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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

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

  • Paint Play

    Katie Rose Johnston

    Product Code: PPLY
    Paperback
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    Brush, drip, spatter, dab, blow... Anyone can make awesome artwork with Paint Play!

    This colourful book will help you discover how versatile watercolour paint can be with introductions to 21 different techniques. You'll master them all in no time at all!

    You can create watery reflections, transport yourself to a Moroccan souk using speckles, spots and spattering paint dogs using different strokes.
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  • New Botanical Painting

    Harriet de Winton

    Product Code: BOTA
    Paperback
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    Create your own beautiful botanical artwork!

    Harriet de Winton offers tips on painting individual flowers and foliage and then explains how you can use these skills to make art for your wall or for cards and invitations. You can also use these newfound skills to paint for pleasure!

    There are 30 step-by-step watercolour projects to complete, treasure and share.
    • £5.99
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    The Watercolour Ideas Book

    Joanna Goss

    Product Code: WIBK
    Paperback
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    Give in to your creative urges and experiment with watercolour by following the tips and advice from contemporary artists in this incredible book.

    Watercolour painting is perfect for experimentation and this book is packed with tips for textures, applications, techniques and materials to use from contemporary artists.

    Create truly original artwork as you learn from what other people have done and rub, dab, scratch, scrunch, cut, sew and seal your next incredible piece.
    • £3.49
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  • RHS Flowers: The Watercolour Art Pad

    Rachel Pedder-Smith

    Product Code: WFAP
    Paperback
    (1)
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    Produce beautiful botanical paintings with this guide to watercolour painting. The pages are printed on specialist watercolour art paper and there are even step-by-step tutorials for you to follow.

    Ranging from stems and blooms to floral images and more intricate designs, Rachel Pedder-Smith's fine illustrations have been recreated by the artist in outline-only form and are ready for you to paint. One side of each spread has flowers and recommendations for colours; the other has an image to paint.

    There are recommended colour palettes and artworks to copy and the pages are perforated, making them easy to remove and be painted on directly. The paper also works well with acrylic paints, artists' pencils and fibre-tip pens.
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  • 10-Minute Watercolours

    Hazel Soan

    Product Code: ATJQB
    Paperback
    This handy, practical and inspirational little book is perfect for the pocket or art bag. It shows watercolour painters of all levels how to loosen up their paintings and maintain spontaneity by painting simple watercolour studies in no more than 10 minutes. Written by popular artist Hazel Soan, the book is arranged in three parts: the first section explains all about the equipment you will need; the second section covers techniques and shows what can be achieved with watercolour in a short time span; the third section looks at various subjects that are ideal for painting quickly. All the essential techniques are covered, focusing particularly on maximizing brushstrokes and exploring colours, and there is useful advice on deciding what to include and what to leave out. With helpful chapters on painting a wide range of subjects - people, landscapes, seascapes, buildings, gardens, flowers and still life - this little guide is ideal for quick reference when working in the studio or out in the field.
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  • 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.
    • £7.19
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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 Painting Step-by-Step

    Jackie Barrass

    Product Code: BYXMR
    Paperback
    This is a practical and comprehensive guide for all watercolour enthusiasts, from the beginner who wishes to explore this popular painting medium to the experienced artist looking for inspiration and ideas. Starting with advice on materials, colour and composition, the book goes on to describe basic and more advanced techniques and the wonderful effects they can produce. Fourteen easy-to-follow, step-by-step demonstrations show the reader how to paint skies, trees, water, buildings and flowers, and each section is accompanied by a selection of inspirational paintings by the seven featured artists, in a rich variety of styles. Originally published as 'Working with Watercolour', this book uses material from the 'Leisure Arts' series.
    • £9.59
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  • Painting Watercolour Snow Scenes the Easy Way

    Terry Harrison

    Product Code: BGDLW
    Paperback
    Snow scenes are a popular subject of painters all year round. In this inspiring and accessible guide, best-selling author and popular tutor Terry Harrison shares a wealth of tips and techniques for painting snow in watercolour. Suitable for artists of all abilities, Terry shows you how to capture the beauty of snow-covered landscapes using easy techniques. The book begins with guidance on colour mixes and brushes for achieving different effects, and moves on to step-by-step demonstrations of painting snow-laden trees, frozen streams, wintry skies, falling snow, and the warm glow of a low winter sun. He provides valuable tips on using photographs for reference, and turning a summer landscape into a snow-covered one. There's also a section on how to create a traditional Christmas scene, and how to turn it into a Christmas card. With numerous examples of Terry's beautiful artwork, this book is a truly indispensable guide for anyone wishing to paint snow scenes in watercolour.
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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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  • The Organic Painter

    Carne Griffiths

    Product Code: BUIVT
    Paperback
    Bored with the same old paints? The Organic Painter introduces innovative techniques for using non-traditional "paint" derived from materials like coffee, tea, and alcohol, to encourage freedom and expression! Traditional art supplies will only take you so far! Sometimes you need to try something completely new and different. That's where The Organic Painter comes in. With a little guidance, you'll soon be painting with everyday materials you'd never considered as an artistic medium. This inspiring book gives you all the techniques and ideas you'll need to boost your creativity, learn natural paint-making, and be more resourceful with your art materials. Imagine the unique things you'll make when you create natural paints from coffee, tea, embroidery and flame. Each project in this guide book comes with instructions on how to make the paint, and also includes experiments and explorations for you to try. Plus, a simple painting accompanies each featured material and combines it with other materials or techniques, so you'll never lack inspiration.
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  • Take Three Colours: Watercolour Mountains

