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Find watercolour painting ideas with our hand-picked selection of painting guides. They'll help you learn all the most effective techniques.

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Watercolour Painting Books

  • Five-Minute Watercolour

    Samantha Nielsen

    Product Code: BRQYI
    Paperback
    Many novice artists are intimidated by the prospect of trawling through very technical drawing books, especially given our busy day-to-day lives. Five-Minute Watercolour is a handy companion as you explore your artistic potential by sketching in watercolour - in five minutes you can produce a great painting that you'll be proud to keep and share. Discover 55 bitesize exercises, written in jargon-free language, to help you make watercolour painting a part of your day. Starting with advice on the basic supplies you will need, professional urban watercolour artist Samantha Nielsen takes you through all the techniques required to begin and pursue your creative journey - from brush control to using warm and cool colours, followed by advice on implementing these techniques such as painting skies, seascapes or people. Samantha then helps you take it further by showing you how to capture movement and create depth. Every spread in the book features five expert tips and ideas, as well as examples of amazing five-minute watercolour sketches to inspire you. For new and aspiring artists everywhere who've dreamt of making art a part of their working lives, this pocket book is perfect for you.
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  • Watercolour Flowers

    Wendy Tait

    Product Code: BIMCD
    Paperback
    Keen to paint. but your drawing skills let you down? This book provides pull-out tracings for five beautiful floral paintings, along with full step-by-step instructions for how to bring them to life with watercolour paint. A clear guide on how to transfer the tracings to your watercolour paper is included, along with a helpful section on what materials to use. Wendy Tait's new book makes painting flowers simple and accessible, and offers guidance on how you can develop your new painting skills.
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  • Watercolour Landscapes

    Terry Harrison

    Product Code: BJVVB
    Paperback
    Readers who want to learn to paint but can not rely on their drawing skills have everything they need in this book. The outlines of five paintings (plus one bonus picture) are provided to pull out from the centre of the book. Clear instructions and step-by-step photographs show how to transfer the outlines on to watercolour paper and then how to create beautiful watercolour paintings.
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  • 15-Minute Watercolor Masterpieces

    Anna Koliadych

    Product Code: CCVPH
    Paperback
    Create Breathtaking Watercolor Paintings in No Time With this collection of easy, step-by-step instructions, unlocking your creativity with watercolor has never been easier. Follow along as Anna Koliadych, founder of DearAnnArt, guides you through painting your own watercolor masterpieces in just 15 minutes. These 50 projects have something for everyone, from underwater landscapes to galaxies, from fashion sketches to tasty sweets. Learn to paint a meadow of poppies, a cosmic tea cup, a set of high heels or a tabby cat all in one quick evening. Whether you're new to watercolor or have been practicing for years, these colorful designs are perfect for a relaxing afternoon alone or as an activity for the whole family. In each lesson, Anna highlights efficient techniques, like sketching your design with simple shapes, or adding small, beautiful details, so you can create the most charming artwork in the shortest amount of time--even if you've never painted before!
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  • Kew: The Watercolour Flower Painter's A to Z

    Adelene Fletcher

    Product Code: BPNPO
    Paperback
    A brand new edition of the bestselling book, endorsed by the Royal Botanic Garden at Kew, by renowned watercolour artist Adelene Fletcher. From azalea to zantedeschia, this unique watercolour artist's guide offers easy-to-follow, plant-specific information on how to paint over 50 of the most popular species of flower in a crisp and natural style. Adelene teaches you the essential skills of creating a realistic structure and form of a flower by close observation of the pattern of light and shade on petals and foliage. Included are step-by-step photographs, details, and instructions on capturing the individual essence of the flower, together with comprehensive information on the appropriate techniques and colour mixes to use. Glorious full-colour photographs of the finished watercolour show the depth and variety of the plant portraits, from the exquisitely executed passion flower to the bold luminosity of the oriental poppy. Finally, a handy colour key is included for every flower, helping you prepare your palette before delving into your floral portait. If you have never painted flowers before, or have always wanted to capture that specific species on canvas that you've never managed to grow in your own garden, this is the book for you.
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  • Paint Pad Poster Book: Country Scenes

