Exploring around 200 pieces of artwork by young contemporary artists, Just Add Watercolour highlights and examines the different watercolour painting techniques, qualities, and effects relating to each piece. Organized into chapters according to the technique exemplified (e.g. wet on wet, dry brush) artwork is featured large and luscious, accompanied by extended captions, insightful tips and practical advice. A detailed index at the front of the book also groups the paintings according to three main categories: Principles (e.g. composition), Types of painting (e.g. dry brush) and Subject (e.g. nature). Listing each page where similar examples may be found, this category index enables the reader to easily identify and cross reference subjects that have been painted in similar styles.
Throughout the book, useful information and practical tips are provided on a wide range of topics such as tone, perspective, colour and much more besides. Readers are encouraged to discover the various ways in which similar subjects and styles are executed by different artists, while also being inspired to use the tips in the book as a way of building on their existing skills. Offering a bold, refreshing change from other run-of-the-mill art books, Just Add Watercolour adopts the unique approach of accessing practical information via the images, focusing on the way subjects can be treated using a whole range of different watercolour techniques, rather than looking at how to master one single style.