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November 17, 2017 at 1:55 pm
“Modern Watercolor” by Kristin Van Leuven has just been published on September 19th, 2017 so it’s available now to purchase as a soft cover. I will also be giving away my review copy of this book in the grand reopening of Just Add Water Silly in the next few weeks so watch this space!
This is a lovely “how to” book for beginners in watercolor. Do you want to learn some simple techniques to get simple, solid results? Do you wish you had an easy to understand guide that explained all the buzz words you hear thrown around in the more complicated, traditional watercolor books? Do you find yourself a little confused when you go to other watercolor artist sites because you’re not sure what they mean by split primary, color wheel, wet in wet, rigger brushes etc? Well then this book is for YOU.
I’m solidly an intermediate watercolor artist but I sure wish, when I started, I had come across this book before purchasing much more complicated, mind bending watercolor teaching tomes. I’ll shamefully admit, I have dozens of books on “how to” on watercolor that I’ve only perused tangentially. In other words, I looked at the pictures and read the “what I use” section, other than that, they gather dust. When I was starting, all those more technical books with beautiful landscapes and boat docks were incredibly intimidating. Even today, I don’t paint like that. Now I realize that means they’re not my style… yet. Some day I may get there, but right now I love where I am.
In “Modern Watercolor” you’ll find a fully and beautifully illustrated book. Kristin actually shows you the brushstrokes, paint mixes and step by step techniques to help the beginner up their game. The book is uplifting, colorful and so easy to follow. Each technique isn’t just illustrated with photos, you get descriptions that are not nebulous but instead are “do this”. For instance she first teaches how to paint a peony (above), then she shows how to use that technique to create a painting or even a patten (right). Kristin shows every step, she doesn’t just assume you’ll know how. She shows and talks about how to create each element then how to place them on the painting, why and how to finish that painting to it’s best showing. The content is really easy to follow but also comprehensive.
Kristin goes into detail about how to make simple flowers, leaves, wreaths, animals, faces and even lettering. I was intrigued to see her use a water brush to create lettering, I’ll be trying that and breaking out my waterbrushes again. I especially liked her description about why she makes a color mixing chart. I’ve never taken the time to make one but after reading her “why” I’ll be doing it this week. This book even helps intermediate painters!
If you want to move from confused beginner to a more knowledgable and confident artist, then investing in this book as a starting point is a great idea.
(For all the links in this review go to Just Add Water Silly)November 17, 2017 at 2:14 pm
Looks interesting! I do love my watercolor books!November 17, 2017 at 6:37 pm
Ya, It’s lovely to build a library of art books!November 21, 2017 at 7:13 pm
Thanks for the review Jenn. I may request it from the public library, they are pretty good about getting in new books.November 22, 2017 at 1:57 am
Hi Julia, Come on over to my blog and enter to WIN, I literally JUST put up a huge Christmas Giveaway which includes this book! Maybe you’ll win and then it’ll be in YOUR library! http://justaddwatersilly.com/2017/11/21/christmas-giveaway/November 22, 2017 at 8:39 am
I certainly did! What fun!November 22, 2017 at 12:45 pm
Hopefully You’ll WIN!November 22, 2017 at 12:56 pm
No offense to Julia, but I intend to win, lol! I’ve got so many giveaways I’ve entered this week that I intend to win. It will be glorious!November 22, 2017 at 2:41 pm
hehehehe!! WOuldn’t that be great? if you could just DECIDE to win? I’d always want he Jetpens giveaway!November 22, 2017 at 2:49 pm
Well…the power of positive thinking is a powerful thing, lol!November 22, 2017 at 6:00 pm
SO totally true Sandra. Here in our household we call it Ferry luck. Once when we lived in Vancouver and I was going over to Victoria with mom (she was a supervisor all over BC), we got caught in a traffic jam because of a rainstorm. We were gonna be like an hour and 15 minutes late for the ferry across the sound. I kept saying that I promised the ferry would BE THERE no matter what. It was, mom was floored. Ferrys aren’t usually affected by weather, especially rain. But some kind of engine trouble delayed it for an hour and we were the LAST car on. It happens for me more than it should as long as I believe. :o)November 22, 2017 at 6:37 pm
Exactly! And it’s good practice for when you enter the million dollar lotteries. You know there’s a lot of competition – lots of other people thinking positively – so you’ve got to get in that 10,000 hours of experience!November 22, 2017 at 9:30 pm
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That’s the spirit!November 27, 2017 at 10:52 pm
Great review. Putting on my wish list.
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