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  • Publisher: Search Press
  • Edition: BC Paperback Matt laminate cover
  • Publication: 31 October 2023
  • ISBN 13/EAN: 9781800921207
  • Stock: Not Yet Published
  • Size: 216x280 mm
  • Illustrations: 400
  • Pages: 112
  • RRP: £12.99
  • Series: Paint 50

Paint 50: Watercolour Flowers


From basic shapes to amazing paintings in super-easy steps by Penny Brown

Book Description

Top-quality artwork made simple Even if you're new to watercolour, you can achieve great results with this book. Whether you want to display your finished artwork on your kitchen wall or share them as greetings cards, you deserve paintings to be proud of. 

7 steps to flower heaven  Each of the 50 projects can be completed in 7 stages or fewer, at your own pace and in your own time.

Quick, convenient, and clear With a laser-focus on just the essential colours and techniques, Penny Brown's years of artistic and teaching experience cut through to give you exactly what you need to succeed.

Huge variety of flowers  Full stage-by-stage instructions for 50 flowers are included; from rambling roses to elaborate orchids. This clear, large-format book covers classic cottage garden favourites to exciting exotics, making it an ongoing source of inspiration.

Accessible and intuitive  A simple introduction, an overview of tools and materials and basic techniques at the front... and the rest of the book is dedicated purely to inspirational flowers. The steps visually describe to the reader how to achieve the artworks, so you're not overloaded with information.

No stress, no timers  Ever followed a video and found yourself scrambling for the pause button, or struggling to find your place? With all the stages visible at once on a single spread, you can see where you're heading and where you've been in one fell swoop; meaning you can really enjoy your precious hobby time again.

Watercolour safety net  Penny's troubleshooting advice and jargon-busting notes head off problems before they begin. Years of teaching floral painting and botanical art to students means she knows just how to help.

Hobbyist-friendly design Short on time or need to pack up in a hurry to free up space? The stages are cunningly designed so that you can break off between any of them, so you can pick up the painting where you left off with no ill-effects.

No drawing skills required The line drawings are provided at full size, ready to copy or trace and all the information on how to do so is also included. The line drawings are also available for free download from Bookmarked. 

Table of Contents

Introduction 6

Columbine 12, Snapdragon 14, Indian Mallow 16, Camellia 18, Himalayan Clematis 20, Coneflower 22, Perennial Cornflower 24, Crane’s-bill 26, Crocus 28, Dog Tooth Violet 30, Early Spider Orchid 32, Sunflower 34, Waterlily 36, Witch Hazel 38, Rose 40, Arum Lily 42, Canna Lily 44, Slipper Orchid 46, Forget-me-not 48, Gorse 50, Marigold 52, Red Passion Flower 54, Peanut Cactus 56, Pink Orchid Tree 58, Rambling Rose 60, Siam Tulip 62, Siberian Iris 64, Yellow Skunk Cabbage 66, Cyclamen 68, Mexican Sunflower 70, Water Hyacinth 72, Geum 74, Lobster Claws 76, Trumpet Vine 78, Balkan Anemone 80, Bird of Paradise 82, Bird Orchid 84, Siberian Squill 86, Lotus 88, Pasqueflower 90

About the Author

About Penny Brown

Penny has always worked as a professional artist. She trained as a theatre designer at the Central School of Art and Design in London, then worked in theatres all over the country, designing scenery and costumes for productions varying from Shakespeare and Mozart operas to Peter Pan and The Jungle Book. An increasing love of drawing and painting led her to illustration. She started with craft and lifestyle books, working on how-to diagrams, decorative borders and details in pen and ink and watercolour. She then began to write and illustrate design source books for Search Press with the most recent ones being Art Nouveau, Celtic Art and Maori Designs.

Penny also worked on books on gardening and natural history, and the latter especially started to fascinate her more and more. In 2009 she enrolled on the Distance Learning Course with the SBA (The Society of Botanical Artists), which greatly developed her observational and painting skills, and in 2011 she graduated with a distinction and won the Award for Excellence. Since then she has exhibited with the SBA at Westminster Central Hall in London as well as in Europe, and was accepted as a Full Member in March 2013. She is also a member of the Society of Floral Painters and has exhibited with the SWSBA in Somerset and shown her work as part of Dorset Art Week. In 2014 one of her paintings was chosen for an exhibition on Fresh Water in the museum at the Fundacion Cidade da Cultura de Galicia in Santiago de Compostella.

Over the years she has worked for a wide range of publishers as well as Search Press, including DK, Liberty’s, Reader’s Digest, Lorenz Books, Guild of Master Craftsmen and David and Charles. Her work has, to date, appeared in over 75 books.

 She works in watercolour, pencil and sometimes pen and ink. Amongst her recent work is Botanical Drawings with Search Press (which has sold over 18,000 copies since 2018).

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