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  • Publisher: Search Press
  • Edition: BC Paperback
  • Publication: 23 August 2019
  • ISBN 13/EAN: 9781782216971
  • Stock: 50+
  • Size: 216x292 mm
  • Illustrations: 200
  • Pages: 64
  • RRP: £8.99
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Take Three Colours: Watercolour Lakes & Rivers


Start to paint with 3 colours, 3 brushes and 9 easy projects by Stephen Coates

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Book Description

'I have reviewed a lot of books on painting for beginners but this series is the best to date. Very highly recommended for anybody who wants to learn watercolour painting.'

With 3 colours, 3 brushes and this practical advice, you can start painting water scenes in watercolour with just 9 projects.

Even if you have never picked up a paintbrush before, professional watercolour teacher and artist Stephen Coates will show you how to paint lakes and rivers in watercolour using just three brushes, three colours, a plastic palette and a watercolour pad.

Using just red, blue and yellow paint Stephen shows you how to paint nine realistic watercolour scenes. There is no off-putting colour theory or long-winded mixing information, just a practical absolute beginner’s course that shows the three colours in action. Build your skills through each of the nine easy paintings, starting from the simplest of scenes and ending with a more challenging, stunning picture you’ll be proud to have painted.

There are step-by-step photographs for each project, clear instruction and advice throughout, and handy tips and jargon busters. Each of Stephen’s finished paintings is shown at full size for easy reference, which you can even use to trace from for a stress-free painting experience.

This is a straightforward, economical, practical progressive course to painting lakes and river scenes in watercolour.

Stephen uses the following paints and brushes in this book: 

  • Winsor & Newton Cotman watercolours - Raw Sienna, Light Red and Ultramarine.
  • Brushes - Proarte Series 101 round size 2, Series 101 round size 8, Proarte 3/4inch Mini hake flat goat hair brush.

Table of Contents

Introduction  6
Using the colours  8
Using the brushes  10
- Derwent Water  12
- Swans on The Broads  16
- Highland Lake  21
- Autumn Trees by the Riverside  26
- Eilean Donan Castle  32
- River Tweed in Winter  38
- River Brathay  43
- Bridge over the Stream  49
- Brograve Windmill  56
Transferring a drawing  64

About the Author

About Stephen Coates

Stephen Coates was born in Sheffield in 1960. Son of a draughtsman, he was introduced to drawing at a very young age. He excelled in art at school but chose a career in retail, working first in the music industry for 16 years followed by another 16 years running his own catering business. Largely self taught, Stephen specialised in watercolours and over a period of around twenty years, developed his own style and unique brand of teaching in his spare time. In 2011 he traded his sandwich business for a career in art and teaching. He became a full time professional freelance artist and set up his own studio in Sheffield with a purpose designed teaching facility. He runs courses, workshops and hosts his own amateur art groups. He also demonstrates his skills and shares his expertise at art societies all over England. Stephen's successful teaching business inspired him to write and compile a watercolour teaching manual. He wanted to bring the excitement of his live teaching into the pages of a book so that students could truly experience the learning process in a vivid and lifelike way in the comfort of their own homes. Stephen exhibits at a variety of art shows and loves to share his experiences with people.

Leisure Painter

From the oopular Take Three Colours series comes Stephen's Coate's Water Lakes & Rivers. Using just three colours- red,blue and yellow- Stephen shows us how to paint lakes and rivers in watercolour. And it's not just the colours that are limited: a plastic palette and watercolour pad and three brushes are all you need to begin. The projects have been carefully chosen so that even the most novice painter will be able to achieve encouraging results straight away. Clear step-by-step photographs cover each stage of the process and the finished paintings are shown full size so that you can trace over them to further ease your journey.

Art Book Review

Take 3 Colours is a brilliantly simple idea thats been brilliantly presented. All of the authors so far have understood the brief impeccably and Stephen Coates is no exception.

The strapline is 3 colours, 3 brushes, 9 easy projects and its not just a superb way to get started with painting, but also an approach that strips your technique back to essentials if youre feeling its got just too complicated and that you may be over-working.

Paint Magazine

To build anew, you first have to take apart what was there and this delightful book will help you see the world through fresh eyes.

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