Musing Mondays asks you to muse about one of the following each week…
• Describe one of your reading habits.
• Tell us what book(s) you recently bought for yourself or someone else, and why you chose that/those book(s).
• Tell us what you’re reading right now — what you think of it, so far; why you chose it; what you are (or, aren’t) enjoying it.
I finally got Watercolor, Pen & Ink by Claudia Nice. I’ve always liked the look of watercolor and ink together, but the first few times I looked at this book I thought it was yet another, “Here’s how to paint a tree,” “Here’s how to paint a squirrel,” etc.-type book for specific media. On further inspection, I saw that it’s a great introduction to achieving any kind of tone or texture you want in pen and watercolor.
Not only is the book packed full of Claudia Nice’s lovely illustrations and examples, but the book is partly hand-lettered, and Nice illustrates everything, including the color wheel and her materials, instead of simply showing photos. That’s inspiring to me as a would-be watercolor journalist.
The book is indeed divided into sections such as transparency, earth & stone textures, desert drylands, and so forth, but I think if you were to go through the book following the examples, you would have gained the knowledge to represent almost anything in nature in pen & ink and watercolor.