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Our DVD library holds a selection of DVDs which are ideal for beginners and improvers or anyone who wants to learn techniques and be inspired. Our art tutorials for beginners cover everything from watercolour and pastel to oils and acrylics from a range of well known artists!

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  1. The Watercolour A-Z of Trees and Foliage Book with Adelene Fletcher

    The Watercolour A-Z of Trees and Foliage Book with Adelene Fletcher

    £9.99

    This simple guide includes 26 tree varieties and covers shapes and colours, as well as their appearance at different times of the year.

    Each one is covered in just two pages, with a generously-sized final image across a double spread so that you can easily see the result you’re aiming for. Although there are no detailed step-by-step demonstrations, all the basic information is here and is easy to follow. Whether it’s a full-crowned Horse Chestnut, the bare branches of a Black Walnut in winter, the fine tendrils of an Oleander or the solid mass of an Oak, every variation is here.

    Adelene includes basic notes about the species itself and explains the main points to consider when painting each one. She also demonstrates fruits and seeds where these are a feature. The handy introductory section also explains all the techniques you’ll need.

    This is a thorough guide, whether you want to paint trees for themselves or simply as part of a wider landscape.

    Please note - this is a reissue. Learn More
  2. A Beginner’s Guide to Watercolour with Mixed Media Book with Alison C. Board

    A Beginner’s Guide to Watercolour with Mixed Media Book with Alison C. Board

    £8.99

    There are no mistakes in mixed-media artwork, and Alison encourages you to be unafraid and embrace the experimental!

    Adding other mediums to your watercolour paintings is a fantastic way to take your work in new, more exciting directions. This book and DVD set introduces the range of media that is available and will open your eyes to new and inspirational ways of creating.

    The book provides six step-by-step projects and finished paintings to encourage you to take a definitive leap into the exciting world of mixed media art, covering a multitude of topics including flowers, animal portraits, dancers in motion, cityscapes and landscapes.

    Alison explores how to combine wet and dry media, and how to create vibrant collages from man-made and natural found objects.

    The DVD focusses on the Lion’s Head Dandelion, combining all the skills and techniques Alison so beautifully demonstrates, culminating in a mixed media piece you’ll be proud to hang on your wall.

    Search Press - Paperback - 144 pages - Colour throughout Learn More
  3. Acrylic Paint Pouring Book with Tanja Jung

    Acrylic Paint Pouring Book with Tanja Jung

    £9.99

    Paint pouring is the exciting new technique that’s been taking the art world by storm! Like all media, there are methods and processes to learn and this clear and simple book will introduce you to all the basics quickly and easily.

    Results are largely abstract, but you can make recognisable images appear as well as exploit happy accidents. Knowing what to do and what’s likely to happen are all part of the magic. You’ll pick up everything you need to know in 16 fully illustrated projects that exploit shape, colour and texture. This is an inspiring as well as instructional book that will really get the creative juices flowing.

    Search Press - Paperback - 112 pages - Colour throughout Learn More
  4. The Magic of Blending Watercolour DVD with Matthew Palmer

    The Magic of Blending Watercolour DVD with Matthew Palmer

    £15.60

    This DVD shows you how to use bledning techniques, considered to be one of the trickiest techniques to paint. Matthew takes that fear away and shows you in step by step detail how to blend, paint skies and paint a complete snow scene. Learn More
  5. Watercolour for Absolute Beginners Book with Matthew Palmer

    Watercolour for Absolute Beginners Book with Matthew Palmer

    £7.56

    Join popular, professional artist, Matthew Palmer, as he shares his simple tips for getting to grips with the basics of painting in watercolour.

    This set is perfect for beginner wanting to discover how to paint sensational landscapes in watercolour or those artists looking to brush up on their existing skills.

    Discover the secrets behind drawing understanding perspective, light & shade, colour and painting realistic skies, trees, water & figures.

    Matthews beautiful book is bursting with 128 pages of easy to follow advice and tricks - plus six, simple step-by-step exercises and six large scale projects- with 12 pull out tracings supplied, to help beginners discover how to paint 12 picturesque landscapes.

    Search Press - 128 Pages - Colour Throughout. Learn More
  6. The Kew Book of Painting Roses in Watercolour with Trevor Waugh

    The Kew Book of Painting Roses in Watercolour with Trevor Waugh

    £10.79

    Roses are one of the most popular flowers, both for gardeners and artists, and this is the definitive guide to painting them.

    Trevor is well known for his flower paintings and his interpretations capture not just the look of a bloom, but its character and essence. In this comprehensive but approachable volume, he demonstrates not just individual specimens, but arrangements and settings where colour, light and shade play as much a part as shape and structure.

    Trevor has plenty to say about mixing colours and applying paint and also working from photographs and existing artworks - handy sources of reference when living examples are not available. Initial exercises include stems, leaves and petals and there’s plenty to practise with as you build up to your first flower portrait.

    There are exercises throughout that, as well as varying the pace of the work also develop your skills with form, light and colourways. Each section concludes with a step-by-step project that brings everything together in a complete painting.

    This is an informative, but above all enjoyable look at the bright, fascinating and beautiful world of roses.

    Search Press . Paperback . 128 pages . Colour throughout Learn More
  7. Brusho Beginnings DVD with Alison C. Board

    Brusho Beginnings DVD with Alison C. Board

    £10.50

    In this step-by-step DVD from Alison C. Board, she'll take you through the stages of creating this amazing peacock feather.

    "I created this peacock picture so you can see just how vibrant Brusho can be. The steps demonstrate lots of different tips and techniques ideal for any artist - and of course you can have a go with any colours you have!"

    Alison C. Board, SAA Professional Artist


    20 mins.

