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Watercolour Textures [Hardcover]

Ann Blockley
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May 24 2007 Collins Artist's Studio

Ann Blockley is a very successful artist, known for the innovative way in which she uses texture as a key element in her work. This book, in Collins Artist’s Studio series, looks at how she achieves her stunning effects and provides essential guidelines for the intermediate painter wishing to develop this aspect of their own painting.

Creating texture in watercolour can be quite a challenge but this book provides a fresh approach to the subject. It focuses on a wide range of unusual techniques, some of which depart from the more conventional methods, revealing how to portray texture by a variety of means. Ann explains how to manipulate the paint by lifting out colour, scraping and scratching the paint, and by using additional materials such as wax, clingfilm, salt and metallic pigments. She also explains how the surface itself can play an important role in the effects that can be achieved, and experiments with acrylics, inks, gouache and collage as well as watercolour.

In later chapters Ann looks at the creative process and provides insights into how to develop ideas, then concentrates on how to portray texture in specific subjects, such as flowers and foliage, animals, still life, buildings and landscapes. Practical exercises, projects, step-by-step demonstrations and studio tips are included, as well as the work of several guest artists – John Blockley, Moira Huntly and Shirley Trevena.


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‘This is a wonderful lively book that will inspire readers to take more risks with the medium, moving their work on to something perhaps truly extraordinary.’ Leisure Painter

‘This is muscular watercolour, painting for the new millennium if you must. It’s vibrant, alive and exciting.’ Artists’ Choice Book Club

‘Flowers, leaves and seedheads…also landscapes, animals and still lifes done in a way that will definitely make you look twice. [Warecolour Textures]Offers all kinds of opportunities for development.’ The Artist Magazine

‘A use of paint that goes far beyond the medium’s more demure image…this is very much the way forward. Read Ann’s book and you can say you were there when it started!’ Artist’s Choice

About the Author

Ann Blockley is a well-known watercolour artist and teacher whose work is inspired by the countryside of the Cotswolds. Her paintings can be found in collections throughout the world, and she holds regular exhibitions of her work. She runs very popular watercolour courses and workshops, is the author of several books on painting, and has made two painting DVDs. She also writes regularly for Leisure Painter magazine.


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Watercolour Textures Feb. 19 2011
By Kate
Format:Hardcover
Ann Blockley's book is one of the best I have ever had on watercolour painting! It's a wonderful help for those painters who want to work loose and free, but aren't quite sure how to do it. She gives clear,detailed mini lessons on how to achieve various effects in a painting.This is a definite keeper! I refer to it often for ideas, and inspiration.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A thrilling adventure in watercolour Feb. 8 2013
By Tru-
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I would recommend this book to everyone who enjoys or would like to enjoy watercolour painting. The thrill of experimenting with new ideas is definitely what I derived from this very well put together book. My friends have borrowed it and want it on their bookshelves as well. I can't say there was anythig to dislike and I have recommened to all my artist friends and would recommend it to anyone interested in watercolour as a classic in watercolour techiniques for creating texture.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent livre de techniques de textures May 13 2011
Format:Hardcover
Je trouve que ce livre nous apporte des techniques plus faciles à réaliser lorsque nous sommes amateurs à l'aquarelle, soit dans la façon de tenir le pinceau et la façon d'appliquer la couleur. Les différents éléments que nous pouvons utiliser pour réaliser la texture que nous voulons obtenir dans nos réalisations sont très intéressants et avec un peu de pratique, il sera possible d'obtenir de bons résultats qui sauront nous plaire.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Much more than the title suggests March 24 2008
By S. J. Bockett - Published on Amazon.com
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If you are familiar with Ann Blockley's flower paintings, you will be surprised by this book. (You can see a gallery of Blockley's paintings on her website.) It is no ordinary, watercolour how-to book, and the cover and title give nothing away. In this book, the author admits that she has stepped well outside her comfort zone to explore an entirely new approach to the painting process. We can be very glad that she did.

The simple chapter headings give no idea of the innovations Blockley presents. There are the usual texture mediums described in other art instruction books, but Blockely applies these mediums in entirely new ways: clingfilm, salt, inks, granulation medium, bubbles and foam, gold and silver pigments, paint resist and more. The beautiful colour illustrations inspire and encourage the reader to experiment, but the text is even more important.

You could approach this book in one of two ways: either you can use it for the techniques alone, or you can use the techniques to move outside your artistic comfort zone as Blockley has done - beyond what is familiar in your established approach to painting. Blockley admits that it took courage to do this publicly in a book. Any artist - of any medium - can take heart - and inspiration - from what the author shares of her out-of-the-zone process.

This book has plenty of demonstrations and includes three guest artists: Shirley Trevena, Moira Huntly and John Blockley, all of whom explored art mediums in daring ways. You can google all three names and take a look at their on-line galleries.

I nearly didn't buy this book because watercolour is not my medium. I am so glad I did. It's one of the best books I've come across for encouraging the exploration of new ways of artistic expression - in any medium. Better still, Blockley makes the process simple, interesting and fun.
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Watercolour Textures June 3 2008
By Maryann Harvey - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
If you are looking for someone to hold your hand, forget about
this book. Ann Blockley is a better painter than teacher, since she assumes you know quite a bit about watermedia. However, if you have a good foundation in painting, she can introduce you to some very nice techniques.
35 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding! Dec 4 2007
By Gaye E. Sekula - Published on Amazon.com
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I pre-ordered this book quite a while back and it finally arrived yesterday. WOW! Was it ever worth the wait! Every page is inspirational. I am primarily an oil painter but this book has inspired me to get back into watercolor. I must have 100 watercolor books but this is the one I would save in case of fire. What a great book!!!
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational "eye candy" Feb. 26 2009
By Susan V. Raftery - Published on Amazon.com
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I have been painting in watercolor for 15 years and have been re-inspired by this book. It gives a new slant to old techniques and is filled with beautiful artwork samples. The demonstrations can be used as a "jumping off place" for paintings in your own style, or you can recreate the sample artwork. It's a refreshing book for experienced artists because it doesn't spend pages and pages on suggested materials, brushes, paints etc. that we already have or know about. It gets right to the meat of the techniques and artwork.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A bit disappointed Feb. 13 2011
By Fantail TUI - Published on Amazon.com
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Could be a more interesting book if description of the basic equipment or photo was done as well for step by step. There are a few step by step demonstrations.
This book shows mainly photos of textures watercolours with a short comment but not real instructions.
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