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Watercolour Tips (Collins Gem) [Paperback]

Ian King
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Book Description

5 April 2004 Collins GEM

The Collins Gem series is being relaunched in Spring 2004 and this new title features a new internal design and a strong new cover design. Packed full of tips for the aspiring watercolourist, its handy format makes it ideal for quick reference either in the studio or out in the field.

Contents include:

• essential tips on all the basic watercolour techniques, plus helpful advice on sketching and drawing

• guidelines on painting skies, backgrounds, foregrounds, the main subject, trees, details and shadows

• clear and straightforward step-by-step instructions for painting a complete landscape in 7 easy stages

• tips on painting water in various forms and adding people to a painting

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Product details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Collins (5 April 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007177089
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007177080
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 8.5 x 11.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 148,621 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If you're a beginner this book will definitely suit your pocket. -- Artist & Illustrator

This is an ideal book to have with you when painting and it is a bargain at the price. -- Yorkshire Gazette & Herald

About the Author

Ian King is a member of the British Watercolour Society and has been teaching painting for many years. More recently he has become known to millions through his two Anglia TV series on watercolour painting, King & Country. He has also made several videos to accompany the series.

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars DOES WHAT IT SAYS ON THE TIN & MORE! 1 Dec 2007
If you are new to watercolour painting then this book is for you. As soon as you open it, a quick flick through reveals many very basic techniques and some more advanced ones. It is lavishly and clearly illustrated throughout and does not appear to over complicate explanations, ergo it is good for quick referencing (a clear contents list at the beginning enhances this fact as well).
The book itself is also pocket size and is ideal for taking on fieldtrips.

Conclusion: An essential, 'have-to-hand' book for any new to enthusiastic amateur painter and an excellent stocking filler.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Size is its beauty and its downfall 14 Jun 2012
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This little book punches way above its weight. I have gained far more instruction from this pocket-sized volume, than I have from much larger books.
I gained a much-needed systematic approach to creating a painting, breaking the picture down to seven-steps. The use of transparent, and opaque colours is discussed; something I've never come across before. This helped me to easily gain the depth that was lacking in my attempts before.
As to the size of the book; useful for taking anywhere, but the illustrations inevitably lack the impact of larger ones.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A little gem 5 Mar 2013
By Chico
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Handy book easy to carry around when on my travels. If I am stuck for tips I refer to the book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant guide for watercolour painters 8 Nov 2010
By Susie
Beginners will find this little book very handy. And it is small enough to put in your art bag.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 9 July 2014
By MaryMac
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Nice book but very small, pocket sized. Contents were big though.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A useful book for all. 11 Jun 2014
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An excellent book and it came at a fantastic price, as I am a complete novice I find it extremely useful and it's contents extremely helpful for myself.Thank you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars concise and useful 25 April 2014
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It meets my expectations. I find the tips provided in the book easy to understand and use. Good value for money.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Small Pocket Book 22 April 2014
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A basic hint a tips book. A lot smaller than one would have envisaged. When selling a book that is so small it would have been useful to see it along side something that would put it into perspective.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Perfect for an up and coming artist
Published 5 days ago by Jackie Harley
5.0 out of 5 stars Pocket sized book full of helpful information
A great little book. I love it.
Published 5 days ago by Gillian
3.0 out of 5 stars Watercolour tips
Quite small ( the trouble with buying on line, one never knows how big things are ). A few good tips for a beginner.
Published 3 months ago by Mary A
5.0 out of 5 stars Water colour tips.
I would certainly recommend this book for the beginner
Great tips and very handy for your pocket, to take with you on field trips
I love it.
Published 3 months ago by Sandra Osborne
4.0 out of 5 stars Watercolour hobby
I downloaded this book as I am teaching my 11 year old grand-daughter to water colour paint as she has shown a great interest in this hobby. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Mrs. Vivienne Chatterton
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating little book
Such a vast amount of information contained in a tiny little book. It was so fascinating I couldn't put it down!
Published 4 months ago by Aegean
5.0 out of 5 stars So useful!
Just started watercolour class..after 50 years without picking up a brush! This small book is indispensable. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Rowan Berry
5.0 out of 5 stars Watercolour tips (Collins Gem)
Just what I wanted, very satisfied, just what I wanted thankyou. Explains everything I needed to know and was very helpful
Published 6 months ago by Mrs. NA REDMAN
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Little Book
This really is an excellent little book to have by you when you are struggling to learn how to paint with watercolours. Ias the title suggests it is brim full of useful tips. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Gadget Man
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