Top 10 Best Books to Read in Watercolor Painting - October 2021

Books in the watercolor painting genre are about painting methods by using pigments suspended in water solution. This genre covers the basics of watercolor art. These books consist of step-by-step guides to help beginners use water paints on mediums such as paper, papyrus, canvas, wood, vellum or leather, and plastic. Finger painting and brush painting are also related to this genre. Some books in this genre are specially for kids. For example, they have images of fruits, veggies, animals, or vehicles for kids to paint. Other guides differentiate between monochromatic, complementary, and analogous colors. In addition, they acknowledge readers about using different kinds of brushes and color blending techniques. Here are our top ten recommendations if you are looking for the best books to read in Watercolor Painting.

1. Watercolor Workbook: 30-Minute Beginner Botanical Projects on Premium Watercolor Paper

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Watercolor Painting - October 2021

Build your watercolor skills with confidence with these 25 beautiful and beginner-friendly new projects on premium watercolor paper! This easy-to-use watercolor workbook is filled with unique and beautiful flower and nature sketches that are ready for you to watercolor--no drawing skills required! Each page is specially designed with simple step-by-step instructions so you can easily and confidently paint each project and create artwork that matches the quality of the author's example. Watercolor Workbook features:   •  An introduction to fundamental watercolor techniques   •  25 projects on thick, 200 gsm premium watercolor art paper—no color bleed-through!   •  Easy-to-follow instructions that can be completed in 30 minutes or less   •  Beautiful floral and plant artwork, including: wild roses, poppies, sunflowers, buttercups, dandelions, and more   •  Easy-to-follow instructions, including suggested paint and paintbrush materials, so you can start painting today Artist and author Sarah Simon, a.k.a. @themintgardener, has taught thousands of people how to paint with watercolor. Her first book Modern Watercolor Botanicals provides everything you need to know about the art of watercolor and, now in this new workbook, Simon offers 25 watercolor projects that you can sit down and enjoy painting today!

  • Author: Sarah Simon
  • Publisher: Paige Tate & Co; Workbook edition (April 27, 2021)
  • Genre: Arts & Photography, Painting
  • ISBN: 978-1950968268
  • Dimensions: 8.53 x 0.52 x 11 inches


2. Watercolor With Me in the Forest

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Watercolor Painting - October 2021

Unleash Your Creativity with 50 No-Sketch Watercolor Projects 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, painting fur and ink and wash. Even if you’ve never picked up a paintbrush before, Dana’s creative tricks will ensure that every piece of art is frame-worthy. Whether you’re looking to try a new style, learn the basics or find a new way to de-stress, this step-by- step guide makes it easier than ever to create stunning art. Check out Watercolor with Me in the Ocean for more great projects!

  • Author: Dana Fox
  • Publisher: Page Street Publishing; Illustrated edition (August 14, 2018)
  • Genre: Arts & Photography, History & Criticism
  • ISBN: 978-1624145568
  • Dimensions: 9.37 x 0.74 x 9.07 inches


3. 15-Minute Watercolor Masterpieces: Create Frame-Worthy Art in Just a Few Simple Steps

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Watercolor Painting - October 2021

Create Breathtaking Watercolor Paintings in No Time With this collection of easy, step-by-step instructions, unlocking your creativity with watercolor has never been easier. Follow along as Anna Koliadych, founder of DearAnnArt, guides you through painting your own watercolor masterpieces in just 15 minutes. These 50 projects have something for everyone, from underwater landscapes to galaxies, from fashion sketches to tasty sweets. Learn to paint a meadow of poppies, a cosmic tea cup, a set of high heels or a tabby cat all in one quick evening. Whether you’re new to watercolor or have been practicing for years, these colorful designs are perfect for a relaxing afternoon alone or as an activity for the whole family. In each lesson, Anna highlights efficient techniques, like sketching your design with simple shapes, or adding small, beautiful details, so you can create the most charming artwork in the shortest amount of time―even if you’ve never painted before!

  • Author: Anna Koliadych
  • Publisher: Page Street Publishing; Illustrated edition (December 3, 2019)
  • Genre: Arts & Photography, Painting
  • ISBN: 978-1624148804
  • Dimensions: 8.04 x 0.48 x 8.98 inches


4. Watercolor in Nature: Paint Woodland Wildlife and Botanicals with 20 Beginner-Friendly Projects

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Watercolor Painting - October 2021

Capture the Natural World with Vibrant Works of Art Nature illustrator Rosalie Haizlett has hiked through countless forests with her sketchbook and watercolors, documenting the plants, animals and landscapes that she encounters. She has also taught tens of thousands of students to paint and appreciate nature’s beauty through her popular online classes and in-person workshops. In this book, Rosalie provides step-by-step instruction on how to paint 20 realistic insects, fungi, birds, botanicals and mammals in her vibrant wet- on-dry watercolor style. Pick up the skills you need to become a better observer in the outdoors, take your own reference photos and paint a wide variety of subjects so that you can continue to draw inspiration from nature long after you finish the projects in this book. You’ll also learn some fun nature facts along the way! Whether you’re a total beginner or ready to take your skills to the next level, Rosalie is here to walk you through every step of the process.

