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The Joy of Watercolor: 40 Happy Lessons for Painting the World Around You Hardcover – Illustrated, 7 August 2018

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  • Language : English
  • Hardcover : 176 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0762463295
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0762463299
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About the Author

Emma Block is a successful freelance illustrator who uses watercolors in a fresh and modern way and isn't afraid to break the rules. Her watercolor and gouache paintings have gained her 70,000 followers on Instagram (@emmablockillustration) and she has become a reliable source of online watercolor advice. As well as inspiring budding artists all over the world online she teaches regular sellout watercolor classes in London, where she also lives.

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Rachel D.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for varying skill levels
14 August 2018 - Published on Amazon.com
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for varying skill levels
Reviewed in the United States on 14 August 2018
I was doing watercolor painting for about a year when life derailed me and I took about 3 months off. When I tried to start back up I felt a bit stuck -- not really liking anything I was making. I started looking for a book with specific lessons. I found a lot that gave general instructions for various techniques but I know I work better with lessons that are more of the "follow along" variety. This book offered the lesson structure I was looking for. I've done a few lessons now and I'm really feeling like its helping me get back to being comfortable with the paints and how they move.

My favorite thing about this book is how the lessons are broken out by skill level. If you're new to watercolors and want to get really good, you can start at the beginning and move through the lessons, building on skills as you go. I've found that since I have some experience, I've been skipping around, looking for lessons that include some of the skills I feel like I need to brush up on.
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156 people found this helpful
Cynthia L. Chiperzak
1.0 out of 5 stars DO NOT BUY KINDLE VERSION!!
3 September 2018 - Published on Amazon.com
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5.0 out of 5 stars The BEST Watercolor Book!!!
13 August 2018 - Published on Amazon.com
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5.0 out of 5 stars The BEST Watercolor Book!!!
Reviewed in the United States on 13 August 2018
One of my favorite watercolor books! I love Emma’s illustrative style. Each lesson has beginner intermediate and advanced level and the chapters are divided into subjects like flowers, fruits, plants, people, etc. And in the beginning chapter she teaches watercolor basics and materials to use. What I like also is that she tells you what colors to use and how to mix them for each lesson. For a beginner like me, it’s truly helpful. Thank you for a wonderful book Emma!
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Elizabeth S.
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun and Informative- for novices and professionals alike!
13 August 2018 - Published on Amazon.com
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fun and Informative- for novices and professionals alike!
Reviewed in the United States on 13 August 2018
This book is full of simple, whimsical exercises in watercolor painting with some fun additions like masking fluid and paper cutting. Emma explains everything in terms that are easy to understand and gives a good overview of the tools of the trade.

Do yourself a favor and check out her stories on Instagram so that you can imagine her soft, beautiful English accent as you read through the book 😍
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Brenda Foster
5.0 out of 5 stars The best watercolor book I own! With lots of artsy exercises and helpful instructions!
26 August 2018 - Published on Amazon.com
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best watercolor book I own! With lots of artsy exercises and helpful instructions!
Reviewed in the United States on 26 August 2018
This book is so well done! I first discovered Emma’s work when I purchases a soap with the most beautiful packaging design. I searched and searched for the artist and found Emma. Ever since, I’ve admired her work from afar on Instagram and was soooo excited to learn she was writing a book on how to paint. I pre-ordered here on Amazon and the book has a sturdy hardcover, the paper quality is quite nice, the pages are well layed out with many exercises and detailed instructions. She generously allows us to follow her process and make mini artworks in her style. I also appreciate the tiny tips she sprinkles in along the way. I’m working through this book as part of a mostly daily practice to develop my skills and style. I’m really hoping she works on a gouache version next - hint hint ;)
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