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  • Publisher: Search Press
  • Edition: BC Paperback
  • Publication: 20 March 2019
  • ISBN 13/EAN: 9781782216841
  • Stock: 50+
  • Size: 216x292 mm
  • Illustrations: 300
  • Pages: 64
  • RRP: £8.99
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Take Three Colours: Watercolour Mountains


Start to paint with 3 colours, 3 brushes and 9 easy projects by Matthew Palmer

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Book Description

Learn to paint a variety of mountain scenes with Matthew Palmer using just three colours and three brushes.

'There’s no grandstanding or showmanship, just solid, honest instructions and demonstrations that produce solid, worthwhile results.'

Paint convincing watercolour mountain scenes using just 3 colours, 3 brushes, a palette and a pad of paper.

From only 3 affordable watercolour paints in red, blue and yellow you can mix a huge range of colours and paint beautiful landscapes you’ll be proud to hang on your wall. Starting from the simplest of mountain scenes, Matthew builds your skills as you progress through the 9 easy projects in the book, and by the end you’ll be amazed at what you have achieved.

Clear instructions and step-by-step photographs show you how to add detail, shadow and distance to a scene, and there are numerous handy tips and helpful jargon busters’ to help you learn the basic watercolour techniques. Before you know it, you’ll have acquired all the skills you need to paint your own wonderful mountain scenes in watercolour.

Matthew uses French ultramarine, cadmium yellow and alizarin crimson and sizes 12, 6 and 2 round brushes.

Table of Contents

Using the colours
Using the brushes
Simple mountain
Snow-capped mountain
Mountain at sunset
Scottish loch
Alpine scene
Across the meadow
Lake District
On the water
Frosty night
Transferring a drawing

About the Author

About Matthew Palmer

Matthew Palmer is a renowned demonstrator of watercolour painting, and his classes are particularly popular with beginners. He has been painting seriously for over twenty years and specializes in landscapes, still life and animals. He has his own studio at his home in Derbyshire, UK and teaches hundreds of people each week, as well as running watercolour workshops and holidays. He has many personal exhibitions, participates in several art shows and appears regularly on television as well as on his own internet-based art show at


Matthew's work is so distinctive. I can recognise his work a mile off. He has such a talent with colour. I am always amazed by the results I can achieve with Matthew's tutorials. His books and videos are so detailed, yet easy to follow.

If you are looking to learn watercolour techniques I highly recommend you start with Matthew Palmer.

I have several of his books, brushes and paints, they are all fabulous. A beautiful book.

The latest instalment in this user-friendly series is a worthy addition to the canon. Matthew Palmer is an intelligent and sympathetic tutor who carries his abilities lightly. Theres nothing too ambitious and he is happy to take a back seat and let the student work at their own pace. Theres no grandstanding or showmanship, just solid, honest instructions and demonstrations that produce solid, worthwhile results.

Its a Yes from me.

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