Watercolor Painting at Home
Easy-to-follow painting projects inspired by the comforts of home and the colors of the garden
by Bley Hack
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Pub Date 31 May 2022 | Archive Date 24 May 2022
Quarto Publishing Group – Walter Foster, Walter Foster Publishing
As we all spend time at home, you may find yourself looking for a creative outlet that doesn’t require you to get out and about. That’s where Watercolor Painting at Home comes in, with ideas and inspiration for painting from your couch, front porch, backyard, and more. Painting your favorite things will make your home look more beautiful to you, and it will help you appreciate where you live and what you have. It’s easy to find inspiration at home; just look to your holiday décor, favorite recipes, plants, office, and more.
Expertly written and illustrated by a professional artist, this beautiful book is filled with inviting and colorful large-scale art accompanied by instructions that are clear and easy to follow for any skill level. Watercolor is one of the most popular art mediums out there, and the items needed for the projects are affordable and accessible.
With Inspired Artist: Watercolor Painting at Home, gain a new appreciation for your home as you paint your everyday surroundings.
The Inspired Artist series invites art hobbyists and casual art enthusiasts to have fun learning basic art concepts, relaxing into the creative process to make art in a playful, contemporary style. Also from the series, find even more artistic inspiration with: Draw Every Little Thing, Paint Every Little Thing, and Block Print for Beginners.
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Average rating from 41 members
This is a thoroughly charming guide to watercolor! I found this to be a lovely read, with wonderful illustrations and tips for becoming a better watercolorist. I'm nowhere near artistic, but this was a fun read and I enjoyed practicing my painting with this as a guide. I'd recommend to anyone who has ever considered the medium of watercolor before.
Watercolor Painting at Home provides good technique and fun lessons for artist new to watercolor painting. The exercises and examples are great inspiration. Guidance on letting the brush work for the artist is especially helpful. A well-designed book that is enjoyable to read and easy to follow.
Really enjoy the techniques that were shown here. I’ve always thought watercolour is too scary to try but the author gave step by step instructions for different types of pictures that were easy to follow. I only wish the book was longer!
This was a fun read. Material was presented so that you can reference the techniques but also make it your own. Painting concepts were easy to understand. Great book for creative people, but I found myself hoping for more practice techniques for gradient, wet on wet, etc.
This is an utterly gorgeous and inspiring book.
Watercolor Painting at Home is a wonderful guide to finding the beauty in the day to day of your life and painting it. I love the idea of painting our collection of glass bottles that I refashioned to use as kitchen herb planters, or my Kindle or one our cats sleeping next to my mug of tea with a cookie, that concept takes the majority of my stress - my desire to paint with watercolors but my weird anxious worrying about what to paint and then not painting at all because I can’t think of anything to paint. This reminds me to go outside in our yard and look at the spring flowers that have begun blooming about, or take a look at my unorganized bookshelves and try to paint the charm of those perfect imperfections of our lives.
The book itself is beautiful. Wonderfully whimsical paintings abound in these pages and I found myself just wanting to start painting again. I can’t give it high enough praise for that.
I loved the inclusion of craft ideas for your paintings at the end.
This is an absolute recommendation.
Watercolour painting at home is very useful book tells you what equipment you need colour scheme and even goes through step by step how to pain certain pictures in the book. I like how there is lots of pictures and a bit of writing which breaks it all up. The book is very colourful and useful for people who are interested in water-colouring.
Thank you NetGalley for letting me read this book.
This book is delightful and inspirational. I feel motivated to get out the watercolor set I purchased that has been languishing. I worked through the book that came with it them fear and anxiety side tracked me. What if I made a mistake or made something ugly. Bley Hack reassures you that nothing is lost. You can begin with cheap or scrap paper, just have fun. The important thing is your practice and get to know your brushes. You can't do that with out playing. Something adults have forgotten how to do. Hack gives you permission to just play, see what happens, doodle, try new things.
