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    DescriptionHazel Soan is a well-known and popular artist and an enthusiastic and inspirational teacher. In The Essence of Watercolour Hazel shows how wonderfully versatile and beguiling the medium of watercolour is and how to get the most out of it. Hazel stresses how important it is to understand the characteristics of the medium in order to exploit it to the full. She encourages the reader to explore the properties of watercolour and to be unafraid of strength of colour and brushstroke. Hazel shows through demonstration and projects that tone is king in watercolour and illustrates how to paint light with the use of shade. Armed with this understanding she demonstrates that watercolour is not such an unforgiving medium after all: accidents and mistakes can be disguised, overridden and corrected. The Essence of Watercolour is a culmination of many years of Hazel's teaching and demonstrating, in which she offers inspirational insights into the secrets of watercolour painting and encourages artists to take their art to the next level.

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  • Very disappointed and unenlightened2

    Mrs V L Cullingworth I was very excited to order this book thinking it would help with my art. The artist is amazing, her colours and techniques are stunning and there were some wonderful pictures featured. However, it would have been very helpful to know what colours had been used on specific pictures, what techniques i.e. wet on wet or paint background first etc. etc. I was so longing for a step by step tutorial. There was the usual advice in there about transparency, use some salt, check where the sun is etc. but every "how-to" watercolour book has most of the "tips" in already. I was hoping for something fresh. I hate to be cynical but I felt, having got to the end without being enlightened, that it was a vehicle for selling paintings rather than helping the very people that had bought her book. by Mrs V L Cullingworth

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