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  • Publisher: Search Press
  • Edition: BC Paperback
  • Publication: 22 October 2020
  • ISBN 13/EAN: 9781782217848
  • Stock: Temporarily Out of Stock
  • Hurt Stock: £5.00 (13 available)
  • Size: 204x260 mm
  • Illustrations: 300
  • Pages: 160
  • RRP: £9.99
  • Series: Painting Step-by-Step
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Watercolour Flowers Step-by-Step


by Wendy Tait & Richard Bolton

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Book Description

Be inspired to paint beautiful flowers in watercolour by the four respected artists featured in this comprehensive guide. Each artist has their own individual style and provides detailed instruction on the tools, materials and techniques they use. 

Learn about painting wild flowers from Wendy Tait, including composition, sketching, painting backgrounds, and expert tips on how to improve your flower portraits. There's a fascinating section on achieving light in flower painting by Jackie Barrass, and an exploration of creative techniques with Richard Bolton. Finally, Ann Mortimer guides you through depicting flowers in the landscape with four stunning projects.

With a total of 12 gorgeous projects to choose from, this highly practical book will provide all the instruction and inspiration you need to create amazing watercolour flower paintings in a range of styles.

This book uses material previously published in the highly successful Step-by-Step Leisure Arts series and the Watercolour Tips and Techniques series.

Table of Contents


Basic techniques

Stretching paper

Using masking fluid

Wild flowers in watercolour

Colours for wild flowers

Planning your painting




Painting your painting


Honeysuckle spray step-by-step

Wild roses step-by-step

Wild flowers step-by-step

Watercolour flower portraits

Choosing your colours

Painting terms explained

Composing flower portraits




Daffodils and catkins step-by-step

Primroses, pansies and heather step-by-step

Anemones step-by-step

Light in flowers painting

Light and colour

Backlit lily step-by-step

Creative techniques for flowers

Irises step-by-step

Flowers in the landscape

Using colour

Incorporating the landscape

Daffodils and a stone wall step-by-step

Hellebores step-by-step

Mailbox and hollyhocks step-by-step

Daisies on a table step-by-step


About the Author

About Wendy Tait

Wendy Tait gave demonstrations and taught classes to art clubs and societies. Although she no longer teaches, she remains as busy as ever, enjoying writing and illustrating books and painting in several different media. 

About Richard Bolton

Richard Bolton is a professional watercolour artist who enjoys travelling and painting. He has written a number of successful art books from his visits around the world. He now lives and works in New Zealand with his wife.


Customer Review

It does show lots of technique how to plan a drawing perspective colour mixing.

There are FOUR artists all with very different styles.

It's a beautiful book well presented lots of illustrations & lots of written explanations.


Some inspiring projects, and a mix of techniques to try. They are good tutorials if you have some experience or understanding of watercolour. Overall Id say an inspiring book with nice ideas.

Crafts Beautiful

Watercolour Flowers Step-by-Step is a title that manages to stand out in one of the craft's most competitive fields. Giving crafters the chance to either establish or hone their card front florals, it's driven by a bundle of projects outlined with clear and concise instructions that manage to offer something to beginners, intermediates, and even experts.

Leisure Painter - December 2020

Drawing on previously published material from Search Press's Leisure Arts and Watercolour Tips and Techniques series, Watercolour Flowers: Step by Step includes advice from Wendy Tait, Jackie Barras, Richard Bolton and Ann Mortimer. Each of the artists has their own unique watercolour style so this book provides a wide range of information that will encourage you to paint successful flower paintings in a variety of ways. The book is divided into four sections: Wendy Tait focuses on wild flowers, Jackie Barras looks at how to achieve light in flower painting, Richard Bolton explores how to develop creative techniques and Ann Mortimer concludes by painting flowers in the landscape. There are also 12 projects for you to work through.

Crafts Beautiful

Authored by four professional artists, this book guides you through the process to paint beautiful blooms. Wendy Tait shows you the essentials for painting wild flowers, teaching you composition, whilst Jackie Barrass focuses on achieving light within your paintings. Richard Bolton explores more techniques, and Ann Mortimer provides expert advice on painting floral depiction in landscapes. Each section helps any artist create their own style using watercolours.

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