• A-Z of Flower Portraits

    This step-by-step resource updates traditional botanical paintings, adding an elegant, modern flair to flower portraiture.

    Each chapter offers case studies, close-up details, and explanations of various styling techniques and finishing methods that give more than 30 flower portraits an organic feel, emphasizing their botanical nature.

    Includes tips for buying the best materials for successful results as well as basic brushstroke and surface techniques-such as wet-into-wet, colour blending, lifting out, layering glazes and dry brushing.

  • Art of Botanical & Bird Illustration

    The Art of Botanical & Bird Illustration is a guide for contemporary artists aspiring to master shape, colour and texture to render beautiful, realistic and vibrant botanical artwork! You will learn about the tools and materials traditionally used in botanical illustration, including pencils, coloured pencils, watercolour, gouache and pastels.

    This thorough yet easily digestible guide includes overviews of key illustration techniques and basic colour theory and mixing and is loaded with exercises designed to help you learn to see shape, value and form. By learning to understand plant life and anatomy, you can craft elegant flowers, leaves, trees, and much more in no time.

    To bring it all together, the book includes step-by-step demonstrations to practice taking sketches and transforming them into fully rendered, colourful pieces of fine art.

  • Art of Botanical Painting

    This is the definitive instructional guide to the art of botanical illustration, published in association with The Society of Botanical Artists and featuring detailed step-by-step demonstrations by members of the Society.

    This beautifully illustrated book covers all aspects of the subject and is an essential book for all serious students of botanical painting. The book includes useful information about materials, basic plant anatomy, flower and leaf shapes, and then explores the techniques for drawing and coloured pencil work, as well as painting with watercolour and gouache. Subjects include exotic and common plants, flowers, fruit and vegetables, as well as flowers in the garden.

    Packed with step-by-step demonstrations and stunning illustrations, this is an inspiring, practical guide, as well as a visual treat.

  • Billy Showell's Botanical Painting in Watercolour

    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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  • Botanical Illustration for Beginners

    Whether you're a beginner who wants advice on composition and plotting out your initial drawings; a more experienced artist eager to develop your skills with colour; or an old hand looking for challenging, complex textures and shapes, this unique approach to botanical illustration has something for you.

    Filled with practical and inspirational worksheets, colour swatches, sketches and stunning finished paintings, it demonstrates everything you need to know about capturing beautiful botanical specimens on paper.

  • Botanical Painting with Gouache

    Gouache is an opaque water-based medium, often called body colour, that produces crisp and vibrant paintings, and is becoming increasingly popular in botanical painting.

    Leading botanical painter, Simon Williams, specializes in painting with gouache and provides practical advice on all aspects of using this exciting medium plus many step-by-step demonstration paintings. In addition to the sumptuous flower paintings, there are also sections on painting butterflies, birds and exotic and unusual plants from the rainforest.

  • Botanical Sketchbook

    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.

  • Botanical Sketchbooks

    In association with the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, the authors offer an exquisite visual compendium of botanical sketches, many specially photographed, providing a revealing insight into the fresh, immediate responses of artists encountering the glories of the plant world.

    While highly finished drawings and paintings frequently feature in histories of botanical art, the preparatory sketches, first impressions and creative thoughts on paper behind them are rarely seen and have often remained hidden and locked away. Botanical Sketchbooks brings these personal and vividly spontaneous records gloriously back into the light.

    In a series of biographical portraits organized thematically, the book illuminates a range of intriguing characters, from many different countries and cultures, including Germany, France, Italy, America, Australia, Japan and China. Sketchbooks proper are joined by notebooks, journals, albums, loose pieces of paper, works on vellum, manuscripts, letters, herbarium sheets and marginalia – even one drawing on the back of an envelope.

    Turning the pages of this book will be an invitation to relive extraordinary experiences, imagine lost worlds and be immersed in the endeavours, observations and motivations of the makers of such beautiful and enchanting art.

  • Classic Sketchbook: Botanicals

    Learn to sketch and paint flowers, from bud to full-blown! Classic Sketchbook: Botanicals is a draw-in book that shows you how by taking a close look at the details of great floral paintings and coaching readers to try the techniques with the help of an expert's suggestions.

    Printed on quality uncoated stock and suited for drawing and watercolour, each spread consists of two working parts. The left-hand page is for study, featuring a close-up for a drawing or painting by a noted artist from the 19th century or earlier. The right-hand page is for drawing, with only a small box for the expert's brief coaching tips, observations and a demonstrative sketch.