The illustrations and ideas are simple in design and easy to follow for a beginner. NO pressure to be perfect, she explains the beauty of watercolor is the imperfect flowy lines. She encourages you to be free hold your brush loosely and let the paint flow along with your creativity.
Watercolor Painting at Home is an excellent beginner guide that will encourage you to dip in and give it a go.
There are some good projects and lessons to follow with lots of tips and techniques to keep you on track. The book itself is beautiful full of gorgeous watercolour illustrations. Just flicking through will inspire you to give it a go. Perfect for getting beginners started in a fun but satisfying way.
Another fantastic watercolour book! This covers and explains all the basics, taking you through everything you need to know from colour theory and equipment, to getting stuck in and having a go. The terminology used is simple and easy to understand, perfect for beginners. The projects are really accessible, using everyday inspiration from around the home. You can paint the examples and follow the tips and instructions, or use the book as a guide and inspiration to make your own compositions from what you have available to you. Not only are there very clear step by step written instructions, but they are coupled with extremely helpful photographs to show you exactly what you’re aiming for at each stage in the process. It shows you how to layer up your painting by adding more colour and detail in clear, achievable steps. Would highly recommend!
Thank you to Quarto Publishing Group – Walter Foster and Netgalley for an eARC of this book to read and review.
This book is a great guide to finding inspiration around your own house for water coloring. I love all the illustrations included when going through the basics of watercoloring that were done in wonderful watercolor. I love the loose watercolors shown throughout the book. The demonstrations of the different layers of the painting helped me study my object and break it down into pieces for my watercolors. I am excited to continue using this guide as I continue my journey in watercolor.
I received this ARC in exchange for my honest review.
I love watercolor images bit I can't seem to replicate that signature look without making a brown mess. I liked the step by step guide and the tips and tricks!
This is a great book, lovingly created by a wonderful artist!
I cannot wait to try the step by step tutorials out this weekend and I cannot believe she has such creative ideas about how to make the everyday into a drawing prompt and turn the mundane into a creative challenge!
I really enjoyed this book, so solid 5 stars from me!
This book isn't all for beginner but still easy enough to follow. The author informing us with step by step training. Simple and adorable project that feature small things we can found around home. I can imagine using the results painting for decorate personal journal.
I am eager to try some of the project.
Thanks Netgalley for providing me with this book. I am learning something new today
Have you ever wanted to paint with watercolors? If you’re not sure what you’ll need, how to start or even what to paint as you learn then Watercolor Painting at Home is the guide you need! It’s simple, well organized and with its easy to follow instructions and projects building from simple to more complicated will have you painting in no time.
The charming illustrations author and artist Bley Hack uses show the brushes, paints and other supplies you’ll need to begin. There’s an explanation of color technique and simple strokes. Then the projects begin. All paintings are things you can find in your own home or see from your windows: kitchen drawers, flowers, birds, weather and more. As you move through these activities, your skills and confidence will grow.
Watercolor Painting at Home is not only an excellent guide for a new artist, it’s a perfect special occasion gift especially paired with a brush and a paints. 5 stars.
Thank you to NetGalley, Quarto Publishing Group – Walter Foster and Bley Hack for this ARC.
I, really loved the book. If you are a beginner and want to learn Watercolor Painting, then you cannot miss this one. The graphics are good and the artist has perfectly described each and every step. Also, materials to be used are also listed. Also, the author has included all the designs ranging from daily life practicing which you can create your own designs also. Definitely, 5 stars for the book.
I think this is a really good book to read and complete activities to learn watercolour. I had been in an art slump before and thought this book would inspire me to get back into doing art. The descriptions are very easy to follow and the projects that are suggested are quite nice to do. I will definitely try some of the painting techniques out when I have the time as they seemed very useful! I liked how the book showed you how to paint different flowers as well as what techniques to use for various other regulars when watercolouring. I would recommend this book to beginners for sure as it isn't over complicated at all.
