You'll Love This Watercolor Painting Book If:
Watercolorist's Essential Notebook
- You want a watercolor painting book that takes you through basic watercolor techniques & concepts start-to-finish
- You're a beginning watermedia artist or more experienced artist in search of a great refresher
- You love hands-on instruction from expert artists & teachers
by Gordon MacKenzie is a travel-friendly guide focusing on a wide range of watercolor painting techniques & tricks
. Once you understand these key concepts you'll be creating strong watercolor compositions in no time. This top watercolor painting notebook features techniques for painting with a variety of tools including sponges, sticks, palette knives, and round and flat brushes. You'll also learn how to master washes, glazes, fading, masking & more.
Learn how to create a strong composition with three no-fail approaches and how to use the right paints, paper & brushes to achieve your artistic goals with the watercolor painting tutorials in Watercolorist's Essential Notebook.
In Watercolorist's Essential Notebook You'll Learn:
- What colors to avoid when working in watercolor paint
- Why the most expensive paints are not always the best
- Tricks & techniques for working wet-in-wet
- The do's and don'ts of masking with watercolors
- Which brushes and paper work best for your watercolor project
Check Out This Excerpt from The Watercolorist's Essential Notebook:Transparent, Semitransparent or Opaque:
The amount of light that passes through a color, bounces off the white paper below and reflects back to the viewer's eye determines the color's luminosity (appearance of a glow under its surface). You can see the white of the paper through transparent colors. The more nearly opaque a color is, the less luminous the results, because opaque colors do not allow light to pass through them. Thinning an opaque color with water can make it more transparent, but then it loses its intensity. If you plan to build layers of paint to achieve a desired color effect, it may be best to use transparent and semi-transparent colors.
Staining, Low-Staining or Nonstaining:This characteristic has a bearing on some techniques you may wish to perform. For example, if you wish to lift paint by scrubbing, it would be wise to use a nonstaining color.
Saturated or Unsaturated:The term saturated refers to the degree of vividness of a hue. Saturated colors are those closest to the pure colors in the spectrum (see the color wheel on page 95), for example, Cobalt Blue, Cadmium Red and Lemon Yellow. Unsaturated colors are those not found on the color wheel but that are nevertheless useful-for example, Burnt Sienna, Raw Umber and Indigo. If a color is not seen in a rainbow, it is unsaturated.
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