    Various

    Product Code: CBOTI
    Paperback
    Fill your home with original, professional art - and learn to paint at the same time. This innovative new series is a poster book, an art pad and a step-by-step painting book all rolled into one! Each of the five A3 posters are ready to pull out, frame and display. In addition, you can enjoy the calming pursuit of painting each of the pictures yourself using the pre-printed outlines - so no drawing required. The large, landscape format of the book allows each stage of painting to be clearly and comprehensively explained with an innovative annotation approach. Simply pull out the simple, stage-by-stage tutorial pages and pin them to your easel, then paint directly onto the watercolour outline for fantastic results. In this title, Country Scenes, learn to paint a range of inspiring landscapes: journey to a tranquil New Forest stream, a rolling Tuscan hillside and a snowy mountain river, and enjoy 5 masterclasses in landscape painting.
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  • Paint Pad Poster Book: Flowers

    Various

    Product Code: CBOTH
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    Fill your home with original, professional art - and learn how to paint at the same time. This innovative new series is a poster book, an art pad and a step-by-step painting book all rolled into one! Each of the five A3 posters are ready to pull out, frame and display. In addition, you can enjoy the calming pursuit of painting each of the pictures yourself using the pre-printed outlines - so no drawing required. The large landscape format of the book allows each stage of painting to be clearly and comprehensively explained with an innovative annotation approach. Simply pull out the simple, stage-by-stage tutorial pages and pin them to your easel, then paint directly onto the watercolour outlines for fantastic results. In this title, learn how to paint five of the nation's favourite flowers in the style of the finest watercolour artists of this day. Choose from a vibrant bouquet of sunflowers, a field of poppies, a vase of tulips, a garden of roses or a bed of irises.
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  • Painting Mood & Atmosphere in Watercolour

    Barry Herniman

    Product Code: CAVLC
    Paperback
    Barry Herniman shows the reader how to capture the essence of a scene, and to inject that extra something: mood and atmosphere. This 'extra something' is what many watercolour artists seek, and it is clearly explained and beautifully demonstrated in this practical and enthralling guide to painting a variety of landscapes. This beautiful book brings Barry Herniman's stunning artwork to the fore with a sumptuous redesign, complete with new inspirational artworks and expanded sections on colour mixing and techniques.
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  • Take Three Colours: Watercolour Lakes & Rivers

    Stephen Coates

    Product Code: BZIZU
    Paperback
    Even if you have never picked up a paintbrush before, professional watercolour teacher and artist Stephen Coates will show you how to paint lakes and rivers in watercolour using just three brushes, three colours, a plastic palette and a watercolour pad. Using just red, blue and yellow paint Stephen shows you how to paint nine realistic watercolour scenes. There is no off-putting colour theory or long-winded mixing information, just a practical absolute beginner's course that shows the three colours in action. Build your skills through each of the nine easy paintings, starting from the simplest of scenes and ending with a more challenging, stunning picture you'll be proud to have painted. There are step-by-step photographs for each project, clear instruction and advice throughout, and handy tips and jargon busters. Each of Stephen's finished paintings is shown at full size for easy reference, which you can even use to trace from for a stress-free painting experience. This is a straightforward, economical, practical progressive course to painting lakes and river scenes in watercolour. Stephen uses the following paints and brushes in this book: Winsor & Newton Cotman watercolours - Raw Sienna, Light Red and Ultramarine. Brushes - Proarte Series 101 round size 2, Series 101 round size 8, Proarte 3/4inch Mini hake flat goat hair brush.
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  • Learn Flower Painting Quickly

    Trevor Waugh

    Product Code: BXYKC
    Hardback
    A fun and accessible guide to painting flowers in watercolour with step-by-step exercises. World-renowned artist Trevor Waugh reveals the secrets of painting flowers in watercolour in this fun, easy-to-follow book. Focusing on the techniques that matter the most, you'll be able to start producing better flower paintings in the space of an afternoon. The book includes expert guidance on all aspects of flower painting in watercolour, including the basic shapes and how to combine them, how to design the perfect composition and how to create subtle and evocative effects. The author shares tips on how to use colour to create realistic-looking flowers and foliage, his go-to basic palette and details on how to create beautiful, nuanced colour mixes. There is also a section on how to achieve real artistry in your work, using hard and soft edges, clever observation and different angles to perfect your work. Armed with this beautiful book, packed with breathtaking inspirational paintings and a selection of helpful step-by-step demonstration sequences, you'll become an expert flower painting in no time at all.
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  • You Can Paint Dazzling Watercolors in Twelve Easy Lessons

