Here is a list of the best Watercolor books, some I have read myself, some that I did research on, and all have great reviews!
- 1. Everyday Watercolor: Learn to Paint Watercolor in 30 Days (2017)
- 2. Watercolor With Me (2018)
- 3. Watercolor Workshop: Learn to Paint in 100 Experiments (2018)
- 4. Paint Yourself Calm: Colourful, Creative Mindfulness Through Watercolour (2016)
- 5. How to Paint Living Portraits (North Light Classics) (2011)
- 6. Watercolor Botanicals (2 Books in 1): 20 Prints to Paint and Frame (2019)
- 7. Creative Watercolor: A Step-by-Step Guide for Beginners–Create with Paints, Inks, Markers, Glitter, and More! (Art for Modern Makers) (2018)
- 8. Everyday Watercolor Flowers: A Modern Guide to Painting Blooms, Leaves, and Stems Step by Step (2019)
- 9. Watercolour for the Absolute Beginner: The Society for All Artists (ABSOLUTE BEGINNER ART) (2014)
- 10. DIY Watercolor Flowers: The Beginner’s Guide to Flower Painting for Journal Pages, Handmade Stationery and More (2019)
- 11. Kew: The Watercolour Flower Painter’s A to Z: An Illustrated Directory of Techniques for Painting 50 Popular Flowers (2018)
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This beautifully illustrated and inspiring guided watercolor-a-day book is perfect for beginning watercolor artists, artists who want to improve their watercolor skills, and visual creatives. From strokes to shapes, this book covers the basics and helps painters gain confidence in themselves along with inspiration to develop their own style over the course of 30 days. Featuring colorful contemporary art from Mon Voir design agency founder and Instagram trendsetter Jenna Rainey, this book’s fresh perspective paints watercolor in a whole new light….
2. Watercolor With Me (2018)
From a classic dogwood rose, to a sly fox, to feathers that take on a dreamy quality, you can create polished artwork in just a few easy steps―no sketching required. Dana Fox, creator of Wonder Forest, is known for her unique and whimsical sense of style, and her popular watercolor workshops have introduced thousands to the joys of painting. In Watercolor With Me in the Forest, Dana provides light outlines of each project, and every page is printed on premium art paper, so you can focus on the watercolor techniques―wet-on-dry, wet-on-wet,…
Learn to paint gorgeous contemporary art by practicing watercolor technique directly in this instructional sketchbook. Through 100 different experiments, artist Sasha Prood teaches you traditional techniques like wet-on-dry, wet-on-wet, and flat washes, and also encourages you to play with the paint through colorful ombrés, unique bloom textures, and added elements like salt and sponging. Each experiment is accompanied by Sasha’s beautifully painted examples and space to practice your skills on the thick pages of the sketchbook. Sasha makes watercolors accessible by…
Meditative, peaceful and calming, watercolour painting offers a sense of control and self-worth to everyone, with no judgement or goal beyond the joy of painting itself. This book shows you how to calm and enhance your outlook through the movement of brush on paper. Master artist Jean Haines leads you on a journey through paint, showing you how to wipe away your worries with the soothing, gentle strokes of watercolour paint….
5. How to Paint Living Portraits (North Light Classics) (2011)
shares secrets for infusing portraits with life.Since its original publication, this best-selling book has earned a loyal following among students of portraiture. Back in print by popular demand, How to Paint Living Portraits has been updated to help today’s artists discover the joys of this time-honored tradition. Hands-on instruction covers a range of ages and ethnicities, offering a practical approach to creating successful, spirited portraits in charcoal, oils and watercolor. Clark brings fifty years of experience to this book, from technical…
6. Watercolor Botanicals (2 Books in 1): 20 Prints to Paint and Frame (2019)
Make your own collection of botanical watercolor paintings with this two-book set (an instruction book and corresponding watercolor pad). Once upon a time, a vase of beautifully arranged flowers was the perfect subject for a watercolor still life. Today, indoor house plants reign supreme and palms have replaced peonies as the botanical of choice for artists. With clear step-by-step instructions, illustrator and plant lover Nikki Strange shows you how to paint a range of lush, leafy plants. The instruction book is accompanied by a pad of heavy watercolor paper, printed with light…
7. Creative Watercolor: A Step-by-Step Guide for Beginners–Create with Paints, Inks, Markers, Glitter, and More! (Art for Modern Makers) (2018)
In Creative Watercolor, popular watercolor artist and workshop instructor Ana Victoria Calderon shares her step-by-step techniques for painting modern motifs in this classic medium. Through a series of easy tutorials and projects, you will: There's never been a better time to dive into the world of watercolor, so why wait? Grab a brush and get painting! Perfect for creative beginners, the books in the take a fun, practical approach to learning about and working with paints and other art mediums to create beautiful DIY projects and crafts….
