Painting Happiness: Creativity with Watercolors by Terry Runyan

Title:  Painting Happiness: Creativity with Watercolors 
Author: Terry Runyan
Publisher: Leaping Hare Press - Quarto Publishing Group
Genre:  Crafts & Hobbies
Format:  PDF
No. of Pages: 160
Date of Publication: 17 May, 2022
My Rating:  4 Stars

My Thoughts 

I used to love painting with watercolors, well into my twenties. It’s been about twenty years since I last picked up paints and brushes for myself. This book reminded me to do that. 

This a joy to look through with wonderful photos of Runyan’s own charming and whimsical watercolors and I am once again excited to paint.

eARC kindly provided by Leaping Hare Press / Quarto Publishing Group and NetGalley. Opinions shared are my own.


Combat stress and anxiety and release your own inner creative with this beautiful mindful watercolour book.

In this 
simple and vibrant guide, hugely popular Instagram muse @TerryRunyan explores the art of watercolour through the lens of mindfulness, presenting activities and projects which you can paint along with as you allow your creative side to flourish.

This watercolour guide is 
easy and accessible for beginners, as Runyan gently delves into the basics of the artform, starting with simple techniques which you can follow along with, as well as presenting some fun projects ideas for painters to explore.

Alongside beautiful examples of the techniques and styles explored in the book, Runyan also encourages readers to 
practice mindfulness as they paint, and explores the ways in which art can be used to help improve mental health. Exploring the idea of 'perfectly imperfect watercolours', Runyan places emphasis on self-expression and allowing yourself to make mistakes.

Painting Happiness also includes fun projects for readers to try at home, including:
  • Turning blobs into birds
  • Creating wild hairstyles
  • Experimenting with different prompts to paint at least one thing a day
From technical skills and notes on materials to insight into the creative process, this book has everything you need to start flourishing in watercolour.


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