Wild Watercolour

Connect to the natural world through the art of painting

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Pub Date Apr 02 2024 | Archive Date Mar 28 2024

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Discover your inner artist and deep connection with nature with this striking project book on the basics of watercolour from Inga Buividavice.

Wild Watercolour starts with an introduction to the basic techniques of watercolour, coaching you for painting success by showing you how to recreate nature’s wildlife and habitats.

Experience how the practical medium of painting in watercolour can connect us to inner and outer nature, and be freeing, joyful and wild! Each step-by-step project introduces a new watercolour technique.

Learn the basics with guided exercises showing you how to depict your favourite animals in watercolour, including:

  • Dry brush on wet effect – red pandas
  • Wet brush on wet effect – beetles
  • Glazing – ladybirds
  • Blooms – hare silhouettes
  • Pulling technique – frogs
  • Watercolour and ink – koi fish
  • Using masking tape – snake
  • Using different textures – turtles
  • Expressive features – flamingos
  • Using space – dolphins
  • Different brush strokes – chameleons
  • Painting patterns – butterflies

With mindful reflections on the meditative benefits of watercolour, experiment and develop your skills, all whilst taking inspiration from the world around you. Once you’ve learned the power of the paintbrush, let your creativity blossom by stumbling into nature! This stunning project book guides you to become an independent watercolourist, painting what you see when the meditative moment strikes.

Learn the calming art of watercolour, connect with your inner artist and be inspired by the wonderful wildlife all around you. Create a space of mindful calm as you settle down with your brush and paper and learn how watercolour can open up a world of serenity, creativity and appreciation of nature.
Discover your inner artist and deep connection with nature with this striking project book on the basics of watercolour from Inga Buividavice.

Wild Watercolour starts with an introduction to the basic...

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This was such a delightful informative art book for watercolor. (Watercolor) the author clearly helps you learn and find your skill set in watercolor by her clear and amazing mini lessons with these pages.
An absolute must buy for any artist and lover of watercolor.

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What a beautiful and inspiring book this is!

As an acrylic artist myself I have always been fascinated by the whimsy look of watercolours but have struggled with the medium. This book provides an easy to understand step-by-step approach to effectively build colour to achieve adorable wildlife art. It includes over a dozen projects to try (including a "fluffy red panda" and a "textured tortoise"!) and the section on the butterfly patterns is truly stunning!

If you're a fan of whimsical watercolour art like me, I highly recommend this one!

Thank you NetGalley and Quarto Publishing Group (Leaping Hare Press) for access to the e-book!

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Thank you NetGalley and Quarto Publishing Group, Leaping Hare Press for providing me with a free advance reader copy of this book. These opinions are my own.

This book is filled with inspiring projects and well-organized instruction. I appreciate that the author starts with basic information about getting started with watercolor and that the projects build specific skills. I am still intimidated and doubt my own ability to create anything near as beautiful, but I will be picking up a copy of this book upon its release.

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This is such an amazing watercolor book. I just started painting, animals and nature in particular, and Inga Buividavice gives such great advice on how to use the watercolor medium. She also provides amazing detail on how to draw the outline, then color it in. I can see my skills improving with this book.

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Wild Watercolour : Connect to the natural world through the art of painting. This book explores a range of watercolour techniques through a collection of wildlife projects. Although it isn't step by step it is still suitable for beginners and above who want to experiment with different techniques. It is full of inspiring ideas, beautiful illustrations, and easy to follow instructions, and would make a lovely gift.

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I am very interested in learning to use watercolors so when I saw this as a Read Now on NetGalley I grabbed it. I’m glad I did. It’s a beautiful how-to book with clear instructions and advice on needed art supplies, the steps needed to paint with watercolors, etc. She also gives a wide variety of projects using different watercolor techniques to give the reader practice using those techniques. This is a useful guide book for those interested in learning to use watercolors. Personally can’t wait to get some supplies and try the first project in this book.

**Thanks to the author and publisher for the e-arc I received via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.**

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This book is so beautiful and detailed. I am not quite advanced enough in my watercolor skills to tackle many of the project within, but the author provides so many techniques and styles that it is both inspiring and confidence building. She does an excellent job breaking projects down simply in order to draw and paint them. It is a beautiful dive into watercolor.

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What a fantastic step by step watercolor book. I saw this one and thought the cover was so cute I needed to pick it up.

Inside there are so many good projects and teachings that use different watercolor techniques. What I like about this one is rather than using the techniques with landscapes, it’s animals.

