Painting: Watercolor Basics: Master the art of painting in watercolor by Deb Watson is a great book to self learn watercolor techniques that you can try out on your own. I love to experiment with new art projects, and I have been interested in painting for fun for quite some time. Just before I started this book, I found a basic set of water color paints at a thrift store and decided that the planets were aligning and it was time to take a chance. I have watched painting shows for years, but it always looks too simple and I never actually got the paper and supplies set up. I'm happy to say that this book inspired me to really give it a try and although I won't be framing my first attempt to put on my wall, this book has given me the confidence to keep trying the rest of the lessons to see where I am going to go with painting.
This book truly is a great reference for even a beginner, as well as refreshing projects for those that have painted with watercolors in the past. It starts out by giving you a run through of the supplies that you will need, and then it moves into real projects that you can try for yourself. These projects show progression photos of the various steps that you will take (again, easy to understand even for a newbie!). The projects also offer tips and color suggestions to understand how you can mix the paints to get the desired result.
Painting: Watercolor Basics Illustrated Projects
There are 6 projects that you can start out with in this book.
- Creating the Illusion of Depth
- Evoking Mood
- Adding Interest
- Creating Texture with Salt & Masking
- Capturing Essential Details
- Rendering Soft Edges
I started out with learning how to create depth, by painting a picture of a ladybug on a flower. I learned how to use masking fluid to protect the white paper (yes, it really worked like the instructions promised it would!). Next I understood how I could wet the background and start adding color and help it spread to look natural. Then when the background was dry, it was fun to remove the masking fluid, or frisket, to get back to the subject of the painting. I don't know which was more exciting, learning these techniques for this painting, or having a painting that I can honestly say really looked like a ladybug on a flower!
Painting: Watercolor Basics is a great how-to book that you can work on at your own pace. If you have ever been interested in learning how to paint, pick up this book and I promise you will be amazed at what you can create.
Disclosure: Thank you to Quarto Publishing Group - Walter Foster, Walter Foster Publishing for providing me with a complimentary copy of this e-book for review purposes. No other compensation was received, and all opinions are my own.