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  • Publisher: Search Press
  • Edition: BC Paperback
  • Publication: 15 August 2018
  • ISBN 13/EAN: 9781782217046
  • Stock: Temporarily Out of Stock
  • Size: 170x220 mm
  • Illustrations: 400
  • Pages: 128
  • RRP Price: £8.99
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Five-Minute Watercolour


Super-quick techniques for amazing paintings by Samantha Nielsen

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Book Description

Over 50 bitesize exercises to help you make watercolour painting a part of your day.

Many novice artists are intimidated by the prospect of trawling through very technical drawing books, especially given our busy day-to-day lives. Five-Minute Watercolour is a handy companion as you explore your artistic potential by sketching in watercolour in five minutes you can produce a great painting that you'll be proud to keep and share.

Discover 55 bitesize exercises, written in jargon-free language, to help you make watercolour painting a part of your day. Starting with advice on the basic supplies you will need, professional urban watercolour artist Samantha Nielsen takes you through all the techniques required to begin and pursue your creative journey - from brush control to using warm and cool colours, followed by advice on implementing these techniques such as painting skies, seascapes or people. Samantha then helps you take it further by showing you how to capture movement and create depth. Every spread in the book features five expert tips and ideas, as well as examples of amazing five-minute watercolour sketches to inspire you.

For new and aspiring artists everywhere who've dreamt of making art a part of their working lives, this pocket book is perfect for you.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1: Tools - Essential art equipment you'll need and advice on how to use them before you start

Chapter 2: Techniques - Basic watercolour techniques

Chapter 3: Implementing Techniques - How to use the techniques in the previous chapter to paint your chosen subject, from painting landscapes and skies to individual subjects such as flowers and people

Chapter 4: Take It Further - With the techniques from the previous chapters under your belt, learn more advanced skills and theory to take your paintings to the next level; from capturing movement and exploring artistic license to understanding colour swatches and what other materials you can use, in conjunction with watercolour, to add depth and interest

Key Elements - Bitesize chapter summarising basic art theory, from perspective to essential shapes



About the Author

About Samantha Nielsen

Samantha Nielsen has a strong following on Instagram with her whimsical and appealing watercolour paintings. Based in in Duluth, Minnesota USA, her main medium is watercolour and ink, and she is an active member of the Urban Sketching community. She is a successful seller of watercolour paintings and prints on Etsy and also has her own podcast on Anchor FM radio. In addition, she produces easy to follow watercolour tutorial videos on Facebook.

Check out her Instagram via @sj_nielsen, her Facebook page via @artbysjnielsen, and her Etsy shop via


Paint magazine (November 2018)

This is much more than a book for the time-poor and is a rather delightful treasure house of ideas for sketching and note-taking.

Here, working quickly is something to aim for. Get it down before it moves, the light changes or you simply forget what it was that caught your eye and your imagination in the first place.

It's quick-fire and brimming with hints and tips, and it's really rather fun. 

Leisure Painter, November 2018

Aimed at artists who are just starting out and busy painters short on time, Five-Minute Watercolour by Samantha Nielsen will help you explore the medium through 55 bite-size exercises. Starting with tools and basic techniques, Samantha then shows you how to implement those techniques, including sections on painting landscapes and skies, flowers and people. The final section deals with more advanced skills, such as understanding colour, watercolour mediums and adding impact. The instruction is accessible, jargon free and concise so there's no excuse for not finding time to practise every day. 

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