Exploring Watercolor: Creative Exercises and Techniques for Painting With Watermedia

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"Paint what you feel, not just what you see, and you'll begin to see the world in a different light."

What if
...instead of waiting for the "big idea," you begin painting by dropping beautiful color onto your paper and seeing where it takes you?
...you paint with a leaf (or a sponge, or a string) instead of a brush?
...you start painting not...

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Overview

"Paint what you feel, not just what you see, and you'll begin to see the world in a different light."

What if
...instead of waiting for the "big idea," you begin painting by dropping beautiful color onto your paper and seeing where it takes you?
...you paint with a leaf (or a sponge, or a string) instead of a brush?
...you start painting not on a blank sheet, but over an abstract acrylic background?

Exploring Watercolor is a book full of fresh perspectives, open doors, and creativity-expanding "what-ifs" to help take your work to the next level. Discover new ways to get expressive with color...ideas for using nature's patterns to inspire enticing designs...how to expand your repertoire and unleash your creativity by experimenting with freeform collages, found imagery, and other innovative techniques.

Inside you'll find:

  • 22 open-ended, step-by-step demonstrations designed so you can do them over and over again, using various combinations of colors, papers, and techniques for a different result every time.
  • 9 exercises illustrating expressive ways to put paint to paper.
  • A fun and inspiring sampler of texture-making techniques--including print methods, resists, sprinkling, spattering, stencils, and "paper torture"--for paintings that sing with vitality.
Wherever you are as an artist, this hands-on guide will help you master the watercolor medium, develop your individual style, and move beyond a literal rendering of your subject matter to a more meaningful and memorable interpretation that expresses your unique vision. So let go of your self-imposed limits, play with different ways of painting, and--above all--paint with passion and joy!
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Groves's motto for this book, meant for experienced watercolorists eager to take their work to new creative levels, is: "Paint what you feel, not just what you see, and you'll begin to see the world in a different light." It contains experiments with freeform collages, found imagery, and multidimensional techniques. As Groves demonstrates, one can paint with a leaf (or a sponge, or a string) instead of with a brush; further, a painting can begin, not on a blank sheet, but over an abstract acrylic background. A fun sampler of techniques for the aspiring amateur (who might also like Lee Boynton and Linda Gottlieb's Painting the Impressionist Watercolor); recommended for public libraries.


—Daniel Lombardo
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781440324765
  • Publisher: F+W Media
  • Publication date: 12/31/2012
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 662,073
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Elizabeth Groves has been featured in North Light's Splash: Best of Watercolor series, and she teaches watercolor and oil painting.

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