Book Review: Watercolour Enigma, The: A Complete Painting Course Revealing the Secrets and Science of Watercolour

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The first edition of this book is called The Watercolour Enigma : Science of the Medium and was published in 2014 by Arc Publishing and Print. This edition that I'm reviewing is the 2018 edition published by Search Press.

The author and artist Stephen Coates is a self taught full-time watercolour artist and instructor. He spent 16 years working in the music industry followed by another 16 years in his catering business before switching to making art. He's a great example that you can definitely teach yourself art and you learn to make art regardless of your age.

The Watercolour Enigma is a beginner's guide to painting with watercolour. It covers the basics such as the tools you need, colour mixing, techniques along with step by step instructions and pictures that are easy to follow along. The examples are simple and not complicated so they can be easily replicated by any beginner. The basic techniques are shown and explained in a way that's easy to understand.

This is an accessible watercolour instructional book that I can recommend easily to anyone who's starting out with watercolour.

Watercolour Enigma, The: A Complete Painting Course Revealing the Secrets and Science of Watercolour is available at Amazon (US | CA | UK | DE | FR | IT | ES | AU | JP | CN) and Book Depository

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