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DIY Watercolor Flowers: The beginner’s guide to flower painting for journal pages, handmade stationery and more Paperback – 22 March 2019

4.7 out of 5 stars 333 ratings

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  • Language : English
  • Paperback : 160 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 1446307352
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1446307359
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    4.7 out of 5 stars 333 ratings

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"[T]his content provides a DIY method for aspiring watercolor artists to get started, practice, and refine their skills. ... Given the popularity of hand-decorated bullet journals, print-on-demand websites where individuals can sell objects featuring their own original artwork, and the current cultural affinity for watercolor art, this book is likely to be popular in many communities." --Booklist

About the Author

Marie Boudon is a completely self-taught artist and creative living in Paris, France. With an engineering background, she has built a program of online workshops under her own brand tribulationsdemarie.

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Dora Maria
4.0 out of 5 stars Cute book, title a bit misleading
24 July 2019 - Published on Amazon.com
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4.0 out of 5 stars Cute book, title a bit misleading
Reviewed in the United States on 24 July 2019
I purchased this book bc I find different watercolor painting styles unique & interesting. This particular book has a very loose style of painting. The book contains 150 pages; first 50 pages go over materials & techniques. Then Marie explains (& shows with pictures) how to paint [various stages/view points of] 6 flowers; rose, peony, carnation, dahlia, anemone, & poppy. She also shows you how to paint a few leaves & some "detail & texture" filler flowers (delphinium, hortensia, & astible). The flowers, fillers, & leaves take up 30 pages. The entire rest of the book is all floral compositions (bouquet, flower ball, circlet, pattern, etc). I enjoyed this book very much & Marie has a lovely "loose" style of painting that I just adore, but I wish there were more flowers. A much better suited title would be "DIY watercolor floral compositions" because that's really what the book focuses on- it's definitely not "flowers".
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61 people found this helpful
Chantellé Venter
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have for beginner floral painters
27 June 2019 - Published on Amazon.com
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Jessica
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for beginning flower painters!
16 September 2019 - Published on Amazon.com
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great for beginning flower painters!
Reviewed in the United States on 16 September 2019
I’ve bought a lot of watercolor instruction books lately and this is definitely my favorite for flowers!

The book starts off with paint colors and mixing. Author includes specific names/brands of paint but also encourages you to use what you have.

There are some “getting used to watercolor” exercises. A few are repeats from most books (making swatches and gradients) but some exercises were new to me & look fun.

Next is the section on painting specific flowers. I included the pictures of the two pages on Roses so you can see the different positions she demonstrates. I also included picture of the table of contents so you can see what specific flowers are covered.

There is a small section covering leaves and foliage.

The second half of the book is about making full design compositions such as painting a bouquet or a frame of flowers. These are more advanced pages once someone has learned the flower shapes.

I hope the pictures help you decide if this book is for you!
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M. Hill
4.0 out of 5 stars DIY Watercolor Flowers
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4.0 out of 5 stars DIY Watercolor Flowers
Reviewed in the United States on 14 May 2019
A beautiful book that deconstructs the basic steps in painting watercolor blossoms. Starting with very simple fundamentals the author creates confidence with achievable building blocks for novices like me. The structure helps demystify the process.

The chapters are small and manageable—they include Basic Techniques, Equipment, Paint, Brushes, Papers, Getting to Know Your Colors, Experimenting with Mixes, Creating a Palette, Wet and Dry Techniques, Blending and Gradation, Creating Contrast, Keeping Brushwork Fluid, Digitizing Your Creations, Plant Directory, Roses, Peonies, Carnations, Dahlias, Anemones, Poppies, Foliage, Detail and Texture.

Then the final chapters show how to build-on the previous information--Compositions, Flower Compositions, Flower Ball, Carnation Frieze, Foliage Frame, Violet Circlet, Colorful Bouquet, Peony Pattern and Poppy Streamer.

For the paperback edition, other than some of the headings which are in light red or aqua the text is mercifully in black ink so it is as easy to read as possible. The only quibble is the font size for the actual instructions is mostly 6 or 7 point—very tiny even for people with good eyesight. There appears to be space to use a larger font so this seems like a design decision. The substance of the book is excellent providing a non-intimidating approach to creating beautiful watercolor artwork.
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Joea53
3.0 out of 5 stars disappointed. These are good flowers to aim for?
19 June 2019 - Published on Amazon.com
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