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Flowers in Watercolour (What to Paint) [Paperback]

Wendy Tait
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2 Jun 2011 What to Paint
The new What to Paint series is perfect for readers who already have some painting skills and experience, but are looking for inspiring painting subjects. Each book has 24 beautiful full-page size paintings, a colour palette for each one and informative captions pulling out details, tips and techniques used in various parts of the painting. At the back of the book there is a free outline for each painting for readers to transfer or scan on to watercolour paper. There are also instructions on transferring the images, and on selecting parts of the outlines to create new compositions. There is information on transferring the images, mixing colours, painting backgrounds and creating new compositions by using only part of an outline. Paintings include tulips, daffodils and anemones, snake's head fritillary, a posy of spring flowers, fuchsias, cherry blossom in a jar, oriental poppies, and many roses for which the author makes no apology because she loves them.

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  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Search Press Ltd (2 Jun 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844486583
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844486588
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 1 x 28.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 316,717 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Given that this is only the second title in this series, full marks to Wendy for subverting it already. Not so much because I always rather admire a rebel but because it means that the format is already being opened up and that can't be a bad thing if it's not to become formulaic. It's immediately apparent that the outlines which are (so far) a feature of the series are here really only a jumping-off point and that Wendy has introduced a great deal more subtlety than is possible in a fill-in-the-tracings approach. In fact what she provides, through a series of simple and simply explained examples, is one of the most thorough-going primers in flower painting around. There's a good variety of flower types, some very handy notes on colour mixing for this style of painting and basic captions that tell you how the main elements of the composition were handled. Beyond that, it's up to you, but Wendy provides so much of the basics that you should be able to fly solo without much difficulty.-Artbookreview.net --Artbookreview.net

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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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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A basic guide 10 April 2006
Format:Paperback
As a new-comer to watercolours, buying books is a little hit and miss. This book is beautifully presented and the author appears confident that anyone reading this book will be able to paint flowers. I found that the pictures were inspiring and I certainly attempted a number of the flowers featured. My only criticisms are that Tait expects you to have the confidence to paint without first drawing an outline - hard if you are not a natural artist - and that she does not give enough instruction on how to create these flowers. Practise will help, though!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
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A beautifully illustrated book and there is no doubt as to the authors skill in this field....but a little more in the way of guidance for newcomers to the "flower painting" scene would have been more welcome in my case .
There are lots of books on the many and varied techniques used in watercolour , and I had to refer to these in order to "fill the gaps " that were not covered in this otherwise excellent book !
Apart from that...no doubt as my skills improve...some of the information within the pages will become more apparent .
I agree with the previous reviewer on many of the points he raised....and a little more "basic technique" advice would have made it a better buy for my needs .
From the information provided in the general overview of this publication..I had assumed a more detailed description of the steps involved in an exercise would have been given .There is such a wide variation in the way that skill levels vary ...and this makes it awkward at times to find the level of information we expect to find in our book purchases.
This book will no doubt be referred to more often as my skills develop and will therefore remain on my shelf until such time as I can utilize its content and use some of the tips included in Wendy Tait's book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wendy Tait watercolour book 18 Jan 2013
By Suzy
Format:Paperback
I bought the book after a friend showed me a watercolour of the front cover she did which was fabulous, She is not a natural artist so the outlines were good for her. I bought the item for my mum who is a natural artist but has never used watercolour or paint before so the tips on colour etc meant that the book would be helpful for her as well. I think it would suit most enthusiastic drawers or painters, particularly with the outline pictures to trace or copy.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Flowers in watercolour 25 Jun 2011
By Tara
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Nice book, 48 pages. Good page on colour mixing. 5 step by step lessons are not very good for amateurs to tell you the truth as there's not enough explanation. And with straight paint to paper with no line drawing is expected of you with this book.
This book is definitely NOT for beginners. Would suit experienced and confident watercolour artist.
However, it is a beautiful book with really lovely paintings. Good for referrals on what colours to use for flowers. Nice add to my collection of books but need to wait until I am more experience to use this.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars painting within the lines 13 Jun 2011
By K. Platt TOP 50 REVIEWER
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This book is not for the beginner. It provides brief instructions and little in the way of technique. This book assumes that you know the basics, but are stuck for ideas on what to paint- hence the series title. It gives examples of 24 paintings plus the outlines of these paintings for you to start painting. It's a little bit like painting by numbers without the numbers. The outlines are there so that you do not have to draw - you can copy these for your own use and play around with them and devise more outlines for different paintings. Each demonstration outlines the key points in the painting, these are not the step by step instructions you will be used to if you have used the Ready to Paint series by the same publisher. This is the next step forward in developing your own paintings. The painting palette is given and there are brief tips on mixing colour and painting backgrounds. You would need more than a little skill to get your paintings to look as good as Wendy's, but I repeat the object of these books, as I understand them, is to offer ideas to paint and ready-made outlines. As such it is an excellent offering of 24 superb paintings of flowers including all the favourites and more. This review first appeared on Karen Platt's book review website.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed 16 Feb 2013
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Not really what I expected very limited explanation of how to proceed with the painting. Not a book I would recommend for a beginner
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 26 April 2013
By Sherry
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I have several books by Wendy Tait and they are all very good. However, this one was disappointing. Firstly, it is very small at 6" x 8.5" but I admit that is my fault for not reading the description properly. Secondly, although the paintings are lovely I found the instructions very limited and the print was so pale that at times you could hardly see what she had done. The only good thing about the book is that it did encourage me to paint straight onto the paper without drawing first.
All in all, some pretty pictures for inspiration but very little help. Definitely not for beginners. I note that some reviewers have mentioned free tracings and good instructions. On further investigation I find there are two books with the same title. The original was in large format with pull out tracings. The book I bought however is much smaller and has no tracings. So beware ! Best to buy the original larger format. I wish I had!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice
Nice book - nice price - prompt delivery
Published 10 days ago by P. Adams
1.0 out of 5 stars Too small
This had lovely pictures pity the book was so small would have liked a full sized version
Published 18 days ago by Mrs. Hilary Phillips
5.0 out of 5 stars Flowers in Watercolour
Love Wendy Tait's work. This is superb.
Published 18 days ago by Mrs M P Francis
1.0 out of 5 stars Several very nice pictures by the artiist with a sentence commentary...
This book is a con. It has only 48 pages and is very small. Despite being billed as a new book to market, it was, in fact, first published in 1998. Read more
Published 19 days ago by swotty
5.0 out of 5 stars A lovely little book !
Lovely illustrations and well set out. A small compact book but beautifully presented and lots of useful hints. A useful reference when painting flowers.
Published 1 month ago by Emmie B
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed
I bought this as a gift for a friend but was disappointed to find that this was not the full size version of the book, the quality of the paper and overall production was very... Read more
Published 2 months ago by chrissie swales
4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely pictures
Lovely pictures, well illustrated. The book is smaller than I thought it was going to be. Good quality worth the money.
Published 2 months ago by Susan Cooper
4.0 out of 5 stars Flowers in Watercolour
Another useful book for those looking for ideas on how to paint flowers. Probably more suited to beginners for inspiration and support
Published 5 months ago by batik artist
5.0 out of 5 stars Flowers in Watercolour
Lovely little book. Delicate pastels and deeper flowers with details of colours to mix and how to paint. Anemones, Fuchsia, cyclamen, roses and other flowers.
Published 6 months ago by Jane Juliet
2.0 out of 5 stars no good for purpose
Much smaller than expected-too small to appreciate the paintings. Will not recommend it.Have seen a larger version which was more useful.
Published 9 months ago by Mrs V Randall
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