An excellent resource to improve skill and provide inspiration for anyone wanting to dabble in watercolour painting.
I found the step by step projects easy to follow, motivating and aesthetically pleasing (some may even grace my walls!)
The techniques section at the start of this book was really useful, giving just the right amount of information to help develop skills without being unnecessarily wordy.
The illustrations were on point. I really cant find anything to fault. This is a book I wouldn't hesitate to recommend.
My thanks to NetGalley, author and publisher for the opportunity to review this book in exchange for an advance copy.
This book has been written for me. They don't know me but they seem to know there are some people at every corner of the streets who wants to paint some watercolor and produce some basic art but rather clueless on how to do it and from where to start. Also, we don't want to annoy others when we are this ignorant regarding the basic things about something so common. And that's how this book was written for me.
Thank you, author/artist, the publishing team at Quarto Publishing Group - Walter Foster, for the advance reading copy.
Simple and Cheery! Cute ideas for watercolour beginners and enthusiasts with instructions and basic drawings, so that those of us without drawing skills can still create cute and whimsical artwork. Also includes ideas of painting rooms and other items found around your home.
This is such a lovely book full of inspiration, instruction and ideas.
The author guides you through supplies, composition and finding subjects for watercolour paintings around your home and garden. Some basic instruction in using watercolour paints and brushes is given.
The designs are very pretty and colourful with advice given on choosing colour palettes and composition.
There are a number of step by step projects with examples of how to adapt or extend these to other projects.
Well suited to a beginner but also providing lots of design ideas for more experienced artists.
Thank you to Quarto Publishing Group and Netgalley for an eARC of this book to read and review.
This charming, accessible book has a wonderful premise: if we need to stay at home, let’s find creative inspiration from everyday items that we can see all around us. Bley Hack uses basic, inexpensive materials and tools and a few standard watercolor techniques to set up painting everyday items including bowls, flowers, and even a set of keys in the dish by the door. Hack recommends a loose style which doesn’t require absolute accuracy or realism, but which makes the most of the unique features of watercolor painting. At the end of the book she shares a number of fun painted crafts including gift bags, holiday decorations and cake toppers. The thing I love most about this book is that none of the paintings or exercises seem simplistic - the author assumes that painters of all skill and experience levels can make lovely, sophisticated things. Highly recommended.
**Thanks to NetGalley and Walter Foster Publishing for an arc of this title in exchange for my honest review.**
Bley Hack has made a great book on watercolor painting using home and everyday life as an inspiration. Color theory is mentioned and explained well. She gives some great tips including some about paint mixing. I particularly enjoy that she offers some unique items to make like a recipe card, gift bags and a flower jar. I've got to get going now so I can get my watercolors out and try out some of her techniques.
Watercolor painting at home is a lovely book for inspiring new watercolor artist. I like the way the author provides tips how to hold the brush for each technique. The book also has lovely illustrations and diy project to experiment with. All in all a recommended book for watercolor artist.
Thanks to netgalley, Quarto publishing group and Bley Hack for this ARC.
Charming book on watercolor painting at home. The author introduces tips and tricks to create artworks inspired by home and garden.
This is a lovely and informative little book on painting with watercolor. At the beginning there is a a general introduction, followed by some easy examples to try. This leads onto some bigger projects and painting from the surrounding animals and flowers. Finally these skills are harnessed to painting items for the home, or to give away.
It is a lovely, easy to read, useful book that I think is very worthwhile to read.
This is a wonderful, informative and colorful step-by-step tutorial on watercolor painting for the beginner. Using vivid visuals and simple instructions the author advises the reader on the various tools to choose from, how and when to use different techniques and what subjects those techniques tend to complement, and how to display your art. Ms. Hack also includes a nice selection of projects: flora, fauna, still life, an incoming storm, illustrating a favorite recipe, even painting your own painting supplies. This is a great beginner’s book as you follow along with the pictures and the text is minimal and simple, which is just right. #netgalley #WatercolorPaintingAtHome
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