15-Minute Painting: Effortless Watercolor

From sketch to finished painting in just 15 minutes!

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Pub Date 03 May 2022 | Archive Date 26 May 2022

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Learn to create simple, colorful works of art using easy, step-by-step watercolor painting techniques that require minimal time, effort, and only the most basic supplies.

An ideal "first book" for absolute beginners, 15-Minute Painting: Effortless Watercolor uses large brushstrokes and minimal, colorful palettes to help budding artists create light, carefree paintings in practically no time at all. After a quick overview of the basic tools and materials, including papers, brushes, and paints, and a brief introduction to choosing and mixing colors, Effortless Watercolor demonstrates how to use just a few brushstrokes to create lively works of art in a simple, modern style.

From vibrant birds and florals to expressive landscapes and still lifes, follow along with these step-by-step projects to create quick-and-easy masterpieces—a perfect formula for artists just getting started. Effortless Watercolor provides a unique introduction to watercolor painting, from choosing the right brushes and paints to creating inspired works of art using easy painting techniques—no experience required.

Books in the 15-Minute Series are perfect primers for beginning artists who want to learn the basics. Designed to be used as artist notebooks, these interactive workbooks include prompts and exercises that allow beginning artists to test out their skills directly inside the book.
Learn to create simple, colorful works of art using easy, step-by-step watercolor painting techniques that require minimal time, effort, and only the most basic supplies.

An ideal "first book" for...

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This is a lovely watercolor book designed for absolute beginners or amateur watercolor painters, especially those who worry about not having enough time to paint. There are lots of projects that you follow along with that start with a very brief pencil sketch and then rather abstract watercolor painting. There's a lot of info in the beginning about supplies, techniques, brushes, etc. The sections include flowers, figures, birds and animals, objects, etc.

I'm not a fan of sketching first but these sketches are very light general shapes, and I decided to give it a try this way. Even if you don't like sketching first, you can use the examples as inspiration. This is a fun book that I'm looking forward to using for inspiration.

I read a temporary digital ARC of this book for review.

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A very basic guidebook for the young as well as for the beginners who wants to draw with water colours.

Highlights of the book:
✔️ Basic, clear and easy to follow instructions
✔️ Basic introductions of the materials that would be required
✔️ Basic steps on how to mix colours
✔️ Interactive exercises
✔️ Clever, minimal representation while providing all the information needed
✔️ Real pictures

An impressive beginner's guidebook I would say.

Thank you, Quarto Publishing Group - Walter Foster Publishing, for the advance reading copy.

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I received a copy of this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This is a beautiful book!

While the title says these paintings are effortless they seem like they take a bit of effort, but the book breaks everything down. There's information on brushes, techniques, and basic information like mixing colors. The book acts as a guide that lays out different images like flowers or birds and shows how to make them. Each image is pretty small and while I would have liked a bit more step-by-step as a beginner there is a good amount of information on how to bring each image to life.

There's helpful tips throughout the book as well as information on making your own paintings.

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15-Minute Painting: Effortless Watercolor is a beginner book full of encourage for those wanting to give watercolour painting a try. The style is easy but very loose and won't appeal to everyone. All the basic instructions from equipment to colours, and techniques are included in a high level easy to understand style. The projects are really quick to complete with step by step instructions and the results are really pleasing. Overall a great starter book.

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What a 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 a beginner like me. The projects really are doable in 15 minutes, making them achievable, and bringing lots of satisfaction. This book had me painting flowers and birds that not only looked like I wanted them to, but that I was proud of as well. 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. Couldn’t recommend this book highly enough.

Thank you to Quarto Publishing Group – Walter Foster and Netgalley for an eARC of this book to read and review.

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Did you ever want to paint for enjoyment and thought, “it’s to much work and messy!” I did. And I’ve always been fascinated by watercolor. I love how it looks.
So about the book: it talks about all the ins and outs of watercolor. The pictures are brilliant and brings out me inner motivation to at least try it.
The author gives lots of creative exercises (how-to) with clear step by step illustrations in it.
I’m not sure it would be a 15 minute thing for me but it did feel more doable for me. I hope this was helpful.
Thanks Walter Foster Publishing via NetGalley.

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I am always want to pick watercolour painting as new stress reliever hobby. But actually I don't have courage to try. In my opinion it is mostly depends on talents. But this book make me confidence that everyone can try make painting.

