Fearless Watercolor for Beginners
North Light Books | June 2015 | ISBN-10: 1440337268 | ePUB | 17 MB
This book will give you an overview of some of the many possibilities watercolor painting offers. You will learn a series of basic skills that will give you the knowledge you need to get started.
The book consists of three main parts:
* before you paint (preparation, planning and materials)
* when you paint (techniques)
* after you painted (assessment and finishing)
For some techniques there are a variety of ways to achieve the desired result. There isn't just one way or one technique that will work for everyone. Choose what you think will work for your particular style or taste, and leave behind what won't work for you.
Each new technique is illustrated with a step-by-step demo, and some include links to videos that show how to apply that technique to a specific painting or that share exercises to help you practice.
You will learn about preparation, materials and various techniques: washes, painting wet on wet and wet on dry, blending or layering colors, preserving the white of your paper, lifting color, achieving a variety of edge qualities, adding textures to your paintings and fixing mistakes.
Also discuss: how to plan out your painting (one of the keys to growing confidence and avoiding confusion while painting), how to assess your own work and what finishes you can apply.
About the Author
Sandrine Pelissier has been living in North Vancouver, Canada for the last 15 years. She teaches workshops in her North Vancouver studio, and via several Vancouver-area arts associations.
She is an adventurous artist who enjoys experimenting with various media and techniques. She is inspired by exciting patterns in both nature and cityscape and has a fascination for people and faces.
She has had paintings exhibited in numerous juried exhibitions in Canada and in the United States. Sandrine has been featured in Watercolor Artist magazine , The Artist Magazine and International Artist magazine and has been published in several books.
Materials Used in This Book
CHAPTER 1 - Before You Start
Itâ™s All About the Water • The Importance of Taking Risks, Making Mistakes and Having Fun • About Style and a Place and Time to Paint • Documenting Your Process • Planning and Improvising
CHAPTER 2 - What You Will Need
Different Kinds of Papers and How They Affect Your Painting • The Star: Paint Tubes and Pans • Brushes and Alternatives • Other Materials • Transferring Your Drawing
CHAPTER 3 - Basic Techniques
Washes: The Basis of Watercolor Painting • Graded Washes • Variegated Washes • Properties of Your Pigments • Mixing Colors • The Basics of Color Theory • Mixing Colors on Paper • Layering Colors • Painting with Multiple Color Mixing Techniques • The Importance of Edges
CHAPTER 4 - Techniques for Adding Texture
Splatters, Drips and Drops • Salt Textures • How to Paint with a Dry Brush • Cutout Wax-Paper Shapes • Alcohol and Water Textures • Scratching Off Paint • Wax Resist • Back Runs • Plastic Wrap • Soap
CHAPTER 5 - Incorporating Mixed Media
Breaking the Rules and Having Fun • Mixing Dry or Oil Pastels with Watercolor • Adding Gouache to a Watercolor Painting • Adding Acrylic Paint • Adding Colored Pencil • Drawing with Watercolor Pencils • Sewing on Paper • Adding Zentangles® with Markers • Combining Painting and Drawing • Drawing with Watercolor Pencils and Pastels • Mixed Media on Yupo Paper • Effects on Yupo Paper
CHAPTER 6 - A Few Last Thoughts
Be Your Own Critic • Criteria for Evaluation • Finishing
About Sandrine Pelissier
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