    Please note that while this is a Region 0 DVD, it is PAL formatted and therefore unlikely to play in North America, Japan, South Korea and some of the Pacific Islands.

    However, all DVDs will play on personal computers and laptops. Learn More
  8. Learn to Paint People Quickly (Hardcover) Book with Hazel Soan

    Learn to Paint People Quickly (Hardcover) Book with Hazel Soan

    £7.99

    Get to grips with this challenging subject in no time with Hazel Soan.

    This brilliant book has been designed for busy people wanting to learn how to paint.

    Created by bestselling artist and writer Hazel Soan, it's bursting with simple, step by step guidance and easy-to-follow illustrations - the perfect inspiration for artists of all abilities - from those completely new to painting to the more experienced wanting to learn something new.

    Whatever medium you're using, a simple figure in a landscape can add scale as well as a human dimension that together make for a more natural feel.

    These figures don't have to be detailed, but you do need to get the proportions and attitudes right and Hazel will show you how to do this reliably and confidently.

    Hazel's method is simple and to the point. Never overburdened with analysis and explanations, she teaches through concise instruction and plenty of examples that
    will have you learning quickly.

    If all you want is figures in a wider setting, this quick overview will be more than enough.
    However, if your ambitions do stretch to portraiture, there's also enough here to get you
    started on the right road.

    Book: Batsford - Hardback - 112 pages - Colour throughout Learn More
  9. SPECIAL OFFER: The Art of Brusho by Carrie McKenzie and set of 12 Brusho Crystal Colours

    SPECIAL OFFER: The Art of Brusho by Carrie McKenzie and set of 12 Brusho Crystal Colours

    £29.99

    Due in soon

    Discover new ways to unleash your creativity with the brilliance and pigment power of Brusho!

    If you like colourful paintings, you will love the intense vibrancy of Brusho. This book is the ultimate guide to harnessing its unique and explosive properties to create striking, colour rich, impressionistic images.

    Carrie McKenzie uses her wealth of experience and imagination to show you how to use these ‘little pots of magic' to stunning effect. With step-by-step instructions, tips for successful working practices, complete projects for you to try and tips on how to use other materials combined with Brusho for special effects, this book is a must-have for all Brusho enthusiasts!

    Roseforth Publishing - Paperback - 104 pages - Colour throughout

    Set of 12 15g pots of Brusho Crystal Colour

    This versatile and intense painting powder can be appplied to a variety of mediums and techniques including watercolour, mixing with acrylics, simple sprinkling, mixed media and even wood staining! Learn More
  10. Ready to Paint in 30 Minutes: Boats & Harbours in Watercolour with Charles Evans

    Ready to Paint in 30 Minutes: Boats & Harbours in Watercolour with Charles Evans

    £7.56

    If you want to attempt the varied and frequently perplexing subject of boats and their environs, this is the clearest guide you could wish for.

    Charles covers not only the boats and harbours of the title, but also still, rippling and stormy seas, and inland waterways. Here you’ll find receding hills, towpaths, buildings, people and craft of every kind. The book is full of technical advice, all presented in Charles’ simple, no-nonsense way that cuts through jargon and tricky subjects. With thirty-three projects - each accompanied by a pre-drawn tracing - there’s plenty to get your teeth into and you’ll find yourself learning as you work.

    Each of the projects covers a separate topic. Some are more complex scenes, others deal with single elements such as ripples, shadows or foliage. In only a dozen or so steps (often fewer), you’ll find yourself completing a work that many books would only deal with in a whole chapter. Nothing is skimped, though, and there’s a solid basis to everything you’ll do.

    Search Press - Paperback - 128 pages - Colour throughout Learn More
  11. Mixed Media Landscapes and Seascapes with Chris Forsey

    Mixed Media Landscapes and Seascapes with Chris Forsey

    £15.99

    Mixed media offers a wealth of opportunities for capturing shape and texture and Chris Forsey explores a wide variety of technical and creative approaches.

    He begins with an examination of material and methods, including painting surfaces, mark-making and the use of texture materials such as rollers and tissue paper. He also explains the way in which different media complement the main one of watercolour - wax crayon, oil pastels or acrylic inks. Chris also looks at the combination of acrylic paint and oil pastel.

    From here, a discussion of sketching materials and preparatory work develops so that the final image is a considered piece based on observation and notes. Chris also explains the use of colour to capture both weather and the seasons.

    Technical matters are covered in a series of demonstrations that include shorelines, river scenes and inland areas. Particularly useful are the explanations of how different media suit different subjects - the brightness of a flower-decked chalkland path captured with watersoluble and oil pastels, for instance.

    Further demonstrations include suggestions of how to capture a fleeting moment such as a breaking wave, how to render texture and the use of collage.

    This is a thorough and inspiring guide from a confident teacher.

    Batsford . Hardback . 128 pages . Colour throughout Learn More
  12. A Beginner’s Guide to Watercolour with Mixed Media DVD with Alison C. Board

    A Beginner’s Guide to Watercolour with Mixed Media DVD with Alison C. Board

    £15.60

    There are no mistakes in mixed-media artwork, and Alison encourages you to be unafraid and embrace the experimental!

    Adding other mediums to your watercolour paintings is a fantastic way to take your work in new, more exciting directions. This book and DVD set introduces the range of media that is available and will open your eyes to new and inspirational ways of creating.


    The DVD focusses on the Lion’s Head Dandelion, combining all the skills and techniques Alison so beautifully demonstrates, culminating in a mixed media piece you’ll be proud to hang on your wall.

    DVD - 75 mins

    Please note this DVD title is only available in PAL format and therefore is unlikely to play in North America, Japan, South Korea and some of the Pacific Islands.

    However, all DVDs will play on personal computers and laptops. Learn More

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