This book is suitable for beginner. It informing us with so much basic technics and training. Simple and adorable project that we can do and done in 15 mins.
I am eager to try some of the project.

Thanks Netgalley for providing me with this book. I am learning something new today.

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It must be fun fact week because another fun fact is I love to paint. I don’t do it as often as I would like but I am trying to prioritize more time for it. Watercolor is my favorite medium so when I saw this book I thought it would be a great way to regain some momentum for making more regular time to paint again.

The synopsis says “learn to” paint but any painter can gain inspiration and get ideas from a book like this. It includes step by step instructions with photos for easy reference and guidance while working on your own piece. It notes recommended supplies and very nicely breaks the book down into sections based on birds, still life, flowers and more. It discusses paper, paints, brushes and even the basics on mixing and creating colors. I enjoyed the quick tip inserts and found them to be helpful and be great suggestions. Depending on your own style and techniques you use I would say that there may be some additional dry time for layers or effects not necessarily factored into the “15 minutes”. The same would go for set up and clean up but I do agree a lot of these guides and suggestions would be quick and doable for a beginner.

Never be afraid of experimenting with art. It could be exactly how you discover a talent you have or determine what you like best. Always keep in mind any art is subjective and beauty is in the eye of the beholder so don’t put too much pressure on yourself if you are just beginning or more advanced and in a rut.

My thanks to Walter Foster Publishing, an imprint of The Quarto Group, for providing me with an advanced eGalley/PDF copy of the book on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This will be published on May 3rd, 2022. If you are a painter or someone you know is you may find this helpful for tips and inspiration too. Even if you don’t desire to recreate the exact examples books like this are perfect for ideas.

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When you don't have much time to paint
Self-taught artist and art teacher Angela Marie Moulton presents her book "15-Minute Painting: Effortless Watercolor. From sketch to finished painting in just 15 minutes!" which was published by Quarto Publishing Group – Walter Foster. It is the first book in the 15-Minute Series The first part of the book is dedicated to topics such as "Tools & Materials," "Paints," and "Mixing Color." The second part of the book treats topics such as "Flowers," "Still Life," and "Animals." I highly appreciate the statement of Moulton in "Getting Started" Moulton: "While many people may feel inspired to paint with watercolor, the challenge is finding the time to make it happen This book will help you get started using approachable projects that can be completed in just 15 minutes. Of course, you may take more time, but you should be able to complete each project in one sitting. But remember, there are no hard and fast rules You are in charge You are in control. Sometimes all one needs is a little nudge. And now, you are off and running!" (p. 5). This can be an encouragement to beginners and advanced artists.
The book comes with quick tips, additional information (e.g., flesh and hair tones on p. 98), creative exercises, and also list the supplies needed for the various painting. As such it is a good book for beginners and advanced artists who need ideas when they do not have a lot of time to paint.
The complimentary copy of this book was provided by the publisher through NetGalley free of charge. I was under no obligation to offer a positive review. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
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15-Minute Painting: Effortless Watercolor is a tremendous book for new and developing watercolor artists. The key message is to let the watercolors create the art. Moulton walks readers through the basics of brush technique to produce multiple effects. Many new watercolor artists struggle with brush control, but Moulton offers encouragement and guidance with good creative exercises to illustrate how applying paints to a simple pencil drawing can make paper burst with shape and color. The accompanying illustrations and photographs offer excellent step-by-step examples. This book is an essential purchase for new artists, classrooms, and libraries.

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(In a sing-song voice) This book is beautiful! 15-Minute Painting:Effortless Watercolor by Angela Marie Moulton will make you want to tackle watercolor painting. I have been wanting for ages and now I'm gonna do it!

The book talks about how you can have a start to finish project done in 15 minutes. There is some invest on supplies although in my personal opinion very affordable for the paints last so long because just a little bit is needed. The skillset that she has and uses that to give the watercolorist to be confidence is there! Albeit Angela is very talented and yes like she said so much is in the colors but when you're an artist and can draw that is the key because most of the watercolor project starts with a sketch and okay let's draw a bird and now watercolor it. But it can seem daunting but the way Angela has designed this book you feel like if you didn't have a creative bone in your body you can draw that bird and watercolor.

Tomorrow I will be getting the paper, paints, and brushes and begin and I hope it's the beginning of a lifelong joy. I feel it. This is the book that is finally taking me on that joyful path to watercoloring.

