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  • Publisher: Search Press
  • Edition: BC Paperback
  • Publication: 20 March 2019
  • ISBN 13/EAN: 9781782216841
  • Stock: 50+
  • Hurt Stock: £4.50 (4 available)
  • Size: 216x292 mm
  • Illustrations: 300
  • Pages: 64
  • RRP: £8.99
  • Series: Take Three Colours
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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

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

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 professionally for over 20 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 participates in several art shows and appears regularly on television as well as on his own internet-based art show at www.watercolour.tv

Matthew has now written his seventh book with Search Press, with total books sales of over 118,000 copies worldwide.


Customer review

As a fan of Matthew Palmer, I already have his first book, Watercolour for the Absolute Beginner, so I was absolutely delighted to receive this new book. I spend a good deal of time in the Lake District, so this book was just perfect for me as it combined my joy of painting with the type of scenery I love. Although this book is aimed at the beginner, I also think it works well for the more experienced artist. Matthew has such a laid back, easy going style, he can make anyone believe in themselves, and find that inner artist. Using just three colours and three brushes, we are guided through a variety of projects (9 in all) from snow capped mountains to sunsets and lush green meadows. Every project is clearly explained and well illustrated. It is not just mountains, as Matthew gives tips along the way for painting trees, skies, reflections, rocks, buildings and even figures. The pages are dotted with tips, and jargon busters perfect for beginners. To summarise, this book is well thought out and simple to follow. It proves one can achieve great results without spending a fortune on lots of equipment. I think it would appeal to beginners and more experienced artists, and would highly recommend it. 

Customer review

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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