Painting Birds : Expressive Watercolour Techniques

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A guide to capturing the beauty of birds using modern, expressive watercolour painting techniques. Painting watercolours in a loose style is a technique admired by many artists, yet there are a range of skills to master in order to achieve a sense of freedom and lightness of touch. Birds present us with a vibrant array of colours and textures - from the iridescent plumage of the hummingbird to the zingy turquoise blue of the kingfisher - and with such varied and lively characters they are a wonderful subject to paint.


Supported by instructional photos throughout, experienced artist Sarah encourages you to let go of the detail whilst providing you with all the techniques required to paint beautiful and characterful portraits of birds with colour and verve.

  • 10 step-by-step projects accessible to complete beginners and more experienced artists alike. Learn the importance of shape and tone in depicting form.
  • Discover how watercolour works through experimentation and play with different tools and techniques.
  • Explore various colour palettes, composition techniques and background basics.
  • Develop your approach to key features such as feathers, feet, wingspans and faces and other tricky areas such as creating texture, adding shadows and achieving translucency.

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Author Sarah Stokes
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing Plc
Book Format Paperback
Publication Date 15 February 2024
Pages 160
Book Width 281
Book Height 127
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