Zoltan Szabo's 70 Favorite Watercolor Techniques

Zoltan Szabo's 70 Favorite Watercolor Techniques

by Zoltan Szabo


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Zoltan Szabo's 70 Favorite Watercolor Techniques by Zoltan Szabo

Lessons of a lifetime from one of watercolor's greatest painters

Avoid problems, create better paintings and take leaps forward in your art. Learn how from Zoltan Szabo, one of the most revered watercolor teachers in America. Using the same ease of approach that made his workshops so popular, this book makes watercolor painting simple, straightforward and fun.

  • 43 mini-demonstrations teach a wide range of useful watercolor techniques
  • 13 complete step-by-step demonstrations show these techniques applied to mountains, harbors, forests, flowers and other subjects
  • 10 rules of painting reflections offer unique help for painting water scenes that look just the way you want
  • Page after page of proven approaches for painting clouds, trees, rocks, grass, snow and more

These are tried-and-true methods that Zoltan perfected over 65 years of painting. Now you can put them to work in your paintings immediately!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781440306716
Publisher: F+W Media
Publication date: 12/22/2011
Pages: 144
Sales rank: 637,966
Product dimensions: 8.30(w) x 10.80(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Zoltan Szabo was a well-known painter and watercolor instructor who taught workshops nationwide. He was among the first watercolor teachers to do so, and one of the first and most successful authors of watercolor instruction books. His previous North Light books include Zoltan Szabo Watercolor Techniques (1994); Zoltan Szabo’s Color-by-Color Guide to Watercolor (1998); and Watercolor Basics: Trees, Mountains and Rocks (2000).

Table of Contents

My Favorite Tools4
Chapter 1Qualities of Transparent Watercolor Pigments7
Transparent Colors
Opaque Colors
Reflective Colors
Sedimentary Colors
Staining Colors
Nonstaining Colors
Chapter 2The Rules of Reflection19
Chapter 3Composition and Design31
The Illusion of Space
Graphic Symbols
Path of Vision
Chapter 4Basic Techniques at a Glance39
Charging a Wash
Lost and Found Edges
Wet-and-Blot Lifting
Back Runs
Brush Handle Scraping
Using a Palette Knife
Lifting Out Color
Luminous Opaque Colors
Chapter 5Watercolor Techniques for Painting45
Background Forest80
Birch Trees52
Brush Handle Trees98
Charged Washes90
Colorful Darks91
Cumulus Clouds48
Dramatic Clouds50
Falling Snow68
Flowering Trees58
Frost on Trees85
Glazed Tree Bark94
Heavy Fog72
Ice on Trees84
Jagged Granite Rocks60
Lifted White Trees55
Negative Shapes88
Palette Knife Trees97
Pine Branches54
Puddle Reflections63
Rock Setting96
Rolling Surf62
Rolling Snow Banks83
Rough Tree Bark93
Rounded Glacial Rocks61
Setting Sun86
Shadows on Snow64
Simplified Planes78
Smooth Tree Bark92
Soft Lifted Trees99
Stratus Clouds49
Sunlight on Snow66
Sunlight on Wood76
Sunlit Mountain Tops101
Tree Impressions95
Trees in Heavy Snow69
Warmly Lit Snow67
Wet-into-Wet Evergreens100
Winter Island82
Wispy Clouds46
Young Spruce in Snow70
Chapter 6Painting Demonstrations: A Step-by-Step Gallery103
1Flowers: Glazing with Staining Colors104
2Icy Creek: Glazing and Lifting106
3Shadows on Wood: Staining Texture and Lifted Sunlight110
4Autumn Colors: Controlling Edges112
5Misty Day: Wet-into-Wet Reflections114
6Fallen Timber: Emphasizing Texture116
7Fishermen's Shacks: Negative Shapes as Focal Point118
8Sand Dunes: Granulating Washes120
9Forest Rapids: Wet-into-Wet Technique122
10Mountain Meadows: Palette Knife Technique124
11Trees: Idealized Design126
12Quiet Harbor: Contrast and Reflections128
13Daffodils: Backlighting132

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Zoltan Szabo's 70 Favorite Watercolor Techniques 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
MT_student More than 1 year ago
This is the first book that I have come across that has good instructions on how to paint things like mist, snow, water, etc. I have 2 of Mr. Szabo's books and both are so informative. If you are starting out with watercolor, his books are worthwhile to get.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago