Ready to Paint in 30 Minutes: Flowers in Watercolour

Author(s): Ann Mortimer

Art - Techniques

This complete beginner's guide to painting flowers in watercolour is ideal if you want to learn to paint but are short on time. Each of the 35 quick and easy exercises takes no more than 30 minutes to complete, and will teach you how to paint flowers of different shapes, colours and families - lilies, orchids and hellebores amongst others - or learn a key technique such as masking out, working wet in wet and colour-mixing. The exercises are all worked at postcard size - ideal for a 6 x 4in (A6) watercolour pad, and tracings are included for each study. The book is broken down into five chapters that focus, respectively, on working with watercolour, watercolour techniques, colour and tone, form and detail, and finally flowers in context. The final section of the book contains three complete paintings that demonstrate how to combine all the techniques and elements of painting flowers, as learned from the preceding chapters. These paintings, too, are accompanied by actual-size tracings.


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Ann is a professional watercolour artist and tutor. She started her working life as a French teacher having gained a degree in European Studies at UEA and a PGCE from Southampton University. She had always had a passion for drawing and painting and in 1990, with her children in Secondary school, she took up a study of watercolour painting and was soon selling her work and designs for greetings cards and mug wraps. She became a member of the Society of Floral Painters with whom she exhibited annually. Ann has demonstrated for art societies around the country, has held workshops in her garden studio at home and run painting holidays. She regularly designs greetings cards for Medici cards. Ann has written several articles for Leisure Painter and in 2014 produced a watercolour techniques video. She now continues to share her skills with watercolour demonstrations on her website blog, on social media and YouTube. Ann's love of painting has always gone hand in hand with a love of flowers and gardening, each activity complementing the other. Ann has three grown up children and lives in Nottinghamshire with her husband. For more information please visit

Introduction 6 Basic painting equipment 8 Working with watercolour 10 Washes 12 Working wet in wet 14 Layering 16 Blending out 18 Using the white of the paper 20 Techniques 22 Masking 24 Cutting out 26 Negative painting 28 White flowers with shadows 30 Spattering & scribbling 32 Salt & wax resists 34 Colour & tone 36 Mixing greens 38 Mixing dark colours 40 Mixing shadow colours 42 Mixing yellows 44 Mixing autumn colours 46 Contrast & tone 48 Backlighting 50 Form & detail 52 Drawing & composing 54 Flower shapes: star 56 Flower shapes: bell 58 Flower shapes: cup 60 Flower shapes: cone 62 Complex flower shapes 64 Buds 66 Painting leaves 68 Leaf shapes 70 Seed heads 72 Seed heads: `Honesty' 74 Flower markings: orchid 76 Flower markings: hellebore 78 Flowers in context 80 Flowers in a vase 82 Mixed border 84 Woodland with daffodils 86 Flowers in pots 88 Dog roses in a landscape 90 Pansies in a vase 92 Clematis on a trellis 94 Index 96 Templates 97

General Fields

  • : 9781782215196
  • : Search Press, Limited
  • : Search Press, Limited
  • : 0.504
  • : June 2017
  • : 280mm X 216mm X 9mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Ann Mortimer
  • : Paperback
  • : English
  • : 751.4224343
  • : 96
  • : 500 Illustrations, color