It’s cute, beginner friendly, and offers a little something special. Definitely recommend.

Thank you to the publisher and netgalley for this review ecopy.

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This was a fantastic guide. A lot of watercolor books are focused so much on flowers and plants. It is great to try something new!
Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for the ARC , which I was provided in exchange for an honest review.

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Stunning! The illustrations are simply beautiful and it was so interesting to see how from a little splotch of color, we can create something new, real. The step-by-step “instructions” are short (but still detailed enough) and to the point. I absolutely loved the creative tips at the very end of the book - something a lot of similar books often forget about.
It doesn't matter if you're already confident in your artistic skills, starting your journey, of even if you just enjoy watching beautiful art - I cannot recommend this book enough!

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When I came across this book, I decided to take my watercolours out of the box and give it a try. Despite what it may seem, it is not an easy technique and very few people are able to paint it intuitively. Inga Buividavice's book was a great help to me. It is a very informative guide to mastering the basics of watercolour painting and sketching. I spent a whole day doing the exercises in it and I am sure that I have learnt a lot. The book is well organised and contains projects suitable for all levels, including beginners. I would recommend it to anyone who wants to learn more about watercolour and improve their skills.

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Inga Buividavice’s watercolor books are filled with technique pointers and inspiration — Wild Watercolor is no exception. The instructions are clear, the content is well-organized, and the projects feel doable, even to a beginner like me.

Especially powerful for me was Ms. Buividavice’s point about “perfect imperfection” — the idea that absolute perfection is boring and that even experienced artists struggle; the point is to keep trying and not to be quite so judgy—a good lesson.

This is a beautiful book and a great addition to anyone wanting to learn to use watercolor.

Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the digital ARC.

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Wild Watercolour: Connect To The Natural World Through The Art Of Painting
By Inga Buividavice

I have been playing with the idea of learning how to watercolor. I enjoy dabbling in creative projects as a means to step away from my busy day and benefit from some relaxing quiet time. When I spotted Inga Buividavice’s book, I was delighted! The cover and interior illustrations were simply beautiful. Buividavice presents the reader with a guide for painting creature from the natural world. She discusses color theory, illustrates a variety of water color techniques (i.e., dry brush on wet, wet brush on wet, glazing, blooms, texture, etc.) and provides over a dozen practice exercises. Her suggestions for materials and brands were practical and accessible. The author’s step-by-step instructions were clear, approachable, and well organized. I was especially impressed with her philosophy of “perfect imperfection” in which she expresses the idea that perfection is boring, that even experienced artist struggle and most importantly that one needs to continue to experiment, dare to make mistakes and practice, practice, practice. I would recommend Wild Watercolour to anyone who is looking for an informative guide to mastering the basics or to improve their water color painting skills. I look forward to more from Buividavice.

Many thanks to the author @Inga.Buive, #QuatroPublishingGroup and @NetGalley for the pleasure of reading this eARC in exchange for an honest review.

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I really enjoyed this watercolor book. The author did a great job of organizing the different topics of watercolor in a way that didn’t feel overwhelming and covered basic methods used for the projects featured. I enjoyed the numerous different animal projects and the examples and instructions included.

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Starting with an overview of techniques, then going into a step by step tutorial for individual wildlife watercolors, Wild Watercolor is as in depth and useful as it is beautiful!
This book includes so many different ideas and techniques, while also encouraging you to enjoy the process and "paint wild", allowing for no two pieces to be exactly the same.
It's a beautiful book to look at and gain inspiration from!

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This watercolor book is extremely helpful.
Since middle school, I have loved to draw and paint, but I never really knew what I was doing. I just did my thing. The author is extremely helpful and descriptive in this book, and it has been very helpful for my art progress!

I 100% recommend this book to artists who love to paint, especially in watercolor!

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This book displays great techniques for capturing watercolor wildlife. I would recommend this book for people wanting to learn to use watercolor. It has beautiful imagery, with an easy-to-understand flow to the book. A great addition to our library watercolor collection.

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Watercolour books can sometimes be a little repetitive with their intros, but in Wild Watercolours, it is a practical collection of confidence-building skills. I learned a lot from it.. The exercises are described step by step, building on new skills gradually. I also found the techniques transferable to other projects. I will be sure to add some of the tips and tricks to my repertoire of skills.

Overall, the author give the readers an inspiring urge to let the medium be wild and unpredictable and to bring back the playing aspect of learning new techniques. It’s everything I love about watercolour. I’m very grateful to have had a chance to read an advanced copy via NetGalley.

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