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  • Publisher: Search Press
  • Edition: BC Paperback
  • Publication: 19 November 2021
  • ISBN 13/EAN: 9781782219828
  • Stock: 50+
  • Size: 216x280 mm
  • Illustrations: 700
  • Pages: 192
  • RRP: £12.99
  • Series: Take Three Colours
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Take Three Colours


25 quick and easy watercolours using 3 brushes and 3 tubes of paint by Julie King (Author)

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Book Description

Learn to paint colourful watercolours using only three colours in this collection of projects, tips and techniques from the innovative Take Three Colours series.

Each of the 25 projects explores a variety of watercolour techniques and walks the reader through a sequence of clear steps using a selection of three pure colours and their many mixes, and only three brushes to complete the work.

Project themes include landscapes, seascapes, flowers, mountains, lakes and rivers and snow scenes. There is also a comprehensive glossary at the end of the book, exploring some of the most commonly used terms and techniques featured in the book.

Table of Contents

Introduction 6
Landscapes 8
Sunset Island 10
Winter Day 16
Woodland Path 26
Valley Farm 32
Seascapes 40
Boats with Reflections 44
Sand Dune 50
Ravenglass 58
Lighthouse 64
Estuary 70
Flowers 78
Japanese Anemone 82
Poppies 86
Pansies 92
Rose 98
Mountains 106
Alpine Scene 110
Across the Meadow 116
Lake District 122
Frosty Night 128
Lakes and Rivers 136
Derwent Water 140
Swans on the Broads 144
Bridge over the Stream 150
Brograve Windmill 158
Snow Scenes 168
Snowy Hills 170
Snowy Road 174
Streamside Tree 180
Vermont Landscape 186
Glossary 192

About the Author

About Julie King

Julie lives in Kent. She was brought up in March in Cambridgeshire where she attended Cambridge College of Arts and Technology to pursue a Foundation in Art, followed by a degree in Printed Textile design, at Trent Polytechnic Nottingham achieving a First class (Hons). She then went on to design household textiles, wallpapers and prints for ceramics inspired by her love of flowers.

Following a Certificate in Education, Julie began teaching and inspiring adults to paint in watercolour, not only to share her painting skills but for the benefits of well-being and good health. Teaching venues include gardens, galleries and cruise liners. Julie exhibited at Watts Gallery in Surrey whilst serving as Artist-in-Residence.

Her awards have included the Society of Botanical Artists' Certificate of Botanical Merit for a freestyle interpretation of an iris and the Elizabeth Smail Memorial Award for Colour and Composition while exhibiting at Florum in Kent.

Julie is a regular contributor to the Leisure Painter magazine, and has written a number of art books.


SAA Catalogue

With guidance from all your favourite professional watercolour artists including Matthew Palmer, Geoff Kersey, and more, discover how to paint colourful watercolours using a selection of three pure colours and their many mixes, and only three brushes to create some truly stunning artworks.

The 25 featured projects explore a variety of themes, including landscapes, seascapes, flowers, mountains, lakes and rivers and snow scenes, across an exciting range of subjects.


It sometimes seems as though too many art books start with a long list of items you have to buy which will empty the store, and your bank account! How refreshing it is them to encounter a book like this where all you need to buy are three brushes and three tubes of watercolor paint. Interested? I certainly was!

This is a new compendium volume which includes material from six earlier books in Search Press Take Three Colours series. If you have all or some of these titles this is not new material. I am new to this particular series so was intrigued, and soon discovered what a great way to work it is especially for beginners. Subjects covered are various types of landscape, seascapes and floral studies. Because this is a compendium of six books by five different artists not every author uses the same three colors or brushes, but there is considerable overlap if you want to try them all. Each book contains four projects and a short introduction listing what you need (not much) and showing examples of mixed colors and various useful tips. Every project consists of staged photographs with captions explaining how to progress until the painting is complete. A little is added in each stage, making it all very doable for beginners and anybody like me who is a wee bit rusty and wants to limber up a long unused artistic muscle. The finished painting is shown in whole page format so you can see it in greater detail, and there is a handy glossary of terms at the back. I can wholeheartedly recommend this book.


The idea of this series is a brilliant way of simplifying the painting process, either for the beginner or as a palate-cleanser for someone with more experience whos become a bit jaded.

With just three brushes and three colours, a team of Search Presss most successful authors demonstrate projects that show just how much you can do with an absolute minimum of equipment. With little to mess around with, the emphasis is on creativity and making the most of what you have. Theres no chance to over-complicate or get bogged down with an unwieldy palette or too many mixes.

This bind-up is fantastically good value and covers landscapes, seascapes and flowers, with more concentrated subjects such as lakes, rivers, hills and mountains thrown in. Larger books such as this can be difficult to handle, but this falls and stays open nicely and is a pleasure to use.

Leisure Painter

This collection of projects, tips and techniques is taken from the Take Three Colour series from Search Press and includes work by artists Julie King and Matthew Palmer, Geoff Kersey, Grahame Booth and Stephen Coates. Twenty-five projects are included that explore a variety of watercolour techniques and subjects using just three watercolours and three brushes. Projects include landscapes, seascapes, flowers, mountains, lakes and rivers and snow scenes.

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