Colour Demystified by Julie Collins

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Colour Demystified - A Complete Guide to Mixing and Using Watercolours by Julie Collins is an accessible and comprehesive guide that will inspire confidence in your colour mixing.

This book banishes the all-too-common confusion over watercolour palettes and colour mixing and helps artists to understand how colour works in a visual way. Julie includes plenty of colour charts accompanied by examples, practical exercises and analyses of watercolour paintings. Various artworks by contemporary artists are included in the book, encompassing a wide variety of subjects and colour palettes. Julie covers topics like granulation, staining, iridescence and opacity - with each subject being covered clearly and simply. She also introduces the ideas of colour relationships, using colour to create space and how to be more creative with colour.

This book will prime you with a clear understanding of colour and how it behaves on paper. With this knowledge you're sure to be bolder and more creative in your approach to colour in your own artwork!

160 page Paperback. 216x280 mm


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Introduction 6
Materials 8
The language of colour 14
Pigments Demystified 38
Tone & Value 58
Step-by-step project: Leaf 66
Palettes 72
Step-by-step project: Carte Postale Birds 86
The interaction of colour 98
Step-by-step project: Christmas Cactus 104
Modifying your Colours 112
Step-by-step project: Daina’s Teapot 120
Glazing 126
Step-by-step project: Still Life with Tulips 132
Mineral pigments & Luminescent watercolours 136
Step-by-step project: Inside, Outside 144
Experimentation & inspiration 148
Step-by-step project: Trees and Birds 154
Glossary 158
Index 160

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Julie Collins studied Fine Art at the University of Reading and has been an artist, writer and teacher since then. She has written a number of colour mixing guides and artists' problem-solving books and also writes for The Artist magazine. She works from her studio in Hampshire, UK, where she explores her passion for painting, drawing and crafts.

Julie has won numerous prestigious awards for her watercolour paintings, including, most recently, the award of first prize for Watercolour at the Royal West of England Academy Annual Exhibition 2019. Julie was also elected an associate Member of the Society of Women Artists in August 2019.

Julie is the author of the Colour Mixing Guides in Acrylics, Oils and Watercolour, published by Search Press.

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Non-professional artistic color education starts and stops with the color wheel, primary and secondary hues, and complementary and analogous colors. Award-winning UK watercolorist Collins (Painting Flowers with Impact in Watercolour, 2005) changes the conversation by delving into all the different ways hues, shades, and tones can play together. She explores topics like palettes, interactions, and glazing in detail with the intention of inspiring new thinking and experimentation, and furthers her cause with several different gallery-type examples, 16 worksheets that showcase techniques (painting a freehand tulip, for example), and seven step-by-step projectsstill life with tulips, carte postale birds, even just one leaf. To amplify the books title, she includes "demystifying sidebars, observations, and recommendations that strengthen the artistic process, such as the look of yellow differs in the center of green and red versus orange and green. A book with an aesthetic sensibility that more than lives up to the title. Includes a glossary.

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Understand and build the confidence to mix and use watercolours with Julie Collins's complete guide, Colour Demystified. Become more bold and creative with your use of colour in your art with the help of colour charts, examples, practical exercises and analyses of watercolour paintings. Topics such as granulation, iridescence, staining strength and transparent and opaque colours are explained clearly thanks to Julie's wealth of knowledge, and there is guidance on colour relationships, using colour to create space and how to be more creative when choosing shades this is a must-have for any budding artist.


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