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  • Publisher: Search Press
  • Edition: BC Paperback
  • Publication: 30 November 2023
  • ISBN 13/EAN: 9781782219958
  • Stock: Not Yet Published
  • Size: 216x280 mm
  • Illustrations: 400
  • Pages: 144
  • RRP: £15.99

Loose and Lively Animals in Watercolour, Inks & Mixed Media


by Jo Allsopp

Book Description

Animals are a perennial favourite amongst artists, but many struggle with capturing their form and character in a way that reflects the true spirit of the animal. In this bright, breezy and accessible book, Jo Allsopp’s genuine passion for wildlife is clear. That love is reflected in her art, and her skill at painting animals in a loose, lively and dynamic style is one that many wish to emulate.

Including a broad range of animals from around the world everything from red squirrels to peacocks, lions and housecats this book will appeal to animal-loving hobby artists and more advanced artists who wish to loosen up their style and take a more experimental approach to their watercolour painting. It includes:

  • A section of inspiration and motivation follows the introduction
  • Short practical exercises help you loosen up and try things out
  • A close look at Jo's way of painting, which demystifies the process and includes drawing techniques
  • 3 pure watercolour projects and 9 that incorporate mixed media
  • All the projects are fully illustrated and explained step-by-step, and show how you can make it personal to you.

This book will both inspire and instruct artists on how to create stunning animal paintings in a loose, fresh style. Jo's technique is very wet into wet, with lots of blooms, vivid colours, and striking contrasts and texture achieved by the addition of wax resist, salt, spatter and scratching out.

Jo uses an exciting range of art media and techniques in her work. The main medium is watercolour, but to this she adds ink, water-soluble and permanent pens; alcohol; gold, silver and bronze leaf; and Daler-Rowney acrylic inks. All are explored and explained to show the effects that can be achieved, and when and how to use them.

About the Author

About Jo Allsopp

Jo Allsopp set up Sable Studio Gallery 15 years ago in the grounds of Moira Furnace Museum. From her gallery space she sells her watercolour paintings, mosaics, cards, jewellery and giftware. Her spacious studio enables her to teach her popular regular painting and drawing classes, and she travels the UK and beyond to teach workshops in a variety of media.

An artist partner with the SAA, her video tutorials with are extremely popular, and amongst the SAA's most-viewed. Jo also regularly features in the SAA’s magazine Paint.

In 2019 Jo was chosen to appear on BBC One on the TV series 'Home Is Where The Art Is' with presenter Nick Knowles.

Jo is also a black belt and world champion in Tae Kwon-Do. She lives in Swadlincote, Derbyshire UK.

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