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Art of Creative Watercolor : Inspiration & Techniques for Imaginative Drawing and Painting - Danielle Donaldson

Art of Creative Watercolor

Inspiration & Techniques for Imaginative Drawing and Painting

Paperback Published: 30th March 2018
ISBN: 9781440350948
Number Of Pages: 144

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Welcome to your watercolor happy place!

The world of Danielle Donaldson is as wondrous as a jar full of fireflies. Her whimsical illustrations are known for their offbeat color combinations, artful arrangements and endearing quirkiness. In this book, you'll learn how to partner with the wonderfully spontaneous medium of watercolour to create your own brand of magic.

Start by creating a handmade journal, then follow exercises and start-to-finish projects to fill it with illustrations that are small in size but big on color. Along the way, Danielle shares her fresh takes on colour theory, perspective, composition and more.

Designed to get your brush moving, this book makes practice feel like play. It's a one-of-a-kind journey for any artist wishing to tap into the utter joy of watercolour painting and make it a cherished part of your daily life.

Book features :

  • Imaginative techniques that help you override perfectionist tendencies while making the most of watercolour's unpredictable nature
  • An inventive approach (using scraps of paper, ribbon and other ephemera) for more creative colour choices
  • A simple strategy that makes drawing new subjects less intimidating and more fun
  • Sweet ways to add hand lettering to your artwork
  • Inspirational exercises that make finding subjects to paint as easy as A-B-C
  • 250 colour illustrations
"Don't underestimate the giddiness you feel when you mindlessly grab a color and mix it with another and create the most beautiful wash ever!"

About the Author

Danielle Donaldson is a mixed-media artist whose work focuses on watercolour and graphite drawing techniques. She is the author of the bestselling book, creativeGIRL (NL, Jun '15) and has many years of experience working within the scrapbook industry designing products, teaching techniques in small and large venues and contributing to several books and magazines on a regular basis.

I couldn't wait to get back from holidays to open this book.


I was very excited about getting this book after having experienced "Creative Girl". It is totally inspiring and brimming with adorable watercolour images along with helpful knowledge and advice. Through the subtle and creative use of the alphabet as an organiser, "The art of watercolour" contains inspiring demonstrations and studies with the over arching idea of encouraging us all to develop our own style - and of course isn't that what we all want? I feel Danielle has given me steps to be a more successful artist (albeit in my case a beginner one) through studying, preparing, practicing and finally imagining. Thank you for all of the inspiration Danielle - this book will keep me going for a while!



Watecolour rainbow heaven in a book


This is my second book that I have purchased by Danielle Donaldson and it surpasses by wildest dreams. The illustrations, instructions and beautifully crafted words are so beautifully presented that you will fall in love with this book in a heartbeat. There is so much content in this book which makes it such great value for the $$. If you have never taken any of Danielle's courses this book will open your eyes to what you are missing out on - she is a perfectionist and everything that she does is so beautifully orchestrated and delivered, you will definitely want to jump aboard the "Danielle Donaldson" creative journey. Danielle has a wonderful teaching style and is so prepared to share all her knowledge - you will be in awe of the beautiful illustrations that are featured all through this book - my heart swoons with appreciation! I love love love this book and I am sure that anyone that is interested in learning about the use of watercolour will find this book to be so valuable.

Forresters Beach, Australia



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Dedication - 3
Introduction - 3

Supplies: What You Need - 4
Lesson 1. Organized Practice - 14
Lesson 2. Color Practice - 26
Lesson 3. Composition Practice - 36

1. A is for Art Supplies - 42
2. C is for Chairs and Couches - 52
3. G is for Green - 66
4. L is for Littles - 82
5. P is for Posies - 94
6. Q is for Quotes - 102
7. U is for Unicorn - 118
8. W is for Winter - 128

About the Author - 143
Acknowledgments - 143

ISBN: 9781440350948
ISBN-10: 1440350949
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 144
Published: 30th March 2018
Publisher: F&W Publications Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 27.7 x 21.1  x 1.1
Weight (kg): 0.57