Creative Watercolor: A Step-by-Step Guide for Beginners–Create with Paints, Inks, Markers, Glitter, and More! (Art for Modern Makers)

Creative Watercolor: A Step-by-Step Guide for Beginners–Create with Paints, Inks, Markers, Glitter, and More! (Art for Modern Makers)

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Creative Watercolor offers beginners a fun, modern, and practical approach to a timeless medium with instructions on how to paint simple motifs, create elegant lettering, and embellish projects beautifully.

Popular watercolor artist and workshop instructor Ana Victoria Calderon shares her step-by-step techniques for painting modern designs in this classic medium. All the fundamentals needed to get started in watercolor are here, allowing you to quickly learn how to create beautiful watercolor paintings. Through a series of easy tutorials and projects, you will:

  • Discover basic materials and tools, plus options for embellishing your paintings
  • Master essential techniques, starting with easy warm-up activities. Then, learn to layer, and get into the flow with watercolor
  • Get an introduction to scanning and digital editing for making multiples
  • Paint a variety of simple, beautiful designs: flowers and leaves, butterflies and critters, fruits and vegetables, and delightful lettering
  • Use what you've learned to create unique, stylish stationery, including beautiful invitations, place cards, menus, monograms, recipe gift cards, thank you notes—any project you can imagine, for any kind of event you can think of!

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 all skill levels, the books in the Art for Modern Makers series take a fun, practical approach to learning about and working with paints and other art mediums to create beautiful DIY projects and crafts.

From the Publisher

Butterfly Poses Project from Creative Watercolor

Draw a light pencil outline of your butterfly. You can use a picture for reference or use the tracing trick.

Paint the two top wings with an orange-to-yellow gradient.

Let the top wings dry. Paint the two wings with the same gradient.Once the colorful layers have dried completely, begin painting around the pencil lines in one of the top wings with black watercolor or black ink.

Either will work, but black ink will give you a more opaque effect, if that’s what you’re looking for. Experiment and see which you prefer.

Paint the other top wing, remembering to paint around all the shapes, including those little circles. If you’re feeling a little shaky during this step, the exercises for pulse and precision will give you confidence.

Once the top wings have dried, paint the bottom wings.

Fill in the butterfly’s body and antennae using the same black paint you used for the wings.

Add details in white. I like to use white ink, but you can experiment with gel pens, acrylic paint, or gouache. If you don’t have all these options on hand, work with what you have. Tiny dots at the bottoms of the wings add that certain something that really makes your artwork pop!

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