Everyday Watercolor: Learn to Paint Watercolor in 30 Days

Everyday Watercolor: Learn to Paint Watercolor in 30 Days

by Jenna Rainey

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Overview

A contemporary paint-every-day watercolor guide that explores foundational strokes and patterns and then builds new skills upon the foundations over the course of 30 days to create finished pieces.

This beautifully illustrated and inspiring guided watercolor-a-day book is perfect for beginning watercolor artists, artists who want to improve their watercolor skills, and visual creatives. From strokes to shapes, this book covers the basics and helps painters gain confidence in themselves along with inspiration to develop their own style over the course of 30 days. Featuring colorful contemporary art from Mon Voir design agency founder and Instagram trendsetter Jenna Rainey, this book's fresh perspective paints watercolor in a whole new light.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780399579721
Publisher: Potter/Ten Speed/Harmony/Rodale
Publication date: 10/10/2017
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 52,910
Product dimensions: 8.20(w) x 9.40(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

JENNA RAINEY is the owner and lead designer of design agency Mon Voir, which specializes in watercolor, calligraphy, and other hand-drawn designs for various mediums. Rainey also travels the country teaching workshops on calligraphy and watercolor. Rainey and Mon Voir have been featured on various blogs and online magazines such as Style Me Pretty and Brit + Co.

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Table of Contents

CONTENTS

Section One

TECHNIQUE 17
18 DAY 1 STROKES
24 DAY 2 CURVES AND CIRCLES
32 DAY 3 STRAIGHT LINES AND TRIANGLES
38 DAY 4 LAYOUT
44 DAY 5 COMPOUND STROKES
50 DAY 6 COMPLEX CURVES

Section Two

FORM, PERSPECTIVE, AND LIGHT 55
56 DAY 7 LIGHT TO DARK LAYERING
62 DAY 8 BACKGROUND AND FOREGROUND
66 DAY 9 PATTERN
72 DAY 10 LIGHT SOURCE AND SHADING
76 DAY 11 VARIED HUE BLENDING
82 DAY 12 CAST SHADOW

Section Three
COMPLEX SHAPES AND FORMS 89
90 DAY 13 ANGLES AND FOLDS
96 DAY 14 PAINTING IN SECTIONS
102 DAY 15 COMPLEMENTARY COLORS
106 DAY 16 FINE LINES
110 DAY 17 HIGHLIGHTS, MID-TONES, AND SHADOWS
118 DAY 18 GESTURE

Section Four
VALUE, VOLUME, AND DEPTH 125
126 DAY 19 MOVEMENT
132 DAY 20 VALUES
138 DAY 21 SUBJECT IN A LANDSCAPE
146 DAY 22 ATMOSPHERIC PERSPECTIVE
154 DAY 23 GRAYSCALE VALUE
160 DAY 24 VOLUME

Section Five
APPLICATION 171
172 DAY 25 WIDE LANDSCAPE: DESERT
180 DAY 26 WIDE LANDSCAPE: JUNGLE
186 DAY 27 FINAL DESERT PIECE: PART ONE
192 DAY 28 FINAL DESERT PIECE: PART TWO
198 DAY 29 FINAL JUNGLE PIECE: PART ONE
206 DAY 30 FINAL JUNGLE PIECE: PART TWO
210 DAY 31 AND BEYOND

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Everyday Watercolor: Learn to Paint Watercolor in 30 Days 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
toReadistoEscape More than 1 year ago
Great book to get someone started with watercolor painting. The book begins by explaining the supplies you will need and explains the color theory. I like the way the book is divided into 30 daily lessons. I found that I would do several lessons in a day. But the short daily lessons kept me motivated to be consistent because I knew I could finish a lesson each day even if I didn’t have a lot of time. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book courtesy of NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own. If this review was helpful to you please click the link below.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Does it serve its purpose? I definitely believe that this book does help you understand the technique and the art behind water coloring. What makes it stand out? One aspect of this book that I greatly appreciate is the different steps it takes to get from a beginner to an intermediate. There are different session and it lays out how long each task would take. It feels like you’re literally taking the workshop but at your own pace and the comfort of your own home. You can go as fast or as slow as you want. Each session also gives you direction and then shows a picture of how it should look like. In this way, you can manage to do it with your friends and or yourself if you want peace and quite. How’s the content and writing style? When I first received this book, I thought that there were a lot of words and not enough pictures. I like to see samples of how I can mimic them. But reading the words were so important. Not only that, but it was critical. I hung onto every word as if I was reading a novel and yet this is a creative water-coloring book. Jenna did such an amazing job showing us through instead of telling us. She teaches us the techniques and then the pictures followed. You need the words to show you how you should be holding your brush, how much water you should be applying, the pressure of the brush, and the way you move it and with what motion. This could not be conveyed through simply images. I look forward to each paragraph, and they were just as important. Every word simply mattered. Hope for the next book… Something that I kept looking for is a Youtube video connected with it. Even though the description does help; it’s one thing to read and think you can convey what Jenna is trying to teach us but another to watch and see it done and then try to mimic that as well. Since I am more of hands on watch and then do kind of gal, I think this aspect would have helped me a little bit more. This book definitely requires patience as most creative hobbies does. It’s a good book to unwind to, with your favorite evening jam and hot tea or during the sunrise with a cup of coffee. It’s a great bonding book or just me time. FTC disclaimer: "I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review."
JustCommonly More than 1 year ago
Everyday Watercolor by Jenna Rainey is a one of those books that are easy to handle since it's broken down into daily lessons. I like that approach, since it organizes things. You can proceed further along if you'd like. I like the simplicity of the lessons, which is great for beginners. However, since I've studied art and design before, I find some of the terms might not work well for beginners if they had no idea what it meant in the first place. There's a certain level of assumption, but there's also a good amount of information including how to hold the brush for a certain effect. Much of the terminology are noted in the beginning pages which I highly suggest beginners to take a look at first instead of jumping into the first lesson. With that said, there's a lot of reading. I think if there were an audio companion to this book, so as you are following the instructions, you can try it out as well would make this experience more fulfilling, and less confusing. In all, I do find the lessons a great refresher and very useful. Each lesson focused on one organic item to draw and I look forward to spending more time on watercolors. Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher. I was not required to write a positive review, and have not been compensated for this. This is my honest opinion.