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Watercolor Painting For Dummies [Kindle Edition]

Colette Pitcher
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Have you ever been amazed by watercolor paintings that seem to spring to life before your eyes? Would you love to be able to paint with watercolors? Now, you can. Watercolor Painting For Dummies shows you the fun and easy way to create breathtaking paintings so beautiful you won’t believe you made them yourself.

This friendly, guide gives you hands-on instruction and easy-to-follow, step-by-step exercises to help you master the basics. Filled with full-color projects and sample paintings, it shows you how to work with color and texture, practice composition, and make smooth changes. You’ll find out how to select the best tools, materials, and supplies, practice basic brush strokes, and use the three best common techniques: flat wash, graded wash, and rough texture. Discover how to:

  • Select the right brushes, pigments, and paper
  • Mix colors and work with white
  • Create backgrounds and foregrounds
  • Transfer your drawings to watercolor
  • Avoid common watercolor mistakes
  • Experiment with texture using salt, sponges, plastic wrap, and more
  • Find your way around the color wheel
  • Practice the principles of design
  • Plan compositions using thumbnails
  • Work with one-point, two-point, and three-point perspective
  • Paint fabrics, shiny surfaces, and organic textures
  • Paint landscapes, seascapes, animals and more

Complete with strategies for improving your painting immediately and marketing and selling your work, Watercolor Painting For Dummies, is the resource you need to make your creative dreams come true.



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Filled with FULL COLOR, easy-to-complete projects and sample paintings

The fun and easy way to create beautiful works of art with watercolors

Would you love to paint with watercolors? You can! This friendly guide gives you hands-on instruction and easy-to-follow exercises to help you master the basics. You'll see how to work with color and texture, practice composition, and make smooth changes. And you'll paint a variety of subjects, from animals and still lifes to landscapes and seascapes!

  • Select the right painting supplies

  • Mix colors and work with white

  • Create backgrounds and foregrounds

  • Transfer your drawings to watercolor

  • Avoid common painting mistakes

About the Author

Colette Pitcher, an artist and educator, is a regular contributor to Paint Works magazine and a signature member of the Colorado Watercolor Society. Colette owns the Showcase Art Center in Greeley, Colorado.

