Starting to Explore Watercolour


Quite some time ago I bought a little set of Watercolours and the other bits of equipment to start painting…Adam still needs to make me an easel though!  I saw that Just Add Watercolor by Helen Birch as available for review on Blogging For Books.

The book includes over 200 pictures from watercolour artists.  These pictures are displayed on the right page of the book.  On the left page there is a description of the painting and also some helpful tips for budding artists like me.  The advice given is simple enough for a beginner to understand and adapt.  I like how the book isn’t too advanced and I can easily pick it up and start reading it from any point.

Just Add WaterColor Helen Birch

Just Add WaterColor Helen Birch

I am in no means an expert when it comes to painting.  I am an absolute beginner.  I always think that whenever I paint, it looks like a child has done it!  However, recently I have seen some simple paintings for sale that I could easily adapt and create my own version of.  The book also helped me with pulling ideas together.

The first set I completed consisted of repeating patterns, painted in different formations.  I think I like these ones the best and I plan to put them in pastel frames.

Just Add WaterColor Helen Birch

I love the paint over pen designs too so I had a go at some simple messy pen flowers.  I think these will look nice in white frames.

Just Add WaterColor Helen Birch

These are the ones I like the least.  I do like the colours and would like to add some gold to them.  I will see how they are once they have gold on them but I don’t like that they aren’t symmetrical (and they look like kid paintings!)

Just Add WaterColor Helen Birch

Just Add WaterColor Helen Birch

Let me know what you think…be nice!Ha! Do you paint with watercolours?  Feel free to share your projects and tips!

I received this book from the Blogging for Books program in exchange for this review.

9 thoughts on “Starting to Explore Watercolour

  1. Well I like your painting. I would love to do water colour and my painting is worse than kids painting. Maybe this could be a book for me. Thanks for the review.

    1. Thank you 🙂 It is a nice book! I’ve had a few watercolor books from the library but the step-by-step but me off a little as mine don’t look anything like the finished paintings. I this one because you can just look at the the other artists and pull your own ideas together 🙂

  2. I think these look great! I agree with you, the first 3 pattern-type pictures are my favourite – they look so professional! I too would love to be better at art, as I love the process. Can’t wait to see your next pieces :-))

    1. Thanks! I think they will look really nice once they are framed 🙂 I think you should do more sketching as I’m sure I’ve seen a few pieces of yours before and I was impressed!

  3. Thank you 🙂 I’ve seen the watercolor pencils before but always wondered how to use them! You will have to share anything you do with us! 🙂

  4. Painting is one creative expression that I cannot master. Or even produce anything remotely pleasing to the eye. Now give me a piece of fabric or ball of yarn and that’s another story. All kudos to you for creating these mini masterpieces:)

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