  • Author: Rosalie Haizlett
  • Publisher: Page Street Publishing (November 2, 2021)
  • Genre: Arts & Photography, Drawing
  • ISBN: 978-1645674146
  • Dimensions: 7.75 x 0.41 x 9 inches


5. Everyday Watercolor: Learn to Paint Watercolor in 30 Days

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Watercolor Painting - October 2021

A contemporary paint-every-day watercolor guide that explores foundational strokes and patterns and then builds new skills upon the foundations over the course of 30 days to create finished pieces. 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.

  • Author: Jenna Rainey
  • Publisher: Watson-Guptill; Illustrated edition (October 10, 2017)
  • Genre: Arts & Photography, History & Criticism
  • ISBN: 978-0399579721
  • Dimensions: 8.25 x 0.79 x 9.49 inches


6. Bob Ross Paint with Water

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Watercolor Painting - October 2021

Add a happy stroke of water to create gorgeous landscapes inspired by Bob Ross’s art. Bob Ross charmed his audience with his whimsical, joyful style on the public television series  The Joy of Painting,  and now you too can paint almighty pictures in this watercolor painting book. Use the included paintbrush to apply gentle strokes of water to each of the 24 specially treated pages, and watch as the colors emerge and blend to create a beautiful Bob Ross masterpiece. This serene and peaceful book also contains 12 traditional coloring pages featuring even more of Bob’s works.

  • Author: Editors of Thunder Bay Press
  • Publisher: Thunder Bay Press (July 28, 2020)
  • Genre: Crafts, Hobbies & Home, Crafts & Hobbies
  • ISBN: 978-1684129188
  • Dimensions: 9.5 x 0.4 x 8 inches


7. Watercolor Success in Four Steps: 150 Skill-Building Projects to Paint (Design Originals) Beginner-Friendly Step-by-Step Instructions & Techniques to Create Beautiful Paintings as Easy as 1-2-3-4

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Watercolor Painting - October 2021

Just four simple steps and no experience needed! 4 step technique to painting a variety of subjects with watercolor 150 painting projects include fruits, vegetables, fashion accessories, sea animals, flowers, household items, and more Beginner-friendly visual instructions, with tried-and-true techniques Understand the basics of watercolor painting with this starter's guide, perfect for beginning artists Grab your practice book and paint brushes and discover the beautiful art of watercolor—no experience required! The ultimate beginner's guide, Watercolor Success in Four Steps will teach you how to perfectly paint 150 objects, from fruits and flowers to animals, household items, and more! Understand the basics of watercolor with tried-and-true techniques and learn how to create beautiful watercolor paintings in just four simple steps. First, you'll find a section on tools and materials, followed by helpful instructions on various techniques that you can try. Combine your favorite techniques to create your paintings! Each project offers a sample selection of palette colors alongside approachable, step-by-step painting instructions to completing each design. You'll create pumpkins, penguins, croissants, candles, dolphins, dragon fruit, toadstools, taxis, and so much more! Here are just a few of the 150 watercolor paintings you'll learn how to create inside Watercolor Success in Four Steps : FRUIT : lemon, orange, watermelon, coconut, kiwi, plum, mango VEGETABLES : artichoke, bell pepper, onion, chanterelle mushrooms, broccoli FOOD : blueberry muffin, cheesecake, hamburger, hotdog, cupcake DRINKS : cup of tea, glass of juice, milkshake, cocktail FLOWERS : poppy, dandelion, bluebell, tulip PLANTS : succulent, tree, cactus, toadstool NATURAL WORLD : night sky, night forest, maple leaf, acorn ANIMALS & INSECTS : butterfly, bee, panda, frog, raccoon, sheep BIRDS : hummingbird, parrot, flamingo, bullfinch SEA LIFE : sea anemone, dolphin, whale, jellyfish, starfish OBJECTS : umbrella, sunglasses, Matryoshka doll, Lego block TRAVEL : sailboat, bus, bicycle, hot-air balloon CELEBRATIONS : Christmas tree, holly, Halloween pumpkin, present, party hat Once you've accomplished each project inside Watercolor Success in Four Steps , you'll be equipped with all the skills and techniques you need to design and create your own watercolor works of art!

