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  • Publisher: Search Press
  • Edition: BC Paperback Flexibinding
  • Publication: 10 November 2022
  • ISBN 13/EAN: 9781782219422
  • Stock: 50+
  • Size: 148x210 mm
  • Illustrations: 300
  • Pages: 128
  • RRP: £9.99
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Charles Evans’ Watercolour Rescue


Top tips for correcting your mistakes and preventing them in the first place by Charles Evans (Author)

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Book Description

Watercolour is a difficult medium to master, and even experienced artists are prone to making mistakes.

Over the years he has spent working as a professional artist and demonstrator, Charles Evans has built up a huge bank of expert advice, tricks, tips and techniques for fixing common watercolour problems, correcting mistakes, and learning how to avoid them in the first place. These problems include how to remove ‘cauliflowers’, avoiding or fixing water spillages, preventing colours from bleeding into one another, making distant hills look, well, distant, and making less muddy colour mixes.

Each problem is one that Charles is commonly asked to solve, (such as My trees look like lollipops), followed by Charles' solution, and a short demonstration of how to prevent the problem occurring next time you paint.

Table of Contents

Introduction 6
Where to get help 8
Equipment 10
Techniques and composition 32
Colour mixing and water control 46

Achieving realism...
... in nature 62
... in buildings and structures 100

Endgame 122
Index 128

About the Author

About Charles Evans

Charles Evans is one of the UK's leading painters, well-known from his long-running TV series and for his art classes, which are held all over the UK. Charles has made over 200 television programmes on art for the Tyne Tees television company and later for the Discovery Channel.

Charles has written several books for Search Press, selling almost 100,000 copies, and represents Daler-Rowney as their main demonstrator. He travels the UK and abroad, taking his no-nonsense approach to painting to hundreds of amateur artists. His exuberant personality is reflected in his own paintings, which have a lightness and simplicity to them.

Charles lives in Morpeth, Northumberland, UK. Visit his website, www.charlesevansart.com


Leisure Painter

Experienced watercolourist, Charles Evans brings us a first-aid kit with his new book, Charles Evans' Watercolour Rescue. Building on his wealth of experience, and answering frequently asked questions from his students, Charles offers tips and techniques on how to fix common watercolour problems and offers how to avoid them in the first place. Whether it's correcting muddy watercolour, removing 'cauliflowers' or preventing colours from bleeding into one another, Charles has the answer and a short demonstration to show how to prevent the problem occurring in future.

Customer Review

I love this book, great quality, it has a strong wipe clean cover for any of those little mishaps. The book is easy to follow, it addresses the problem and gives a good explanation of how it can be fixed as well as alternative options too. Ideal book if you are struggling with a certain area or just want to give your picture that extra lift. Highly recommended.


The history of art publishing is littered with hints and tips books, Q&A guides and troubleshooters. This is not dissimilar to all those approaches, but comes with a reassuring title and the provenance of a popular and established tutor. Charles reputation rightly precedes him.

The first thing to say is that this is much more than just a lazy rehash of what has been done before, which my earlier description might have suggested. The implication in the title that things can and do go wrong is an honest one and were starting from a point which doesnt pretend the opposite. What really marks the book out as different, though, is that the mistakes arent just cartoon versions painted deliberately badly to make a point. In fact, just glancing through, you might wonder what exactly the problem is. This is because not everything is wrong at once. That inharmonious landscape looks relatively acceptable until Charles points out that the blue used for the water is too deep. The revised version, using slightly less pigment is better, but not the game changer youll usually find in this kind of book.

There are 75 suggestions in this pocket-sized book, which has a nicely soft cover that makes reading without breaking the spine easy. None occupies more than 4 pages, and frequently less. Its succinct identify, analyse, get out. Where the sections are longer, a little more work is required and there may be half a dozen or so stages. For the most part, its a simple fix, largely because the error (if we can call it that) is relatively minor.

You could, I suppose, pack this with your painting kit and take it on location with you. Whether you really pull out a portable library on your travels, I doubt. I think the best approach would be to keep it by your chair or bed and dip into it. Youll have plenty of oh, thats where Im going wrong moments and simply not make that mistake again. You might even get some ideas for new approaches as well. Its fun, and theres nothing wrong with that.

Customer Review

Each one of Charless tips and tricks are so useful to know and help us through painting with watercolour. Having been a fan of Charles for many years, it is great to have his problem solving and help in a book. This is such a great book that I will be returning to again and again to find a solution to a watercolour problem and look for tips and tricks for watercolour painting.

It is so clearly laid out and explained in such a good, clear way that the advice can be applied easily. Colour mixing, composition, reflections, painting clouds, shapes are but a few of the subjects of his 70 tips and tricks. Simplifying a painting is one of Charless recommendations that really resonates with me as I can often over paint a subject! I will be reading his book again and again, and will definitely be recommending it to my arty friends. Thanks for this, what a gem!

Customer Review

This is an extremely useful book. I took up watercolour painting when covid first kicked off and found it to be a rewarding and, at times, frustrating hobby. I wish I'd had this book from the start to help me through some of the problems. It is written in a straightforward, no-nonsense way with plenty of step-by-step illustrations. If you are about to try watercolour painting for the first time the information on which, and how many, brushes and paints to buy will most probably save you more than the cost of the book. Charles Evans also has some instructional videos to paint along with on YouTube which are very good and full of sound advice. I can't recommend this book highly enough.

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