Water Paper Paint: Exploring Creativity with Watercolor and Mixed Media

Water Paper Paint: Exploring Creativity with Watercolor and Mixed Media

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By (author) Heather Smith Jones

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  • Publisher: Quarry Books
  • Format: Paperback | 128 pages
  • Dimensions: 216mm x 216mm x 13mm | 318g
  • Publication date: 27 January 2011
  • Publication City/Country: Beverly
  • ISBN 10: 1592536557
  • ISBN 13: 9781592536559
  • Illustrations note: 170 colour illustrations
  • Sales rank: 22,351

Product description

This book is not only for "painters" but for all types of creative individuals who want to experience and play with watercolor, whether their background is mixed-media, textile art, journaling, or paper craft. Unlike the typical watercolor text books, this unique, beautiful volume is a field book of inspiration, creative ideas, how to's, and projects, all from an artist's perspective. Each creative exercise features a technique, shows stepby-step photographs, and includes a clever idea for a gift or project that can be made from the painted samples.

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Heather Smith Jones is a studio artist and arts-based preschool instructor and is represented by a number of galleries nationwide. Her work is in the public collections of the Sprint Corporation and Emprise Financial Corporation and many private collections. She has completed multiple residencies. She lives in Lawrence, Kansas.

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By liberal sprinkles 19 Oct 2011 5

I found this a fun, light yet very useful take on an old subject. Heather Smith Jones demonstrates traditional and more experimental ways of using watercolors in a very approachable style. Her writing is complimented by a very nice layout for the book, with lovely photos illustrating the clear instructions.

She starts with the basics: paper types, preparing paper, paints (including how to make your own watercolor paints). For the uninitiated, she explains many common techniques like painting still life, experimenting with colors, using watercolor pencils and soluble crayons. She also shares tips on composition, creating textures and details through tools and methods like using salt, stencils and tape, squirting/blowing on paint. If you're not happy with your work (or even if you are), you might also consider cutting it up and reassembling it.

If you're an experienced artist/crafter, you might not find the techniques new but it's a comprehensive list for beginners and many can be adapted for other media and mixed-media art. The paintings in the book are also a plus: Not only are they beautiful, they are also representative of a range of styles. A gallery of other artists' works also adds to the book's value.

By Marie Johansen 23 Jan 2011 5

I have found myself wanting to use watercolors in my work but have little to no experience in how to use them. Anybody can put paint and water to paper but to make it interesting can be another whole thing. I wanted a basic book - I have no aims to become a professional watercolor artist - something that would tell me more than I already knew - but not so so much that I would be overwhelmed by the

information. I chose this book to try and I glad that I did because it fits the bill perfectly for me!


I love the feel and the smell of books - and have been known, on occasion, to not by a book it if the paper feels off. The paper binding this book s feels like watercolor paper. In the book Heather Smith Jones does cover the basics of watercolor paper - how to 'stretch' it (affix it to a surface so that it will not buckle when you paint) and what the surfaces of various papers are like. The books also has an excellent, short version, of how watercolor paints are created and how to branch out and make your own paints should you want to. There is an explanation of what all of those little numbers and letters on the paint tubes mean as well, what mediums to use and why.


The projects include the fare you might expect in a beginner book :

* how to work wet into wet and wet onto dry.
* developing a palette and using one of a variety of different pallets for your work
* using color
* adding textures with things like salt, sprays (with a straw),lines, bubble wrap, paper towels etc
* painting with watercolors around a drawing as well as using backgrounds before a drawing
* working from a photograph
* art cardshttp://hrsmithjones.blogspot.com
* assembalges
* creating negative shapes
* collage

You get the idea. Yes, it's basic but it also contains a wealth of usable information for folks like me who want the basics presented in an intelligible manner and suitable for a wide variety of mixed media work and textile art. I am very pleased with my purchase of this book - and think it would make a great addition to your artist's library as a mixed media or textile artist. I am sure that conditioned watercolor artists might be bored - but for me this was the perfect book. Just what I had hoped for !

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Water Paper Paint: Exploring Creativity with Watercolor and MixedMedia. Quarry: Quayside. 2011. 156p. illus. ISBN 9781592536559. pap.$22.99. ART INSTRUCTIONStudio artist Smith Jones presents a new kind of art how-to book, inwhich she tackles many of the intangibles of the creative process butfrom a practical point of view. She is not constrained by any onemedium, and she encourages readers to stretch beyond their boundaries.Various drawing, watercolor, and collage materials, as well asdifferent methods, subject matters, and ways to display completedwork, are discussed. This book will appeal to artists who want torekindle their creative spirit, and it could inspire hobbyists andscrapbookers to take a next step. - Library Journal, February 2011