Top 10 Best Books to Read in Watercolor Painting - August 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 - August 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. Everyday Watercolor: Learn to Paint Watercolor in 30 Days

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Watercolor Painting - August 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


3. Modern Watercolor Botanicals: A Creative Workshop in Watercolor, Gouache, & Ink

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

Unwind and get creative as you learn all about watercolor painting--one of the fastest-growing activities for everyday adults who are looking for a hobby to easily relax and relieve stress! Modern Watercolor Botanicals is a comprehensive guide for all skill levels--beginner to advanced--that teaches everything you need to know about watercolor using easy-to-follow diagrams, pictures, and instructions. Learn how to paint and advance your skills using pieces of beautiful, traceable artwork, including detailed wildflowers, shade tropical leaves, eucalyptus wreaths, and more. Lessons in  Modern Watercolor Botanicals  include: • Instructions for every skill level: beginner, intermediate, and advanced • Easy-to-follow diagrams, pictures, and instructions • Each lesson builds upon skills learned in the previous lessons • 15 pieces of traceable artwork to paint, no drawing experience required! • Lessons that promote focus and mindfulness and help you reduce stress through the enjoyment of the artistic process • All you need to know to create frame-worthy masterpieces and thoughtful gifts • Prompts, challenges, and ideas to take your creativity to the next level Author Sarah Simon (@themintgardener), a Seattle-based artist who leads sold-out watercolor workshops across the U.S., shares everything she teaches her students in this book. She also answers some of the most common questions from watercolor artists at all levels: • What tools do I need? • How do I mix interesting colors? • How do I create shape, movement, and definition in my piece? • How do I find my own creative style? Delve into Modern Watercolor Botanicals  to develop your skills and form your own unique artistic approach to the world of modern watercolor!

  • Author: Sarah Simon
  • Publisher: Paige Tate & Co (November 12, 2019)
  • Genre: Arts & Photography, Performing Arts
  • ISBN: 978-1944515584
  • Dimensions: 10.51 x 0.96 x 9.99 inches


4. Watercolor With Me in the Forest

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Watercolor Painting - August 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


5. 1,500 Color Mixing Recipes for Oil, Acrylic & Watercolor: Achieve precise color when painting landscapes, portraits, still lifes, and more

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

1,500 Color Mixing Recipes for Oil, Acrylic & Watercolor is the definitive color-mixing resource for oil, acrylic, and watercolor artists. This user-friendly spiral-bound book is tabbed for quick and easy reference and includes two removable color-mixing grids—one for oil or acrylic, and one for watercolor. Follow these four simple steps to mix more than 1,500 color combinations: Look in the Color Guidance Index for the subject you want to paint—for example, “Broccoli.” Find the Color Recipe with the subject’s recipe number (“81”) and a photo of the actual paint mixture. Use the Color Mixing Grid to measure each paint color. Mix the color. It’s that easy! You’ll also learn about color theory , color value mixing , graying color naturally , mixing flesh and portrait colors , and rendering skies and clouds .   Also available from Walter Foster's best-selling Color Mixing Recipes series : Color Mixing Recipes for Oil & Acrylic , Color Mixing Recipes for Portraits , and Color Mixing Recipes for Landscapes .

  • Author: William F. Powell
  • Publisher: Walter Foster Publishing; Illustrated edition (August 1, 2012)
  • Genre: Arts & Photography, Graphic Design
  • ISBN: 978-1600582837
  • Dimensions: 7.4 x 1 x 9.8 inches


6. Bob Ross Paint with Water

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Watercolor Painting - August 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 - August 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. 15-Minute Watercolor Masterpieces: Create Frame-Worthy Art in Just a Few Simple Steps

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Watercolor Painting - August 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


9. Doodle Dragons: Adult Coloring Book (Stress Relieving Creative Fun Drawings to Calm Down, Reduce Anxiety & Relax. Great Christmas Gift Idea For Men & Women 2020-2021)

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

You should be yourself, unless you can be a dragon. Then, the choice is easy! Put good vibes and motivation back into your day with this coloring book for adult’s relaxation. It includes a variety of dragons designs to make your life more relaxed and enjoyable. You don’t need any special skills. Even if you haven’t drawn anything, ever, you will enjoy coloring in this booklet. Let your inner artist out. Guaranteed hours of pleasure, relaxation and relief from stress. Each drawing is on a separate page, so you can share. This coloring book is the perfect gift for friends, family, and anyone else you love. Join us in this special journey! It will inspire you and introduce you to the hidden artist found in all of us. Why You Will Absolutely Love this Book Relaxing Coloring Pages . Every page you color will pull you into a relaxing world where your responsibilities will seem to fade away... Beautiful Illustrations . We’ve included 30 unique images for you to express your creativity and make masterpieces. You can use markers, gel pens, pencils and watercolors. Everything goes! Single-sided Pages . All drawings are single sided to reduce the bleed-through problem found in other coloring books Great for All Skill Levels . It matches perfectly to your skill level & coloring experience, as it's suitable for beginners and experts About Blush Design 50+ Coloring Books . Explore the entire Blush Design catalog and find an amazing book for your next coloring adventure. As a Blush Design fan, you have access to books in a variety of popular themes, including animals, Funny quotes, fantasy, inspirational, and so much more! 1000+ 5-star Amazon Reviews . Blush Design is one of the most loved coloring book brands and a frequent bestseller on Amazon. When you buy a Blush Design coloring book, you know it's a Coloring book you'll love Buy Now & Relax... Scroll to the top of this page and click the Add to Cart button . Know someone who loves to color? Make them smile by getting them a copy too! Coloring books make wonderful gifts . Which gifts will you need soon? Buy now and have your gifts ready in advance. Coloring books are great for any holiday or special occasion. Christmas Gifts, Stocking Stuffers Easter Baskets, Gift Bags Family Vacations & Travel Birthday & Anniversary Presents Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day White elephant party, Yankee swap gift exchange, secret Santa gag gift

  • Author: Blush Design
  • Publisher: Independently published (November 4, 2019)
  • Genre: Arts & Photography, Graphic Design
  • ISBN: 978-1705529218
  • Dimensions: 8 x 0.16 x 10 inches


10. The Joy of Botanical Drawing: A Step-by-Step Guide to Drawing and Painting Flowers, Leaves, Fruit, and More

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

A gorgeous, easy-to-follow, and inspiring guide to stunningly realistic botanical drawing that covers everything you need to draw our natural world. Achieve amazingly realistic and vibrant botanical illustrations, from flowers so dazzling you feel as if you might be able to smell them, to tomatoes that look as if they've just been picked from the garden. Wendy Hollender is known for her vivid, detailed, and inspiring illustrations and in The Joy of Botanical Drawing , she helps you take your art to the next level by sharing her perfected techniques through short lessons that start simple, then build on the basics with easy-to-use and clear step-by-step illustrations. Using colored pencils and watercolor pencils, Hollender shows you how to accomplish scientifically accurate botanical portraits of a spiraling pine cone, a spiky chestnut, a fuchsia-tined radish, a graceful morning glory, and many more. From colorful leaves to delicate petals to textured bark and slender stems, The Joy of Botanical Drawing will give you the skills to complete lifelike drawings while also enjoying nature and the mindfulness of a regular drawing practice.

  • Author: Wendy Hollender
  • Publisher: Watson-Guptill; Illustrated edition (April 7, 2020)
  • Genre: Arts & Photography, History & Criticism
  • ISBN: 978-1984856715
  • Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.65 x 11 inches