Craft Book Review: Just add Watercolor

Just add Watercolor

Just add Watecolor by Helen Birch

I’ve always wondered how artists achieve certain looks with watercolor.  I’ve only used the medium in its traditional form.  I’ve never ventured out with trying different techniques and styles.  Therefore, I was very interested in reading Helen Birch’s book, Just add Watercolor.  The book is filled with 96 illustrations from contemporary watercolor artists.  Just add Watercolor was created to inspire and share useful techniques and tips.

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Just add Watercolor is broken down by paintings: Traditional watercolor, Gouache, Digital, Mixed media, Other water-based media and Non-paper media.  The book is formatted with one page sharing the technique used to create the illustration along with a description on how the image was created.  The text also includes details such as: what paper the artist used, paints, brushes, techniques, styles, etc. You also get a “Tip” for each illustration.

I should add, this book is not a step-by-step tutorial watercolor book.

Just add Watercolor 6In the beginning of the book you’ll find thumbnails for all 96 illustrations along with the page number it coordinates with.

Below are a few images from Just add Watercolor:

Just add Watercolor 3 Digital Illustration by Helen Dealtry

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Mixed media Illustration by Jule Van Wezemael

Just add Watercolor 2Other water-based media illustration by Hatsuki Miyahara

In Just add Watercolor, Helen has curated a lovely collection of contemporary watercolor illustrations.  Hopefully you got a sense of this from the images I shared.  Overall, I think this is a good book for technique reference and inspiration.   To learn more about Just add Watercolor, please visit Penquin Random House.

I received Just add Watercolor from Blogging for Books for this review.  I specifically requested this book to review.

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