Creating Textures in Watercolor: A Guide to Painting 83 Textures from Grass to Glass to Tree Bark to Fur

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Cathy Johnson shows you how to create realistic textures like these and make your watercolor paintings come alive. You'll find practical, easy-to-follow guidelines inside for creating 83 wonderful textures for fruits, vegetables, hair, glass, metal, fabric, flowers, fur, skin and much, much more. Johnson's beautiful watercolor sketches -- complete with helpful captions -- demonstrate each of these techniques and their many variations. You'll learn how to accurately recreate any texture you see and create lovely ...
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Cathy Johnson shows you how to create realistic textures like these and make your watercolor paintings come alive. You'll find practical, easy-to-follow guidelines inside for creating 83 wonderful textures for fruits, vegetables, hair, glass, metal, fabric, flowers, fur, skin and much, much more. Johnson's beautiful watercolor sketches -- complete with helpful captions -- demonstrate each of these techniques and their many variations. You'll learn how to accurately recreate any texture you see and create lovely watercolor paintings that almost seem to breathe. Cathy Johnson's expertise will show you how to expand your own artistic vision and discover a world of textures -- a world you can capture with your brush.
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School Library Journal
YA-- While excellent steps give a structured itinerary of watercolor painting for novice watercolorists, the tremendous variety of colorful objects and textures provide a reference for more advanced artists as well. However, although all of the parts for producing a good watercolor are here, there is little discussion about catching the spirit or feeling in a completed work. For this reason, this book could best be used as a resource for learning technique and not as a single source on the medium of watercolor.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780891344179
  • Publisher: F+W Media, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/1/1992
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 144
  • Product dimensions: 11.39 (w) x 8.81 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Chapter 1 Paper Surfaces 5
Rough
Cold Press
Hot Press or Plate
Chapter 2 The Four S's 11
Salt
Scraping
Sponges
Spatter
Chapter 3 Water Textures 17
Still, Reflective Water
Moving Reflections
Choppy Water or Waves
Whitewater
Waterfall
Chapter 4 Foliage 25
Scumbling
Wet-in-wet
Natural Sponge
Shrubs
Winter to Early Spring
Summer to Fall
Deciduous Trees
Evergreens
Chapter 5 Tree Bark 35
From a Distance
Close Up
Cottonwood, Shagbark, Birch
Oak, Sycamore, Cedar
Chapter 6 Earth, Pebbles, Sand 41
Bare Earth
Rocky Earth or Gravel
Sandy-to-Pebbly Beach
Eroded Ground
Furrows in a Field
Chapter 7 Rocks 49
From a Distance
Boulders or Rocks
Volcanic Deposits
Sandstone
Limestone
Rock Walls or Buildings
Chapter 8 Grasses & Weeds 57
Using a Fan Brush
Grass--Two Versions
Distant Grass
Close-up Textures
Weeds and Tall Grass
Hay or Straw
Chapter 7 Weathered Wood 65
Tree Stump
Tree Roots
Weathered Fencing
Old Siding
Architectural Forms
Chapter 10 Lichen & Moss 73
Lichen from a Distance
Lichen Up Close
Moss from a Distance
Moss Close Up
Chapter 11 Flowers 79
Shiny or Matte Surfaces
Rough, Complex Shapes and Textured Petals
Flowers with an Overall Texture
Flowers in a Field
Chapter 12 Fruits & Vegetables 85
Apples and Other Shiny Fruits
Bananas and Other Lusterless Fruits
Shiny-to-lusterless Vegetables
Varieties of Fruit Shapes and Shines
Chapter 13 Fur 91
Wet-in-wet
Drybrush
From a Distance
Close Up
Dark, Glossy Fur
Rough Fur or Hair
Fur Patterns
Fake Fur
Chapter 14 Hair 101
Straight Hair
Waves in Hair
Curly Hair
Facial Hair
Chapter 15 Skin Tones & Textures 107
Smooth, Young Skin
Weathered Skin
From a Distance and Up Close
Miscellaneous Hints
Chapter 16 Glass & Metal 113
Shiny Glass
Cut or Molded Glass
Metal--Polished
Metal--Tarnished and Textured
Chapter 17 Rust 119
From a Distance
Close Up
Aging Metal--tools, hinges, etc.
Old Cars, Tractors, etc.
Chapter 18 Miscellany 125
Fabrics--Corduroy, Burlap and Denim
Sweater Knits--Smooth and Aran Isle
Fabrics--Herringbone and Plaid
Fancy Fabrics--Lace, Tulle, Satin
Natural Textures--Fungi, Feathers
Natural Textures--Scales and Seashells
Forest Floor
Desert Cactus
Domestic Textures--Curtains, Stucco, Wallpaper
Basketweaves and Polished Wood
Index 136
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