Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Just Add Watercolor Inspiration and Painting Techniques from Contemporary Artists by Helen Birch

ISBN 978-1-60774-757-4

Hardcover $21.99

Art - Techniques - Watercolor Painting

I don’t draw and I don’t paint. That being said, I have long desired to have an artistic outlet and now that I’m retired, I’ve been thinking perhaps a bit of painting might be something to try. I also understand that watercolors are the medium best to begin with. Hence, my desire to see just what Just Add Watercolors might have to help this potential painter.

First of all, it is NOT a step-by-step how-to-do-it book that tells you how best to dip you brush into a pot of watercolors and voila an artist is born! No. It is a small book filled with interesting paintings along a “modern” line. Each of the paintings is show on the right side and an explanation of the tools and techniques used by the artist is on the left side.

You’ll get an introduction to techniques and terms on a small scale so you can begin your dabbling in this forgivable medium. Or if you've been painting awhile, you might learn a new technique that will really make your painting come alive.

So now I just need to go out and acquire a bit of stuff - you know brushes, paints, pens, and paper to begin. Then I can see if I have any talent for adding watercolor to create something that might be lovely to look upon. Something with which I can express feelings of joy, moodiness, hurt, love.

The anticipation just might be enough to get me moving. So do I really Just Add Watercolor?

Pssssssttt…. I do have a daughter that dabbles a bit with paints and she enjoys using watercolors. Perhaps this little book will be best suited for her. But then….. perhaps I should give it a real try myself.

DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy from Bloggingforbooks.com to facilitate this review. Opinions are my own. I was not compensated for this review.

1 comment:

  1. I, for one, can't wait to see some pictures of your attempts! What a great new hobby for a new year! Thanks for sharing this at Booknificent Thursday this week! I hope you have a lovely Christmas Eve followed by the merriest of Christmases!


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