A book review: “Learn Watercolour Quickly” by Hazel Soan


I picked this book up at the library based on some reviews at Amazon.   It’s priced at $15 for 112 pages, including the index.    It’s a very basic, bare bones primer about the watercolor medium.    In my opinion, there is no such thing as learning watercolor quickly.    It’s like most things: practice is the best teacher, and you never stop learning.    But you don’t read a short, small book and *bam* it just all falls into place.

So if you’ve never picked up a watercolor brush, and you’re trying to decide if it’s worth investing in a starter set of paints, a brush and some paper, this might be a book for you to check out.    If you know the basics about watercolor, you probably won’t learn anything new.    It might work as a quick refresher if you’ve been away for a few years, though.    I don’t think I’d buy this, even if I knew nothing.   I’d borrow it, maybe take a note or two, and invest in a reference book I might refer to again down the road.

My two cents.   I hope you found it useful.

8 thoughts on “A book review: “Learn Watercolour Quickly” by Hazel Soan

  1. I agree, not learnt quickly. And once some mastery is had, it is really a complex and subtle understanding. Water + pigment + paper can yield all sorts of interesting results depending on the properties of each. The understanding isn’t compartmentalized easily. Just do it..and do it…and do it. Let it sink in.

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  2. You’re right. You can’t learn watercolor, or any other artwork quickly. I don’t believe you should want to, because I think the satisfaction is in the journey.


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