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Watercolour Flowers
Wendy Tait

Search Press
17 February 2015 / ISBN 9781782210177
How-To Books/Painting

Reviewed by Rachel A Hyde


Wendy Tait has had several books published by Search Press showing how to paint flowers in her own unique way. Here is a compendium of floral subjects for watercolour artists to paint.

This is not a book for total beginners who have never picked up a brush before, but for anybody who is reasonably au fait with the basics and wants to have a go at painting flowers in an unconventional way. Running through the book is Ms Tait’s own method of using imagination and omitting a drawing, but painting straight away to avoid hard edges. At the beginning you can find the usual discussion of what you need to buy, a basic palette for flower painters, some useful tips on working with washes, wet-in-wet etc. There is a section of painting using tones of only one color, mixing greens and getting started on flower shapes. You won’t find lots of step-by-step projects to work through; there are three to work through but the instructions are much looser and less exact than in most Search Press books. Ms Tait’s method of working is so different to what habitual users of these books might term —the norm— that the usual staged method would not suit. Instead it is best to lose your inhibitions and get sucked in. Apart from these three projects you can find out about using other types of paint, composing a picture, working from photographs and much more. The finished work is lovely and you are permitted to sell your work for charity if you wish, a lovely touch that you can find in most Search Press books. A good book for somebody who is tired of following the rules!

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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 2015