Watercolor Textures for Artists: Explore Simple Techniques To Create Amazing Works of Art

Quarry. Mar. 2024. 136p. ISBN 9780760383407. pap. $24.99. CRAFTS
Watercolor artist and educator Calderón (Creative Drawing: Symbols and Sacred Geometry) teaches readers watercolor techniques through the creation of colorful textures inspired by natural elements and cultural motifs. She discusses the transparency of watercolors and how that affects color value. She also offers suggestions for supplies, such as papers, paints, mixed media tools, and the different types of brushes. Readers are encouraged to experiment with colors and techniques by creating texture swatches using wet-on-dry and wet-on-wet methods. She presents gorgeous examples of how to embellish watercolor projects with gel pens, colored pencils, and other materials. Using photographs of natural textures and patterned textiles, Calderón shows readers how to replicate these designs with specific brushstrokes and alterations of color value. The book comes with clear instructions for projects that include sand dollars, pine trees, stones, and landscapes based on simple shapes, all of which encourage experimentation.
VERDICT This title’s focus on texture provides beginner painters with excellent projects for practicing techniques without worrying about accurately depicting flowers, animals, and other aspects of nature. It will have readers longing to break out their brushes.
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