I'd love to update on this endeavor I'm about to undertake. As a Naturalist, we were supposed to sketch in our nature books and I wish I could fill it with watercolor sketches and now I will. :)

I'd like to thank NetGalley, the publisher Quartro Publishing for another fantastic book, and of course Angela Marie Moulton the author and illustrator.

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Thank you Net Galley, the publisher, and author for providing me a copy for my honest review. This is an excellent resource for learning the basics of water color painting. I love the overview of materials and getting started as well as the short and easy lessons the author walks the artist through completing. Anyone will be successful picking this book up and following the steps to complete these paintings. This is more of a beginner level book, but it is an excellent one that I highly recommend.

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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 excellent 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 landscapes to floral to still life practicing which you can create your own designs also. Definitely, 5 stars for the book.

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A wonderful book! I'm learning watercolor at the moment and this is a great book to further develop my skills. It's laid out well and easy to understand so highly recommended!!

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I really enjoyed this; it was more of a technique reminder for me though, and a crash course in watercolor. I was given watercolor lessons as a gift about 10 years ago and fell in love with the medium, then I just stopped painting and sort of moved on to something else. During the pandemic however, I picked it back up again and realized that I lost a lot of what I learned. This was a nice reminder, with a lot of basic info on brushes, techniques, and color. There are bits of a guide and of course the author makes everything look so effortless, I would have liked a more stroke-by-stroke approach on things but for the most part it was a nice little lesson, but also a reminder that art is what you make and put into it. Find your own style.

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This is a very attractive book with all the necessary background information to get you started in watercolor painting. The author also provides easy-to-follow step by step instructions and tips on several nice projects, all of which can be completed in 15 minutes or less!

It's readily apparent that a lot of thought and love went into the writing of this book. Good for beginners or those who have painted before, this makes it all seem very doable - often the first hurdle for someone interested in pursuing a new interest.

My thanks to Walter Foster Publishing for permitting me to access an ARC of the book via NetGalley. All opinions expressed in this review are my own and are freely given.

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Simple and Cheery! Cute ideas for watercolor beginners and enthusiasts with instructions and basic drawings, so that those of us without drawing skills can still create cute and whimsical artwork.

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Cute ideas the first few paintings are easy enough and look cute. I would have loved if there was a few more steps added for the advance lessons.

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Finally an accessible guide to watercolor! I was thrilled to find this resource because I am a teacher and busy mom of a young son. Taking 15-30 minutes to be creative feels totally doable, and I never thought that I would say that about watercolor.

The book is designed so that the easier challenges are in the front. You get used to it and start developing watercolor skills at the same time! I am going to start using this with my students as well.

Thank you to the author, publisher, and NetGalley for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review.

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I would only recommend this book for someone who is truly s beginner. The tools and explanations for each project was very nice. I wish it pushed the reader to try more complex techniques. I think many of the projects were really simple which is nice for complete beginners but not so nice for intermediate artists who are just new to watercolors. I still appreciated the tools section the most.

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Learn to create simple, colorful works of art using easy, step-by-step watercolor painting techniques that require minimal time, effort, and only the most basic supplies.
An ideal "first book" for absolute beginners, 15-Minute Painting: Effortless Watercolor uses large brushstrokes and minimal, colorful palettes to help budding artists create light, carefree paintings in practically no time at all. After a quick overview of the basic tools and materials, including papers, brushes, and paints, and a brief introduction to choosing and mixing colors, Effortless Watercolor demonstrates how to use just a few brushstrokes to create lively works of art in a simple, modern style.

From vibrant birds and florals to expressive landscapes and still lifes, follow along with these step-by-step projects to create quick-and-easy masterpieces—a perfect formula for artists just getting started. Effortless Watercolor provides a unique introduction to watercolor painting, from choosing the right brushes and paints to creating inspired works of art using easy painting techniques—no experience required.

Books in the 15-Minute Series are perfect primers for beginning artists who want to learn the basics. Designed to be used as artist notebooks, these interactive workbooks include prompts and exercises that allow beginning artists to test out their skills directly inside the book.

My Thoughts: This is a book packed full of information, well written, easy to follow, and lots of photos! This is a wonderful book for those just starting out in watercolor, or those interested to see what it may entail. With plenty of exercises and demonstrations for techniques and equipment needed, the reader will enjoy and get a lot of information from this book
I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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I love this book. So simple to follow and the initial pages where you are encouraged to just have ago are great. Such a triumph that I can't wait to get started!

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