Painting Florals with Gouache: An Introduction to Creating Beautiful Botanical Artwork

Page Street: HarperCollins. Nov. 2020. 144p. ISBN 9781645671282. pap. $19.99. CRAFTS
Khandelwal (founder, the Ink Bucket art and stationery brand) presents easy-to-follow, step-by-step projects to guide readers through the creation of beautiful floral paintings with gouache. This medium is an opaque, water-based paint with the qualities of watercolors and the opacity of acrylics. Following latest trends in art how-to books, Khandelwal offers an introduction to gouache, the tools and materials needed, color theory, and different painting techniques. She follows with 17 individual projects including recommended colors, brushes, and techniques to use. Simplifying the process for students, she features line sketches of all the designs in the back of the book. Thus, any budding artist should be able to follow along and learn how to craft beautiful floral works of art.
VERDICT For anyone wishing to explore their artistic side, this is a solid addition to the genre of simple, well-guided instructional art books.
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