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Modern Watercolor: A playful and contemporary exploration of watercolor painting Paperback – Illustrated, 19 September 2017
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Kristin Van Leuven is a native Arizonan who loves to paint. What began as a hobby that served as a distraction from real life has become a career via Hello Lovely People, Kristin's online art shop that sells her prints, portraits, clothing, and more. Author of Modern Watercolor and Your Year in Art: Watercolor, both from Walter Foster Publishing, Kristin enjoys making art for people's homes and sees loveliness in all people. Learn more at lovelypeople.bigcartel.com.
Color mixing, mark-making, brushstrokes, resist techniques, and more. This exploration of watercolor painting has it all for artists who want to learn to work in watercolor in new and exciting ways!
Color Chart Mixing
It’s important to not only know how to mix other colors from primary colors, but also to know how to mix the specific paint colors on your palette. Most watercolor artists have a wide variety of colors on their palette. It’s helpful to make a color chart of all the different hue combinations your paints can create!
Helpful instruction on:
- Tools, materials, and supplies
- Color theory
- Shapes and patterns
- Resist techniques
- Painting botanicals
- Painting animals
- Painting landscapes
- Much more!
Although not as obviously varied as the vast array of colorful flowers, greenery can be just as beautiful and comes in many shapes, sizes, and shades of green. There are several easy ways to paint lovely greenery to add to your botanical paintings.
Triangles and diamonds are easier to paint if you draw the outline of the shape first and then fill it in. Use a round brush to paint triangles and diamonds. Then try creating some allover patterns combining the same shape in different sizes and orientations.
Animals, especially your canine companions, make great subject matter for watercolor painting. You don’t need to add a lot of detail to paint your favorite critters, either. Just start with a quick pencil sketch, and then use simple strokes and a few fine details. The human eye fills in the rest!
The basic brushstroke principles also apply to watercolor lettering. You can use the body of the brush, as well as the tip, and will utilize pressure in the brushstrokes. Combining letters or phrases with watercolor art makes for a lovely painting or gift.
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Reviewed in the United States on 23 October 2018
The information is basic, the pictures are great tho so if you are new to painting the pictures will help you. The "building a color chart" will help you as well. Basic brush strokes, and brush pressure advice and step by step photos.
I've been painting in watercolor for almost a year, and its the same thing we learned in our beginning art classes - washes, throwing salt, etc etc.
The book is made well though, and the paper it is printed on is excellent quality.