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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Collins; 1 edition (Nov. 6 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007236069
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007236060
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 1.5 x 24.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 721 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #320,850 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Alwyn Crawshaw is the author of over 25 titles on art instruction and is the Founder of the Society of Amateur Artists, past President of the National Acrylic Painters Association and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Sharon Finmark is an experienced art teacher in all media but with specialism in life drawing. She has written several books on painting.

Trevor Waugh is a well-travelled popular painter whi runs very successful painting workshops. He has written several books on painting and has become known to a wide market through his greeting cards and prints.


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By Parka HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on Aug. 24 2011
Format: Paperback
Length: 1:26 Mins
Watercolour for the Absolute Beginner is actually a collection of 3 books that were published earlier, namely You Can Paint Watercolors by Alwyn Crawshaw, You Can Paint People in Watercolour by Sharon Finmark and You Can Paint Animals in Watercolour by Trevor Waugh.

It's now sold together as a 224-page paperback at a wonderful bundle price.

This is probably the least intimidating watercolour book I've seen. The exercises are short and easy to follow. It shouldn't take more than 15-30 minutes to complete each one.

The examples are simple, usually a single subject, like a banana or some grapes. Even for the landscape paintings, there are also very few elements included. The simple examples are great in a way because they build confidence.

What's lacking is perhaps the section on colour theory. It teaches basic colour mixing, with simple recipes provided in all the exercises. But it doesn't talk about colour harmony, like how some colours work well with others. Anyway, you can get another book for that called Watercolor Artist's Guide to Exceptional Color by Jan Hart.

This book is highly recommended to watercolour beginners who want something less intimidating. Or if you want something more challenging, but still suitable for beginners, check out Complete Watercolour Course by John Raynes.

(There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa53d9ad4) out of 5 stars Excellent for watercolour beginners Aug. 24 2011
By Parka - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Watercolour for the Absolute Beginner is actually a collection of 3 books that were published earlier, namely You Can Paint Watercolors by Alwyn Crawshaw, You Can Paint People in Watercolour by Sharon Finmark and You Can Paint Animals in Watercolour by Trevor Waugh.

It's now sold together as a 224-page paperback at a wonderful bundle price.

This is probably the least intimidating watercolour book I've seen. The exercises are short and easy to follow. It shouldn't take more than 15-30 minutes to complete each one.

The examples are simple, usually a single subject, like a banana or some grapes. Even for the landscape paintings, there are also very few elements included. The simple examples are great in a way because they build confidence.

What's lacking is perhaps the section on colour theory. It teaches basic colour mixing, with simple recipes provided in all the exercises. But it doesn't talk about colour harmony, like how some colours work well with others. Anyway, you can get another book for that called Watercolor Artist's Guide to Exceptional Color by Jan Hart.

This book is highly recommended to watercolour beginners who want something less intimidating. Or if you want something more challenging, but still suitable for beginners, check out Complete Watercolour Course by John Raynes.

(There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa526a1ec) out of 5 stars Good book for beginners Aug. 3 2011
By Roxy Fairdeal - Published on Amazon.com
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I teach a watercolor class at a college for seniors, and many people who sign on have never picked up a brush before. I brought this book to class for the students to examine, and they thought it was a very good introduction. I imagine you will sell a few more to class members.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa53d0eac) out of 5 stars Good initial exercises. Aug. 10 2013
By Martha - Published on Amazon.com
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For those of us who struggle with art this is a good book. Although not step by step it is better than most books.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa53d9318) out of 5 stars Not a good instruction book for beginners. Try other books if you are frustrated. July 9 2015
By Yue cui - Published on Amazon.com
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demonstrations are of low quality and very confusing. Not helpful at all for 'absolute beginners'. Authors obviously made very little effort into writing this book. Yeah the demonstrations are of easy subject and crude looking, but it doesn't mean it's for beginners. The technical difficulty specific for watercolor are poorly covered. It teaches you how to draw various subjects in a very very loose way but not how to paint in watercolor. There are other books way better. This is a cheap book for the page number you are getting but you get what you pay for. Athough I can draw reasonably well, I got so frustrated and almost gave up watercolor until I see other books. Be aware!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa5273a08) out of 5 stars This was a disappointment and not at all a book useful to beginners Oct. 21 2014
By Marilyn Bosckis - Published on Amazon.com
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This was a disappointment and not at all a book useful to beginners. I purchased it after seeing the first few pages of a friend's copy. I find they were the only part of the book that included any basic technique. The rest is an overview of advanced techniques demonstrated by an obviously experienced artist.


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