exactly the right color first time without wasting paint with
this handy book. The same size as the Twenty to Make series
(i.e., pocket sized), this new range of paint mixing books
is sure to be a hit with all budding artists.
All beginner watercolor artists would find this book useful
I think. To start with it contains a useful guide to the materials
you need to buy, and more importantly those you don't. At
last, a book that realizes student quality paint is good enough
beginners, the market at which the paint is aimed-hooray!
Also, you can find out what paintbrushes and paper to get
and why; this is not a book that advocates wasting money.
There is a practical color wheel exercise to try, a guide
to buying colors and also to mixing thirteen useful ones.
Color theory is not as easy as it sounds, and often it ends
up being just that --theory rather than practical application.
I have always struggled with it myself, so appreciated the
exercises and notes, such as why a certain color is used rather
than another and what you need it for. All the usual aspects
of color theory are here such as complimentary colors, warm
and cool colors, primary/secondary/tertiary, achieving depth,
etc. Each is laid out briefly with examples and then it is
up to the student to complete the simple exercises and discover
what it is all about. The final part of the book shows how
to mix colors and what you get, a useful range of shades for
pretty much any kind of painting and how to do it. There is
a helpful one page glossary at the back, and all this in fewer
than fifty pages is admirable, to say the least. I always
think that any practical subject like art is more about doing
than reading about doing and this book bears this out. Impressive.
If you cannot find a good range of watercolor materials locally
for a list of suppliers.