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Complete Guide To Painting Water In Watercolour
Joe Dowden

Search Press
29 January 2014/ ISBN 9781844487684
How-To Books/Painting

Reviewed by Rachel A Hyde


Water is one of the most challenging things to paint; it is wet to start with, constantly in motion and reflects light. Here is a whole book dedicated to teaching watercolorists how to master this tricky technique.

This is one of Search Press’ rare hardbacks, so expect something a bit special. I could probably be heard from some way off clapping when the author said you could use student or artist’s quality paints, didn’t need to buy too many materials and did not even mention an easel. I loved the list of dos and don’ts for brush care, and the list of ordinary items that can be found around the house. This is a book about painting, not spending money and is packed with projects. I was also impressed by the way Mr. Dowden showed a photo, and pointed out various parts of it showing different water effects. Then he does the same with a painting. There are sections on mixing relevant colors, short exercises on painting various water effects and then it is on with the projects. Anybody who has worked through any of the excellent Ready To Paint series on watercolors will be ready to tackle these, and in grand Search Press style expect plenty of stages, each one showing what to add next. Some of the projects run to over fifty stages, so beginners are amply catered for which is good. Paint beach scenes, lakes, rivers, seascapes and more gradually learning more and more about painting water. This book is a whole course in itself, and one of the best and most exhaustive this range features. Ideal for anybody who wants to learn how to paint water in watercolor.

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UK Reviewer: Rachel Hyde's work can be found in Sewing World, Sew Hip, Popular Crafts and other magazines. Her craft blog is Green Thoughts
Reviewed 2014