    Matthew Palmer

    Product Code: BUAEJ
    Paperback
    Paint convincing watercolour mountain scenes using just 3 colours, 3 brushes, a palette and a pad of paper. From only 3 affordable watercolour paints in red, blue and yellow you can mix a huge range of colours and paint beautiful landscapes you'll be proud to hang on your wall. Starting from the simplest of mountain scenes, Matthew builds your skills as you progress through the 9 easy projects in the book, and by the end you'll be amazed at what you have achieved. Clear instructions and step-by-step photographs show you how to add detail, shadow and distance to a scene, and there are numerous handy tips and helpful `jargon busters' to help you learn the basic watercolour techniques. Before you know it, you'll have acquired all the skills you need to paint your own wonderful mountain scenes in watercolour. Matthew uses French ultramarine, cadmium yellow and alizarin crimson and sizes 12, 6 and 2 round brushes.
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  • Dynamic Watercolours

    Jane Betteridge

    Product Code: BSXND
    Paperback
    Brimming over with exciting and innovative techniques, bestselling author Jane Betteridge's new book pushes watercolour to new heights, introducing vibrancy, texture and dynamism to this subtle medium. Following on from her bestselling book Watercolours Unleashed, Jane has taken her techniques even further. She introduces you to a huge range of new and exciting ways of working using crackle paste, modelling pastes, metallic leaf, gilding flakes, print and much more. This book will excite and inspire watercolour artists of all abilities to experiment and take a more dynamic approach to their painting. More than 35 techniques explained and illustrated. 4 step-by-step projects show you how to combine the techniques. 75 inspirational finished paintings.
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  • Watercolour Workshop

    Ann Blockley

    Product Code: BMPQZ
    Hardback
    An inspirational and practical art manual, packed with step-by-step projects. Artist Ann Blockley is renowned for her innovative approach to watercolour painting. Her highly anticipated new book provides a series of workshops demonstrating how to push the boundaries of watercolour, using key techniques to develop your own work and take your paintings to the next level. Ann's easy-to-follow, step-by-step projects demonstrate how some of her 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 semi-abstract landscape corners, all rendered in Ann's adventurous signature style. Loose, expressive mark-making and unusual techniques include combining water-based 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. Ann'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.
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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.
    • £7.19
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  • Watercolours Unleashed

    Jane Betteridge

    Product Code: ATNTM
    Paperback
    Creativity, along with imaginative use of the popular watercolour medium, suffuses Jane Betteridge's work. In this, her first book, she shares her painting techniques and methods with you. Learn to use watercolour paints in unusual and surprising ways to create works bursting with vibrancy and beauty.
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  • Just Add Watercolour

    Helen Birch

    Product Code: ATMZQ
    Paperback
    Just Add Watercolour is an innovative and accessible guide to this most dynamic of artforms, packed with bite-sized creative painting tips and advice, offering aspiring artists the freedom to dip in and out for practical information or flick through for fresh inspiration and ideas. Showcasing nearly 100 works by contemporary artists across a range of different styles and approaches, Just Add Watercolour highlights and examines the different techniques, qualities and effects relating to each piece. Organized into chapters according to medium and materials (e.g. traditional watercolour, gouache, digital, mixed media) artwork is featured large and luscious, accompanied by extended captions, insightful tips and practical advice. A visual index at the front of the book enables the reader to easily identify a specific painting, style, colour or subject matter. Throughout the book, useful information and practical tips are provided on a wide range of topics such as tone, perspective, colour and much more besides. Readers are encouraged to discover the various ways in which similar subjects and styles are executed by different artists, while also being inspired to use the tips in the book as a way of building on their existing skills. Offering a bold, refreshing change from other run-of-the-mill art books, Just Add Watercolour adopts the unique approach of accessing practical information via the images, focusing on the way subjects can be treated using a range of different watercolour techniques, rather than looking at how to master one single style.
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  • Colour Mixing Guide: Watercolour

    Julie Collins

    Product Code: ATMQV
    Paperback
    A clear, comprehensive guide to colour mixing for the watercolour artist. It begins with simple colour theory and a colour wheel, with a template provided so that readers can paint their own; a vital step towards understanding colour. There is vividly illustrated guidance on complementary, warm and cool colours, colour tone, using a limited palette, dull and bright colours and factoring in local colour. There follows an array of essential colour mixes using widely available Winsor & Newton colours. A beautifully presented and practical guide to understanding and mixing colours. Watercolour artists from beginners to more experienced painters will find this a handy, comprehensive guide.
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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.
    • £12.79
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  • Paint Pad Poster Book: Flowers

    Various

    Product Code: CBOTH
    Paperback
    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.
    • £12.79
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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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  • The Paint Pad Artist: Coastal Landscapes

    C. Evans

    Product Code: CAVLP
    Hardback
    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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  • 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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