About My Product Reviews
In general, like my movie & TV reviews, I don’t do negative reviews. However, since these are products I personally use, I may mention or review products that don’t fit their apparent purpose.
Generally, I think it’s more productive to steer folks toward stuff I like or thought was really good (sometimes that’s the same thing, sometimes not quite 😊)
I do often say what might/could be better, or I’d rather’ve seen or experienced, but in the context of why I liked the product enough to buy or try it.
Thanks everyone – Adan
Watercolour Flower Painting Workshop (Collins Painting Workshop) (Paper Book Version) with Hazel Soan – 5 Stars! ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️
Please note: the link above takes you to an Amazon page with all options for this book. New copies appear to be more expensive than I preference. If you also prefer a good used copy, click on the used books option. There’s quite a few to choose from. I chose a vendor with lots of high approval ratings. And by ordering via Amazon, I feel I have solid protection on my purchase 😊
My review title is —
Stunningly beautiful paper copy, surprisingly rounded & useful tips! 💕
Just beginning to use watercolors, and having seen Hazel Soan’s watercolor video on Prime Video, I knew I wanted one of her books. Though an older work, 1999 I believe, the information and images are timeless. The images themselves are stunning, stopped my wife in her tracks when I was browsing through the book 😊https://amzn.to/30RcyPp
In addition, is the depth of her watercolor usage tips. Over and over the beginning of a tip is similar to what I’ve come across a few other books, but then Hazel continues and offers more. A good example is the use of gouache.
“All the preceding techniques for creating highlights in the painting use the lightness of the white paper. There are times, however, when you might prefer to use white paint for this purpose. The light can never be as crisp or bright as the untouched white paper, but that is not always wanted or necessary.”
The not as white part I’ve read over and over. Makes sense. But even in just a few weeks experimenting with watercolors, I was becoming unhappy with that limitation. Her advice convinced me to order and try some white gouache (which I’m liking so far).
More importantly to me is, she references that one, as an artist, just may not “want” the whiteness of the original paper, or in my case, the absorbent ground I’ve placed on canvas. This is a pattern with Hazel. She recognizes and advocates for one’s artistic freedom of expression! I love that! ❤️
And btw, her index in the back helped me find all her references to the use of white gouache in her book! Thorough, extremely helpful.
But it still all comes back to the expressiveness and beauty of her work illustrating her book.
If I can learn to make some of “that” my own in my own work and also pick up more tips like above (and I’ve already come across several), then I can say this 1999 used paper edition’s been a bargain 😊
In my most recent post, you can see my application of some of what I learned about gouache in particular via Hazel’s book – direct useful information for my art! The 6×6 image below is an example from my post —
I’ve also reviewed Hazel’s watercolor video on Amazon Prime. The video is superb. It’s what decided me to feel I could give watercolors a try ❤️
If you feel you’d like to go to the video on Prime directly, just click below 😊
The link to my review on my site is directly above.
Thanks so much everyone!
Stay creative! Enjoy the inspirations in your life! 💕
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