    Yuko Nagayama

    Product Code: BTWNW
    Paperback
    A visually rich guide that can help aspiring and experienced artists master the stunning yet often complex techniques used to create dazzling watercolor backgrounds in only a few simple steps. Watercolor paintings are highly regarded for their delicate strokes, incandescent washes, and ethereal pigments. But the very beauty of this medium also makes it challenging for painters. Unlike oil and acrylic paints which can be easily applied and maintain their appearance after drying, the primary water base of watercolors alters the shape of the paper as well as the appearance of the paint as it dries. A leading expert in watercolor painting and highly regarded teacher, Yuko Nagayama has developed a unique and fool-proof twelve-step system to help you become proficient in creating exquisite landscapes as well as detailed objects and backgrounds using this popular medium. You Can Paint Dazzling Watercolors in Twelve Easy Lessons includes a list of necessary tools for watercolor painting, tutorials on different paints, instructions on mixing colors on a palette, and initial sketching techniques. Powered by Yuko's unique method and filled with helpful illustrations, You Can Paint Dazzling Watercolors in Twelve Easy Lessons will inspire you to diversify your skills and create beautiful works of art.
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  • DIY Watercolor Flowers

    Marie Boudon

    Product Code: BUZUU
    Paperback
    Learn to paint beautiful watercolor flowers in simple steps with this free and easy approach to watercolor painting for beginners. Marie Boudon's beautifully presented creative course will give you a good grounding in this new-to-you medium and teach you all you need to know to get started with painting flowers in watercolor. Find out about paper, brushes and paints, color mixing, wet and dry techniques, blending and gradients, contrast and even how to digitize your work. Then learn to paint roses, peonies, carnations, dahlias, anemones, poppies, leaves, details and textures and how to bring all of these together into beautiful compositions which make lovely art pieces, journal pages, handmade stationery and greetings cards, inspirational quote frames, personalized gifts and more.
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  • Bible Journaling Made Simple

    Sandy Allnock

    Product Code: BSNBA
    Paperback
    Draw closer to God and creatively unlock more of the Good Book! Your relationship with God is unique. Shouldn't your Bible reflect and celebrate that bond? In this introduction to Bible journaling, you'll discover meaningful ways to combine art, heart and scripture--from backgrounds to hand-lettered verses to beautiful full-page drawings. No expensive supplies or artistic skills are required...only a desire to honor and enhance your spiritual life. To guide your creative worship experience, this book provides: Prompts to engage you with the text, then visually interpret Scripture in words and pictures Basic techniques for working with colored pencils, watercolor pencils and watercolor paints 21 step-by-step tutorials for drawing trees, flowers, skies, mountains, maps, water, light and other popular themes Tons of inspirational page samples and suggested verses to illustrate Downloadable icons and technique videos available on the author's website Whether you're new to Bible journaling or looking for fresh ideas, this book will lead you on a rewarding spiritual journey. Success is not measured in the complexity or polish of the art, but in a deeper, more personal connection with God. "Our lives are busy, and we leave a trail of things-we-should-remember on the ground behind us. Instead, scoop them up and journal them. Preserve the lessons vital to our growth as Christians." page 12
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  • Paint Yourself Calm

    Jean Haines

    Product Code: ATNNI
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    Meditative, peaceful and calming, watercolour painting offers a sense of control and self-worth to everyone, with no judgement or goal beyond the joy of painting itself. This book shows you how to calm and enhance your outlook through the movement of brush on paper. Master artist Jean Haines leads you on a journey through paint, showing you how to wipe away your worries with the soothing, gentle strokes of watercolour paint.
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  • New York in Watercolour

