Just Add Watercolor covers

Two New Watercolor Guides Inspire Creativity

Have you ever wanted to create with watercolors but didn’t know where to start? I have the perfect solution for you. Just Add Watercolor – Happy Thoughts and Just Add Watercolor – Flowers, both created by artist Robin Pickens, are excellent guides to help you get started on your watercolor journey. Happy Thoughts includes a collection of inspirational words and phrases, including “Think Pretty” and Aim High.” Flowers, which also includes inspirational words and phrases, focuses on whimsical flowers.

Each book follows a similar format. Pickens describes the “Essential Tools & Materials” that you’ll need to get started, including watercolor paints, brushes and papers. She then describes the “Techniques & Tricks” she has developed to achieve the distinct style she crafts.

Just Add Watercolor Step-By-Step
Just Add Watercolor Step-By-Step

Included are eight designs on watercolor paper with step-by-step guides for how she envisions each piece to be completed. She encourages readers to not be constricted by her vision and apply their own ideas to each design.

Just Add Watercolor Artist Versions
Just Add Watercolor Artist Versions

And just how helpful are these books? I decided to try it myself.

Just Add Watercolor How 1
I assembled what I needed for my attempt.
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I followed the author’s step-by-step instructions to create my own piece of “art.”

I found that I’m not really interested in “staying within the lines.” And that’s OK, I like a more “rustic” look.  Just enjoy the process and you’ll end up with your own unique creation! I think you’ll find these guides very helpful and a lot of fun.

Each volume, products of Design Originals, an imprint of Fox Chapel Publishing, is priced at $12.99 US, $16.99 CAN and £9.99 RRP UK.

Reviewed by Scott Pfeiffer

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