The Essence of Watercolour

The Essence of Watercolour

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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 demonstrations 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, overriden 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.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 128 pages
  • 233.68 x 256.54 x 17.78mm | 771.1g
  • PAVILION BOOKS
  • Batsford Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 140 Illustrations, color
  • 1906388733
  • 9781906388737
  • 38,486

About Hazel Soan

Hazel Soan is a popular and successful artist who divides her time between London and Cape Town, exhibiting her work widely. She has her own gallery in Fulham, London. She is author of eight bestselling books for HarperCollins and has made several successful DVDs. She was one of the art experts in the popular Channel 4 TV series Watercolour Challenge. The very successful Learn Watercolour Quickly, Essence of Watercolour and Watercolour Rainbow are also by Hazel Soan.show more

Table of contents

INTRODUCTION; THE APPEAL OF WATERCOLOUR 1. BEING TRANSPARENT 2. WHERE COLOURS MEET AND MERGE 3. THE WAY OF THE BRUSH 4. PLAYING THE RIGHT NOTE 5. BRIGHT LIGHTS AND HIDDEN DEPTHS 6. OPEN TO MANIPULATION 7. THE KISS OF SIMPLICITY 8. LEARNING TO SEEshow more

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33 ratings
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2 3% (1)
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Our customer reviews

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.show more
by Mrs V L Cullingworth
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