  • Author: Marina Bakasova
  • Publisher: Design Originals; First edition (March 3, 2020)
  • Genre: Arts & Photography, History & Criticism
  • ISBN: 978-1497204492
  • Dimensions: 6.5 x 0.4 x 9.2 inches


8. Letters From Father Christmas, Centenary Edition

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Watercolor Painting - October 2021

For fans of Tolkien and lovers of Christmas holidays, Letters from Father Christmas is a gorgeous, festive gift featuring a wealth of letters that Tolkien created for his children, appearing in this format for the first time. Published on the 100th anniversary of the first letter Tolkien sent to his firstborn, John, in 1920, this handsome edition will also include an introduction from daughter-in-law Baillie Tolkien, reflecting on the centenary anniversary of the letters, as well as a personal note by Tolkien himself reproduced for the first time. Every December, an envelope bearing a stamp from the North Pole would arrive for J.R.R. Tolkien’s children. Inside would be a letter in strange spidery handwriting and a beautiful colored drawing or some sketches. The letters were from Father Christmas. They told wonderful tales of life at the North Pole: how all the reindeer got loose and scattered presents all over the place; how the accident-prone Polar Bear climbed the North Pole and fell through the roof of Father Christmas’s house into the dining room; how he broke the Moon into four pieces and made the Man in it fall into the back garden; how there were wars with the troublesome horde of goblins who lived in the caves beneath the house! Sometimes the Polar Bear would scrawl a note, and sometimes Ilbereth the Elf would write in his elegant flowing script, adding yet more life and humor to the stories. No reader, young or old, can fail to be charmed by the inventiveness and “authenticity” of Tolkien’s Letters from Father Christmas.

  • Author: J.R.R. Tolkien
  • Publisher: Mariner Books (October 27, 2020)
  • Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Fantasy
  • ISBN: 978-0358389880
  • Dimensions: 8.69 x 0.93 x 11 inches


9. How to Make Art for Joy’s Sake: Free-Spirited Watercolor

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Watercolor Painting - October 2021

Kristy Rice’s joy-focused approach to watercolor art has won the hearts of fans worldwide. Here she teaches the basics of painting, infusing the learning process with wit, wisdom, and laughter. Rice shows all levels of painters how to make “art for joy’s sake.” She offers her quirky, joy-focused guidance on preparation, including the materials you really need (and don’t need), and walks you through “Basics and Details.” “Five Exercises” enhances your ways of brush handling, muscle memory, color mixing, and texture, and “20 Leaves” helps you put them all together. “Five Techniques” lets you experience flowers, fruits, veggies, landscapes, and patterns. And the projects—or as Kristy calls it, the “Ready to Fly” list—include Leaves and Greens; Take a Walk Pattern; Textile Pattern; Gem and Rock Pattern; Imaginary Landscape; Bouquet; and Watercolor Fragments. A great duo: use this book with the  Art for Joy’s Sake Journal !

  • Author: Kristy Rice
  • Publisher: Schiffer (July 27, 2021)
  • Genre: Arts & Photography, Painting
  • ISBN: 978-0764361517
  • Dimensions: 9.25 x 0.84 x 10.22 inches


10. Watercolor Is for Everyone: Simple Lessons to Make Your Creative Practice a Daily Habit - 3 Simple Tools, 21 Lessons, Infinite Creative Possibilities (Art is for Everyone)

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Watercolor Painting - October 2021

Watercolor Is for Everyone  guides you through 21 intuitive, process-based painting lessons that help you discover your own unique artist-within while creating works of beauty you will joyfully send out into the world to share. In this beautiful book, artist Kateri Ewing, author of Look Closer, Draw Better, guides you through a series of simple creative projects using a soulful, meditative, and reflective process. Whether you're picking up a paint brush for the first time or are an experienced artist, you'll discover and deepen your creative potential through these exercises, because everyone can make art . Each project results in two art pieces: one to keep for yourself, and then another one, such as a postcard or mini painting, to share with someone else or send out into the world, to spread their color, creativity, and joy in new places.  With Watercolor Is for Everyone , you can learn how to build a daily practice and how to set intentions and create , even if you have just 10 minutes a day. The projects draw inspiration from poetry, music, literature, and the natural world, and invite experimentation with a variety of sources, from tarot and oracle cards to rocks and feathers. You'll pursue your personal passions through accessible projects as you build your artistic skills, confidence, and creativity .

  • Author: Kateri Ewing
  • Publisher: Quarry Books; Illustrated edition (August 18, 2020)
  • Genre: Arts & Photography, Painting
  • ISBN: 978-1631598593
  • Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.38 x 11 inches