Book review: Trace & Paint Watercolour from Search Press

Remember painting by numbers?  Artists Terry Harrison, Geoff Kersey and Arnold Lowrey help you to achieve quick watercolour painting results in a similar way with the added advantage of plenty of guidance along the way.  There are no block colours here, though!

Trace & Paint Watercolour is a kind of learn by osmosis book rather than a traditional tutor book, and part of a huge range of similar reasonably priced items from British publisher Search Press dealing with a wide range of arts and crafts.  The range is distributed overseas, so if you are on the other side of the world, you should have no problem finding any of their titles through your usual book stockist.

This is my version of Geoff Kersey's

This is my version of Geoff Kersey’s “Snow Scene” from Trace & Paint Watercolour. I found this image particularly appealing, as it echoes the winter scenes in the forests surrounding our village. A range of five standard round brushes is called for in the instructions, ten colours and masking fluid in addition to the 300 gsm rough paper – nothing too excessive!

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