    Geoff Kersey

    Product Code: ATNHQ
    Paperback
    "The Ready to Paint Series" provides six tracings for readers to pull out and transfer on to watercolour paper. There is one for each of the five step-by-step demonstrations, plus a bonus tracing of the inspirational painting in the introduction section. Geoff Kersey is an expert draughtsman and his skilful drawings of famous New York scenes provide the basis for five detailed and realistic paintings. The clear step-by-step photographs explain the painting process in great depth and make it easy for readers to reproduce all of the projects, which include iconic scenes such the Statue of Liberty, Central Park and the Brooklyn Bridge.
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  • Watercolour for the Absolute Beginner

    Matthew Palmer

    Product Code: AIGGK
    Paperback
    This book is a comprehensive course in watercolour landscape painting by expert Society of All Artists tutor, Matthew Palmer. Matthew is renowned for his beautiful, detailed paintings and his ability to teach effective painting using simple techniques. He teaches over 150 pupils per week and also appears regularly on TV. The book begins with excellent advice for the beginner, including, easy drawing for painting, composition, easy perspective, light and shade, colour, and how to paint skies, tree, water and figures in watercolour. There are then six simple step by step painting exercises, and each exercise leads into a more developed step by step painting project, including a windmill, seascape, snow scene, mountains and lakes, bluebell stream and an all-rounder featuring a landscape with buildings and figures. The exercises are ideal for beginners and the main projects will also build skills for improving artists. A pull-out outline drawing is provided for every exercise and main project, and Matthew shows step by step how to transfer these onto watercolour paper. Like best-selling artist, Terry Harrison, Matthew has an accessible style, plenty of tips and tricks for beginners and his own range of brushes and colours to make things easier (though readers can use alternatives).
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  • Watercolour for the Absolute Beginner

    Alwyn Crawshaw

    Product Code: ABWGU
    Paperback
    This popular book provides all the information you need to get started in watercolour painting. Full of clear, simple advice and more than 70 step-by-step demonstrations, Watercolour for the Absolute Beginner will teach even the least confident of beginners the skills and techniques needed to start painting. In this easy-to-follow, step-by-step guide, three professional artists explain all the basic watercolour techniques. Top TV artist Alwyn Crawshaw demonstrates the basic techniques including brushstrokes, colour mixing and depicting distance and foreground to get you started in watercolour. Lecturer and Artist Sharon Finmark explains how you can paint realistic figures, covering scale and proportion, mixing convincing skin colours and portraying movement and light effectively. Artist and teacher Trevor Waugh demonstrates techniques for painting animals - domestic, farmyard and wild. Starting with simple animal shapes, Trevor takes you through the rudiments of 3D shapes, tone and colour and the tricks of using foreshortening in your work.
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  • The Kew Book of Painting Orchids in Watercolour

    Vivienne Cawson

    Product Code: CCYMH
    Paperback
    Vivienne Cawson's luminous painting style and considered use of flat or patterned backgrounds gives her work a contemporary, beautiful feel all of its own. Published in association with the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, as a celebration of their annual Orchid Festival, this stunning book teaches you how to paint a selection of orchids in watercolour. The book contains a thorough techniques section that guides you through Vivienne's decision-making, colour-matching and painting process. It teaches you how to capture form with speed and confidence, practise painting different leaves, flowers, and roots and create different textures with paint. The book contains exercises that will hone your skills and encourage your artistic intuition, followed by three complete step-by-step projects that feature a range of flowers in wild and still-life settings. The paintings feature touches of watercolour pencil and crayon, along with panels of gouache, which complement the delicate watercolours. The book is interspersed with images from the Kew Art Collection, showcasing the rich variety and beauty of this much-loved family of flowers.
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  • Egg Art

    Katya Trischuk

    Product Code: CCAFH
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    Eggs aren't just for breakfast! With a bit of imagination, they can also be transformed into beautiful decorative items and gifts. A modern and accessible hobby, egg art is something all generations can take part in, and connect over. Egg Art feeds into the current trend of working and crafting with natural, everyday objects, turning the ordinary into the extraordinary. Hatch a plan and get cracking on your egg-cellent designs now!
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  • Color Harmony for Artists

