Title: The Art of Creative Watercolor: Inspiration and Techniques for Imaginative Drawing and Painting
Author: Danielle Donaldson
Genre: Art, Watercolor Painting, Painting
Welcome to your watercolor happy place!
The world of Danielle Donaldson is as wondrous as a jar full of fireflies. Her whimsical illustrations are known for their offbeat color combinations, artful arrangements and endearing quirkiness. In this book, you'll learn how to partner with the wonderfully spontaneous medium of watercolor to create your own brand of magic.
Start by creating a handmade journal, then follow exercises and start-to-finish projects to fill it with illustrations that are small in size but big on color. Along the way, Danielle shares her fresh takes on color theory, perspective, composition and more.
Designed to get your brush moving, this book makes practice feel like play. It's a one-of-a-kind journey for any artist wishing to tap into the utter joy of watercolor painting and make it a cherished part of your daily life.
Inside you'll find: Imaginative techniques that help you override perfectionist tendencies while making the most of watercolor's unpredictable nature. An inventive approach (using scraps of paper, ribbon and other ephemera) for more creative color choices. A simple strategy that makes drawing new subjects less intimidating and more fun. Sweet ways to add hand lettering to your artwork. Inspirational exercises that make finding subjects to paint as easy as A-B-C. “Don't underestimate the giddiness you feel when you mindlessly grab a color and mix it with another and create the most beautiful wash ever!"
If you’re looking to start watercolor painting, this book is a must-read! If you’ve been painting for awhile and in need of creative ideas, The Art of Creative Watercolor is for you.
Danielle is a mixed-media artist hailing from California and in this new release, she takes a different approach to teaching watercolor. Instead of preaching what’s right and wrong, she shares her experience and offers creative ideas to jazz up your watercolor projects. Like any artist will tell you, it’s about unleashing your creativity to create, not following rules. She also motivated painters to try new things and new mediums.
This book is a visual feast for the eyes and your imagination with plenty of images. The text is easy to read and well laid out. While reading, I couldn’t help but pick up a brush and start painting.
Disclaimer: I received an ARC from F+W Media and North Light Books via Netgalley in the hopes I’d review it.
My Rating: 5 stars
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Danielle Donaldson is a mixed-media artist whose work focuses on watercolor and graphite drawing techniques. She is the author of the bestselling book, creativeGIRL (NL, Jun '15) and has many years of experience working within the scrapbook industry designing products, teaching techniques in small and large venues and contributing to several books and magazines on a regular basis.
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Reviewed by: Mrs. N