Posts Tagged ‘watercolor’

This beautifully illustrated and inspiring guided watercolor-a-day book is perfect for beginning watercolor artists, artists who want to improve their watercolor skills, and visual creatives. From strokes to shapes, this book covers the basics and helps painters gain confidence in themselves along with inspiration to develop their own style over the course of 30 days. Featuring colorful contemporary art from Mon Voir design agency founder and Instagram trendsetter Jenna Rainey, this book’s fresh perspective paints watercolor in a whole new light.

Paperback, 224 pages

WOW. This learn to paint watercolor book is great! It has a clear & easy to follow format with simple and understandable instructions. It is an amazing resource for anyone wanting to learn watercolor. This is the first how-to type watercolor book that I have found useful. Daily lessons (30 days) are perfect for your practice of skills taught. Illustrations accompany each daily lesson. WOW.

 

The Blogging For Books book review program provided this complimentary copy for review purposes. No other compensation was received. All opinions are my own.

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Whether you’re an animal lover or a grammar geek, illustrator Matt Sewell has the perfect menagerie of beasts (and beast-related terms) for your reading pleasure. Along with fifty-five gorgeous color illustrations, Sewell presents the unexpected collective nouns used to describe groups of animals on land, in the air, and in the water. Discover the secret behind a “sleuth of bears,” keep your eyes open for a “watch of nightingales,” and learn something new about a “school of whales.” Illustrated in inimitable watercolor, this book makes a great gift for nature and art lovers everywhere.

Size: 5.6″ x 7.6″, hardcover

Pages: 144
Short text and super watercolor illustrations. This is a fun book. It would be useful for home school science or art or even creative writing. A nice gift for an animal or nature fan. Recommend.

The Blogging For Books book review program provided this complimentary copy for review purposes. No other compensation was received. All opinions are my own.

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Make watercolor a part of your daily life, turning every day into inspiration for your art. Designed to fit your life, Watercolor 365–the first watercolor book of its kind–provides a complete education in the medium, one bite-sized bit of information at a time. Open it daily to find a new tip, idea, technique or challenge…all aimed at getting you into the habit and mindset of an artist.

Paperback, 224 pages

I am new to watercolor & this is the first book that I’ve read on the subject.

This book is full of valuable information & positive encouragement. Leslie writes clearly and with enthusiasm. There is a short reading for everyday of a year, grouped by topic. Illustrations include some of her watercolor artwork. This is a book that could be used as a textbook for home school purposes. 

★★★★★Great book

This book was provided by Leslie Redhead (thank you for the autographed copy) to help facilitate the writing of an honest review. A positive review is not guaranteed, and all opinions are my own. No other compensation was received.

 

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The Color Wheel Company

The Color Wheel Company manufactures and sells a large selection of color wheels, color mixing guides, color charts and color tools for artists, crafters and home owners of all skill levels. Review our Color Wheels, Magic Palette Color Mixing and Matching Guides, ViewCatcher, Gardener’s Color Wheel, Watercolor Wheel, Interior Design Wheel and CMY Primary Mixing Wheel, Pocket Guide to Color Mixing and others. All designed to help the user better understand color theory, color relationships and color mixing.

These are perfect for use in the art classroom. Useful for teaching and learning about color theory. Manufactured in United States.

Their traditional color wheel is available in a standard size (9″ diameter) and a pocket size.  A kids’ version of the color wheel is called the Colorsaurus. This dinosaur wheel is super cute and handy at showing how color mixing works.

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The Create A Color Wheels are designed for you to color and assemble your own color wheel. Instructions are included on how to make your wheel. I haven’t tried this yet, but looks like fun. 

🖌And very helpful for the watercolor artist is the Watercolor wheel. As a beginner in watercolor, I think this thing is brilliant.

Watercolor Wheel

 

All the wheels are a nice size and rotate smoothly. They are sturdy and should last for many uses ツ

The Color Wheel Company provided these products to help facilitate the writing of an honest review. A positive review is not guaranteed, and all opinions are my own. No other compensation was received.

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Age Range: 4 – 8 years

Hardcover: 32 pages

Publisher: Zonderkidz (February 3, 2015)

Book Description:

Bestselling author, Sally Lloyd-Jones (The Jesus Storybook Bible) paired with award-winning artist David McPhail offers a fresh, new perspective on the Easter Story and rebirth with a new picture book.

When a bunny is born in spring, the world is green and new and full of hope. But as the seasons change, the bunny worries that the earth may be dying. In bestselling author Sally Lloyd-Jones’ latest picture book celebrating the Easter season and rebirth, children will be transfixed by one bunny’s discovery of life, death, and nature’s miraculous transformation.

Award-winning artist David McPhail’s classic and inviting illustrations reflect the beauty of the world around us while Lloyd-Jones’ inspirational text weaves a hope-filled story perfect for the Easter season.

Nice picture book story about a little bunny’s first experience of each season. There is no biblical reference in the story. It’s a good book about the seasons, but not about the Easter story. Each page is filled with beautiful watercolor illustrations of animals and nature. The story has the right about of sentences on each page to keep interest and the story moving along. The final page is a paraphrased quotation from Martin Luther which I would have preferred to be the actual quote. 

The BookLook Bloggers book review program provided this complimentary copy for review purposes. No other compensation was received. All opinions are my own. 

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Another art post (ARcTic post) that I’d like to share-

I want to offer ARcTic posts as a way to promote talented emerging and established artists and to share God’s word visually through art. The art that I will feature may or may not have been created from a Christian-minded artist. I want to share it here; to appreciate the work created as well as the talent that the artist demonstrates, always from a Christian perspective.

Introducing…

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Heart Stone Gallery is the Etsy shop of Kerri Michaud, artist and high school art teacher.

Kerri used the Michael Nolan quote in her watercolor and collage print “Follow Your Heart” shown below.

“There are many things in life that will catch your eye. But only a few will catch your heart. Pursue those.”

She’s applied that principle in her life by pursuing her love for art. Her artistic talent and teaching is an inspiration to many. 

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Pieces of old books and a photo are the collage materials for “Listen to the Silence”.

I chose a weathered wood frame for both; however, the little boat at sea looks good in this blue frame giving it a more contemporary look.

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Matthew 6:21

English Standard Version (ESV)

21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

I like thinking about the heart quote found in Matthew 6.  Jesus was teaching His disciples and the point made is really about relationship, i.e., our relationship as Christians to our heavenly Father. So on our daily, earthly journey consider where our treasure is and if we’re seeking first the kingdom of God and His righteousness.

About Kerri

I am an artist and high school teacher in Connecticut. Before going back to college for my art education certification, I completed my bachelor’s degree in art with a concentration in ceramics. I have always had a passion for art and loved the freedom it allows me to have in expressing myself. I enjoy passing my knowledge onto my students and seeing their pride in their completed work.

My latest adventure has been opening my own shop on Etsy. Although I like working with clay and photography, I am most drawn to watercolors. Many of my paintings come from my own photographs.

This quote by artist Georgia O’Keeffe, is an inspiration for me to look at the quiet details in nature that are often over looked and try to capture them in my art. ‘When you take a flower in your hand and really look at it, it’s your world for the moment. I want to give that world to someone else’.

My current artwork combines watercolors with collage and text. My materials come from old books, scrapbook paper, and magazines. I’m having fun playing with different patterns, layers, textures and words or quotes that speak to me.

etsy.com/shop/HeartStoneGallery

If you are interested in purchasing any of the artwork featured on this ARcTic post, please contact the artist directly.

I’d like to thank artist Kerri Michaud for her participation and for the beautiful prints she provided.

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