This attractive, inspirational guide is full of sound techniques, advice and hands-on instruction for anyone looking to explore the magic of watercolor. Over 200 color illustrations. Author - Gordon MacKenzie. Hardcover. 144 pages. 8-1/2" x 11".
The Watercolorist’s Essential Notebook — MacKenzie helps demystify the process of selecting from among the dizzying array of paints, papers, brushes, palettes, palette knives, and masking materials available. He shares insights on how to judge a brush, which hairs are best for what, the characteristics of different brands and colors of watercolor, and why using good quality paper is so important, even for a beginner. The majority of this volume contains techniques and instruction on how to put together your composition. However, it also teaches artists about how paints interact with water, laying a graded wash, fading out, options for working wet-in-wet, masking, developing a series of paintings, intuition vs. planning, and working with mistakes. Over 700 color images are featured throughout.