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Table Of Contents

Introduction
About This Book
Conventions Used in This Book
What You’re Not to Read
Foolish Assumptions
How This Book Is Organized
Part I: Getting Your Feet (And Brushes) Wet
Part II: Developing a Solid Foundation
Part III: Painting Projects Aplenty
Part IV: The Part of Tens
Icons Used in This Book
Where to Go from Here
Chapter 1
Appreciating Watercolor
Digging into the Elements of Art
Seeing in shapes
Judging size
Shopping for Art Supplies
Brushing up on your paintbrush choices
Picking out your paper
Don’t forget the paint (er, coloring pigment)
Gathering up the extras
Setting Up Your Palette for the First Time
Prepping Your Paper
Dividing your paper for smaller paintings
Stretching your paper
Preparing Your Painting Area
Breaking In and Maintaining Your Brushes
Prepping a new brush
Washing, drying, and storing
Repairing a worn brush
Finding the Time to Paint
Activating Your Paint
Getting a Grip on Your Brush
Beginning with Brush Strokes
Using your flat brushes
Running with rounds
Painting with the Brush’s Other End
Controlling the Water
Dropping wet-in-wet
Stemming the flow of water
Dealing with dry
Tackling Three Basic Painting Techniques
Lifting, Layering, and Glazing
One, two, three, lift!
Layering on top
Glazing over (Nope, not bored looks)
Finishing Up
Putting out the mats
Looking at glass
Fixing on a frame
Peeking behind the art
Project: 30-Minute Miniature
Preserving White in Your Paintings
Sprinkling salt
Soaking up sponges
Making a mountain out of a . . . grocery bag
Creepy cobwebs
Spraying, Spattering, Stenciling, and Stamping
Spraying your art out
Flicking your wrist and your brush
Including ink over or under your watercolors
Pairing watercolors with pastels
Mixing in acrylic paint
Taking a Spin around the Color Wheel
Arranging primary, secondary, and tertiary colors
Getting along with complementary colors
Getting to white and black and tints and shades
Avoiding mud: The bias color wheel
Breaking Down Color into Parts
Hue goes there?
Value: What’s it worth to ya?
Temperature: So cool, it’s hot
Intensity: In your face, or not
Influencing emotions with color
Going Back to the Playground to Keep Your Balance
Balancing the elements
Focusing on color balance
Making Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes
Comparing contrast
Grading your changes
Creating harmony
Paint It Again, Sam: Repeating Yourself
Providing variety
Making alternations
Moving toward Total Dominance
Striving for Unity
Setting the Stage
Studying Values
Exploring different value combinations
Figuring Out Compositional Formats
Staying in shape
Choosing a size
Directing Placement
Centering the viewer’s interest
Sidestepping Composition Blunders
Steering clear of the center
Staying out of the corners
Kissing tangents goodbye
Pushing background back
Starting Small with Thumbnails
Project: Finding a Natural Setting for Flowers
Drawing Geometric Shapes and Adding Dimension with Shadows
Seeing light and shadow
From circles to spheres
From a square to a cube
From a triangle to a pyramid
From circle to cylinder
Maintaining Perspective
Looking from a one-point perspective
Seeing two-point perspective
Viewing three-point perspective
Adjusting to aerial and atmospheric perspectives
Tools to Help You Get a Better Drawing
Tracing your image
Shining a light on projectors
Tapping into computers
Trying Out Thumbnails and Transfers
Starting small and sketching a plan
Transferring your drawing to your watercolor paper
Project: Building a Barn
Finding and Arranging the Items in Your Painting
Setting the Scene: Surfaces and Backgrounds
Grounding your still life on a simple surface
Whittling the choice down to wood
Draping fabric
Painting lace, cutwork, or eyelet
Braving backgrounds
Directing the Stars of the Show
Going bananas for fruit and veggies
Shining through glass
Saying it with flowers
Solving Some Common Still-Life Challenges
Mastering symmetrical shapes
Pinning down elusive ellipses
Project: Still Life with Pitcher, Fruit, and Cutwork
Starting from the Top: Sky and Weather
Achieving a true blue sky
Capturing clouds
Darkening the mood with rain
Starting and ending with sunrises and sunsets
Drifting into snow
Arranging Natural Land Elements
Pounding out rocks
Tackling trees
Climbing mountains
Clamoring for deserts and desert plants
Painting Structures
Surveying city scenes
Refreshing yourself with country views
Painting on the Road
Folding out an easel
Transporting your paints, brushes, and the all-important water
Timing is everything
Project: Rocky Mountain High
Seascape Elements
Water, Water, Everywhere
Showing still water with reflections
Making ocean waves
Catching moving, splashing white water
Land, Ho! Spotting Shorelines
Shifting sand
Skipping sand for sea grasses and so on
Sailing the Ocean Blue
Unfurling some sail
Laboring on rusty working boats
Focusing on Waterfowl and Other Feathered Friends
Project: Serene Seascape
Finding the Leash: Preparing to Paint Animals
Painting from life and photos
Coloring with black and white
Presenting Domestic Pets
Going to the dogs — and cats and bunnies and other furry creatures
Weighing in on scaly sorts
Hunting Big Game
Project: Looking into the Backyard and the Barnyard
Project: Drifting through a Fall of Leaves
Project: Grinning and Bearing It
Project: Lighting the Way to the Lighthouse
Project: Rainbow Horse Stampede
Buy Better Art Supplies
Practice, and Then Practice Some More
Study the Experts
Dig Deeper
Make Use of Composition and Design
Nurture Your Inner Artist
Tend to Your Creature Comforts
Spark Your Creativity
Improve Your Technique
Pass It On
Figure Out How to Price Your Work
Start with Local Clubs
Decide between Solo or Group
Stay at Home (Or Use a Friend’s Home)
Partner with a Business
Get into Local Institutions
Sip and Sell
Hit the Festivals and Shows
Approach Galleries
Auction Online
Connect with Unexpected Venues
Index
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Watercolor Painting For Dummies

