This is a handy guide to successful painting in watercolour. The book is filled with practical hints and tips that cover all aspects of this medium, including style, subject, colour, composition and materials. There are step-by-step demonstrations of both traditional and experimental techniques that show how to achieve a wide variety of effects. All in all, this is a perfect introduction to the subject for beginners and a source of inspiration for those more practised in the field.
Sally Harper specialises in Art Instruction books. She has worked on a range of Arts and Crafts books including The Oil Artist's Handbook and The Pastel Artist's Handbook. She also participates in the popular Artist's in Schools programme.
Introduction The medium The history of watercolour painting Materials Paint and colours How to choose paper, boards, canvas etc. Brushes Easels Boards, palettes and other equipment Techniques Laying washes Foundations Brush techniques Colour effects Alternative techniques Mixed media Making changes Colour and Composition Composition Tonal values The illusion of depth Creating mood Choosing colours Mixing colours Style Painting an expression Expressionist approaches Abstracting from nature Pure abstraction Subject Still life Plants and flowers Landscape Light and water Buildings The animal world Figures and portraits Glossary Index and Acknowledgments