Product Details

  • File Size: 18637 KB
  • Print Length: 324 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (March 16, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004V4FGY6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #280,276 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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86 of 87 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Every thing you need to know February 14, 2008
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Watercolor Painting for Dummies is a great book for both beginners and artist who just need to brush (no pun intended) up on the fundamentals of w/c painting. If you're looking for a book to give you all the information you need because you are just beginning, this is it. This book is chock full of everything you need to know and everything they teach in art class.
Another good thing about this book is you don't have to start from the first chapter and read from there (unless you are a beginner).
And there are several projects you can paint "along" with.
This is a good book to have and refer back to again and again.
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66 of 66 people found the following review helpful
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I had been struggling to teach myself watercolor, and was making a mess! I paint in oils, but learning watercolor was another whole world, and I needed help. Then, I spied "Watercolor Painting for Dummies," by Colette Pitcher. I had previously ordered other books, which were good, but oh, my, this book is OUTSTANDING!! Her tips cover all the problems one may have, and her demonstrations are wonderful! I am not only reading the book all the way through, I am studying it, page by page,underlining in red what I need to do, and underlining in blue what I should not do, and am learning so much. For instance, I didn't understand the reality of "Bias" in paints, i.e., where some blues contain a bias of yellow, and some reds contain a bias of blue. I learned through this book that you don't want to mix a blue paint with a bias of yellow, with a red paint that contains a bias of blue. Now I understand why I was getting dull, muddy colors! Her tip about having a wet sponge to dab your brush on, to get rid of excess water has saved not only my paintings, but many towels, also. The way I honestly view this book is like finding gold on my doorstep, because that's what it has done to my understanding of the do's and don'ts of watercolor! This book is just excellent not only for beginners, but for those well-seasoned in watercolor. As you can tell by my raves, I am wild about this book and cannot recommend it enough! Get it - you'll love it! Julie
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44 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Begin at the beginnig December 1, 2009
By John d.
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As a recent retiree I am picking up on the things I have been wanting to do since I was a child. Drawing and painting were two of the most important. "Watercolor Painting for Dummies" is exactly what I was looking for. It begins at the beginning.
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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beginners-start here!!! March 30, 2011
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I'm new to watercolors and decided to buy some books that would teach me the basics. In search of recommendations I joined the very excellent Wet Canvas discussion group, worked my way through a lot of the material on the scholarly Handprint.com web site, and checked out multiple reviews of watercolor books on Amazon. My conclusion: there a lot of books on watercolor painting with 10 people having 12 recommendations. Having gotten seven books on the subject (yes, I went a little overboard) this is the best book for beginners in my opinion. It is very clear, written with a sense of humor, and has very practical exercises to follow. Are there better books out there for beginners-maybe? But you are better off doing some reading and a lot of painting, rather than the other way around. Every other book I have makes specific recommendations on what colors to buy. Unless I missed it this book does not make such recommendations. A good thing, since no two books recommend the same colors to start with. Inside the book's front cover is the URL for the "Dummies Cheatsheet" where a beginnier will find very helpful information about color selection. So, start with the first few sections of this book, then buy some basic supplies, have fun painting, and go from there.
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47 of 50 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Watercolor Painting for Dummies February 26, 2008
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Wow! Most art books are like the ones you remember from college--sky high prices and nothing but print. Art books need pictures, and this one has plenty of them in color--no guessing as to the artist's tecnique. You can use it as a reference, or start from scratch. It gives you sources for everything you need. A must have for any artist's library.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book! Not JUST for beginners June 7, 2011
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I have a degree in Art and have bought many books over the last 3 decades. This is a great book with many helpful tips and techniques. I always glean a few good things from every book and this one provides a few more. I highly recommend it for beginners and intermediates. It is never too late or too early to learn something new when it comes to Watercolor. It is a tough medium to master and any and all tips will help to achieve a level of success and motivation to help you master your own paintings.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good for beginning or advanced watercolorists April 14, 2011
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Watercolor Painting for Dummies is an ideal book for the beginner or someone like me who has painted for years and needs to refresh the mind occasionally. This book covers just about anything a watercolorist needs to know especially if one isn,t able to take workshops.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
By EMMaDe
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learning with this book is like bitting in a cake every time you turn a page ...and you want more and there IS more !
informations are plenty, easy access and so clear, simple ...it makes you feel the artist you are !
opportunities to practice are there available and well detailed to succeed.
This is ONE book you need to read/get/have , no hesitation !
thanks so much for all the work done to give access to this wonderful media !
what's next ? ...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Very basic information.
Published 8 days ago by neildspring
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book.
It's one thing to start painting knowing nothing about how the supplies work (from the seat of your pants)......FRUSTRATION. Another to have a guide on the side......thanks. Read more
Published 10 days ago by Carolyn
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Basic Watercolor Book
My wife found this book in our local library, brought it home and as soon as she started reading it told me to buy it from Amazon for her. Read more
Published 28 days ago by Robert A. Chambers
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
A lot of good examples and suggestions. It has helped greatly.
Published 28 days ago by Randy
4.0 out of 5 stars Beginning to watercolours
For a beginning,a great book.tasks to get you going,easy to read,as you would expect for "dummies"!
Published 29 days ago by sue
5.0 out of 5 stars watercolor made ewt
Complete easy breakdown of all aspects of this medium...recommended.
Published 1 month ago by Lynn Kindle Custlomer
3.0 out of 5 stars Focuses a little too much on art fundamentals instead of ...
Focuses a little too much on art fundamentals instead of watercoloring. 150+ pages devoted to these with some technique and tips mixed through out. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Meg
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great.
Published 2 months ago by bill vick
5.0 out of 5 stars Watercolor A-Z!
This book covers everything you want/need to know about watercolor painting, and it is written in a way that everyone can get what the author is saying. Watercolor A-Z... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Ashleysue
5.0 out of 5 stars Watercolor Painting for Dummies
Bravo! Best guide to watercolor in decades! And unlike many other Dummies books, the author communicates terms, concepts, descriptions, examples, and steps in a way that is... Read more
Published 4 months ago by D. Stanczak
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