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We offer a huge range of inspirational books for artists of all abilities and styles, all of which are packed with valuable tips, advice and tuition in watercolour, acrylic and oils and much more. Inspiring art books from publishers like Search Press, North Light, David & Charles and Harper Collins.

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  1. Painting Animals in Watercolour with Liz Chaderton

    Painting Animals in Watercolour with Liz Chaderton

    RRP £9.99
    SAA Price £9.49

    If you want an introduction to painting animals that shows you how to capture not just their appearance, but also their character, look no further.

    In this concise guide, Liz will show you all the techniques and approaches you need. Everything is here from exotic creatures to farm and domestic animals and even birds. Whether it’s a zebra, a sheep, a cat or even a toucan, you’ll find examples that will help you every step of the way.

    Liz starts with basic techniques, helps you with sources of inspiration and information and explains composition, design and sketching. She’ll then show you how to bring everything together in a completed watercolour or pen and wash drawing, as well as looking at mixed media techniques.

    There are examples and exercises throughout that test and develop your skills at every step on the way. This is an admirably simple guide that provides a wealth of information and inspiration.

    Crowood Press - Paperback - 112 pages - Colour throughout Learn More
  2. Painting Portraits in Oils - Capturing character from life with Rob Wareing

    Painting Portraits in Oils - Capturing character from life with Rob Wareing

    RRP £19.99
    SAA Price £15.99

    Oil portraits are often regarded as the highest form of art, certainly one to be taken with the utmost seriousness. Capturing a likeness as well as the character of your subject requires planning, preparation and persistence and is not for the faint-hearted.

    Rob’s four decades of experience have imbued him with a deep understanding not merely of the subject, but of the processes involved. This is a thoroughly researched and presented course that teaches you everything you need to know progressively.

    Explanations are succeeded by exercises until the final sitting, so that you understand what you’re trying to do and how to work before getting to grips with real people. Such a solid grounding can only lead to confidence and success.

    Rob makes light of learning and his thorough approach is never hard work, but rather a journey of discovery. If you’ve ever wanted to try your hand at portraiture, there’s no better place to get started.

    Search Press - Hardback - 160 pages - Colour throughout Learn More
  3. Watercolour for Absolute Beginners Book with Matthew Palmer

    Watercolour for Absolute Beginners Book with Matthew Palmer

    RRP £12.99
    SAA Price £8.40

    Join popular, professional artist, Matthew Palmer, as he shares his simple tips for getting to grips with the basics of painting in watercolour.

    This set is perfect for beginner wanting to discover how to paint sensational landscapes in watercolour or those artists looking to brush up on their existing skills.

    Discover the secrets behind drawing understanding perspective, light & shade, colour and painting realistic skies, trees, water & figures.

    Matthews beautiful book is bursting with 128 pages of easy to follow advice and tricks - plus six, simple step-by-step exercises and six large scale projects- with 12 pull out tracings supplied, to help beginners discover how to paint 12 picturesque landscapes.

    Search Press - 128 Pages - Colour Throughout. Learn More
  4. David Bellamy's Landscapes Through the Seasons in Watercolour book

    David Bellamy's Landscapes Through the Seasons in Watercolour book

    RRP £9.99
    SAA Price £7.99

    This is a book that’ll last you all year round.

    In this revised and expanded edition of the book, David demonstrates not just the broader vistas, but quiet corners and details such as trees, buildings, waterfalls, animals, trees and flowers. You’ll discover how the shapes of natural subjects change with each turn of the season, how colours vary and how light affects both the crispness of outlines and the way aerial perspective is perceived.

    Weather is here too, from autumn mists and winter snow to the bright days of summer and sudden spring rain. David provides examples for everything, as well as full demonstrations that show how images develop in their own individual ways.

    This is a thorough guide in the company of a popular and experienced teacher who makes working with watercolour a delight.

    Search Press - Paperback - 96 pages - Colour throughout Learn More
  5. A Beginner’s Guide to Watercolour with Mixed Media Book with Alison C. Board

    A Beginner’s Guide to Watercolour with Mixed Media Book with Alison C. Board

    RRP £12.99
    SAA Price £9.99

    There are no mistakes in mixed-media artwork, and Alison encourages you to be unafraid and embrace the experimental!

