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  • Publisher: Search Press
  • Edition: BC Paperback
  • Publication: 14 December 2023
  • ISBN 13/EAN: 9781782219958
  • Stock: 50+
  • Hurt Stock: £8.00 (4 available)
  • Size: 216x280 mm
  • Illustrations: 400
  • Pages: 144
  • RRP: £15.99
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Loose and Lively Animals in Watercolour, Inks & Mixed Media


by Jo Allsopp

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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 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 inspire and instruct beginner artists, appeal to animal-loving hobby artists, and provide new ideas for more advanced artists who wish to loosen up their style and take a more experimental approach to their watercolour painting. It includes:

  • A section exploring inspiration and motivation
  • Short practical exercises to 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 incorporating mixed media
  • Fully illustrated projects that are explained step-by-step, showing you how to personalise your pictures.

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; bleach; isopropyl alcohol; bronzing powders; metallic leaf and acrylic inks. All are explored and explained to show the effects that can be achieved and when and how to use them.

Table of Contents

Introduction 6
Inspiration and motivation 8
Let us loose! 14
Big is bold 22
Getting started 28
Composition 38
Pure watercolour animals 44
Border Terrier 48
Fox 62
Squirrel 76
Animals in mixed media 88
Sand Cat 92
Peacock 104
Hyena 116
Zebra Foal 130
Afterword 142
Index 144

About the Author

About Jo Allsopp

Jo Allsopp set up Sable Studio Gallery 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 regularpainting and drawing classes plusweekend workshops in a variety of media. She also does illustration work.

Jo is an active member of the SAA. Her live workshops are extremely popular. Joalso regularly featuresin the SAA’s magazine Paint & Create. She lives near Ashby-de-la-Zouch in Leicestershire.


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Artist and tutor, Jo Allsopp is passionate about painting wildlife. In her loose and contemporary style, she shows beginners how to tackle the often difficult job of capturing animals in paint using innovative and dynamic techniques. A section on exploring inspiration and motivation is followed by short, practical exercises to help you loosen up. Close-ups of Jo's painting techniques, with a specific emphasis on drawing, will encourage you to have a go yourself. There are three pure watercolour projects and nine projects incorporating mixed media -- each of them provides well illustrated step-by-step examples to help you develop your own style.

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