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Terry's Top Tips for Watercolour Artists Spiral-bound – 20 Jun 2008

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  • Spiral-bound: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Search Press Ltd; Spi edition (20 Jun. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844483355
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844483358
  • Product Dimensions: 15.7 x 1.5 x 21.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 80,245 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Terry Harrison is a popular teacher and demonstrator and I don t think it s unfair to him to say that he has a polished act that comes across well. I don t mean that there is anything false; simply that demonstrating is a form of theatre and, if the performance (for want of a better word) is lacklustre, the audience s chances of learning anything are diminished. What you want is a speaker who can make important point clearly and simply, doesn t mumble and over-speak and, at the end, produces a painting that looks worth all the effort. To achieve this requires two main aspects. The first is a painting that the artist can reproduce pretty much with their eyes shut, as painting and talking at the same time is not easy. The second is a clear script which enunciates the important points clearly and concisely so that you really can follow, understand and, above all, remember, that little trick they have with the sky. So, to cut to the chase, the one thing a good demonstrator has is a block of tips that they can pepper throughout a demonstration, and I m sure everyone there just wishes they d write them down in a book. The fact that a lot of them don t is that they want you to have them back for more pearls of their wisdom. Write a book and haven t you just given everything away at once? Well, yes, so there has to be something more and my guess is that this little tome will probably get Terry more bookings than he d have had without it. It should also be said that he s a generous teacher, which is one of the reasons he s so popular. What you get here for less than a tenner is 140 tips (it says so on the cover) covering everything from techniques such as mixing colour, washes and wet-in-wet to subjects like flowers, boats and skies. There are plenty of step-by-step demonstrations and the book is spiral bound so that it lies flat and you can keep it open while both your hands are occupied with painting (or even cooking, cleaning or worming the whippet, if that s what takes your fancy). It s fair to say that this is not a book for the advanced painter, but it has much to say both to the raw beginner and the intermediate painter who may be starting to struggle with certain aspects of their technique. Terry is a great simplifier and this is a perfect way of cutting through any mystique that may have building up and stopping you seeing the wood (literally) for the trees. --artbookreview.net

In this ring-bound book is a mine of useful information to help you paint successfully with watercolour paints. All beautifully illustrated and with simple concise descriptions on how to achieve the various painting effects. Terry has included just the right amount of information so you can quickly find what you need along with handy expert hints and tips. --Cake Craft & Decoration, Nov 08

In this ring-bound book is a mine of useful information to help you paint successfully with watercolour paints. All beautifully illustrated and with simple concise descriptions on how to achieve the various painting effects. Terry has included just the right amount of information so you can quickly find what you need along with handy expert hints and tips. --Cake Craft & Decoration, Nov 08

About the Author

Terry Harrison became interested in art early on, attending Art School at the age of sixteen. His studies led to a career in graphics, then he became an illustrator, developing his own painting style and perfecting his techniques during evenings and weekends. Now he is kept constantly busy with a full schedule of exhibitions, private commissions, demonstrations and painting holidays. His fine art prints are sold in shops and galleries everywhere. Terry is an energetic and prolific painter and his regular re-bookings for demonstrations reflect an enthusiastic response to his educational and entertaining style.


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This is advertised as a paperback, however when mine came it was a hardback in a ring binder. As a ringbinder it means that you can open the booka nd leave it open at the page you are looking at. There are lots of tips from using washes to how to paint a window. The tips are brief and don't go into lots of detail so if you want a lesson, this book is not for you. However, if you have some of the basics already then this book will help you if you are a little stuck. It is a handy size and can quite easily be store in a handbag/small bag - great if you are carrying it around to a class or painting out of doors.

I must admit I am a little biased as I love Terry Harrison's work, just the sort of things I like to paint. Give this a go, if you want some quick handy advice, it is not expensive and worth the money.
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Best water colour aide in my collection. I refer to it as my water colour 'Bible'. Well set out, easily left open in front of your work, full of ideas and tips and, at this time of year, ideal for friends. I am recommending it at the Splash Art classes I attend.
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This is a great little book, packed with really useful tips. It's the one I seem to use more than any other as the tips are presented in a very straightforward way with no fussing around. The artist seems to be genuinely interested in guiding learners to becoming competent artists and not just projecting his own work and views on painting as some artist-authors seem to.
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As an amateur watercolourist I wish I had heard of this little book as soon as it was published because it would have saved me the many £s I have spent on other peoples' books covering individual topics which Terry has more succinctly covered in this one. I love everything about it! I think he is very generous in sharing his brilliant tips with us and making painting seem so easy. I can't wait to work on them.
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I wanted this book after I saw a "fellow art classer" use the book. Its a great easy reference for those doing a beginners painting and drawing class and touching on watercolour. Imagine I will continue to refer to it as time goes on.
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This book is excellent for an absolute beginner in watercolour such as me. It gives general principles, ranging from how to choose supplies, through basic principles of how to use water and to what effect, to detailed and clearly illustrated step by step mini-tutorials on how to paint water, doors, walls, trees, skies etc.

It's format (approxiamtely A5 size) allows me to carry it wherever I go in order to refer to whenever I am in a quandery about how to paint something.

Invaluable! the best of quite a number of books I bought on the subject! Highly recommended!
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There are numerous publications in this field , and most offer a wide range of tips and tricks to advise both beginners and the more advanced artist.I have found that this particular book has the "edge" over many of the others !
The layout of the book and the clear and detailed tips that the author presents ....is so easy to follow and is a real help for those just starting out with watercolours ,and those who have reached a higher level on the "learning curve" .

The advice and explanations of the many techniques that abound in this book are so well presented , that anyone can attempt them by following the easily understood pictorial and textual instructions within the pages ! Everyone has their own idea of how useful an instruction manual may , or may not be , but I have found Terry's book invaluable. A little practice on some of the tips regarding painting roofs and brickwork , soon had me improving my handling of this part of my paintings to a much improved standard !
As some other reviewers have mentioned....the chapter on brush types is very valuable too ! All in all .....a brilliant book for anyone interested in watercolour technique ....and well worth a place on anyone's bookshelf!
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I found many of the tips in the book very useful, especially on mixing colours and wet on wet but it would have been nice , as a beginner, if there had been a section of really basic, simple paintings for a novice to get started on. They could then progress to the more complex pictures using the tips and techniques in the book.
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