    Adding other mediums to your watercolour paintings is a fantastic way to take your work in new, more exciting directions. This book and DVD set introduces the range of media that is available and will open your eyes to new and inspirational ways of creating.

    The book provides six step-by-step projects and finished paintings to encourage you to take a definitive leap into the exciting world of mixed media art, covering a multitude of topics including flowers, animal portraits, dancers in motion, cityscapes and landscapes.

    Alison explores how to combine wet and dry media, and how to create vibrant collages from man-made and natural found objects.

    The DVD focusses on the Lion’s Head Dandelion, combining all the skills and techniques Alison so beautifully demonstrates, culminating in a mixed media piece you’ll be proud to hang on your wall.

    Search Press - Paperback - 144 pages - Colour throughout Learn More
  6. Pastels for the Absolute Beginner with Rebecca De Mendonca

    Pastels for the Absolute Beginner with Rebecca De Mendonca

    RRP £12.99
    SAA Price £9.99

    This thorough guide to the rewarding medium of pastel will teach you much more than just the basics and may be the only pastel book you’ll ever need!

    Beginning at the beginning, Rebecca looks at materials and supports as well as setting up a workspace and basic mark-making. She follows this with simple drawing lessons that guide you through a nicely progressive range of three-dimensional shapes, introducing shading, tone and colour. Further exercises exploit pastel’s unique qualities as both a drawing and a painting medium and provide insights into the possibilities offered. All these early lessons are quite short and you’ll never be discouraged by lengthy sessions that produce little - quick results always make you want to learn more.

    The real meat of the book, and its main virtue, is the sheer breadth of subjects that follows. As well as introducing new techniques in an eminently practical way, these cover landscapes, waterscapes, trees, skies, people and animals. Usefully, as well as being more than proficient at all of these, Rebecca is also at home with both fine detail and loose styles of working. As an introduction, this gives you the chance to explore the medium as widely as possible and also to decide on what you want to paint and how you want to work.

    Comprehensive and painstaking, this is a guide that’s rewarding and easy to follow. Learn More
  7. Abstract Nature Book with Waltraud Nawratil

    Abstract Nature Book with Waltraud Nawratil

    RRP £12.99
    SAA Price £8.40

    If the idea of abstraction makes you feel nervous, think again.

    This straightforward and easy-to-follow guide starts by keeping one foot firmly rooted in reality - you'll never be in doubt about what you're looking at. The trick is to stretch the boundaries and create images that are as much about shapes and colours as they are about representation.

    Abstraction is a way of telling the viewer what you thought about a subject rather than simply reproducing it and leaving it up to them. Were those flowers especially bright, or those branches particularly torn by the wind? Distort the detail and you can say that, as well as emphasise the aspects that specifically caught your eye.

    A lot of books on abstraction go into the philosophy of the style and that's all very well, but you need the practical side as well and that's where this guide comes in. Each of the 22 projects occupies just a single spread and includes materials lists, breakout details and simple instructions that are easy to follow and reproduce.

    Get the hang of the basics and you'll be working on your own and with confidence before you know it.



    Search Press . Paperback . Colour Throughout . 112 pages. Learn More
  8. Acrylic Paint Pouring Book with Tanja Jung

    Acrylic Paint Pouring Book with Tanja Jung

    RRP £12.99
    SAA Price £8.49

    Paint pouring is the exciting new technique that’s been taking the art world by storm! Like all media, there are methods and processes to learn and this clear and simple book will introduce you to all the basics quickly and easily.

    Results are largely abstract, but you can make recognisable images appear as well as exploit happy accidents. Knowing what to do and what’s likely to happen are all part of the magic. You’ll pick up everything you need to know in 16 fully illustrated projects that exploit shape, colour and texture. This is an inspiring as well as instructional book that will really get the creative juices flowing.

