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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: North Light Books (August 12, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600619126
  • ASIN: B008SM1F0Q
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 0.3 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,190,964 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Jean Grastorf is a well-known watercolour workshop instructor. Her paintings have won numerous awards and are featured in many exhibitions and private collections.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Parka TOP 50 REVIEWER on July 24, 2011
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Jean Grastorf has a lovely style of watercolour that's characterized by beautiful undulating washes of radiant colours. A good example is the wall of the building on the book's cover art.

In this technique book, she shows how she does just that with some in depth tutorials.

The few chapters in the book covers a few areas. Chapter 1 covers the basic materials you need, just like most books. She uses the Da Vinci brand of watercolours. Chapter two is on the designing and composition. Chapter 3 is on understanding colour theory. Chapter 4 covers her techniques and the last chapter has her guided demonstrations.

The text is concise and packed with lots of drawing tips and techniques. It covers some basics but it really complements what you already know of watercolour. So this book is best for those already with some basic knowledge of watercolours.

Her style of painting involves literally pouring watercolours onto paper. She does that to create beautiful soft transitions of colours for her backgrounds or subjects. These colours when required, form the layer beneath for further glazing. She uses a lot of masking and glazing, sometimes applying up to 3 layers of mask.

As you can tell, her process is well planned and meticulous. It's a style that requires more preparation and patience than usual watercolour paintings.

The examples of her paintings in the book are gorgeous. I wish she would publish a separate art book just for that. There are also other artists whose paintings are used when talking about certain lesson points.

This is a very insightful and inspiring book. Highly recommended to watercolour lovers.

(There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Artist on November 5, 2009
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I found Jean Grastorf's book to be well-written. Her "how to" presentation of her painting methods and materials were presented in a very clear step-by-step approach. The accompanying illustrations were very helpful. Her two DVDs also available through Amazon, "Creating Texture in Transparent Watercolor with Jean Grastorf" and "Pouring Transparent Watercolor with Jean Grastorf" were two of the best filmed art DVDs that I have seen.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By bocadilla on February 10, 2012
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Nice pictures etc. Unfortunately too many pages devoted to the usual materials, value studies, thumbnails, how to use masking fluid .... Technique begins on pages 68-69
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By fred mumford on December 27, 2012
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This is one of the good ones. I love Jeans work and need the book to learn her tecniques. It is an inspiring book. Thank you Jean for writing it.
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By Jennifer Wilder on March 31, 2014
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A beautiful book with detailed information on a specific watercolor technique, this is one all painters should read. The photos are appropriate for illustrating the process, and the exquisite reproductions of amazing paintings are truly inspiring.
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