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  • Publisher: Search Press
  • Edition: BC Paperback
  • Publication: 31 October 2021
  • ISBN 13/EAN: 9781800920088
  • Stock: 50+
  • Hurt Stock: £6.50 (1 available)
  • Size: 216x285 mm
  • Illustrations: 300
  • Pages: 128
  • RRP: £12.99
  • Series: 10 Step Watercolour
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10 Step Watercolour: Birds


Paint 25 exquisitely detailed birds in 10 easy steps by Eleanor Longhurst

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Book Description

Learn how to paint birds in watercolour without even trying!

Using a simple ten-step process, learn how to draw a basic outline starting with simple shapes, then add washes of colour and fine details to complete your work.

Arranged in three chapters based on skill level, this book features 25 lovely projects, each showing you how to paint a bird in ten steps. There are paint swatches for every bird, showing you the colours you need to mix for each step and the finished painting serves as a reference to guide you. It couldn't be easier! Also included is a useful techniques section at the beginning, and clever painting tips from the author throughout the book.

With birds as diverse as an Atlantic puffin, a barn owl, a hummingbird and a bald eagle, there is plenty to choose from and practise with, to develop your skills.

Table of Contents

Introduction 6

How to Use this Book 8
Using Watercolours 10
Atlantic Puffin 20
Toco Toucan 24
American Flamingo 28
Rockhopper Penguin 32
Mute Swan 36
Mallard 40
Grey Heron 44
Blue-and-Yellow Macaw 48
Blackbird 52

American Robin 58
Northern Cardinal 62
Goldcrest 66
Eurasian Tree Sparrow 70
Bald Eagle 74
Red Jungle Fowl 78
Long-tailed Tit 82
Pigeon 86
Great Tit 90

American Kestrel 96
Barn Owl 100
Eurasian Bullfinch 104
Eurasian Hoopoe 108
Blue Jay 112
Hummingbird 116
Kingfisher 120

About the Author

About Eleanor Longhurst

Eleanor Longhurst is a Bristol-based illustrator specializing in flowers and woodland animals. She is also a freelance designer and print designer. She opened her business, Little Paisley Designs, in 2014 after graduating from London’s Winchester School of Art to create a range of items featuring her prints and illustrations.

Eleanor was the winner of Mollie Makes handmade awards Product of the Year 2018 for her temporary tattoo designs. Her work has also been featured in Frankie Magazine (and blog), Project Calm, and Simply Christmas magazine among others, and has featured on Craftsposure on Instagram. More of her work can be seen on Instagram @littlepaisleydesigns.


Leisure Painter

Eleanor Longhurst is a Bristol-based illustrator who specialises in painting flowers and woodland animals. In this new 10 Step Watercolour series from Search Press, she focuses on the popular subject of: Flowers and Plants and Birds. Both books use a simple ten-step process, which shows you how to draw the basic outlines using simple shapes to achieve realistic proportions. Eleanor then adds washes of colour and fine details to build the work up to the finished painting. 

A techniques section at the beginning of the book includes painting tips to build ability and confidence. 

10 Step Watercolour: Birds is arranged in three chapters based on skill level. There are paint swatches for every bird, showing you exactly which colours you will need to mix for each of the 10 stages. Twenty-five projects are included show you how to paint all manner of birds, from the Atlantic puffin and red jungle fowl to pigeons and kingfishers. 

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