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Title:
5-minute watercolor : super-quick techniques for amazing watercolor drawings / Samantha Nielsen.
Title Variants:
Watercolor

Watercolour
ISBN:
9780228101147
Publication Information:
Richmond Hill, Ontario : Firefly Books, 2018.

©2018
Physical Description:
128 pages : illustrations (chiefly coloured) ; 23 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
Abstract:
"5-Minute Watercolor comprises of 60 exercises for new and aspiring artists. Dust off your palatte and paint pan and loosen up your creativity in a short amount of time. This bite-sized approach will help readers to make watercolor painting a part of their everyday lives. Many new artists are intimidated by the prospect of trawling through very technical drawing books or having an elastic amount of time to draw, so 5-Minute Watercolor is the perfect way to focus their energies. Within five minutes it is perfectly possible to produce a great painting. Every spread in the book features five expert tips and ideas, as well as examples of amazing 5-minute watercolor sketches to inspire readers who are short on time."-- Provided by publisher.
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Summary

Summary

A comprehensive guide to quick sketching in watercolor and a new addition to a successful series.

Praise for 5-Minute Sketching -- Architecture :

"The techniques and supplies chapters highlight ways to work minimally and shave time from the process, which can be especially helpful when drawing outdoors. Either on its own or as a companion to its series mate, this guide will be a boon to readers who want to engage creatively with their urban environments." --Library Journal (starred review)

Like the other titles in the series, 5-Minute Watercolor features 60 exercises for new and aspiring artists. This bite-sized approach will help readers to make watercolor painting a part of their everyday lives. Every spread in the book features five expert tips and ideas, as well as examples of amazing 5-minute watercolor sketches to inspire readers.

There are four sections:

Tools - Tools (the basics); tools (optional extras); paints; papers; palettes; brushes; other ways of applying paint; board; pencils; supplies to do even more; setting up the palette; mixing colors; caring for your tools. Techniques - Introducing techniques; washes; wet on wet; dry brush; splatter, blooming and bleeding; pulling in color; tape; masking fluid; lifting, layering and glazing (parts I and II); paper and gravity; warm and cool colors; brush control; light to dark, scumbling. Implementing Techniques - What is plein-air?; sketching; light sources; 5-minute exercises; skies; rocks; trees; water; landscapes; cityscapes; seascapes; floral compositions; people and crowds; stones and hair. Take It Further - Next level painting; changing up the scenery; capturing movement; mixing charts; color swatches; creating depth; mixed media; experimenting with new materials; time is on your side; moving forward; key elements.

The interest in quick sketching as a relaxing pastime is still strong. Watercolor as a medium is experiencing a great resurgence in popularity, with over 17.1 million hashtags on Instagram for #watercolor and over 1.68 million for #watercolorpainting. Instructive videos are extremely popular on YouTube. Some of the most popular are How to Use Watercolor (22.1 million views), How to Paint a Simple Landscape in 2 Minutes (13 million views) and 5-Minute Beginners' Watercolor Tips (945k views).


Author Notes

Samantha Nielsen is an artist based in Duluth, Minnesota. Her main medium is watercolor and ink but she also produces her own podcast and creates watercolor tutorial videos. She is an active member of the Urban Sketching community.