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Flower painting workbook: projects & techniques for contemporary artists

Flower painting workbook: projects & techniques for contemporary artists

Bays, Jill

This watercolour workbook explores the approaches and techniques needed to develop flower painting skills, as well as allowing evolution of your own creativity. The first section of this work explains the necessary materials and theories required, before moving on to five detailed step-by-step projects in the second section

Paperback, Book. English.
Published Cincinnati, Ohio; Newton Abbot: David & Charles, 2009
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Statement of responsibility: Jill Bays
ISBN: 0715331671, 9780715331675
Note: Includes index.
Physical Description: 128 p. : ill. (chiefly col.) ; 28 cm.
Subject: Flowers in art.; Watercolor painting Technique.


  1. Introduction
  3. 1 Basic kit
  4. 2 Mark making
  5. 3 Composition
  6. 4 Tone and textures
  7. 5 Colour
  9. 1 Exploring flowers
  10. 2 Colourways for flowers
  11. 3 Abundant blooms
  12. 4 Still life with impact
  13. 5 Developing your own style
  14. Index.

Author note

Jill Bays is D&C's bestselling watercolour flower painter. She has authored five previous titles on for D&C, including The Flower Painter's Essential Handbook and Watercolours in a Weekend: Flowers. She is a regular contributor to the leisure painting press and regularly teaches classes and holiday courses. Her paintings have also been used for greeting cards and calendars. Jill lives in Weybridge, Surrey.


This is a fascinating practical watercolour workbook that explores the approaches and techniques required to develop your flower painting skills and explore your own creativity. The first section acts as a foundation course, clearly explaining the materials, theory and techniques you will need to master the basics, experiment with design and think creatively about colour. The second section takes you through five detailed step-by-step projects, each looking at key aspects of accomplished flower painting and exploring the techniques required for successful work along the way. Jill Bays shares her extraordinary talent and passion for painting flowers as she moves smoothly from traditional representations through to more creative free painting.