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Watercolour For The Absolute Beginner [Paperback]

Alwyn F Crawshaw
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Nov. 9 2006

This popular book provides all the information you need to get started in watercolour painting. Full of clear, simple advice and more than 70 step-by-step demonstrations, Watercolour for the Absolute Beginner will teach even the least confident of beginners the skills and techniques needed to start painting.

In this easy-to-follow, step-by-step guide, three professional artists explain all the basic watercolour techniques.

Top TV artist Alwyn Crawshaw demonstrates the basic techniques including brushstrokes, colour mixing and depicting distance and foreground to get you started in watercolour.

Lecturer and Artist Sharon Finmark explains how you can paint realistic figures, covering scale and proportion, mixing convincing skin colours and portraying movement and light effectively.

Artist and teacher Trevor Waugh demonstrates techniques for painting animals - domestic, farmyard and wild. Starting with simple animal shapes, Trevor takes you through the rudiments of 3D shapes, tone and colour and the tricks of using foreshortening in your work.


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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent for watercolour beginners Aug. 24 2011
By Parka HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
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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5.0 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.)
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 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.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simple Step by step June 10 2012
By Janet - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is three beautiful books combined! It shows you step by step illustrations for many fun beginner painting projects, as well as color mixing instructions for each project!
This is exactly what I need to start a painting hobby. These simple and fun examples keep me painting for hours!
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Watercolour for the absolute beginner Oct. 20 2009
By Arthur R. Jenkins - Published on Amazon.com
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a great training aid for a beginning water color artist. The exercises are explained well.
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