    While progressing through the book and trying the different artist styles, you'll gain observational confidence and techniques to apply your own drawing and painting. In learning from the masters, you'll become a master yourself!

  • Creative Haven Fabulous Flowers Coloring Book

    Here's a lavish bouquet for serious colourists! More than 30 fresh and florid full-page illustrations depict all kinds of flowers.

    Fanciful rather than realistic, the vibrant still-life arrangements offer plenty of scope for colouring fancies. Illustrations are printed on one side of the perforated pages for easy removal and display.

    Specially designed for experienced colourists, Fabulous Flowers and other Creative Haven colouring books offer an escape to a world of inspiration and artistic fulfillment.

  • Enchanted Forest

    This stunning new book by Johanna Basford, author of Secret Garden, takes readers on an inky quest through an enchanted forest to discover what lies in the castle at its heart.

    As well as drawings to complete, colour and embellish, there are hidden objects to be found along the way including wild flowers, animals and birds, gems, lanterns, keys and treasure chests. Beginning at the entrance to the forest, the journey progresses through woodland, rocky caves and tree-lined mazes, over streams and a waterfall, across the trees tops, to finally reach the castle.

    Also hidden throughout the book are nine symbols. Readers must find all the symbols to unlock the castle door at the end of the quest and discover what lies within.

    See Secret Garden and Johanna Basford's new book, Lost Ocean.

  • Expressive Flower Painting

    Expressive Flower Painting presents a range of creative painting exercises that help readers develop vibrant nature paintings.

    Lynn Whipple paints wildly and in small to large formats with a combination of acrylic paint, charcoal and colourful soft pastel. She uses fresh, abundant flower arrangements as her muse. This exciting book is an in-depth expansion of Lynn's class called Big Bold Bloom Wild Painting, with additional content.

    The book covers mark making, layering techniques, how to do "spin drawings," colour methods, painted backgrounds, working from life and how to successfully combine a wide variety of media for the maximum effect.

  • How to Draw: Flowers in Simple Steps

    Start now & learn how to draw 28 popular & exotic flowers offering a variety of shapes (fuchsia, pansy, rose, sunflower, waterlily).

    Even total newcomers will create a beautiful bloom by following just 6 simple steps finishing with both a b&w pencil drawn & a colour image. Multi-award-winning pro botanical artist, Janet Whittle introduces the blooms with brief advice on materials & techniques.

  • Kew Book of Botanical Illustrations

    Christabel King has been doing illustrations for Kew for 40 years and is their foremost botanical artist. Here she explains both scientific botanical illustration and the looser botanical art.

    She covers materials, collecting and preserving plant specimens, drawing and painting techniques, magnification, using dividers, drawing from life, composition, light and shade and transferring drawings. She goes on to discuss painting leaves, flowers, cacti and succulents, wildflowers, trees and plates for Curtis's Botanical magazine.

    A chapter on travel drawings gives a flavour of the author's passion and worldwide experience. There is a helpful section on suitable subjects for beginners and a glossary of terms.

    The text is highly illustrated throughout with beautiful paintings.

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  • Millie Marotta's Tropical Wonderland

    Millie Marotta's Tropical World invites you to lose yourself in a riot of colouring in and drawing. Her beautiful illustrations are crying out for a touch of colour, an additional line here and there – the most mindful of activities.

    The artist's intricate style will get you itching to make your own mark, whether it's to add to the fine lines on exotic trees, or add a splash of colour to petals on an exotic bloom or the feathers of a tropical parrot. Pens, crayons or paints can bring them all to life. Add your own colours to the rainforest scenes, make a pattern with your colour choices or try out your drawing skills by adapting the illustration.

    Each picture offers scope to improve your artistic skills while relaxing. The images and imaginative scenarios can be completed in colours of your choosing and are guaranteed to get your creative juices flowing.

  • Modern Flower Painter

    A celebrated floral artist shares her innovative watercolour technique, covering every aspect of painting modern botanical-style portraits of flowers.

    Anna's clear teaching will give you confidence in painting beautiful watercolour flowers in a modern twist on the botanical style, From complete beginners to more experienced watercolourists, this book offers in-depth instruction on drawing and painting, plus dozens of inspirational floral artworks.

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  • Ready to Paint: Botanical Flowers in Watercolour

    Michael Lakin demonstrates how to paint a variety of flowers in a clean, realistic style.

    • Tracings are supplied, which means you have the difficult drawing stage done for you
    • Over 150 step-by-step photographs, clear and easy to follow instructions for painting botanical flowers in watercolour
    • Reproduce five of Michael's flower paintings to create your own stunning lifelike artwork with this inspiring book