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Ready to Paint: Watercolour Flowers Paperback – Illustrated, 10 July 2008

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  • Language : English
  • Paperback : 72 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 1844482847
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1844482849
  • Customer reviews:
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June 08 People often want to take up painting when they retire and have more time. Others start sooner, once their kids are grown and in school. The drawing part of painting can be hard for beginners - enough of an obstacle so they give up or never get past painting by numbers. My friends who paint have always had a natural ability. They drew as children. I don't have that at all. Now two new books promise to make watercolor painting easier for beginners by following what I call an old-but-new approach. The "Ready to Paint" series from Search Press in England is designed so that novice painters can pick up a brush and create appealing paintings with easy-to-follow tracings. The tracings can be reused. The idea is that you gain confidence as your hand-eye coordination is trained, by following the tracings, while you have some pleasing results to motivate you to keep trying. "Watercolour Flowers" by Wendy Tait has nine reusable tracings to pull out. "Watercolour Landscapes" by Terry Harrison has six reusable tracings to pull out. Both are to be published in June. The artists explain how to compose a painting with simple instructions and tips. Both Tait and Harrison are authors as well as artists. * A Good Age *

About the Author

Wendy Tait studied at the Joseph Wright School of Art. She now teaches watercolour painting to adults, runs residential courses and often gives demonstrations to Art Societies. She produces designs for publication as greetings cards, and in 1998 was commissioned by the Jersey government to produce a series of autumn flower paintings for postage stamps. She has also written articles and produced illustrations for specialist art magazines.

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Amazon.com: 4.4 out of 5 stars 93 reviews
Iryna V. Boehland
5.0 out of 5 stars Good reference book
9 April 2017 - Published on Amazon.com
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good reference book
Reviewed in the United States on 9 April 2017
I like this simple book. The vellum pages are perfect to transfer images.
So far I tried only one painting. Took me longer than expected, but I really enjoyed the process. There are seems to be some gaps in steps. It was not a problem to me though.
I saw a lady painting first time in her life from this book and it turned out nice.
I think you need to know a basic watercolor knowledge if you wish to make your painting beautiful.
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maruski
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book, but not preprinted painting pages
26 April 2020 - Published on Amazon.com
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Texas Liz
5.0 out of 5 stars informative & inspiring
6 July 2019 - Published on Amazon.com
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5.0 out of 5 stars informative & inspiring
Reviewed in the United States on 6 July 2019
Many of the art books I've seen repeat and repeat basics without much inspiration to go beyond. They often include a minimum of significant artwork and usually little or no suggestion of how that art was accomplished.
However, while this artist-author does mention the basics, she seems to assume the reader is ready to move to the next level. The art is exceptional for this type of publication and consistently leads the practitioner to the next step. The author is not stingy with the step-by-step instructions, and the practice becomes reality in living color. It is a fun journey into floral painting in watercolor.
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Liz
4.0 out of 5 stars Smaller Sizes Needed
29 September 2013 - Published on Amazon.com
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Vada
4.0 out of 5 stars Not a coloring book
29 June 2020 - Published on Amazon.com
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not a coloring book
Reviewed in the United States on 29 June 2020
I was looking for more of a coloring book which is NOT what this is. There are pull out tracing sheets. You are supposed to use these tracing sheets to trace the drawing onto watercolor paper and then use the teaching book to color it. So at minimum to do the paintings you need watercolors, the right kind of paper and tracing pencils. My fault for not reading the listing closely enough. Also it doesn’t look like a beginner book so I haven’t used it yet. Not really what I was looking for, but again my fault.

If you are looking for a book to teach you and walk you through flower drawings (and you already own a fair amount of art/drawing supplies), then this may be right for you.
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