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  • Publisher: Search Press
  • Edition: BC Paperback
  • Publication: 13 January 2016
  • ISBN 13/EAN: 9781782213277
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  • Size: 216x292 mm
  • Illustrations: 200
  • Pages: 96
  • RRP: $19.95
  • Series: Start to Paint
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Start to Paint with Watercolours


The techniques you need to create beautiful paintings by Arnold Lowrey

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Book Description

Arnold Lowrey offers an inspiring and creative introduction to painting with watercolours, and in clear, simple-to-understand terms he explores the materials and techniques you will need to get started in this popular medium.

Arnold Lowrey is a popular and experienced author and artist, well-known on both sides of the Atlantic. In this new edition of his popular book Starting to Paint (Search Press, 2003) he offers an inspiring and creative introduction to watercolours, and in clear, simple-to-understand terms he explores the materials and techniques you will need to start painting. Using a vibrant and colourful palette, he clearly illustrates all the techniques from laying initial washes and capturing atmosphere to adding interest and detail and includes a series of step-by-step demonstrations to build up skills. Before you realise it you will be painting your own beautiful paintings with this fresh, innovative introduction to watercolours.

  • Aimed at beginner level, this book covers all the essential techniques of working in watercolours
  • Includes six step-by-step projects
  • A new edition of the author's highly successful book Starting to Paint

Table of Contents

Introduction 6
Materials 8
Basic techniques 12
Starting to paint 18
Elements of a painting 24
Two-colour landscape 36
Full-colour landscape 46
Waterfall 56
Seascape 66
Buildings and figures 76
Snow scene 86
Index 96

About the Author

About Arnold Lowrey

Arnold Lowrey has been painting in a variety of media for over25 years. He exhibits his paintings in Wales and London. Arnold holds regular weekend workshops and weekly painting courses, residential watercolour courses and demonstrations for Art Societies. For more information visit


Connie Kiernan

This is a really great book to get started with, the information is clear and simply laid out, with all the information on what and howyou to begin and produce a successful completed painting. the Basic tecniques and brushstrokes are so useful, he doesnt overburden the reader with lots of brushes or materials required, and the step by step guides are brilliant to follow, cant wait to do more !

I dont normally review reissues, but Search Press have been making such a good job of them lately that these two are definitely worth a mention. Although theyre 10 years old (gold star for mentioning the original publication date on the title page), theyve been completely re-edited and re-originated so that they have all the feel and quality of new books. Printing technology advances so quickly that what was cutting edge last week can look tired and a bit unsharp now. As regards design, its hard to put a finger on whats different in modern terms, or even why it looks so much better, but these have a sparkle and vitality to them that belies their albeit modest age. Given how hard it is to unpick something that was perfectly good in the first place, this is an amazing job.

The approach is the same in both books: an introduction with an overview of the subject in hand, materials, equipment and basic techniques, leading on to a series of demonstrations that illustrate a variety of landscape subjects. As primers for those new to both the medium and to painting itself, the work is first class and definitely worth keeping in print. The fact that a book is older doesnt mean it cant have appeal to a whole new audience. Id say, though, that even if you have the originals, these new versions are well worth a look.

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