8. Everyday Watercolor Flowers: A Modern Guide to Painting Blooms, Leaves, and Stems Step by Step (2019)
Artist Jenna Rainey shares easy-to-follow ways to paint a wide range of botanicals, all in her fresh, modern style that appeals to the next generation of watercolor artists and creatives, from beginners to hobbyists. With gorgeously illustrated instructions for both loose and realistic watercolor depictions of more than 25 flowers, leaves, and plants, organized by form and shape, Everyday Watercolor Flowers is every nature-lover’s answer to capturing that beauty on paper….
9. Watercolour for the Absolute Beginner: The Society for All Artists (ABSOLUTE BEGINNER ART) (2014)
This book is a comprehensive course in watercolour landscape painting by expert Society of All Artists tutor, Matthew Palmer. Matthew is renowned for his beautiful, detailed paintings and his ability to teach effective painting using simple techniques. He teaches over 150 pupils per week and also appears regularly on TV. The book begins with excellent advice for the beginner, including, easy drawing for painting, composition, easy perspective, light and shade, colour, and how to paint skies, tree, water and figures in watercolour. There are then six simple step by step painting…
10. DIY Watercolor Flowers: The Beginner’s Guide to Flower Painting for Journal Pages, Handmade Stationery and More (2019)
Learn to paint beautiful watercolor flowers in simple steps with this free and easy approach to watercolor painting for beginners. Marie Boudon's beautifully presented creative course will give you a good grounding in this new-to-you medium and teach you all you need to know to get started with painting flowers in watercolor. Find out about paper, brushes and paints, color mixing, wet and dry techniques, blending and gradients, contrast and even how to digitize your work. Then learn to paint roses, peonies, carnations, dahlias, anemones, poppies, leaves, details and textures and how to bring all of these together into beautiful…
11. Kew: The Watercolour Flower Painter’s A to Z: An Illustrated Directory of Techniques for Painting 50 Popular Flowers (2018)
From azalea to zantedeschia, this unique watercolour artist’s guide offers easy-to-follow, plant-specific information on how to paint, in a crisp and natural style, over 50 of the most popular species of flower. Includes step-by-step photographs, details, and instructions on capturing the individual essence of the flower, together with comprehensive information on the appropriate techniques and colour mixes to use. Glorious full-colour photographs of the finished watercolour show the depth and variety of the plant portraits, from the exquisitely executed passion flower to the bold luminosity of the…
Best Watercolor Books That You Need
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Creative Watercolor and Mixed Media
Author(s): Ana Victoria Calderon
ID: 2905425, Publisher: Quarry Books, Year: 2021, Size: 50 Mb, Format: epub
Painting Watercolor Botanicals
Author(s): Harriet de Winton
ID: 2561735, Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group, Year: 2020, Size: 108 Mb, Format: epub
Watercolor Techniques For Artists and Illustrators
ID: 2693728, Publisher: DK Publishing, Year: 2020, Size: 92 Mb, Format: pdf
Please note that this booklist is not definite. Some books are absolutely record-breakers according to Los Angeles Times, others are drafted by unknown writers. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant resources you could recommend? Drop a comment if you have any feedback on the list.