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  • Publisher: Search Press
  • Edition: BC Paperback Flexibound, with taped detachable 25-page sketchpad
  • Publication: 03 January 2019
  • ISBN 13/EAN: 9781782217183
  • Stock: 6 in stock
  • Size: 203x254 mm
  • Illustrations: 640
  • Pages: 185
  • RRP: £15.99
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Watercolour Plant Art

£15.99

20 prints to paint and frame by Nikki Strange

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Book Description

A modern twist on watercolour flower painting - learn to paint your houseplants in the comfort of your own home.

London-based designer Nikki Strange takes you through 20 highly visual step-by-step projects. New and budding artists can learn to paint beautiful leafy balms, exotic flowers, succulents and more, so you can create a modern artwork that you'll love to display in your home, use as stationery or proudly give to your friends and family. 

The process of studying and recreating each plant is described in clear step-by-step instructions, accompanied by stunning photography and a clean, contemporary design. In addition, a 25-sheet sketchpad with outlines of all the projects faintly printed on the pages is attached to the book for you to draw and paint on, so you can get started right away.

Table of Contents

Meet Nikki

Chapter One: Getting Started
Tools and materials
- Colour theory and mixing
Core skills and techniques

Chapter Two: The Botanicals
- Palm Leaves
- Monstera
- Banana Leaf
- Cacti
- Vine Climber
- Sapling
- Snake Plant
- Fiscus Elastica
- Succulents
- Orange Tee & Lemon Tree
- Degonia Maculata
- Anthuriums
- Medinilla Magnifica
- Coloured backgrounds
- Dark backgrounds
- Autumn
- Ferns
- Eucalyptus
- Seeds & pods
- Christmas

Index and Credits

About the Author

About Nikki Strange

Nikki Strange is a London-based designer of stationery, accessories, and greeting cards. She uses watercolours and inks to create fluid and highly textural motifs inspired by her love of nature, travel, and colour. Since starting her company in 2013, Nikki has seen international success and her products are now stocked widely in the UK (including at Topshop and Selfridges) as well as in the US, Australia, Hong Kong, and across Europe. Visit her online at nikkistrange.co.uk or on Instagram @nikkistrangedesign.

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Watercolour Plant Art review where do I start?! This book is INCREDIBLE! Nikki Strange is an inspirational and extremely talented artist who expertly guides you through her own methods for creating Watercolour Plant Art!

The contents page is clear and accessible it doesnt feel overwhelming at all! The book has a wide variety of projects which allows you to explore different styles, colours, techniques, and layouts so there is sure to be something that will catch your eye!

Before starting the projects, Nikki guides you through paints, papers, brushes, palettes, colour-theory and different watercolour techniques in an easy-to-follow style which is also really helpful to continue to refer back to as you work your way through the projects!

Each project starts off with a clear photo of the painting along with a list of materials, colours, and colour mixes. As someone who doesnt have a huge variety of paints (Im very new to watercolour), I found it really helpful when Nikki specifies the colours, what each mix is made up of and also how Nikki uses only a handful of colours to do all of the projects in the book! It makes it easy to follow and really accessible.

The project is broken down into step-by-step actions (colours, what brush to use and what technique to use) so that it doesnt feel overwhelming!

I had so much fun working my way through the projects and playing with different techniques, colour mixes, plants, and projects!

Ive never done watercolour before, so it was a real learning curve for me to try these projects, but it didnt feel overwhelming at all. Nikki speaks of letting go of control and letting the water work its magic with the paint and it is such a good mentality because it helped me to get lost in the process rather than worrying about the finesse of the painting!

The book comes with a sketchpad with the outline for each project so that you can watercolour directly onto the outline.

All in all, this is a phenomenal book and I would recommend it to anyone interested in watercolour from those starting out to those whove been painting for much longer! It is clear to follow, understandable, detailed, accessible, inspirational, creative, and utterly beautiful! An absolute 5* book!


Leisure Painter, February 2019

Nikki Strange brings a modern twist to botanical painting by using the plants you can find in the comfort of your own home as your subjects. Twenty step-by-step projects clearly demonstrate how to paint leafy balms, exotic flowers and succulents, which can then be used as stationery or framed to display. The approach is clean and contemporary and a 25-sheet sketchpad is included with outlines of all the projects pre-printed so you can get started straight away. 

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