop techniques required to capture them convincingly. Features include:
- 4 beautiful demonstrations
- Over 120 step by step photographs
- Packed with inspiring painting
"His advice is down-to-earth, easy to follow and is richly illustrated" Leisure Painter$25.99