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  • Publisher: Search Press
  • Edition: BC Paperback
  • Publication: 31 May 2023
  • ISBN 13/EAN: 9781782218579
  • Stock: Not Yet Published
  • Size: 216x280 mm
  • Illustrations: 500
  • Pages: 128
  • RRP: £14.99

Water-Mixable Oils


A beginner’s guide to painting in this vibrant medium by Sarah Wimperis

Book Description

Water-mixable oil paints offer all the qualities of traditional oils rich pigments, buttery consistency, long drying times but with one remarkable difference, there is no need for solvents!

This book will encourage and inspire beginners and provide them with all the skills and knowledge they need to produce successful oil paintings. It starts with an introduction to the medium, and explains what water-mixable oils are. This introduction is followed by several sections on materials, preparation (how to care for your brushes, storing your paints, and so on), colour (selecting your basic, or capsule, palette), mixing the paints and preparing your surfaces. The first project explains how to explore colour in order to paint in the style of Vincent van Gogh.

There are then five longer projects that touch upon the themes of abstraction, still life, landscapes, buildings, and working from a photograph, all of which capitalize on the rich qualities of the paints. 

Each project is accompanied by a clear list of materials needed as well as top tips and skills practised; Sarah also interjects with useful anecdotes and words of wisdom garnered from her experience working in this vibrant and exciting medium.

At the end of the book, the reader discovers how best to store and transport finished paintings, especially if the paint is still tacky to the touch, and how to frame a painting for impact.

Table of Contents

The qualities of water-mixable oils8
Materials and tools10
The paints10
Application tools14
A space in which to work20
From the studio24
Maintenance of your materials26
Colours and mixes30
Mixing colours32
Mixing the paints35
Other tools42
Seeing things differently43
Exploring colour46
Painting from a photo54
Painting an abstract64
Still life78
Storing your paintings120
Transporting your paintings121
Using a mount to crop
your paintings122

About the Author

About Sarah Wimperis

Sarah is a professional artist who paints plein-air in oils and watercolour. Her larger paintings are often completed using plein-air reference either at home in her Cornish studio or on her travels in her mobile studio. 

Sarah has exhibited many times with the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour, in the Discerning Eye exhibition and with the Royal Society of British Artists.  She is represented by Beside The Wave Gallery in Cornwall and Brian Sinfield Gallery in Oxfordshire. She was the only English artist who worked on 'Loving Vincent', the world's first fully hand-painted feature film, about the artist Vincent van Gogh and his paintings. Sarah also featured in the Cancer Research video 'The Missing Third', painting van Gogh’s sunflowers, and provided the artists' perspective for the audio guide for the Tate Britain exhibition, Van Gogh and Britain. 

Sarah works with Artlook Software as their Client Support Specialist. She is sponsored by Royal Talens, artists' materials, and is their Artist Ambassador. Sarah runs regular workshops and gives talks and demos. 

She is also an illustrator and author. She has written 'how to paint' books, and has worked for the BBC on 'Jackanory', with The National Trust and many others, including numerous publishers both in the UK and all over the world to date, more than 100 titles.

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