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This is a decent book, probably one of the best watercoloring books I have. I guess my expectations were to high because I am disappointed in the graphics. Her explanations are somewhat confusing, they would have been clearer if accompanied by directional drawings. Quite a miss for a graphic designer. She does include contour drawings of the flowers but they are printed too close to the binding to be useful for duplication. That's a major sin in art books. Her finished flowers are all well centered on the page but the steps to create the flowers look like afterthought. I will use this book to work on my painting. I love Jenna Rainey's video tutorials and just expected as much from her book. The book is worth $13.
Jenna's artwork is truly beautiful and there is a lot of great information in this book. The supplies and technique sections closely mirror her 1st book Everyday Watercolor and that will give you a lot of good information regarding starting out if you're a beginner. I consider myself more of an intermediate but not too long ago was just figuring out the ins and outs of watercolor so I write this thinking of myself a couple years back. I've seen a lot of Jenna's tutorials and instagram videos and have recently started watching her You Tube channel as well, and for that reason I know what Jenna is trying to say in many of her instructions, however if you have never seen or watched Jenna talk about how she paints I think the descriptions may be pretty confusing and it would greatly benefit you to jump over to her You Tube channel and see some videos. Once you've seen some of her technique its so much easier to understand. I found the little brush drawings to not be very clear even when I already knew how to make the petal shape and the step by step photos are sometimes really jumping ahead without laying the foundations. I'm sure this was for length due to the amount of layering in a realistic watercolor painting that she didn't want to show every step, but it kind funny when she's talking about laying down a light foundational wash and the photo shown is already showing veining details of florals with stems and leaves and shading, etc.. But when you watch Jenna use her brush in her videos it all makes sense, she is a really great teacher and I've learned a ton from her. Probably just the difficulty of teaching watercolor via a book. I would just consider this only one of the many resources you should use when learning the beautiful but difficult technique of watercolor painting. If you are a bit confused don't lose heart, just find additional visuals. I can definitely work from this book as an intermediate not needing detailed technique instructions but still gaining a lot of great knowledge as to how she conceives and composes her paintings.
After completing Jenna Rainey's book on learning to watercolor in 30 days, I tackled the flowers in this one. Initially I disagreed with the criticisms and found the initial projects easy. But now that I'm 3/4 through the book, there are things to be aware of. The editing should of been done with more care. Main complaint is that especially later in the book, the instructions will say to layer in the mid-tones and then darker tones. And appear to do so in the example next to the text. But when you turn the page to the final details, the flower has significantly more darker tones than on the prior page. In other words, the text no longer matches the painting steps. The first step for highlights is correct. But you need to look ahead to the end to really see what she's saying to do for the deeper tones. See the throat of the Penstamon on pp. 107 versus 108 as an example. For those of use trained on her first book, it's disconcerting not to have the instructions and the examples match. And makes it significantly harder to follow. I've learned to look to the end example, both to get the full flower layout as it's cut off in the beginning example, and to see exactly the coloration she's advising. Other than that, a good basic book for trying different flowers.
I bought this book after completing Jenna’s first book. I read some of the negative reviews above and don’t agree with them entirely. Some are saying the pictures on the front and back interior and exterior covers are not included; they are correct about that. However, Jenna’s intention is not to teach her style but more her process and technique. Therefore, if you read and practice her lessons you will have the ability to create anything, even the pictures not included. If she wanted the reader to copy her pieces exactly she would’ve created a paint by number. I will agree that the binding is very stiff and cuts off some of the flowers; spiral bound might have been more user friendly. Overall it’s a good book- there isn’t anything else that teaches looses florals on the market.
I enjoyed the basic presentation, it got right into painting. I'm sorry for artists that wanted to exactly duplicate the books illustrations, I found it to be a guide with these reminders of shape, color, and technique to look at any subject I'm feeling to paint.