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Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Watercolor Paperback


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Watson-Guptill; First Edition edition (May 1, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 082305649X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0823056491
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 8.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #225,849 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Marian Appelof is a senior editor at Watson-Guptill Publications.

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Very organized and easy to read.
M. Mortensen
Knowing next to nothing about watercolor but wanting to learn about it I found myself looking at several books and picked this one for the wealth of info in it.
kitjank
I view this as such a helpful book for any one just starting to tackle watercolor or a good reference for watercolor artist.
Dorine Greene

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87 of 88 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Hing on October 9, 2001
Format: Paperback
If my experience is typical, then most beginners watercolor havent the slightest idea what an amazing range of visual expression is possible with watercolor...even with a novice's palette of nine colors.
This wonderfully illustrated anthology of techniques provides both inspiration and instruction. Starting from the beginning, with tips on choosing paper, brushes, paint, and which colors to use to set up a novice, intermediate and advanced working palette, the book then moves on to cover hundreds of well-illustrated micro-lessons in watercolor techniques. These lessons are organized in sections:
Color
Basic Painting Techniques
Textures & Special Effects
Collaging & Other Unusual Techniques
Artistic Principles
Perspective
Landscape Painting
Figure Painting
Flowers
Each section has 15 - 30 lessons, each of which is illustrated with color photographs and good text instruction, and often with a series of photographs to show how the artist progresses to achieve the desired effect.
This book shows there is a wide array of special techniques and effects that can be achieved in watercolor that you could never dream of in acrylic or even oil.
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56 of 56 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 6, 2001
Format: Paperback
A collection of how-to-do-it articles by many famous watercolorists. What makes this book special is the wide spectrum of approaches, from the traditional to the experimental. It's got everything from selecting material and preparing paper, theory and practice of color (selecting, mixing, schemes), basic painting techniques, collaging and less traditional techniques, artisitic principles (value, composition),perspective, and painting of textures, landscapes, figues, flowers, and special effects. Great for beginners and more experienced painters. It's simply the best, most comprehensive, watercolor book.
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49 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Stephanie Manley VINE VOICE on January 30, 2003
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My experience with water colors is not broad. In fact, I just picked up painting with water colors. I found this book to cover most everything I needed to know. The book discusses paints, paint quality, demystifies the selection of paper, and spends a good deal of time on technique. The book also has tons of exercises to help you better your skill. The projects are interesting too. I liked that they used a variety of authors to discuss things, as different people have new perspectives and experiences to share.
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By T. Nunamaker on January 15, 2000
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I am just getting back to watercolor after many years away from it. I found this book to be a great memory jogger and will find it's way on my shelves near my paint.
The book covers many techniques and is very thorough. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By M. Mortensen on January 22, 2005
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This book gives good detail and excellent examples to allow various styles to emerge. Very organized and easy to read. It covers so many different aspects that I, as a newbie, have found it a must-have out of the many books that I have purchased to help me learn. This really is one of the very best of the many that have been written out there. You'll not be frustrated or feel left lacking for knowledge.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 1, 2001
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This book is a wonderful technique book, not a project book. This book shows you the actual mechanics of how to accomplish many varied techniques. It also has a lot of information about good design and color usage.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By ebaltrip on April 15, 2004
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A wealth of information at your finger tips from some of the greatest watercolor artists of our time. There are enough practice exercises to keep you busy for many many months. Everytime I pick it up I discover something new that I had overlooked before.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 17, 2001
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This is my favorite watercolor book because it's a practical introduction to different ways of thinking about and doing water color, a spectrum of techniques in enough depth to follow, and lead you to what you'd like to study further. There's color theory, and traditional and non-traditional techniques like pouring color onto the paper and drying it is the sun. A great introduction to many techniques.
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