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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Search Press Ltd; Revised edition edition (15 April 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844486494
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844486496
  • Product Dimensions: 22.3 x 1.4 x 22.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 20,688 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book was previously published in 2004 as The Encyclopaedia of Watercolour Techniques. I've never read that though so was delighted to get this new updated version that utilises advances in paints and pigments. It does what it says - its a real Treasury of different techniques to transform your watercolour paintings - useful for both beginners and more advanced artists seeking additional ways of applying paints. There's a short section covering materials and another towards the end on the actualities of creating a painting from an idea but the bulk of the book covers many different techniques, from the well known wet in wet and wet on dry to wax and mask resists, scraping back, and my favourites - back runs and blossoms, and running in ( they utilise the unpredictability of watercolours to its best and create some incredible images in my opinion) and many, many more that will enhance and make your artworks stand out and be noticed. In all thirty five different ways of applying paint are offered, covering a wide range of styles and each one carries suggestions for what type of subject works best with that particular method. Each different technique is explored in detail with accompanying illustrations and photographs with suggestions for further study. Many carry a step by step demonstration with easy to understand text, and showing further artworks using that particular technique. This is a well written and presented book that everyone interested in watercolours will enjoy - full of useful information presented in an easy to follow format.-JeannieZelos.com In an age when we're all being encouraged to recycle, I suppose it's inevitable that publishers start to raid their back catalogues in order to beef up their front lists. Usually, all this does is prove that, however good a book may have been in its day, unless it's a consistent seller on its own, it's usually best left to gather dust while the world moves on. However, in the case of Search Press and the Encyclopaedia series (which started life with Headline when they were a young, niche publisher), a little - and surprisingly little, too - redesign work has freshened what was already a good idea up no end. What I was implying before was that you can't breathe new life into a corpse. It's surprising, though, what you can do with some minor surgery, a shot of botox and a new hair-do. The basic layout here consists of three main sections: Tools And Materials, Techniques and Picture Making. The first two are pretty much self-explanatory, with things such as washes, drybrush and brushwork getting a double-page spread each with nice clear illustrations and extended captions that explain what you're looking at. The final section continues in much the same vein, but gets into more general areas such as choosing a palette, the use of body colour and how to create textures. The aim throughout is not so much to create a linear course that you can follow from start to finish, but rather to give you reasonably detailed (but not exhaustive) coverage of the techniques that others books may just refer to. It's something to have on the shelf for reference, but it's also entertaining enough, through the extensive use of illustrations, to be worth simply leafing through from time to time to see what catches your eye and, hopefully, sticks in your mind.-Artbookreview.net

About the Author

Hazel Harrison is a practicing artist who works in all paint media. She studied painting at the Guildford School of Art and the Royal Academy of Painting in London. Hazel divides her time between painting and writing and editing art instruction books.

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By K. Platt TOP 100 REVIEWER on 28 April 2011
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Lots of techniques, plenty of examples and some demonstrations, this is a superb book if you are new to watercolour or want to try out more techniques. It explores all aspects of watercolour and is an excellent introduction to the subject. Easy to follow and adaptable techniques - this book should open up many ideas for exploration and improvement. This new edition is recommended for watercolour artists of any level. This review first appeared on Karen Platt's book review website.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Roger A. Powell on 26 July 2012
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I borrowed my friends copy of this book and just had to have a copy. When I ordered The NEW version I did not realise what a difference this book had made. As soon as I opened it, four pages in I was blown away. It is a lecture of course on 'how to do it', but this book has what I call Real Art as examples.This has realism with a touch of abstraction in alot of examples where the viewer is compelled to stay looking at the images.
This book will stetch you, if like me you have and are still learning to paint watercolour. I said to my friend with the earlier copy, "I want to paint like him or her". She agreed about the changes, that had been made in this new version are outstanding. Get it and tell a friend; it is enlightening.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By OLD ARTIST on 13 Nov. 2011
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I HAVE PAINTED IN WATERCOLOUR FOR 15YRS AND HAVE 30 OR MORE BOOKS ON THE SUBJECT BUT THIS BOOK IS BEST IN MY COLLECCTION .IT CLEARLY EXPLAINS ALL THE ELEMENTS , AND HAS EXCELLENT ILLUSTRATIONS TO GUIDE YOU THROUGH EACH PROCEEDURE . I BELIEVE A MUST FOR ALL WATERCLOUR ARTISTS
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Margaret D. Jefferies on 8 Nov. 2011
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I knew of this book from art classes. It is carefully constructed and very useful for all artists, professional and amateur. It seems good value and I would recommend it to all watercolourists.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By H Sahota on 8 Nov. 2011
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Lots of techniques are shared and are explained in an easy clear way. Would recommend this book to any beginner, intermediate painter looking to expand their style.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By susieQ on 25 May 2013
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Good standby book of information. Nothing truly exciting just good information. Good addition to your art library but not my first choice.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Miss V C Lewis on 11 May 2014
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Really useful, clear instruction and lots of ideas. I would recommend for a beginner - lots of inspiration to get you started.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Roger James East on 28 Aug. 2013
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This is excellent and is small enough to have out on the table to refer to when painting. Full of excellent advice.
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