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The Watercolour Flower Artist's Bible Spiral-bound – 11 Feb 2008

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Product details

  • Spiral-bound: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Search Press Ltd (11 Feb. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844483282
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844483280
  • Product Dimensions: 14.5 x 2.3 x 19.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 515,166 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This series just gets better and better. Having been through the main media and also colour mixing, it s now getting down to subjects. The editorial team at the originators, Quarto, have the illustrated book down to a fine art and they can convey more in one double-page spread than many others do in a whole chapter. The result is that you get information in a format that s easy to understand absorb without being dumbed down. Sure, you can find more comprehensive, more learned books on flower painting (one of the most published subjects there is), but you won t get half this information in such a concise form. What you do get is a thoroughly comprehensive guide to flower painting divided into three sections. The first is Materials and Techniques, fairly comprehensive and the one which the more experienced artist might want to skip over. After that, there are demonstrations grouped by flower shapes and then a directory of flowers, arranged by colour. This last makes sense because, as artists, we tend to think of flowers in terms of their colour rather than families or botanical names. It just feels more logical and this is typical of the sort of sense that pervades the book. It s one you re going to feel at home with quite quickly and you re not going to be forever turning the pages over to try to find what you re looking for. Like all the others in the series, it s spiral bound, so it stays flat when you open it. --ArtBookReview.net

This comprehensive guide to flower painting is divided into three sections, including materials and techniques, followed by demonstrations grouped by flower shapes and a directory of flowers arranged by colour. This makes sense because, as artists, we tend to think of flowers in terms of their colour rather than families or botanical names. It just feels more logical and this is typical of the sort of sense that pervades the book --The Artist, June 08


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The absolutely microscopic sized images totally spoiled this book. Illustrations of flowers that are so small (one inch square) are really not very much help. I see that this book was once available in a larger format and I wish I had got that one. As this one is totally let down by the size of the images. Good advice as regarding colour to use for each flower though.
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By K. Platt TOP 100 REVIEWER on 25 May 2011
Format: Spiral-bound
This is a fabulous guide to painting a wide range of flowers. It lies flat which is a bonus for any practical book. The illustrations and very good and the instructions are easy to follow. The finished paintings are an inspiration. It begins with all the practical information you need to paint watercolours. It gives tutorials so that you can master techniques, it looks at flower shapes and helps you to draw plants accurately. The main part of the book is a directory of flowers to paint, these are handsomely arranged by colour - the reds, oranges, yellows, blues, purples, berries and leaves that certainly appealed to my colour sense. Each subject is given a page or half page with instructions on how to draw and paint it. Using the techniques at the front of the book to aid your painting, you should be able to follow these instructions without any problems. Recommended. This review first appeared on Karen Platt's book review website.
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This was purchased as a present for my wife, it is now usrd every day for reference and guidence whilst painting a vast array of flowers, a delightful present and well appreciated, delivered promptly as advertised,a great deal
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Having started painting with oils, I thought I would try some watercolours. I saw a copy of this book at painting classes and liked it because the progression of painting a variety of flowers was so explicit that I felt I, as a beginner. could not fail, and I have not. Recommended.
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As an amateur painter I found this book to be full of hints to improve my flower paintings, its not just for experienced Artists. Have recommended to other members of my Art Group
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I have the larger version of this, but have found the ring binding so useful as you can place the book flat. The detail in the individual flowers are superb, and so many different flowers too. Liked it so much have bought another for a friend.
This will give endless hours of pleasure painting through the winter months.
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Found the use of the spiral spine very useful to turn over pages without creasing the contents. The images are a little small but there again very useful.
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As a keen amateur watercolour painter I was having problems with getting light tones correct on the flowers that I particularly like to paint. The tips I picked up from this book have certainly helped
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