Experience the freedom of watercolor painting and let go of fear! You'll have no excuse not to paint when you follow Gina Rossi Armfield as she shares her intuitive and inspirational approach to sketching and painting animals. Watercolor is the perfect medium for capturing the flowing textures, patterns and playful personalities of your favorite furry, feathered and farmyard friends. And it's fun using organic, sketchbook-style techniques to create soulful animal portraits. No intimidating exercises--just colorful and expressive works of art! The animal field guide is divided into 3 sections--Paws, Claws and Hooves--with 15 different animal projects that each include a photo reference, color palette and sketch template. Inside you'll find: • Tricks for painting fur, feathers, beaks, claws, hooves and eyes • Essential and easy paintbrush and watercolor instruction • Guidance for working from photo reference • Creative background and text overlay ideas
A Field Guide for Exploring, Sketching and Painting
Author: Gina Rossi Armfield
Publisher: North Light Books
Art-making as easy and breezy as a day at the beach! The ocean is home to a fascinating cast of odd and awesome creatures. With this creative field guide, anyone can sketch and paint these living treasures of sea and shore. Generously illustrated pages offer waves of inspiration, along with tips for making the most of watercolor's expressive, free-flowing nature. Profiles for 21 mammals, birds, fish, crustaceans, invertebrates and shellfish Each profile features a reference photo, interesting facts, color palette, sketches, a line drawing, a step-by-step detail demonstration and a finished watercolor rendering Includes an introductory primer on basic watercolor techniques and special effects for evoking seaworthy textures and backgrounds Quotes throughout celebrate the wonder of the sea With an intuitive approach and friendly instruction, No Excuses Watercolor Oceans makes first strokes fun and simple, allowing even novice artists to answer the call of the sea with loose and lovely results.
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.
Keep children on the edge of their seats with this guide to captivating read-alouds for grades K through 6. Tips on presentation and references to related titles help you plan effective programs and instill a love of books and reading.