    Ana Victoria Calderon

    Product Code: CBWMC
    Paperback
    Explore and create expressive palettes and paintings with Color Harmony for Artists. Watercolor author, artist, and teacher Ana Victoria Calderon guides you through choosing, mixing, and using color with watercolor and mixed media to create the most expressive and appealing combinations and effects for a wide range of moods and subjects. You'll explore a variety of subjects and themes, including flowers, foliage, landscapes, skies, cities, figures, art movements, and historical eras. Begin with a quick overview of the basics of color, color mixing, and mixed media. Explore a variety of color and media combinations, including brilliant brights, muted neutrals, high-contrast complements, and special effects. Find inspiration in evocative photos, abundant palettes, and beautiful paintings. With Color Harmony for Artists, every artist, from beginner to advanced, will be inspired to embrace the creative possibilities of color and paint!
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  • Watercolor Sketchbook (Large Black Fliptop Spiral - Landscape)

    Sterling

    Product Code: CCAXD
    Hardback
    A beautiful high-quality sketchbook, made to order for artists who want to take their watercolor skills to the next level. Watercolor painting is a hot trend that's attracting more and more artists. There are numerous instructional books on the medium, but outside of art stores, sketchbooks designed to handle the paint are harder to find. With its attractive cover design; high-quality thick, textured, acid-free paper, and perforated pages, this large-sized Sterling sketchbook is the one that amateur and professional watercolorists alike will choose. It features a flip-top spiral binding that makes it easy to use.
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  • The Paint Pad Artist: Coastal Landscapes

    C. Evans

    Product Code: CAVLP
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    This inspiring book on painting coastal landscapes is part of the exciting and innovative Paint Pad Artist series. Whether a beginner or more experienced artist, you will be amazed at how quickly you will acquire the skills needed to produce beautiful paintings. With the initial outlines for the six stunning projects provided on watercolour paper, you can start creating amazing works of art straight away. Written by professional artist Charles Evans, this guide begins with notes on how to use the pre-printed watercolour paper and how to make copies of the outlines should you want to attempt the projects again. Following this there is a short `what you need' section, enabling you to gather together the paints, brushes and basic equipment required to start painting, and some brief guidance on general techniques such as how to mix your watercolours, how to make the most of your palette and enhance your watercolours with the addition of gouache. The six stunning step-by-step projects build in difficulty as you work through the book, introducing new techniques and incorporating numerous handy hints and tips to help you progress on your painting journey. The six sheets of watercolour paper, supplied by Daler-Rowney, are pre-printed with the initial outline drawing for each of the projects, enabling you to start painting straight away and giving you the best possible chance of producing a gorgeous coastal painting.
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  • Love Watercolour

    Sara Funduk

    Product Code: CAVLA
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    Painting makes people happy! Learn to use watercolour in a relaxing and joyful way, and you will feel it too. This book is packed full of 100 ideas, exercises and projects to help you experiment with watercolour paint: make mistakes, have fun, and surprise yourself with this fun and meditative medium. Even if you've never picked up a paintbrush in your life, this book will help you get over the fear of the blank page and experience the pure joy of creating. And if you're more experienced, you'll be inspired to use your watercolour skills in new and exciting ways. Sara Funduk will guide you every step of the way, from choosing your supplies and making those first few brush strokes all the way to completing beautiful watercolour projects you can be proud of.
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  • Ashley Jackson's Watercolour Sketches

    Ashley Jackson

    Product Code: CBIPG
    Hardback
    I am not one for pretty pictures.' Perhaps when I am long gone this will be a quote that I am remembered for alongside my paintings. For you will mostly find me in the gallery on a sunny day and out on the moors when it is at its most inhospitable, for these are the days that captivate me. All your senses are alive, so that what you visibly see is not the whole painting , the rest comes from you. Ashley Jackson's Watercolour sketches is a collection of these raw drawings combined with my intimate thoughts and feelings, together they may become a finished painting. I suppose you could say that I use my sketchbook in the same way that others create a diary of words, they are a reflection of my relationship with the Yorkshire landscape. In all honesty, they were never intended for anything other than my personal recollections. I can go back to the drawing months later and mentally open that moment as if I was stood in that same location, I could tell you the weather, the sounds and smells , whilst the colours are as vivid as if I had gone back in time and revisited the day itself. This book allows you to step back from my dramatic and atmospheric watercolour paintings and see the landscape in its nakedness, through my private, personal sketches you can join me in my artistic journey and conversation with nature.
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