    Search Press - Paperback - 112 pages - Colour throughout Learn More
  9. Ready to Paint in 30 Minutes: Boats & Harbours in Watercolour with Charles Evans

    Ready to Paint in 30 Minutes: Boats & Harbours in Watercolour with Charles Evans

    RRP £12.99
    SAA Price £8.40

    If you want to attempt the varied and frequently perplexing subject of boats and their environs, this is the clearest guide you could wish for.

    Charles covers not only the boats and harbours of the title, but also still, rippling and stormy seas, and inland waterways. Here you’ll find receding hills, towpaths, buildings, people and craft of every kind. The book is full of technical advice, all presented in Charles’ simple, no-nonsense way that cuts through jargon and tricky subjects. With thirty-three projects - each accompanied by a pre-drawn tracing - there’s plenty to get your teeth into and you’ll find yourself learning as you work.

    Each of the projects covers a separate topic. Some are more complex scenes, others deal with single elements such as ripples, shadows or foliage. In only a dozen or so steps (often fewer), you’ll find yourself completing a work that many books would only deal with in a whole chapter. Nothing is skimped, though, and there’s a solid basis to everything you’ll do.

    Search Press - Paperback - 128 pages - Colour throughout Learn More
  10. The Watercolour A-Z of Trees and Foliage Book with Adelene Fletcher

    The Watercolour A-Z of Trees and Foliage Book with Adelene Fletcher

    RRP £12.99
    SAA Price £9.99

    This simple guide includes 26 tree varieties and covers shapes and colours, as well as their appearance at different times of the year.

    Each one is covered in just two pages, with a generously-sized final image across a double spread so that you can easily see the result you’re aiming for. Although there are no detailed step-by-step demonstrations, all the basic information is here and is easy to follow. Whether it’s a full-crowned Horse Chestnut, the bare branches of a Black Walnut in winter, the fine tendrils of an Oleander or the solid mass of an Oak, every variation is here.

    Adelene includes basic notes about the species itself and explains the main points to consider when painting each one. She also demonstrates fruits and seeds where these are a feature. The handy introductory section also explains all the techniques you’ll need.

    This is a thorough guide, whether you want to paint trees for themselves or simply as part of a wider landscape.

    Please note - this is a reissue. Learn More
  11. Take Three Colours Watercolour Seascapes with Geoff Kersey

    Take Three Colours Watercolour Seascapes with Geoff Kersey

    RRP £8.99
    SAA Price £6.99

    This simple guide will have you producing worthwhile results in only a few lessons.
    Geoff will show you how to use just three brushes and three colours - Red, Yellow and Blue - to achieve all the hues and effects that you need.

    After a quick introduction to your materials, the book proceeds by way of a series of nine projects that take you through all the techniques you will need. You'll learn about waves, reflections, boats, buildings and shorelines.

    Each lesson builds on what went before and includes fully-detailed step by step demonstrations. There are also plenty of hints and jargon-busting captions that make sure you're never confused by terminology.

    Geoff is a patient and thorough teacher and this is one of the best introductions to seascape painting you'll find.

    Search Press • Paperback • 64 pages • Colour throughout Learn More
  12. Take Three Colours: Watercolour Mountains with Matthew Palmer Book

    Take Three Colours: Watercolour Mountains with Matthew Palmer Book

    RRP £8.99
    SAA Price £6.99

    Matthew Palmer shows you how to paint stunning mountains and hills using just 3 colours, 3 brushes, a plastic palette and watercolour paper.

    Mountains are an important feature of many landscapes and this easy-to-follow book will help you get them right every time.

    Working with just three colours and three brushes, Matthew shows you how to handle shape, form, contrast and recession. Following a brief introduction to materials and method, you’ll find yourself working on a number of projects covering various mountain scenes and seasons. There’s no better encouragement than success and with Matthew’s guidance, you’ll master it quickly.

    The book gives you clear demonstrations that introduce water, snow, vegetation, buildings and more. This is a simple guide made even more straightforward by Matthew’s clear advice and concise instructions.

    Search Press - Paperback - 64 pages - Colour throughout Learn More

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