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Learn To Paint In Watercolour With 50 Small Paintings
Will Freeborn

Search Press
27 January 2017/ ISBN 9781782214397
How-To Books/Art

Reviewed by Rachel A Hyde


If you have always wanted to paint in watercolors but are daunted by the large projects in other books, why not start small? Here are fifty wee pictures of all kinds of things you see about you all the time, from donuts to trainers, together with plenty of advice on techniques so you can learn as you paint.

Unlike many books which involve learning to paint by copying views and objects from other people’s lives, this book is all about you and your life. For example, the first project is about painting a donut. Not the ones Mr Freeborn has painted, but one bought (or made) by you. Each short project involves an everyday item, a landscape or cityscape, animal or person, and shows you how to put it onto paper. All the projects take up two pages and tell you what you will learn by doing the exercise. Materials and a color palette are listed, and the project is swiftly described in a series of about five steps with photographs of the work in progress. This is a good way of building up a repertoire of essential skills and a portfolio of pictures from your own life and surroundings. Topics include working with one color, arranging still life, washes, painting in situ and many more. Paint the buildings in your town, visit a museum, arrange the contents of your pockets, pick some flowers and paint a drink. The first chapter tells you the basics about what basic kit to buy, how to mix colors, and other essential skills. I would recommend this modern, fresh approach to watercolor painting to any beginner as it ticks most of the boxes for a good primer.

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UK Reviewer: Rachel Hyde's work can be found in Sewing World, Sew Hip, Popular Crafts and other magazines.
Reviewed 2017