Top Two Bonus Watercolor Books for Beginners

Hey there! Ok, these are my bonus books for beginners learning watercolor. Absolutely love them and if you want to see the first faves I mentioned, check out this post here.

These are the books I would give as gifts if a friend showed the tiniest bit of interest in watercolor. Love, love, love!

This book by Yuko Nagayama - absolutely stunning watercolor techniques an step by step tutorials! I love how she walks you through adding light, mid and dark in the same wash. The breaking down of subjects into full masses with values is amazing too. So. Dreamy.

Taking Risks with Watercolor - she puts easter eggs in her paintings and I am here for it! Shirley’s paintings are like tapestries; so much texture, story and depth. This book is a treasure.

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The Best Watercolor Books for Beginners

It can be tricky to learn watercolor. Just diving in and seeing what happens is fun but if you want more structured advice, these books are awesome.

These are the books I would give as gifts if a friend showed the tiniest bit of interest in watercolor. Love, love, love!

The Joy of Watercolor - super cute lessons with everything from flower bouquets to human figures in an illustration style

Water Paper Paint - lessons from an abstract and mixed media perspective, love!

Watercolor Painting - this book goes over fundamentals about how watercolor is made, mixing puddles and side by side photographs and works so you can see the full process

Watercolor Solutions by Charles Reid - amazing style and an extremely unique take on watercolor. Goes over how to work through common watercolor problems.

Comment and let me know what watercolor books you love. Have you read any of the ones mentioned here? I'm dying to know and I want to start a resources list down below. :)

Want to know my watercolor tips and tricks? Watch this video

Get your Busy Illustrator Daily Planner sheet so you can grow in life and art right here!

Support my work by becoming a patron on Patreon

Check out more of my watercolor work, mermaids and other whimsy in my shop.

Join my list and get 20% off your first order :)

P.S. If you are a busy illustrator who needs help with success in your practice and goals, this printable worksheet helps you prioritize your day. You can organize your day, list your goals, make notes, track your habits and sketch daily. An awesome recipe for success, baby steps count. Get yours here!