• 30 Minute Artist: Painting Flowers in Watercolour

    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

  • 30 Minute Artist: Painting Water in Watercolour

    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.

  • Alwyn's Top Tips for Watercolour Artists

    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.

  • Ann Blockley's Watercolour Workshop

    These easy-to-follow, step-by-step projects demonstrate how the author's most dramatic paintings are created. She describes in detail some of the key techniques used and how you can experiment with alternative methods to create your own interpretations. Finally, her beautiful and inspirational artworks demonstrate how different interpretations of a subject might take an unexpected or unusual direction, and how to make the most of these opportunities.

    The book moves, with progressively challenging projects, from loose wildflower meadows, textured woodland and rustic rambling walls to atmospheric or semiabstract landscape corners, all rendered in Ann's adventurous signature style. Loose, expressive mark-making and unusual techniques include combining waterbased paint and ink with granulation medium for dramatic texture, drawing with twigs, using gesso and collage to create unique effects; manipulating paint with materials such as plastic wrap (clingfilm); developing printed marks made using found materials.

    Following the huge demand for more practical guidance in experimental painting, the book provides plenty of techniques and instruction. The author's personal commentary also gives a unique insight into the mind of the artist – ways of looking at your subject, how to explore and experiment – to unlock the potential of your watercolour painting.

  • Anywhere, Anytime Art: Watercolor

    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.

  • Art Handbooks: Flowers in Watercolour

    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.

  • Art Handbooks: Landscapes in Watercolour

    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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  • Art Handbooks: Sea & Sky in Watercolour

    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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  • Art Handbooks: Water in Watercolour

    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.

  • Art Handbooks: Wild Flowers in Watercolour

    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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  • Art of Painting Sea Life in Watercolor

    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.

    Features include:

    • 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

  • Artist's Guide to Painting Water in Watercolor

    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

    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.

  • 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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  • Birds in Watercolor, Collage, and Ink

    Geninne Zlatkis is well-known for her charming paintings and collages of birds. In Geninne's Art: Birds in Watercolor, Collage, and Ink, she offers her fans a field guide to her art process.

    Geninne begins her work in the field by observing and photographing birds and flowering plants, then takes her observations back to the studio, where she turns them into works on paper. Discover, step-by-step, how Geninne selects her materials and then creates her personal imagery.

    To get started, the book will includes a selection of collage papers that can be removed from the book.

  • 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.

  • Breaking the Rules of Watercolour

    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

  • Chinese Brush Painting: Flowers

    In Chinese Brush Painting: Flowers, artists have the opportunity to explore a diverse range of blooms with the expert guidance of award-winning artist and instructor Joan Lok.

    Starting with the basics of materials, brushwork and the five Chinese brush-painting methods, then moving into paint consistency, creating blends of colour and understanding flower anatomy, Lok guides and inspires you to paint any flower in the garden with skill and confidence. Features include:

    • 36 projects: Sunflower, Day Lily, Rose, Morning Glory, Stargazer Lily and many others
    • Each flower includes specific technical emphasis, a suggested palette of colours and illustrated, step-by-step instructions
    • A down-to-earth and accessible teaching guide for all levels with more than 250 full-colour illustrations