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Paint Pad Poster Book: Flowers
5 Beautiful Pictures to Frame or Paint
Compiled by: Search Press
9781782217558 Paperback, Trade English General Trade ART / Subjects & Themes / Landscapes & Seascapes Dec 03, 2019
$29.95 CAD
Forthcoming 11.38 x 17.38 x 0.2 in 40 pages Search Press
Whether a complete beginner, colorist looking for a new challenge or budding artist this oversized (11x17“) step-by-step guide with pull-out pre-drawn watercolor paper and posters will have you producing great art to amaze yourself and your friends alike.

Have you always wanted to paint but think you don’t have the skills or the time? Think again and paint side-by-side award-winning artist’s work and create beautiful large painting of your own. In this brand new series, learn how to paint five beloved flowers: a vibrant bouquet of sunflowers, a field of poppies, a vase of tulips, a garden of roses or a bed of irises. Sized at 11x17” to-scale posters of the finished paintings can be framed or used as a reference, or use the watercolor paper outlines to either recreate or develop and paint your own stunning still life.

Follow the large, clear step-by-step instructions included for each flower, breaking down how to paint each section into manageable parts. Enjoy the freedom of pulling out these pages too, which you can then pin your work surface, for an even more effortless adventure.

With finished artwork, step-by-step instructions and ready to paint outlines let this innovative title lead you into producing beautiful, frameable watercolor flower portraits to amaze you and your friends. Guaranteed.

Series Overview: A poster book, an art pad and a step-by-step painting book all rolled into one! 5 beautiful posters to pull out and frame, along with the watercolour outline and stage-by-stage instructions you need to paint each artwork for yourself.

Perfect entry level guide to producing beautiful flower portraits

Learn to paint beautiful flowers in an easy-to-learn, fun environment.

Collaborate with friends working together to product art

5 beautiful prints of favorite flowers to frame

5 step-by-step illustrated projects

5 Pull out watercolor paper with pre drawn outlines

Features the work of popular watercolour artists Julie King, Fiona Peart and Janet Whittle.

After graduating with a first-class degree in textile design, Julie King worked as an in-house designer of household textiles before freelancing for several years, creating fabrics, wallpapers and ceramics. She was awarded the Society of Botanical Artists Certificate of Botanical Merit for a freestyle interpretation of an iris.
Julie, who lives in Kent, teaches both landscape and flower painting in venues ranging from National Trust and privately owned gardens to cruise liners. She also contributes articles to the Leisure Painter magazine.
Fiona Peart is a professional artist and fully qualified art tutor, specialising in watercolour and drawing techniques. She writes regularly for The Artist, Leisure Painter and StartArt magazines.
Janet Whittle is a professional artist and qualified teacher who specialises in flowers and landscapes in watercolour and pastel. Janet Whittle has received awards from the major UK art groups, including the Society of Botanical Artists’ Founder President’s Honour in 1999, and The Society of Flower Painters’ Award for Excellence for their Jersey Exhibition.

Author Residence: UK

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ArtBook Review, September 2019
Search Press have supersized their Paint Pad series. Not so much a triple-stack cheeseburger with a quart of fizzy sugar as the full 48 ounce free-if-you-can-finish-it T-bone. These are BIG.

A lot of thought has clearly gone into the format, though. An A3 book is not easy to manage so, instead of the portfolio styling of the parent series, these are pads where you’re clearly intended to pull out not just the sheets of watercolour paper with their pre-printed outlines, but the instruction pages as well. Tape the paper down onto a drawing board, pin the instructions on the wall and it all starts to make sense. This isn’t mentioned in the How To Use This Book introduction, but it’s the obvious solution.
The content has also been pared down severely in the light of this not being something to sit down and read. There’s no list of materials or introduction to techniques, although there is a “what you’ll need” list for each section. The whole thing is about the image and completing it. Once you’ve painted the five exercises, the rest of the book is basically disposable. That sounds likes sacrilege for something costing a whisker under sixteen pounds/ twenty-five dollars, but your return is the five full-size paintings you can frame and hang on the wall.
The quality is stunning. Each painting is shown in its complete state and, at this size, any shortcomings in the reproduction are going to be immediately obvious and a massive frustration. Full use has been made of the large page size to lay the instructions out clearly and illustrate them in detail. Everything is really clear and, if you’re adopting my suggestion of pinning them on a wall, easy to see.
This is quite a departure and a lot more than just a vary-it-a-bit exercise to generate extra sales. There’s an elegant simplicity to it that’ll make serious art easily accessible to even the raw beginner.

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