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  • Paperback: 45 pages
  • Publisher: Search Press (June 1 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844486354
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844486359
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 0.5 x 28.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 299 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #35,396 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Some quite surprising developments have been taking place in this series of late. While it started off pretty much on-message with simple guides to straightforward subjects, some genuine little masterclasses have started appearing and this is definitely one of those. This is amazing, not because the series is going off-message, but because it turns out to be possible to do it in a format that you'd think would always tend towards the elementary. You still have the pre-drawn tracings, but all of Janet's final results here have the feeling of being freehand work. In truth, you couldn't paint a convincing flower portrait without an initial sketch, but there's absolutely no sense here of that having been filled in, which is really rather remarkable. I'm not sure I'd recommend this to a beginner in flower painting, but if you're looking to develop skills and you want a bit of help getting the shapes right so that you can concentrate on the colours and shading, then this book is unique. In fact, even if you don't use the tracings at all, Janet still has a huge amount to tell As ever in the Ready to Paint series there are tracings of the artworks used in the book so that the student can concentrate on the techniques used. This is useful for those people who worry about getting the drawings right before even picking up a paintbrush - this way they can concentrate on the painting part and have fun. That's what arts about for many of us isn't it? In this book Janet shows us some fabulous roses from a beautiful Maigold rose with a in rich vibrant colours working very wet in wet to dainty red roses set within a ring in the background which creates added interest to wonderful white roses where you can let your imagination have free rein on the background colours. Janet demonstrations are based mainly on wet in wet with flowers picked out and negative painting giving definition. Her advice is to "go with the flow" so to speak with watercolour as happy accidents can produce some pleasing results. I've some beautiful roses out in my garden at the moment and look forward to using Janets methods to paint them. I may use one of her tracings and simply adjust the colours to that of my own roses - that's the beauty of these books - you can follow explicitly or take part of the instructions and adapt them to create your own ideas. Super book on Roses for the watercolour flower

About the Author

Janet Whittle is a professional artist and teacher who specializes in flowers and landscapes in watercolor and pastel. She exhibits regularly at the Westminster Galleries in London and is the author of "How to Draw: Flowers," "Janet Whittle's Watercolour Flowers," and "Painting Flowers and Plants.""" "" "" ""

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Janet Whittle is an incredible artist. This book is not just inspirational, it provides the tracing for 5 projects and step by step instructions. If you have some background, this intermediate level book will guide you with instructions to acquire the ability to do these beautiful roses. This training will also serve you well with other subjects. I highly recommend this book for artist who love to paint roses and want to learn how to create beautiful rich backgrounds.
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By maureen ireton on July 8 2014
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have ot complrtrd book but have enjoyed those sections readroseson wtercolor by whittle
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A Challenge Made Easy Aug. 15 2013
By George Fischer - Published on
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My wife selected the yellow rose climbers on a trellis. I made a copy of the tracing at 200% and went to work on the largest format I every worked. It was a knock-out eye-popping piece. It did wonders for my confidence, as the instructions were very good. I am 81 years old and never painted before this year. If I could attach a photo I would.
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Excellent Book June 15 2011
By Gladys In Michigan - Published on
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An excellent book. Lots of step by step illustrations and beautiful rose patterns. Can't wait to get started. Not for rank beginners, but very nice for watercolorists with some experience. Would also work for people with painting experience looking for patterns for acrylics or oils, but the steps would have to be adapted to the other mediums.
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easy to follow Feb. 17 2013
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Janet does a great job of leading you through from start to finish. There wasn't any part that left me wondering "how she got there from here" like some of the other books out there are. great book for beginners.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Roses in Watercolour Jan. 4 2013
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Lovely roses. Good book. I am using the ideas of the roses for the colored pencil that I work in all the time.
Nice Book June 25 2014
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Just what I wanted. I love to do watercolor flowers but hate to take time to draw my own. This book not only gives me a good way to be quicker getting to the painting part but gives me the instructions and color mixes to do the painting as shown in the pictures in the book. The instructions are not really for beginners but if you have some experience and can follow the terms used, you can do a nice painting. A big plus is that you have the permission to have the tracings copied to the size you want. I love doing minis and this works well for me but if I want a large painting it works well too. Hint: the real easy way to transfer to watercolor paper is to hang tracing in window and then tape watercolor paper over it and trace. This is same as using a light box. Or take to a copy center and have them make a tracing copy so you can leave the tracings in the book.