Secrets of Watercolor - From Basics to Special Effects

Secrets of Watercolor - From Basics to Special Effects

by Joe Garcia


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Secrets of Watercolor - From Basics to Special Effects by Joe Garcia

A must-have reference for every watercolorist!

This is your complete guide to watercolor—from basic art concepts and techniques to fun special effects and pointers for painting popular subjects. Secrets of Watercolor, From Basics to Special Effects is a handy reference that beginners and experienced artists simply can't be without.

Learn how to:

  • Work with the right materials
  • Master all essential techniques
  • Choose, mix and apply color
  • Paint people, landscapes, animals and more

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781440321573
Publisher: F+W Media
Publication date: 08/12/2012
Series: Essential Artist Techniques
Pages: 96
Sales rank: 1,057,880
Product dimensions: 9.30(w) x 6.40(h) x 0.30(d)

About the Author

Joe Garcia lives and works near Julian, California. He has been painting full-time since 1983 and published his first book, Mastering the Watercolor Wash with North Light Books in 2002.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Getting Started 6


Watercolor Paints 8

Palette 9

Brushes 10

Paper 12

Other Supplies 14

Elements of Design

Design Basics 16

Value 18

Focal Point 19

Contrast 20

Negative Space 21

Editing for Strong Composition 22

Transferring an Image 24

Paint Properties

Saturated and Unsaturated Colors 26

Transparency and Opacity 28

Staining and Nonstaining Colors 30

Painting Techniques

Wet-into-Wet 32

Wet-into-Dry 34

Drybrush 36

Flat Washes 38

Gradated Washes 40

Variegated Washes 42

Glazing and Layering 44

Brushwork 46

Lifting Paint 48

Saving Whites 50

Special Effects

Splattering 52

Salt Texture 53

Stippling 54

Sponge 55

Masking Fluid 56

Palette Knife 58

Alcohol 59

Chapter 2 Painting Popular Subjects 60


Black-and-White Dog 62

Fat Cat 64

Snowy Owl 66

Bear 68


Tree Bark 70

Fir Trees 72

Foliage 74

Grass and Fields 76

Distant Mountains 77

Rocks 78

Flowers 80

Fluffy Clouds 82

Water Ripples 84

Rushing Water 86

Man-Made Objects

Old Wooden Fence 88

Bricks 90

Window Glass 92

Index 94

About the Author 95

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