Watercolor Painting For Dummies

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Have you ever been amazed by watercolor paintings that seem to spring to life before your eyes? Would you love to be able to paint with watercolors? Now, you can. Watercolor Painting For Dummies shows you the fun and easy way to create breathtaking paintings so beautiful you won’t believe you made them yourself.

This friendly, guide gives you hands-on instruction and easy-to-follow, step-by-step exercises to help you master the basics. Filled with full-color projects and sample paintings, it shows you how to work with color and texture, practice composition, and make smooth changes. You’ll find out how to select the best tools, materials, and supplies, practice basic brush strokes, and use the three best common techniques: flat wash, graded wash, and rough texture. Discover how to:

Select the right brushes, pigments, and paper Mix colors and work with white Create backgrounds and foregrounds Transfer your drawings to watercolor Avoid common watercolor mistakes Experiment with texture using salt, sponges, plastic wrap, and more Find your way around the color wheel Practice the principles of design Plan compositions using thumbnails Work with one-point, two-point, and three-point perspective Paint fabrics, shiny surfaces, and organic textures Paint landscapes, seascapes, animals and more

Complete with strategies for improving your painting immediately and marketing and selling your work, Watercolor Painting For Dummies, is the resource you need to make your creative dreams come true.

Have you ever been amazed by watercolor paintings that seem to spring to life before your eyes? Would you love to be able to paint with watercolors? Now, you can. Watercolor Painting For Dummies shows you the fun and easy way to create breathtaking paintings so beautiful you won’t believe you made them yourself.

This friendly, guide gives you hands-on instruction and easy-to-follow, step-by-step exercises to help you master the basics. Filled with full-color projects and sample paintings, it shows you how to work with color and texture, practice composition, and make smooth changes. You’ll find out how to select the best tools, materials, and supplies, practice basic brush strokes, and use the three best common techniques: flat wash, graded wash, and rough texture. Discover how to:

Select the right brushes, pigments, and paper Mix colors and work with white Create backgrounds and foregrounds Transfer your drawings to watercolor Avoid common watercolor mistakes Experiment with texture using salt, sponges, plastic wrap, and more Find your way around the color wheel Practice the principles of design Plan compositions using thumbnails Work with one-point, two-point, and three-point perspective Paint fabrics, shiny surfaces, and organic textures Paint landscapes, seascapes, animals and more

Complete with strategies for improving your painting immediately and marketing and selling your work, Watercolor Painting For Dummies, is the resource you need to make your creative dreams come true.

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